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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  

  

enigmatik2  50 days https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/enigmatik2

  

shashort  200 days  https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/shashort 

  

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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

 

 

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 674 Days of Freedom

JACKIE1-25-15

Step into Freedom

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Nov 26, 2016

Life is a mystery, therefore no one knows what the future of each day holds.  That is one of the reasons quitting smoking is a one day at a time “affair”.  If you have not quit yet or have been haggling over a quit date you have to begin by taking a step of uncertainty.   It is called a leap of faith but let's break it down to one step at a time.   Stepping into uncertainty is stepping into the fear of the unknown but you have to step out of the fear of failing, gaining weight, losing a friend or any other EXcuse you can think of to continue smoking.  Don’t let these EXcuses hold your life hostage from freedom.  Dare to step into the unknown.  You will soon find life will be better than what you could imagine.  Dare to cross the line from your comfort zone into a major victory of quitting smoking by being willing to relearn life without cigarettes.  It is doable one step at a time. You may not be able to see the future so step by faith and quit smoking.  You will be making the right choice for the rest of your life.  There is no crystal ball and the path may seem dim but here at EX there are plenty lights to guide the way.   You may not be able to look into the future but being smoke free is bigger and better than you can ever imagine but you have to take the step.

Believe in your dream of quitting by stepping out into the uncertainty.  If you feel like it is out of your reach or overwhelmed, stretch your inner self to reach the dream and believe you can take the next step.  With each step your confidence will grow.  You will not fail if you commit to never take another puff.  NOPE   In a short period of time you will begin to trust yourself more with each step.  You will start to gain sure footing as a nonsmoker but the strength starts with the first step to freedom.  Have a plan and challenge yourself to do 24 hrs.smokefree, then step into 48hrs.   Take another step by making a promise to commit to 72 hrs.  You will be well on your way to 30 days and more, never to smoke again.  You have to take the first step of uncertainty or you will not move forward.  Do not be afraid.  We are here to help you make it one step at a time.  Take a step of faith to freedom.   Set a date and get to steppin'.

If you have questions, ask.

If I could count my blessings the number would be endless.  Joy, peace, love, family, shelter,so many things too many to count.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving with an attitude of gratitude. Being smokefree is the way to be. 

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  

Wisconsin 800 days!!!! https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/wlfsrfamily-01-31-15

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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 667 Days of Freedom

There are so many newbies, that I can’t keep up with all of you. If I haven’t personally welcomed you, WELCOME. if you need help I am here cheering you on.   It is good to see that you have forged friendships and created bonds because that’s what it takes, towing the line together. It is much easier together than doing this “quit thing” alone.  So many of you are so fired up, you keep me motivated. It's good to read the encouragement that is among you all.  It makes the Elders work a lot easier. lol  Just remember quitting is a journey, not a race or a marathon it does not end BUT is the beginning of something so wonderful and more powerful than I have time or words to express. There is no finish line. This quit thing is a “new life” that get better.  So be like the turtle, pacing yourself one day at a time being persistent, determined to persevere, no matter what NOPE. Not one puff ever  

It doesn’t matter how many badges you acquire or the number of groups you start or join because those things will come when and if you are doing what is necessary to NOPE.  Staying smoke free is the prize.  So keep your eye on the prize and don’t be tricked by that little guy on the shoulder telling you that "just one" is okay. One puff will do you IN and END a perfect quit quickly.  

It is easier to quit than to stay quit so it is very important to learn how to protect it.   I don’t want to bust anybody’s bubble like mine was when I was told it is great to be confident but don’t become complacent and think that you are not vulnerable.   In order to stay smoke free you have to Plan Prepare Practice to Protect. Relearn what to do when you have to deal with feelings of Hunger, Anger, Loneliness, or just being Tired. Know these simple feelings can be confused with triggers. "HALT" So have to Plan Prepare Practice to Protect.  Learn techniques to relieve stress.  Read Study Relearn.  Education is the key to a successful quit.

Stay EXcited about your quit but be like the turtle keep a steady pace moving forward one step at a time.  Slowly but surely you will have success. Hang tough, stay close don’t give up Plan Prepare Practice to Protect.

A little extra reading material for the turtles to help Plan Prepare Practice to Protect. 

https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/ShawnP-blog/2013/08/11/foundation-for-a-successful-quit

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-management.htm.

I am a nonsmoker with 663 DOF it is doable. 

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  

  

joedice711  400 days https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/joedice711

  

Sootie quit November 15, 2009   7 Years https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/sootie

  

Sparky 900 days https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/sparky26

  

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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 660 Days of Freedom

Lets start of with some donuts and coffee. 

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  

Allhappenings 600 days  https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/allhappening37_3-21-2015

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 655 Days of Freedom

JACKIE1-25-15

I am a Conquerer

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Nov 9, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvvimH5_Ap4

please click the link and listen. 

                                                       "Conqueror"
 

  Life is like a big merry-go-round, 
You're up and then down, 
Going in circles trying to get to where you are. 
Everybody's been counting you out, 
Where are they now? 
Sitting in the same old place, 
Just faces in the crowd. 
We all make mistakes, 
You might fall on your face, 
But you gotta get up! 
  
   [Chorus:]
I'd rather stand tall 
Than live on my knees, 
'Cause I am a conqueror, 
And I won't accept defeat! 
Try telling me no, 
One thing about me 
Is I am a conqueror, 
I am a conqueror! 
Ooh oh 
  
Got a vision that no one else sees, 
Lot of dirty work, roll up your sleeves, 
Remember there's a war out there, 
So come prepared to fight! 
You never know wherever the road leads you, 
Not everyone's gonna believe you, 
Even though they're wrong, don't prove them right. 
  
   [Chorus:]
I'd rather stand tall 
Than live on my knees, 
'Cause I am a conqueror, 
And I won't accept defeat! 
Try telling me no, 
One thing about me 
Is I am a conqueror, 
I am a conqueror! 
Ooh oh 
  
I am a conqueror! 
We all make mistakes, 
You might fall on your face, 
but you gotta get up! 
We all make mistakes, 
You might fall on your face, 
Don't ever give up! 
  
   [Chorus:]
I'd rather stand tall 
Than live on my knees, 
'Cause I am a conqueror, 
And I won't accept defeat! 
Try telling me no, 
One thing about me 
Is I am a conqueror, 
I am a conqueror! 
Ooh oh 
  
I am a conqueror 
We all make mistakes, 
You might fall on your face, 
But I am a conqueror!
   

You can be a conquerer too.  One day at a time.  Free 655 Days of freedom. 

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   YOU and YOU and YOU!!!!!!!

  

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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 653 Days of Freedom

Starting Early lots of voters on the train. 

We are leaving early so get on and vote. 

JACKIE1-25-15

Your quit garden.

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Nov 7, 2016

I love to garden both summer and fall.  This year my fall garden was impacted by hurricane Matthew.  We didn’t get the hurricane but the torrential rains washed the newly planted collards away.   After making an attempt to salvage them another windy rain storm came and beat those plants down.  Every plant…….Gone.   Fortunately or unfortunately, I had also planted collard and kale seeds.  The seeds had washed all over the garden.  What was I to do?  I had to “wait” until the new seedlings were strong enough to be transplanted. Since the seedling were various sizes the process had to be done gradually.   After three weeks of transplanting, fertilizing, cultivating my fall garden has finallybeen recovered from the storms.

Gardening is a reflective time for me. Today my thoughts paralleled quitting smoking to gardening.  Last year the moles ate the collards immediately after concocting this organic lavender insect repellant.  What a disappointment but I got rid of the moles, however no collards. This summer the gophers attacked the cucumbers.  Got rid of the gophers, but I canned fewer pickles.  I realize how tenacious I am about gardening and that I did't give up. 

Like quitting smoking we have to be tenacious.  (determined)  We have to plan and have a backup when things seems to be running amuck.  We have to be on guard to think quickly of what to do when we are confronted with the choice to smoke or not to smoke.  We have to be willing to wait, think it through, use the tools and allow those cravings and urges to go away so no matter what is happening in our lives we don’t smoke.  We have to fertilize our quits with the knowledge of nicotine addiction.  We have to water and cultivate with a support system like EX.  Just like a garden we have to turn the soil to relearn a new way of living and thinking  to grow.  We have to have the proper tools and keep them sharpened to do the work.  So you can look at your quit as a garden that takes time to harvest.  Each day we have to check the garden to see what it needs to produce.    We have to do the same thing with our quit, taking one day at a time working it  to do what is necessary to stay smoke free.  Have success in your quit garden hang tough, stay close do not give up or give in.  Protect your quit.   Thanks for listening, smoke free 652 days. 

p.s. Your garden needs a little TLC,  a touch that only you can give. Give your quit some love. 

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   JoJo  6 Years  https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/jojo29

  

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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 646 Days of Freedom!

Lets start with an Italian breakfast today.