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678 DOF

Posted by Daniela-3-11-2016 Jan 18, 2018

Some days I forget, because I know what kind of choice I will be making every day when it comes to smoking.  Even when a thought of smoking enters my mind, I have my own answer to that, and it is NOPE.

Doing the pledge forces me to go find out what the DOF is today.  And today it is 678!

Another number in my quit that I like, now looking forward for 700, 777, 789….:)

How do I feel at 678 DOF?

I feel free

I feel blessed with a son who helped me make the decision to be free

I feel proud of reaching 678

I feel grateful for all of you at EX helping me reach 678

I feel thankful for being able to contribute here

I feel excited for everyone who has a number to celebrate

I feel happy every day when I hold a new hand to do a pledge, or one who held mine many times

I feel I am a better person than I was 678 days ago

Because I am honest with myself

Because I am respecting my family

Because I made so many new friends

Because I will be here to make even more

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Not much else to say but stay with us!!!


What would it be?

Posted by Daniela-3-11-2016 Jan 10, 2018

A life of freedom, or a life in chains

Let the addiction govern your brains?

Beautiful health, or a bunch of pains

Never to heal, only get worse?

Family time, or cold solitude

Responding yes, you have my servitude

Nasty addiction, hurting my life

Less of a husband, less of a wife,

Less of a mom, less of a dad,

Less of a friend, slave to the bad

Evil and stinky, taking my head!

But you know it, as well as I do,

It is only up to you!

Not easy that first day

But getting easier if you stay!

Please let us be part

Of your journey, please start!

Make the right choice for yourself

We’ll be here, and happy to help.

PS  Please forgive me if the phrasing is a little off, this is my first attempt at poetry in English and it is for this site and its people who guided me to reach 670 Days of Freedom today, Thank you!

Who would have thought 666 days ago that I would be here today writing about the freedom from smoking?

Not me, and yet, here I am.

When I stopped I was hopeful, but not very sure I’ll succeed. I was not prep for the quit.

I got sick one day, bad bronchitis, hard to breath in air, let alone smoke. And I thought: “I’ll take this as my clue”.

And it worked for a little over one month, on my own, using patches for a couple of weeks, then the e-cigarette, doing what I thought best to stay away from smoking.

And I came here, and a whole new world opened the doors for me. The world of knowledge, acceptance, guidance, curiosity and support.  Knowing I am not alone, knowing I can call someone when I need to.  Absorbing all the knowledge served on a silver platter every day, and correcting my course of action based on it.

666 is not a recognized milestone, but it is for me! It is a place where I can stop for a minute, think about how far I have come, and express my gratitude for the helping hands who guided me on this journey.

Daniela 666 DOF

When our quit falls way lower on the priority list.

There comes a time when life’s demands come first and we go on solving them without a thought about smoking.

There are times we experience illness, sadness, joy, and hard work and we do it all without thinking of smoking.

We are forever smokers who chose not to smoke, for we all know there is not such thing as just one cigarette. We need forever to live by the NOPE (Not one puff ever).

But, there comes a time when life goes on without a thought of smoking, day, after day, after day.

Please, if you are in your first week, the second, in NML or just out of it, please believe that a time will come when you will feel disconnected from smoking.

Daniela 665 DOF


Dear friend

Posted by Daniela-3-11-2016 Dec 27, 2017

I found out this morning my dear friend I've known since I can remember, passed away yesterday of a heart attack. 

We were in the same class in preschool, and first grade, and spent many summer and Christmas breaks together, till the time I married.  Our parents were friends, and still are.

In his pic he posted for Christmas I saw he had lost a lot of weight, and I called him on Christmas Eve, we promised to see each other next year when I plan to take mom home for a visit. But now I won't, life is not fair. 

He quit smoking maybe 15 years ago, he was not a drinker, was working 2 jobs, and was the nicest person I knew.

But I will not smoke over my loss, even if it were just to honor his memory; through the years he asked me to quit smoking so many times, I lost count.  And that is what good friend would do for each other.


Smell the roses

Posted by Daniela-3-11-2016 Dec 25, 2017

It seems that we often forget to "stop and smell the roses". 


When we quit smoking we can't wait to achieve the status of EX.  And it is why when getting craves after 50-60-100 days seems so unfair, and so disappointing. We want to have arrived already!


I know I was guilty of it, and even when told "quitting is not an event, but a process, a journey", I did not really hear it.


But I do now, and as harsh as this might sound we are still addicts, for the rest of our lives; addicts who make a conscious decision every minute, hours, day, not to smoke anymore.


Don't be impatient to arrive, the arriving is happening every time we make the right choice!


Enjoy your new status of EX, it's Christmas, enjoy the healthier you as you are today.  I know I am, and because of the biggest day of giving, I lay all my gratitude, just out of my heart, in front of you all.


Thank you for teaching me a new life, thank you for giving me a new life.

We should all stop and enjoy the moment, for becoming an EX is a wonderful thing in our lives!


Merry Christmas to all my EX friends!

Daniela 654 DOF and counting


Go ahead, laugh!

Posted by Daniela-3-11-2016 Dec 21, 2017

Inspired by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. quote from yesterday, I decided why wait for January to put in place some of the healthy resolutions, and decided to go for a walk.  The thermometer on the patio was saying 48 degrees, so I made sure to layer clothes, and covered my head.

However, stepping out I was surprised by a sharp little wind, and about half-way on the walk, my cheeks felt like little pointy needles were biting at them. What a crying baby, right???

How do you guys, living in colder climate are doing it? Using lotions on the face?  Because I could not see myself wearing one of those masks to make me look like a burglar!!!

Yes, after spending more than half of my life in a 4 seasons’ country, and paying my dues for almost 5 years in Montreal/Canada, I guess my skin is no longer prepared for a little cold.

And you know what? While walking in the crisp morning, the thought of smoking never entered my mind!

So Marilyn, true to the quote you posted : “Nothing worthwhile is ever easy”!!!


Happy moment

Posted by Daniela-3-11-2016 Dec 9, 2017

Staying with Dale's theme this morning, here a short story about yesterday.

I was driving to a new Dr's appointment yesterday morning, long drive, but going to a Dermatologist did not make me stress over it.

As I was again waiting for the light to turn green, I saw a driver, female, probably my age smoking in the car, window half open.

And it is when it happened: thinking of my journey here, thinking I am less than 3 months away from 2 years quitaversary (played with the word yesterday ), and a feeling of incredible gratitude invaded me: for the moment I took the clue it's time to quit, for the struggle of the first month, and the ability to overcome it, for the idea to call the insurance company and their referral to find you, and for the relentless support I received here!

There is no way to define what I felt, and how powerful the feeling was, and the more I think about it, the more I am tempted to call it pure happiness!  I had tears in my eyes, I felt all the cells of my body invaded by lightness, and I could see you all with my mind's eyes, you were all there.

And back to today's theme, yes, it is all in our heads, if we allow ourselves to look inside and be grateful for what we are, what we have, what we have became.

This should have been posted earlier today, but better late than not at all!  I posted it on fb, then on my way to work I thought "that's a shame, why on fb, and not on EX ?"; it took me a while to be able to get back here and share with my EX friends.  Wishing you all a great day!

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Monday, again?

Posted by Daniela-3-11-2016 Dec 4, 2017

One can get depressed just thinking about it, right?   Opening the eyes to the world this morning, it was the first thought I had, "no, not another Monday"...


But you know what?  We said the same thing for how many weeks, how many years, every week, and we would run to have a cup of coffee and our cigarette (s) and thought we were making it better...

Wrong my friends, we are making it better today, and every Monday morning is now better because we start it with a cup of coffee, or tea, and not smoking.  Life happens (Mondays always happen), to smokers or EX-smokers alike.

Let's be proud and happy we are embracing it with a clean breath, let's be proud of our decision to better our health, our lives.

And for those here waiting for their quit day, please don't delay, learn as much as you can about the addiction, and please join us, be an EX, it will be one of the smartest decisions you ever made.

As for Mondays, I decided to call it Tuesday eve, and I will tell you later if it worked out on my enthusiasm for work (yeah, right, it will, huh???)

I looked up "How to be happier" and found the article worth sharing with my EX friends, happy reading and thank you for being my Ex friends!


Happy Friday's Eve



Posted by Daniela-3-11-2016 Nov 10, 2017

John Lennon


“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.”
John Lennon


“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”  

Shel Silverstein


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