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Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Blog

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It was a chilly morning at 41 degrees but it's warming up nicely now, I know that anyone in the throws of a horrendous craving probably thinks I'm nuts when I'm pushing for you to stick with your quit well I don't blame you because I felt that way at times too but I was stubborn and held on with just my fingernails at times but hey, yay I made it through so please hang onto the best gift that you'll ever give yourself which is the gift of LIFE! Each day you get through is another day Won! Plus each day will get just a little bit easier until one day you'll realize how much better life is without the cancer sticks so hang on and keep stacking up your smoke free days one precious one at a time, oh and by the way I won't be here in the morning because I have an appointment a couple of hrs away and I need to get up at 5 am and be out of here at 5:45 at the latest so hubby is taking a vacation day to take me but I'll be around sometime in the afternoon, hugs.

                   

                     

Wishing everyone a wonderful day and of course smokefree so this evening you can look yourself in the mirror and smile and say YAY for another DAY WON, stick with N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever - believe it or not the longer you're quit the easier it becomes and you'll start to realize how much better life is without the crutch of cigarettes, then you can start reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker.

Quitting Smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and definitely worth it to be FREE! Looking back to when I decided to quit and I found this site the beginning of June /14 I read, read and kept reading everything I could find, set my quit date but when the time came I wasn't ready so I reset it for a week later July 14th 2014 then I read some more. The night before quitting I smoked right up until bedtime, brushed my teeth and looked around to make sure I got rid of all the ashtrays outside in the smoking area and told myself very firmly that no matter what, I would never, ever pick up another cigarette as long as I live and I don't break promises to anybody including myself, for some reason I never came back on line until the 18th day of my quit and thank goodness that I thought of it because I was having horrendous cravings back to back but thankfully I came on line and commented on something and at that point I was only lurking in the shadows but someone suggested that I write a blog and say a little bit about myself so I did and the rest is history, chin up and grab onto the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves. Smoking robs us and our families of our time, health and eventually our lives which most times is way too soon and most likely could have been avoided or at prolonged it to a better quality of life, if only the person could have quit smoking! Believe you can and will be successful, remain willing, determined and 100 % committed, stay vigilant, stick with N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever, if you do this each and every day then how can you fail? 

Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and definitely worth it to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a disgusting cancer stick, if you haven't quit yet now is the time to bite the bullet and take back your life while you're still vertical! 

                    

Life really does get better with time under our belts most of us Exers smoked 30, 40 or even 50 years so if you think about it, it stands to reason that we're going to go through some horrid withdrawals and cravings in the first few weeks of quitting and then it's most likely to take several more weeks to relearn different ways of handling life's everyday living because smoking  pretty much took up all of our waking hrs and every single thing we did was wrapped right around the smokes or maybe I should say the smokes were wrapped right around us like a phone call, a drive, an upset, being happy, a job well done, a failed job, we were slaves to the addiction but I'm living a life of Freedom now and so is thousands and thousands of people and many are right here on this site so quit smoking if you haven't already and if you are struggling please don't throw your quit away, chin up and grab onto the best gift that you'll ever give yourself which is the gift of LIFE!!! Because our lives literally depends on us to stick to our precious quit and remember that anything on the face of this earth that's worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking and Remaining Quit absolutely should be at the top of the list! Believe in yourself and know that you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time or one second, minute or hr as long as you keep moving you'll be able to say at the end of the day Yay for another DAY WON! 

It's also Hump Day, yay for all the Monday to Friday working folks, plus it's also the Summer Solstice so all the days will get shorter now but that's A OK because we've got all Summer and Fall ahead of us now! Let's enjoy as much of it as we can and the best part of it is we get to do it all Smoke Free right? if you are having a rough patch that seems to be hanging on way too long, get busy doing something anything at all and if you are still tempted to throw your quit away then sit on your hands because you can't smoke with no hands but seriously come on site blog Help and wait for a few minutes or so because before long they'll be several people to help you through. Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and it's also a choice between life and breath and ultimately death very possibly smoking related, I am one of the many people that quit for my health because when I found out that I have mild copd I realized that I wasn't invincible that I didn't want to end up on oxygen 7/ 24 or worse so I bit the bullet and stopped playing Russian Roulette with my life after 40 yrs of smoking at least 30 smokes a day and at least half a dozen half hearted failed attempts at quitting but educating myself right here on this site strengthened my resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and which I did with all of you helping me through the rough patches  so if you are struggling with remaining quit then stay close and read, blog, comment but stick with your quit choose to remain smoke Free, you can and will be successful one precious smoke free, second, minute, hour or day as long as you keep moving forward in your journey to living a life of Freedom then you'll be A OK! Life really does get better and better with time under your belt, I'm getting closer and closer to three precious smoke free years I never thought in a million years that I could quit smoking but I was willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you can too! Now I remain vigilant while reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker because life is Grand without a cigarette in hand,

I'm hoping everyone had a decent nights sleep and will have a hasslefree, stressfree but most importantly a smokefree day so this evening you can look yourself in the mirror and smile because you made it through another DAY WON! N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever  - works when applied on a daily basis because  - S.I.N.A.O  - Smoking Is Not An Option  - All of us Exers need to remain vigilant while going about our daily lives because if we allow ourselves to become complacent and take our precious quit for granted we could God forbid think oh just one won't hurt but we know better so I believe that vigilance is key to a lifetime of Freedom and H. A. L. T.  - Hunger, Anger, Lonely, Tired   - Taking EXtra good care of ourselves is important as well, I'm doing my best to eat healthier which is the hard one for me as far as anger goes I try to keep my temper under wraps in spite of irritation! But smoking isn't even a blimp on my radar because I don't do that anymore, chin up if you are having a rough patch grab on tight and don't let go of the best gift that you'll ever give yourself which is the gift of LIFE! 

Quitting Smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's also very Doable and by taking back our lives from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison we're giving ourselves the absolute best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE!!!! And Lord willing we'll be around several more years with a much better quality of life so we can enjoy our family and friends. Once we quit and get through the ups and downs of the roller coaster and get to that good place in our quits you'll see it's the best feeling ever, it happened for me around the three and a half month Mark that a light bulb came on in my head and I realized how much happier I was since quitting smoking, it's different for everyone when that light bulb comes on but it most definitely will as long as you keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic! But we all must go through the rough patches first but boy oh boy it's absolutely Doable and so very worth it! 

Happy Father's day to all Dad's, I am very blessed to still have my father so I took him out yesterday and bought him lunch then we went for a drive and I bought our dessert at Dairy Queen hot fudge sundaes loaded with toppings of course. We had a really nice afternoon, I visited my younger sister too and on my way home I stopped into the hospital to visit a friend that just turned 58, she's 6 months older than me and only has 25 % of her heart working, she's diabetic plus on oxygen 7/ 24 and hopefully this time when she gets released, if she gets released she won't smoke but I honestly think she will her husband just passed a couple of months ago and smoked right up until the day he died the nurses let a family member take him off the hospital grounds to smoke 2 hrs before he passed. I'm sorry I shouldn't be writing this today being Father's day but then again let's all of us hang on tight to our precious quit so we can be around to enjoy life with our family and friends, (((((Huge hug to all especially you Dad's))))) here's a pic of my Dad about 3 yrs ago at a jamboree we went to, he's a great singer as well as guitar player and a pic of my Dad and me.

I really do remember my first few days and wks of my quit and I pray that I'll always remember the rough patches because I never ever want to become complacent and take my quit for granted, so all of us Exers we need to remain vigilant while going about our daily lives because Freedom to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however is sooooooo much better than standing outside somewhere in whatever the weather sucking on a cancer stick. Our lives and the lives of our family are counting on us to remain quit so hopefully we'll be around a few years longer.  I don't have many pics of my husband and the grandchildren together, this pic was taken last Christmas so I'll share it with you because they are a huge part of of why I protect the best gift that I've given myself which is my precious quit which is also the gift of LIFE! Mason got off the bus here yesterday and spent the night with Gramp & I with no smoke breaks because we don't do that anymore, yay for Smoke Free Living, life really does get better and better!

Wishing everyone the best day possible, it was a really chilly morning again 39° F outside and only 62 inside brrrrrrrr, we get one or 2 gorgeous temps then 3 or 4 chilly days, we're supposed to get showers the next 4 days off and on but we need rain again, I won't smoke over the crappy weather though or anything else, let's always remain vigilant while going about our daily lives because vigilance is key to a lifetime of Freedom! If anyone is struggling this morning please keep moving forward, chin up and grab on tight and don't let go because you can and will get through these rough patches, get busy doing something anything at all and if you are still tempted to throw your quit away then sit on your hands because you can't smoke for sure then! Stick with your quit because life is going to get better and better with time but you must go through roller coaster ups and downs first but it's 100% worth it all to be FREE! 

If you're reading this and are thinking about quitting then read everything you can right here on this site which will strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and if you have quit and are struggling, know that you must go through the ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings to get to that good place in your quit and don't forget that 30, 40 or possibly 50 yrs of smoking that it's bound to take some time to relearn life without the crutch of cigarettes but as difficult it might be quitting smoking is definitely Doable after 40 yrs of smoking 30 cigarettes a day most days I'll be celebrating 3 yrs of smoke free living one month from today but I promise you as well as myself that I'll never become complacent and take my quit for granted because I never want to get so layed back that I think oh just one won't hurt because just one would throw me or you right back into the slavery of the disgusting Cancer Sticks so let's continue stacking up those precious smoke free days and enjoy the Days WON! N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever - works when applied on a daily basis because  - S.I.N.A.O  - Smoking Is Not An Option  - Going back to another Day ONE would totally Suck Big Time! Hang on tight to the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! 

Don't you think anything worth having is worth working for? Quitting smoking is definitely hard work at times especially early on, but dig your feet in and take it on. Remind yourself daily about why you want to quit smoking and picture yourself as a contented ex Smoker, free of the need to light up every half hour like I did! It's really not a far fetched concept  - it's doable and you have the ability to make it happen, believe it and believe in yourself. The rewards far outweigh the work it takes to achieve Freedom from nicotine addiction, I know that it's true because I am one of the many people that's reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker and loving it! I remember the early days and wks of my quit and I know why nobody wanted to visit me! My moods and emotions were all over the place and some days were almost overpowering, notice I said almost but I kept moving forward and so can you one precious smoke free day at a time. 

Hopefully we'll all have a stressfree, hasslefree but most importantly a smokefree day, life has all kinds of ups and downs, stress and anxiety are apart of everyone's lives smokers and non smokers but we Ex Smokers can get through any situation  with our heads held high without the cancer sticks because we don't do that anymore, let's always remember why we quit smoking and stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option. Chin up and grab onto the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves, never give up and give into the rough patches, don't do it instead chin up and know that you can and will get through and come out the other side smiling with another day WON which is awesome, going back to another Day ONE would totally suck big time, you can get through the tough times one precious smoke free day at a time or one hr, one minute or even one second at a time as long as you keep moving forward you can and will be successful. 

I'm so happy that I'm an Exer and I want everyone to quit smoking because as difficult as it is quit, I know that it's also very Doable as long as you believe it and are willing, determined and committed to go through the rough patches and relearn life without the smokes it's going to take 3 or possibly 4 months but after smoking for 30, 40 or possibly 50 yrs  then it only stands to reason that you'll have some tough days but boy oh boy it's definitely worth it once you get through it then you can start reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker!