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It's storming again, crap, crap, crap but that's ok winter is on a down hill slide. Tommorow is February so that's a good thing and my husband is home this weekend another good thing and I am on 202 DOF and that's definitely a good thing actually that's a wonderful thing and my husband has over 9 months DOF and that's another super fantastic deal. Life is good even though the weather sucks big time, it's nice and toasty inside and we have everything we need so we don't have to go out for anything. The police are telling people to stay off the roads which is very smart and I hope everyone will listen that doesn't need to be on them. I hope that everyone has a relaxing peaceful smoke free weekend. 

Marilyn 

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

Hello Friends

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Jan 30, 2015

Another 10 inches or so of snow on its way this afternoon through tomorrow with white out conditions. I am so sick of winter but like I have said in the past I am very thankful for everything that I have, a roof over my head, food in the fridge and cupboards and I am warm . what else do I need ???  It's just cold and cloudy right now so I guess I will go check out the mail a little later this morning and pick up a few groceries and hunker down for the rest of the day and see what happens with the storm maybe it won't be as bad as they're predicting plus I can't do anything about it so I might just as well relax and make a big pot of chili and maybe a batch of bread. 201 precious smoke free days today yay and double yay and maybe even a triple yay. This is me being silly because I can't change the weather or anything else so I might just as well go with the flow and take life as it comes and enjoy every second of it while I can. Please protect your quits no matter what because whatever may happen in our lives we must remain steadfast in our quits and remember that we don't smoke anymore. Have a wonderful weeken,201 DOF.

Marilyn 

The sun is shining this morning which helps get me out of the winter blahs a little bit. This is the calm before the wk end storm yak. Another Noreaster may hit us on Monday double yak, but I won't smoke over the weather I won't smoke over anything that may be thrown at me because smoking would only make things so much worse . I can't screw up my beautiful quit and go back to day 1 again, no way no how.  Today is a great day, 200 DOF yay next stop is 7 months on February 14th which is also another milestone for me which is 4 yrs of sobriety a double YAY. Have a fantastic smoke free day everyone. 

Marilyn 

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

Hello everyone

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Jan 28, 2015

I hope that everyone will have a wonderful day today, I never lost power yet and probably won't now all weather warnings are dropped now but schools in my region are canceled today due to road conditions. We lucked out here with this blizzard it was definitely bad enough but nothing too bad yay. Anyway 199 days ago today I quit smoking which I think is definitely a double YAY. I am so thankful that I found this site and all of you because you helped me get through some pretty rough days and I can't tell you how much I appreciate all of you. To the folks that are new stay close, committed, determined and strong in your quit because I believe that we are so much stronger than any cravings we may have. Believe me I know how powerful the craves can be in the first 2 or 3 wks it may have even been the first month, my moods were all over the place and I felt like I was crawling out of my skin and living in a fog. At times if you happened to look at me the wrong way I had to be careful that I didn't rip your face off, but I got through those horrible withdrawals and now I am in a good place in my quit. Actually I have been in a good place from around the 3 month mark. For me my mindset from the beginning was this is my forever quit N.O.P.E and I meant it so I just dealt with my up and down moods and kept busy with whatever I was doing and thought of all the positives of living as an EX SMOKER . LIFE is good  I smoked just shy of 40 yrs and now I have my life back and I definetly am a Happy quitter. Enjoy the day everyone. 

Marilyn 

Good morning everyone, it's dark and dreary looking right now but peaceful.  My husband decided not to go away for the week he'll be working at the shop so that he can be home each night, I am so happy about that. He took yesterday and today for a week end since they worked 13 days straight, anyway I am so happy that he's home it's very doubtful anyone will be going anywhere this afternoon or tomorrow. They canceled school and most businesses for today already. Be safe if any of you live in this blizzard warning, stay home and stay warm and most important smoke free because we can get through these Noreasters and blizzard. I have  water drawn off we have a cook stove in the basement, my husband has a solar system so we have lights and can listen to the radio or watch the news on tv if we want and we'll be warm with the wood furnace. If you don't hear from me tommorrow or for a few days it's only because I haven't got power , I won't be smoking over a blizzard or over anything else stay safe and sound everyone and enjoy the day. 

Marilyn 

My husband made it home last evening at 6 pm after being away working for over a week, his company wants them to go to another job site in Nova Scotia,and want them to leave this afternoon before the big snow storm hits tommorow .I won't know what's going on until later on today it's a 5 and a half hour drive to get to NS which is in another province. they haven't had a day off in 13 days and they are tired and a little grumpy. Mark my husband had 9 months in yesterday for quitting smoking and today I have 197 DOF . STAY strong and protect your quits everyone because each day you get in without smoking is one day closer that you will get to a good place in your quit, it's going to take time to get to that good place but be patient it will happen. 

Marilyn 

I woke up while it was still dark out I turned the outside light on and this particular snow storm went right around me, just a skiff of snow and very mild temps for NB. 28 Farenheit which is quite mild for January. These temps will be short lived because it's supposed to get super cold overnight but I will enjoy it while it lasts. My husband is supposed to be home later today, he's been working away since last Sunday he's 5 hrs away in good road conditions unfortunately the storm hit the region he is in and the weather channel says that the roads are bad but the good news is that the storm is over and once it's safe they'll be on their way. My husband has 9 months in today since he quit smoking. I believe I will make pizza for his celebration supper . I hope that everyone will have a wonderful day today and continue protecting your quits no matter what. 196 DOF for me today and counting. 

Marilyn 

Good morning all, it's just becoming daylight with big Charlie Brown snowflakes they are pretty even though I am sooooooo ready for warmer weather and have all this snow gone. 195 smoke free days today I never thought I could quit smoking but being willing to live without cigarettes is absolutely doable. I was sick and tired of smoking, when I found out the beginning of July that I have copd I decided l was quitting smoking no matter what, I chose July 7th for my quit date but wasn't quite ready so on July 14th I began my journey with all of you my fellow EXERS. To all of you that are beginning your quit it's definitely doable be willing to go through the withdrawals and rough days and as long as you are 100 % committed you are going to succeed in your quit and once you get through to a good place in your quit, you will realize that quitting smoking is definitely the best decision you will ever make in your lifetime for your health, family and wallet, enjoy a wonderful smoke free weekend. 

Marilyn 

I am sooooooo late getting anything accomplished today. I actually got a decent nights sleep which I really needed the phone woke me up this morning it was almost 9am. Anyway 194 smoke free days and counting. I better get my car out of the garage and go to town to check my mail. Stay strong and committed to your quits everyone especially with the wk end coming try to keep your mind as well as your hands occupied and enjoy a relaxing peaceful wk end. Marilyn

I have been in a funk for over a week now, I know it's the winter blahs so even though it's cold outside I am getting out for a drive. The sun is shining the wind has finally died down, my driveway is a skating rink but my wood furnace needs the ashes cleaned out so I'll spread the ashes where people walk and kill two birds with one stone. I hope everyone is protecting your quits, I have 193 days in today. Yesterday was not a good day because of not getting hardly any sleep the night before with my house snapping from the frost in the walls it was super cold outside even though I have a kennel for my 11 yr old dog Samantha, she barked over half the night so yesterday whenI was drinking my first cup of coffee of the day l started looking for my cigarettes so I could have a smoke with my coffee, all of a sudden it dawned on me what I was doing like Dah I don't even have any cigarettes in the house. It's amazing how our minds work especially if you are having a bad day  so be careful, be on guard and extra vigilant with your quits protect it no matter what. Life is precious, live a smoke free one. 

Marilyn 

I hope everyone has a wonderful smoke free day, I'm on my 192 nd day of freedom. 

Marilyn 

Good morning everyone, I hope and pray that each one of you will enjoy another smoke free day, especially if you are new to this site. Quitting smoking is probably going to be the hardest thing that you will ever do but it's sooooooo worth it once you get to a good place in your quit. Everyone is different I'm on my 191st day of my quit a little over 6 months. The first 2 or 3 wks of my quit were a living hell, I honestly didn't think I could succeed in quitting but I came here every day sometimes twice a day and all the wonderful people on this site encouraged me to keep going ,that it would get easier and to read jonescarps aka dales page concerning the first 4 months of your quit so I read his page over and over again if you are new here or heading into NML it's a must read it hhelped me more than I can say. stay strong and be willing to go through some hair pulling, moody feeling like crap days and then you will wake up one morning with a huge smile and realize that by quitting smoking how much better you feel, you must go through the withdrawals and rough days to get to the good days which will come. Stay strong and smoke free because life is so much better after cigarettes. 

Marilyn 

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

Hello Monday ☺

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Jan 19, 2015

It's ° 42 and pouring rain outside this morning with strong gusty winds here in Eastern Canada. If I knew how to skate, my driveway is a perfect skating rink oh well since I don't  I believe that I will stay in and maybe cook a beef barley stew. The temps are going to drop fast with a quick freeze up,  if we get a little snow that might help to stick to the ice. Anyway I don't need to go anywhere so that's good.  Enjoy your Monday everyone, remember to protect your quit no matter what because life is so much better being smoke free 190 DOF for me and I will tell you there's no way after more than 6 months of not smoking would I screw up and put one of those cancer sticks anywhere near my face and have to start at day 1 again and go through those horrible withdrawals of the first 3 or 4 wks where my moods were all over the place. I pray for each one of you new folks here stay strong, committed and determined to your quits because once you get to a good place in your quits you're going to realize that quitting smoking is definitely the best decision for you and your family especially for your health. When you have horrible cravings, tell yourself as many times as needed that you are stronger than the cravings because you are so much stronger than you realize. you can and will beat the cravings, keep your mind as well as your hands occupied and drink lots of water . you can do this.

Marilyn 

Marilyn 

Good morning everyone, I hope that this wk end has been good to each one of you. It was freezing yesterday and today we are back on the roller coaster weather and temps above freezing. Snow changing to rain this afternoon, evening and tomorrow and then another freeze up yay for winter -----NOT----I am so ready for Spring. But I have no choice but to deal with this crazy weather pattern that we are in, I will suck it up and stay dry and warm. 189 days of freedom from smoking today, now that makes me very happy. Enjoy the day everyone and stay smoke free because we are all stronger than the cravings or urges we must say to ourselves that we don't smoke anymore and mean it and continue on with this day that we are blessed with. 

Marilyn 

Good morning, I am counting the days till warmer weather arrives. I definitely have the winter blahs or a seasonal disorder, whatever it's called it's most definitely real. At least the sun is shining this morning even though the wind is howling and it's freezing outside. I hope everyone has a relaxing peaceful wk end and most of all a smoke free one, no matter what's happening in our lives the most important thing is to protect our quits no matter what N.O.P.E and also never ever forget how hard it was to get to  wherever you may be in your quits and I don't know about you but after 188 days of freedom, I sure as heck am not going back to day 1. No way no how because I am continuing to stack up the days and next stop is 200 days and so on and so on. Please enjoy this beautiful day even though it's crappy and freezing outside here in Canada anyway.   It's nice and warm inside and the sun has a lot of Power and best of all I'm alive that sure beats the alternative, life is good. 

Marilyn 

I hope that everyone has a wonderful day and wk end as well, smoke free of course. Stay strong and stay committed and as close to this site as you can especially over the weekend. I am here with 187 precious smoke free days and counting, life is so much better without the crutch of smoking. 

Marilyn 

I slept right in till 9 am, actually the phone got me up. I was very pleased yesterday at the dentists office being able to say that I quit smoking 6 months ago to the day, what a great feeling and they wrote it down in my chart. I had jaw surgery back in 2001 there were many reasons for the surgery including my bite being way off I had to wear braces for over a year before the surgery anyway 8 screws 4 plates and a hook and an eye hold my jaw together and I must say that I am really glad that I had the surgery because it worked. I used to be in chronic pain all my waking hours and constant head and neck pain, now I am so much better it's just when I have my teeth cleaned and having impressions done like yesterday. I wear a bite plain on my upper teeth and a retainer on my bottom teeth at night to protect my teeth and jaw because I grind them really bad. I was wired shut for 2 wks when I had the surgery what a way to lose weight, it took me a month or more once the wires were cut to be able to open my mouth wide enough to put a spoon or fork in and relearn how to chew food. I guess sleeping in this morning and my jaw being tired brought back the memories. Life is good and I am so happy to be able to say I have over 6 months in for quitting smoking, hang in with your quits everyone because it's Sooooo worth it once you get through these roller coaster ups and downs of quitting smoking and get through to a good place in your quits you will realize quitting smoking was the best decision you ever made in your life. Hang tough and enjoy the day. 

Marilyn 

I am so thankful that I don't stand outside trying to smoke while freezing my butt off anymore . I really don't want to go anywhere but I have to later on this morning I have a dentist appointment. It's supposed to warm up a bit which will be nice. I am looking forward to letting  my dentist know that I quit smoking 6 months ago today, I have to admit that it's a good feeling letting people know and knowing in my heart that this is my forever quit. Life is good except it's freeking cold outside but I promise I won't smoke over it or anything else ever again. I have finally figured out how to deal with life without the crutch of poisoning myself with smoking. Have a wonderful smoke free dday everyone. 

Marilyn 

Good morning everyone, to all of you wonderful new people on this site, stay strong and stay close to us because quitting smoking is definitely the best decision of your life and for yourself and your family. I will have 6 months in tommorow since I quit smoking and I will never ever, ever smoke again in my life even with my older sister living 6 hrs away in another province battling breast cancer and in the middle of chemo treatments I would like to see her but she doesn't want me there right now and when I do go I definitely won't stink and smell like an ashtray. She will need all of me and I will be the EX SMOKER and be there for her 100 %. No matter what is going on in our lives it's better to deal with the situation dead on without the crutch of smoking. I definitely speak up now when something is wrong or bothering me, where as before I would go outside smoke one cigarette after another bury the problem but not anymore.  If there's a problem let's settle it let us face life. I smoked just shy of 40 yrs and quitting smoking is definitely the best decision for me and all the people in my life especially my grandsons because hopefully I will live a little longer and enjoy the time I have left without smoking outside and missing out on my quality time with the grandchildren. Let's enjoy a smoke free life it's sooooooo doable, enjoy the day everyone. 

I sure missed being able to be on the site this morning and checking out the blogs and writing my own blog.  I am so thankful that they got it working again, I definetly wouldn't smoke over it, I honestly don't think I will smoke over anything ever again. I enjoy being an EX SMOKER too much. Enjoy the rest of your evening. 

Marilyn 

Happy Sunday, the sun is shining and it's supposed to be a beautiful sunny day all day. Hopefully this sunshiny day will help me to get through the winter blahs, my husband took me out to pizza delight yesterday trying to pick up my mood which was nice and having the oldest grandson for the day also helped but the warmer temps and the sun is what I need. Anyway 182 smoke free days today now that makes me happy, I know that I must always stay vigilant and on a daily basis protect my quit no matter what is happening in my life because I know smoking will definitely make things 100 % worse, so always protect your quit for your health, family and your wallet. Enjoy the day everyone. 

Marilyn 

I hope that everyone has a relaxing peaceful Saturday and most of all a smoke free one.  My 10 yr old grandson Adam is coming for the day, my husband Mark just left to pick him up. I thought I should at least say hello to eeveryone just in case I don't get back on my tablet until late afternoon, I wouldn't want anyone to wonder where I was since I have always been on every morning for almost 6 months 181 days to be exact. so enjoy the weekend. 

Marilyn 

I believe that I have the winter blahs so I must get moving maybe bake a batch of cookies. It's snowing outside so at least it's warmed up a bit .I might go for a drive get out of the house for a while, anyway protect your quits, stay strong, keep your minds as well as your hands occupied. One day at a time or if need be 1 hour or even 1 minute at a time, each one of us can succeed in our quits we must be willing to go through 2 or possibly 3 wks of withdrawal and sheer discomfort and probably you will feel like you may crawl out of your skin, but I am telling you that it's so worth it because all of a sudden you know that you can keep your quit no matter what. Today after nearly 40 years of smoking I am on my 180 th day of my quit and believe me in the beginning of quitting I could've ripped your face off if you looked at me the wrong way but I made it through to be able to say truthfully that I am a Happy quitter and you can get to a wonderful place in your quits, hang on and stay the course because each day will get easier. Enjoy the day and have a wonderful smoke free weekend. 

Marilyn 

-°17 at 7 am on this Thursday, we are now through the first wk of Jan. I along with just about everyone will be Sooooo happy when it warms up, I feel so bad for people that have to work outside in these frigid temps like my poor husband but he's in the shop this wk because he had to go to the dentist with an absessed tooth. Hopefully next week the temps will moderate because he's going to be working away. Anyway I hope that everyone will have a wonderful smoke free day, I'm on my 179 th day of freedom from the dreaded cigarettes. Life is good even with all the stress life throws at us it's so nice dealing with problems and not standing outside freezing my butt off smoking or trying to smoke with my teeth chattering. I am very happy being an EX SMOKER. 

Good morning everyone, I must be getting cabin fever, I need to get out of the house for a while today. It's 10 degrees warmer than its been the last couple of days. I believe it will do me good to get out for a drive. Tommorow is supposed to be super cold, a week from tomorrow will be my next milestone 6 months of living a smoke free life Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. I was reading the blogs and the wonderful folks having a year in and I decided to be silly about a 3 % club, like I said I have cabin fever. Stay warm and stay strong but most important stay smoke free, have a great day everyone. 

Marilyn 

To all of you that are beginning your quits, you can succeed and be EX SMOKERS. The first 2 or possibly 3 wks will be horrid but you must get through this rough patch to get to a much better place to realize that quitting smoking is definitely the best decision that you will ever make in your lifetime. Your  health and your wallet as well as your family and friends will definitely all benefit. You can and will succeed in your quits if you are 100 % committed to succeeding. I know that for myself after nearly 40 years of smoking and finding out that I have copd and nobody has smoked in my house including me in over 11yrs because of grandchildren coming into the world and just plain being respectful of my non smoking family and friends. I look back now and I only have 177 days of being smoke free but I think I was protecting everyone else but me. It took me long enough to start looking after myself but better late than never and I believe that I've quit smoking before any major smoking illnesses and thank goodness my copd is mild . Please stay strong .

Marilyn 

Good morning everyone, it's a dark, dank, dreary and snowy .I don't think that I will venture out to far today the wind is gusting at a pretty good clip and supposed to get even gustier the temp is °26 right now and by this evening it gonna be °-26. I guess it's definitely January with the winds later today the feel like temps -°45 possibly -°50 . Winter is not my favorite season obviously but my house is warm and I have no reason to go out in these frigid temps . stay warm and stay safe wherever you are and smoke free as well, enjoy the day. 

Marilyn 

I'm late checking out the blogs this morning, actually it's almost noon now but I wanted some exercise so I told my husband Mark to relax and I went outside to shovel the steps off and the walkway and I cleaned the car off as well. About 6 inches down so far,I wanted to clean it up before the freezing rain starts then the snow would be really heavy we do get plowed out because we have a very long driveway way off the road. I love it in the summer but not so much in the winter, theirs still an hour of shoveling each storm the front door ,back door, basement door, gate to the dog run and the garage doors, yak and double yak. I am sooooooo very happy I am an EX SMOKER and am able to do manual Labour. I found out the beginning of July that I have mild copd and decided I was quitting smoking before it got worse so on July 14th 175 precious smoke free days ago I quit to everyone just starting your quits you can endure 2 possible 3 wks of withdrawal symptoms and pretty rough days to put it mildly but believe me it's sooooooo worth the discomfort when you get to the point of realizing how thankful you are you quit smoking . I smoked just shy of 40 yrs and on the 14th of January I will have 6 months in not smoking, I'll tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt this is my forever quit N.O.P.E and I am a Happy quitter if I can do it anybody can. Believe me if your waiting for the right time to quit there never will be, I figured that out and just quit and you can to, have a wonderful day. 

I woke up this morning with many things on my mind, especially my older sister Cheryl that is battling breast cancer. Yesterday was her second chemo treatment she told me on Thursday a hair salon shaved her hair off for free, that her hair was already falling out in clumps this salon doesn't charge cancer patients . Also I was thinking of Nancy and on my first coffee I got right on this site to check on Dales update on Nancy where she fell last night and Damn a broken hip, I pray that it's not too complicated and they can operate soon if they haven't already. Life is full of hurdles and lately not good ones but we must remain steadfast in our quits and continue on with our prayers for the people we care about and love . keep your commitment and determination for your quits no matter what, life is full of crap and you will never find a good time to quit smoking so you might just as well keep going with this one and each day will get a little bit easier and before long you will realize quitting smoking was the best decision you ever made in your life. 

Marilyn 

It's °25 this morning, mild, have a wonderful day everyone. My grandson wants to play a game on my tablet so I better get him out of the tub and dressed and let him have it awhile. Enjoy the day, I just wanted to say hello. 

Marilyn 

I pray that each and everyone had a wonderful evening last night and feel absolutely great this first day of 2015. I couldn't make it to midnight but managed to get to 11 :45 pm,  I actually had a decent sleep for a change I believe I am on my 172 nd day of living a smoke free life. Happy New Year, I better go punch down my bread and grease my 13 pans, a dozen loaves and 10 rolls. A little later today my grandson Mason the 5 yr old is coming to spend another night with gramp and me.

Marilyn