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A very good morning to everyone, I can't believe how fast the months are going by. Life doesn't slow down whether we smoke or not and I prefer not smoking and enjoying each day to the fullest extent that I can. The weather this weekend is supposed to be gorgeous. My husband and I will get outside and get some yard work done and set up the patio area and maybe even barbecue ,our oldest grandson Adam will be here on Saturday. He enjoys puttering around outside he's 11yrs old and gets quite bored with Gram and Gramp but he loves pit fires so that's what we'll plan on. Hopefully May will be a mild month, I am ready for some warm weather before winter rolls around again. Enjoy a wonderful smoke free day everyone, I am on my 291st DOF and counting I'm heading towards the 300 mark and couldn't be happier living my life without cigarettes because I believe life is what we make it. Stay strong in your quits because it's so worth getting rid of the crutch of smoking. 

Marilyn 

Good morning everyone, I can't believe tommorrow is the last day of April. I'm hoping to clean my patio area up on the wk end and put out the lawn furniture , we're finally going to get some temps into the 70's yay. I smile when I hear the saying( it is what it is)-- maybe that's true in some cases but it's absolutely not true when it comes to smoking because we have a choice whether we smoke or not smoke. I really, really pray that each one of us will be smart and keep our quits because I know for myself after 40 yrs of smoking I need to protect my quit with everything I have in me, I know if I slipped up and smoked if I didn't hork up a lung I would be sooooooo ashamed of myself that I might end up smoking and most likely die in the next few years of a smoking related illness, probably cancer . N.O.P.E and N.E.F ------ no way will I allow myself to slip up. Stay strong and stay vigilant in your precious quits, life is short let's live it to the fullest, today is 290 DOF and counting for me. Please enjoy a wonderful smoke free day everyone. 

Marilyn

I am sooooooo very happy that everyone had a wonderful trip and are safely back home. We all missed you but thanks to our hostess Sharon had a fantastic spread of food which of course I ate too much. Then we enjoyed a humongous bonfire .it's another dark, dank, dreary day with showers and snow flurries at 36 ° F. I hope we get to enjoy some decent weather before winter rolls around again. 289 DOF and counting WTG ME. Each one of us EXERS are stronger than any craving or urge, we just have to be willing to stand firm and dig our feet in and know that we will never ever touch another cigarette as long as we live that this is our forever quit N.O.P.E and N.E.F. Quitting smoking is definitely doable, I smoked for 40 yrs and like everyone here I'm sure it was living hell in the first few weeks but are now enjoying fantastic smoke free lives some of you for several years and some for several months knowing that life without cigarettes is absolutely worth all the withdrawals and cravings that you went through to get to that good place in your quit. Stay strong and stay committed but most of all protect your quit, stay vigilant. 

Marilyn 

I really hope that everyone had a good weekend, I bet our fellow Exers enjoyed themselves and hopefully won't need a vacation from their vacation, I am looking forward to hear about trip and hopefully see some more pics I am on day 288 and counting, enjoy the day everyone. 

Marilyn 

I hope everyone had a great time at Sharons pot luck and bonfire, I had a surprise overnight guest in the afternoon yesterday. My 6 year old grandson Mason called and said it's the wk end can I come over or not, how precious is that????---- so instead of waiting for my daughter to bring him over, I drove over and brought him over for the night. He's still sleeping and this Grammy is still tired but a wonderful tired. 287 wonderful DOF today and counting. Enjoy this beautiful Sunday that we are blessed with, protect your quits with your life because little ones like Mason are counting on us.

Marilyn 

Another dark, dank dreary day, I hope the sun will come out soon because I forget what it looks like. We've been getting some rain, ice pellets and snow, yak but the sun is supposed to come out and warm up by Wednesday which sounds really good to me. I'm taking my husband Mark out today to Pizza Delight to celebrate his one year anniversary from quitting smoking, I am so happy for him and Lord willing I'll be celebrating my entry into the 6 % club in 2 and a half months. I'm sure our fellow Exers are enjoying Nashville and hopefully relaxing and enjoying some good food. 286 DOF and counting, enjoy this wonderful Saturday everyone stay strong and vigilant and protect your quits no matter what is happening in your lives because our lives depends on it. 

Marilyn 

I really hope that everyone will have a wonderful day, especially our friends in Nashville, TN. Eat lots of scrumptious food and and relax and enjoy the weekend. 285 precious smoke free days today and counting. 

Marilyn ☺ 

Enjoy this wonderful opportunity to get together and enjoy relaxation ,good food and good friends getting to know each other over a common bond of being  EX SMOKERS, have a wonderful time my friends. We're going to miss you this weekend but we will remain vigilant and smoke free, we will be happy to see you when you get back. ☺

Marilyn 

(((((Big Hugs for each of you going to Nashville)))))

I know a few of you are leaving for Nashville tommorrow and maybe some are flying out on Friday. I want all of you that are going to have the time of your lives , Relax and enjoy the wk end. 

Marilyn ☺ 

I hope that everyone will have a wonderful stress free smoke free day , I am so thankful that I found this wonderful site and all the wonderful people on here that helped me get to where I am today which is 283 precious smoke free days and counting. I love being a non smoker after 40 yrs of smoking I can actually say with pride that I don't smoke anymore and I have to admit that it's a good feeling knowing that this is my forever quit N.O.P.E and N.E.F. ---- I pray that I always will remember how horrid the first few weeks was and stay committed and happy in my quit which I know beyond a shadow of a doubt this is forever and I definetly am a Happy quitter. To all the new people here quitting smoking is probably going to be one of the hardest things that you will ever do in your life but it's absolutely doable and it's definitely worth all the withdrawals and cravings to be able to say  that you are taking your life back .Starting smoking was easy quitting smoking is super hard and difficult to say the least but it's the smartest and wisest thing you can do to save your life and enjoy life without the crutch of cigarettes ,enjoy your day. 

Marilyn ☺ 

Good morning my fellow EXERS, I didn't do much on Saturday except run my grandchildren all over so I didn't get any Bread on and Sunday between church and a lunch afterwards, I never even thought about bread, my husband usually helps me stir it because I make such a big batch but I enjoyed a totally lazy Sunday instead. I already have it rising in the bowl and ready for the pans around 10 am. I might as well do up a batch of shortbread cookies too and then I will relax for a while . If you are in the beginning of your quit, stay busy whether you bake, clean, organize ,walk or exercise. whatever it is it keeps you distracted and keeps your cravings and urges down and if you're like me in the beginning of my quit, my husband had lots of cookies and cakes and an extra clean house so it's a win win situation because keeping busy really does help make the quit less stressful at least it helped me immensely. I am on day 282 and counting. Have a wonderful smoke free day everyone. 

Marilyn 

It's been a very long day, I was supposed to get my scope done at 11 am but the day surgery was way behind schedule, so I finally got it done around 3:30 this afternoon. My husband took the day off where they put me to sleep I needed a driver, I finally got home by 5 o'clock, I had a splitting headache from no coffee or food since yesterday. I have a full belly now and my head is starting to feel better. I really don't know much yet other than he did a couple of biopsies on the bottom of my stomach where there's some irritation. The nurses aren't worried so therefore I'm not going to stress about it. I'm going to make an appointment to see this Dr in 6 wks. Anyway I am happy to be home, I hope everyone will enjoy this evening or at least what's left of it. 

Marilyn 

I'm finally getting my scope done this morning, it was supposed to be last Monday but an emergency came up so I was rescheduled until today. No coffee or anything and I don't even have to be at the hospital until 11 am and they're not doing the scope until 12:30, I had a hard time getting to sleep last night I was thinking about when I quit drinking over 4 yrs ago and how many times that I half heartily tried to quit and after a few days or maybe even a couple of weeks I'd be drinking again. It wasn't until I had my alcohol induced heart attack that I finally realized the severity of continuing to drink, so here I am all these years later a happy reformed alcoholic. I worried about my husbands health with 2 sets of Xrays and then a cat scan on his lungs, it concerned him too after smoking 42 yrs he was done a month when he saw his Dr and got the results of his cat scan he had the beginning of emphysema on this coming Saturday my husband will be celebrating his 1 year milestone. I continued to smoke 2 and a half months longer than my husband which was probably a good thing because maybe we might have killed each other.  Most of you know my story but I thought I was fine until a specialist listened to my lungs and set up a breathing test which I flunked and found out that I have copd, I was surprised because my xrays were fine anyway here I am on my 281 St day of my quit. I layed awake last night thinking how strange I am it takes me being scared for my health before I brightened up but at least I did and I hope in time so I can enjoy some quality of living. Protect your quits everyone and enjoy this beautiful day. 

Marilyn 

Another gorgeous sunny day yay and I'm on 280 precious, stupendous, fantastic, fabulous, amazing, and wonderful smoke free days and counting, how could I ask for anything more???---- enjoy the day and protect your quits whether you're on day one or day 1001. I must remind myself each morning even though I feel totally secure in my quit that it would only take one thing that could throw me for a loop and God forbid that I slip. So each day I remind myself to be vigilant and steadfast and to guard my quit with my life because my life depends on it. I'm going to enjoy this beautiful day and I hope each one of you will as well. 

Marilyn 

A very good morning to everyone, it's going to be another gorgeous day in the Maritimes and the best thing of all is that I don't smoke anymore, today is 279 wonderful smoke free days and counting WTG me. Stay strong in your quits everyone especially if you are new to this site because living a life without cigarettes is absolutely worth it and is definitely doable but you must be willing to go through whatever triggers, withdrawals, urges or cravings whatever comes your way to get to a good place, stay busy and hang tough because if you are having a hard time things will get better. 

Marilyn 

Two weeks from today is May basket day, wow life is moving so fast. I need to get moving this morning I have an appointment at 10 am and It's 8:50 now and I'm still in my jammies so I better get moving because it's a 20 minute drive away .278 precious, stupendous, fantastic, fabulous , amazing and wonderful smoke free days and counting WTG me. I want everyone to embrace your quits and remember that life without cigarettes is absolutely the best decision for you and your family and definitely for your health, I don't know about you folks but I know cigarettes kill and unfortunately I have been to a few funerals of friends that have died which I am sure was smoking related illnesses. Let's be vigilant and protect our quits under any and every circumstance because living a life smoke free is so worth a few weeks of discomfort and feeling like you might crawl out of your skin but I promise you you won't crawl out of your skin and once you get through the rough times life is good, be strong and keep your eyes on the prize which is a healthier life. 

Marilyn 

I try to live with a positive attitude even in the very beginning of my quit. I knew by quitting smoking I'd stop the progression of my copd and hopefully stop any other smoking related illness caused by smoking which is all positive. In the first few weeks of my quit it was much easier to be negative but I kept plowing forwards because I knew in my heart and soul that life without cigarettes was the life I wanted and needed. Stay strong in your quits everyone because living a smoke free life is absolutely worth it. 277 DOF and counting for me. 

Marilyn 

Another gorgeous sunny day shaping up today. 266 precious smoke free days and counting, enjoy the day everyone and stay strong in your quits because each one of us are so much stronger than any nicotine product. 

Marilyn 

Oops, I just realized when I got a comment on my blog that I shorted myself 10 days, I actually have 276 precious DOF. 

It's a mild dreary rainy morning with  temps 42 ° F or + 6, yay we are finally on the + side of the celius scale. I hope everyone will have a wonderful day  , I am extra happy today because after 40 yrs of smoking I am celebrating 9 months of being an EX SMOKER and that really makes me smile. I honestly never thought I could quit smoking but when I found out last July that I have copd which scared the crap out of me because I thought I was fine. My husband will have a year in on the 25th of this month now I was really worried about him before he quit because he had 2 sets of chest xrays and a cat scan on his lungs, he quit smoking for a month after the cat scan and before he even seen the doctor to know that the spots on his lungs was the beginning of emphysema. So I smoked for 2 and a half months longer than my husband thinking I was ok until a specialist was checking a nodule that he's monitoring on my thyroid which is fine he decided to listen to my lungs because he knew that I smoked and didn't like the sound of my lungs and set up a breathing test which showed up mild COPD, so I set out to pick a quit date with the help of this site which I was lucky enough to find . I picked the 7th of July but when that date came I wasn't ready so I picked the 14th of July and here I am celebrating 9 precious, stupendous, fantastic, fabulous, amazing and wonderful smoke free days and countin. To everyone new on tthis site believe me quitting smoking is absolutely doable,  have faith in yourself because you can do anything that you put your mind to .

Marilyn 

I hope that everyone had a lovely wk end , 274 DOF and counting WTG me. I know in my heart and soul this is my forever quit N.O.P.E and I will never ever forget ( NEF) how awlful my first 3 wks of withdrawal symptoms and cravings and sleepless nights were, I really don't want to go back there. I will keep going forward . To everyone starting on your quits, once you get through the toughest part of your quit which usually is the first 2 or possibly 3 wks things will get better maybe it won't feel like it,but it will,  I smoked for 40 yrs and quitting smoking was probably the hardest thing I have ever done but I am so thankful that I am an EX SMOKER and life is so much better now ,have a wonderful day everyone. 

Marilyn 

We are still having chilly mornings here in Eastern New Brunswick at 33 ° F but the days are getting up into the low and middle 50's which is fantastic especially with the sunshine. The snow is melting slowly which is a drag but it's actually a good thing because I don't want any major flooding along the river banks and damage to peoples homes and businesses. I really, really pray that everyone here especially the new folks and of course myself included be extra vigilant and on guard for any unexpected stressers or anything and everything so we won't have any reason or excuse to smoke even if it's only one cigarette because all we have to do is say out loud scream it if we need to I DON'T DO THAT ANYMORE, SCREAM IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN UNTIL THE URGE PASSES. I never ever, ever want to screw up and take even one puff after 273 wonderful, precious smoke free days and have to restart my quit clock back to day 1, but I would have to be honest with myself and start over again so I plan on always on a daily basis to protect my quit because I worked way too hard and went through sheer Hell to get to this wonderful place in my quit where I am happy and enjoying life. Have a blessed Sunday my fellow EXERS. 

Marilyn 

Happy Saturday everyone, I feel like crap this fine morning but I am alive and I think that MOTHER NATURE finally decided to allow Spring into the Maritime provinces and even though I have a major sinus headache and my arthritis is acting up, I really appreciate that Spring has sprung and I am going to enjoy getting outside for life is good and today is my 272 nd smoke free day and counting WTG ME. Stay strong in your quits everyone especially if you are new to this site because quitting smoking is definitely doable, after 40 yrs of smoking this coming Tuesday I will be celebrating my 9 months of freedom from cigarettes and I am so thankful that I finally quit so please hang tough and protect your quits with your life because our lives depends on it. 

Marilyn 

We have a lot of wonderful milestones today, congrats to each and everyone celebrating today yay and yay again WTG fellow EXERS. Whether we are celebrating a special milestone or not, congratulations on each day that we get through smoke free. I love counting my days since I quit smoking it keeps me focused on the big picture of living life without the cancer sticks and being happy without the crutch of cigarettes. I know that I will always be an addict but I am a recovering addict and I definetly won't allow myself to slip up and take a drag off of a cigarette because more than likely for me at least I probably would be back smoking, if I didn't choke to death first and I know that I would want to quit again because of my copd and other health issues and I would have to give up my 271 precious smoke free days and start back at day 1 again so I guess I will remain extra vigilant to protect my wonderful quit N.O.P.E because I will never ever forget how hard it was to get to this good place in my quit. Stay strong everyone quitting smoking is definitely doable and so worth it. 

Marilyn 

I hope everyone had a good nights sleep and is ready for a wonderful smoke free day. 270 DOF for me today and counting WTG for all of you on your wonderful quits and for me, quitting smoking is definitely doable ,it's definitely not easy but it's definitely worth it to be able to say that we are EX SMOKERS. 

Marilyn 

I decided to change my avatar again to a pic of my daughter and me. I will probably change it again in a week or so. 

Good morning fellow EXERS, another smoke free day for all of us. I am looking forward to getting out this summer and being able to go for walks, mow the lawn, work in the garden or whatever and never have to stop in the middle of anything that I'm doing to have a smoke break. I'm really looking forward to summer even though I quit in July last year it doesn't count because I was going through withdrawals and cravings, rough days that was best if you didn't look at me for fear of me maybe ripping your face off but this July, 1 year later if I am lucky enough to still be alive I will enjoy every minute of it whether I am working or just relaxing.  It's a chilly this morning at 15 but it's supposed to get up to the low 40's again today so I think I will venture out for a drive and enjoy a Tim Hortons coffee maybe I'll see if my sister in law would like to join me and I will treat her to a coffee. Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone. 

Marilyn 

I've been sorting through stuff, I guess I'm spring cleaning. I came across a book about drinking, I highlighted a paragraph which says -- I do not think that I should drink, for if I drink, I do not think. I was working away and this thought kept popping into my head, I do not think that I should smoke, for if I smoke, I may choke. Thank goodness I have no desire to ever smoke again but I will certainly always be vigilant each and every day. 

Marilyn 

It's a lot milder this morning at 31 ° F, I'll take it and it's supposed to get up into the 40's today yeah maybe I will even get outside for awhile. I hope everyone will have a wonderful day, no matter what's happening in our lives I believe life is good I am trying to take better care of myself especially since I quit drinking over 4 yrs ago and a week from today Lord willing I'll have 9 months in smoke free and as long as I'm still alive I will be celebrating another milestone. 268 DOF today and counting, enjoy the day everyone .

Marilyn 

I am sooooooo sick and tired of the freezing cold temps and I would venture to say that all of you are tired of me complaining about it. -7 ° F or - 22 ° celius this morning and only 62 ° F in my house when I got up . We've been out of wood for about a month now, we have electric heat and this is the first year we have ever used it. With the furnace the floors are warm and the basement is warm and with my husband being up earlier than me the house is usually around 70 which is really nice so I need these temps to warm up, I know alot of people that have run out of wood it's been such a long winter and it's not done with us yet. I'm very sorry for complaining about the weather again but I do feel better just blogging about it. 267 precious smoke free days and counting. I need to get moving maybe I will warm up. I think I will make a chicken stew and a pan of biscuits. Stay strong in your quits everyone because living a smoke free life is absolutely worth all of the withdrawals and rough days to be able to say we don't smoke anymore yay for all of us EXERS. 

Marilyn 

My husband was up and down at our church for 6 am helping to cook Easter breakfast for our community. I will go down for our church service which will be early this morning at 9:30, I wouldn't be much use to anyone that early. Bless everyone that did help at the church this morning 4 ° F or - 16 ° Celius brrrrrrr with a strong 8 inches of that white crap down from yesterdays storm, it feels like April Fools instead of Easter but then all I have to do is look out a window and realize it actually is real and when I step outside I definitely will be wide awake and ready for the church service. 266 DOF and counting, have a wonderful blessed day and hopefully a big, delicious Easter dinner with all the trimmings. 

Marilyn 

I got up at 6:30 am and it wasn't snowing, I was really happy. I thought right on the weather people was wrong but unfortunately the white crap is coming down but that's ok because it's going to help clean up the old snow at least that is what I am telling myself. We're supposed to get up to 8 inches of the white stuff or as low as 5 inches, whatever will be will be but life is good, I am on my 265 th day of freedom from smoking yay and yay again. Stay strong in your quits everyone because living a smoke free life is absolutely worth all the withdrawals and rough days to be able to say that we are EX SMOKERS and I know that for me, it's the best decision I've ever made in my life. I have one grandson Mason coming over shortly and maybe the other grandson Adam, he's sick with a cold so it's probably a good idea if he does stay home. His mother should be letting me know soon,I am having a scope done on the 13th down the throat ,you're only asleep for a few minutes but they won't do it if you are sick . I've been waiting for a few months to get this done to figure out what's going on besides the acid reflux and the hiatus hernia, Adams mom just called she's keeping him home which is probably a good idea. Have a wonderful smoke free Saturday everyone. 

Marilyn ☺ 

Good morning fellow EXERS, I pray that everyone will have a wonderful Easter Weekend. 264 precious smoke free days for me and counting . To the new folks here please stay extra vigilant where it's a long wk end but even if you have some rough times you can and will get through them, quitting smoking is definitely doable and each one of us must believe in ourselves because we are so much stronger than any craving because I know that quitting smoking is definitely doable . Enjoy this wonderful weekend that we are Blessed with. 

Marilyn 

A short work week for you working folks, my husband was pleased for the long wk end. He will still get up at 5 am even though he doesn't have to, 263 DOF for me at the end of the day l am getting closer each day to my next milestone which is 9 months, wow I never thought I could quit smoking for 9 hours let alone 9 months but I believe at least it's true for me, I was totally flabbergasted when I found out that I have copd and for me that was all I needed to be motivated to quit to keep from getting any worse and most likely to end up on oxygen and dying a very slow painful death fighting for each breath, no way could I continue to smoke so I decided my smoking days were over. I found this site and read everything I could find and did my first blog and wow you wonderful people welcomed me and helped me more than you will ever know and are still here for me. I was and still am and will continue to be willing to go through whatever may come my way as a non smoker because I will never ever knowingly and consiously buy a pk of cigarettes open them put one in my mouth and dig around for a match because I have no lighters in the house anymore and light that thing I stuck in my mouth then inhale it and most likely I would hork up a lung. Doesn't that sound totally crazy???-- after nearly 9 months of being an EX SMOKER, no way no how and for all of you new folks here stay strong you can do this you must be willing to go through whatever may come your way but believe me after smoking 40 yrs myself, if I can do it anybody can because quitting smoking is definitely doable. Have a great day everyone. 

Marilyn 

I hope that everyone will have a wonderful smoke free day and be careful not to get pranked. I love being the trickster, hopefully I can prank my sister in law this morning we're going out for Tim Hortons coffee and do a little shopping then out for lunch but she'll probably get me first hee hee. The sun is shining but it's very cold this morning and it's not supposed to warm up much today but I don't care because I know that it's going to soon. 262 precious, stupendous, fantastic wonderful fabulous and amazing DOF and counting from the dreaded nicotine poison, yay for me and everyone on this absolutely wonderful site for protecting our quits with our lives because we all know that our lives depends on keeping our quits no matter what is happening in our lives so I know for me and for my husband how proud we are of our accomplishment to finally be able to quit smoking, my hubby will have 1 year in on the 25th of this month. I am so thankful that we both have wised up and decided that our health was in danger so we brightened up, he has 2 and a half months longer than me because I thought I was fine, I was worried about him and his xrays showing the beginning of emphysema. My xrays were fine but a specialist didn't like the sound of my lungs and set up a breathing test which I flunked  anyway the rest is history, I will have a year in on the 14th of July but I don't want to get ahead of myself, I need to get through the 9, 10 and 11 month milestones first and remain vigilant each day because I value my life and life is way better without cigarettes. Have a wonderful April 1st everyone. 

Marilyn ☺