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I hope everyone is having a good day, I am so very thankful that I finally wised up and threw the yuckies  (cigarettes) away because life happens whether we smoke or not and I can tell you through my EXperience that once I got a few months in with my quit it's like a light bulb came on one day and I finally realized that I could handle things good or bad much better without the crutch of smoking that I really like dealing with life on life's terms. So keep on moving forward and stacking up your precious smoke free days because if you are having a rough patch please know that's it's definitely going to take some time but it's absolutely going to get easier and easier as time goes on plus it's so worth it to be FREE! Marilyn 960 DOF

I have an appointment in the morning quite early which is a couple of hrs away, hubby's taking the day off to go with me so we'll get out and have lunch somewhere before heading back before Mason gets here after school, wishing each of you a stressfree, hasslefree, smokefree evening and a decent nights sleep.

It's the wonderful people here that make up this community because everyone wants the people on the fence that hasn't made up their minds to quit to realize that even though quitting smoking is definitely difficult that it's also very  Doable and for the quitters that's struggling, everyone wants you to know that you can and will get through the rough patches because it's the caring of the Ex Smokers whether they're in the early days of quitting or have months or even yrs under their belts and have been where you are now whether you're on the fence or struggling we've all been there and know that as long as you are willing, determined and totally committed to join the ranks of being an Exer then you can and will be FREE ,there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking so grab on and hold on tight and know that you can and will be successful one precious Smoke Free Day at a time, we're all here for you! 

I never thought I would ever quit smoking and the biggest reason was thinking that I couldn't because I didn't believe in myself plus in my 6 or more attempts in the past I know now they were only halfhearted, I wasn't prepared and I wasn't educated on the depth of this horrid addiction but I wasn't long finding out ways to help me quit smoking once I found out that I have mild copd, I found this site and to make a long story short everyone in this community helped me to be where I am today which Is a couple of wks from 32 precious months of Freedom from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison. It's definitely time to take back your life and quit playing Russian Roulette believe in yourself and bite the bullet as long as you are willing, determined and totally committed to succeed then you can and will be successful. So join us in being in the ranks of living the life of an Ex Smoker. With the right mindset you can do just about anything and quitting smoking is definitely at the top of the list of things that are definitely Doable easy absolutely not but worth it hell yes! 

It's a drizzly, dark, drab, dreary, dank, drizzly day but it's 33 degrees and I'll take these mild Temps anytime it's sure easy on the wood pile, yesterday made it up to 51 and I loved being able to get outside in the afternoon. We'll be getting some above normal temps the next couple of days and I say YAY.  I wish everyone a wonderful day, I know we have some new folks here that's fairly new to your quit, stick with it even if you're in a rough patch and having a hard time with cravings because you will get through them and the longer you are quit the easier your days will get in the meantime keep your mind as well as your hands occupied and stick close to this site and know that you will succeed in this your precious ongoing beautiful quit. I wish everyone a lovely smoke free day and this evening when you're getting ready for bed you can look inthe mirror and smile and say YAY FOR ANOTHER DAY WON! 

Wishing everyone a stressfree, hasslefree, smoke free day,

let's put on a positive attitude and be sure that we keep on moving forward in our precious quit and keep stacking up those splendiforous DOF  - Days Of Freedom  because believe it or not the more days you get in the easier it will be but you don't have to listen to me please stick around and prove it for yourself but you must give it at least 3 months, 4 would be better, that may sound like a long time but it's really not because most of us smoked 40 yrs or more so it only stands to reason that it's going to take some time to relearn liife without the crutch plus anything in life worth having takes time and effort and being Smoke Free is definitely worth it to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever and however without needing to stop to suck on a killer cigarette, so at the end of this day let's all smile because we are FREE and we also have another glorious Day WON! 

I know that I must sound like a broken record with my daily blogs about vigilance and my phrases of Chin up and hang tough and several more, plus the mantras that I've learned here like N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever .I'm not here for popularity or anything else, I'm here because I care and I want to see everyone quit smoking and stay quit and get through the rough patches and get to that good place in their quit and reap the benefits of an Ex Smoker because I know just like any of you reading this that have time under your belt and are in a good place enjoying your Freedom that it's very difficult in the early days and wks but it's also very Doable and I want everyone to feel like I do which is FREE to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever and however without the crutch of smoking, sorry but I'm going to repeat myself because in my opinion it's definitely worth repeating there's life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic but you must stick with your quit and then you can prove it to yourself. Please come and join us in the ranks of being an Ex Smoker and begin to live a much better quality of life !

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

HAPPY HUMP DAY!

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Feb 22, 2017

Wow one week from today is March 1st, Spring is definitely on a down hill even though, I know old man Winter isn't done with us yet because we can get snow storms clear into the end of April but thankfully it won't stay then. These next few days are going to be low to mid 40's which is super warm so I'll take it, Mason wants to do some sliding when he gets here after school hopefully he'll be able to but if not we'll still enjoy the outdoors.  I fell asleep last night thinking about our quits and how emotions and warped thinking can literally throw our quits right out window, I know because in past quits I allowed myself the EXcuses of relapsing because I was only halfheartedly ready to quit smoking so any emotional situation was the perfect EXcuse to relapse but this precious quit is my forever one because my life is more important than the disgusting Cancer Sticks, when I found out that I had mild copd back in June of 2014 it was a wake up call because I finally realized that I'm not invincible that it just wasn't other people who got smoking related illnesses that if didn't wise up and do it soon that I could and probably would end up on oxygen 7/ 24 or even worse die a slow painful death that's most likely smoking related so I got on line and found this site and read everything I could find here about this horrid addiction and picked a quit date but when it came time I wasn't quite ready so I picked another one for a wk later and stuck with it but then I totally forgot about this site until my 18th day when I was ready to scream and rip my hair our or tear someone's face off, my mood was all over the place and I wanted to throw my hands up in the air and head straight to the grocery store and buy a carton of cigarettes screw just buying a pk but I promised myself that no matter what I would never pick up another cigarette as long as I live and I don't break promises to anyone including myself all I can say is thankfully I remembered this site so I got on line and started reading the blogs and up until that point I only lurked but that day I commented on something and someone commented back saying that I should write a blog and tell them a little bit about myself and my quit so I did and here I am 954 glorious smoke free days later. I can tell you from EXperience along with so many other's here that are enjoying their forever quit. As long as a person is willing, determined and totally committed to succeed then you can and will be successful because Quitting smoking is definitely difficult but absolutely Doable and so very worth it all to be FREE, with the right mindset we can do just about anything and that includes getting through the rough patches and coming out the other side smiling and reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker.

Yesterday is gone and we don't know about tomorrow but we have today so let's be sure to make it the best one possible because we really are blessed to be able to be here, I'm enjoying a coffee while trying to figure out what to write to you my friends and fellow Exers and then I need to get ready for an appointment and pick up my 90 yr old mother in law because we do this monthly deal together so I can take her, we don't like her to drive in the winter months otherwise I wouldn't even bother going to the Dr's on a monthly basis and sit there for 2 and a half hrs or more but she's family and I love her and even though I haven't met any of you face to face l consider you family and when one of you are hurting I feel it and if or when one of you are struggling with your quit I want to hold your hand and say it's going to get easier with time because I know that it will, all of us that has some time under our belts knows from EXperience that life really does get better the longer you go without the crutch of smoking so chin up and hang on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes so keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days! 

Mark, all of these changes that you were putting Terrie through with the pledge page and moving things around from here to there and locking it in so she couldn't even get in to change things, ugh! I  just hung up from talking to Terrie who's only on her 75th day of her quit, you have her so upset with all of your messages trying to get her to do things your way! Why change things when we the ex family are content with the pledge being just the way it, is our Giulia handed Terrie the reigns quite awhile ago and it's been working beautifully so why mess around with it. I hope you don't delete this blog Mark like you did Terries comment earlier she said you deleted, you're the reason she deactivated her account, her nerves are bad and I pray that she doesn't smoke over this stress, she's been a vital part of this community she's been there for all us and has helped many newbies, I am so upset right now andasked Terrie if she minded me writing a blog to let our ex family know what's happening, hopefully it won't get deleted! 

Marilyn 

Good morning friends and fellow Exers, I actually got a half decent nights sleep so I feel almost human yay for me. I went to bed at 9 o'clock last night I was thinking about all of us Exers and the folks here reading and debating whether to quit smoking or not, it's definitely time to take back your life, I can tell you along with many others I'm sure that if you're waiting for a good time to quit believe me when I say there's never going to be a good time so prepare yourself for the best decision that you're ever going to make, set your quit date, bite the bullet, Chin up, hang tough, stick close to this site because we're all here for you, keep reading everything you can because there's a wealth of information to strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and start living a life of Freedom so as long as you are willing, determined and totally committed to succeed then you can and will be successful. Quitting smoking is definitely difficult but absolutely Doable and so very worth it to be FREE! Live a life of - N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever will give you a life of Freedom  -  S.I.N.A.O  -  Smoking is not an option  - H.A.L.T  - Hunger, Anger, lonely, tired  - taking care of ourselves will ensure a successful quit along with vigilance so hang on tight and keep moving forward through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings to come out the other side smiling, it's going to definitely take some time to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues without the crutch but remember that it's going to happen but anything in this life worth having takes time and most of us smoked for decades, I smoked for 40 yrs so don't throw your hands up in the air and give up instead keep stacking up those precious smoke free days because each day you get through is ANOTHER DAY WON! 

Marilyn 

Stick with N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever because it works and  will give us a smoke free life when applied on a daily basis! It's definitely not easy to apply it in the first few days or possibly even wks but it's very Doable and so worth it to be FREE so hang on tight and keep moving forward and stacking up those precious DOF  -  Days Of Freedom because Life without the crutch of smoking will get better and better but you must hang tough and get through the rough patches first and then you can start reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker. 

Let's have the best day possible today,sometimes I have to remind myself how fortunate I am just to be able to swing my feet onto the floor each morning and be able to walk out into the kitchen and get a coffee and plan my day because there's so many people in this world that doesn't even have a place to lay their head at night so I take my aches and pains and realize just how blessed I am to be sitting here in my favorite recliner chair drinking freshly brewed coffee in a fairly warm house with a furnace full of wood and lots of wood in the basement to do out the winter and even with the aches and pains, I am so blessed and I am sure that most of you reading this are too, most likely all of you are. Let's be sure to look after ourselves by protecting the best gift that we've ever given ourselves which is our quits because our health and our lives are depending on remaining Smoke Free, there's so many people that are suffering from smoking related illnesses and some have died already and we've known some of these people and we know people battling now to live and some of them will lose the battle. I'm sorry if I'm pushing but I have another friend that's very close to the end and I'm 99% sure that cigarettes caused his cancer and he continued to smoke right up to a few days ago, I suppose because he knew that for him it didn't make a difference but for many of you and for me we have the chance to better our lives and possibly give ourselves a much better quality of life so I push vigilance again today Freedom is ours for the taking so keep your quit by continuing to move forward and stacking up your precious smoke free days and if you haven't quit yet it's time to bite the bullet and take back your life from the clutches of the cancer sticks! 

Marilyn 950 smoke free days and counting 

My plow man was just here so I paid him and did some shoveling around the garage doors, front door and steps and this is the back door area, Mason enjoys climbing on these snowbanks.....this was my smoking area but not anymore.Youngatheart.7.4.12 the top pic is the front of the house and it's getting pretty hard to shovel,  I have to knock the banks down. Maybe I'll do that this afternoon when Mason comes after school, it's beautiful out at 34 °F because the sun has lots of power. 

There's so much in life that none of us have any control over like what's basically taking over the airwaves over the last while, I think someone really loves to hear himself talk! Unfortunately we can't control the airwaves but thankfully we can have complete control over our quits and please don't let the idiocy of this world give you an EXcuse to relapse because nothing on the face of this earth is worth going backwards to the disgusting Cancer Sticks, I felt like throwing something at my TV yesterday afternoon but not once did I think about a sickerette as Thomas calls them because as Dale says I don't do that anymore and besides the only one that I would be hurting is myself by causing my copd to get worse and worse until I end up on oxygen 7/24.so instead of stressing over things we have no control over, let's concentrate on what we can do and continue to choose life which is continuing to stack up our splendiforous smoke Free days, we have a CHOICE whether WE SMOKE or NOT so PLEASE CHOOSE NOT! 

Marilyn 949  or 950 DOF or something like that! 

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

H.A.L.T.

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Feb 16, 2017

By taking care of ourselves with H.A.L.T  - Hungry, Anger, lonely, tired, I have a hard time eating properly but I am trying to do better but by looking after ourselves it also helps our mindset which helps our quits to go a little more smoothly especially in the throws of withdrawals so let's try to take EXtra good care of ourselves so we can continue on with N.O.P.E -  Not One Puff Ever  - Because  - S.I.N.A.O  - Smoking is not an option  - And for us Exers that's been quit for awhile, let's not let ourselves become complacent  - N.E.F - Never Ever Forget  - I never ever want to forget the early days and wks of my quit because I never ever want to go back to DAY ONE, I enjoy my Freedom and I plan on the rest of my life being Smoke Free so each evening I will look into the mirror and smile because of ANOTHER DAY WON! - stick to your quits and reap the benefits of being an EXer , you can and will get through the rough patches one day at a time and each evening you can smile because you my friends and fellow Exers will be celebrating ANOTHER DAY WON!

There's only one more Hump Day after today, February is scooting right along but not fast enough to suit me, another snowstorm is coming overnight, hopefully this one won't be too bad. It's been a hard month for anyone living in the snowbelt but we must be in a downhill slide and I certainly won't be smoking over this crappie white stuff or the frigid Temps because thankfully I don't smoke anymore and I can't imagine standing outside trying to suck on a killer cancer stick anymore, yesterday I hit 31 glorious months of being an Exer and I also celebrated 6 splendiforous yrs of alcohol free living, I'm a recovering addict from cigarettes as well as alcohol and I can tell anyone that's struggling with your quit or anyone that hasn't decided to quit yet that Quitting Smoking is absolutely Doable and it's absolutely worth whatever you need to go through to come out the other side smiling, it might take 3 or possibly 4 months before you start smiling but as long as you stick with your quit you will be smiling at some point because quitting smoking is the best decision that anyone of us will ever make in our lives and our lives literally depends on remaining smoke Free so keep moving forward and stacking up those precious DOF and at the end of each day you will have another Day WON! And if you haven't quit yet now is the time to take back your life and once you get through the rough patches then you can start reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker because life is so much better without the crutch but you don't have to believe me when you can prove it for yourself. 

Happy Valentines Day my friends and fellow Exers here's a big cyber hug for each of you, schools are cancelled again today to give the plows a chance to get the roads cleaned up especially all the back ones. Chin up to if you've run into a rough patch with your quit, keep your mind as well as your hands occupied, N.O.P.E. Not One Puff Ever - will give you a life of Freedom because S I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option - you must believe that you can quit smoking and be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you can and will be successful. Read everything you can about quitting smoking and Remaining Quit, make a plan if you hit a rough time, what will you do instead of smoking? Because you aren't going to smoke anymore so you need to be prepared to have alternatives in place but know that Quitting Smoking is absolutely Doable and Remaining Quit is also absolutely Doable so hang on tight and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days. 

When it comes to so many things in our lives that we wish we could have control over but can't because it's out of our control but when it comes to quitting smoking thats completely in our control either to smoke or bite the bullet and decide that it's time to take back your life. Smoking is a horrid addiction but as long as you are willing, determined and totally committed to quit and you believe in yourself and know that you can and will be successful then you will join the ranks of being an EX Smoker, stick with your quit no matter how difficult it may be in the early days and possibly wks because believe it or not no matter how strong the urge to smoke is that won't kill you but throwing your hands up in the air and relapsing back to the slavery of the cancer sticks just might be the death of you so chin up  hang tough and keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days, each day you get through is another day WON !

Smoking kills, we all know that, and it usually is a slow painful death. In the last yr and a half there's been 5 people I know that's died from different types of cancer and 4 of them smoked coincidence I doubt it, I have another friend that's probably only got a a short time left and he's still smoking and on oxygen but for him it's too late. So if you're reading this and haven't quit yet wouldn't now be a great time to take back your life from the clutches of the dreaded cancer sticks? Read everything you can to strengthen your resolve to quit smoking and Remain quit and if you are having a rough patch please hang on tight and don't let go of the best decision that you've ever made or ever will make in your lifetime, there's definitely life after cigarettes but if you throw your hands up in the air and give up how can you ever reap the benefits of an Ex Smoker, you mustn't give up, you must keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days because it's going to get easier with time so stick with it and prove it for yourself! S.I.N.A.O  - Smoking is not an option! 

Marilyn 944 precious DOF - Days Of Freedom and reaping the benefits !

Quitting Smoking isn't easy by any stretch of the word but anything in this life worth having takes time and effort and I believe taking back our lives from the clutches of the horrid Cancer Sticks is worth anything and everything that we have to go through to be FREE and with the right mindset it's difficult yes but living by - N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever - and being willing, determined and totally committed to succeed then how can you fail? Believe me when I say that I had some horrible rough patches and wanted to scream and or cry at the same time and I sure didn't have any company those first few wks because nobody wanted to be around me and that suited me just Fine! But I made it through each day, one hour at a time because I promised myself that I would never pick up another cigarette as long as I live and I don't break promises to anyone including myself, plus I read everything that I could find here about quitting smoking and Remaining Quit and picked out a quit date but ended up not being ready so I picked another one and kept it, then I forgot about this site until my 18th day which I was ready to crawl out of my skin but thankfully I remembered and got on site and commented on something and was asked to write a blog and tell you guys a little about myself so I did. Up until that point I lurked in the background and I am so happy that I remembered this site that day and got on line and wrote that blog because you most likely saved me from breaking that promise to myself , I honestly don't know if I would've bought cigarettes or not but thankfully I didn't need to find out because I had all of you my friends and fellow Exers to get me through the rough patches, so if you are new to your quit or if you are struggling, stay close and reach out to us so we can help you to get through each day because getting through them means each evening when you're getting ready for bed is ANOTHER DAY WON!

Marilyn 942 or 943 days of Freedom or something like that.

A little over 2 and a half yrs Free if I can do it after 40 yrs of smoking, I know that anyone can do it with the right mindset and our lives literally depends on it so bite the bullet and be FREE! 

Mason wasn't very impressed this morning because schools all around us were cancelled due to this Noreaster that moved through during the night but our district is open so I got him ready and hubby took himto school on his way to work. Mason is getting off the bus again this afternoon so I told him that we'll do some crafts together which made him happy plus it's Friday too, his mom works tonight but has the wk end off that also made him happy. I love being an Ex Smoker especially when it comes to the grandchildren because I don't have to be going outside every half hr or so to suck on a disgusting cancer stick and leaving them waiting for me to do something for them or with them and smelling like a stinky ashtray and never giving them the love and attention they deserve but by being an Exer they have all of me and I can enjoy them now while they want to hang out with Gram & Gramp. Emma is Mason's half sister she's 14 and only comes every 2 wks, Adam will be 13 in March and is my son's boy but lives with his mother and comes the same wk ends as Emma and he's already canceling the odd wk end to hang out with his friends. Mason is 7 and luckily he enjoys hanging out with us old foggies so I won't screw up our quality time together by relapsing back to the killer nicotine poison, so for you, for me and everyone whether you have two months quit or two yrs or 10 yrs quit we must never become lazy and complacent and take our precious quit for granted let's always enjoy our Freedom while remaining vigilant because it only takes a split second to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit, our lives, family and even our wallets are counting on us to remain Smoke Free. N.O. P. E  - Not One Puff Ever  - Works when applied on a daily basis! 

There's definitely life after cigarettes but you must stick with your decision to quit and stay quit no matter what because smoking won't make one bit of difference in any situation. Chin up and hang tough, I used to believe that a smoke or two would calm my nerves or make a happy time even better but that's not true that was my additive mind playing tricks, in reality once you get past the initial ups and downs and have a few months under your belt you'll begin to realize that dealing with life on life's terms without the crutch of smoking is definitely super Fantastic but you have to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues and that does take time but it's worth whatever you have to go through to get to that good place 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 on a daily basis  - because  - S.I.N.A.O. - Smoking Is Not An Option - if you have been quit awhile - N.E.F. - Never Ever Forget - the early days and wks of quitting because another day ONE would really suck big time. I have a really hard time with this but I'm trying to take better care of me. H.A.L.T.  - Hungry, Anger, lonely, tired. Taking better care of ourselves is helping to secure our success to a beautiful smoke free life! 

All schools are closed throughout NB due to the storm and  the treacherous road conditions but I'm sure the kids are happy to get another storm day, hubby went to work, my daughter has the day off so Mason and her can enjoy some quality mom & son time together. I just shoveled all the steps off and I'm guessing we already got at least 6 inches of snow but it's supposed to switch over to a mixed bag of everything, I remember before quitting smoking a little over 2 and a half yrs ago shoveling a ft of snow and taking a break leaning on the snow scoop sucking on one of those yuckies  (cigarettes) ughhhhhhhhhh, I can't imagine doing that now after being FREE and enjoying being able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without sneaking off somewhere to suck on a disgusting cancer stick. It took finding out that I have mild copd before I wised up and decided to stop playing Russian Roulette with my life, I always figured that smoking related illnesses happened to other people but not me  because in my addicted mind I thought I was fine even though I choked and coughed and sometimes coughed so hard mostly in the mornings that I thought I might hork up a lung or maybe both but I am thankful for the scare because after 40 yrs of smoking and a half dozen half hearted attempts at quitting I decided to bite the bullet and stop smoking and take back my life so I found this site and read everything I could here, I lurked in the shadows for quite some time, I believe that I was 18 days into my quit when I was ready to scream and rip my hair out and jump in my car and head straight to the grocery store and buy a carton of cigarettes, screw the pk and literally smoke my brains out but I promised myself no matter what I would never pick up another cigarette but I wanted one so bad but then thankfully I remembered this site whew so I got on line and started reading and calming down and I figured out how to comment on someone's blog, i believe it was Moody that asked me to write a blog and tell you a little bit about myself and my quit so I did and here I am 940 splendiforous smoke Free days later, you can go back and read my first post if you want, I was a total wreck and definitely had some rough patches but many of you helped me to get to where I am today which is a Happy Quitter and as long as you are willing, determined and 100 % committed to succeed then you can and will be successful because hell  yes Quitting smoking is definitely difficult but hell yes it's most definitely Doable and so very worth it all to be FREE so quit if you haven't yet and if you are struggling don't give up because it's going to get easier but you must stick with your quit and keep stacking up those precious DOF - Days of Freedom! 

I really am a Happy Quitter and I believe most people that have quit and have quite a bit of time under their belts are too and if not they are at least glad that they aren't still sucking on the poison Cancer Sticks hiding in a corner somewhere trying to inhale the poison and not choke and cough and nearly hork up a lung at the same time, wow I sure don't miss that especially in the frigid Temps like this morning or any of the crappy weather but even in beautiful weather because I have no desire whatsoever to go back playing Russian Roulette with my life not now not ever because as Dale says I don't do that anymore. If you haven't quit yet now is the time to take back your life, quitting smoking is a choice so choose Life without the crutch because Quitting smoking is definitely difficult but absolutely Doable and can save you from dying a slow painful death that's most likely smoking related! 

Thanks for all of your positive comments on my morning blog, I'll be hanging around and trying to be helpful with my morning posts, I was feeling a little lost and not really sure if I was still being useful in trying to reach new quitters or anyone that might be struggling and things are so different with the new platform that I was questioning myself but not anymore, I just want everyone to be FREE from the clutches of the dreaded cancer sticks. I smoked for 40 yrs and I know how much better life is without the crutch and I want everyone to know that Quitting Smoking is absolutely Doable and Remaining Quit is also absolutely Doable and the longer you are quit the more you realize that there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic, every day you get through is Another Day WON! 

Marilyn 938 DOF and smiling! 

I'm not sure whether to bother blogging anymore or not, there's other places to go now besides the blogs which I knew from day one of this new platform but I thought I'd continue for awhile anyway but I'm not even sure that any new folks are even reading it. The ex cafe is a great place to go and would even be better if we could strike up conversation about our day and maybe talk about our quits and hopefully some new quitters will drop into the cafe, anyway It seems to take longer for me to maneuver around and check things out and get to the Freedom Train, I've been missing the love yourself forum since before we moved ex, I find that there's just not enough hrs in the day to get things done but I do know one thing for sure for you as well as myself that  ( quitting smoking is the best gift that we can ever give to ourselves ) life is full of ups and downs and there's never enough hrs in the day to get everything we want accomplished, so be it if we're fortunate enough we will have tomorrow but in the meantime we have today and let's make it the best day possible, smoke free of course, deep breaths if you're having a rough start to the day and let's put on a positive attitude and get moving do something constructive and this evening we can smile and say YAY FOR ANOTHER DAY WON! 

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

Quit for Life!

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Feb 5, 2017

It's the first Sunday of February already, this is my daughter's hard work wk, switching from 1 in the afternoon until 11pm yesterday and today to 7 am tomorrow and Tuesday, Wednesday off then then afternoon's Thursday and Friday so I'll keep Mason overnight tonight and Thursday and we'll get him off to school. This shift only happens every three wks so I'm only watching him twice a week therest of the month, anyway my rambling is done other than quit smoking if you haven't already and if you have and are struggling, deep breathe and keep your chin up, keep your mind as well as your hands occupied, continue to read everything you can about quitting because there's a wealth of information here to strengthen your resolve to remain smoke free. There's definitely life after cigarettes and once you get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings and whatever else you need to go through to get to that good place then and only then will you realize how much better life is without the crutch of the cancer sticks but unfortunately it takes some time to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues without smoking but you can do it, remain willing, determined and 100 % committed because then you will begin to reap the benefits of an Ex Smoker and you'll understand what people like me have been saying because you'll know that life really does get easier and easier as time goes on and that life is grand without a cigarette in hand! 

I really hope that we all have the best day possible.I'm feeling a little sad this morning and frustrated but also thankful that my husband and I quit smoking because there's so much going on around us that we don't have any control over but we do have control over our quits. , my husband went to a benefit breakfast this morning for a 51 yr old man right in our community that passed away yesterday from cancer, this breakfast was planned three wks ago when we all found out about, they kept it on for the family. I didn't know this gentleman but I know some of the family so I'll go to the wake Tuesday, there's a 21 yr old that another community is doing a benefit supper for this evening, he broke his neck in a ski doo accident, my 56 yr old brother in law had lung surgery on Monday to remove 3 large spots that were cancer he never smoked a day in his life and his wife, my husband's sister never did either but he was an auto body painter for yrs. We're reassured by the Dr's in Bangor Maine that it looks positive that they got it all, they live in the states, he has a green card and is a computer wizard of some kind, they lived in Jacksonville Florida for over 5 yrs and worked for a company called Dixie and he still does. I can't do a blessed thing about any of this other than keep them in my prayers, on a good note my younger sister Marion was allowed to come home yesterday with Red Cross coming in twice a day and she'll be starting up pysio plus metapra is workers through our government that come in and helps with meals and will take her places and things like that. Smoking wouldn't help any of these situations one little bit, in fact it would only make things 100 % worse and would stress me out soooooo bad because I would be ruining 936 precious smoke free days and that would really, really suck big time and the worst thing of all would be that I'd be putting my own health at risk, I quit smoking when I found out that I have mild copd, I wanted to be around for my health, family and especially the grandchildren so I won't screw up my perfectly beautiful quit and have to start all over again at Day One, N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever - will give ME and YOU a beautiful Smoke Free Life. There's so much in this world that we have no CONTROL over but Friends and Fellow Exers we must always remember that we DO have CONTROL over our QUIT because we have a CHOICE whether WE SMOKE or NOT so PLEASE CHOOSE NOT. life is so short so let's keep our precious quit in tact and continue moving forward and stacking up those precious DOF Days Of Freedom! 

It's a cold sunny day here in the Maritime Provinces but I'm not going to complain because just three hrs north of me there's still a thousand homes or so that hasn't had power since the ice storm Jan 30th and two people died trying to stay warm from carbon monoxide poisoning so how can I complain about the Cold? Life happens whether we smoke or not so choosing Not is the smartest decision any of us will ever make for ourselves so stick with your quit and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days.....Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable ......

Our Ground Hog didn't see his shadow but unfortunately I think winters going to stick around another 6 or 8 wks anyway, I kept Mason here last night and got him off to school. He was reminding me that it was ground Hogs day and being a 7 yr old loves the snow, I meet him after school when he gets off the bus here because I'm so far off the road and we usually stay outside for at least a half hr, he slides and plays on the snow banks and both of us made snow angel's yesterday and my friends and fellow Exers the best part of being an Ex Smoker is being able to be outside with the grandchildren and not having to be sucking on a disgusting cancer stick and most likely choking and coughing nearly horking up a lung or maybe both. I remember those days only too well even though it's been over 2 and a half yrs since quitting but I - N.E.F - but I don't want to Never Ever Forget - the early days and wks of my quit because I never ever want to go back to DAY ONE because I love my Freedom to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever and wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on the nicotine poison, so my friends and fellow Exers let's keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days and at the end of each day we can smile and say YAY FOR ANOTHER DAY WON because quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but boy oh boy it's absolutely Doable and it's absolutely worth it to be FREE! 

N.O.P.E. is just a small 4 letter word but EXtremely powerful when we actually use it and put it into practice everyday because if you are quitting smoking this little mantra can and will save your life as long as you apply it daily, here's another mantra that is also very true S.I.N.A.O. - Smoking is not an option because we have a choice whether we smoke or not so let's choose NOT.........And let's take EXtra good care of ourselves H.A.L.T. - Hungry, Anger, Lonely, Tired.......