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I honestly can't remember the last time that a January went by so quickly for me but just a three hr drive away from me there's communities that are still without power from last Monday's ice storm which is so awful but Mother Nature can be so cantankerous and unfortunately we have no control over it what so ever but we most certainly do have control over whether we smoke or not and I choose NOT and I hope that everyone reading this either has quit or is picking their quit date and reading everything you can about quitting smoking and Remaining Quit because it's a choice and choosing to live a life without the crutch of cigarettes is the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves! 

N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever - will give you a beautiful life of Freedom because - Smoking is not an option - and if you're struggling please think and N.E.F.  - Never ever forget  - the early days and wks of your quit because another day ONE would totally suck big time let's only have days WON because life will continue to get better and better as the days go by so keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days.....

Wishing everyone of us the best day possible, no matter what is happening in our lives good or bad whether we're having a rough morning or an upbeat one, let's remember how blessed we are and let's remain vigilant in the most prized possession we have which is our precious quit because we never ever want to become complacent and take it for granted because our lives literally depends on remaining smoke free. No matter what our mood may be, there's no EXcuse on the face of this earth that's good enough to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit with the right mindset we can do just about anything and when we are willing, determined and totally committed to succeed in quitting smoking or figuring out this new platform or anything else if we put our minds to something and believe in ourselves then how can we Fail ? Let's put on a positive attitude and enjoy this wonderful day, no matter what the weather is or anything else that's happening let's just be thankful for everything that we have......

Life happens whether we smoke or not so quitting is going to be the best decision that you will ever make in your lifetime, I am so thankful that I finally took back my life from the clutches of the cancer sticks a little over 2 and a half yrs ago now and I only had a scare with mild COPD but it was enough to make me realize that I'm not invincible that it just wasn't other people who get smoking related illnesses and worse, I realized that I was playing Russian Roulette with my life and I didn't want to end up on oxygen 7/24 and die a slow painful death that's most likely smoking related. I remember only too well the early days, wks and even the first three months or so, quitting wasn't easy by any stretch of the word for me, I'm sure it's easier for some everyone's different. My younger sister had me so stressed out before my 30 day mark in my quit that I threw my cordless phone across the room and I wanted a cigarette soooooooo bad but I got on line instead and I believe that it was Nancy  (youngatheart) that talked me through it, we all have stressful situations but we don't have to smoke because smoking only makes things worse,you have to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues without the crutch of the cancer sticks but it takes time but boy oh boy it's absolutely Doable and so worth it because everything worth having in life takes time and effort choose to quit and stick to it no matter what is happening in life because your life is literally depending on you, it's a choice so choose Life choose FREEDOM to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on the nicotine poison, there really is Life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic and it's yours for the taking so grab on and hold on tight because each day you get through is another day WON! N.O.P. E.  Not one Puff Ever - works when applied daily! 

I really hope everyone had a half decent day and is slowly figuring the new platform out, we'll get it one day at a time because just like quitting smoking it's difficult but it's also very Doable, frustrating to say the least especially in the first few days and possibly wks but Doable, most things in life worth having takes time and effort and I think this forum with all of you which makes up this wonderful community is worth learning and hey, I can post pics now plus once we figure out where everything is we'll be A OK, we quit smoking so we can do this and plus there's lots of positives. I need to start making this forum my comfort zone and know that we're all here for each other and all the new quitters that's coming and will be coming, good night Zzzzzzzzzzzzz's #

It's been a long week for many of us trying to figure out this new format plus life keeps happening of course, I mentioned earlier in the wk that my Mom passed five years ago, this past Monday would have been her 77th birthday and in the wee hours of this past Wednesday she passed and today's date was the funeral which is my Mother in law's birthday plus one of my neices. I've kept in closer contact with my Dad this week, we spent the day together Monday and went to the rehabilitation hospital to see my sister who by the way she can come home next Friday yay, mind you she'll have Red Cross workers 7 days a wk for a couple of hrs morning and evening but yay she's doing fantastic. Life happens whether we smoke or not and I happily choose NOT and so can YOU, life isn't easy but we can CHOOSE to take it back because our lives literally depends on us to take care of ourselves and quit sucking on the poison Cancer Sticks but the bottom line is it's an individuals choice whether to smoke or not and I hope it's NOT, Quitting Smoking is definitely Doable !

I never thought in a million years that I ever could quit smoking but when I found out that I have mild copd, well let me tell you that it scared the crap out of me because I always thought everyone else got cancer and other smoking related illnesses but I finally realized that I wasn't invincible so I found this site and read everything that I could find on quitting smoking and Remaining Quit and picked a quit date but when it came i wasn't ready so I reset for a wk later July 14/14 and I told myself that no matter what I would never pick up another cigarette as long as I live. I was into my third wk and had totally forgot about this site and hadn't been back on since before quitting and I was ready to scream and head straight to the grocery store and buy a carton of cigarettes, screw the pk but thankfully I remembered this site and got on and I remember commenting on something and by the way up until this point I'd only been lurking and hiding in the shadows but by my commenting then someone said that I should write a blog and tell them a little bit about myself and my quit so they could help so I did and here I am 928 splendiforous smoke Free days later, I just felt like sharing that!

It's Friday already, this Monday that just passed would have been my Mom's 77th birthday, yesterday was 5 yrs since she passed and I was with her but thankfully she passed peacefully in her sleep, tomorrow was the funeral which is on my neices birthday as well as my mother in law's and we're having a huge 90th birthday due for her tomorrow if everyone can make iwe should have about 26 including babies and kids but now that I have over 2 and a half yrs in my quit I find smoking isn't even a blimp on my radar but I still remain vigilant because vigilance is key to a lifetime of Freedom and it only takes a split second of aaah surely just one won't hurt when we know that beyond a shadow of a doubt that just one will send usus straight back to the slavery of the disgusting Cancer Sticks so I find that my Freedom and Vigilance is key to my happiness because without the crutch of smoking holding me back, I can go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however because FREEDOM is super Fantastic without the crutch, yes quitting smoking is definitely difficult but it's absolutely Doable and so very worth it to have your life back from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison! 

I'm going to see if I can post a banner! This is really cool there's lots and lots and lots of positives to this new platform we are figuring it out together, smoke free is the only life for each of us, quitting smoking is definitely difficult but very Doable and so very worth it to be FREE! This pic was taken back in late November......

Smoke Free is definitely the best gift we will ever give ourselves our health, family and even our wallets are so thankful that we are living a life of Freedom. So if you are new here or are thinking about quitting smoking or are struggling to hold onto your quit, hang on my friends because as long as you are willing, determined and totally committed to succeed then you can and will be successful, believe in yourself and know in your heart and soul that Quitting Smoking is absolutely Doable and Remaining Quit is absolutely Doable as well and then once you get through the rough patches and relearn life without the crutch of smoking then you can start to reap the benefits of an Ex Smoker.....

Marilyn 927 DOF - Days of Freedom 

I practiced on blogging last night and I even posted a pic and had a couple of comments so hope I'm doing it right, change can be frustrating and hard on the head but once we all figure out this new format I think we're going to love it. I hope this will be seen, remember to be EXtra Vigilant and protect your precious quit, Chin up and keep plowing forward and stacking up those splendiforous Smoke Free Days because FREEDOM rocks! We're still in a freezing rain warning with schools closed again today but hubby still went to work, there's over 100,000 homes without power around me but so far I still have mine but smoking over the weather or anything else isn't an option because I am a Happy Quitter and won't go back to the slavery to the cancer sticks! My grandson Mason last week after school.....

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Wow, quite a change but change is good but it's going to take some getting used to but I think it's going to be great and thank you to Mark, Amanda and everyone that's been working on this platform it's much appreciated and I'm sure we'll be maneuvering around in no time, living a life of Freedom from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison is awesome! 

My tablet informed me last night that it needed to do an update so I chose between 2 and 5 am, I slept in until 8: 30 actually the phone got me up. I turned my tab E on and it was doing it's business, anyway I hope everyone will have a great day and the next time I turn on my tablet will be to the new platform which should be great. My Dad and I had a wonderful visit with my sister she's really doing fantastic and shouldn't be at the rehabilitation hospital too long. Let's continue to enjoy our Freedom while remaining vigilant and protecting our hard earned quits, let's never become so complacent that we take it for granted because we all know that it only takes a split second to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit and that would be totally horrible to throw away the best gift that we've ever given ourselves! N.O.P.E. - Not One Puff Ever - will give us a beautiful life that's Free from the cancer sticks and let's face the fact that Quitting Smoking is absolutely Doable and Remaining Quit is also very Doable and once we realize that then we know that S.I. N. A. O. - Smoking is not an option because we need to be able to breathe and smoking can and will take our breath away! Breathing is essential to living so let's protect our quits with our lives because our lives literally is depending on it.....

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I had my alarm clock set for 6:30 but woke up at 4:45 and couldn't get back to sleep so I got up at 5 just after hubby did. Brrrrrr it was only 54 in the house we didn't bother stoking the fire last night which I guess we should have but it's nice and toasty now plus it's quite mild outside at 36. My Dad and I are heading to the rehabilitation hospital this morning, my sister is going by ambulance right about now and we're bringing her wheelchair down for her, hopefully she'll be able to come home in a few weeks, today would've been my Mom's 77th birthday, it will be 5 yrs that she passed on Thursday the 26th, I was with her, we had her funeral on my mother in law's birthday on the 28th,  it's a hard week especially for my 80 yr old Dad so I'm glad to be with him today but I need to be back before the school bus for Mason but we should have lots of time it's about a 2 hr drive but we're giving ourselves lots of time and guess what?  Smoking isn't even a blimp on my radar because I'm in a good place in my quit and have been for quite some time and it's super fantastic and guess what ? - you get to that good place too one day at a time or if need be one hr, one minute or even one second but as long as you keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days and stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever - then how can you fail in your awesome ongoing beautiful, splendiforous quit! Believe me when I say life really does get easier and easier as time goes on but unfortunately you must go through the ups and downs first and relearn life without the crutch, then you can start to reap the benefits of an Ex Smoker so hang tough, continue to be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you can and will be successful one precious moment at a time..... Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but boy oh boy it's absolutely Doable and absolutely worth it to be FREE ! :)

I was going to watch a movie last night on the DVD player but I never got around to it, oh well maybe this evening. I picked my oldest grandson Adam up awhile ago, my WiFi was out this morning so I couldn't do a blog earlier but it came back on so Adam's happy and me too, stick with your quits and take the time needed to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues without the crutch and with patience and perseverance you'll be happy that you stuck it out  because life keeps getting better and better as an Ex Smoker! Quitting Smoking and Remaining Quit is absolutely Doable and it's absolutely worth whatever you need to go through to be FREE! 

Marilyn 

It's great being able to watch a movie without having to take a smoke break, especially in the winter having to bundle up all for a couple of moments of sucking on a cancer stick, the last couple of yrs before I quit especially in the mornings, sitting outside in all kinds of weather with my coffee, coughing and choking trying to inhale, I shake my head now thinking back, stick with your quits my friends and keep in mind while you're quitting in the first place because life just keeps getting better and better without the crutch so continue to stack up those precious smoke free days! 

Yesterday's over and a new day has begun so let's make it a good one and let's make it the best day we can, no matter what the weather is or even if we're feeling crappie because it's our day and I plan to make it the best I can because we have no idea whether tomorrow will come or not but we do have today and let's be sure to keep it smoke free because I am planning on a tomorrow so I am remaining on guard and protecting the best thing that I've ever given myself and probably ever will which is my precious quit because I love my new found Freedom from the clutches of the cancer sticks after 40 yrs of smoking it's a wonderful feeling to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without worrying about where to sneak off for a Puff, life really does get easier and easier as time goes on but unfortunately it takes time but boy oh boy it's so worth it each evening to be able to say YAY FOR ANOTHER DAY WON, stick with N.O. P. E  - because it really does work when it's applied daily! 

Marilyn 922 DOF 

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Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Jan 20, 2017

I just tried to change my avatar for the first time with this new Tab E tablet and it's upside down, hummm and I can't figure out how to rotate! I downloaded the avatar that I've used for quite awhile at least it's not upside down. I lost all my pics when my tablet crashed except luckily I had most of them on FB which thankfully I didn't and never will lose, yay for another day WON from the cancer sticks and soon the Zzzzzzzzzzzzz's for me, sleep well my friends and fellow Exers.......

Hubby and Mason are gone for the day and I'm enjoying the peace and quiet and my third and final coffee of the day aaah it's nice just to have a little ME time. Wishing each of you and myself included the best day possible and with all the craziness that's happening all around us, we must remember that we can't control the news and what's being broadcast all over the airwaves and we have no idea what's true or not so deep breaths and concentrate on what we can control in our own lives and what's at the top of my list is protecting my quit and no matter what is happening in my life and whatever stressers is happening to me or around me I will continue to be vigilant each and every day because my quit is my #1 priority and be sure to make it yours as well. Life is way too short to go backwards and relapse so don't go back to coughing and choking and fighting to breathe because of nearly horking up a lung or possibly both, ugh that's no life but by remaining on guard and protecting the best gift that we'll ever give ourselves then we can enjoy a lifetime of Freedom from the disgusting  (yakies) which is the horrid cancer sticks.N. O. P. E. - Not One Puff Ever really works when applied daily, quitting smoking and Remaining Quit is absolutely Doable and it's absolutely worth it to be FREE !

Thanks for all of the wonderful comments on my morning blog, I'll let my sister know that she's got a rooting section from my friends in this wonderful community.:) Mason got off the bus here and is sleeping, I'll get him up and ready for school and hubby will take him to school on his way to work. I'd let him take the bus but we're so far off the road that I couldn't see him so this works out great and gramp gets to spend a few minutes more of quality time with our little Mack Attack, I really hope that everyone can join me with a huge smile and say YAY FOR ANOTHER DAY WON because I think that life is grand without a cigarette in hand and if you're not in agreement with life being grand yet then just keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days because before long hopefully you'll be agreeing how much better life is without that crutch!

Good night everyone, I'm hoping for lots of Zzzzzzzzzzzzz's tonight! 

I've been up since before 6:30 but I've been dragging my butt, I spent 3 hrs visiting my sister yesterday and while I was there a nurse let her know that she'll be going to the rehabilitation hospital Monday morning by ambulance which is fantastic because that's where she needs to be, she'll be further away to visit but that's ok. My Dad came while I was there and wanted me to go to my sister's apartment to get her wheelchair which she'll need when she arrives there on Monday so I did and I cleaned out her fridge while I was there, she's been in the hospital a month yesterday so ugh but I'm really glad I thought of it plus I emptied her garbage can when I lifted the lid it nearly knocked me over so I'm happy that I thought of these things because it might be another month or so before she gets home. I hope everyone's day is starting on a positive note especially when it comes to your quits because we need to remain willing, determined and totally committed to live a life of Freedom from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison. Life keeps on happening good or bad whether we smoke or not so please choose NOT! - life is way too short to knowingly continue to kill ourselves so chin up and hold your head high and believe that you can and stick with your quit because there's no EXcuse good enough on the face of this earth to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit! 

Prayers for quick healing for your ankle sweet Nancy, I'm sure you are frustrated but thankfully it isn't worse than it is and you're definitely not going to smoke over it, keep that foot elevated. (((((Gentle hug))))) I'm going to go visit my sister at the hospital, she's still in our region waiting to get to the rehabilitation hospital which I hope is soon, she's been in the hospital since the 17th of Dec and had her neck surgery was on the 23rd now she needs extensive physio on her hands and legs. Anyway I'll go see her and bring her laundry back and do it up for her. Life keeps on happening good or bad whether we smoke or not so quit the cancer sticks if you haven't yet and if you have and are going through a rough patch please know that's not going to kill you but giving up and returning to smoking most likely will so hang on tight and keep your chin up and get through the ups and downs to that good place, because it's going to happen but you can't give up, remember why you're quitting smoking in the first place and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days your life, family and even your wallet will thank you for taking back your life from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison, it's time to bite the bullet and stop playing Russian Roulette with your life because life is way too short to knowingly continue to kill yourself! 

Young people just don't think sometimes, my daughter Mandy picked Mason up last night and told me her man couldn't bring Mason here  this morning because he was picking up a couple of people to travel to his job no problem except no one bothered to tell me that he worked it out so he could, Mandy needs to be at work for 7am and her job is 45 minutes away in good travel weather which it is today so I set my alarm for 6 o'clock and 50 minutes later I was worried so I called thinking they all were late getting moving Mason said they'd be over soon another half hr and then Mason and his Dad showed up, he said that he worked it out so he could bring my little Mack attack over and that Mandy got to work on time ugh. I was getting worried a quick phone call would have been nice last night then I could've slept in until 7:15 or so ugh again, hubby got him off to school and himself off to work, I threw in a load of laundry first thing this morning picked up hubby's clothes off the floor and made his bed and of course didn't I throw in the one pair of long johns that he wanted to wear ugh,ugh and ugh, that wasn't a good way to start the day but whew thankfully smoking isn't an issue because I won't let anything get in the way of my quit, I may have over 2 and a half yrs in now but even in the early days, wks and months of my quit things like this happened but even then I promised myself that I wouldn't smoke no matter what at times I wanted to rip my hair out or maybe instead rip somebody's face off but I wasn't going to smoke. N.O. P. E. - Not One Puff Ever - works if you apply it daily because we all know that life happens whether we smoke or not so please choose NOT!!! once you realize that S. I.N.A.O - Smoking is not an option - then and only then you can start to reap the benefits of being an EXer because life really does get easier and easier without the crutch but you must go through the struggles and mood swings to come out the other side smiling and each evening you can look in the mirror and say YAY FOR ANOTHER DAY WON !

Good Monday morning, it's the start of a new work wk, I got Mason up and ready for school and my husband Mark took him and then off to work he went. Whew it's quiet and I'm finishing up third and final coffee, I cooked a beef roast yesterday so I could make a huge pot of beef barley stew today, hubby doesn't like barley but I always make a big pot to share with his mom, plus my daughter enjoys it. I put on a batch of bread yesterday so Mark could stir it up for me so I wouldn't have to do it myself this wk these frigid Temps are hard on the body parts and my hands are the worst but especially my thumbs but I'm blessed because hubby helps me alot plus him and Mason eat most of the bread, enough of my ramblings. Now to anyone new or struggling in your quit, believe in yourself and your precious quit, don't think that you can do it know that you can and then you will because even though quitting is difficult it's so very doable and it's vital to your health and let's face it your life. One day at a time or one one minute or even one second at a time will keep you smoke free and by doing that and living by N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever then how can you fail? Choose Life without the crutch, get through the rough patches stick with your quit and get to that good place and then you can start to reap the benefits of an Ex Smoker and you will get there one day at a time!

Mason's here for the night so I'm going to spend some play time with him and gramp and get him settled in for the night, sweet dreams everyone. :)

Life can be difficult whether we smoke and I've come to realize quite some time back that it's so much easier dealing with a stressful situation or for matter a happy one or if I've accomplished something that I used to reward myself with a smoke, I find just the accomplishment is enough because finally being FREE after wasting 40 yrs is awesome so if you are having a rough patch please keep plowing forward because each day you get through should start to get easier but you need to get through the ups and downs first and relearn life without the crutch of smoking and unfortunately that takes time but it's so worth it at the end of each day to say YAY FOR ANOTHER DAY WON! If 

Hubby just cooked me pancakes, bacon and scrambled eggs for breakfast and now I'm here wishing each of you the best day possible, I enjoyed my ME day yesterday and now I'm back to another busy day but I am thankful to be able to do as much as I do for as rotten as I feel most days, if that makes any sense at all I'm headed to the hospital in a bit to visit my sister then I need to stop into my mother in laws to set up for couples club for this evening get everything ready for the pot luck which is through the church once a month. I will also go back early to greet everyone and put the food out and put the coats away, my husband Mark said he'd help me, I'm going to make sure we have paper plates, the older I get the more I hate doing dishes. My sister in law that normally helps is away today and everyone else that will be there this evening is in there 80's so I don't want them to do much and my mother in law is almost 90..Tomorrow afternoon Mason is spending the night and going to school from here Monday and Tuesday but I enjoy having him. Life is busy but that's a good thing and smoking isn't a blimp on my radar what so ever because I'm in a good place in my quit and have been for a long time now but I will never ever take my quit for granted because I know how easy it would be to screw up and I won't let the best thing in my life slip away so vigilance for me and for you will guarantee a lifetime of smoke free living, Freedom is super fantastic so keep moving forward and stacking up those precious DOF! - I just realized that today is 2 and a half yrs since I quit smoking yay !

Hey it's Friday the 13th and if you are reading this and haven't quit yet wouldn't today be a great day to do so? or at least keep reading and maybe pick a date to take back your life. Quitting smoking is worth all of the withdrawals, mood swings and roller coaster ups and downs to be FREE from the clutches of the cancer sticks, quitting is feeling like you might crawl out of your skin every so often in the first few days and possibly wks but we all know what a powerful addiction that we're dealing with but it doesn't last long and it won't kill you either but continuing to smoke can, I smoked for 40 yrs and there's quite a few Exers here that smoked for 50 or more yrs and we all decided to quit playing Russian Roulette with our lives. I know for me once I found out that I have mild copd, I finally realized that I wasn't invincible, so join us on this quit smoking journey and get through the struggles and mood swings to come out the other side smiling and start reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker, it might take 3 or possibly 4 months or maybe a little longer or even a little less but I can tell you that each day you get through is another day WON and I'm at a good place in my quit where I can say that life is grand without a cigarette in hand! 

Marilyn 

I got home around 1 o'clock today and my daughter had Mason to the dentist for a filling so lucky him didn't have to go to school this afternoon but got to spend the afternoon with gram. His Dad picked him up about 6:30 so I am relaxing and am looking forward to a ME day tomorrow which I firmly believe is needed every so often, anyway I'm tired this evening and I probably won't get around to answering the comments on my morning blog so I will just say that I appreciate each and everyone of you and am so thankful that I found this awesome site and am part of this wonderful community.I know from being here during my early days of quitting smoking and going through the struggles and mood swings and having so many of you helping get me through many rough patches that Quitting Smoking and Remaining Quit is absolutely Doable and it's absolutely the smartest and wisest thing that I have ever done and ever will so please know that as long as you keep moving forward and live by N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever then you can and will live a life of Freedom, it's definitely not easy to say the least but boy oh boy it's worth getting rid of the crutch of smoking to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever and wherever without sneaking off somewhere to suck on a disgusting cancer stick, hang on tight and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days because S. I. N. A. O - Smoking is not an option! 

There was no school yesterday due to the back roads being slippery from the mixed bag of weather but my daughter brought Mason for  noon and we headed to the hospital for my caradit doppler ultrasound, the main road was fine. I got there early enough to see my sister and leave her laundry and then I went and registered, I brought Mason's DS so he'd have something to do, when I was called in we got him to wait in lthe waiting room with the TV on the kids channel and I told him to stay put and wait for me, anyway it seemed to take soooooo long and I never had one before. I was about to say maybe she should check on my grandson but then she was done. Poor Mason he said I thought you forgot about me and left aaah I felt so bad, he'll be eight the end of March. My mother in law and I have a Dr's appointment this morning which I wouldn't even bother going except I do it for her so she doesn't have to drive herself especially in the winter, she'll be 90 on the 28th. Life keeps us busy which is a good thing especially in the first months of quitting smoking, keeping your mind as well as your hands occupied is great, drink lots of water and I liked chomping on carrots and celery sticks, I know this sounds strange but the chomping noise calmed my craving down weird I know. I also gained some weight because I love chocolate and potato chips but I wasn't worried and neither should any of you if you are just starting your quit because gaining a few lbs won't kill you but continuing to smoke could or at least cause a multitude of smoking related ailments. So hang on tight and keep moving forward and know that life will get easier and easier as time goes on but unfortunately you must go through whatever cravings,withdrawals, mood swings and whatever else but it's so very worth it all to be FREE! 

Let's have the best day possible, no matter what the weather is or if there's something else in life trying to pull us down just remember that when it comes to life that we have a choice in most everything and our quits are definitely in our control and it's our choice to quit and to remain quit and we have the control and the choice to say NO to smoking and YES to better quality of life and YES to Freedom from the disgusting cancer sticks, chin up and stick close and hang on tight and don't let go you can and will get through the roller coaster ups and downs as long as you keep moving forward! 

My Dad called me this morning and wanted to pick me up and go visit my sister at the hospital together which we did, she's doing well but has a very long way to go, I pray that she'll get into the rehabilitation hospital soon and even though it's further away to visit her it's where she needs to be to get more strength and mobility back into her hands and legs. I brought her laundry back with me and I'm hoping to be able to keep my appointment at the hospital tomorrow for a caratid doppler ultrasound which I'm not worried about but I'd like to get it done so weather permitting I'll get there. My sister quit smoking almost 6 yrs ago and has been through an awful lot but thankfully smoking is the last thing on her mind plus there's no smoking on hospital property and getting around with a walker and or wheelchair on snow, slush and ice would be pretty tricky to get off the hospital property to suck on a cancer stick wearing a neck collar. Thank goodness quitting smoking and remaining quit is DOABLE and each day we get through is another day WON and we all need to remember how much better life is without the crutch! And if you haven't got to that point yet then continue moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days and before too long you should start reaping the benefits of being an Ex Smoker because I love being able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without worrying about where to find a corner to suck on the nicotine poison! 

Thanks for all the comments on my blog last night,I am so glad that my sister is finally up this way at least for awhile until there's a room available at the rehabilitation hospital. I want to get her laundry today and try to get it back this afternoon to her because another storm is coming through overnight and into tomorrow a mixed bag of everything so I doubt I'll be going anywhere tomorrow including my own appointment at the hospital but oh well I can't do anything about the weather or anything else and smoking is the best gift that I ever gave myself because believe it or not it's much easier to deal with life on life's terms without the crutch but you must stick with your quit and keep stacking up those Days of smoke free living. Everyone is different and it takes time to get to a place where you feel confident and secure but it will happen so each evening you can smile and be content with another day WON in your wonderful journey in your new found life of Freedom and I think it's the best super fantastic journey that any of us will ever be on! 

It's going to be another snapping cold night at -8 °F or colder but I know how blessed I am to have a roof over my head and lots of wood for the furnace plus food in the cupboards,fridge and freezer and I wised up two and a half years ago and quit smoking so I can enjoy going places without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a cancer stick and also my sister Marion called a little while ago and was transported to the hospital in our region this afternoon so I will brave these frigid Temps tomorrow and go see her, she'll be there until they have a room for her at the rehabilitation hospital which is two hrs away but it's where she needs to be and it's the best in all of NB. Anyway sleep well my friends and fellow Exers. 

I am really happy that I bit the bullet and quit playing Russian Roulette with my life and finally took back my life from the disgusting cancer sticks 910 glorious days ago because I don't miss standing outside in the freezing Temps trying to suck on a smoke while my teeth were chattering, whew it's awesome being an Ex Smoker, if you haven't quit smoking yet now is the time and if you are struggling and going through some patches please hang on tight because it's going to get easier but you have to go through the roller coaster ups and downs before you get to that good place in your quit so keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days! 

I slept in until 8:30 this morning which is really sleeping in for me, hubby was up before 6 o'clock and put on a stew and just finished his breakfast. I just called Adam's mom because we're supposed to pick him up at 9 o'clock for the day but he's been sleeping in over the Christmas break so we'll get him in a bit. Let's as always enjoy this day that we're fortunate enough to be blessed with while remaining vigilant for any unexpected stressers or situations but as long as we are on guard and live by N.O.P. E - Not One Puff Ever - then we can and will live a life of Freedom. The first days and weeks are certainly rough at times and definitely can feel like you're going to crawl out of your skin but you stay close to this site, keep your mind as well as your hands occupied and keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days because each day you get through is another day WON! And whether we've been quit a month, a yr or 3 yrs or longer it's a good idea for us not to get complacent in our quits and take it for granted because we all know that it only takes a split second to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit, I need to remind myself of this as well as you because I treasure my life as an Ex Smoker and never want to take my hard earned quit for granted because it's the best gift that I have ever given myself so I am going to hold on tight!

I was in a funk on Friday and just not having a good day so I decided to get busy and put on a big batch of bread and thankfully it turned out good. So late afternoon my Samsung Galaxy 3 tablet decided to act up, it froze up so yesterday I had Mason and we went to an electronic store and the guy said it was a software problem which I may send away to get fixed if it costs 75.00 or less but I did buy another Samsung product and I didn't lose anything and got right back on here too, yay, yay and yay again and the best part of the last couple of days of stress is that smoking wasn't even a blimp on my radar so if you're struggling with your quit keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days because the more days you get in the easier it will get and believe me when I say life really does get easier as time goes on but if you don't believe me then stick with your quit and prove it for yourself. :) I missed everyone and I am happy to be back with all of you my friends and Fellow Exers! 

We had quite a storm Tuesday night into

yesterday, snow, ice pellets  freezing rain and back to snow and I had blood work this morning at 7 after fasting 12 hrs so I got hubby to take me before he had to go to work for 8 o'clock. The hospital is 20 minutes away and the roads weren't very good at all but I probably should have went myself anyway because he was a few minutes late for work and I felt bad but he called me and said everything was fine, ugh men sometimes! I had my coffee and a couple of toast and am ready for the day, thanks for all of the comments for my sister Marion. Let's have the best day possible and of course a smoke free one because smoke free is the only life for you and for me, yay for all of us Exers and if you are reading this and thinking about quitting well now is the time to do so while you are still vertical, so come and join the ranks of being an Ex Smoker!

Marilyn 906 DOF 

A couple of you asked this evening how Marion is doing so I figured I should write a short blog, I was talking to her yesterday and again this evening, she had 24 staples taken out yesterday and now she's waiting for a bed in our region which would put her 20 minutes away instead of 2 and a half, then she'll be waiting for a bed in the best rehabilitation hospital in New Brunswick where she was last Maywhich is an hour and a half away.  once she gets there they'll probably keep her 6 wks or so, she's getting some mobility back in her hands and legs and is going with a walker so Lord willing everything will be ok but smoking isn't an option no matter what because life happens whether we smoke or not and for me I choose NOT! I find that I can handle life on lifes terms without the crutch so much better so hang on tight to your quit because relapsing isn't an option so stick with 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 - Vigilance is key to success !

I hope that today will be a good one and if anyone is struggling please hang on tight and keep your mind as well as your hands occupied and know that you can and will make it through this day and this evening you can take a deep breath and say whew and smile because you made it through another day WON. I really do remember my early days, wks and even the first couple of months, there were days that I wanted to scream or rip my hair out or if someone said something that I didn't like I felt like ripping their face off , hummmmm looking back now, maybe that's why I didn't have hardly any company because nobody wanted to be around me! But I made it through and so will you, remain willing, determined and totally committed because there really is life after cigarettes but you must believe in yourself and keep moving forward and stacking up those precious days of smoke free living. We're all different and getting to that good place in your quit is different for each of us, I'd have to go back and read some of my arly blogs but I think it was around the 3 and  half months that I realized how much better life is without the crutch of cigarettes, I know that Quitting and remaining quit is absolutely doable and absolutely worth whatever we have to go through to get to that good place! We must remember that many of us smoked for decades upon decades,I smoked for 40 yrs so  it only stands to reason that it's going to take some time to relearn different ways of handling lifes stressers and situations where we always reached for a yakie  ( cigarette ) it's so worth relearning life without the crutch so please don't give up but chin up and hang tough because it's going to get easier and easier as time goes on! 

Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but anything worth having in life takes time and effort, I can tell you that it's so worth it to be living a life of Freedom . There's a wealth of information on this site that will help you quit and remain quit so read everything you can and maybe even write a blog and tell us a little about yourself so we can be here for you if you need us, there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking so grab on tight and don't let go because Freedom is EXhilarating! These mantras helped me to get to where I am today - N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever - S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option - and H.A.L.T - hunger, anger, lonely, tired and if you have been quit awhile and are struggling - N.E.F - Never Ever Forget the early days and wks of your quit because relapsing would totally suck big time because going forward stacking up your precious days of Freedom means each evening you can smile and say YAY ANOTHER DAY WON but relapsing isn't really an option because you would have to go back to day ONE so for me as well as you as Dale says let's keep them away from our face! I push vigilance quite often but by being vigilant and protecting our precious quits with our lives which our lives are literally depending on us to stay smoke Free by doing so, then and only then can we reap the benefits of an Ex smoker because we can go anywhere, anytime whenever, wherever and however without worrying about where to sneak off to suck on a killer cancer stick! 

Well it's January 2nd  2017 already Wow! We can't control how fast time goes by but we can control how we manage it and what we put into it and being Ex smokers we can and will succeed in getting through each day in 2017 smiling because each day we get through is another day WON and if you are reading this and haven't quit yet well start educating yourself and read everything you can about quitting smoking and remaining quit because there's a wealth of information here for you to do so and come join the ranks of being an Exer! ☆ N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever - S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option, there's life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic but if you don't believe me then quit smoking and prove it for yourself, it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination but it's absolutely doable and so very worth it to be Free from the clutches of the dreaded cancer sticks and if you have quit please N.E.F - Never Ever Forget the early days and wks of your quit, at the end of each day being able to look in the mirror and smile because you made it through another day WON is wonderful instead of having to go back to another day ONE which would really suck big time !

A very Happy New Year to each of us, I pray that 2017 will be a great year for all of us,  my sister Marion is still 3 hrs away in the hospital if she's going to be there much longer I'll have to get down again. She went in on the 17th and was there for Christmas and now the New Year too but her spirit seems good she's 53 yrs old, 4 yrs younger than I am .Life happens whether we smoke or not we're all going to have ups and downs but that's life and once you figure out how to handle situations without the crutch it's like wow, I should've quit smoking decades ago!!! If you are reading this and haven't quit yet now is the time while you're still vertical, it's definitely not easy but it's absolutely doable and vital to your health and well being plus your family and wallet will thank you too, I know how proud of me my Dad was and if my mom was still here she would've been too .Please read everything you can here about quitting smoking and remaining quit because there's a wealth of information that will help you quit and remain quit and for the rest of us that have quit whether we've been quit 3 months or 3 or 3 yrs or anywhere in between, let's not take our precious quits for granted let's protect it with everything in us so we only have days WON and not another day ONE! Be sure to get your thoughts in a positive place because with the right mindset you can and will be successful!