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Le'ts give the Queen of EX another round of applause. 

Well the holidays are moving along.  I wanted to do something special for myself.  Last week I made an appointment for today to get a pedicure /manicure.  My treat after working for the Christmas family gathering.  My hands and feet needed it.  I arrived at the appointed time, spoke with the tech explained what I needed.  She took someone ahead of me and set me up at the foot spa.  Forty one minutes pass and I take my feet out of the water because it had become cold.  (I no longer smoke but I am still human.) The tech’s coworker mentions it to her that I had my feet out.  The tech came over warmed the water up and mentioned how great it is to have my feet soaking.  Well after another 37 minutes my feet were tired of being in the water so I took them out again.  I was very disappointed at the service I was receiving. (I no longer smoke but I am still human.)  I dried my feet, stepped down, almost falling to put on my shoes, got my coat, handbag, book and magazines to leave.  As I am leaving the tech says it will be another moment.  I said I well it has been a 1 hr and 18 minutes and I had an appointment.  I quickly left the establishment.  

I guess appointments don’t matter anymore.  My patience was shot.  (I no longer smoke but I am still human.) Have I become one of those old ladies?  Lol   Now I am back home sitting here laughing at myself wondering what is wrong with me?  Am I on the brink of a relapse?   I have stuffed my face with spice cookies.  Now sipping tea and writing, no venting this blog.  This blogging really helps ump.  My own therapy session and free. Thought I would share.  (I no longer smoke but I am still human.) Why do I feel like I did something wrong?  (I no longer smoke but I am still human.)

I still need a manicure.   I have splotches of polish on my nails where I tested nail polish.  My feet look close to horrible.  Shriveled up for being in the spa for so long.   I think I must be going crazy but I won’t smoke over it. Lol   I will have to find somewhere else to get my nails done.  I wanted to call her back and discuss how I felt I was treated but I won’t.  I am googling other places in the area that I have not experienced or vice versa)  I thought I had a good one but I guess not. Maybe she didn’t want to do my feet.  Moving on.  This venting is good but it could be worse. (I no longer smoke but I am still human.)  Do I need an appointment here?  

 

Happy New Year. 

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

  

timfriday2  600 days https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/timfriday2

  

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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 702 Days of Freedom

Bring your best breakfast dish. Here is some bacon to get it started.

This looks good. 

Coffee time.

Have a fantastic day. 

When I first came to EX one word that intrigued me was “doable”.  My first goal was 24 hours...doable. Then a week, 30 days, increments 90, 120, 200, 300, 365, 400, 500, 600 700 all have been 'doable".  Looking back over the last few weeks while looking forward to my 700 day goal, I was apprehensive  that something may get in the way of my easy going quit and it did...Scourge.  I was annoyed that I had to focus and protect my quit, especially at Christmastime.  It wasn’t anything in particular that happened.  I could not understand why this slight anxiety surfaced. There must be truth about entering seasons which may have attributed this slightly annoying trigger.  Trust me, when I say slight, I have had more difficult times but this was CHRISTMAS. 

I have seen it happen and I did not want to blow my quit for any reason but I kept smelling cigarette smoke. I could not figure out why.  I told my quit buddy she said no not matter what don’t smoke.  I finally noticed it was more prominent when I passed the Christmas tree.  Weird.  After thought, this tree had not been used in several years and was stored in the garage where I use to smoke.  Bingo!  I think maybe.  Anyway, it sounded good.  I pulled out my old faithful Fabreze, you know the stuff I used to spray after smoking.  Several sprays and the problem was solved.

While preparing for my holiday gathering an occasional urge popped up.  Was this Association?  I wasn’t quite sure.   At one point I briefly fantasied about smoking but quickly distracted myself not to bring it to life.  I knew it could be a danger zone.   Next issue.  I would like to have a drink for the holidays but my smoking antenna was up.  Ah Shucks!   Could I have that extra cup of egg nog?   Big?????   I told myself okay “if you drink you will have to be on guard and WORK your quit.  Shaking my finger at myself.  So don’t get annoyed if you have to work your quit during the holidays because of a drink!”.  Maybe just a little amaretto in my coffee.  I had to be mindful, I was entering my second season of Christmas not smoking.

I finally got to the point and said.  What am I worried about?  I am not going to smoke NOPE.  What would it be like if I did smoke?  The image vividly appeared.  Sucking in smoke, yuck, smoke all in my face, whew, waving it away and ducking the stench while holding a stinking cigarette in my hand. Pugh!  Disgusting.  After this horrible imagine appeared, the nonsmoking light bulb in my brain brightly flashed on.  It said out loud, “Oh No!   You can forget that.  That is not happening.  No, no, no  not going back to that!  No matter what. No Way!  NOPE.  From that point on there was no longer a thought of smoking. I was fine and kept it moving

Bottom line:. No matter what day it is, you may have to stop the busy and protect your quit.  It is “doable” even at Christmastime.  Practice makes perfect.  Just because you think of smoking you do not have to act upon it. Before you smoke think about the consequences.  

Footnote: The other day a little airplane shared a thought with us.  If you did not read the blog I am passing it on to you.  “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.  I posted it in my kitchen window where I could remember it in my daily life. Thank you c2q.

Plan Prepare Protect.

Happy New Year

700 +1 DOF Making it through to get to year 2.  It is "doable." 

I have been so busy I missed the train.  Thank you all for your words of encouragement and support.  God Bless you all Merry Christmas.  The journey continues. 

Caught up in the hustle and bustle

Can’t forget

I have to protect my quit.

696 days,  is it still a choice?

Random thoughts that I need to voice

696 Days, Is it still a choice.

Why?  Oh why do I have to work on my quit?

696 days you would think this would be it

No oh No Don’t be fooled; even as you grow

There is always something about this addiction you may not know

My guard is up

No matter What

NOPE will keep me free.

696 days, should I be very upset?

Just  because I have to take some time to protect my quit

No, So I wont me mad I will diligently take it in stride,

Read,  blog, breathe, be calm, and not be swayed by addict lies

Nothing will take away this new life of freedom  I've found.

What am I doing for these urges to come?

Don’t  know.  Can’t quite put my finger on it

But right now my job is to protect my quit.

Pay attention, remember it is always a choice

NOPE no matter is what, has been, will be my voice.

NOPE no matter what  BREATHE, SMILE, LAUGH, SING, DANCE IF NEED BE ,SLOW DOWN, FOCUS ON THE QUIT 

Onward, Upward and Beyond I will remain free

It is my second season of freedom you see.

I will get through this little bump with flying colors

"I don't do that anymore', NOPE is all that matters. 

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 including You, 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 695 Days of Freedom

These snowmen look edible. 

These cookies will be great with a cup of cocoa. 

So nice and hot. 

Everybody have a great day enjoy the ride in the snow

Hang tough, stay close be mindful, dont give up Protect your quit

JACKIE1-25-15

Don't get it twisted.

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Dec 16, 2016

 I will start off by saying there is nothing wrong with acknowledging where we are in our quits and celebrating our milestones but our quit is "not just a number".  If your main focus is counting days you are making this more difficult than it has to be.  Again, don’t get it twisted.  In the beginning it is quite normal to count days and keep abreast of where we are but it should not become the priority.   Counting days is only a measure. The number of days is NOT the quit.  The priority should be continuing/not counting to be free each day afterday so no matter what happens NOPE  It is okay to have your measure. That is fine but it is more important to be educating yourself while counting the days.   Are you reading the suggested material or are you just counting to see how far you can go?  Are you coming here to read, blog, ask questions, comment and research?  Are you gathering any close personal support relationships or are you stuck on counting your days and celebrating you. lol

Our quit is more than that!   It is Freedom, New Life, New Beginnings, a Journey.  It is all of the aforementioned and much more.  The more…. Commitment, Determination, Endurance, Education, Sacrifice, Forgiveness, Humility, Sharing Learning, Relearning, Healing to name a few and more….How about  Love and Protection.  These are the elements we need to be smokefree.   So bring your quit to life and stop treating it as a number.  It is not a trophy to put on a shelf. (it may collect dust)  The quit is the life you LIVE each day to remain smoke free by being active here, at home, work, play, church and your community.

Count the days if you may but also

Count the joy that you no longer have to wake up to have a cigarette. 

Count it a blessing that you are no longer spending your money wastefully. 

Count it deliverance of your body soul, mind and spirit that you are no longer a slave.

Count it beautiful that you have become a new creature and growing.

Count it glorious that you are stronger mentally, physically, emotionally and financially with new eyes.

Count it marvelous that you have the support of EX, the elders and others to help you through. 

Count it acceptance that you are able to recieve the help you need.  

Count it smart that you NEF where you started. 

Most of all Count it love, because the quit inside of you is unmeasureable.

As long as you stay smoke free the numbers will automatically stake up.  When you wake up one day and you don’t know what day you are on, it’s a good day.  That is the celebration.  Amen You are free. 

Hang tough, Be Mindful, Stay close, Don’t give in, Don’t give up, Protect your Quit

JACKIE1-25-15

JOY in my Quit.

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Dec 14, 2016

Have you ever driven a route that you really don't  have to think about where you are going? When you get to your destination you can't quite remember the trip. Sometimes we do things automatically, without thinking about them, smoking included.  I want to blog on a topic that helped me tremendously,  Mindfulness.

Mindfulness: is a state of quietly and gently paying attention to your thoughts and feelings and avoiding responding automatically.

It is a known fact, during holidays addicts tend to put recovery on the backburner. One could easily become mindless with all the preparations and EXcitement.  We do so many things automatically during the holidays like wrapping gifts, decorating, baking, shopping, traveling, errands and cleaning etc.  We must recognize this is a crucial time which should not be taken lightly.   “So I won’t”.   To be honest,  I think more about my quit than I think about smoking.  Which is a good thing for me.   I am headed to my second season and it is my job is to protect my quit and NEF never ever forget that I am an addict. 

How am I going to do that?  First, by paying attention to what is going on with my thoughts and feelings..  Also by not being overwhelmed with the going on of the holidays.  For over a week I have occasionally been smelling cigarette smoke.   I am not sure where it is coming from, but I will not allow it to be a trigger.   So I have scented candles burning when necessary.  I still have my water close by ready when I need it.  I plan to remain calm, breath and relax.  I will think positive thoughts and prepare for those unforeseen moments of stress.  Breathing always worked here.  I will be mindful of alcoholic consumption and not drink when my smoking antenna is up.  I will be mindful not to forget how important my quit is to me.  I will be mindful that this is just another season and I will make it through without smoking.  So I plan  to prepare and protect my quit.  Basically, taking one day at a time with a grateful and humble attitude which means remembering the true meaning of Christmas.  JOY   I have a friend who says JOY is Jesus Over You.  So I have JOY in my quit.  Most of all I will relax and enJOY Christmas because my quitting smoking journey is a deep, sincere gift of learning to love myself, the greatest gift of all,  

The first time I read the concept it changed the way I managed my quit. Thomas has written several blogs on the subject, Mindfulness Meditation.  An EXtra tool to use.  Thomas recently wrote another blog that reminded what an impact mindful had.  Use the tool.  You will be amazed what a difference it will make in your quit.  I could not find the original blog that I read but here is a link to another one. https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Thomas3.20.2010-blog/2016/03/15/spring-into-freedom

Thank you Thomas

 There is also a blog by Dr. Hayes link here. https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/community/expert-advice/blog/2015/06/05/practicing-mindfulness-in-the-process-of-quitting

Merry Christmas everyone.  Hang tough, be mindful, stay close, don’t give up, don’t give in, protect your quit.

DOF 689 

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  

  

tyler59   400 days   https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/tyler59

  

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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: JACKIE1-25-16

Wednesday: Jennifer72113

Thursday: Terrie

Friday: Smorgy

Saturday:Shawn

 

I am on with 688 Days of Freedom

JACKIE1-25-15

Words Matter

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Dec 10, 2016

What you say to yourself matters.  If you are constantly feeding your brain negative thoughts.

What will you get? ….Negative results. 

I think it is time to address self-talk.

I won’t be long winded this morning I know we all have things to do.

 So Let’s just look at a few.

 “I can’t do this”. ( you have already given up).  Say Yes I can

“This is hard”.  (That is a reality yes but say no weapon formed against me will prosper, yes I can!.)

“I am struggling”. (Sounds like you will never make it).

   Change your words say what is going on so we can address it.  

“I will never make it”.  “Say Yes I can make it”.

“I never could do anything right”.   Believe that you can do all things.

“I am so stupid”.  You are doomed if you keep saying this one.   What a man thinks so is he.

“I look terrible”.  How about a makeover every now and then won’t hurt. Lol  New way new life.

 Get unstuck out of your rut. Make yourself pretty.

   Tell yourself good things

“I can make it.  I can do this,I am beautiful, i am smart,  I am a nonsmoker.  No matter what comes I will not fail.  I am good at what I do.  I am worth it”.  

Get the idea.  Change what you are telling yourself and change your life. One of life’s greatest motivational tools I have found is self-talk.  Use it. It WORKS! I created my own mantra.  Make your own.

My mantra: Not in my hands, not on my lips, not on my tongue, not in my lungs, not in my throat, I will not choke, not up not nose, not in my clothes.   I use to sing, cheer, hum, recite, blog, think, and believe it.

I am a nonsmoker”.  Say it with fierceness. 

How could I ever smoke again if I vowed never to put one in my hand?  Get it? Create your own self-talk it works. It has taken me a long way. 685 days of freedom. No matter what NOPE.  Hang tough, type HELP when you need it. Protect your quit.


 

JACKIE1-25-15

The nicotine spirit

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Dec 8, 2016

Beware of the nicotine spirit.  This spirit is like no other. It latches on to you and does not want you to be free. It is visible and comes in many forms.  It is deceptive and can transform itself into a cigarette, chewing tobacco, rolling tobacco, snuff, a pipe, cigar or e-cigs.  You can buy it, bum it, or butt it. It will try to get others to seduce you to use it. Do not be fooled if you use it you can become addicted to the spirit.  

You can taste it.  It comes in many flavors with additives just to fool you to think that it taste good.  So Do Not put one in your mouth.  It has a terrible odor, so don’t breathe it, go in the opposite direction and run from it.

 It does not walk on its own.   It is transported by hand, pockets, purses, clutches, bags, totes, and cases.  Once it is lit it takes on the form of smoke.   Beware of the smoke it can over power you.  It will make you cough, choke, spit, and will damage your lungs.  So NOPE  As long as you do not touch or breathe it you are safe. 

Beware at times it takes on a voice and will try to get in your head to tell you “just one” won’t hurt. This spirit is a liar.  Don’t be fooled don’t let it out talk you.  Use your self talk  tool and it will disappear every time.  Tell that spirit to go back from whence it came.  Tell that spirit, “you don’t do that anymore. So dont' give up don't give in choose freedom.  683 dof

JACKIE1-25-15

The Addiction is REAL

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Dec 7, 2016

The Addiction is Real

Early on my EX journey I came across a few EXer’s who had fallen.  Some had been on this journey longer than I.  Why did they fall?  I walked pass them not understanding what happened.    I also noticed when one fell another would come along and trip.  I just couldn’t quite” get it”.  I became frightened with thoughts that I was doing all these things to quit smoking and this could happen.  I was baffled in the beginning but learned I could trip or fall if I did not read and pay attention to the signs (triggers) correctly. 

One of my best quit buddy’s just fell.  She fell hard and the pain she is suffering hurt both of us. Thank God she is willing to do what is necessary to pull herself up.  It had been several weeks and we both were seeing signs we were not reading carefully.    We were dealing with signs (triggers) we thought we passed and should no longer be a problem.  A sign here and a sign there.  We vowed to each other to be vigilant and guard our quits to stay on the journey.   We tried to analyze what was going on.  We knew we were vulnerable and had to be on guard  We promised each other not to quit on our quits.   Here it is almost a week later and one of us is down.  My heart hurts for my quit buddy.  In her mind she has taken a major fall from grace and is ashame.   I am shaking my head indisbelief but belief because this addiction is real.   

No matter where you are in your quit you have to be vigilant and guard it (read the signs) and do what is necessary to stay smokefree.  If it means avoiding people, places and things that may cause us to be vulnerable.  The signs may not be visible in the beginning because we think we become stronger than the addiction.  We feel we have gotten the addiction under control and we are okay with certain situations.   It may be taking our quit for granted.  It may not happen the first time in these situations but over time it can build up and because of the fog, you don’t stop and read the signs.  We have to recognize that we are only one puff away to relapse.  This addiction is as real as crack, heroin, meth, cocaine so you have to protect your quit.

I understand that we live in a world that people smoke but sometimes we have to do whatever is necessary avoid those people, places and things before it’s too late.  Hindsight is 20/20. If you are breathing second hand smoke on a regular basis you are not reading the sign to a possible relapse.   We cannot subconsciously test ourselves or we may be smoking before we know it.  So don’t set yourself up for failure because you think you are strong.   Smoking cessation isn’t always about strength. Sometimes it is knowing where you are weak to set boundaries to protect your quit no matter what, who, when, where, or how.  In the end we are responsible for it.

To my quit buddy, hold your head up and stand tall I am here with you.  I will help lift you up if you stretch out your hand.  I love you the most.  As I try to analyze this situation I believe that it was not just one thing that may have caused a relapse.  You and I would say “Excuses”. Sometimes we think we are stronger than the addiction and let our guard down.  No matter where we are in our quit we have to protect it.  Just the other day I saw a lighter that created a trigger.  After over 600 days I recognized the sign and put the lighter away.  

 So no matter how many days you are smoke free, you are still “one puff” away from relapse because the nicotine addiction is real so don’t be fooled by it.  Quitting smoking is a continuous work with no stop date.  It is forever.  So if you are new or old to EX work your quit and most importantly, protect it. Stay close .  As Terrie would say “Don’t quit on your quit”.  I say, “ If we fall down we can get back up”.  One day at a time. 

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  

  

Summer Rain 700 days https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/summer-rain

  

brittann3  50 days  https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/brittann3

  

 

  

  

 

  

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 681 Days of Freedom

Cofffee time

With  pastry

How about a frull breakfast for those who are hungry

Each year Christmas seems to be a little different for me.  At my house there will be no stockings hung by the fireplace.  Oh, heck,  there is no fireplace. lol  Anyway, I have been thinking about wrapping my own presents to place under the Christmas tree..  Each year as the shopping starts I usually purchase a few gifts for myself.  I would have plenty to place under the tree, along with things that I have purchased and haven’t used yet.  Some really great stuff.  Then I think, what a waste of wrapping paper.  Then I tell myself umm, some of the paper I have had for centuries, use it.  Lol again.  

This Christmas time  I am reminded of the greatest gift I gave myself.  It was not materialistic and it will last for the rest of my life if I protect and guard it.  Oh what a wonderful gift as I think of it.  I know my lungs are very happy.  I can breath and the air is so much fresher.  I don’t have that crazy cough every time I laugh.  I can fill my lungs full of fresh air as I run.  Yes, run at least 3 times a week averaging 3 miles and probably could go further.  I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, thats what I tell myself as I run. Oh well let's call it jogging.   As I jog, I think of this gift of freedom that I could only give to myself. I will protect my gift and not let anyone or thing (EXcuse) take it away.  No matter what NOPE. Not one puff ever.   I will standup for my gift, I will remember it every day not just at Christmastime.  I will NEF never ever forget how long it took for me to give this precious gift to myself. I will NEF what it took to get this far. I will keep my committment and no longer use smoking as an option in my life. SINAO.   What joy that gift brings to my soul.  I can shout out gladly what this gift does for me. 

So at this Christmastime be vigilant, don’t give up your qift.  Remember the work you have put in, so protect it and if you haven’t given yourself the gift, this is a good time to recieve the greatest gift of your life that only you can give......FREEDOM.  What a lovely gift, beautifully wrapped by yourself, for yourself, placed under the Christmas tree.