Quit Smoking Timeline – Benefits & Advice

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Benefits on a Timeline

Smoking is detrimental to your health. It is responsible for hundreds of thousands of death each year, and the health consequences of smoking are vast and quite serious. Luckily, there are many health benefits to quitting smoking; benefits that can be identified minutes after you drop that last cigarette!

The Quit Smoking Timeline below let’s you preview the health benefits and money savings of quitting smoking. It is important to understand that your body can heal and your health will improve. And let’s not forgot about the financial benefit of saving lots of money.

  Time Your Health Benefits Savings *
20 Minutes
  • Various biometric measures will return to normal: blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature of hands and feet.

Within 20 minutes of smoking your last cigarette, your body begins to sigh with relief. This is because your blood pressure immediately begins to drop, along with your pulse rate. The temperature in your hands and feet begins to increase because your body’s circulatory system is working better now, so if you are a smoker with perpetually cold hands and feet, you should begin to notice the health benefits of quitting smoking quite quickly.

8-12 Hours
  • Carbon monoxide and Oxygen levels in your blood will return to normal.
  • Nicotine levels in your blood will drop dramatically.
  • Damages start to reverse.

Within a few hours of quitting smoking, your blood is feeling the effects. Levels of carbon monoxide in your blood are dropping and wonderful oxygen is taking its place. Soon your blood stream will be considered normal. You may find that even taking a deep breath is easier.

$1.50
24 Hours
  • Dramatically reduced risk of having a heart attack.

With a day of quitting smoking, your heart and lungs have already begun repairing themselves. Can you feel them thanking you already?

$3
48 Hours
  • Your sense of smell and taste are starting to return towards normal.

Within two days of quitting smoking, your sense of smell is getting better, and you may notice that you can smell and taste better than when you were smoking. It may be time to stop and smell the roses!

$6
2 Weeks to 3 Months
  • Lung function is beginning to improve.
  • Circulation has substantially improved.
  • Simply physical exercise such as walking is easier.
  • Chronic cough should be gone.

Within a couple weeks of quitting, your lungs are now working better, and you may notice that a casual stroll is easier and you don’t breathe as hard when you are exercising. In addition, the phlegm you typically produce as a result of smoking is decreasing, thereby decreasing your need to cough so much.

$42 – $270
1 to 9 Months
  • Overall increase of energy.
  • Lungs are increasing ability to clean and fight infections.

Have you noticed by now that your yellow teeth are fading, your hair and your clothes don’t smell, and the yellow stains on your fingers are gone? Have you also noticed that your home and car no longer smell of cigarettes, and that your breath is much fresher? Welcome to the world of non-smokers!

$30 – $810
1 Year
  • Over 50% reduction of risks related to heart disease.

After just one year of kicking the habit your risk of coronary heart disease has dropped to half that of a smoker! Your heart is really thanking you for your choices now!

$1,095
More than 5 Years
  • Substantially reduced cancer risks.
  • Substantially reduces risks of coronary heart disease.

As each year passes, your risk of stroke is decreasing, and will continue to do so for many years.

$5,475 and up
After 10 Years
  • Risk of lung cancer dropped substantially.

After 10 years of quitting, your risk of lung cancer has dropped to half that of smokers. In addition, your rate of developing cancer of the mouth, the throat, the esophagus, the pancreas, the kidneys and the bladder has also decreased.

$10,950 and up
After 15 Years
  • Risk of coronary heart disease is the same as people who never smoked!

After 15 years of putting out your last cigarette, your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as people who never smoked! Your risk of dying in general is also that of a non-smoker.

$16,425 and up

Congratulations on doing something great for your long-term health! There are many benefits to quitting smoking, and your good health is certainly the number-one benefit.

(*) The savings calculation assumes that you smoke 1/2 pack a day at a cost of $6 per pack of tobacco cigarettes!

What to do next

Consider different methods of quitting tobacco cigarettes including electronic cigarettes which have dramatically increased in popularity since 2000. With e-cigarettes you continue to take in nicotine but you quit tobacco and tar. The product has received many positive reviews and testimonials.

An electronic cigarette is a battery powered smoking device delivering nicotine by vaporizing a solution into mist/vapor. Unlike other tobacco alternatives you do continue the actual physical experience of smoking.

Electronic cigarettes consist of a battery, an atomizer (also known as vaporizer), and a cartridge/cartomizer holding the nicotine solution.

When drawing on the device you inhale flavored vapor enriched with nicotine and the LED on the tip of it lights up to simulate a glow.

You can find great information, many consumer reviews, ratings and testimonials at eCigBrandReview.com.

Quit Smoking Timeline Video


717 responses to “Benefits on a Timeline

  1. Patricia says:

    Did you guys see the story in the news a few weeks ago (Butter, I’m sure you didn’t, since you’re not here in the US) about the woman who tried everything and couldn’t quit smoking? I think she was in her 30′s and it was either in Texas or Florida. She figured the ONLY way she’d stop was if she got locked up in jail – so she smacked a police officer in the face so she could get locked up. I wonder if she stopped smoking…because he did lock her up!

  2. Bledi says:

    Well,I’m pretty creative when it comes to stupidity (my mom’s words :D :D ) and I never thought of that, maybe because in every movie the prisoners are shown smoking :D

    • Patricia says:

      The days of prisoners smoking are becoming a thing of the past in this country. NO smoking in jails at all; smoking only outside in the yard in prison. The State of VA has made all prisons non-smoking. Sure, YOU tell a murderer doing a life sentence that he can’t have anymore cigarettes…

  3. virginia says:

    Hello P & B This is J hope everyone is having a great day B you have a great night. I am going out for the afternoon and evening just wanted to say hello

    • Bledi says:

      Hi J, the day so far has been ok ;) Now it’s 8 pm and I’m going to watch some football ( soccer ) although my gf is fighting me for the remote control :D :D.
      Hope you,P and everyone else who maybe reads these posts has a great smoke-free day.

    • Patricia says:

      Hi J – hope you are doing something fun today! Thanks for checking in – day is going okay – very cloudy and gloomy here in Northern VA. Unfortunately, I thought it was Thursday, but it’s only Wednesday. Don’t you hate when that happens?

      • Bledi says:

        Hi P, that’s hilarious, although I hate it too when it happens :D :D but it makes me happy at least till the time the ugly truth comes out :P :P.
        P & J have a nice one.

      • Patricia says:

        Good Morning/Evening B – you know, hilarious is my second favorite word in the English language (my first favorite word is grace). Hope you are having a good day at work. And I hope J had a nice afternoon/evening yesterday. Please pray for me – I am beyond irritated with a number of things and am having a hard time keeping it together on the outside…thanks…

  4. Virginia says:

    I thought of you yesterday P while I was driving into NYC I said a prayer for both of you,hope you have a better day P I thin this is two weeks for you remember you did not even think you could make it one day it is a great thing you are doing for yourself P Proud of you well done will say my Hail Marys for you. By now B probably cycled 15 miles LOL

    • Patricia says:

      Thanks, J – I am just ultra low on patience and tolerance and I just want to keep my mouth SHUT!!! Co-workers visiting non-stop is just unacceptable to me and now that I don’t have the escape of a smoke, it is even more unacceptable. I’m just doing the best I can to stay in the day and in my own sandbox!!! Thanks for the prayers…

      • Virginia says:

        I love driving in Nyc love hate relationship it gets out my hostility do your breathing and go outside during lunch if you can . Tell the office you have a headache and can’t talk what kind of work do you do?

      • Patricia says:

        I’m a receptionist/office assistant (admin) for an small association (16 people) in your typical dysfunctional office. They don’t grasp the concept that some of us come to work to WORK – so it’s non-stop visiting (and eating) ALL DAY LONG!!! I have to be honest, the smoking definitely helped me to keep my mouth shut cuz it gave me something to look forward to -

      • Virginia says:

        Think about other thing to look forward to a vacation some thing special you want to buy for yourself or your home .Hey still never found out ,did you ever buy yourself tea ?

      • Patricia says:

        Actually, I found some tea in my cabinet! Had a few cups, but now that the weather is warmer, I don’t really have a desire for it. I just stick with my water and that’s enough. Once in a while I treat myself to sparkling flavored water – big treat for me these days!!! I can’t believe how much decaff coffee I used to drink after dinner every night. Sure went well with those smokes…no wonder I couldn’t get any sleep!!!

      • Virginia says:

        i used to brew my favorite tea ice it and put some fruit at let it sit over night or cinnamon or even mint very tasty and refreshing actually I will make some this weekend green tea with blackberries or peaches sounds good

  5. Patricia says:

    oh, and J – you are one tough cookie to be able to drive in NYC – you couldn’t pay me enough money to attempt that!!!

    • Patricia says:

      B- hope you’re having a great day at work. J – today was a big ol’ bust as far as eating too much and I feel gross. It was a co-worker’s birthday and it was non-stop food – pizza, chocolate pie, there was strawberry pie and there were cupcakes. I hate this sugared-out feeling. It won’t be hard to get back on the good eating wagon. Hope you’re having a nice, relaxing evening. I’m going to load up on vitamins at CVS this weekend -

      • Bledi says:

        Last day of the week!!!!
        Yesssssssss baby, another 2-3 hours and I’ll go home and I’ll just stop worrying about trucks,shipments,drivers or anything like that( by the way, I’m a freight forwarder :( )

        P & J have a nice one

      • Patricia says:

        You got THAT right, B – bring on the weekend! Glad your work week is over for you. Hope to hear of your cycling travels this weekend!!! I am going to try my damndest to stay OUT of my apartment (isolating) and be around people, regardless of how absolutely crabby I am!!!

  6. Virginia says:

    Oh and I got the B complex think it helps

    • Patricia says:

      Good Morning J – it’s payday and I have my little list ready of all of the vitamins I’m going to buy myself this weekend. And peaches – yay! It’s just about peach season and I look forward to that every year. Can you imagine if I replaced each cig I used to smoke with a peach? I’d be eating 40 peaches a day – hahaha…

      • Virginia says:

        Oh P LOL you are sounding much better P… & B…… wishing you both a great weekend and …………. HAPPY SUMMER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P there should be a lot going on where you live street fairs music parks or just get a good book and sit in the park ,the library usually has many different things going on concerts movies talks ect…… find something fun to do B I wonder where you cycle to over the border into different countries thousands of miles :) I am so happy summer has finally come so cheers to us and a smoke free summer .By the way woke up happy because I had a dream I was smoking and was so upset then woke up was glad it was just a dream and did I mention its summer yea! P enjoy those peaches where do you both live again ?

      • Patricia says:

        Good Morning J – I take it you are a fan of summer. You’re fortunate to live by the beach. My closest beach is Ocean City, MD and that is 3+ hours away. I have my ‘keep busy’ plan in place for today and have given myself until 9:00am to get out of this apartment before I get all isolated again. And I’m actually quite excited to go fruit and vitamin shopping today – I have my coupons all ready. You guys enjoy your day – I’ll check in later tonight…I’m concentrating on one hour at a time today.

  7. Patricia says:

    And B – you enjoy your smoke-free weekend. I’ll betcha you’re out on that bicycle right now (it is now almost 2:00pm your time) on Saturday…

  8. Patricia says:

    Hey, I forgot to ask – are you guys still coughing? Did it go away? If it did, how long had it lasted? I am having to constantly clear my throat and it’s annoying, especially when I’m on the metro – I don’t want people to think I’m contagious or something-

    • virginia says:

      Lol P…. If they think you have the coodies at your office maybe they will leave you alone ! Mine lasted about two or three weeks .Glad to hear you have a plan for today hope you and B…….. Have a great smoke free weekend . PS coodies are germs

  9. Bledi says:

    Hi everyone,
    I’ve the most horrible weekend in a long time. I got food poisoned last night and today I spent the whole day in hospital!!!
    So my weekend was terrible. I hope you ( P & J ) had a very different one.

    • Patricia says:

      Oh my gosh, Bledi – it must have been one hell of a case of it if you had to go to the hospital. Was it from seafood? You poor thing. While I’ve never had it myself, I’ve heard the horror stories. I hope you’re feeling better by now – you’re probably sleeping now. Prayers for a speedy recovey – feel better, my friend…

      • Bledi says:

        Hi P, yes it was one hell of a case. At first I refused to go to hospital but after a long day throwing up :( ( I know it’s disgusting, sorry) I had to obey my gf and to go. And no, it wasn’t from seafood, I think just some bad watermelon did it to me. You know that feeling when you’re eating something and it feels a bit wrong, well I had that feeling but I watching a match so I didn’t really care about it :D :D.
        About the coughing: Yes,it will go away in a few days,nothing to worry about.

    • virginia says:

      OMG My sweet B………. That is awful I know it had to be really bad to take you down ,you are always so positive .Hope you are feeling better like right now

    • Bledi says:

      Thank you both ;)
      Unluckily I got this from my father, he’s also getting food poisoned very easily, anyway today I feel much better ( very tired though ), the sun is shining, summer is at full power,in 10 days or so I’ll be 3 months smoke free so the good news are more than the bad ones :):)
      Have a nice one ( J & P )

      • Patricia says:

        Bledi – so glad you’re feeling better. Your positive attitude ALWAYS helps me – and boy, I sure needed some help with that on Monday morning. My focus today is just staying in today, not worrying about anything that comes after. Doing my best to keep my head in these 24 hours alone. Seems to me your time in not-smoking is really adding up fast – so happy for you…that is awesome…did your girlfriend used to let you smoke in the house?

  10. virginia says:

    P hope you had a good weekend I just got home from the beach ! Can’t believe I have been there since 11 am

    • Patricia says:

      Good Morning J – wow, the beach again – I am so jealous!!! I kept myself out of the apartment much more than usual this weekend and it felt good – and I wasn’t as up in my head as I usually am. Here comes the hot weather – I always HATED smelling like a cigarette on those hot days, didn’t you? It got to be embarrassing. It’s definitely more magnified in the heat. This will be my very first summer in my entire adult life being a non-smoker. Oh, I’m going to smell so good…haha! Hey, what do you do for a living?

  11. virginia says:

    B,,,,,, Glad you are feeling better drink plenty of fluids , and we must of stopped smoking around the same time today is 55 days for me can’t believe the beginning goes so slow and now almost three months it gets easier . I quit 4/30/13 promised myself after day sixty I will no longer count the days.P……. Glad you had another successful smoke free weekend the smell was disgusting and it was really embarrassing standing in public puffing , knowing what we know today about smoking Everyone else was like gross and how stupid are you? ( you know what I mean ?) P……. How long has it been for you now? I no longer work P……. and I am so proud of you that you have come this far and you are a non smoker. Did you enjoy the weekend and get the B complex ? I hope you both enjoy your day! Where is Mugg and are we the only three people in the world who have given up smoking lately :) LOL BI (y)

    • Patricia says:

      Hey J – it’s funny you mention Mugg, I was just thinking of him last night. How nice for you that you no longer work! I figure I have at least 15 more years of it!!! You know, when I went in to CVS on my way to work today, they were kinda surprised to see me – they were used to seeing me every morning when I’d go in to buy my smokes. Isn’t it funny when you give up an addiction, you look back and say “how the he!! was that acceptable to me?” My apartment still smells like stale cigs – gonna take a while to get the smell completely out. I didn’t need to buy more B complex – my multi-vitamin already has over 100% of each daily…I just read that too much of the B vitamins is not good for you; so I’ll just stick with the multi -

      • virginia says:

        I know every now and then I can still smell it in my home ,I can relate to CVS I did not go near the deli where I bought my smokes for weeks . But sometimes they are still like Marlboro red ? When I tell them I stopped they are all so happy by now most of the guys that work there know I don;t smoke anymore . So P is this week three for u

      • Patricia says:

        Yes, Friday was two weeks for me. Isn’t it funny how when you quit, people are just so supportive and happy for you? It sure is motivating, isn’t it? When I was out this weekend, I think I may have seen one or two smokers in my travels. That’s it!!! Like you, I don’t want the identity of a smoker anymore. I’d rather people associate me with something healthy and happy, not killing myself. I can understand why people just don’t respect smokers. Just smelling nice is so important to me – after spending 37 years smelling like an ash tray!! Gee, how feminine!!!

      • virginia says:

        P>>>>>> I THINK THAT IS GREAT . Week two I was still struggling but now, I thought about it briefly maybe two times this weekend and right away told myself now I am smoke free and that is it .That is what I mean by it gets easier. I am so happy for you P….. will always be here to support you.

      • Patricia says:

        Can’t thank you enough. I have my wicked moments/hours/days, but just pray my way through them. I don’t always sleep all that well, keep waking up in the middle of the night. But that could be my arthritis also that is waking me up. Oh, I am also trying to concentrate on leaving the sugar alone – there was way too much of it in my office last week and every single time I eat it, I feel lousy mentally – instant grouch!!! It’s not worth the way it makes me feel.

      • virginia says:

        In the beginning I had all the same horrid mood terrible sleep but that has all gotten better with time I am sure you don;t want to exchange your smoking with food I did that ,no good but now I am back on the program , one day at a time

      • Patricia says:

        No, I definitely do NOT want to exchange smoking for food – I’d like to live out the rest of my days with NO addictions. I’m so sick of being ruled by addictions, I’d just like to spend my time in freedom. I get so damn sick of even thinking about cigarettes…just have to remember that it’s going to take time…and thank God I have people like you and Bledi to help me along -

      • virginia says:

        P…… That is why I mentioned how little I thought about it this weekend and don’t think I kid myself that it will be easy from now on I know better than that. Just saying it will get easier but one day hour minute at a time however you have to take the day and remember breathe

    • mugg says:

      Totally relapsed. But stopping for a day or two here and there no longer makes me freak out. Gearing up for another attempt. So wish me luck. Hope you are all staying strong!

      mugg

      • justginny1 says:

        Mugg the only thing that matters is that you do it ! I just had a surgery yesterday had some stents doing fine but all from smoking. Go Mugg you can do it !

  12. virginia says:

    The BI was suppose to be smiley face with sun glasses and the (y) was supposed to be thumbs up

  13. virginia says:

    Good morgan to all B…….. Hope you are all better P………. hope you have a great day at work .
    Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
    Albert Einstein

    • Patricia says:

      Good morning to you too, J – I have been up since 4:00am, didn’t sleep much last night, due to excruciating pain in my upper left arm (deep inside the muscle). I figure either I pulled a muscle or it’s a pinched nerve (more likely), but BOY, am I in pain. I can’t even use my left arm. I was going to go to the ER, but figured I’d see how the day goes, since I have a rheumatologist appt. on Thursday. I have a friend up the street from my apt. who is a physical therapist. Hopefully she can spare five minutes for me this afternoon – she’d probably have a good idea of what it is. Talk about GROUCHY!!!
      Bledi – I hope you’re feeling back to normal by now…

  14. virginia says:

    OMG P…. I hope things don’t come in three”s first B……. Now P…… then Muggs LOL well I hope you feel better let me know what it is?

    • Patricia says:

      It’s funny you should say that – when I was standing in my apartment trying to decide if I should go to work or to the ER, I thought of that also – gee…I hope this isn’t one of those “comes in 3′s…” I’ll keep you posted as to what it is. From everything I’ve researched online, it appears to be a pinched nerve – probably somewhere in my neck from the way I sleep and having a touch of arthritis in it -

  15. virginia says:

    Good morning all P………… Just wondering how u r and if u saw a Dr.? Hope you are feeling better

    • Patricia says:

      Thanks for asking, J – I went to work and found some neck stretching exercises online. So I did them repeatedly yesterday, iced my neck and borrowed a heating pad from a friend – oh boy, do I feel a million times better today! I can actually raise my left arm again, the pain is almost completely gone. So glad I didn’t spend the money on an ER visit. I thought of you on the metro this morning as I was looking at all the people saying “now I feel like a normal, non-smoker” – it was a great feeling. I keep forgetting to ask you – do you see a lot of smokers on the streets of NYC? I hardly ever see any smokers down here anymore. It really is amazing, since Virginia used to be tobacco country!!

      • virginia says:

        No not at all outside bars and offices ,and the sad thing is when I see a cluster they are all very young for the most part .I fell like screaming at them stop now you fools killing yourself and pay fourteen buck a pack save yourself ! But I just pass by the majority of people don’t smoke. A while back I was up By Sloane Kettering hospital and a lot of the cancer patience where outside smoking some where smoking a buttt through the tube in their neck and I just thought Holy God i understand this is such an addiction . Just a little story to get you thru the day really think about that ???????????????????? and breathe glad you are feeling better

      • Patricia says:

        You know, I am still surprised – with all the information out there – that these young kids are STILL picking up cigarettes. The rate of girls smoking continues to increase. I’m like you – I just want to go up to them and say “it’s NOT worth it, it’s too hard to quit”, but I mind my own business. I’m shocked that Sloan-Kettering would even let their patients out for a smoke, aren’t you? Hey, I wanted to tell you that I am really enjoying the plums that are now in season. I wait all year for them and the peaches – have you gotten peaches lately? The metro was JAMMED on the way home yesterday – boy, was I grateful NOT to smell like an ashtray. That gives me so much gratitude.

      • Bledi says:

        Hi P, I’m really happy you feel better.Sorry for not writing earlier but I’m having some crazy time in the office!!!! Shipping feels like rocket science with the economic crisis here in Europe, I think I’m becoming a shrink too :D ( have to understand what clients feel only by talking on the phone or writing a couple of e-mails :D ).
        Smoke freeeeeeeeeeee and the best is that I feel nothing but disgust when I feel the smell somewhere so I guess it’s a good news.
        Have a nice one both of you ( P & J )

  16. virginia says:

    P… it sounds like your doing well so happy for us :) not haven’t had and peaches yet just plums blackberries necterines (peaches without fuzz but not) and cherries ,You have inspired me to make a big jug of ice tea don’t know what I will put in it I will decide when I go to the fruit market maybe cherries. You have a wonderful smoke free day

    • Patricia says:

      Thanks, doll – enjoy your tea! I’ll bet you’ve got some great little fruit stands by you…I don’t really have one here in my area…just a Farmers’ Market on the weekends…

      • virginia says:

        So funny I call people doll all the time or doll face I was just telling someone last week I sound like and detective in a 1940-50′s movie how a nice day sweet checks lol

      • Patricia says:

        haha – I do too – cuz we’re NY gals…that’s funny…

  17. virginia says:

    Better to smell like sweet summer fruit than an ashtray that’s been lying around for a few months

  18. virginia says:

    cheeks not checks

  19. virginia says:

    HELLO B…… AND P……… HOPE YOU ARE BOTH HAVING A GREAT SMOKE FREE DAY

    • Bledi says:

      Hi J, mine was not that great because as I wrote above it’s getting tough to ship things lately :(. Anyway, as long as it’s smoke free I’m very very very happy.
      You too have a nice one.
      Did I tell you (P & J ) that I’m goin on a little vacation in Albania in a month or so???
      maybe it’s a poor and under-average country but it’s really weird why I still miss it and always have willing to go :O
      I have to drive around 1700 km though :( :(, @#$#@#$$@#$#$%$#%#%^%$ :D :D

      • virginia says:

        Oh B… that is great so glad to hear your going back for a visit, do you still have any family or friends there? I am so happy no matter what you remain a non smoker you are a very positive person. When you go do you stay by the sea ? i know you will have a great time something to look forward to

      • Bledi says:

        Hi J, yes all of my family is there, parents, cousins and 80 % of my friends. And yes, I’ll be swimming all day long. I go there every once in a while, ( unfortunately not more than 2-3 times a year :( ).
        Sleep well ( P & J ) and I’m wishing myself a great day at work :D :D :D.
        Is it raining there ? Today I had to wait in pouring rain for the bus :D :P, feels like somebody threw me in the pool :D

      • virginia says:

        No not raining here yet but supposed to rain all week . Happy Friday my little smoke free friends :)

      • virginia says:

        Saw this a thought I would share…

        My to- do list for today;

        — Count my blessings
        — Practice kindness
        — Let go of what I can’t control
        — Listen to my heart
        — Be productive yet calm
        — Just breathe

      • Patricia says:

        Good Morning J – love your list! Here is the weekend again – always the toughest for me in the not smoking department. I am having some really rough days. As we know, addiction is about stuffing feelings – and mine are starting to surface. I am feeling a lot of anger and sadness – a bit overwhelming. Time to deal with all of the **** I’ve been stuffing for years…it’s friggin’ hard…

      • virginia says:

        Good afternoon P……… and B……… Glad you liked my post yesterday I saw it and said have to share and that it ended with breathe LOL P…… how long has it been since you quit? Remember a few weeks ago P……….. I was ranting and raving soooo angry and all these feeling where coming up and i finally had a good long cry. You where the one who explained to me about additions and feelings you helped me through that day .We object to our feelings and have our whole lives they are only feeling, if we allow ourselves to just have them it won’t be so bad even when I am really angry or sad I don’t want to feel it and I say to myself God forgive you after what other people have to deal with and your feeling sorry for yourself shame on you J………so on top of objecting I yell at myself and stuff the feeling back …… I SAY NO have them think about why you feel that way and when you felt that way in the past and then let it go our feeling won’t kill us .Today I wish you love and understanding hang in there you have come further than ever before on this journey .May you find the strength you need

      • Patricia says:

        Thank you, J, for the reminder that our feelings won’t kill us – sometimes I am so wrapped up that I think they’ll do me in. I just took a shower and downloaded a movie to try and get outta my head. It’s really hot outside, so I’m going to wait until later to go out. I’ll go up the street to see some folks I know at 7:00, but before that I’ll go buy some peaches. They should cheer me up…thanks for checking in today…

      • Patricia says:

        And to Bledi – as a girl with no car, I sure identify with the waiting in the rain for a bus! I really need you to keep reminding me of how much better life is without cigarettes – I am REALLY struggling right now and am feeling overwhelmed – trying to keep it in just today but it’s really hard. My mind is all over the place…

  20. Dan says:

    Hi P, B and J -

    For some reason just typing your initials makes me want to enjoy a sandwich. ;)

    I recently quit smoking (24 days smoke free). In that time I’ve been scouring the internet for information and resources that can help keep me on track. Health information, benefit timelines, testimonial stories and videos have all helped a lot.

    I stumbled upon this website while searching for my daily dose of inspiration and found true joy in the supportive, caring relationship between the three of you.

    I want to assure you that although there may not be many people commenting on this site, that there are vistors whom I’m sure are leaving happier and more dedicated to quitting. Thanks to you. You’re an inspiration to all.

    I wish you well on your journey to better health!

    Best,
    D

    • virginia says:

      Thank you D good luck to you and I hope you join us :) This site has helped me so much on in my new smoke free life today is the 60th smoke free day for me so I am so happy an B…. and P …. have helped me thru each day so thank you P..& B…. I will no longer count the days

    • Patricia says:

      Welcome D – what a kind and motivating post. You sound very happy in your smoke-free body! Please post about how much better you feel – I’m really struggling right now and could use all the inspiration and help I can get my hands on – it’s been about three weeks now and this is the worst – mentally – that I have felt so far.

      • Dan says:

        You can do it P!

        Yesterday I had the most delicious nectarine I’ve ever had. It was the most delicious, not because it was more ripe and juicy than ones I’ve had in the past, but because I could actually taste it! I had no idea how much my smoking had deadened my senses of taste and smell.

        What is your favorite food?

        During this time of struggle I think you should treat yourself to whatever your favorite is. It will be a whole new experience. An experience that truly illustrates how much our bodies are recovering as well as all of the amazing sensations that smoking was depriving us of!

        Quitting smoking is not deprivation like I originally thought and looking at it as such just makes it harder. Quitting smoking is each of us giving ourselves the gift of taste, the gift of smell, the gift of breathe and air, the gift of time and friendship and love.

        You deserve these things as much as anyone….so wrap it up with a bow and sing yourself a little song because everyday you don’t smoke is a gift that only you can give to yourself.

        Best,
        D

  21. Dan says:

    Hello J,

    A million congratulations for reaching 60 days!

    What a great idea! To stop counting the days after 60. Until I read your post I didn’t realize how counting the days, while being a motivating force for a while, after to long will just keep me thinking about cigarettes and smoking.

    I’m going to steal your idea your idea if that’s okay.

    Looking forward to life after 60!

    Best
    D

  22. Dan says:

    P, B, & J –

    Even during my life as a smoker I loved to go hiking and to spend time outdoors. So today, for the first time since quitting, I’m headed out into nature. I’m looking forward to breathing deep and smelling the woodland air. I’m bringing a pencil and notebook. The plan is to make a list of everything I can smell this time that I couldn’t before – to quantify each sensation I was missing so I can turn to that list whenever I get the urge to smoke again.

    It’s funny that even though I’ll be walking the same paths and climbing the same hills, this will be an experience that I haven’t really had in the 13 years I spent as a smoker.

    Just breathe….

    Best,
    D

    • virginia says:

      Hello P B & D …….. P….. come on now give yourself kudos remember the first night ? You where not even sure you would make it through the night , twenty four hours well you did that and so much more , so congratulations to you! THREE whole weeks smoke free.YOU GO GIRL ! Remember that ,and your craving will last three minutes so deep breathes . D…. so glad you have joined us on our journey, the hike and the writing is a great idea but the way D where are you from ? It is hot here today just got home from the beach. I know it is hard but like D…… said the gift of life :) so happy not to stink and have everything revolve around a ciggy butt ! hang in there P……. What movie did you download ?

      • Patricia says:

        Good Morning J – as always, thanks for the encouragement. I have to do my best to keep myself busy today – everything in me wants to isolate and not have to deal with anything – and as a result, I am overwhelming myself. It is now 7:00am on Sunday. I am going to try to get to a 10:30am movie – get out of my head for a couple of hours. I think that would be a good start to the day. It’s going to be hot again today, si I’m not up for being outside.

      • virginia says:

        Hey all, glad we are together on this endeavor ! P…… congrats another day past you made it ! B……. yes talked to my Dr about it and she said a few more months the only time I smoke is in my dreams and I always get so upset then I wake up and say thank God it wasn’t real .I am so happy to be smoke free :) everyone enjoy the day B…. have a nice night :)

    • Patricia says:

      Good Morning D – I am so grateful you have joined us on this journey, as J said. Your writings about the actions you’re taking are really helping me to want this smoke-free life. I am definitely guilty of not keeping myself busy enough and we all know what that helps – absolutely nothing. Weekends are still hard for me – when I’m at work, I don’t think about smoking, but that’s not the case on the weekend. Please keep posing! And have a great Sunday!

    • Bledi says:

      Hi D,
      happy to hear that you’re on day 24. I think everyone from us found inspiration from each-other’s stories,so one more story to read is one more reason to not smoke. I’m really happy that our comments are being read and maybe are some sort of motivation for other guys out there.

      P you’re 3 weeks smoke free, if you could go 3 weeks of course you can go through a bad day :). Do you remember what you were saying in the beginning: Smoking is $#!t, right ?
      Dan is right, eat something that’s your favourite ( in the first week I made baklava and almost ate it all myself :D :D )

      J congrats on your 60-th day,
      by now you sure feel better,breath better and of course smell better. And I think is a good choice to stop counting ;).
      P.S Are you still taking chantrix?

      Have a nice one all of you my friends.

      • Patricia says:

        Thanks, Bledi – I was missing you! I am going to use ‘smoking is sh**’ again today – thanks for the reminder! Simple always works best! I love baklava – thank God I don’t know how to make it! I will go and get the peaches today that I didn’t get yesterday. And try to concentrate on helping someone else rather than being so self-centered today – God, I hate the way my brain loves to try to get me to sabotage anything good (lifelong struggle) – enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

      • virginia says:

        P …… Don’t let your history interfere with your destiny ………………..

      • Patricia says:

        Thank you SO MUCH J for that – I really needed to hear that. The mental part of my addiction is kicking my a** so I need all of the mantras I can get right now. I’m going to walk my butt off today – rain or no rain. We are going to have some major thunderstorms today – I’m afraid of lightning.

      • virginia says:

        I really know the mental and emotional part can be just as or sometimes harder then the physical. B…….. is right if you could go 3 weeks of course you can go through a bad day :) Stay in the day remind yourself the reasons you stopped every time you start thinking of the ciggy butts say to yourself out loud stop! I am now living a smoke free life and doing a good job accept this is my life now. OUT LOUD

    • Patricia says:

      Hey D – I wanted to ask – how was your hike this weekend? Oh, the peaches weren’t ripe, so I bought some plums instead. I always look forward to seeing the inside color when I cut them open…

  23. Bledi says:

    Good morning America :P, Europe here speaking :D :D.
    J,P and D, have a very nice day when you wake up. And keep smelling good, all smokers envy you.

    B

    • Patricia says:

      And there it is – my mantra for today!!! As always, thanks Bledi – you see how much you help me and you don’t even do it intentionally!! And a good late afternoon and evening to you, sir B!!! Oh, and p.s. feel free to celebrate July 4th with us -

      • Bledi says:

        In an hour or so I’ll leave my office ( FINALLY )!!!! As about 4-th of July, I’d love to celebrate it by not coming to work :D :D And P, I’m happy I can somehow help you. Enjoy the rest of the day, I hope it won’t rain because I want to take my bike and go somewhere to release some of the stress.

      • Patricia says:

        Yeah, Bledi, tell them you can’t work on Thursday, as you’re standing with some very important Americans who are proud and grateful for their country. You are awesome, Bledi, with that bicycle – just think – you probably needed about ten cigarettes for that stress in the past, right?

      • virginia says:

        P……Thanks I almost didn’t post it but in someway it helps me to ,glad your getting away from the job for a few days next year you will be able to go some place keep putting that smoke money in a jar no matter what :) B…… Hope you get a chance to get on the bike love your attitude ! D where are you? What happened to Mugg ? LOL

      • Patricia says:

        I, myself, was thinking about Mugg this weekend. HEY MUGG – EVEN IF YOU’RE STILL SMOKING, PLEASE DROP IN AND LET US KNOW HOW YOU’RE DOING!!!
        J – you all really helped me through this weekend. As much as I can’t stand my job, it at least gives me structure to my day – which makes it easier for me not to smoke. The weekends are still hard for me. Hoping that will pass soon…

      • Bledi says:

        P, in the past I was smoking all day at work, for every shipment gone wrong, for every little problem I was just going out of the office and smoking. Now I manage to pass through moments like that only by going out to take some fresh air and maybe drink a glass of water. I have to admit that cigarette felt better when I was stressed BUT… when I go home now I’m not afraid to kiss my gf without thinking that she must really force herself to come near me because I smell like an ashtray ;)
        Smoking is evil, I hate it! I hope I never touch another cigarette.

      • Patricia says:

        Bledi – you are so right, smoking IS pure evil. I really do think it’s the worst addiction – that nicotine just warps your brain. Oh, my poor mother – she is the most anti-smoking person on earth and has had three daughters who’ve smoked since we were teens. It’s just been heartbreaking for her. My dad quit cold turkey when he was 29 (and had five kids!) He never picked it up again. But he said, till the day he died, that when someone lit a cigarette, it still smelled good to him.

  24. Patricia says:

    Good Morning All – hurray, it’s a short work week!!! J, as I was getting ready for work this morning, I thought of what you said about those patients at Sloan-Kettering standing outside smoking. Sad. That damn nicotine is no joke. Bledi: FYI – Sloan-Kettering is one of the most famous cancer hospitals in the world, located in Manhattan.

    • virginia says:

      Good morning/evening to all I know B……… whenever I think of that I just saw WOW . P….. they where like out patients there getting the treatment, not in hospital gowns but still some had tubes inserted in their throats and were smoking through the tubes .Sorry to be so graphic but that is how horrid smoking can be and just one example of how it kills you and still they could not stop. D….. hope your having a good day. P…….. made it thru another weekend :) B……. glad you have a short week ,when are you going on vacation?

      • Patricia says:

        J – don’t EVER apologize for graphic – graphic works for me. Us addicts have that head set of “oh, that won’t happen to me” so I search out graphic to try to break through my denial. I am off of work for four days from 7/16-7/19. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be going anywhere, as I just can’t afford it (thank you, smoking – I gave you all of my cash) – but four days out of this crazy office will be a blessing just the same. Did you have a good Sunday?

    • Bledi says:

      Well P, I’m not exactly the biggest religious type and now that I’ve managed to quit ( so far ) i thank God everytime I see the difference in my life. So I feel sorry about those guys there still smoking even though they know it’s killing them :( :(

      • Patricia says:

        I hear ya, Bledi. One of the things I try to do is to picture my heart as a little baby and try to take care of it as if it were a baby – would you stick a cigarette in a baby’s mouth????? I have a lot of making up to do to my body – God only knows what damage I’ve already caused and it makes me ill to think about it. But none of us are ready till we’re ready…God has been good to us…

      • virginia says:

        P………Learn how to take care of your whole self I am 55 and still trying to figure it out always took care of everybody and everything first just learning to take care of myself ,but if we don’t nobody else will . Off to the Dr. office lol just started to pour here quack quack :) as in ducks not Dr

      • Patricia says:

        Hey, if it were pouring doctors, they might actually be free!!! I hear ya on being more concerned about everybody else’s welfare first – I totally identify! Oh, another one of my favorite mantras that a friend of mine always says is “if you don’t like what someone’s doing, then DON’T DO IT!!!” I use that when I think of my two sisters smoking – I’m the only non-smoking sister in my family.

  25. Bledi says:

    P. LOL, you say that you’re the only non smoking sister while I’m literally the only ex-smoker in all of people who have my surname! Cousins,uncles, even my grandparents weren’t smokers. My father always wondered where did I get it from :D :D

  26. Bledi says:

    Good morning America, EU speaking here. Here is a very good morning indeed. Sunny,warm and healthy. The problem is that I’ve got to work though :P.
    Wish you ( J,P,D…and everybody else) sweet dreams and have a nice day when you wake up.

    B
    p.s Now that I see, JPD sounds like ( NYPD,LAPD :D ) so we have our own police department :D :D

    • virginia says:

      Good Day B…….. Maybe you can ride tonight ,I guess that would mean know.When do you have off this week ? Looks like this week could be a wash out for us .What do you think P ?

      • Patricia says:

        Good Morning J – washout is right – we are having occasional thunderstorms every single day lately – and it’s predicted for more of the same for the rest of the week. Thankfully, it hasn’t been as hot as it usually is. What cool location in NYC will you be watching the fireworks from? Are you going to the beach on the 4th?

    • Patricia says:

      OMG Bledi – Officer P here. Can you hear me laughing from there? Surely you can because I am falling off my chair laughing. You are too much. I was thinking of all of you last night and how there is no way in HE!! I’d be doing this if it hadn’t been for all of you pulling me along on this journey – seriously. You are all such a blessing to me. I am feeling a little stronger today – taking it one hour at a time has really been most instrumental for me. One whole day at a time without a smoke is still just too big of a chunk of time to think about. One hour is about as much as I can handle.

      • virginia says:

        OFFICER P……NOT SURE YET WITH THE WEATHER ? I WILL BE AT THE BEACH THEY ARE HAVING FIREWORKS DOWN ON THE BEACH ON WED. NYC FIREWORKS ARE GREAT BUT HAVEN’T SEEN THEM SINCE THEY MOVED TO THE HUDSON I CAN’T TAKE THOSE BIG CROWDS AND ROADBLOCKS .BUT I ALWAYS SAY I AM GOING TO SEE THEM AGAIN :) . P…… YOUR DOING GREAT ! THE DR. ASKED IF I WANTED TO JOIN A SMOKING CESSION GROUP AND I TOLD HIM NO THANKS I AM GOOD I HAVE A GREAT GROUP ONLINE THAT HAS HELPED ME AND CONTINUES TO HELP ME EVERY DAY :)

      • virginia says:

        “State everything in positive terms, such as ‘I am a non-smoker, now and forever,’ rather than ‘I will not smoke.’”
        that quitting smoking is really about managing one craving at a time. It is not necessary to think about how you will get through your entire life as a non-smoker, only to get through each craving successfully. “You are choosing only not to have that next cigarette,” . “Focus on that and let the future take care of itself.” One way to do this is to focus on drinking a glass of water instead, . “Envision that it is washing away the urge AND washing away all toxins from smoking,” .One thing that people often overlook in planning to quit smoking is building a support network of friends :).Each day you live without smoking is a victory and is worthy of recognition as an accomplishment in its own right. Copied from 1st 30 days

  27. virginia says:

    UH OH Where is everybody ? Could you be out solving crimes ?

    • Patricia says:

      Or maybe committing them??? hahahah…good morning J – it is pouring down rain here in Northern VA. It’s like a NY rain today. I understand you NY’ers have had your fair share of rain this week, yes? We get out of work at 2:00 today, then a four-day weekend! Yippee! I have a LOT of scrubbing to do!!! Will you be going to the beach?

      • virginia says:

        Yes if it is nice I am off to the beach .Talk about rain Went out Monday. Got caught in a down pour my shoes are still wet. I saw all these kids playing and so happy it was pouring and though what happened and how I Iove to play in the rain and could care less how wet I got hopping in puddles and dancing in the rain. P…. Are you near DC and do you go to the fireworks? Enjoy your time off

      • Patricia says:

        Yes, I’m about 15 minutes from DC in Alexandria. And NO WAY would I go to DC for the fireworks on the Mall. It’s crazy and hot and crowded. And trying to get on the metro afterward is a nightmare. We have plenty of spots here in Alexandria where you can see the DC fireworks. I love your dancing in the rain story – now that’s livin’!!!

      • virginia says:

        P………… I feel the same way about NYC Glad you’ll be able to see them .When I grew up in Rockaway all summer they had fireworks every Wed. night I still love them

      • Patricia says:

        Ahhh….you grew up by the beach? I loved Rockaway Beach! We didn’t have fireworks in my home town of Mahopac, up in Putnam County…

      • virginia says:

        You where never there on Wed night . Do you remember Playland?

      • Patricia says:

        OMG – my two sisters used to love that stupid Dragon Coaster – I think I went on it once and never again. I am terrified of rides!!! Always have been, always will be. Did you go to Playland?

      • virginia says:

        LOL you mean the roller coaster of toothpick Please we loved that place went whenever I could would scare the death out of me that roller coaster and right after it ended I would go again

      • Patricia says:

        OMG – my sister Betsy did the same thing! Gives me a stomach ache just to think about it…

  28. virginia says:

    PS maybe B…….. is on his bike right now pulling of the caper of the century …………. LOL

    • Patricia says:

      HAHAHA – riding off into the sunset w/his baklava…I’m laughing out loud!

      • virginia says:

        Oh the fun we have

      • Bledi says:

        Hhahaahhaahahaahahahaaha. that baklava thing was too much. LOL.
        And yes I was on my bike today.
        I didn’t write anything today because I didn’t really had time for anything when I was at work, and after coming back home I was EXHAUSTED and really had enough PC.
        Have a nice one (afternoon or evening I guess ).

        B

      • virginia says:

        B…… have a good night hopefully you have a day off tomorrow

      • Patricia says:

        Hi B – now don’t forget to take off tomorrow for our Independence Day! And wear some red, whote and blue!! Glad you liked my joke – pretty damn funny…good to hear from ya!

      • Patricia says:

        Well, Bledi, I am off to bed and you are just getting up (soon, anyway). Have a great day and a wonderful weekend – hope your work day flies right by! Most of us here have off on the 5th this year because it’s a Friday, so we’ve been given 4-day weekends. Hope I can get off my lazy butt and do something constructive -

      • Patricia says:

        Bledi – I wish I could, like you, ride a bike, but arthritis in both of my knees won’t allow it. I went to a physical therapist for my arthritis and part of the treatment was to ride the bike – it only served to make it worse. Today I am researching other exercises that I can do. You are halfway through your work day – yippee! Oh, have you been cooking up a storm? I have to detox from the fried chicken I ate yesterday – my stomach isn’t used to the grease (I don’t eat fried foods). I try to eat healthy -

  29. virginia says:

    Yes you could say I grew up on the beach I went down with my friends @ 6 am before the life guards got on duty and usually left well really one of my siblings would come and get me because it was time for diner

  30. Bledi says:

    Happy Independence day America.
    Unfortunately I’m working today but it’s a very nice day so I don’t mind.
    Have a nice one and enjoy the fireworks.

    B

    • Patricia says:

      Thank you, B – wish you were here to celebrate with us!! I am keeping my focus on all I have to be grateful for – Lord knows there is a LOT! And I am truly grateful for you folks walking me through this quit smoking journey – so glad God saw fit to put us in each other’s paths…

      • virginia says:

        Happy fourth of July P……….. God Bless America and you to :)

      • Patricia says:

        And God bless YOU too, J – did you go to the beach today? No healthy eating (or guilt about it) for this girl today – fried chicken, potato salad, corn – yum!! I will eat my peaches for dessert, though. I had one for breakfast and it was fragrant & juicy! The heat was a bit much in the sun today – is it hot up there?

      • virginia says:

        It is hot ,haven’t really done anything today or tonight just watch the fireworks on TV

      • Patricia says:

        Hey, I will watch the fireworks on TV too! I just don’t feel like hiking back out in the heat to get on the metro – plus, I like to watch the NY fireworks. Enjoy your peace & quiet, J…oh, it was kinda hard being around a few smokers today. At first I was a little jealous, than I realized how much worse it smells combined with the heat.

      • virginia says:

        Hey P I am having kind of a hard day today I thought of smoking for the first time in a while, I didn’t , I think it just because of the holiday and I am feeling lonely so just wouldn’t smoke say my prayers breathe and tomorrow is a new day, a friend on FB ask if I was still not smoking and I told her I am now and always will be a non smoker !

      • Patricia says:

        Oh boy, don’t feel alone in that – I so identify. Smoking was a great tool for filling in my loneliness – it takes our minds off of it because at least we had our evil “friend” nicotine to help us forget. Didn’t matter what I was feeling that was negative – cigs covered it up. Plus, I think the holidays (no matter if they’re big or small ones) bring out the loneliness – that damn expectation that it’s supposed to feel like a special day. This, too, shall pass – you are victorious for another day! I’m praying for you…every day…so thankful for you.

      • virginia says:

        same i you my husband check out after 33 years donsn’t have a relation with my daughter and this was a tradition for my family our family he ran uo over $ 100,000 IN CREDit t CArDS I TRUSTED HIM AND THIoUGHT WE WOULD BE together forever he adore my daughter but doen’t even talk to her or more and i will never know why or what he spent it on so i have ny feelings and move on

      • Patricia says:

        Damn, J, that’s rough. Was/is he a gambler? I sure as sh** hope you don’t have to pay off any of that credit card debt. Does your daughter live with you? How old is she? Man, I’m sorry to hear that heartache, J, I really am. Always happens to the nicest people…

      • virginia says:

        never found out my daughter is 22 didn’t pay a dime for him but it was a shock

      • Patricia says:

        If you don’t mind me asking, how long ago was this (that he left)? I’m so glad you have your daughter. J, sounds like he was some kind of an addict -

      • virginia says:

        5yrs but kept thinking i would fix it and be sorry and fought his way back an alcoholic and don’t now what else . She lives with me but my problems cant be hers, so divorced last year I fell better now tonight had my felling and move on

      • Patricia says:

        Plus, you can watch the fireworks then go to bed and be done with this day, right? I am always happy when bedtime gets here since I stopped smoking – there’s that “whew” feeling to it. Always great to get a break from the noise in my head!

      • Patricia says:

        HAHA-Joey Chestnut won the hot dog eating contest again today! I forget how many, though…

  31. Patricia says:

    Hey Mugg and D – happy 4th of July to you!

  32. virginia says:

    Good morning all Thank GOD it is a new day .P……. thanks for listening last night grateful yesterday is in the past ! B,,,,,,,, I think you should have the day off if so enjoy you to P…. I am taking myself and a book off to the beach supposed to be really hot here today PS P …… no I didn’t help him pay a djme of it , but cost me in other ways

    • Patricia says:

      And a good morning to you too, J – a new day is always a gift. I like what a friend of mine always says – ‘every day we get the opportunity to recreate ourselves’ – I think today I’ll be a peaceful non- smoker! Enjoy the beach (I’m jealous, by the way…

  33. virginia says:

    Where are all my little friends ? Out smoking ?

    • Patricia says:

      Ahhhhh….good to hear from ya. Where did this long weekend go? Rough one for me – found out my older sister was quite ill and in the hospital for four days. Appears it is most likely cancer – it’s been a sad weekend…I feel so sorry for her. We’ll know for sure within the next few days. She is freaking because now she has to quit smoking…

  34. virginia says:

    Sorry to hear that P…….. but you can be a great support to her. Imagine you think you have the big C and your freaked out is having to quit? I was at the beach but had a hard time to, I got in the car off to buy a pack and didn’t have my wallet so I said thank you God and OK got the message. Your sis can join the group or where ever she is a cessation group. In my prayers

    • Patricia says:

      Thanks, J. Unfortunately, she and I have never gotten along all that well – we are a year apart (she’s the oldest of us five kids). But I’ve spoken to her and it’s gone well. I think this will be a healing time between us. I just told her tonight that if I can quit smoking, she sure can too. She’s not as heavy a smoker as I was. I told her to try the patch since it’s working for me.

      • virginia says:

        Irish families don’t talk to my two sisters they continued to talk to my ex and tell me how sorry they felt for him and two brothers addicts done with that we where 7

      • Patricia says:

        You got THAT right about Irish families – champion grudge holders! I’m just glad I did the right thing and called her today – we hadn’t spoken in a year and a half. Her son is my godson and he is the love of my life – so at least she gave the world a nice guy! But I felt sick to my stomach for her all day today – like you, she divorced (this year) after a long marriage (30 years, I think) so I hate to see her go through more heartache. Oh, and it’s blood cancer (multiple myeloma).

    • Patricia says:

      And congrats for not buying the smokes! I am going to VA Beach next week – I can’t imagine not smoking at the beach!!

    • Patricia says:

      J – my sister is up in Mahopac – not too many smokers up there any more. She’s been paying about $12/pack – like you were, yes?

  35. virginia says:

    It fells great to be on the beach as a nonsmoker

    • Patricia says:

      I hope I’ll identify. I am enjoying not having to hide when I want a smoke – it was embarrassing.

  36. virginia says:

    she can do it but it is her path not yours keep this timeline to yourself

    • Patricia says:

      I was planning on it – there are many of these forums out there these days…

      • virginia says:

        Hello P…… Hope you are having a good day ! What for you don’t talk to us anymore B….. ? LOL Hopefully he is on vacation having a smoke free time of his life !!!!! P…… we made it thru another weekend hip hip hoorah

      • Patricia says:

        My day was just okay – hard to get back in the swing of things after a long weekend. How did your rehab appt. go?

      • virginia says:

        I start tomorrow

      • Patricia says:

        Okay, well good luck with it – I’ll be thinking of you. Oh, I was thinking – here is my email address so we can chat about things other than quitting smoking (since we can always find something to talk about and we should stick to quit smoking topics on here): graciea117@hotmail.com – P

  37. Patricia says:

    Well, the holiday weekend is over and it’s almost back to reality (Monday). Hope everyone had a nice smoke-free weekend. My mission for this week is portion control!! Four days off presented too many opportunities for eating. I’m starting to feel uncomfortable (clothes getting tighter). But I am enjoying the he!! out of the peaches – they are awesome!!

    • virginia says:

      I hear you pass along any helpful hints you have I am starting cardiac rehab on Tues. have some veins issues but meeting with a nutritionist right after

      • Patricia says:

        Won’t it be nice to go into the cardiac rehab as a non-smoker? And that is awesome about the nutritionalist. I think I’ve been eating too many salty foods (pretzels, chips, etc.) that I never used to eat before. Salt has been a major craving for me. That is what is causing my slow weight gain and I need to stop buying that stuff – I think the crunch relieves my stress.

      • virginia says:

        you go girl sweet dreams and keep up the good work :)

      • Patricia says:

        Thanks, doll – can’t do it without you! Good luck at your appt. tomorrow – prayers for you too!

  38. Patricia says:

    But I just ate some watermelon and it was de-lish! I always eat fruit before bed – I feel like it digests my dinner better.

  39. virginia says:

    Bledi where are you?????????????????????

  40. Patricia says:

    Yeah, Bledi, what happened to yooooooooouuuuuuu????

  41. virginia says:

    BLEDI…………………………….. even if your smoking again just let us know you are ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has been to long since hearing from you

    • Patricia says:

      Yeah, Bledi, we miss you!!!! And we hope you are doing well, mugg!!!

      • virginia says:

        yea Mugg we miss you to ,what the h&ll is going on here is it P and J against the world no B… No Mugg No anybody what is this site really hard to find or something

      • mugg says:

        You guys are faithful. I check in pretty regularly but haven’t posted for ages. I’m still sticking to no smoking during workday. I’m getting inspired to go further in part because I’ve got an infected gum. It might not necessarily be smoking related but it sure is awful. Other than that loving the long, hot summer. You guys seem to be doing good.

      • virginia says:

        MUGG !!!!!!!! so happy to hear from you ouch nobody likes the dentist having a good summer can,t believe July is almost over :( I was just looking back you have been posting a long time good luck P we have to start posting again .FORGET WALDO WHERE IS BLEDI !!!!!!!!!

      • virginia says:

        Good morning to all ! I hope everyone has a wonderful and successful smoke free day :) Can not believe July is almost over enjoy the day sunny and beautiful here in NYC

        l

      • Patricia says:

        Enjoy a beautiful, smoke-free New Yawk day, doll! I’ll enjoy a beautiful, smoke-free Virginny day!

      • virginia says:

        You go girl P……..sounds like your ready to take on the day :) Don’t let anyone

        (hear the music)
        Yeah, you’re bringing me down (down, down, down)
        Yeah, you’re bringing me down (down, down, down)
        Ah, you’re bringing me down (down, down, down)
        Yeah, you’re bringing me down

      • Patricia says:

        Haha – coincidentally, I made the decision this morning that I am only focusing on the positive – no analyzing, I’m too tired for the negative. I’m back on the beam!!! Everyone will have to work on their own stuff; I am staying out of everyone else’s sandbox!!!

      • virginia says:

        You’ve got to accentuate the positive
        eliminate the negative
        Latch on to the affirmative
        But don’t mess with mister inbetween

        You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum
        Bring gloom down to the minimum
        have faith, a pandemonium
        Libel to walk up on the scene

        via SAM COOKE

      • virginia says:

        wanted to say good night sweet dreams and congrats on another successful day

      • Patricia says:

        And a good night to you, Ms. J – hope you enjoyed a beautiful summer day! Good night all…

      • virginia says:

        Good Morning P………..Rehab was good yesterday ,here in NY seems like it is going to rain or just be cloudy oh well no beach for me today have a good day :)

      • virginia says:

        Worrying does not empty tomorrow of it’s troubles

        It empties today of it’s strength ……

        Have a good night :)

      • Patricia says:

        Awesome quote – I’ll pass it on…

      • virginia says:

        Remember Miss P.. You’ve got to accentuate the positive
        eliminate the negative

  42. virginia says:

    MEANT GOOD LUCK MUGG AND PATRICIA WE WILL HAVE TO START TO POST AGAIN

  43. virginia says:

    P……… GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD VACATION AND ARE STILL SMOKE FREE .P…. I HAD TO START SOMEWHERE REMEMBER BREATHE LOL

  44. virginia says:

    One

    One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do
    Two can be as bad as one
    It’s the loneliest number since the number one

    Come on peeps just spent some time reading through the old posts we have come a far distance together lets not stop now and hope others join us on our journey so keep writing where you stopped smoking or even thinking about it and just want to say Thank You people for the support and encouragement .Who is with me on this?

    • virginia says:

      Good Morning J hope you have a great day as a non smoker so happy not to have the butts in our life Love J

      PS come on people I have resorted to wring to myself LOL

  45. Virginia says:

    Hello today I am so happy I know I said I wouldn’t count anymore but that was days .I HAVE NOT SMOKED IN THREE MONTHS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    not one dirty little puff ,it can be done :)

  46. Bledi says:

    Hi everyone,
    I’m sorry for not posting during the last 150 years here :D :D but I’ve been really busy at work.
    Congrats J for your 3 months and P too.Have a nice day when you wake up. Mugg congrats to you too although I think it’s better to just quit it. Cold turkey rocks :P

    I’m reaching 4 months now, and to be honest I haven’t had any cravings in a looooooong time. As usually I’m taking my bike and driving off to the sunset :D :D.
    Most importantly : in a week or so I’m going on holiday. Sun,sand,beach,motherland,parents,and a lot of football matches are waiting for me there!!!

    Enjoy your clean lives and try to help another smoker to quit. I found it quite motivating ;)
    B

    • Virginia says:

      Welcome back B…….. we missed you so happy to hear that you are well and still not smoking :)

  47. Virginia says:

    Hello J…….. just wanted to wish you a smoke free happy weekend :)

  48. Rich says:

    I quit smoking 13 years ago today , and I was reading your timeline on smoking, pretty good, thanks

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