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Finally, for the first time in a blog, I feel I can proclaim that I am an EX-SMOKER!
75 days without cigarettes and smoke and ash and stench and shame. 14 days without lozenges, meaning that I am free enough from nicotine and cotinine (nicotine's metabolite/byproduct) that I could, more likely than not, pass the most common saliva tests, urine tests, or blood tests used to detect the presence of nicotine/smoking. I wanted to meet these benchmarks before posting something like this, for some reason. Go figure. It just felt right. (And, yes, I do know that there are wildly different numbers and figures and testing timeframes out there, but I decided on the 2-week choice for myself so I could move on, emotionally.)
The journey still continues, of course, and always will. But, I'm free of the drug now, and accelerating forward on the path with a detoxed body and a clean state of mind I have not known since the age of 18.
(Note: For me, in my personal quit, "ex-smoker" is the correct and accurate label. I forfeited my status as a "non-smoker" at the age of 18, on the day I finished my first pack of smokes. I understand that many here prefer to be called a "non-smoker" after they quit, and that's totally acceptable for their personal journey.)
Yay for you!!!! I love reading your blogs and the thought process that you put together. I totally understand the EX-SMOKER title.....I guess I just always say (about me) that I am a non-smoker......
No matter what we say.......we just know
"KEEP 'EM AWAY FROM YOUR FACE"
Big congrats on 75 days Storm.
Keep it up!
Sharon 282 DOF
Smorgy (quit forever on 8-5-13) 111 days ago
Awesome Storm, Congrats to you! Keep blogging and keeping me posted on your journey, mine is still in it's beginning stages.
CCollins67 111 days ago
Congrats on 75 Days Storm AND being nicotine free!!!! You are doing so great. Yay, Dancing, Clapping!!!
annb 111 days ago
Congratulations! And I agree, I look at myself as an ex-smoker as well. It just seems to make more sense.
Well, congratulations again!
Courage 111 days ago
Congratulations Storm on 75 days!!!
Your doing great and am happy for you!!
Mag10Q 111 days ago
You are simply STUNNING my friend! Simply STUNNING!! And getting closer to the other side of NML.. I can't wait to stretch my hand out to you and ease you out of there.. Keep rocking your quit - I am proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ms. J November, 10 2013 111 days ago
Way to go! Congratulations.
c2q 110 days ago
Congrats Storm!!..You are inspiring!
indnprincess 110 days ago
I'm liking that big bold 75 next to your name!!! Glad you feel free!!! That's a great place to be.
I think I'll call myself an ex-smoker too whenever I feel comfortable enough to proclaim it. I'm still answering people with "NOPE. I'm still not smoking". Crazy how some people actually ask me if I've started back smoking yet. Gee, thanks for the vote of confidence. I want to answer with something like "No. Still not smoking and I'm sorry I exceeded your expectations of me".
Congrats on that big beautiful 75!!
Cheryl (1-1-14) 110 days ago
Marvelous, simply marvelous! Keep moving forward!
Moody (9-18-13) 110 days ago
Love it!!! Congrats on 75 days!
Strudel (Quit 6-12-10) 110 days ago
Bravo! So glad for you.
karen 110 days ago
Congratulations on 75 days my friend!! You are ROCKIN this quit! And you are such an inspiration!
Jaxson1 quit 01~16~2014 110 days ago
75 days! :-)
So stinkin' proud of you!
Mrs. Rum 109 days ago