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2016

Wow another Month bites the dust, we had a mild night at 38 ° F but tonight might even reach 45 with lots of rain between today and tomorrow, possibly an inch. We're on river watch for ice jams. Anyway no matter the weather or anything else that's happening in our lives, let's continue counting our precious days of smoke free living because there's absolutely no EXcuse on the face of this earth that's good enough to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit and go back to the slavery of cigarettes, no way no how, our health, family and even our wallets will thank us for our new found freedom without the crutch of smoking. 

Marilyn 626 DOF 

I wish everyone a wonderful day, it was a  cold start to the day at 19 ° F but now it's up to 25 and might even make it to 50, whoo Hoo I can handle that. Many of us have some form of health problems and probably some of the issues have nothing to do with smoking but if you haven't quit smoking yet, why take the chance knowing that you can get COPD or even worse some form of CANCER that's more than likely smoking related, quit now and if you're struggling work through the rough patches, stay busy with something, anything that will keep your mind as well as your hands occupied. Quitting smoking and remaining quit is absolutely doable and definitely worth all of the withdrawals and mood swings. It's time to take back your life while you can before it's too late and once you get to that good place in your quit, you will never want to go back to the slavery of cigarettes, it definitely takes time to get there but anything in life worth having takes time, live by these mantras because they will give you a beautiful smoke free life -N.O.P.E - NOT One Puff Ever - N.E.F - Never Ever Forget the early days of quitting and S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option, I learned these mantras here on this site along with a wealth of information that can and will help you to succeed, life is grand without a cigarette in hand. 

Marilyn 625 DOF 

I did make it to the doctors appointment this morning, I still don't have any idea what's causing the spells that I get every so often, like what happened in church Easter Sunday but my doctors office is going to check with the neurologists office to see when I get in . I did however find out what's causing the pain in my upper left side under the ribs, diverticulitis which showed up on the CT scan, my doc says that I have many pockets inflamed and infected so when I see the specialist on the 8th of April, he figures the specialist will set up a scope. That's what I know so far, yak I think my diet is going to have to change but I will do what I have to so I can feel better and I won't smoke over this or anything else because smoking kills and I want to live a healthier lifestyle, I hope everyone is enjoying the afternoon. 

It rained all night long, I wish that I would've thought to put out the rain gage oh well it's been snowing since 5 am hubby told me. I got up at 6 : 30 yak but I was hoping that we weren't going to get the crappy white stuff, all schools are canceled and I decided I'm going to reschedule my doctor's appointment that I had this morning which took me four and a half wks to get in any way my fellow Exers, I most definitely will not smoke over the disgusting weather because that would totally scew up my perfectly splendiferous 624 precious smoke free days and counting of course, there's never a good reason to smoke ever but there's a million and one super fantastic reasons to quit starting with our lives because our family and friends need us in their lives and we need them too, so no EXcuses to relapse because there's no EXcuse worth knowingly killing yourself over a cancer stick, quit now if you haven't already and if you are struggling hang tough and stay close to this site because quitting smoking is absolutely doable and most definitely worth it, I really like this tag line because if we stand our ground in anything and everything we do including our quits then we can and will succeed......

Marilyn 

I thought I'd share this silly name with you my friends and fellow Exers .Newfoundland has some pretty strange names, this is my husband in the pic from a couple of winters ago. 

Another month is nearing the end, wow Friday is April 1st and hopefully the April showers will bring May flowers then I'm hoping that the months will slow down a little so I can enjoy Spring, Summer and Fall. I don't mind the Winter months zipping by at all that suits me just fine, I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. Let's continue counting our precious days of freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison by remaining vigilant and protecting our quits each and every morning and throughout the day because our lives are depending on us not relapsing back into the crutches of cigarettes, smoking kills and quitting can save us from dying a slow painful death that's most likely smoking related, there's life after cigarettes and once you get to that good place in your quit, you're going to smile and start reaping the benefits of an Ex smoker. N.O.P.E - NOT One Puff Ever -N.E.F - Never Ever Forget - Plus S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option - all of these wonderful mantras that I have learned here on this site will give you a beautiful smoke free life. 

Marilyn 623 DOF and counting 

This is an old pic, the dog on the floor is Duff he was 12 and a half yrs old when he passed away 4 yrs ago March 15th. Samantha Digger Jane Hartley is on the couch with my husband and our youngest grandson Mason when he was just a baby, it's hard to believe that on this past Friday he turned 7 yrs old and I am so thankful that my husband and I both have quit smoking so we can enjoy our grandchildren and the freedom to do whatever we want and go anywhere, anytime whenever we want without the crutch of smoking .

Oops I switched the Avatar that went with this blog to a different one , sorry about that .

I hope that everyone is enjoying this Blessed Easter Sunday, I am lying on the couch with my tablet in my lap barely able to keep my eyes open but I wanted to come on the site just to wish all of you my friends and fellow Exers a wonderful relaxing afternoon and evening. Life is precious and quitting smoking and remaining quit is absolutely vital to our health and well being and it's so doable and totally worth it, I took a spell standing up beside my husband at church singing a hymn, my legs went to rubber especially my right leg, they buckled and I was very light headed, dizzy and my eyes were tearing my husband helped me up after a few minutes once I got my bearings and went outside to get some fresh air, I was so embarrassed because our church was pretty full with today being Easter, these spells happen out of the blue and take the sap right out of me but my doctor knows and I am having tests done and am waiting to see a neurologist this has been happening off and on for about a year now but don't worry about it because I'm not. The doctors will figure it out eventually, I am not stressing over it and I'm sure not going to be smoking over it that's the last thing I need is to relapse because If I'm light headed and dizzy now, wow after not smoking for 622 days I can't imagine how light headed I would be that is if I didn't choke to death by horking up a lung or maybe both lungs first. Seriously though I only mentioned my spell to show anyone that hasn't quit or is struggling with your quit that it's much better and actually easier to deal with lifes stressers without the crutch of cigarettes and It's great to be able to say to a nurse or a doctor that you're an Ex smoker, what ever this is it too shall pass, Happy Easter. ☆♡☆♡☆♡

I thought I'd let you know that I might not get a chance to blog in the morning because we're having our community church breakfast which starts at 8 o'clock, my husband  (Mark) bless his soul will be at the church with quite a few other early risers cooking bacon, sausage, ham and eggs. I am alot more alert and spry since quitting smoking but not quite that spry. Church service starts at 9: 30 tommorrow, normally it's 11 o'clock. We're having his Mom in for a big Easter lunch so I will get a few things started here before the church breakfast which most years I only go to the Easter service but I thought I'd go this year especially since we have a fairly new Pastor and this will be the first Easter breakfast for him and his wife. I will see you all sometime tommorrow afternoon and a very Happy Easter to each and everyone of you my fellow Exers ● 

Marilyn

I hope that everyone is enjoying this Easter Weekend, I can't think of much to say this morning other than please make sure and remain vigilant and protect your beautiful quits while enjoying each and every day that we are fortunate enough to be blessed with . Life is so much better without the crutch of cigarettes but you must be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and that means some rough patches for awhile and then once you reach that good place in your quit, you can start to reap the benefits of an Ex smoker. 

Marilyn 621 DOF and counting 

It's a wonderful day to stay inside and relax , everything is being canceled today and I'm sure that's also going to include all Good Friday services because of this storm, it snowed during the night and we were having ice pellets when I first got up around seven but for the last hour it's been freezing rain which is supposed to be for a long duration with a possible third of an inch of ice which won't be good for the power lines but we'll see. My husband has all kinds of solar panels which will even run the water pump for short periods of time and our pump is 115 feet deep plus we have a cook stove in the basement so if we lose power for any length of time, I suspect we'll have lots of company visiting. Anyway N.O.P.E - N.E.F and S.I.N.A.O - keeps me and you smoke free. I live by these mantras that I learned here on this site and as long as I remain vigilant and protect my quit I can and will remain smoke free and enjoy my life as an Exer, so I wish everyone a wonderful Easter Weekend and let's all remember the reason for the season and enjoy the wonderful Freedom that we have. 

Marilyn 620 DOF and counting 

My husband just asked me if I let you all know that he has 23 months in from quitting smoking and I had to say no but I will let them know so yay, yay, yay and yay again on my husband  (Marks) awesome 23 months of freedom and counting. ☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡☆he is rocking his forever quit N.O.P.E 

We are blessed with another day and at the end of it, we should all be smiling and thinking another day WON from smoking and counting. Quitting smoking is definitely difficult but absolutely doable with this blessed Easter Weekend coming up, please don't let anything cause you to relapse, stressers or just every day life is going to happen whether we smoke or not, so there's not one EXcuse that's good enough to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit. N.O.P.E - NOT One Puff Ever - N.E.F - Never Ever Forget - Plus S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option - all of these wonderful mantras I have learned here on this wonderful site and they work as long as we apply them to our lives and we can continue on with our beautiful life of freedom, if you haven't got to a good place in your quit yet, hang in there because it's going to happen but anything worth having takes time and effort so keep moving forward because life without the crutch of cigarettes really is great. 

Marilyn 619 DOF 

A very good morning to everyone, let's be EXtra vigilant in our quits and guard it with our lives while enjoying the freedom from the crutch of smoking. We're all only on this earth for so long so let's make our time here the best that we can if you haven't already quit smoking, now is the time or if you are struggling hang on tight and get through the rough patches , it will get easier and if we remain vigilant there won't be any relapsing so we can keep counting our days of freedom and continuing celebrating milestones on our daily Freedom Train. 

Marilyn 618 DOF 

With everything going on in the world, especially in Brussels with the suicide bombings going on right now, don't you think it's time to start taking care of ourselves and the first thing to do if you haven't already and if you have but are considering relapsing don't do it. There's too much crap in this world that's out of our control but QUITTING SMOKING isn't one of them, it's very doable not easy by no means but anything worth having takes time and effort. Take your life back from the dreaded nicotine poison - N.O.P.E - means Not One Puff Ever which will give you a beautiful life of freedom, there's absolutely life after cigarettes and it's wonderful but hey, you don't have to believe me, go ahead and try to prove me wrong but you must continue on with your quit no relapsing . Stay true to yourself and hang in there for at least a few weeks and then a few months and so on and so on and you won't want to go back but you will want to continue going forward because your health, family and wallet will thank you for taking back your life. 

Marilyn 619 DOF - oops 617 not 619! 

I am a little tired this morning because I partied too hard yesterday hosting a triple birthday party for my son and both grandsons, way too much Greco pizza, garlic fingers, chips, pop, chocolate cake that I made, pop and so much more. We all had a wonderful time and it's great that my husband and I both quit smoking along with my son, his fiance and my daughter both still smoke so they stepped out many times but not us, yay for being an Exer, I pray that they'll quit sooner than later but they have to quit for themselves because as much as I wish I could quit for them , unfortunately I can't. I have acid reflux which I take a prescription for which normally works great but not last night, I slept pretty well sitting up with massive heartburn. Serves me right for partying like a youngster, ha, ha, my husband slept like a baby, thankfully he is healthy as a horse. Schools here and throughout NB are canceled due to this Noreaster , we were supposed to get a ft in my region but they downgraded to about 5 inches which is enough, be safe everyone that's in the path of it and let's continue to be vigilant and protect our precious quits and if you are struggling hang tough because it's going to get easier but you must hang on and if you haven't quit yet now is the time to take back your life. N.O.P.E - means Not One Puff Ever which gives you a wonderful smoke free life. 

Marilyn 616 DOF and counting 

I wish everyone a peaceful and relaxing Palm Sunday, let's remember to remain vigilant in our quits so we can continue reaping the benefits of a smoke free life and if by chance you're not feeling the blessings of being an Ex Smoker yet, hang in there because once you get to that good place in your quit you'll never want to go back to the slavery of cigarettes but you will want to keep moving forward in your new found freedom as an Exer. 

Marilyn 615 DOF and counting 

I came across this article a couple of days ago and it reminded me of our friend Deborah  ( Hampton ) which made me smile, alot of people know about her difficulties last winter and she's still having a rough time but she's well over 450+ days quit and her huge backbone keeps her going.

 

                                             Which are you?

The bones in the body are 200 or more, but in sorting out people, we need only four

                                        Wishbone people

They hope for, they long for, they wish for and sigh, they want things to come but aren't willing to try.

                                     Funnybone people

They laugh, grin and giggle, smile, twinkle the eye. If work is a joke, sure they'll give it a try.                       

 

                                               Jawbone people 

 They scold, jaw and sputter, they froth rave and cry, they're long on the talk but they are short on try. 

                                         Backbone people 

They strike from the shoulder, they never say die, they're winners in life for they know how to try. 

I wish everyone a wonderful day, I wish everyone new or struggling a wonderful smoke free day and wk end. If you are having a rough time with your quit please remember to blog help and wait until someone comes to you on line, it shouldn't take very long and while you're waiting for help go to jonescarps aka dales page concerning the first 4 months of quitting smoking, it's a great help plus you could go to any elders page and find a wealth of information on each page, stay willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you can and will be successful. Quitting smoking is definitely difficult but absolutely doable and EXtremely nessesary to have a better quality of life, remaining a smoker has way too many health issues, cancer being at the top of the list which we all know that many cancers are traced back to smoking, I quit smoking after 40 yrs after finding out I have copd which scared the crap out of me so with the help of this site, I have 613 precious days of freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison. I didn't want to continue to smoke and end up on oxygen or maybe if I continued to smoke and ignore the copd, it probably would've put me on oxygen 7/24, quit smoking now , don't wait for a health scare. I am so thankful that I found this wonderful site and all of you my friends and fellow Exers because I know that there's life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic once you get through the roller coaster ups and downs of mood swings but once you get to that good place in your quit, you will be reaping the benefits of an Ex smoker.  But if you don't want to believe me, stick with your quit and prove it for yourself because you will see that life is sooooooo much better without the crutch of cigarettes. 

Marilyn 

I slept in again this morning and woke up to a winter wonderland but I have to admit the trees covered in snow is pretty plus it's not going to stay very long because snow or no snow Spring has sprung. Let's all remember to protect our precious quits with our lives because our lives depends on remaining smoke free and if we live by N.O.P.E - NOT One Puff Ever then we'll have that life of Freedom. 

Marilyn 612 DOF and counting 

At noon today March is half over, this has been a really easy winter compared to the last couple when my husband was working away most of the time and I was shoveling mountains of snow every other day it seemed but all of the snowstorms and the shoveling I did kept my mind as well as my hands occupied which was great for my quit, ha, ha but seriously quitting smoking is absolutely doable and keeping your mind as well as your hands occupied is definitely a good thing. Life without cigarettes is absolutely worth all of the withdrawals and mood swings to be free from the crutches of tobacco, N.O.P.E - NOT One Puff Ever will give you a beautiful smoke free life. ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Marilyn 611 days of freedom and counting. 

I am late getting around this morning, I want to wish each of you another smoke free day and if you haven't quit smoking yet, maybe today is the day to take your life back from the dreaded nicotine poison. Quitting smoking isn't easy but it's absolutely doable and vital to our quality of life . Each day we get through without the crutch of cigarettes is another day WON ,this site and all of the wonderful people here have taught me so much about quitting and remaining quit . The mantras I've learned, I have learned here and they work but you must apply them to your life and you too can and will be an Ex smoker. N.O.P.E - means Not One Puff Ever - N.E.F - Never Ever Forget  (((the early days of your quit))) - S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option, - Keeping them away from your face, each one of these mantras that I have learned from these very wise fellow Exers have worked for me and today I have 610 precious smoke free days and counting. Life really is grand without a cigarette in hand, there's a wealth of information here to help people quit and live a wonderful life of freedom. 

Marilyn 

I hope everyone will enjoy this wonderful day that we are blessed with, life is good especially considering the alternative .I really can't think of much to say this morning other than, if you haven't quit smoking yet and are hiding in the shadows reading this and other blogs and comments that's great but hopefully you'll let yourself known soon because we're all here for you and the same goes if you are struggling, stay close, blog help before you head out to the grocery store to buy the yakie smokes, there's three people in the hospital right now that I know, all three smoke and one has a few months left at most, one had a heart attack on Friday. Quitting smoking and remaining quit is the wisest decision that any of us can make, yes quitting is difficult but anything worth having in life takes time and work. 

Marilyn 

20 months of freedom today and enjoying life as an Exer. 

I read this quote yesterday and I thought of our quits and how getting rid of the disgusting nicotine poison may help give us a much better quality of life.: "Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough ". I know that we could step out in front of a bus and it could be lights out but that would be a freak accident, like slipping in the bathtub but continuing to smoke especially if you know that you have underlying health issues that are caused from smoking is suicidal, that's why I quit because copd and cigarettes don't mix. If you haven't quit, stay close to this site and read everything you can find about this horrid addiction, pick a quit date and let us kknow that you are here so hopefully we can help you stay smoke free. Quitting smoking is definitely difficult but very doable. N.O.P.E -- NOT One Puff Ever will give you a beautiful life of freedom. 

Marilyn 608 days of freedom and counting. 

I know for me, if I think I'm right about something or if I want something bad enough, I can and probably will dig my heels in until I get what I want. I actually did that in my quit because I wanted to be an Ex smoker more than anything, I didn't want to continue smoking and let my copd get worse so 607 days later, I am saying quitting smoking is definitely doable and absolutely worth all of withdrawals and mood swings to be free from the crutches of tobacco, so be stubborn , dig your heels in and take back your life. 

Marilyn 

Thankfully I really don't mind telling you my Ex friends, I fixed Mason a grilled cheese for his lunch which is his favorite here. Anyway I just turned the back burner off and without thinking being the ditzy broad that I am, I swiped my hand across the stove which is a flat top to get rid of a few crumbs and burnt my hand pretty darned good. I swung around and layed the cold water to it . It's pretty red and it's definitely going to blister in a few spots but the good news is that Mason pampered me all afternoon and I didn't need to smoke over being a ditz either. Mason went home around five o'clock and hubby is home after working all day and is making our supper our favorite pizza so life is good and I can pretty well guarantee that I won't be doing that again. ☺

Good morning, my youngest grandson Mason came around noon yesterday and is still sleeping which is great. I enjoy my quiet time in the morning, hubby is up getting ready for work and I'm waking up with you, my oldest grandson Adams birthday is today, he's 12, my sons birthday is the 22, he's going to be 33, he quit smoking 2 yrs ago in January, Mason will be 7 on the 25th and hubby and I are going to have the birthday party on the 20th for them. My daughter works straight nights and her man works days so I thought we'd do the party here again this year, lots of llittle rug rats running around having fun . It's time to start your Quit if you haven't yet and if you have started then stick to it because it's time to take back your life while you can before it's too late and you are living 7/ 24 on an oxygen machine or worse, if you can even imagine anything worse which I can like God forbid Cancer, be smart ,quitting smoking is absolutely doable but you've got to want it in order to be successful. 

Marilyn 606 DOF 

I'm pretty sure that everyone reading this have lost either a family member or a  friend or at least know someone that has lost someone to a smoking related illness so if you haven't quit yet now is the time or if you have and are going through a rough time, stick with it and keep making it through each day because every day you get through is another day WON. Life is way too short to continue smoking, now is the time to take care of yourself by taking your life back from the dreaded cancer sticks but unfortunately we can't quit for you as much as I wish we could if you won't quit for your health think of your family and loved ones because they're going to be the ones taking care of you in your final days and having to go through your funeral and the grieving process and maybe just maybe if you quit now you'll enjoy a much better quality of living and reap the benefits of an Ex smoker, the choice is yours. 

Marilyn 605 DOF

N.O.P.E - means Not One Puff Ever which along with N.E.F -- means Never Ever Forget -- Plus S.I.N.A.O which means --Smoking Is Not An Option will give you a beautiful smoke free life. 

Let's continue on stacking up our wonderful days of freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison, the longer we go without putting that crap into our bodies the easier life gets and we realize that quitting smoking and remaining quit was and is so very doable. Once we get a good place in our quit,  we can start to reap the mountain of benefits of living a life of an Ex smoker. 

Marilyn 604 DOF and counting 

A very good morning , let's put on a smile instead of a frown and pull up our shirt sleeves and have a productive day, I find keeping busy is the best way to get through a rough patch whether it's pain from arthritis or an injury of some sort or getting through a really bad craving, getting busy with something is key, for me it works because It gets my mind off of whatever is bothering me and I get something accomplished at the same time.  Quitting smoking is doable, remaining quit is also very doable and so very worth it but you don't have to believe me, stick with your quit and prove it for yourself and once you get to that good place you will protect it  with your life because you will only want to keep moving forward because life is so much better without the crutch of cigarettes. 

Marilyn 603 DOF and counting 

It's been a busy weekend, Saturday morning after breakfast hubby and I went to see a friend that found out a few months ago that he has prostate cancer and it's so sad that he didn't see the doctor sooner because he waited too long and now it's clear through his body and bones. He smokes, his wife is diabetic and had a heart attack, both have copd and she smokes and has an oxygen machine in their home and was told not to smoke in the house but when hubby and I got their Saturday right at the time we said we would, we could hardly see them through the cloud of smoke and it nearly took our breath away. We never said anything and stayed for over an hour and left an envelope with a little something in it too help them out with hospital visits,he's been taking chemo but may stop, he's got a few months at best, chemo may give him more time but not any quality. His wife called Saturday evening and went to the hospital ,they kept him and he is still in for dehydration and his copd and other reasons, i I'm sure. I am writing this blog early because my youngest grandson Mason is here and will probably be up soon, it's March break here and he was a wired little guy yesterday and wore his poor gram and Gramp out but we are tickled to have him here especially with both of us being ex smokers we can enjoy the grandchildren without the crutch of cigarettes and the grandkids, family, wallet and especially our health is thankful. Quitting smoking is absolutely doable and absolutely worth it, do it now before it's too late.

Marilyn 

I want to say thank you to everyone that congratulated me yesterday on my 600 days of freedom, I have to give lots of credit where credit is due which belongs to you this wonderful Ex community because as long as we reach out to this site either in a blog, someones message board or in a private message there's always someone here to help us through the rough patches but we must reach out. I haven't done it for quite some time but every once in awhile it's quite interesting to go back to the first few blogs that we've written and see how far we have come, I reached out to this site whenever I was struggling and blogged about it and I am so thankful that there was always someone here to help and support me and plus I would read Dales page. Reach out, whether you're thinking about quitting or if you are having a rough time with your quit, we're here to help you take back your life because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's great so quit, stay quit get through the roller coaster ups and downs of quitting and come out the other side smiling because once you get to that good place you won't want to go back to the slavery of cigarettes, each day you get through is another day WON. 

Marilyn 601 DOF and counting 

To anyone in the shadows reading this plus if you are struggling with withdrawals and rough days believe me when I say there's life after cigarettes and you can get through these roller coaster ups and downs to get to a much better place in your quit. I never thought in a million years that I could quit smoking and figured I'd never get any health issues even though my husband quit 2 and a half months earlier because of a health scare with mild emphysema but I thought I was fine until a specialist didn't like the sound of my lungs and set up a spirometry test which showed copd, yikes that scared me into realizing that I wasn't invincible so here I am celebrating 600 wonderful smoke free days and counting, I remember only too well the first few weeks of my quit and it was definitely the most difficult time, one minute I might be crying for no reason what so ever and the next minute someone might look at me the wrong way and I would want to literally reach out and rip their face off and another thing, my grown children and anyone else that knew I was quitting smoking stayed away from me. The only people that I didn't mind being around was the grandchildren but I am so thankful that I finally wised up and took my life back and sticking close to everyone on this precious site kept me grounded and focused on protecting my quit and living a life of freedom because we all know smoking kills and quitting can save us from dying a slow painful death that's most likely smoking . After 40 yrs of smoking I am celebrating another wonderful milestone and I thank everyone here in this community for being here for me. 

Marilyn 600 DOF and counting ☺

If there's anyone that's in the shadows reading and wondering whether it's Time to quit smoking, I say yes please take the plunge into a much better quality of living and if anyone is struggling, please remember that you must get through the roller coaster of ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings which usually takes 2 or possibly 3 wks and then relearning how to deal with lifes stressers and emotions takes time but we all need to remember that most of us here smoked for many decades, for me I smoked 40 yrs and in the beginning of my quit I didn't know if I would be able to get through the rough patches but thankfully the wonderful people here helped me get to where I am today which is 599 days of freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison and enjoying my life without the crutch of cigarettes and you can too but like I said if you haven't quit yet now is the time and for the rest of us, let's enjoy another smoke free day while remaining vigilant and protecting it because we never want to become complacent and lazy and take our quits for granted. 

Marilyn 

It's only 1 ° F this morning brrrrrrr and that's without the gusty winds. I am so happy that I am an Ex smoker because I don't need to be standing outside freezing my butt off sucking on a disgusting cancer stick anymore,  I am thankful that I was diagnosed with mild copd a few weeks before I quit smoking because finding that out was a real eye opener, it really scared me into realizing that I wasn't invincible that if I didn't brighten up I was was going to get worse and end up on oxygen or maybe even get cancer that could be tracked back to smoking so I started preparing myself , I found this site in the beginning June 2 yrs ago done some reading and set my date for July 7th and that date came and went but I reset for July 14th and promised myself this was it and I was doing it no matter what was happening because there was never going to be a good time to quit so I was just going to do it . I hid in the shadows here for almost three wks into my quit until I commented on something here and our friend Moody commented back to me and EXplained to me how to write a blog and tell a little bit about myself and my quit so I did and I am so thankful because at that point I had 18 days in and I was having an EXtremely difficult time but you were all here for me and got me through the rough patches and into a good place and I am always saying to people struggling that reading jonescarps aka dales page concerning the first 4 months of your quit will help you get through any difficult days, I know because his page is a huge part of me still being here 598 splendiferous days later  quitting smoking is absolutely doable and definitely worth all of the withdrawals and rough days, be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you will, there's life after cigarettes, each day you get through is another day WON. 

Marilyn 

Schools are canceled this morning with many other cancelations due to the snow and mixed precipitation including rain and strong winds this afternoon with a hard freeze tonight but that's ok because Spring will be here before long.  I know there's some folks just starting your quits and it's great to see a couple of friends that are back and making this quit your final and lifelong one, I am on my 597th day of my quit and I am so thankful for this site and all of you for being here for me, when I first came because you helped strengthen my resolve to remain quit for the rest of my life, I had tried so many times and failed but when I got here and started to read the wealth of information that's here and knowing through the wisdom of each of you that it takes time to relearn life without the crutch of cigarettes and yay it's so true and also you taught me to never, ever take my wonderful quit for granted and I listened and on a daily basis when I wake up and pour my first coffee, I remind myself to remain vigilant in case the day throws me a few curve balls that may stress me out so I continue on with my day knowing that I will enjoy another smoke free day because as long as we live by N.O.P.E - NOT One Puff Ever will give Each Of Us a Beautiful lifetime of Freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison.

Another month and another smoke free day, if there's anyone in the shadows reading the blogs and thinking about quitting please do. Now is the time to quit smoking, life is way too short to slowly kill ourselves knowing that there's a real possibility of ending up with cancer or having to be on an oxygen machine the rest of our lives. We're all going to die one way or another but I don't want to be on my death bed wondering if only I had of quit sooner.  Maybe I would have had a few more years and a much better quality of life too, quitting smoking is definitely difficult but it's absolutely doable as long as we're willing to commit ourselves and be determined to succeed we can and will succeed, there's life after cigarettes and it's great. Our lives are way too important to continue smoking the horrid nicotine poison, I never thought I could quit after 40 yrs of smoking but finding out that I have copd was enough to scare the crap out of me so here I am so thankful that I can deep breathe now because smoking takes our  breath away and then most likely our lives. 

Marilyn 596 DOF and counting