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Happy Halloween , I live way off the road so I will only have my seven year old grandson , my little Mack Attack Mason coming as a power ranger and I forget which one but he will remind me when he gets here . Adams not planning on going out this year at age 12 and Emma is 14 and isn't planning on going out either , they're all growing up but even if they were going out , they go to different communities anyway. Remember N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever -  which will give you a beautiful smoke free life because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option - and if you have been quit awhile N.E.F - Never Ever Forget the early days and wks of your quit . H.A.L.T - hunger , anger , lonely , tired , let's take EXtra good care of ourselves so we can continue to take EXtra good care of our quits because our quits need to be our # 1 priority so we will be around for awhile and enjoy our family and friends and reap the benefits of an Ex smoker because Freedom is EXhilarating ! 

Marilyn 840 DOF 

Focusing on the hardwork while having the belief that we can and will be successful in whatever endeavor that we are doing quitting smoking is a great EXample because along with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever - has given me 839 super fantastic smoke free days so far and will continue to give me a precious life of Freedom which I plan on enjoying while remaining vigilant because I know that there's life after cigarettes and it's worth all the withdrawals, mood swings and roller coaster ups and downs of quitting smoking so please stick with your quit and prove to yourself just how much better life is without the crutch of cigarettes ! 

Marilyn 839 DOF 

I was thinking about how thankful I am for finding this community and how so many of you showed me that quitting smoking is sooooooo doable and I paid attention and am reaping the benefits of an Ex smoker . Smoking Is definitely horrifically addictive but if we are serious about taking back our lives from the dreaded cancer sticks , then we can , it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination but I can guarantee you that if you are willing , determined and totally committed to succeed then you can and will be successful . I was shown here on this site that after 3 days the nicotine poison is out of our system which I did know but it's the habit that I struggled with and probably most of you do too because for decades upon decades upon decades everything we did included cigarettes , I smoked for 40 yrs , so once I realized that I needed to relearn different ways of handling lifes stressers and any and every situation without the crutch which was hair pulling to say the least but I did it and so can you even if you don't think you can that's when you hang tough, chin up and say oh yes I can and  keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days, there's life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking, hold on tight and don't let go and this evening smile because it's another day WON!

Marilyn 838 DOF  

I am on my third and final cup of coffee thinking about the first winter in my quit , on November 1st of 2014 with barely three and a half months in with my quit we got a strong 12 inches of snow , thankfully my husband was home for that storm but was working away for pretty much all of the other snowstorms which seemed to storm every other day with 10 to 15 inches each storm right into April . I may be EXagerating a bit but I don't think I am , my point is that I didn't smoke over it . We do get plowed out but there's a lot of shoveling with the front door , back door , basement door , the old hen house where we fed a Ferrel cat that counted on us to feed it plus the garage door , so I did it because no one else was around to do it . Life happens whether we smoke or not , family members get sick or worse , problems arise out of the blue but no matter what happens we can protect our quits by remaining vigilant and knowing in our heart and soul that if we want to be around to enjoy life then we better stop taking our lives for granted and hang on tight to our quits so we can be there for our families because our health , family and even our wallets will thank us for taking back our lives from the dreaded cancer sticks . I most certainly had a difficult time in the early wks and months  of quitting smoking and wanted to scream and tear my hair out or maybe someone would look at me the wrong way and I would start blatting like a baby or maybe I could've ripped off your face but I wanted my quit more than anything else in life and I read Jonescarps aka dales page concerning the first 4 months of quitting smoking and it helped me through the rough patches and struggles to remain smoke free and each person that wants to remain smoke free can , it's definitely not easy but it's absolutely doable and vital to our health and well being ! there's so much information on this site that can help strengthen your resolve to quit smoking and remain quit , it's within your grasp reach out and grab it and hold on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic but you must believe in yourself and keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days ! 

Marilyn 837 DOF 

It's a chilly start to today at 33 degrees but at least it's going to be a sunny day , hubby took today off so he could cut some more firewood cut to put in the garage towards next winter or if it's a really snapping cold winter we'll have it to bring in the house so my Thursday feels like Saturday . I got up early and got Mark to stir up a batch of bread so we won't have to do it on the wk end. If there's anyone here beginning this journey of quitting smoking , be willing , determined and totally committed to succeed and stay close to this site and read everything you can because there's a wealth of information here to help strengthen your resolve to quit smoking and remain quit and if you are struggling hang on tight and keep your mind as well as your hands occupied and know that you are going to get through the rough patches but unfortunately it's going to take some time but it's absolutely doable and absolutely worth it to get rid of the Yakies ( cigarettes ) so keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days and this evening you can smile and say YAY ANOTHER DAY WON not BOO because no one wants to go back to day ONE , only days WON because FREEDOM IS way too important to our health and well being to go backwards into the clutches of the dreaded cancer sticks so hang tough and know that there's life after cigarettes but you must believe in yourself and know that you can and will succeed ! 

Marilyn 836 DOF 

This morning when I first got up and before I even poured my first cup of coffee out of the blue I thought oh yes a coffee and a cigarette , yikes where  did that come from . That my friends and fellow Exers is why I push vigilance just as much for me as it is for you because a thought like that if I wasn't on guard and happened to be around a smoker God forbid what could happen but it's not going happen for me as long as I remain vigilant while enjoying my Freedom from the dreaded cancer sticks , vigilance is key to success , thoughts can't get us to smoke only action can cause us to screw  up our perfectly beautiful quit, if a thought Pops into your head about the nicotine poison ,might I suggest sitting on your hands because if we do that we can't put it near our face but seriously if an urge or a crave happens give your head a couple of shakes and say No Way no how because you don't do that anymore and continue on with whatever you were doing because just one would be absolutely horrible because I know that we all would rather smile and say YAY ANOTHER DAY WON ! 

Marilyn 835 DOF and counting 

I hope that anyone reading this that hasn't quit yet will continue to read everything you can because there's a wealth of information here to strengthen your resolve to quit and remain quit and when you are ready to let us know you are here we will be here to help you through the rough patches and if you are struggling hang on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes but it definitely takes time to relearn different ways of handling lifes situations without the crutch of cigarettes. Most of us Exers smoked decades upon decades, I smoked for 40 yrs and never thought in a million years that I could quit but I was willing to go through whatever cravings and roller coaster ups and downs of mood swings to get to that good place in my quit and you can and will be successful too, believe you can and you will succeed  keeping your mind occupied as well as your hands helps, do whatever is necessary to remain smoke free. N.O.P.E - means Not One Puff Ever - S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option - and if you have been quit awhile - N.E.F - Never Ever Forget the early days and wks of your quit  plus H.A.L.T - hunger , anger , lonely , tired ) can make our quits more difficult . I have a hard time not eating properly but I am trying to take my own advice because our quits need to be our # 1 priority whether we have been quit a wk or 10 yrs because our lives depends on remaining smoke free and vigilance is key to success and believe me when I say that the Freedom to go anywhere , anytime whenever , wherever and however without worrying about where to find a corner somewhere outside to suck on a killer cancer stick is awesome ! 

Marilyn 835 DOF 

I get sad and I'm sure that I'm not the only one, when we meet people in this cyber world and we are rooting for them in their quits and all of a sudden they're here one day and gone the next and all we can do is wish them the best and pray that are still in quit mode, let's continue to choose Freedom because life without the crutch of cigarettes is 100 % positive where as we all know that continuing to smoke is basically suicidal and for me 834 days ago I decided no more Russian Roulette for me, previous to this my forever quit, I half heartedly tried quitting a half dozen times and failed miserably because I didn't educate or prepare myself for the struggles, withdrawals, mood swings and the roller coaster ups and downs of quitting smoking but my friends and fellow Exers believe me when I say there's a wealth of information right here on this site and this community of people are here to help you through the rough patches and struggles but it's up to each individual to make the choice not to smoke no matter what is happening in life so grab on tight and don't throw your hands up in the air and head straight to the grocery store, don't do it because Freedom is yours for the taking, it's within your grasp reach out and grab it and hold on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic! And remember anything in life worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely worth it to be FREE! 

Marilyn 834 DOF 

Fall is definitely in the air and we possibly may get a skiff of snow overnight but we're ready for it whether we want it or not, let's always remember to protect our quits no matter what is happening in life because vigilance is key to a successful lifelong quit. We all must remember that life happens whether we smoke or not and by continuing to plow through the rough patches, mood swings and roller coaster ups and downs then you grow stronger and more secure and confident and all of a sudden you will realize how much better life is without the crutch of cigarettes so don't give up because victory is right around the corner but you must believe in yourself and know in your heart and soul that you will get through the rough times and be able to go anywhere, anytime whenever, wherever and however without worrying about where to sneak off to suck on a killer cancer stick. I push vigilance quite often but that's what works for me as well because I don't ever want to become complacent and lazy because relapsing isn't an option if we are prepared for any unexpected stressers then we'll be able to deal with life on lifes terms without the crutch! And our health, family and even our wallets will thank us for taking back our lives from the horrid nicotine poison! 

Marilyn 831 DOF or something like that :)

It's another extremely mild, dark, dank, dreary, drab, dismal drisslie day with strong winds but I am blessed with a roof over my head, food in my cupboards, wood in the basemen, good drinking water and family ,I am blessed .I also took back my life 831 days ago from the clutches of the dreaded cancer sticks because I figured it was time to stop playing Russian Roulette with my life because finding out that I have copd was enough to scare the crap out of me so I found this site and read everything I could find about quitting smoking and remaining quit and I realized that it wasn't going to be easy by no means but I also realized from everything I was reading that it was doable,there were days that I felt like screaming in the first few weeks of quitting and I probably did but if you want to be free then bite the bullet and keep moving forward and stacking up your precious days of freedom because life is so much better without the crutch! 

Marilyn 

Well crap, I forgot to copy my blog so I will just wish you the best smoke free day possible, if you are new here please stay close and read everything you can about quitting smoking and remaining quit because there's a wealth of information here to help you through the rough patches and if you are struggling hang on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes so don't give up because victory is right around the corner so remain vigilant and continue to choose Freedom ,one day at a time or if need be one minute or even one second at a time but as long as you keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days then each evening you can smile and say YAY ANOTHER DAY WON and before too long life should start to get easier and easier as time goes on and you should be realizing how much better life is without the crutch so hang tough! 

Marilyn 830 DOF 

PS , in the blog that disappeared because I forgot to copy it, my husband Mark bought a new used chev cavalier one yr newer than the one I have at a good price with a 30 day return policy so Mark can look it over good, all of the parts plus 4 winter tires on rims will all work on my car so that really makes me happy! 

It's a dark dreary, drab, dismal drisslie, dank start to the day but we desperately need the rain so I won't complain about it but instead I will be thankful for the streams, rivers, forests and our wells getting a much needed drink before the freeze up comes. We are under a rainfall warning for overnight and tomorrow, we'll have to see what happens but I have a lot of indoor work that I need to get done plus my husband Mark and I pretty much got the yard and garden all cleaned up and are ready for the snow even though I detest winter it's coming whether I want it to or not plus winter is so much easier on me now that hubby isn't working away anymore, there's usually a positive in just about every situation including quitting smoking for 40 yrs of my life I smoked then I came here and read everything I could find about quitting and remaining quit then I began to realize that it wasn't going to be easy but anything worth having in life takes time and effort but wow my friends and fellow Exers, it's definitely worth it to be free. After decades and decades of smoking it only stands to reason that it's going to take time to relearn different ways of handling situations without the crutch of cigarettes because everything we did included the yakies ( cigarettes ) so we have to figure out how to deal with life on lifes terms but it's absolutely doable and absolutely worth it to get to that good place in your quit but you must believe in yourself and keep stacking up those splendiferous DOF, don't play Russian Roulette with your lives anymore, quitting smoking is within your grasp so grab on tight and bite the bullet and be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you can and will be successful! 

Marilyn 829 DOF 

I stayed up too late last night watching the debate so this Canadian girl is a little tired and late getting around so I just want to remind me as well as you my friends and fellow Exers to be EXtra vigilant and guard our precious quits with our lives because our lives literally depends on remaining smoke free, so continuing to move forward stacking up our Freedom from the clutches of the dreaded cancer sticks is definitely doable and so very worth it. We all have a choice whether to smoke or not and I choose NOT and so can you even when things in your life seems to be going awlful and you think only one won't hurt well ONE will send you right back to smoking, so NO don't do it, stand firm in your resolve to remain smoke free because smoking kills and quitting can save you a world of pain and suffering, chin up and hang on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic but you must believe in yourself and you can and will be successful! At the end of each day smile because you can say whew another day WON instead of screwing up a perfectly good quit and going back to day ONE isn't an option right? 

Marilyn 829 - DOF - days of freedom :)

October is zooming right along and there's only one more Hump Day this month and Halloween is right around the corner and your American Thanksgiving is coming right up. We all have so much to be thankful for just being able to be here on this site wishing each other the best day possible while waking up with a coffee or a tea plus we are here to cheer each other on with our quits and life in general, we try to pick each other up because we care so remember that vigilance is key to success so let's always remain on guard for any unexpected stressers that could cause us to God forbid have a split second of thinking that just one won't hurt but if we remain vigilant while enjoying our new found freedom then we can just give our heads a shake and say that we don't smoke anymore and continue on with whatever we are doing because we all have a choice in whether we smoke or not so let's always choose NOT!

Marilyn 828 DOF 

I woke up thinking this morning about how when we really want something we go after until we get it and in my opinion quitting smoking isn't any different other than by doing so, you most likely will be saving your life, we go after trivial things and don't stop until we get whatever it is. I know that smoking is a horrible addiction but I know that it can be defeated with sheer determination as long as we are willing determined and totally committed we will be successful, I wanted my life back after 40 yrs of smoking and when I found out that I have mild copd that was the straw that broke the camels back so I found this community read everything I could find about quitting and remaining quit and then I forgot about it until my 18th day when I was having a rough time and was ready to tear my hair out or possibly rip off someone's face off and head straight to the grocery store and buy a carton of cigarettes instead of just a pk but then I remembered this site so I started reading and commented on something and thankfully someone mentioned that I should write a blog and tell them a little bit about myself so I did and here I am 827 splendiferous DOF and counting, if you want something bad enough then you've got to believe in yourself and hang on tight, get through the roller coaster ups and downs of mood swings and look for the light at the end of the tunnel maybe it's just a flicker right now but keep stacking up those precious days and that light will get brighter and brighter but it's up to each of us to continue on this wonderful journey to be Free from the clutches of the dreaded cancer sticks! Don't throw up hands and give up no way no how, chin up and hang tough because quitting smoking is absolutely doable and absolutely worth besides that there really is life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic so keep moving forward because victory is right around the corner and it's yours for the taking, the more stressful life is getting for me lately the more thankful I am an Exer because smoking isn't even an issue for me anymore because I don't want to end up on oxygen 7 / 24 because I am a Happy quitter and life is way too short to slowly kill myself so I choose to remain vigilant each and every day so let's say this evening YAY ANOTHER DAY WON!!!!!

Marilyn 

I was going to be done taking Mason to school the end of October but I guess I am done now ,the sub frame is completely rusted out on my 2003 Chevrolet cavalier. The lower control arm has nothing to attach to because it's all rusted out, I drove to town today and noticed going around a corner that my car howled and turning into the driveway I could hear a scraping sound so when I parked in my driveway and looked the front end over I noticed that the drivers tire was very close to the mud flap compared to the passenger side so My husband Mark checked it over and it's now junk but I won't smoke over it and neither will Mark but it seems lately that what can go wrong has been going wrong but at least I didn't go off the road or worse veer into a oncoming car so that's a positive and Mark has his car to get to work, plus my daughter and her man will figure out how to get Mason off to school so all is well that ends well, not really but I might just as well put on a positive spin. Life happens whether we smoke or not and thankfully I have been quit long enough that I have no desire to smoke ,actually it's the farthest thing on my mind so if you are new here or are struggling hang on tight, stick with your quit because believe it or not the longer you remain quit the easier it will get and you will realize how much better life is without the crutch of cigarettes. 

Marilyn 826 DOF 

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with certain aspects in my life lately but the one thing that I am certain of my friends and fellow Exers is I will not smoke over anything whether it's the weather or a dear friend that's only got a very short time left from cancer and another friend that's been declared legally blind on Friday or any of my own issues because if there's one thing that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt is the Last thing I need or you need is a killer cigarette, I don't want or need one, no way no how, if you are struggling please realize that screwing up your quit whether you have a wk in or 3 months or 3 yrs going backwards is taking a horrible chance with your health and your life isn't a good idea, hang on tight to your quit because relapsing shouldn't be option at least it's not for me because my problems will still be here whether I smoke or not and I choose NOT! Sorry if I'm being a downer this morning but I care about each of you and protecting our quits is vital to our health and well being so stick with your quits no matter what is happening in your life because your life literally depending on remaining smoke free!

Marilyn 824 DOF, I think :)

I smiled this morning when I was reading a few of the comments about fuzzy pj's and sleeping in a cool room which I like too but last night was quite cool in the house and hubbys sick with a cold and I was really tired so I didn't start a fire in the furnace and that's our soul source of heat, this morning was 26 outside and 53 in the house at 5 o'clock, hubby got the fire going and I stayed in bed until the house warmed up, brrrrrrr but the sun is shining and it's supposed to warm up to at least 50 today which will be nice, I really hope that everyone has a good wk end, if you are struggling hang on tight and continue to choose Freedom because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option - and H.A.L.T - hunger, anger, lonely , tired are things that we can try to control which might help the roller coaster ups and downs of mood swings from your quit. I had a hard time and I still do with eating properly and being tired so I know from experience that it can be hard on your emotions but no matter what happens don't give up, stick with it and keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days because our lives literally depends on remaining quit, I know that I push vigilance quite often but I think it's important because as long as we apply N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever which will give us that wonderful life FREE from the clutches of the dreaded cancer sticks and every evening we can smile and say YAY ANOTHER DAY WON! 

Marilyn 824 DOF 

I just wanted to swing by the site and let you know that I am in my fuzzy pj's and relaxing with some TV this evening, temps are supposed to drop to the low 20's overnight but it is the middle of October and we've had a beautiful Fall this yr so I can't complain plus I won't smoke over the weather or anything else because I'm enjoying my life without the crutch way too much to screw up my perfectly beautiful quit, no day one ever again only days WON, let's keep moving forward and stacking up those splendiferous DOF because I know that there's life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic! 

Marilyn 

I got my little Mack Attack Mason off to school , got a bowl of cereal down and wanted to wish you all a good day before I head out to pick up my mother in law because we both have an appointment for 9 :30, be sure to remain positive in your quits because believe it or not as long as you keep moving forward with a willing attitude, determination and total commitment you can and will be successful in your quit ,I know there are days when you probably want to throw your hands up in the air and head straight to the grocery store but those are the days that you need to be even more committed because each day you get through is another day WON so hang on tight and continue stacking up those precious smoke free days! 

Marilyn 

We all know smoking kills but we can bite the bullet and stop poisoning ourselves and I for one am so very thankful for this community of caring people that helped me get to where I am today which is well over 2 glorious years of freedom. I was 100 % committed to succeed with this quit, I had tried unsuccessfully at least a half dozen times in my 40 yrs of smoking but let's put emphasis on tried because obviously I didn't put my heart and soul into those quits .I know now that educating ourselves on this horrid addiction and reading everything that we can about quitting and remaining quit is vital and there's a wealth of information here to strengthen your resolve to quit and live a life of freedom but it's a choice whether to smoke or not so I pray that each one reading this that hasn't quit yet or who is struggling will decide that living a smoke free life is so very doable so when it comes to protecting your life choose NOT to smoke! 

Marilyn 821 or maybe 822 DOF, something like that. :)

I got my little Mack Attack Mason off to school on this frosty morning but it's going to be another gorgeous day shaping up but whether things are good or bad, it's a great feeling when you realize that smoking isn't an issue anymore because you know life happens whether you smoke or not and once you know that you can function much better without the crutch than you can smile and start to really enjoy your new found freedom because N.O.P.E - (Not One Puff Ever) - really works when applied on a daily basis because S.I.N.A.O - (Smoking Is Not An Option) - if you have been quit for awhile and are having smoking memories then please  (N.E.F ) - Never Ever Forget the early days and wks of your quit because you really don't want to go back to day one again but another day WON is super fantastic. Also H.A.L.T - (hunger, anger, lonely, tired) - I have a hard time with this one but just the same, smoking isn't even a blimp on my radar so sticking with our quits will give us a beautiful smoke free life......

Marilyn 821 DOF 

I have to go get another tooth fixed at one o'clock today, Friday night I broke a small piece of tooth off but luckily hasn't been bothering me yet but I am getting it fixed before it does which we could use on quitting smoking . Quit now while you can and Lord willing before any major health issues becomes apparent, it's time to take back your life because I can tell you that there's definitely life after cigarettes and I am so glad that I stopped playing Russian Roulette with my life after smoking for 40 yrs. Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely doable and absolutely worth all of the withdrawals and roller coaster ups and downs of mood swings to get to that good place in your quit, our lives depends on quitting and remaining quit so why not bite the bullet and get through the rough patches and struggles to begin reaping the benefits of an Ex smoker, give it 3 or even 4 months by then you should realize how much better life is without the crutch because it's super fantastic to be able to go anywhere, anytime whenever, wherever and however without worrying about where to sneak off to suck on a disgusting cancer stick, believe you can and you will as long as you are willing, determined and totally committed to succeed then you will be smiling at the end of the day saying YAY ANOTHER DAY WON! 

Marilyn 820 DOF 

My husband Mark has to work on this Thanksgiving Monday ugh, this is the first job where he had to even though it's not a statutory holiday but I plan on doing as little as possible. We had his Mom up for a huge feed and once I took her home and got the dishes done up we relaxed with some comedy TV, I laughed so hard my stomach hurt, I remember the early wks of quitting smoking and having some horrendous cravings someone here suggested laughter so watching comedy TV, dvd's and or youtube which is a great distraction and it works super fantastic because when we're laughing, a cigarette is the farthest thing on our minds and I was willing, determined and 100 % committed to succeed no matter what but I still went through some hair pulling roller coaster ups and downs of mood swings but I knew after 40 yrs of smoking and after reading everything here that I could and would get through as long as lived by N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever which worked for me and will work for you  is it easy? Hell no but is it worth it? Hell yes! We all look after our outward appearance so we must start looking after our insides and quitting smoking is definitely difficult but a must so we can be around as long as possible but our quality of life should be our top priority so let's keep moving forward and stacking up those precious days of smoke free living and if by chance there's someone reading this that's thinking about quitting, now is the time to take back your life while you can before it's too late! 

Marilyn 818 DOF 

I am totally stumped this morning on what to write so I will just say if you haven't quit yet now is the time to take back your life while you can and if you are struggling hang on tight and blog help before you head out to the grocery store to buy a pk of those disgusting cancer sticks and continue to read everything you can about quitting smoking and remaining quit because there's a wealth of information here to help you through the rough patches, continuing to be willing, determined and totally committed will give you a beautiful smoke free life! I wanted to quit smoking while I was still vertical and I have done that, it definitely wasn't easy by no means but anything worth having in life takes time and effort, now I will enjoy life while remaining vigilant because I never want to get complacent and lazy in my quit, it only takes a split second to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit so let's always remain on guard 

Marilyn 818 DOF 

I woke up this morning thinking how many of us try our best to take EXtra good care of our outward appearance so we can look our best and it's not until we quit smoking that we really take a much closer look at our insides, especially our organs. I know while I was still smoking I certainly knew the dangers of continuing to light up but cancer and other health issues happened to other people not me but that was totally dunce thinking on my part , once I found out I had mild copd I knew it was time to stop playing Russian Roulette with my life because my life is so much more important than the nicotine poison and so is yours, quitting smoking and remaining quit is most certainly difficult to say the least and that's putting it very mildly but anything in life worth having takes time and effort but wow my friends and fellow Exers once you get over the Hump and into a good place in your quit it's so worth it. If we can put the time into our outer appearance then it's definitely a must to take all of our efforts and put it in our insides because each one of our organs are vital to our health and what we look like on the outside really won't matter at all if we wait too long and end up fighting for our lives because of the cancer sticks let's continue stacking up those precious smoke free days and if you haven't quit yet now is the time while you are still vertical! 

Marilyn 816 DOF 

I am going to kick back this evening and put my feet up for a couple of hrs before heading off to La la land, it's 7:45 already Atlantic time. It's been a very busy day today but I got alot accomplished and I made 2 batches of shortbread cookies and I let  Mason frosting them he was pretty happy and I gave him a batch when I took him home at 5 o'clock, it's our Canadian Thanksgiving this wk end and the weather is absolutely awesome here but I am sending prayers for everyone in the path of Hurricane Mathew for safety! Good night my friends and fellow Exers, sorry, I haven't been answering many comments the last while but there just doesn't seem to be enough hrs in the days lately. Let's be sure to remain vigilant over the upcoming wk end because N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever - works when applied on a daily basis because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option - Vigilance will give us a beautiful life of freedom, N.E.F - Never Ever Forget the early days and wks of our quits. H.A.L.T - hunger, anger lonely , tired, let's take EXtra good care of ourselves because if we don'tnobody else can! 

Marilyn 

I got a pretty decent nights sleep and was up before 6:30 this morning so I could get my husband Mark to stir up a batch of bread before he left for work, I knead it down myself but it'sa great help on my hands if someone can do the stirring, I am baking it now 13 loaves and 10 rolls and Mason helped me make 2 batches of shortbread cookies which he calls frosting cookies, I am sending a batch of them home with him later on this afternoon. ,I am totally relieved about the colonoscopy yesterday or else I would have found out if something was seriously wrong. My stomach lining is like a rug burn so my Dr tells me and with the diverticulosis maybe a diet change will help but I am so glad that that's over with and I also am really happy to be an Ex smoker and be able to say to the nurses that I quit smoking over 2 yrs ago and that I am a Happy quitter. No more sneaking off somewhere sucking on a disgusting cancer stick but instead being able to go anywhere, anytime whenever, wherever and however without that crutch, stick with your precious ongoing beautiful splendiferous quits my friendsand fellow Exers because quitting smoking and remaining quit is absolutely doable and absolutely worth it to be Free so hang on tight because victory is right around the corner! 

Marilyn 816 DOF 

I finally got in for the colonoscopy at 11:30 and was waking up at 1:30, the nurse said everything looked good which is wonderful but I still need to know what the problem is, maybe it's as simple as a better diet ,I don't see this Dr that did the procedure until the 10th of December, I had to get my husband to pull over on the way home I got sick. Mark picked up Mason for an overnighter while I slept and they were outside gathering wood to put in the basement .I got Mason all settled in for the night watching TV and even though it's only 8:30, I am ready for a decent nights sleep, thanks for all the comments on my morning blog and Yay for another day WON! 

Marilyn 

A very good morning, I got my tooth filled yesterday and I got through the horrid prep as well for the colonoscopy this morning. I need to be at the hospital for 10:15 and with any luck at all, there won't be any delay in getting it done and over with, this old broad is hungry and I sure would love a coffee since I haven't had anything solid since noon yesterday but I will survive and smoking isn't even a blimp on my radar because I already have a bad headache and if I was still smoking I'd be smoking half a dozen and be whining about how bad a headache I had, like dah! Once we get through the roller coaster ups and downs in our quits and continue on with relearning how to deal with lifes emotions and situations which definitely takes time but once you get to that good place and then you realize how much better life is without the crutch let me tell you what a wonderful feeling that is so keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days because I can tell you that there's life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic, one day at a time or if need be one minute or even one second but aim for the light at the end of the tunnel it may be dim now but it will keep getting brighter and brighter! 

Marilyn 815 DOF 

Boo for losing my 33 yr old filling Monday evening, yay that I only had a dull ache, boo that my dentist wasn't in this wk but yay for the emergency number and yay again that I was lucky enough to get in this morning at 8 o'clock so I couldn't take Mason this school this morning but his Dad went in to his job late to take him but even so, I had to get up for 6 and be out of here shortly after 7, it was warm enough that we didn't have frost but it was really foggy by the river but I left in lots of time and hadn't been up in this particular area in 15 yrs or so. A beautiful fox crossed the road and wasn't in any hurry ,I wasn't going very fast anyway because of the fog. The freezing is coming out now and I had some toast and come noon I will start the prep for the colonoscopy tommorrow which has taken 5 and a half months to get in to get it done, I won't know until after 3 what time I have to be at the hospital to get it done but I hope it's early to get it over with,  my husband is going to take tommorrow off as a vacation day to take me, then we'll pick up Mason at my daughters and bring him here for the rest of the day and overnight because the next 2 days there's no school and it's our Thanksgiving wk end so there's no school on Monday. Anyway my friends and fellow Exers, I should stop rambling and just say that I am so thankful that I finally wised up 814 precious days and am a very Happy Quitter because if I was still smoking, I would have lit up a cancer stick as soon as I left the dentist office frozen face and all but not anymore and that makes me very happy, quitting smoking wasn't easy by no means but anything worth having in life takes time and effort but wow it's so worth it to be free from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison, I finally realized that I wasn't invincible that if I didn't brighten up I was probably going to end up on oxygen 7 / 24 or even worse die a slow painful death that's most likely smoking related so I bit the bullet and decided to take back my life which certainly at times was a roller coaster of ups and downs and mood swings and cravings but I made through an if there's anyone here struggling hang on tight because you will make it through too, here's a couple of mantras that I learned here and used. N.O.P.E - means Not One Puff Ever which will give you a beautiful smoke free life because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option - and H.A.L.T - hunger, anger, lonely and tired, which I have a hard time with so let's try to eat right and rest when we have a chance and if you have been quit awhile N.E.F.-Never Ever Forget the early days and wks of your quit because who wants to go back to day ONE again when we can smile and enjoy each evening another day WON! 

Marilyn :)

Marilyn 

I EXpect to get on line fairly late in the morning, I need to be on the road shortly after 7, my dentist isn't in this wk so I got a little further to drive to get to my appointment for 8 o'clock but thankfully I'm getting a new filling since I lost a big chunk of it last night. Anyway I'll touch base at some point tommorrow, remember that being smoke free is the only life for you and for me, be sure to stick with your quit because relapsing isn't an option, life really does get easier as time goes on but unfortunately it does take time but it's absolutely worth it so keep plowing forward victory is right around the corner!

I got Mason off to school this morning but I won't be able to tommorrow because I had to make a dentist appointment and lucky for me I could get in at 8 o'clock in the morning which is when I take Mason but unfortunately I can't be in 2 places at once. My dentist is away until Thursday but had an emergency number to get in, last night a chunk of filling fell out which is 33 yrs old, I remember because my son was 2 months old when I had alot of dental work doneand on  Thursday I will finally get the colonoscopy which I've been waiting for since the 20th of April so between the deep filling and the prep for the colonoscopy I expect tommorrow won't be a great day but on the positive side I should finally find out what the spasms and pain is under my left rib, my Dr says it's spasms when I feel like I'm being kicked by a foot or something which isn't  nice and I am definitely not pregnant at 56 yrs old but that's what it feels like , anyway my friends and fellow Exers on another positive note, I have no desire what so ever to smoke, no way no how because I know how much better life is without the crutch. I am in ta good place in my quit and have been for over 2 yrs now so stick with your quits and get to your good place because life is so much better as an Exer, I have a phone call from Adam's mom so I need to go for now! 

Marilyn 813 DOF 

A very good morning to each of you, I really like this tag line because I never thought that it was possible to quit smoking until a Dr told me that I have mild copd and then it was like yikes!!!, then I figured that it was nessesary to quit, so after finding this site and educating myself here and the wealth of information that helped me to realize that I could quit and remain quit and this community of people were here to help me through the rough patches and struggles of this horrid addiction then I  realized that quitting smoking wasn't impossible but very doable as long as we have the right mindset we can succeed at just about anything ,our health and well being should be our # 1 priority so quitting smoking should be at the top of our list and remaining quit is vital! I know now that there's life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic so hang on tight and continue to choose Freedom because it's within your grasp so grab on tight and don't let go and at the end of each day you can smile and say YAY for another day WON! - the longer we are quit the easier it gets and once you start reaping the benefits of an Ex smoker you won't want to go back to the slavery of the dreaded cancer sticks! 

Marilyn 812 DOF 

We are blessed to be enjoying a beautiful Fall wk end and being free from the clutches of the cancer sticks makes it even better, quitting smoking is one of the hardest things that I have ever done but it's also the smartest and wisest decision that I have made for myself after 40 yrs of slavery to the disgusting nicotine poison. If we are willing, determined and totally committed to be successful then I believe we can and will be,  anything in life worth having takes time, effort and patience but it's absolutely doable and for me, I realized that I needed to quit because I'm hoping and praying for a much healthier lifestyle and a better quality of living as I get older and I am heading for 57 coming up soon and I don't want any smoking related illnesses to arise so I choose FREEDOM for YOU and for ME ,quitting smoking is within your grasp so grab on tight and know in the bottom of your soul that you can and will be successful in taking back your life because your life is counting on you and it's so worth it each night to be able to say ANOTHER DAY WON! 

Marilyn 811 DOF 

I started to write a blog about an hr ago but I got a phone call that lasted for over 45 minutes, anyway it's great to be an Ex smoker in a good place in my quit because I remember my smoking days 809 days ago, I probably would've smoked at least 5 cigarettes and 3 coffees especially where I hadn't been up very long. Stick with your precious ongoing beautiful splendiferous quits my friends because life without the crutch is the best decision anyone of us will ever make, no more playing Russian Roulette with our lives because our lives depends on remaining smoke free, chin up and hang on tight and keep plowing forward and stacking up those smoke free days! 

Marilyn 809 DOF 

A very good morning to each of you I see we have a few new folks here starting their quit journey, please know that we've all been where you are now and we know that the early days and wks of quitting smoking can and is horrid but you can and will get through it with sheer determination and commitment because as long as you are willing to go through whatever cravings and roller coaster ups and downs of mood swings to get to that good place in your quit then you will be successful. It's not easy but it's absolutely doable and absolutely worth it, so hang on tight and continue to choose Freedom because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option - N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever which will give you a beautiful smoke free life, stay close to this site because we're all here rooting for you, at the end of each day you can smile and say YAY ANOTHER DAY WON!

It's only 9:30 Atlantic time but this old broad is tired so I'm heading off toLa la land, it was a frosty morning at 31 degrees but warmed up beautifully and I spent most of the afternoon outside so I wish you a good night my friends and fellow Exers .