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It won't last forever.

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Sep 29, 2016

In the beginning, it may be hard but the hardship doesn’t last forever.  If we give up and throw in the towel we will not experience the freedom from smoking.   If we compared quit smoking to starting a new job,a personal relationship or a business startup, it is a challenge.   We won’t succeed if we give up just because things do not go the way we expect is not a reason to give in.  Anything new requires a learning process.  When we have problems we find solutions.  We have to endure, compromise, and make sacrifices in order to accomplish our goal.  We have to commit and be willing to do whatever is necessary to move forward.  By making our minds up and knowing whatever we are going through will not last forever we can make it.  We can take each experience as a learning tool to move forward and know there are better times ahead.   Each time you go through and do not smoke you will become stronger. With a no matter NOPE (not one puff ever) we can do this. It works. 

There may be days early in your quit all you can think about is smoking.  Imagine telling yourself for so many years that you need and want a cigarette.  It takes time to change that thought. So start telling yourself that you don't need a cigarette. Give it time and don’t give up.  It can be done.  Know that this will not last forever.  There may be nights that you cannot sleep, it won’t last forever.  You will find ways to make it through with a no matter what attitude.  Come here blog, read and learn about nicotine addiction.  If you have questions, ask.  Just know and tell yourself that this too shall pass and it will. 

There is no quick fix, no drug, no patch, lozenge, gum that is going to totally do it for you.   These are only quit tools that help to make it easier until you can stand on your own.  Quit smoking takes work, so plan, prepare and practice.  The reality is you will have thoughts, craves, urges, withdrawal systems but they will not last forever.   It will become easy to slap the little man off the shoulder like swatting a fly.  In the meantime, hang tough, stay close, don’t give up, don’t give in because the hard part won’t last forever.  Tell yourself just that and you will be on your way to freedom. 

I am a nonsmoker 613 DOF

Good morning, fellow EXer's!

The Freedom Train is on the tracks, and prepared to make its daily run to freedom from smoking. Everyone is invited to come aboard to celebrate their own personal freedom, and that of their friends!

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Today's Celebrations: Daniela (Uniquebyd)  200 Days

 https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/daniela-3-11-2016

flaroyale quit 31116 200 Days  

https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/flaroyale-_quit_3-11-16

Sky Girl 4Yrs. https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/skygirl

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We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, those of your friends, and show pride in your quit: 2 days, 200 days or 2000 days, or more if you have them! Let us hear from you, and let us all celebrate our freedom. Post food and music - IT IS PARTY TIME! This train is bound for FREEDOM from the evils of tobacco and smoking.

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!    -JACKIE

What is the Freedom Train? More  here

If you are new here, this vehicle provides a place for everyone to gather to celebrate the milestones and successes of those in our community. There are no tickets. The fuel for this locomotive is love and caring. The rides on this train are paid for in contributions to the quits of others! The only thing required to ride this train is a desire to breathe free. We encourage everyone to join in the celebration. No matter where you are in your quit, today is special, and is cause for celebration! Celebrate with others, and they will celebrate with you! There are no baggage fees; bring all your "EXtra baggage" and we will help you sort it out.

How do I count my days?

Your quit info is here

From time to time we have questions about counting days. While we encourage everyone to celebrate every day of their freedom, here on the Freedom Train we count the days you have completed. For example, Tommy quit on 01/01/2010. On 12/31/2010 he had reached 365 days. However, he had not completed a year until 01/01/2011.

 Where can I sign up?

You can register for the Freedom Train here.

 Have a question?

Please feel free to address any questions or suggestions to Pir8fan (Tommy) at any time.

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Daily Freedom Train Conductors
Sunday: Pir8fan

Monday: YoungAtHeart

Tuesday: JACKIE

Wednesday: Jennifer72113

Thursday: Terrie

Friday: Smorgy

Saturday:Shawn

 

I am on with 611 Days of Freedom

Lets start with some breakfast.

JACKIE1-25-15

Just for Today

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Sep 26, 2016

What are you going to do today so that you will not smoke?

Just for today, I have already made a pledge on the daily pledge not to smoke.  Today,  I will guard my quit so no matter what life brings me today it is not an EXcuse for me to smoke.  NOPE not one puff ever, just for today. One day at a time.  Just for today, I will offer support to someone who is struggling.  Just for today, I will welcome someone new.  Just for today I will greet someone to let them know that I am thinking about them. Just for today I will seek to learn somethng new that will enhance my life to make me a better person. Just for today I will say a prayer for someone who is asking for prayer. Just for today I will come here read blogs, and spread some cheer.  Just for today I will  ask forgiveness if I have offended someone.  Just for today I will use my talents to make someone smile.  Just for today I will do something special for someone in need. God bless you all.  Have the best day that life can bring today for tomorrow is not promised.  NOPE saved me. 610 DOF Oh I forgot,:and reward myself for not smoking just for today. . 

JACKIE1-25-15

Start Your Day Here!

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Sep 23, 2016

Sometimes you have to go through a rough patch in order to get to the smooth side of the road.  No it may not be easy all of the time BUT one thing for sure a crave, an urge, withdrawal will not kill you, smoking will.  Quitting smoking is doable and as time passes it gets easier.

 

Anyone who has been in this journey for any length of time realizes it isn’t just about quitting smoking. It is about changing your mind which changes your life and the way you live.   Believing that you can quit requires a change in your brain.  Changing our thoughts recreates transformation.  We can break the cycle of addiction by renewing our minds by knowing that you do not have to smoke makes a major difference. You have to believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that you can do this no matter what. NOPE  (Not one puff ever) by any means necessary.

 

For those who have not quit or are just starting, where you are in your life today is not where you have to stay.  Quitting smoking is a process that creates new opportunities, new freedoms, doors open because you no longer smoke.   Your family life will be much happier.  There is a financial relief of not wasting your money.  You will feel spiritually cleansed and grow.  You become stronger mentally.  A cloud of confusion is lifted.  Some of us finally get a “backbone” and learn to say no more.

 

Anything worth having requires work and so does changing your mind .  It can be done by coming here reading the suggested material.  Learning what nicotine does to the body.  Learning about nicotine addiction.  Learning how to deal with craves. You have a place to come if you are struggling and need support.  Blog, comment if you like.  Participating isn’t required but you get better results if you do.

 

 Today is the day to make the right choice.  Choose Freedom.  Hang tough, stay close, don’t quit on your quit, protect it.  If you need help we are here

 

606 DOF

 

 

Foundation For A Successful Quit 

I really like this place called EX. 

I can blog here comment and express

My passion, worries, life’s goals and my fears

About quitting smoking I can bring them here 

Never had the notion that this place exist.

Where I can bear my soul and learned to take risk.

This is not just a place to be free

This is a place where I want to be

Someone is always here to listen to me  

If I need a hug, there are lots to go around

My friends at EX can make a smile out of a frown

We have gained true friendships that we hold dear.

Like those newbies who started with me

I call them my lifetime quit buddies

Not behind nor in front but side by side.

With the elders here as our guide

Forging ahead, together hand in hand,

Telling each other yes we can. 

Lifting each other up so we can all stand

Someone may hear me scream

Even if it is just a smokemare dream

At the end of the day, come what may

We can agree to disagree

Our goal is to remain smoke free.

I am so grateful for my EX family

I really love this place call EX.

 

*I love you guys,  Peace out!

JACKIE1-25-15

An addict is an addict.

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Sep 21, 2016

How can I sugar coat it to make you feel better about your addiction?  How can I make you understand that when you relapse it is because you choose to do so because you are an addict?.  How can I "lovingly" make you see that there should not be any EXcuse for picking up again?  How can I tell you kindly and nicely that you need to learn about your addiction when you keep “slipping and sliding”?  Maybe this way:  The law of addiction Administration of a drug to an addict will cause reestablishment of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance."

If I were a heroin addict would you pat me on the back and say good try, that was a “slip”, now let’s try again? Would you prefer for me to learn and relearn that I have a choice and I need to learn to make the right choices? To use or not to use.  If I am a crack cocaine addict would you tell me that it is okay if you smoked crack again it is just a “little slip” or would you tell me that I had a choice?   Because smoking kills slowly there is a tendency not to have the same urgency as any other addiction. Lets get real and stop the sugar coating. Bottom line SMOKING KILLS and an addict is an addict is an addict, undeniably so, no matter what subsance it is.  "Take what you can use and leave the rest".

JACKIE1-25-15

Grateful for 605 DOF

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Sep 21, 2016

I wish that I could be happy everyday all day but realistically that is not true.  I consider myself a rather upbeat, positive person but for the last few days, I question whether I am turning into a grumpy old woman due to some circumstances occurring in my neighborhood.   I won’t waste time explaining that.  Trust me when I say I use the term old very lightly.  Age for me has always been just a number.  Anyway,  to move on the last few days have been very rainy and I haven’t been able to go outside to “play”.  It is a little depressing just watching the news on TV.  but nothing to smoke over.  I have done a few things inside but have loss motivation.  I did clean and reorganize some closets, shelves, drawers, pantry and now my body is a little sore from all of the work. With the rain comes some aches and pains due to “Arthur”.  You guys know him right.    Now I know what “I am a little bit under the weather” means. 

However sitting and contemplating what I should or should not do, I am reminded to be thankful because there is someone somewhere who cannot walk, or is homeless.  Someone has unexpectedly loss a love one.  Somebody is going through cancer treatment and may be counting their days.  Somebody can’t breathe unless they are connected to a tank.  Somebody’s love one is sick and constantly dealing with dr appointments, test, medications, hospitals, or seizures.  

My world is not perfect by no means.  Yeah some of my neighbors may leave trash in the street, or I have to deal with an abandoned car.  I may get upset with my neighbor when she throws pine cones back in my yard from MY pine tree.  My dad may not like the fact that I am not with him 24/7 but life goes on.   I still have to be thankful and spread some cheer even at times that I don’t feel like doing so. I have to let my sunshine until the sun comes out on its own "tomorrow".  I am alive, smoke free with no known smoking illness diagnosis.  605 days of it.  That’s more than enough to be thankful for  Thank God I am free. Peace out NOPE saved me.

The Freedom Train is on the tracks, and prepared to make its daily run to freedom from smoking. Everyone is invited to come aboard to celebrate their own personal freedom, and that of their friends!

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Today's Celebrations:

                          

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We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, those of your friends, and show pride in your quit: 2 days, 200 days or 2000 days, or more if you have them! Let us hear from you, and let us all celebrate our freedom. Post food and music - IT IS PARTY TIME! This train is bound for FREEDOM from the evils of tobacco and smoking.

 

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!    -JACKIE

 

 

What is the Freedom Train? More  here

If you are new here, this vehicle provides a place for everyone to gather to celebrate the milestones and successes of those in our community. There are no tickets. The fuel for this locomotive is love and caring. The rides on this train are paid for in contributions to the quits of others! The only thing required to ride this train is a desire to breathe free. We encourage everyone to join in the celebration. No matter where you are in your quit, today is special, and is cause for celebration! Celebrate with others, and they will celebrate with you! There are no baggage fees; bring all your "EXtra baggage" and we will help you sort it out.

 

How do I count my days?

Your quit info is here

From time to time we have questions about counting days. While we encourage everyone to celebrate every day of their freedom, here on the Freedom Train we count the days you have completed. For example, Tommy quit on 01/01/2010. On 12/31/2010 he had reached 365 days. However, he had not completed a year until 01/01/2011.

 Where can I sign up?

You can register for the Freedom Train here.

 Have a question?

Please feel free to address any questions or suggestions to Pir8fan (Tommy) at any time.

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Daily Freedom Train Conductors
Sunday: Pir8fan

Monday: YoungAtHeart

Tuesday: JACKIE

Wednesday: Jennifer72113

Thursday: Terrie

Friday: Smorgy

Saturday:Shawn

breakfast on me.  I am on with 603 Dof

Hey gang... Thanks for the congrats.  I spent the day fishing.  Forgot all about it.  Have to catch up on the blogs.  Talk with you later.  Love you all.  Thanks for your support.  I am a non smoker 601 Days of Freedom Have a great day.  

Good morning, fellow EXer's!

 

The Freedom Train is on the tracks, and prepared to make its daily run to freedom from smoking. Everyone is invited to come aboard to celebrate their own personal freedom, and that of their friends!

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Today's Celebrations:

                          

Everybody here!!!!

 

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We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, those of your friends, and show pride in your quit: 2 days, 200 days or 2000 days, or more if you have them! Let us hear from you, and let us all celebrate our freedom. Post food and music - IT IS PARTY TIME! This train is bound for FREEDOM from the evils of tobacco and smoking.

 

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!    -JACKIE

 

 

What is the Freedom Train? More  here

If you are new here, this vehicle provides a place for everyone to gather to celebrate the milestones and successes of those in our community. There are no tickets. The fuel for this locomotive is love and caring. The rides on this train are paid for in contributions to the quits of others! The only thing required to ride this train is a desire to breathe free. We encourage everyone to join in the celebration. No matter where you are in your quit, today is special, and is cause for celebration! Celebrate with others, and they will celebrate with you! There are no baggage fees; bring all your "EXtra baggage" and we will help you sort it out.

 

How do I count my days?

Your quit info is here

From time to time we have questions about counting days. While we encourage everyone to celebrate every day of their freedom, here on the Freedom Train we count the days you have completed. For example, Tommy quit on 01/01/2010. On 12/31/2010 he had reached 365 days. However, he had not completed a year until 01/01/2011.

 Where can I sign up?

You can register for the Freedom Train here.

 Have a question?

Please feel free to address any questions or suggestions to Pir8fan (Tommy) at any time.

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Daily Freedom Train Conductors
Sunday: Pir8fan

Monday: YoungAtHeart

Tuesday: JACKIE

Wednesday: Jennifer72113

Thursday: Terrie

Friday: Smorgy

Saturday:Shawn

I am on with 595 DOF

Thought I was over it.  Thought I was in control.  How could I not make myself stay home and not go to the store.  The time I have wasted contemplating no… yes.  Just one won’t hurt.  So I did it.  And now within 24 hours they are all gone.   I found myself in conflict like, telling myself if you buy them you will not be able to put them down.  Why not get some ice cream or chocolate candy.   I use to be in conflict like this.  Wondering why I could not stop going to the store.  I would be on automatic pilot.  Even on the trip to the store, I thought "you will not be able to just have one and put them away".   I was comparing this to cigarette smoking. I opened the package and ate about 3 helpings.  Then it was two at a time. One on each side. I never smoked two at the same time.  Oh let see 3, that would be really funny smoking 3 cigs at one time.  Then I put the bag in a drawer.  Within minutes the bag is in my hand again.  This morning they were my breakfast.  Oh My!!!!!  I could compare this to how a cigarette would be. Thank God that is over.  In the last week I have had the taste for M & M's.  Could not eat only one.  Just like smoking, one puff and you are BACK

Just like a cigarette one will never be enough.The very best part they do no melt in your hands.  Now I have to run an extra 5 miles to make up for it. See you later I am off to the gym. Help.  Somebody tell me this is okay as long as I am not smoking.  Happy Monday everybody.  

JACKIE1-25-15

Defining Moments

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Sep 6, 2016

Yesterday I heard a minister speak about defining moments. Listening to the message caused me to reflect on quit smoking. This is a summary of what I got from the message which was about temptaion but in my mind was geared towards smoking.

When we make the decision to commit to quit smoking it is a defining moment.  It affects everyone around us and our future generations.   We remember the exact moment, where, how and why.   We can call that a “defining moment”, but it does not end here because we are often at cross roads in the journey to freedom.   For instance,  the time you were so stressed out, climbing walls, not knowing what to do while wanting to pull your hair out, screaming, crying but No Matter What  NOPE you did not smoke.  That is a “defining moment”.  You made it through.

When those little voices you hear telling you: “just one” shake your head and say NO. The crave goes away…make it your defining moment.   Say am a nonsmoker whenever the urge hits.   It will become a reality.   You may call them an ah ha moment but for this blog I call it defining.

 Remind yourself with each defining moment you will become stronger, healthier and wiser.  It may not be easy in the beginning but it does get better for you and all of those around you.  Dig your heels in,  get started and make the right choices.  It may be uncomfortable for a few moments but learn, relearn and discipline yourself until it becomes automatic.

A little bit of pain is far better than a long time of regret.   The “just one” is only pleasure for a moment.  Let your defining moments be good ones.  When the thoughts of smoking come don’t dwell on them to make it real.   Guard your quit.  Treat it with urgency.   Stay out of compromising situations.  Don’t play games with it to see if you can endure.  If you are around smokers and have to smoke don’t walk, RUN.  Stop putting yourself in the same situations that will cause you to relapse.  If you have to smoke if you drink alcohol, DON”T DRINK.   Changing people, places and things so you will have more greater defining moments.  With every temptation there is a moment of grace to make the right decision. Choose FREEDOM.   Hang tough, stay close, don’ give in don’t give up.  Peace out. I am a nonsmoker. 590 DOF

Good morning, fellow EXer's!

 

The Freedom Train is on the tracks, and prepared to make its daily run to freedom from smoking. Everyone is invited to come aboard to celebrate their own personal freedom, and that of their friends!

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Today's Celebrations:

Kandi 200 days https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/kandi7

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We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, those of your friends, and show pride in your quit: 2 days, 200 days or 2000 days, or more if you have them! Let us hear from you, and let us all celebrate our freedom. Post food and music - IT IS PARTY TIME! This train is bound for FREEDOM from the evils of tobacco and smoking.

 

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!    -JACKIE

What is the Freedom Train? More  here

If you are new here, this vehicle provides a place for everyone to gather to celebrate the milestones and successes of those in our community. There are no tickets. The fuel for this locomotive is love and caring. The rides on this train are paid for in contributions to the quits of others! The only thing required to ride this train is a desire to breathe free. We encourage everyone to join in the celebration. No matter where you are in your quit, today is special, and is cause for celebration! Celebrate with others, and they will celebrate with you! There are no baggage fees; bring all your "EXtra baggage" and we will help you sort it out.

How do I count my days?

Your quit info is here

From time to time we have questions about counting days. While we encourage everyone to celebrate every day of their freedom, here on the Freedom Train we count the days you have completed. For example, Tommy quit on 01/01/2010. On 12/31/2010 he had reached 365 days. However, he had not completed a year until 01/01/2011.

 Where can I sign up?

You can register for the Freedom Train here.

 Have a question?

Please feel free to address any questions or suggestions to Pir8fan (Tommy) at any time.

**************************************************************************************

Daily Freedom Train Conductors
Sunday: Pir8fan

Monday: YoungAtHeart

Tuesday: JACKIE

Wednesday: Jennifer72113

Thursday: Terrie

Friday: Smorgy

Saturday:Shawn

 

I am on with 590 DOF

How about some breakfast

Get on board!!!