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-10 Farenheit this morning, I must say it's been one freezing cold month witth storm after storm and I really hope that MOTHER NATURE will allow March to be kind to all of us. I won't smoke over the crappy weather or anything else but I definitely am sick and tired of this winter along with many of you, enough is enough. Time for Spring yes indeedie. I am happy because at least the suns shining and it is supposed to get up above 0° F which with the power of the sun will be a gorgeous day. I hope everyone will have a wonderful smoke free day I am on my 229 th day of freedom from smoking the nicotine poison. Well I better get some breakfast and figure out what I am doing today. 

Marilyn 

I am on my 3rd and final  final cup of coffee, I thought I'd wish all of my fellow EXERS a wonderful smoke free day. I am on my 218 th day of freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison and  enjoying my life without cigarettes. Stay strong and stay committed to your quits everyone because living a smoke free life is absolutely worth it. 

Marilyn 

oops ●●●●I tried to short myself 10 precious days from my quit I just noticed from a comment on my blog  that I had 218 days, I have 228 wonderful precious smoke free days and I want every day that I worked so hard for. I will be more careful when writing my blogs, have a great day everyone. 

Good morning everyone, we must stay positive about this never ending winter.   It's snowing again with wide spread cancelations and of course schools were the first to be canceled. March is Sunday so Spring and melting snow and warm temps will come. Both grandsons birthdays are in March as well as my sons plus I've been with my husband 23 yrs we'll be married 18 in July. The first time I married, I was only 16 and that marriage lasted 13 yrs the upside of it is my son and daughter. 227 stupendous days of freedom from smoking the nicotine poison today, I am getting closer to another milestone which is 8 months coming up on March 14th. March is a busy month. Please have a relaxing, peaceful stress free hump day everyone. 

Marilyn 

Yay it's -13 instead of -18 it's still freezing cold outside. I have to go see the Specialist at the hospital very shortly I thought I'd touch base with you before I head out in the cold. This Dr will probably do a scope on me coming up to check my stomach  I know that I have a hiatal hernia which is no big deal but I had a bad spell a couple of months or so ago, I've had nothing like that since but it's taken all this time to just to meet him. I am not worried about it, I really don't want to go out in the cold brrrrrrr but I will keep the appointment.  I better get my butt moving and get ready to head out, have a wonderful smoke free day today everyone and remember to protect your quits with your life because our lives depends on it. 

Marilyn 

Wow, I definetly am a Happy quitter I really like my life since I decided that it was time to take care of myself. I am 55 yrs old and smoked just shy of 40 yrs and when I found out last July that I have copd I chose life over the addiction to cigarettes, my husband quit smoking April 25th / 14  he found out that he has the beginning of emphysema. I thought I was fine until the breathing test which I flunked ,so July 14th /14 was day 1 of my quit. Life without cigarettes is absolutely fantastic, quitting smoking is definitely sooooooo doable . My husband and I both smoked 28 to 30 cigarettes a day , I never figured out how much money we've saved but I am certain that it's a lot but more importantly we stopped our lungs from getting any worse and hopefully added a few good years to our lives, keep your quits everyone save money and add a few years to your lives. Have a wonderful day. 

Marilyn 

Thank the Lord for the sunshine and the power of it beaming through the windows of my house which will save my wood pile in the daytime. I'm sure everyone that has been dealing with the frigid temps and mountains of snow will agree that it's been an expensive winter for fueling our homes this year but hopefully we are on a down hill slide towards Spring. Today is my 224 th day of freedom from smoking, wow is all I can say I never thought I could quit smoking after 40 yrs but I am finally free of the nicotine poison that held me a slave for most of my life N.O.P.E ----NEF ---- I am free ---- protect your quits everyone because I am in a wonderful place in my quit and have been for at least 3 months maybe longer than that. I was determined to quit smoking even before day 1 of my quit. I had a horrid time my first few weeks but I made it through to a much better place and I will never, ever, ever take it for granted how horribly difficult it was to get to where I am today . I will keep on trucking and counting my precious smoke free days, Have a fantastic day everyone .

Marilyn 

It's -7 °F here in Atlanta Canada this morning the calm before another storm. It's not supposed to snow alot but could warm up and possibly get ice pellets and freezing rain overnight and tomorrow. Right now the sun is shining and I am going to enjoy it ,I made a big pot of beef barley stew yesterday so I'm going to take a big bowl full down to my Mother in law hopefully, I gave her enough for at least 3 meals, she's doing fantastic but tires easy but she amazes me for an 88 yr old lady. My friend that jumped out of the 2 nd story window of her house at 3 am this past Monday at 3 am is still in the hospital but is going to make a full recovery. She broke a bone in her vertebrae and has a lot of frost bite from having to crawl down her long driveway for help, she will not lose any fingers or toes but the bottom of her feet is also frostbitten . She's 67 yrs old and is one tough lady and said God was with her during the whole ordeal. I am on my 223 Rd day of smoke free living and counting. Enjoy a wonderful smoke free weekend everyone and remember to be on guard for any unexpected stressers so you can be ready to protect your precious quits with everything you have in you. 

Marilyn 

I trudged outside this morning in my dogs run to snap a pic to change my avatar. I wish you could see my dogs face, she's looking at me and I know that she's also sick and tired of winter, my poor little Samantha Digger Jane Hartley is waiting impatiently for this mountain of snow to disappear. More snow tomorrow night into Sunday, I would guess from yesterdays storm we got at least a ft . The man that plows for us has to bring his big machine to push our banks back because we have no place to put the snow anymore. It's cost a small fortunate for plowing this year but our driveway is way too long to do by hand as it is I shovel each storm for at least an hour with the steps, front door, back door, basement door and the garage doors. I am definitely getting my exercise ,ha ha ha. Oh well that's ok because I won't smoke over it or anything else,today is 222 DOF and counting. Please have a wonderful smoke free day everyone. 

Marilyn 

1.Comtemplation 

2 . rationalization 

3 . consent 

We can control what we do before we do it. 

I am on day 221 of my quit and it's storming again today but I will not smoke over it, instead I am going to shake off being annoyed over the weather and do something constructive . If I was to smoke a cigarette now after all this time I would probably hork up  a lung and if I managed to actually smoke it. I know that I would never forgive myself for allowing myself to slip, thankfully I won't allow that to happen because I believe that the key is to remain vigilant and on guard so we will be prepared and ready to win the battle against the horrid cancer sticks. Always be prepared to protect your quits with your life because our lives depends on it, Enjoy a wonderful smoke free day. I should mention for the new people here that I smoked just shy of 40 yrs, quitting is definitely doable. 

Marilyn 

I hope that everyone will have a wonderful Wednesday, I plan on keeping busy. Yesterday I baked cookies and a big batch of bread and thought I'd start some Spring cleaning anything to keep my mind off of the winter weather and get some much needed work done at the same time, plus the sun definitely has lots of power and the days sure are lengthening out. Today is 220 precious smoke free days and counting. Stay strong and protect your quits and enjoy your day. 

Marilyn 

I am sick of being negative, depressed and downright miserable so I have decided that I have no control over the weather what so ever, so I might just as well relax . I am on my 219 th DOF from cigarettes and I am so happy about that and very thankful to all the wonderful people on this site that has helped me to get here. I need to remember to look for the good in every situation and when we look hard enough we will always find it . A good friend of mine barely got out of her house yesterday morning at 3 am she lives in a rural area like I do  she had to jump out of her 2 storey house because she woke up to her house completely engulfed in flames. She threw her little dog out and jumped out herself, the mountains of snow is very hard and she hurt herself so she crawled down her long driveway in -17 °F temps in blizzard conditions to get help. She had no house insurance but everyone including her church will have a benefit deal of some kind for her . She's got frost bite and a broken vertebrae in her back but will not lose any fingers or toes thank God. With this happening to my 66 yr old friend that almost died yesterday puts my pity party into perspective. My friend will be ok because we will all be here for her. 

Marilyn 

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

Hello Saturday

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Feb 16, 2015

Good morning everyone, it's another cold one at -9 ° F but it's sunny again at least. Tommorow is March,1st I really hope that MOTHER NATURE will decide to be kind to all of us EXERS and give us some Spring weather. I am on 330 precious days of freedom from smoking so I won't smoke over the crappy weather or anything else and I know that everyone here is definitely stronger than any cravings or urges you may have to slip up but don't screw up your wonderful quits for the dreaded nicotine poison that's a killer because it will kill you or me and most likely would be a slow painful death and all because we slipped up and didn't stay strong in our quits. I have no intention on smoking ever again because I am in a good place in my quit and I will not go back to day 1, no way no how only forwards for me the 14 th of March will be my 8 month milestone and I am heading for the 6 % club and each one of us can get there by being willing to go through some rough patches to get to that peaceful place in your quit. I am there after 40 yrs of smoking but I said on day one of my quit that this was and is my forever quit. I will never drop my guard and I will remain vigilant each and every day because I value my life without cigarettes. Have a great day everyone. 

Marilyn 

Another stormy Monday, all schools are closed today. I'm sure that the parents aren't happy but I am certain that all the children are thrilled , thanks everyone for commenting on my blog yesterday.  I am going to shake off the blahs one way or another, my husband has ventured out to make it to his work he must have made it or he would be back and I still have power so I am very thankful for that and a warm house and sooooooo much more that I have to be thankful for. seasons come and seasons go and life goes on so I am going to get myself into a good place again and be thankful for everything that I have and being smoke free for 218 days and having no desire to want a cigarette considering as down and depressed that I've been lately is certainly something to be thankful for. I have lots of shoveling to do after breakfast but I will be careful and get some exercise at the same time . I choose today to look at the upside of each and every situation. 

Marilyn 

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentines Day yesterday, it's another stormy Sunday here in Atlantic Canada and most snow belts around the region are also getting hammered. I guess I might just as well suck it up because I can't do anything about it .I believe today would be a good movie day as well as pizza for dinner so hopefully we won't lose power, we could still cook pizza in the cook stove in the basement but the movie would be out. I won't smoke over the crappy weather or anything else that may get on my last nerve, I have 217 precious days of freedom and I will continue stacking up the days because if I blink a few times I will be at the door waiting to enter the 6 % club and I still will keep counting forward to the next milestone which will be the 2 yr mark. I have to admit that I am in a major funk lately but not for I second do I want a cigarette with all the stress lately and these snowstorms and treacherous road conditions a cigarette is the last thing on my mind. I think it's because right from the beginning of my quit my mindset was I will never smoke another cigarette as long as I live and I already went through hell on earth to get to this wonderful place in my quit even if I am in a funk, so what, I certainly will not blow my precious quit over it because I believe that I would be sooooooo down and depressed by screwing up the best decision that I ever made in my life and in my opinion, I would be a total idiot so I will continue counting the days in my wonderful quit . Have a fantastic Sunday everyone. 

Marilyn 

Good morning everyone, I commented this a week or so ago on someones blog and it's stuck in my head. I thought I'd use it this morning as my title because it's exactly how I feel about my quit. Life isn't easy by no means and the last couple of weeks I've been so busy I haven't had any down time at all, worries about my mother in law, my older sister Cheryl that is battling breast cancer her last chemo was yesterday now starting Monday it's 16 wks straight, 5 days a wk Radiation along with hormone replacement pills for the next 5 yrs if she is fortunate enough to have got all the cancer. My younger sister is waiting on major neck surgery. The only reason I am saying any of this and there is a lot more going on but I just wanted to vent a little bit because no matter what life is good and it's definitely what we make it and each one of us is can protect our quits with our lives because as I have said many times our lives depends on it. I hope that everyone will enjoy this Valentines Day, today I celebrate 7 months smoke free and 4 years of sobriety. I am going to enjoy the day andI plan on eeating lots of chocolate yum, yum and yummy. 

Marilyn 

I kidnapped my 5 yr old grandson Mason yesterday so my daughter could sleep today because there's no school today.  She works the graveyard shift 11 until 7 in the morning and I wanted her to be able to sleep today plus I needed my little buddy Mason anyway.  He just woke up a few minutes ago so I put the TV on for him, I'll get him some breakfast in a bit,enjoy a wonderful smoke free day and wk end as well.  Today is 215 DOF for me and tomorrow is 7 months since I quit smoking and 4 years of sobriety, wow I think I think that's worth celebrating. ((((HUGS))))  and  ((((HAPPY VALENTINES DAY)))))♡♡♡♡♡

Marilyn 

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

Good Day to all

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Feb 12, 2015

I was up before 7 am but between straightening the house up and the phone ringing, it's been a very busy morning but a good one. My Mother in law is finally coming home this morning from the hospital,  my sister in law her daughter will stay with her for a wk or two so I am pleased about that. Extra Murial Nurses will be checking on her oxygen levels for a few days which is great knowing she's being looked after we will all keep a very close watch on her from now on. I commented on someones blog the other day this phrase popped into my head and now I can't get it out, this is what I wrote   (life is grand without a cigarette in hand ) I am sooooooo weird but isn't that the truth???-----life is super fantastic without sucking on the poison that's called cigarettes that theoretically if we slip up and smoke the poison will slowly kill us sooooooo, stay strong and stay committed to your quit because I am on my 214 th day of freedom and after 40 yrs of smoking I am here to tell you quitting smoking is definitely the best decision for all of us EXERS life is good but you must go through the withdrawals and rough days to get to a good place in your quit and smile because you know that this is your forever quit N.O.P.E. 

Marilyn 

Quitting smoking is definitely doable, July 14th /14 was day 1 and now I am on day 213. After 40 yrs of smoking and attempting to quit half a dozen times and failing miserably each attempt now I realize looking back that I really didn't have a plan and I definetly wasn't 100 % committed or I would have successfully quit. life isn't easy by no means so stay strong and protect your quits with everything you have in you. I enjoy counting the days since I quit smoking going from day 1 to day 213 days is worth celebrating, don't you think???? I'm waiting to be able to add a 1 in front of the 2 happy days are here. 

Marilyn 

I hope everyone will have a wonderful smoke free day, 212 DOF for me and counting. Be sure and protect your quits no matter what is happening in your lives because slipping up and starting back at day 1 again would be absolutely horrible stay strong my friend. 

Marilyn 

A new day , a new week another sunny day here in the maritimes so maybe I should get my butt moving and get something  done around here this morning. I hope everyone had a good weekend and are ready for a new week, another smoke free one, 211 DOF for me and on Valentines Day I will have 7 months smoke free and 4 years of sobriety wow I never thought I could quit either but here I am celebrating both milestones. 

Marilyn 

I am definitely sick of winter when I have nothing better to do than count the days to hopefully better temps and less snow storms. I have to admit that this winter seems to be getting on my last nerve, maybe that's because it started earlier than usual. The first ft and a half of snow started in the first of November which is almost unheard of maybe the middle of December. Anyway I am on my 210 th day of freedom from the nicotine poison and other than these frigid temps and mountains of snow I am a Happy quitter. The warm weather is coming and when summer comes I probably will be griping about the humidity for me there is no happy medium, aren't I awlful ????? Please enjoy your Sunday everyone, my husband and I are going to visit his Mom in the hospital shortly she's doing alot better but the doctors are having a time to keep her oxygen levels up but other than that she is a trooper for an 88 yr old sweetheart. Thanks to Terry for letting me know that I had shorted myself 100 precious days on my quit, I have 210 precious smoke free day and counting. 

Marilyn  

At the end of the day we'll have one week in and three more to go then we're into March. I am ready for Spring and I am sure there's a few more on this site that lives in the snow belt that must agree with me. Brrrrrrr another snapping cold morning but it's warm in the house and my husband is home and tending the fire so I am getting a break from that and he cooked breakfast for dinner us pancakes, bacon and scrambled eggs which was really good. We have to make bread today there's only one loaf left in the freezer, 209 DOF and counting, protect your quits and have a peaceful and relaxing weekend. 

Marilyn 

Good Friday morning, I hope that everyone has a wonderful day and most importantly a smoke free one. I am here with 208 DOF and counting. 7 months coming up a wk from tommorrow, quitting smoking is definitely doable you must be stronger than your cravings and be willing to go through some rough times to get to that good place in your quit but you will get there stay strong and be patient because life is so much better now. 

Marilyn 

I can't believe yesterday morning was -18 Farenheit and this morning it's +23  Farenheit, wow talk about roller coaster temps. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining I will take this little reprieve it snowed about 4 inches overnight so I shoveled the steps off when I got up. I almost enjoyed it, it's supposed to snow most of the day but not accumulate too much in my region south of me may get 10 inches and they are in a state of emergency for the snow removal. We're also running out of places to put it, oh well Spring is coming soon. 207 wonderful, precious, stupendous DOF from nicotine . Stay true to your quits everyone, no matter what is going on in our lives smoking will just make everything sooooooo much worse so make sure to protect your quit. I am totally exhausted running back and forth to the hospital every day helping out with my mother in law and I am so happy that I am able to be there for her and I am so thankful that I don't smoke anymore. I am very fortunate because I have no desire to smoke just the thought of it makes makes my skin crawl. I want to be there for whoever may need me and being an EX SMOKER makes it 100 % easier because I don't stink and smell like an ashtray and am not running outside every 45 minutes for a cigarette freezing my butt off in these freezing temps we've been having and tonight will be -39 Farenheit with the wind factor, yay for quitting smoking, I can't think of one positive thing why I would screw up my wonderful quit and cause my copd and health to deteriorate, I believe that I will keep my quit. I am very tired sorry if I am rambling, please enjoy your day everyone. 

Marilyn 

My Mother in law is doing well, she's still in the hospital but is in good spirits. One of my sister in laws and I went to see her yesterday and will again today once it warms up some, it's -18 Farenheit at the moment at least the suns shining. It will warm up because it's going to snow overnight and tomorrow yak, yak and double yak. Oh well Spring is coming I just need to be patient and keep busy, on a good note I have 206 DOF . ON the 14th I will have 7 months smoke free and 4 years of sobriety, I will protect my quit no matter what, no way no how will I ever touch a cigarette let alone put one in my mouth and light it and inhale the poison N.O.P.E  ---- I will never forget the first few weeks of my quit and how I literally thought that I was going to go out of my mind with the horrid cravings from this horrible addiction, so no matter what happens I will never ever, ever smoke another cigarette as long as I live. To everyone starting on your quits, you can and will succeed in your quit be 100 % committed and determined as well as willing to go through some rough times to say the least to get to that good place in your quit, believe me after 40 yrs of smoking and heading for 7 months of not smoking, it's Sooooo worth, stay strong and don't give up because you don't smoke anymore. 

Marilyn 

The sun is shining this morning which helps my winter blahs even though it's -10 Farenheit, that's ok yay, it only snowed about 6 inches not another ft and that really makes me happy. In the last week we've got 2 and half feet of snow and blizzard conditions each storm but Spring is coming I just need to keep busy and be patient. 205 presious smoke free days today yay. Be careful,do not let your mood or emotions ruin your quit. Be vigilant each and every day protect your quit with your life because our lives depends on it. 

Marilyn 

It's almost 4 pm and I am tired, my 88 yr old mother in law has been sick with a flu bug since last Wednesday we've all been keeping an eye on her. Yesterday was hard on her my husband and our sister in law were quite concerned about her she was weak and couldn't get up off the flush so they helped her and later on I couldn't get her on the phone so I went down and she fell and couldn't get up, anyway long story short my sister in law and I got her to the hospital this morning early and they kept her ,she has phemonia and her oxygen levels are really low plus she has athma and never smoked a day in her life. I am very tired but am glad to be able to help.  We would have taken her last night but she wanted to wait thankfully she let us take her this morning. I hope everyone has a relaxing peaceful evening, we're in for another ft of snow and blizzard conditions. Oh well what's new ??? I won't smoke over anything ever again, protect your quits with your life because our life does depend on.

Marilyn 

Good Morning everyone, I hope that this wk end is being good to you. The sun is shining today but it's super cold but it's February so I am counting down to  (((((( SPRING )))))) I am sooooooo ready for warmer weather. Anyone here that's living in a snow belt probably might agree with me. A strong ft of snow yesterday and another ft or so tomorrow with strong gusty winds causing white out conditions. Oh well there's not much that I can do about it at least I am nice and warm and have lots to eat so I am happy. My 5 yr old grandson Mason just called me and is coming over a little later this morning which definitely will make my husbands and my day alot brighter. There isn't anything after 203 days of freedom from cigarettes would ever cause me to smoke again, this quit is solid because I am a Happy quitter and this is my forever quit N.O.P.E. Please enjoy your Sunday. 

Marilyn