100 Days

Blog Post created by tlajbenn on Oct 26, 2017

What a long strange trip it's been!


Hell week was hell! The first month was a crazy roller coaster ride of ups and downs. The ride is leveling out with only a few bumps and dips along the way. Now I get to enjoy the scenery instead of clinging on for dear life. And the scenery is so much better when it is not smother is a cloud of smoke.


Here are some things I have gained so far: 

  • Understanding addiction has helped me to quit and remain quit. 
  • I can breath easier. I don't get winded as easily or as often
  • My dog and I look forward to walking around the neighborhood each afternoon.
  • Yoga is good for the body and mind. 
  • I don't smell. My clothes don't smell. My car doesn't smell. 
  • It is okay to ask for help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. 
  • I don't need to try to be perfect. Perfection is unattainable.
  • Sometimes I have a short temper, but I am working on that. 
  • I get to sleep 20 minutes longer in the morning just because I I quit smoking. 
  • I don't have to avoid certain social situations or plan activities around finding time to smoke.
  • I can laugh without coughing. In fact I can laugh hysterically without coughing.
  • Singing out loud makes me feel good.
  • I am learning to let things go. 
  • It is okay to have feelings (anxiety, anger, sadness, fear, etc..) It is how I deal with those feelings that matter.
  • I am finding different ways of coping with stress.
  • Herbal tea with a bit of honey is a great way to relax at the end of the day. (And so much healthier than smoking)
  • Life is full of ups and downs and smoking won't change that. 
  • My thoughts can change my attitude. Positive thoughts bring on a positive attitude. 
  • I don't need to drink as much coffee in the morning to get going.
  • My skin looks better. My teeth appear whiter.
  • After almost 30 years of smoking, I have gone 100 days without a cigarette. 
  • My son is proud of me.
  • I am proud of myself.


My journey has really only just begun. I have a long way to go still but I have taken that first step and I am going to remain focused on the positives. The support and positive reinforcement I received from everyone here on this site made quitting easier and helped me through the hard times. Thank you. 


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Onward and Upward!