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So far for me here in the snow belt of NB, this has been a wonderful winter, knock on wood of course. We have a long stretch to go yet but we are way under the amount of snow on the ground for the norm and our temps are way above the norm also but I am not complaining because this is a refreshing break from the last couple of winters we've had and we're going to start February out with some snow and rain showers with a chance of freezing rain. Anyway 28 of us were at my mother in laws 89th birthday potluck supper last night ranging from her age down to the age of 2. We all enjoyed great food and a good time, I love the fact that I don't smoke anymore and that I don't need to sneak off to suck on one of those cancer sticks and then come back inside reeking like a stinky yaky ashtray. A couple of my nephews smelled just like that. Hopefully someday , probably not in my lifetime that all people young and old will realize that smoking kills and quitting is the answer to possibly saving their lives or maybe just  don't start smoking in the first place, then they don't have to worry about quitting. Anyway that's enough rambling for one morning  enjoy a wonderful smoke free day and continue being vigilant each and every day protecting your precious quit. 

Marilyn 

It's another fairly mild morning here in the Maritimes at 19 ° F , and it's not storming . A few hrs away in Nova Scotia, there's over 50,0000 without power but luckily this is the second storm that veered by us. Anyway I hope that everyone that is fairly new in your quits or if you just happen to be lurking in the background reading these posts, like I did for a few weeks before I let myself known, stay close and blog as often as you need to because we care about you and want you to succeed in quitting, it's difficult but it's absolutely doable and definitely worth it, hang on tight and you will get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings and come out the other side smiling and enjoying the benefits of being an Ex Smoker but be prepared to go through whatever cravings and urges because it does take time to get to that good place but you must believe in yourself and keep moving forward. Hubby is cooking breakfast this morning, bacon and eggs plus pancakes once we get the dishes cleaned up, I am putting on a batch of brown bread and a crock pot of beans for a pot luck supper at my mother in laws for her 89th birthday which was this past Thursday. There's probably going to be 31 maybe 32 if everyone comes, right down to the great grandchildren. Most everyone lives within a three hour radius, life is so much easier without the crutch of cigarettes and not smelling like a stinky yaky ashtray, it's really a wonderful sense of Freedom so hang tough with your quit and judge for yourselves how great it is. 

Marilyn 565 DOF and counting 

Quitting smoking is the best decision that I've ever made in my life, I never in a million years thought I'd ever quit and wasn't really sure that I could or even wanted to . Even with the health concerns with my husband with two sets of chest xrays and a cat scan which scared him into quitting, by the time he saw his doctor for the results of the CT scan he already quit smoking for a month after 43 yrs of smoking, luckily the results were ok, only mild emphysema and on April 25th he'll have 2 yrs in . I was very happy for him but continued to smoke outside because neither of us smoked in the house for over a decade anyway . two and a half months later I quit because my doctor set up a breathing  test which showed mild Copd which shocked the crap out of me because I thought I was just fine but once I stopped and thought about it and realized 40 yrs of smoking was bound to catch up with my health at some point, so freedom from smoking is within your grasp, hang on tight to your precious quit, be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you will , it's definitely not easy but it's absolutely doable and with the right attitude, you can reap the benefits of an Ex smoker, your health, family and wallet will thank you  keep moving forward and find out for yourself that there's life after cigarettes. 

Marilyn 564 DOF and counting 

My father and I are getting together later on this morning and having lunch out which will be nice. My Dad likes Dairy Queen to me it's yak but I love my father so I will be a good girl and be quiet and eat a burger and fries. I do like their sundies though so I will enjoy dessert, it's kind of like quitting smoking we may not like doing it but if we are willing , we can do it and at some point we will reap the rewards of a much better life without the slavery of cigarettes .

Marilyn 563 DOF and counting 

I just wanted to EXpress how important it is to keep your mind as well as your hands occupied when your mind is racing in all directions whether you are thinking about a cigarette or a health issue or whatever, I believe getting busy with something to occupy your mind instead of dwelling on the issue is key , January has been a hard month, this past Saturday would have been my Moms 76th birthday, yesterday was 4 yrs since she died. She was in a nursing home for not quite 7 wks before she passed, my Dad and I went every day to see her, we both stayed for a few days at the end but I sent him home the night it happened, neither one of us knew that it was the night but my Dad was EXhausted and I was really worried about him and his health, he is 79 now. The last yr before my Mom died, she was on oxygen 7 /24. I would push her in the wheelchair and drag this oxygen tank along with us and I guess my point is that I couldn't get my mind off all of this stuff this morning so I just put on a batch of bread and tommorrow will be 4 yrs since her funeral so Dad and I have plans to tramp the roads tomorrow and eat out. While I was kneading my bread, I remembered that I had a smokemare around 1 am this morning plus I'm a recovering alcoholic so of course I had a drink in one hand and a lit cigarette in the other . I now remember waking up and thinking whew, it's only a dream but my friends let's continue on with our beautiful quit journey and enjoy our lives as Exers and let's remember to get busy when  we get overwhelmed with a problem, let's get productive, one more thing I didn't even have a yr in from drinking when everything was happening with Mom but I stayed sober knowing that her and Dad were depending on me and after she died I wanted to be their for Dad and I feel the same way about my quit, I need it for me of course but my family and friends, especially my grandchildren are depending on me being around. 

Marilyn 

It's 37 ° F this morning, wow this is crazy weather but I am enjoying it, but by sunset the temps are supposed to drop by 14 or 15 degrees back to our normal. Life is good especially since quitting smoking, if you are new here, hang around check out the site, read the blogs and comments and stay with us and keep stacking up your days of freedom from the horrid cancer sticks, quitting smoking is definitely difficult in the first few weeks but it's absolutely doable and absolutely worth it but you decide for yourself, remain smoke free and give yourself that chance to get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings and hang tough because after the first few weeks things do start to get easier and then for the next possible couple of months it's relearning how to deal with lifes emotions without the crutch of cigarettes, so stick with your quit or if you haven't quit maybe it's time to pick a quit date and prepare for a life of freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison, our health, family and wallet will thank you for it. 

Marilyn 562 DOF and counting 

A week from today is Groundhog day, tee, hee, hee but it breaks our winter up for a little fun. Our temps here today are rising  above 40 with rain showers, I will take it and enjoy the mild weather while I can. I hope if you are fairly new here or just having a rough time with your quit that you will stay strong, hang tough and stay close to us because we are all here for you. I don't know who started this saying but it's absolutely true, the only way out is through.  Keep moving forward and keep your mind as well as your hands occupied It takes time to get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings but if we stop and think about how many decades we smoked, it makes sense that it's going to take some time to relearn different ways of handling situations without the crutch of cigarettes but it does get easier and it's so worth it and definitely doable to live a life of freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison. 

Marilyn 561 DOF and counting 

Good morning, it's my husbands 21st month of smoke free living and my 560th day since quitting smoking. Hubby smoked 43 yrs and me for 40, it was very, very, difficult for us to quit but it was definitely doable and absolutely worth it to be free of the slavery of cigarettes, no more crutch of smoking but we were willing, committed and determined to succeed and knew that this time we were too damned stubborn not to be successful but we all must be on guard for any unexpected stressers that could cause us to God forbid have a split second of weakness which without even thinking about it put one of those cancer sticks near our face and in our mouth and light it, no way no how will that ever happen because we will always remember our first few weeks of our quits, so we will remain vigilant while enjoying our Freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison.  We need to be EXrra careful not to get complacent and lazy in our beautiful hard earned quits because this is a horrible addiction that never gives up and will try to get us back but we will always be prepared and stand strong .

Marilyn 

I wish everyone a peaceful and relaxing day today and I hope that anyone in the path of the storm is safe and sound and has power , once we are secure in our quits we realize that smoking is the last thing we need to be doing whether it be this monstrous storm or a happy situation, we realize that dealing with life on lifes terms is the best way and the only way. It definitely takes some time to get there but hang tough because it's so worth it when you realize how much better your life is as an Exer. 

Marilyn 559 DOF and counting 

I am sending good thoughts up for everyone in the path of this major storm  Lord willing it will be over soon and I pray that there's not too much damage and power outages. I can't believe that we got spared from this one but somehow we did but smoking over a storm or anything else doesn't solve a thing. Hold onto your quit, hold on tight and get through the rough times and continue stacking up your precious days of freedom and get to that good place in your quit and enjoy life as an Exer because believe me at 558 smoke free days it's wonderful but don't take my word for it, judge it for yourself, remain quit and give it some time to relearn different ways to deal with lifes ups and downs without cigarettes, I smoked for 40 yrs and it definitely took some time to deal with my emotions and at times that thought of a smoke still comes to mind but as quickly as the thought comes, I give my head a shake and smile because I don't do that anymore but I will always remain vigilant and protect my quit and I know that each one of you my fellow Exers will too. Have a wonderful day today. 

Marilyn 

I am sending good thoughts and prayers up for everyone in the path of this huge storm in the eastern U.S, I know our Strudel is is in it's path and possibly quite a few of you, stay safe and stay warm. I can't think of anything to say this morning other than let's remain vigilant and protect our quits especially if we're going through a  rough time for whatever reason, we must remember that relapsing would be the worst possible thing that we could do so let's not screw up a perfectly beautiful quit and take it for granted, let's protect it with our lives because our lives literally depends on remaining smoke free. N.O.P.E and N.E.F, no way no how will I ever go back to day one again , believe me when I say there's definitely life after cigarettes .

Marilyn 557 DOF and counting 

I wish everyone a wonderful day today, let's continue to be vigilant and protect our precious quits. No matter what is happening in our lives whether it's the winter blahs or if we're just stressed always remember that smoking kills and quitting can save us from dying a slow painful death which is most likely smoking related and each day we remain quit it gets easier to deal with lifes stressers without the crutch of cigarettes, but don't take my word for it. Stay quit and prove it to yourself, stay strong, hang tough be willing, committed and determined to make it through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings and come out the other side smiling and enjoying your new found freedom as an Ex smoker. 

Marilyn 556 DOF and counting 

Another Hump Day Nancy!  - it's a chilly morning but that's alright because February is coming right along and then Spring and on another positive note, so far I don't have the winter blahs yay for me. If you live in a snow belt like me with the snow and the cold, chin up because we're on a down hill slide which is kind of like quitting smoking in the beginning of our quits because we must give it some time to get through the tough times to get to a good place so again, I say chin up give it the time needed to get to a better place .keep moving forward in your quits and see for yourselves that there's life after smoking, stick with it reap the benefits of an Ex smoker. 

Marilyn 555 DOF and counting 

Sleeping in seems to be the new normal for me lately and I kind of like it, plus I'm retired now so why not kick back and enjoy it. I am so happy that my husband isn't traveling this winter and he can get the house all toasty for me when I wake up and I don't have to wake up with the house being only 53 ° F or so and having to get the wood furnace going. This winter is so much easier on me, life is good especially since quitting smoking . If you're just starting your quit or if you're just having a rough time, stick around, hang tough remain willing, committed and determined to keep your precious quit no matter what is happening in your life because whether we smoke or not there's always something going on in our lives and relapsing back into the trap of cigarettes wouldn't help but it would only make things so much worse. When I decided to make this quit my final one, my forever one. I realized that there's never going to be a good time to quit so I might just as well bite the bullet and quit and even though the first few weeks were EXtremly hard I was going to get through it and come out the other side as an Ex smoker and because my health, family and wallet were depending on me succeeding and I think that I am on 553 DOF nowand still counting, if I can do it after 40 yrs of smoking anybody can. I remember the beginning of my quit and at times, I really didn't think that I could get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and cravings but I did and so will you, it does get easier as time goes on, there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's great. 

Marilyn 

My daughters half ton was at a garage getting some work done on it today and Mason had an appointment with his doctor which was very important because he's getting a prescription for an EpiPen for allergies to seafood. So we took my car,  I let my daughter drive so she took all the back roads which were snowpacked and slippery, I used to drive them all the time but now I  basically take the highway wherever I go, I must be getting old. We had a great day though and ate out and I got to enjoy my daughter as well as my little Mason, my daughter smokes but luckily I have no desire what so ever to screw up my forever quit, life as an Exer is my new addiction and I am totally committed to it and am reaping the massive benefits of a smoke free life. 

Marilyn 

It's hard for me to believe how kind Mother Nature is being so far this winter, we've had some snow and cold temps but compared to last winter this is super fantastic . My husband and I enjoyed having Mason overnight Saturday night, he went home around 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. I put my pj's on at 6 even though I was tired it was a great tired, this upcoming weekend our oldest grandson Adam who is 11yrs old will be here on Sunday, he usually goes to my daughters because he gets along with Emma our step grandaughter who is 13 and comes the same wk ends, they like to give Mason a hard time because of the age difference where he's only 6 but they do love each other just the same. I hope everyone will have a wonderful day today, let's continue to remain vigilant and protect our precious forever quits while enjoying our new found freedom. 

Marilyn 553 DOF 

I slept in this morning, I'm enjoying my second coffee and it's almost 8:30 now. I asked for my six year old grandson Mason for an overnighter and I got him yesterday afternoon whew, he's a busy little guy but my husband and I love it. I had him all bathed up and his teeth brushed and asleep by nine o'clock and the best part of all for me is being an Ex smoker because I can fully enjoy having him without constantly sneaking outside to suck on a cigarette while he's sad faced waiting for me to come back in and continue on with whatever we were doing together and after a half hour or so sneaking off again. Speaking of Mason he just got up and says he's starving to death so I better fix him some breakfast, stay strong in your quits because believe it or not life is so much better being an Exer but prove it to yourself remain smoke free and before too long you should be smiling and enjoying your new found freedom. 

Marilyn 552 DOF and counting 

Once we get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and cravings and begin learning different ways of dealing with lifes situations whether it be good or bad. We start to realize that hey, I like this new way of life and I am free to do whatever I want whenever I want without the crutch of cigarettes and I don't have to sneak off to suck on a cancer stick. Be willing, committed, determined and strong so Please continue being a non smoker because your health, family and wallet will thank you for protecting your beautiful forever quit N.O.P.E and N.E.F - life is grand without a cigarette in hand, hang tough keep moving forward in your quit and see for yourselves how much better life is, I found for me after the first few weeks things started getting easier but I still had my rough patches on and off for about three months or so then after that it's a memory every once in awhile and even now at 551 splendiferous DOF, out of the blue I will think wouldn't a smoke be really nice right now. ((I will then give my head a shake because I don't do that anymore)) - we have a choice whether we smoke or not and I choose not, enjoy a relaxing smoke free weekend my fellow Exers ● 

Marilyn Smoke free is the only life for me........

A cold start to the day at -22°celius or -7°F but it's a lot warmer than the weather forecast was predicting which was -16 ° F brrrrrrr so I'm not complaining especially since I don't have to go out in the cold like my husband and all the working people now that's definitely a plus to being retired. I can stay here and keep the house nice and toasty . Quitting smoking is all positive once you have gone through the withdrawals and roller coaster ups and downs of mood swings things and start to relearn different ways of handling situations without cigarettes you will realize that there's life after smoking and I know for me I love it and believe me when I say that the first few weeks of my quit wasn't easy by no means, my moods were all over the place. I might start blatting like a baby for no reason at all or if someone looked at me the wrong way, I wanted to rip their face off so needless to say I didn't have a lot of company those first few weeks by anyone that knew I was quitting and I know these people didnt believe that I would succeed either because they all knew I tried to quit many times but obviously I wasn't willing to go through the process to get to that good place so I failed but not this time. The night before my quit I promised myself that I would never pick up another cigarette as long as I live and I don't break promises to anyone including myself, it hasn't been easy by no means but it's not easy for any of us Exers we all have heartaches, pain and suffering but smoking won't help with any of these issues and if we were to screw up our precious forever quits, we would still have to deal with lifes stressers so let's just continue on stacking up our beautiful smoke free days and enjoy life without the crutch of smoking. 

Marilyn 550 DOF and counting 

It's very cold outside at -18 ° celius or 0 °F brrrrrrr but I'm nice and toasty inside, other than shoveling out the back step and in front of the garage where the wind blew in. I will stay inside until this afternoon , it's supposed to warm up to -10 then I will do the bit of shoveling . I am on day 549 or we can call 18 months or a yr and a half, but thanks to all of you on this wonderful site for helping me through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and cravings in the first few weeks of my quit and teaching me N.O.P.E AND N.E.F and I don't do that anymore because these mantras and many more and your patience have got me to where I am today. For anyone new here or if you are just having a rough time with your quit be willing to go through whatever comes your way, stay strong and stay determined, believe that you will succeed because quitting smoking is very doable and absolutely worth it. If you are new here N.O.P.E and N.E.F means Not One Puff Ever and Never Ever Forget and if you stick to these, you will kick the nicodemon to the curb and enjoy your new found freedom. 

Marilyn 

A few of us Exers are waking up to a snowstorm, I know here in the Atlantic provinces we have many cancelations but hubby still went to work but with this new job, he's only minutes away instead of a half hour drive. Anyway I am getting used to chrome and figured out how to use the fonts so hopefully I can destress today and if I don't lose power I may vacuum clear through and actually get something accomplished. Stay strong in your quits everyone because living a smoke free life is absolutely worth all of the withdrawals and cravings to get to that good place but you must believe in yourself and know in your heart and soul that you will succeed in your quit plus your health, family and wallet will thank you for your new found freedom as an Ex smoker .

Marilyn 548 DOF and counting 

I have been trying to get on site all morning and bugging poor Dale in the process, I always use Explorer and have no problems until yesterday but only with this site so I decided to try chrome to get on and here I am. I really don't like it because everything is smaller compared to Explorer but at least I am on site and maybe a friend or someone much more tech savvy can help me figure out what's going on because up until the site shut down on Sunday everything was fine other than it running extremely slow. Anyway I won't smoke over it because I don't do that anymore and I am so thankful that I don't especially since I have a horrible tension headache and when I was still smoking I would be chain smoking trying to figure out this internet crap and making my head hurt even worse, nobody ever said I was very bright, hee, hee but I was definitely bright enough to quit the cancer sticks 547 splendiferous days ago, no matter what is happening in life smoking won't help if anything it will make everything 100 % worse. Let's continue stacking up our precious days of freedom in our forever quits N.O.P.E and N.E.F, oh on Thursday I will have 18 beautiful months of smoke free living, a year and a half and still counting and enjoying life as an Exer and hopefully I can figure out this site because I don't like this chrome on this tablet, oh well I should be happy just to be able to be on the site and I need to say a huge thank you to Dale for helping me out this morning, you're the reason I tried chrome. 

Marilyn 

Marilyn 

I findd the site is EXtremely slow this morning but maybe it's just my WIFI, it rained all night with very strong wind gusts. We lost power during the night but it was back on at 5 am with temps at 40, now at nearly 9 o'clock it's 33 and overnight tonight is supposed to be about 4° F, roller coaster ups and of weather which reminds me of our quits because we can't do anything about either but get through it and eventually we will get to that good place so let's keep on moving forward and take life as it comes without the crutch of cigarettes. 

Marilyn 541 DOF and counting. 

I'm shorting myself again it's 546 DOF. ☺

It's another extremely mild morning here in the Maritimes but I'm loving it at 29 ° F instead of anywhere from 0 to maybe 10° F but we are expecting an inch of rain throughout the day and into tomorrow with a hard freeze tommorrow night so that definitely could cause some problems but I will have to wait and see. Let's continue on stacking up our wonderful smoke free days whether you're just starting your quit or like me at day 545, we must always remain on guard and protect our quits while going about our daily lives but the longer you stay quit the easier life gets and for me life is pretty much the norm now without cigarettes but last evening when we got home from a potluck supper after having a very busy day, I thought wow wouldn't a smoke be really nice right now  ((( YIKES ))) that's why I remain vigilant, I gave my head a shake and smiled because I'm in control of my destiny and I don't smoke anymore and I'm enjoying my life without the crutch of smoking. Enjoy your day my fellow Exers. 

Marilyn 

I slept half decent the last couple of nights so I was awake at 6 thinking about getting a batch of bread on early so I got up at 6 : 30 and with hubbys help we had it in the bowl by 7: 10 and I did it on one coffee . I don't know about any of you my fellow Exers but when I was still smoking almost a yr and a half ago , I would need at least 3 cups of coffee and at least 6 cigarettes before I could even consider doing anything especially a batch of bread but now as long as I get a decent nights sleep, I'm ready to accomplish a task shortly after waking up. I want everyone to embrace your quits and realize my friends there's life after cigarettes and if you stick with it you'll know beyond a shadow of a doubt that staying strong and hanging on tight to your precious quit was and is the best decision you ever made or will ever make again in your lifetime because a few weeks of discomfort and roller coaster ups and downs of mood swings is so worth it once you get to that good place and after a lifetime of smoking it only makes sense that it's going to take some time to relearn different ways of handling situations without smoking but it's sooooooo worth it so stay willing, committed and determined and you can and will be smiling knowing that you are living your beautiful forever quit. 

Marilyn 544 DOF and counting 

It's hard for me to believe that it's already January 8th but I think it's even harder for me to believe how kind Mother Nature is being so far this winter. It's 25 ° F instead of -10 or -12 yay but it's makes me wonder what March and April will bring, we burn wood and compared to last year we've burned half of the amount. We actually ran out of wood last March because of the unusually long stretch of frigid temps so this feels great . Let's enjoy this day as Ex smokers whether you're on day one or day 101 or 10001 let's finish this day as a winner because we can say that we won the day, quitting smoking is doable, it definitely takes a willingness to quit and you need to be committed and be determined to go through the roller coaster ups and downs of mood swings from the dreaded nicotine poison but it's so worth it when you get through to that good place in your quit, it's definitely going to take some time but it's absolutely doable. 

Marilyn 543 days of Freedom and counting

I hope that everyone had a decent nights sleep, I sure didn't but it's a lot milder this morning so maybe I'll get outside and go for a power walk this afternoon. If you are checking out the site, be sure and read the blogs and prepare yourselves for quitting smoking because it's the best decision you will ever make in your lifetime and believe me there's life after cigarettes and it's great to have almost a year and a half in as an Ex smoker. I never dreamt that I could ever quit smoking after 40 yrs but I had a health scare finding out that I have copd which was enough for me to get serious about quitting smoking so I found this wonderful site with all of you wonderful people, I already quit for 18 days when I commented on something here and someone suggested that I write a blog and explained to me how to do it which I did and I am so thankful that I did so hang around and commit yourself to a healthy lifestyle without the crutch of cigarettes and if you're  fairly new here, stay strong and hang tough, it does get easier but it takes some time to get used to dealing with things without smoking because most of us smoked pretty much our entire life so it stands to reason that it's going to take some time but it's absolutely worth all of the withdrawals and cravings to get to that good place in your quit. 

Marilyn 

It's January 6th already and cold outside at -5 ° F brrrrrrr but thankfully I have a roof over my head, lots of wood in the basement to keep the house nice and toasty plus I have plenty of food in the cupboard so I am blessed. I hope each and everyone of you are doing great now that the holidays are over and winter is kicking in, keep your chin up and hang tough because mother nature so far this year has been pretty nice to us, at least she's been nice to us here in the Maritimes. Spring will be here in a couple of months which I am looking forward to, positive thinking my friends and the right attitude really does work whether it's the weather we're talking about or our quits, stay strong and hang tough, commitment, positive thinking and the right attitude works. Quitting smoking is absolutely doable and absolutely worth all of the withdrawals and cravings to get to that good place in your quit, I know for me, after smoking  for 40 yrs it took quite a bit of time before I started to feel comfortable in my own skin but once I did , I realized how much I loved my new found freedom and that I would never take my presious forever quit for granted and I never will. Always remain vigilant while enjoying your precious quit because life is great without the crutch of cigarettes. 

Marilyn 541 DOF and counting 

Another day, another dollar and best of all another smoke free day for me and I pray that for each and everyone of you for a life of freedom because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic. If you are new here hang around and read everything you can about quitting smoking because there's a wealth of information here to help you quit and remain quit. 

Marilyn 540 DOF and counting 

It's back to work for you working folks, I am one of the retired people here and I am still in my jammies enjoying my second coffee and wondering what I'm going to do today besides the usual day to day routine. I hope everyone is doing well in your precious forever quits and if you are new here please hang around and read as much as possible about quitting smoking because there's a wealth of information here to help you quit and to remain quit, there's life after cigarettes and it's great so please stick around and join us in becoming an Ex smoker, let us help you through the process of quitting smoking. 

Marilyn 539 smoke free days and counting 

I was thinking about this new year that we're in and all of lifes challenges that will pop up and how I will deal with whatever may come up on lifes terms without the crutch of cigarettes and I am so thankful for this site and everyone here that helped me get to where I am today. I was 14 when I started playing around with smoking thinking how cool I was, I was basically smoking at least 10 cigarettes a day at 15, then I got married the first time at 16, I'm sure for the next 40 yrs, I was smoking 25 to 35 a day except when I was stressed which I am sure was 40 to 50 a day so quitting smoking for you and for me is a huge deal and keeping and protecting our precious forever quits is vital to our health and quality of living, our lives depends on remaining smoke free. N.O.P.E - ( Not One Puff Ever ) - so let's be sure and - ( Never Ever Forget ) - N.E.F, life is way too short to slowly kill ourselves with smoking when we can do something about it, we can enjoy life on lifes terms. Once we decide to quit smoking and have prepared ourselves for our day one knowing that no matter what comes up in life good or bad that we will never ever smoke another cigarette as long as we live. I promised myself the night before my quit date that I would never pick up another cigarette as long as I live and I don't break promises to anyone including myself so here I am closing in on a yr and a half and enjoying my life as an Exer, if I can do it anybody can, you won't regret it. 

Marilyn 538 DOF - days of freedom 

Here we go into 2016, let's make it a year to remember, no matter what we do let's do it with a positive attitude.I hope everyone had a wonderful 1st day of January, I didn't do much of anything but relax and I slept in to almost 8 :30 then the phone rang with a long winded person on the other end, with me on my first coffee but I let her talk and I know that she had no idea that I wanted to hang up and enjoy my coffee in peace and quiet. Let's continue on with our beautiful forever quits, one day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time or if need be one second at a time but quitting smoking is absolutely doable and absolutely worth all of the withdrawals and rough days to get to that good place in your quit which may take awhile because most of us smoked for many, many years so it stands to reason that it's going to take some time but believe me there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's great. If you are new here please hang around and hopefully you will decide to quit smoking or maybe you have already quit or maybe you are picking a date to stop smoking, you are in the right place stay close to this site because we're all here to help you. 

Marilyn 

537 days of freedom 

I am going to make 2016 a wonderful year or at least the best year possible, There's so many things that are in our control  and smoking is one of those things that we either choose to smoke or choose to quit, If you are new to this site and are deciding to quit smoking, you are in the right place because there's a wealth of information here to get you started on your quit and to help you remain quit, hang around and read as much as possible, ask questions, stay close. You can do this, there's many here that are in the beginning of quitting  some with weeks, some with months and some with years but the one thing we all have in common is that we're all addicts to smoking but alot of us decided that quitting was the only answer to hopefully give us a better quality of life because smoking was shortening our lives and I know that for me finding out that I have copd was enough to scare me into quitting nearly a year and a half ago. It wasn't easy by no means but it was definitely doable and absolutely worth it, I want to wish each and everyone of us a very Happy 2016.

Marilyn