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I am not at 7 days quit but for me I could have called this "hell week".  It has been an emotional roller coaster ride.  So many things to do, so many places to go still not done.   Hand surgery, church and family obligations the whole nine yards. Through it all still protecting my quit.  At one point this week, due to my emotional stressors, I thought I was going to leave EX.  When someone says they need a break from EX I can truly understand because we become attached to one another and want the very best for each other.  Or sometimes you just get burnt out trying to explain things to an addictive brain, even your own and get lost for the right words. 

Even though this week has had its moments, I am so happy and so proud of my "quit buddies" and all the other celebrations.   We have had some really wonderful celebrations this month tjanddj akaTrudy  Summer-Rain, jimmie-a-littrell, BonnieBee.quit.2.8.15WLFSRFAMILY-01-31-15  Bonnie_12-28-2014  hope I did not miss anyone.  I just want to brag on them a little.  We have crossed the line to the 800”s.  Wow! What a day what a day!  I didn’t think it would matter that much but I was wrong. 

 As I reflect on the time that has passed on this journey to freedom and the crisis that some have gone through; loss of a love one, family disagreements, illnesses, remembering the loss of a love one, financial and health issues, no matter what the challenge we stuck it out, together.  Some had greater challenges than others but we made it through together.     We connected on this quit journey and have remained. connected  Some we don’t see as often but still connected.  djmurray_12-31-14 brittany4  It is an awesome feeling to look upon our accomplishments together.  It is amazing what can be done through a virtual online website together.  Not only my quit buddies but those with more or less quit time who have been here day after day, mentoring,  inspiring and helping in any way possible.   Those who have not given up and continue to fight the addiction one day at a time. 

I remember when we first started this journey together.  In the beginning it was not easy but we stayed close and listened to the elders.  OPh Bonnie,.at first we had to really tow the line and keep her moving, but through God' grace she is now towing the line for us all.  Thank you BonnieBee. Things change for the better if you stay the course.   We latched on to each other and did not let go.  If one would be having difficulty another would come and pick the other up with a no matter what attitude of encouragement that we are going to make it and not smoke no matter what!  NOPE kept us free. I believe the key for us was honest communication.  We talked to each other about what we were going through in our quits and what was happening in our lives, just about anything. 

I have read a recent blog that states they can do it alone, their way.  If you are still puffing you are not doing it.  Greater success is in numbers….together.    That is why we come to EX for support so we don’t have to do it alone.   We may not always agree but we can “try” to agree to disagree.  Amen.  As in life we will not always see eye to eye but through forgiveness. kindness, love we won’t have to smoke over it.  Amen?  Somehow we pull it together and keep it moving. This is a together project,  like family, stay in the family and protect your quit.  We know some cannot be here all the time but stop by and give your support.  

For those who have lost their way on their freedom from nicotine journey,  we welcome you back to the task of quitting smoking.   With NOPE it is doable.  Hang tough,  Stay close,  Be mindful, Don’t ever give up, Don’t quit on your quit,  protect it.  We are here for each other.  Reach out to someone for support and be a support to someone.  

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JACKIE1-25-15

Choices

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Apr 18, 2017

I can choose to be happy or I can choose to be sad.

I can think positive thoughts or let negative ones get ahead.

I can be willing to forgive and try to forget

Or waste precious time with worry, regret and fret.

It's all my choice

I can be proud and hold my head up high

And focus my thoughts towards the heavenly sky

Ot I could let my spirit down and wear a frown

Not spreading any joy or happiness around

It's all my choice

I can let myself be lonely or have fun in a crowd

I can choose to have my quiet time or let things be very loud

So I choose to make an effort to put a smile on my face

For somehow that smile can cause a problem to be erased

Of course, that's my choice

Choices we all have to make,

While others may be a mistake

And some may wait until it is too late

But life always brings....choices.

I choose Freedom.

Well it is here, the holiday festivities.  I am starting to prepare for baking and my addictive brain just told me that I wanted a cigarette. I beg to differ. That is a lie from the pits of hell.  Oh No!   This is my cue to get on it and whip out my quit tools.  So no matter what NOPE.   This has to be some kind of holiday association.  Baking, Cooking Decorating .Practicing solo for church.....going in circles...again.  Slow down and breathe Jackie, focus and breathe.  No matter what I will not smoke.  

Don't let the holidays trick you and cause you to lose your quit.  I am not! I am on guard!  Be on guard! Don't party too hearty and forget to protect your quit. Protect it by any means necessary.  If I have to pass up a glass of dinner wine for the holiday so be it.  Nothing is more important than me being smokefree.  Yay.  Whoo Hoo!  I will not do anything that will jeopardize my journey.  

Just a quick note from me,  to me , to you,  to stay true.  I am an addict.  One puff will set us back. NOPE  

Not in my hands, not on my lips, not on my tongue not in my lungs.  Not in my throat I will not choke.  

SINAO  smoking is not longer an option for me. 811 DOF.  

Onward and Upward. I wont quit on my quit!  Breathe.

Happy Easter, Resurrection Sunday and Pascha

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My thought was it is would be just another day smoke free but as I reach this milestone in my quit journey, I realize how thankful I am to be free. Thanks to all for your support and friendship.  I could not have done it alone.  This is a humbling day.   NOPE will keep you free.  NEF never ever forget where you came from so you won't go back.  For me SINAO  smoking is not an option. 

My mantra,my vow....not in my hands,  not on my lips, not on my tongue, not in my lungs, not in my throat I will not choke".  If you want to be smoke free stay close, be mindful, never give up and never give in, protect your quit..  You can do it, if you make up your mind that you can. As Summer-Rain  says the journey continues.  Good night Peace out.