30 Days After Quitting Smoking: Yes it can be done!

I want to scream it from the rooftops, 30 days after quitting smoking and I am still going strong.

30 Days after quitting smokingThe truth is that I never honestly thought I would be able to quit smoking.

I had a scary vision of being one of those old people with emphysema that have cigarette breaks from their oxygen! I know it is bad isn’t it?

Just this week in one of the popular magazines published in South Africa, the YOU,  is an article about Darren Scott (a local celebrity) who has now gotten cancer again for the 4th time. A few weeks ago (13 October 2015) he had an operation to remove the malignant growth and a third of his left lung. He has only now decided to quit smoking.

Sounds crazy right, but that is what addiction does to you. Your own safety is ignored.

So how do I feel 30 days after quitting smoking?

Today, right at this moment I feel great. But it has not been an easy ride from my last post at 2 weeks after quitting smoking until now. In fact it has been terribly hard.

I sort of assumed things would get easier as time goes by. I especially had the 3 week mark in my mind as being a time when things would be easier. What a shock I got when I hit the 3 week milestone and it was the rockiest patch I had hit, it was honestly worse than day 1.

Apparently at 3 weeks is when your body is free from nicotine so I thought the physical cravings would be gone and everything would be a little smoother.

While on my rocky roller coaster ride I searched online for information and I came across what is known as the three threes: 3 days, 3 weeks and 3 months being peaks of uncomfortable times with quitting smoking. Why hadn’t I heard of this and been prepared for it?

How I understand it is that day 3 is the peak of physical cravings, week 3 is the peak of psychological cravings and month 3 is what is known as the “blahs”. I am still not 100% sure what they mean by the blahs but I am sure I will find out soon enough and then I will let you know what happens.

I can sure tell you what happened at 3 weeks. The psychological cravings were incredibly strong, so strong they were physical. I could not concentrate and all I wanted to do was go to the shop and buy some smokes. I had to eat a lot of chips during this time.

quitting smoking

So I’m sure you want to know what stopped me from smoking?

  1. I had made it 3 weeks already, to just throw all that away would be such a waste!
  2. My hubby was waiting for me to smoke, so he could start smoking again and blame me. Yes, he even told me so. One thing about me, is I am one really stubborn woman. If he was going to smoke it was going to be because HE failed, not ME.

So I can probably thank my hubby for that, it kept me strong. I can also thank him for not smoking, because in all honesty I was waiting and hoping he would fail so I could smoke and blame him!

Coughing up… who knows what?

My lungs are starting to cleanse themselves. I am coughing up some really disgusting stuff.

When you are a smoker all the poisons and stuff clogging up your lungs can’t get out. Once you stop smoking it all comes up. When I cough I can hear the wetness and spit up green and yellow phlegm. Yes it really is charming, but it is also hitting home what damage I have done to myself. I can see all the revolting things now.

Sorry but I had to share this with you!

Stomach Problems after Quitting Smoking

Stomach problems after quitting smokingPreviously I reported back that I had constipation problems, now I have no problem going. In fact I am easily going 2 – 3 times a day. I don’t have a runny tummy just going very often.

So there is no nice way to say this so I am just going to spit it out…

The problem I have is with gas, yes I said it. Luckily for me I work from home so I don’t have any embarrassing problems during the day. I’m also fortunate to have a child still in nappies, there have been some close to embarrassing incidents and I have just pretended to go change my sons nappy. Yes pinning it on the baby might not be nice, but I have to work with what I have here.

I have read up online about this and stomach problems after quitting smoking is very common. It is incredible how much smoking affects the stomach and the digestive system! Hopefully things will sort themselves out soon, my hubby is starting to get annoyed with me. For some strange reason this is only happening to me and he has no problems! It is sometimes just not fair, or maybe it is. He has just started a new job this week. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, least of all my lovely hubby.

At least I can just sit and fart in the comfort of my own home, all alone!

Acne After Quitting Smoking

I usually have quite good skin, yes I do get the odd pimple every now and then. Even in my teens when other kids had some serious problems mine were minimal. Right now however I am having a little problem. I have little bumps all over my face, little pimples in the making ready to make an appearance. I even a few pimples on my chest and shoulder.

This is very unusual for me so I searched online and yes, it is a common result of quitting smoking. This is yet another result of all the toxins in my body coming out. My body is detoxing and this is another charming effect it is having on my life!

The Goal is now 6 months!

Yes I have now done some research and the general consensus appears to be that at 6 months the cravings and withdrawals are just about gone. It really is disappointing because I thought it would be much sooner that than, like how about now? 30 days is a long time to be without a smoke!

The 6 month mark just seems so far away. Yes I know I can get there, but do I really want to keep going with these uncomfortable feelings?

Honestly yes I do. I want to be a non smoker, I want to be nicotine free. I want to be free from all mood and mind altering substances, free from anything that I am addicted to.

Am I a Non Smoker yet?

Something strange happened to me on Thursday. I went to my daughter’s school to throw a party for her 4th birthday. Everything went beautifully until it was time to sing and have cake. I put all the candles in the cake and reached for my bag to get a lighter and realized I don’t have one, yes non smokers don’t usually have lighters or matches! I had packed everything for her party and never thought about how I would light her birthday candles. It felt really odd.

am I a non smokerWhen can I call myself a non smoker? If feels strange thinking of myself as a non smoker, I have been a smoker for 22 long years and it is like it is a part of my personality. I’m not sure how I can be a non smoker, it feels weird just thinking about it.

The definition of a non smoker is simply someone that does not smoke. Ok I suppose I fit in that category, but it makes me feel kinda sad.

I know this sounds strange, but only a smoker will understand. Outside every building is a little club of smokers. You don’t need to actually know anyone there, simply the fact that you are a fellow smoker puts you in the club. There is a strange camaraderie amongst smokers, especially in winter when they are all huddled together outside in the freezing cold. I don’t fit in that anymore, I feel a huge sense of loss.

At our Narcotics Anonymous meeting everyone goes outside for a smoke during the break and I just kinda hang around on the outskirts being creepy. I don’t know what to do with myself. Plus the cigarettes actually still smell nice to me.

Are Things Getting Easier Yet?

This is a big YES from me.

I am a now a happier non smoker than I was before. There was a time when I was angry, resentful, anxious and jittery. That has all passed thankfully.

The feeling that there is a huge big hole in my life is getting smaller and smaller as time goes by. Sometimes I can make it till mid morning before I remember that I was a smoker and now I am not.

The cravings are not as strong and they are further apart. When the cravings come I remember that this too shall pass. And it does.

Some days are good and others are not so good. This is to be expected.

I take each day as it comes, one day at a time, sometimes one moment at a time.

My next few posts I will be sharing information on how to quit smoking, techniques to help you through it and some information on different methods for quitting smoking, so stay tuned!

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of my progress so far, I would love to hear from you, especially the smokers and ex smokers!



  1. Andrew says:

    Hey, congratulations on officially becoming a non smoker! It seems really strange now but like you I smoked for about 20 years and then 2 years ago I decided to try and quit.

    It was really hard for the first couple of months and I think it took up until about the six month mark for me to feel like it was getting easier. After the 6 month point I decided that I had done so well that I couldn’t possibly go back.

    I remember actually feeling quite ill for the first couple of months and I seemed to catch every cold that was going. 2 years later and its really odd to think that I ever smoked in the first place.

    To anyone quitting right now, just keep going. Its so worth it in the end.

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Andrew, thank you so much for sharing your experience. It makes me believe I can do the long haul too. I’m still in a bit a disbelief that I have already gotten this far. Well done on stopping smoking and for not going back, it really is an incredible achievement.

    • Emily says:

      A big CONGRATS to you!! Wow that is awesome and I really appreciate your honesty. Because no it is not an easy process! One of my staff has stopped smoking (well she is vaping instead, the new thing) and is at week 6 now. Her mood was quite something the first few weeks….But we were expecting it. And yes it does a number on your system and it certainly takes time to get it all out. In all the fun ways it comes out. I do not smoke but I command you for stopping. I have been to meetings too and literally everyone smokes. Everyone. So soooo good that you are remaining strong!

      • Lynne says:

        HI Emily, thanks for stopping by again to give me some more encouragement. Yes the smokers club at meetings. I am starting to be able to laugh about it now, but damn I have have been resentful about it! I’ve even considered not going to my meetings for a while because of it. That of course would not be wise.

      • Hindy Pearson says:

        Hi Lynne, first of all let me say “well done.” I read your previous post, and it’s great to see you persevere. What I enjoy most about your articles is how “real” they are. They are genuine, brutally honest and sound like they come from your soul. I have no doubt your words, as you share your struggles and victories with us, will help countless people as they overcome whatever addictions they are dealing with. I think you are helping not only yourself by having this outlet, but others who may not have this kind of support.

        • Lynne says:

          Thanks Hindy. There have been a few times I have been close to smoking and the thought of having to tell everyone here “Hey sorry guys, I failed” kinda kept me going a bit longer 🙂 And yes having an outlet to share my feelings and thoughts helps a lot. It is very important with any addiction to be able to get honest with yourself and others, to share you feelings and to let everything out. That is why group therapy in rehabs is so powerful! You also get to have feedback from the group.

        • Chris Lee says:

          Lynne 🙂

          Ok you might think I’m crazy but I am a smoker but I do 30 days of no smoking every once in a while.

          As a matter of fact, I am doing my 3rd “30 days challenge” this year in november. From Nov 1st to Dec 1st.

          I know I should quit for good, especially since I do it “successfully” 3 times a year but I love smoking.

          While typing this I am in my office and this would’ve been a perfect time for me to light one up before I read to bed.

          I wish you luck on your journey and do not do like me… keep going.

          Would love to check back in with you in a few weeks and see that you are still smoke free.

          Congrats and good luck.

          Chris Lee

          • Lynne says:

            Hi Chris

            My first thought is why of why would you want to torture yourself a few times a year going smoke free? This has been a really hard experience for me and I don’t want to ever do this again lol. But then again well done, it must take a huge amount of will power to do that 🙂

            I am sure when you are ready to quit for good you will do it. Have you read Allan Carr’s Easy Way to Quit Smoking?

            I hope too that when you check back I am still smoke free. I can only take one day at a time and hope for the best.

          • Brenda says:

            Chris Lee, You fascinate me! I often wonder how people can do what you do? I had a friend that did the same thing! She could just get up and decide not to smoke for a week! I could not do that!

            I loved to smoke! I quit December 10, 2017! I quit before but could not count it because it was after brain tumor surgery and I had no idea!

            • Lynne says:

              I couldn’t agree with you more on that point Brenda! I would never be able to just stop smoking at the drop of a hat, it was a very difficult process for me. Certainly not one that I ever want to repeat, it will be much easier to just stay away from cigarettes than to start again and have to quit.

            • Steve says:

              That is freakin AWESOME, Lynne!… I’m RIGHT there with ya!… You see, I started smoking when I was 14….I am now 44… and I stopped smoking on October 12th 2015!… And I must say i feel such a sense of freedom and I’m loving being smoke free… YES – it’s been hard at times and I actually have dreams about smoking but ultimately – It’s awesome!

              Something i did do which has helped me heaps was to write down why i wanted to stop smoking. I wrote the following words on a piece of paper which I’ve hung on my bedroom door so I see it every day… Maybe try this if you haven’t done so already… And these are my reasons, which you can use – or come up with your own version 🙂

              Love your site by the way, Lynne…. You are doing a great job here 🙂 Anyway – here’s what i have hanging on my bedroom door…. hope it helps x

              ‘Smoking Tobacco does NOTHING positive for me at all.

              It is a complete and utter waste of my time, money and health.

              I am sick and tired of being a slave to tobacco and nicotine and fed up with having to smoke where ever I go and with whatever I do…


              • Lynne says:

                Hi Steve

                Congratulations, so you are right there with me. That is a great thing to do, it is so much better than being a resentful ex-smoker. I do believe in reminding myself why I stopped smoking.

                I’ve also had dreams that I started smoking again, then I wake up feeling all guilty before I realize it never happened!

              • Cynthia says:

                I am curious as to whether or not you are still a Non Smoker I am on 30 Days Myself

                • Lynne says:

                  Hi Cynthia 🙂 I am so sorry to take so long to reply. Yes I am still a non-smoker 2 years and 4 months later. Congrats on your 30 days – that is a huge achievement!

                • Derek Cox says:

                  Hey, been following this and also bought your book but what happened to the next update after 30 days ? 🙁 Derek

                  • Lynne says:

                    Hey Derek, did I promise to update in 30 days after this post? I am so sorry but things got really busy with my other blogs! I did give an update after 6 months after quitting smoking sharing tips on how to quit. It is now over 2 years since I quit smoking and it is the best thing I have ever done.. well since quitting drugs and alcohol anyway!

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