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2014

Happy New years Eve to everyone, I really hope wherever you are it's a lot warmer than it is here eastern New Brunswick  Canada. We will have these temps and alot colder than this right into February. I got spoiled over Christmas, we had a few mild days, mild for NB that is . Please enjoy your New years Eve smoke free and alcohol free, just think how wonderful it will be when you wake up the first morning of 2015 an EX SMOKER and no major hangover . what a great way to start the new year. Well I better get something done I had a surprise last night my youngest grandson Mason came to spend the night with gram and gramp. I hear him stirring so I will go check on him, (((( HAPPY New Years )))) 

Good morning everyone, a very snapping cold morning at +1 ° F brrrrrrr I don't think I will venture too far today. My husband is working outside today though putting up a large tarp building, it's going to take approximately a wk to complete their are 4 men altogether working on it. They may have to complete it in the New Year. I feel bad they have to work outside in all kinds of weather but on the plus side at least he has a job. 170 smoke free days today, I am edging closer to my next milestone which is the 6 months mark. Enjoy your day everyone and stay strong in your quits because it is Sooooo worth it once you get through the toughest times you can look back at the begining of your quit and smile because you made it through to a much better place. We all must stay vigilant on a daily basis but it's no big deal as long as you remember, N.O.P.E and always remember the struggle to get to this great place in our quits .Life is good no matter how bad things are and how stressed we may be to slip and smoke a crappy cigarette and screw up our wonderful quits life would be sooooooo horrible because of the quilt of screwing up and please don't drink alcohol especially if you are new in your quit. I hope that I didn't ramble on too much, please enjoy this beautiful day even though we're going to be in a deep freeze for a few days here in Eastern Canada, oh well I have lots of wood for the furnace and lots to eat life is good. 

Marilyn

I hope that everyone had a half decent wk end and will enjoy the coming week. I am happy to be going into the New Year an EX SMOKER which I'm sure you're all smiling in your quits knowing 2015 will be a year without the poison cigarettes. Stay strong and stay committed to your quits, I definetly am looking forward to my next milestone on January 14th which is 6 months of not being a slave to the poison tobacco products. I haven't got too long to wait half a year I will have wow, I never thought I could quit smoking let alone have nearly 6 months under my belt after nearly 40 years of smoking. Company just came and she smokes and definitely smells like an ashtray but I love her just the same. Enjoy this day. 

Marilyn 

Let's continue on with our wonderful quits everyone because in 4 short days it will be a new year 2015 and we will be entering it as non smokers as EX SMOKERS doesn't that get your adrenaline flowing faster  ????? I know after 40 yrs of smoking I am going to be sooooooo happy on the first morning of the new year hanging the new calendars up and being able to say truthfully that I don't smoke anymore. I don't know about you but I am a very happy EX SMOKER, what a wonderful feeling. I have to admit that I never, ever, ever thought I would succeed in quitting smoking but now that I have I will never take my quit for granted. I will remain vigilant each and every day of my life N.O.P.E ----because I worked too dammed hard to ever screw up and start at day 1 again, no way no how will I allow that to happen. This is my forever quit and I will cherish it right onto my death bed. Please enjoy this last week end of 2014 and hang on tight to your precious quits. 

Marilyn 

Another year is approaching fast but now I don't smoke anymore at least not for the last 167 days and I don't drink alcohol anymore and I am thankful that I don't. I wouldn't want to take the chance of screwing up my quit over a few meaningless drinks. Well I gotto go my husband went to pick up our 10 yr old grandson Adam for the day, he'll want to have breakfast with us and it's usually bacon and eggs. Have a wonderful smoke free day everyone ,the sun is shining here and life is great. 

Marilyn 

I pray that each and everyone of you had a wonderful Christmas Day. The hustle and bustle of the day sometimes gets in the way of the true meaning of the season, CHRISTS BIRTHDAY. I know that it's easy for me to lose sight of when I am trying to get everything done but this year was and is different. Being done smoking for 166 days now my new motto is I get done what I get done and I am not going to stress over it.  My family and friends don't come to see my house or what's got done or didn't get done they've come to see my husband and me. So don't stress over the little things enjoy this season and stay away from the booze especially with NEW YEARS EVE right around the corner, please don't lose your precious quit over a few meaningless drinks. Enter 2015 with your heads held high because you and I  are EX SMOKERS IT'S going to be a wonderful year 2015. We must keep a positive attitude no matter what, just like our quits  no smoking no matter what. Life is too short to kill ourselves with the nicotine poison. Again I hope everyone had a great Christmas and will have a wonderful holiday weekend. 

Marilyn 

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful Christmas Morning, it's only 10 : 30 am but I feel this is the best Christmas ever and my husband has 8 months of not smoking today. I call that the greatest gift of all, I have 165 DOF . ANOTHER wonderful gift. We have given each other the gift of life. Have an absolutely beautiful Christmas everyone. 

Marilyn 

Merry Eve of Christmas to each one of you, enjoy the day don't stress about anything.  Get done what you can and enjoy the season. stay smoke free protect your quit no matter what. As  Nancy says and she is 100 % right don't change drinking and screwing up your quit that would be absolutely horrible. I have 164 smoke free days and am continuing to stack up the days  again everyone a Very Merry Christmas to all. ☆☆ ★ ☆ ★ ☆ 

Marilyn 

I hope that everyone will have a wonderful day, it's hard to believe that today is Dec 23rd which means that tommorow is Christmas Eve, enjoy the day, do not get stressed trying to get everything done that you think needs to be done, do what you can and enjoy the Christmas season. 163 DOF FOR me and continuing to stack up the days. 

Marilyn 

With all the hustle and bustle of the Holliday season we must under each and every circumstance protect our quits and have the best Christmas ever.  Let's embrace this Christmas Season and remember the meaning of the season. Have a wonderful smoke free day everyone. 

Marilyn 

Sleep well my friends, I hope everyone had a good weekend and will have a wonderful week. Wow it's Christmas wk, where has the time gone???  Let's enjoy a fabulous smoke free Christmas with our family and friends and let's keep it going right into the New Year 2015. But let's enjoy our Christmas first, good night everyone.

I hope that everyone is going to have a wonderful day today. It's the first day of winter today except to me with all the snowstorms we've had since Nov, I feel like it should be the first day of spring. Oh well with the roller coaster weather we are all getting, for us here in Canada, Eastern NB in the maritimes .We are going to get 2 inches of rain on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day then a big freeze up, yak. I guess we get what we get and I will have to deal with it, I don't have to like it but I will get through the crappy weather. Please everyone especially if you are new to this site, stay strong, stay committed and determined in your quits you can get through these roller coaster ups and downs of quitting smoking. You can get to a wonderful place in your quits but you must travel the valley of h#ll for a while and then you can travel the mountain peaks with a huge smile on your face because you can become a happy quitter but you must travel through the valley first. I am a Happy quitter with only 161 days under my belt, believe me with nearly 40 years of smoking it certainly wasn't easy but thank the wonderful people on this site for helping me through many rough patches and are still here for me, a gigantic thanks to everyone for your love and support. Have a fantastic day today. 

Marilyn

No matter what happens in our lives the most important thing is to protect our quits so we can handle whatever is going on in our lives. July 14th of this year, 160 days ago was my first day quitting smoking, my original quit date was July 7th I wasn't quite ready and I knew it but the morning of July 14th I was ready and I told my husband and myself there will never be a good time to quit smoking so this is it. Here I am after smoking just shy of 40 yrs I have over 5 precious months under my belt . we can all go into 2015 EX SMOKERS it's up to us whether we keep our quits or toss it away I for one never want to go through the first month of quitting smoking again. Those first 2 or 3 wks was a living h#ll and I won't subject the people I love to have to go through that again. Let's start the new year remaining and retaining our quits for life in January 2015 will have 6 months in as an EX. This is my forever quit N.O.P.E and I am so happy to be done with the poison tobacco products, yes indeed I am a Happy quitter and you can be too it's an individual choice, choose life. 

Marilyn

Good morning everyone, I changed my Avatar for you Nancy  (tee hee) I definitely am going to have a white Christmas in this part of the maritimes. I most certainly got my exercise yesterday with having to shovel early mornings, mid afternoon  and late afternoon. All together 15 inches of the disgusting white stuff. I am just joking, I live in Canada what do I expect?  Although it's been unusual this year. It's going to be a interesting winter. Enjoy a  smoke free day. 

Marilyn 

I really can't understand how a little over 5 months ago I could work hard doing manual Labour and every hour or so stop for a break and suck away on a cigarette or two. Now I shovel the walkway and steps off and I am totally out of puff, the last thing I want is to suck on a cigarette mind you I will never ever, ever smoke again. I am so happy to be an EX SMOKER. I don't think I could smoke one of those cancer sticks even if I wanted to because I believe that I would up chuck a lung or maybe both of them. Thank you everyone here for helping me to have over 5 months of freedom and I will continue stacking up the days. . 

Marilyn 

A ft down overnight and it's supposed to snow all day. At least it wasn't too heavy shoveling it no freezing rain or rain hopefully we won't get any in this region and of course school was canceled again. I hope everyone stays off the roads unless absolutely necessary. 159 smoke free days for me this snowy day. Please protect your quits no matter what N.O.P.E and you will be an EX SMOKER for life. 

Marilyn 

I hope that everyone will have a wonderful smoke free day or at least a day without smoking cigarettes. It's a dark dreary day outside but my house is nice and warm and I have lots of food and shelter from the cold, so I am thankful for what I have. 157 days of freedom from the horrid cancer sticks and I will continue stacking up the days. I am looking forward to Christmas even with everything going on with my sisters health issues my grandsons will make my husbands and my Christmas. We must remember to keep CHRIST in Christmas. 

Marilyn 

It's dark and dreary looking outside, another snowstorm coming through tomorrow. Oh well we definitely will have a white Christmas in this part of New Brunswick further south of me it looks like a green one but that could change it's still a ways away. 156 smoke free days my next milestone will be 6 months. I have a ways to go but Lord willing I'll make it as long as I am alive I will make it absolutely for sure. My husband will have 8 months on Christmas Day, now that is a wonderful present for his health. Stay smoke free everyone and enjoy your day. 

Marilyn 

We must not let life get in the way of our quits, this wk end was a true test of my quit. At the funeral home there was at least 6 people outside smoking my husband has almost 8 months in on his quit and I have 5 months, we just looked at each other and went inside. Those people reeked of stale tobacco. My sister with cancer called last night, my other sister who will have major neck surgery in Feb called over the wk end, she's stressing of course. Our Dad is 78 yrs old and I worry about him. My husband is off again this week and won't be home until the 23rd. I am so tired and still don't feel that great myself, I haven't had another bad spell which is fantastic but I am waiting to find out when they will be doing the scope on me to check out my stomach. Anyway the only reason I am mentioning any of this is to say, do not allow the stress of life to screw up your quit. We have a choice to smoke or not to smoke, I hope you choose not to kill yourself with smoking  choose a life without cigarettes. We will always have stress let's deal with life without the tobacco. 

Marilyn 

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

A new day

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Dec 14, 2014

Avery good morning to all ,I hope that everyone is having a wonderful smoke free weekend. yesterday was a very hard day for my husband and I, funerals are always hard but our friends funeral for some reason was even more difficult and afterwards there was a little luncheon and then home. Today life goes on, it's going to be very hard for the family of course because of this time of year but they will be ok. 154 wonderful days since I quit smoking, actually it's another milestone for me. 5 months, next milestone 6 months, to everyone starting your quit journey you can stop smoking, you really can in the beginning of my quit I could've ripped your face off if you looked at me the wrong way now I am a Happy  quitter and you can be too,it's totally up to you. If you can stand being totally out of sorts for 2 maybe 3 wks to get through the toughest part of your quit .You can be an EX SMOKER, your choice, if I can stop smoking after nearly 40 years, so can you. 

Marilyn

It's a mild morning here in New Brunswick, especially for December. I will take these temps and embrace it. 153 wonderful smoke free days today. I hope everyone has a relaxing peaceful wk end without too many strong cravings for the sickerettes and if you do , fight them.  Get busy doing something, anything until it passes, you need to be stronger than your cravings believe me you can and will succeed in your quit, just do it  because you can. I need to get a few things done plus my husband is home and we need to get ready for our friends funeral. My husband made it home early enough last night so that we also made it to the wake. Life is short and as we get older, we realize it more and more. Have a wonderful smoke free weekend everyone. 

Marilyn

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

A new day

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Dec 12, 2014

Thanks everyone for your wonderful words on my blog last night. I needed to vent and blabber on it helped to get out my emotions. Under no circumstance will I smoke no way no how. Today is a new day, my Dad is on his way over we're putting some money in my older sisters bank account to help her out with the cancer treatments. We are stopping in to see my younger sister and do some banking for her and pick up a few things at the grocery store for her . Anyway thanks alot everyone. 153 wonderful smoke free days and stacking them up. To everyone new on this site, one day at a time or one minute at a time you can be an EX SMOKER..you must be stronger than your cravings and be 100 % committed to quitting. 

Marilyn 

We can't let stress of any kind get in the way of our quits, no excuse of any kind will justify screwing up our hard work whether you have 3 wks, 3 months or 3 yrs why would we want to throw it away because we're stressed, no way no how, no excuse is good enough to start smoking again and end up most likely dying alot sooner from a smoking related illness, probably cancer . I believe I will handle the stress smoke free and alcohol free since I am also a recovering alcoholic February 14 th will be 4 yrs sober and I am on 151 smoke free days. I definitely won't smoke or drink over one sister starting chemo tommorrow morning in Halifax which is 6 hrs away so I can't be there right now and besides that I really don't feel all that great myself. My other sister lives only a half hour away seen a back specialist today, she's been waiting 10 months to get in to see this Dr she had neck surgery back in 96 my husband and I nursed her back to health and made sure she did her exercises anyway she needs more surgery on her neck plus major back surgery set for February. She will continue to get even worse without surgery. My husband will be home tomorrow night for the weekend. We have a funeral Saturday for our dear friend that died of cancer Tuesday. See we all have stress and crap in our lives but we must protect our quits it's vital to our health and our life . I can't express how stressed I am right now but once I shut down my tablet I will pour myself a large glass of cold water and watch a little tv hopefully a comedy because a good laugh is good for us,anyway I really needed to get this  off my chest  thank you. 

Marilyn 

I do know life is tough, we have a lot of stress, pain, heartache and death of people we love and we are left behind to pick up the pieces. Life is also good, we all have a roof over our heads food in the fridge and cupboards ,family, friends and people we love, am I missing anything  ?????? I'm sure I am. Please let's keep our QUITS, PLEASE don't slip and fall and smoke the poison tobacco products that is most definitely going to kill us . I for one intend to never ever ever ever ever smoke again .Life is good and it's also what we make it. We have a choice, smoke or not  to smoke  I pray that you choose to endure 2 or 3 wks of withdrawal of this horrid addiction and live a life free of cigarettes, believe me it is so worth it and there isn't a better CHRISTMAS PRESENT you can give to yourself and your family. I know how difficult it is to quit smoking I smoked just shy of 40 yrs but knowing that I have copd I choose not to kill myself any faster than necessary. I literally thought I would crawl out of my skin in the first 2 or 3 wks of my quit but I made it through to 151 days without the poison tobacco, no way will I slip and have to go through that again. Please keep your quits. I know how stressful it is especially this time of the year, I'm living with a crapload of stress myself but I will deal with it  without smoking, enjoy the day everyone. 

Marilyn 

150 precious smoke free days today, wow is all I can say. I should say that I better continue to remain vigilant, on guard or however you want to put it but I will always be a reformed smoker and if I'm not careful I could without even thinking about it stick one of those disgusting things to my face, gross no way will I  let that happen that's why I will always be remember  my addiction to cigarettes and I smoked for Damn near 40 yrs so therefore I will always be an addict. This time of year is very stressful for me as well as everyone. My sister starts chemo Friday for cancer and she lives 6 hrs away. A good friend of my husband and me died of cancer yesterday, he's been in our lives 25 yrs. He had bowel cancer that spread to his liver, he lived 2 yrs longer than the doctors predicted. Please stay smoke free every one of us can slip but why do it. Stay vigilant smoking kills quitting is the best decision for all of us. I am an EX SMOKER and plan on remaining one for the rest of my life. 

Marilyn 

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

Good afternoon

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Dec 9, 2014

Sorry I am late checking in with everyone, my daughter dropped in after she got off work. She works the 11 to 7am . she decided we should do a little Christmas shopping and have a Chinese feed for lunch what a great day. She smokes but it doesn't bother me anymore which is wonderful but I will remain vigilant just the same. 149 smoke free days today. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon and evening everyone. 

Marilyn 

More roller coaster weather coming through at least it's going to warm up. Anyway it's probably going to be around -14 ° F again tonight yak, tommorrow is supposed to warm right up with snow ice pellets, freezing rain then rain and back to snow. The stress test showed my heart is fine which is fantastic. The specialist seems to think that the radiating pain I had last week right under the breast from front to back may be my pancreas he sent me for blood work while I was there. He's also going to set me up with a scope hopefully it won't take too long. I haven't had a bad spell since last Sunday so that's good. I am a tough broad, my husband will be away working again this week I really like him home when these huge storms come because he can help with the shoveling especially with the mixed bag of weather the snow is so heavy. Oh well, I hope everyone had a good day and will have a good evening .tommorow will be 149 smoke free days, Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. 

Marilyn 

These roller coaster temps are starting to really tick me off,it's -14 ° F this morning. My husband is off for the week again, he was up at 4 am and left at 5:50 am. I had to get up for 5:40 am brrrrrrr but I got to see him off. I  definitely need to warm up my car before I head out at 7:40 I get the stress test at the hospital at 8:30. It's a 20 minute drive to the hospital but I'm giving myself a little extra time to get there, the are probably a bit slippery from the storm on  Saturday. I feel pretty good this morning except I don't want to go out in the cold but I really don't have a choice so I guess I will just suck it up and get on with my day..I want everyone to embrace your quits, please stay stronger than your quits . 148 wonderful smoke free days and counting, wow almost 5 months. 

Marilyn 

Good morning everyone, Masons going to watch a movie on my tablet. I told him that I needed on it for a few minutes to check in with my friends, he asked me to say hello to you. 147 smoke free days today yay. Mason woke me up at 5 am and I got him back to sleep until 6:45 at least, I never fell asleep until almost midnight  so it's going to be a long day but that's ok because I am going to have a great day just the same. 

Marilyn 

Snow, ice pellets, freezing rain, rain back to freezing rain then snow again. Oh well what can I do about it so I might just as well enjoy the day 146 precious days of freedom from cigarettes this morning and that makes me happy. I get to take this stupid monitor off at 10:30am and I am happy about that my 5 yr old grandson is coming over in a while to spend the night, my husband and I are thrilled to have him. We plan on watching Christmas cartoons with him. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer is on tonight yay. I am a little down this morning but found a lot of things to pick up my mood, I am so looking forward to my grandson  Mason coming over. He always makes me smile, I want him here before the roads get too bad. Please have a wonderful smoke free day, be stronger than your cravings believe me, quitting smoking is definitely the best decision you will ever make in your life time. Enjoy the day everyone. 

Marilyn 

Or here in Canada -24 Celius either way it's too cold for December. I have to go out this morning if I had a choice I'd stay home but I'm going to the hospital and get the heart monitor this morning and I have an appointment with my doctor at his clinic. So crap I have to go out but at least I have a good heater in my car . I try to find the good in every situation at least I will be nice and toasty in the car and I can probably park fairly close at both places and I am very lucky that I didn't have to wait too long for the appointments. There is always an upside to every situation and I am now on my 145 smoke free day and I don't freeze my butt off anymore standing outside looking like a complete idiot, life is good. 

Marilyn 

I hope that everyone will have a wonderful smoke free day, stay committed and determined to make it through today no matter what. I believe if we stay focused on being stronger than our cravings that we can and will succeed in our quits. It works for me, I say to myself that I am winning the war not just the battle against smoking. I am on day 144,I am and will continue to be vigilant because I will not slip and smoke ever again. My health and my family needs me and I plan on being here for them. Please have a wonderful day. 

Marilyn 

I want to say good morning to everyone, I am remaining a little light headed but nothing I can't handle. One thing about being in bad shape when you have to go to the hospital is you get looked at right away, mind you 8 hrs On Sunday was a long time .I got the call yesterday to get the heart monitor Fri morning and I made an appointment to see my family doctor as well on fri the hospital also called and Mon morning they set me up with a stress test and I will also see the specialist the same doc that didn't like the sound of my lungs and set up the breathing test that showed the COPD that was back in July . I really like him, so I am glad he's looking after me . I told his secretary a couple of months ago to let him know that I quit smoking.  Now I get to tell him myself that I have nearly 5 months in. I am so thankful that my husband and I both quit smoking we only have one life and once our health is jeopardized  it's a wonderful thing to be able to say I don't smoke anymore. Please everyone especially if you are new to your quits, stay strong you can and will succeed. You need to be stronger than your cravings, keep your mind as well as your hands occupied, drink lots of water it's a wonderful thing to be an EX SMOKER.  Hang in there because it is Sooooo worth it. 

Marilyn 

I don't want anyone to wonder where I am, for 4 and a half months I'm on here first thing in the morning. Anyway I've been on long distance with my older sister Cheryl in NS she's 56 I yr and 16 days older than me. I don't know if you remember she has breast cancer and we've been waiting for the results it's the aggressive kind they're going to do the whole nine yards, chemo and everything. She lives 6 hrs away I told her I would come,she wants her man with her right now. I will be there if she needs me. I am getting the heart monitor Fri as well as seeing my own doctor. I want to feel better, I have quit drinking and smoking, all I want is to feel better and not crap all the time. I am so sorry I didn't mean to grumble, I will take it easy again today 142 smoke free days today. 

Marilyn 

I've taken it easy today I feel pretty good. Maybe I should pay closer attention to my body, if I feel out of sorts  sit down and take a break. I am the type of person to keep pushing even if I am exhausted. I'm not as young as I used to be so I better take better care of myself. I know that I don't eat right, I will try to start eating better too. At least come feFebruary 14th  it will be 4 yrs since I quit drinking and I now have 4 and a half months smoke free, so maybe eating healthier is next on my agenda. Thanks to all of you for commenting on my morning blog. I needed to vent and you all were here for me. It was a very long day yesterday but I am so glad my husband was home with me. Enjoy the rest of your evening. 

Marilyn

All I can say is that I don't smoke anymore, I've been having dizzy spells off and on for almost 2 wks. Light headed and seeing black spots. Nothing too serious until yesterday afternoon my husband and I just finished making bread and we had a beef stew going, we just left everything and went to the hospital. I collapsed I was dizzy and had horrible pain in the right side of my head everyone at the hospital was great. They don't know anything yet. All the tests they did came back good, cat scan on the head, good  ECGS good. They are going to hook me up with a heart monitor and I will see a specialist soon. When a nurse asked me if I smoked I was very pleased to say that I quit 4 and a half months ago. Hopefully I won't have to wait too long to find out whats happening with me but I am in good hands here. 

Marilyn