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I'm not sure what to write this morning other than stand firm in your quit, chin up and be sure to be 100 % committed to get through this day, you can do it one hour 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 your precious smoke free days than you can and will be successful and I believe taking our lives back from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison is the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! N. O. P. E.  - Not One Puff Ever - works when applied on a daily basis along with Vigilance because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option. We're not invincible, smoking doesn't care who gets the smoking related illnesses, smoking doesn't care who gets cancer or who ends up on oxygen 7/ 24, don't play Russian Roulette with your lives anymore! It's way past time to bite the bullet and start living a life of Freedom because it's yours for the taking! 

Some days are tougher than others with the ups and downs of everyday living but we must remember that it's just not us Exers that has problems so we certainly don't need to throw our hands up in the air and give in to the thought of having just one because that's definitely not the answer to life's issues. Non smokers have rough patches as well but never smoked in their lives so they deal with it on life's terms and you can and will too but after decades and decades and decades and decades of smoking it only stands to reason that relearning life without the crutch of smoking takes time and effort and quitting smoking and Remaining Quit is absolutely Doable and so very worth it all to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a disgusting cancer stick. Life happens whether we smoke or not and I choose NOT! We all have a CHOICE in just about everything in life and we definitely have a choice whether we smoke or not so chin up and continue stacking up those precious smoke free days! Is it easy in those 1st few weeks? HELL NO!!! Is it worth it? HELL YES!!! but for me relapsing isn't an option because I'M NEVER GOING THROUGH ANOTHER  DAY ONE OR THOSE 1ST FEW WEEKS EVER AGAIN! ALL OF US EXERS MUST CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD AND BE PROUD OF OUR DAYS WON! - N.O.P.E  - WORKS WHEN APPLIED ON A DAILY BASIS! - S.I.N.A.O  - SMOKING IS NOT AN OPTION - hang on tight to the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! 

Life is going to happen whether we smoke or not so please choose to protect your quit with your life because our lives literally depends on us remaining smoke free, things good or bad is going to take place but we really can get through any situation without relapsing and it will get easier and easier as time goes on but you must hang on tight to the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE so don't throw your hands up in the air and give in instead get busy doing something anything at all, come here and read write a blog ,go for a walk if you can take deep breaths and tell yourself that you will not smoke because you don't do that anymore but the bottom line is it's your choice and I really hope that you continue to choose life over the death sticks because once you get through the rough patches and come out the other side smiling there's no going backwards to that Day ONE and those first days and wks no way no how let's keep stacking up those precious Days WON! N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever along with Vigilance will give us a beautiful smoke free life but the choice is ours and ours alone to make! 

All of us Exers that's been quit for awhile knows that there's definitely some rough patches in the early days and wks but with the right mindset you can and will get through them as long as you believe in yourself and are willing, determined and totally committed to succeed then you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time. Be on guard for any stressers, stick with N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever  - because  - Smoking is not an option  - if you stick with N.O.P.E then how can you fail? 

It's going to be June 1st next Thursday, wow time seems to be zooming by way too fast I wouldn't mind in the least if the winters did but I enjoy Spring when we get it  summer is great but Fall is my favorite time of the year so I hope Mother Nature will slow down the wks and let the weather moderate so we can enjoy it a little bit, anyway let's be sure be vigilant while enjoying our Freedom from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison because it would be really easy to become complacent in our quits and possibly get sidetracked by something or someone and think aaah surely just one wouldn't hurt but we don't ever want that to happen, No Way No How Do We Ever Have To Let That Happen because as long as we're on guard while enjoying our hard earned quits then we'll only have Days WON! Not another Day One! Let's continue stacking up days of Freedom, one precious smoke free day at a time,

Choosing to quit smoking was and is the best decision that any of us will make in our lives, I just realized that our friend and fellow Exer Pops splendiforous entrance into the 6 % club, his ginormous 1 year milestone landed on a Hump Day, wowser, isn't that Great? Be sure to enjoy your evening Ken because you deserve to celebrate your special day. Life really does get easier and easier as time goes on, so if any of you are having a rough patch this morning please get busy doing something anything because you can and will get through it so don't throw your hands up in the air and give up instead stand firm and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days because there's definitely life after cigarettes ask anyone of us Exers that has stuck to our quits and have made it through the roller coaster ups and downs and are now in a good place in our quits ask us how we like our smoke free lives Now! And I know that for me I can tell you that life is grand without a cigarette in hand but you must stick with your quit to reap the benefits of an Ex Smoker!

Quitting smoking is definitely difficult but very Doable and Remaining Quit is also very Doable, believing in yourself, being willing, being determined and being totally committed to live a Smoke Free Life will give you a life of Freedom but we all have to go through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings first then and only then can we start reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker after decades upon decades of smoking it only stands to reason that it's going to take some time to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues without the crutch of cigarettes but its worth it all to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a disgusting cancer stick, you can quit smoking, believe in yourself, it's time to bite the bullet and stop playing Russian Roulette with your life because your life is literally depending on you to start living a life of Freedom......

The older we get the more we realize that we need to take better care of ourselves by eating healthier, exercising more, less alcohol if you drink but smoking should be at the top of that list because smoking can and does cause so many health issues which causes a slow painful death most of us probably know family and or friends with smoking related illnesses and have been to a few funerals which smoking could've played a part in the death. I know for me that my health was the main reason that I decided to quit smoking and Remain quit and this site was a huge help to get me through those roller coaster ups and downs to get to that good place in my quit which turned me into a Very Happy Quitter,there's definitely life after cigarettes so reach out and grab it and don't let go of the best gift that you'll ever give yourself, it's yours for the taking but you must stick with your quit and keep stacking up those splendiforous Smoke free days, quitting smoking is difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable but anything in this life worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking should be at the top of the list. It's way past time to bite the bullet and stop playing Russian Roulette with your life, believe in yourself, be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time. 

We can do just about anything we put our minds to including quitting smoking and Remaining Quit because our lives literally depends on us to protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE, so always say yes I can not I think I can especially when it comes to your quit and get through the horrendous cravings that you might be going through, don't throw your hands up in the air and give in, instead hold your head up high and get busy with something, anything at all during the craving because believe it or not it's going to take some time but it's going to get easier but with decades upon decades of smoking it only stands to reason that relearning life without the crutch of cigarettes takes time but you can do it one precious smoke free day at a time or if need one minute or even one second at a time but you must stick with your quit because life is super fantastic but hey if you don't believe me then you must stick with your quit and prove it for yourself but you have to stick with it for at least 3 months actually give it 4 months then you should be smiling and reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker because life really is grand without a cigarette in hand but unfortunately you must go through the ups and downs of the roller coaster ride 1st but it's so worth it all to be FREE! 

I wish each of you a great day, I'm sure everyone in Virginia Beach is enjoying their wk end together yay for them and yay for all of us Exers, I notice there's quite a few new folks coming on site either just new in their quit or setting a quit date  we welcome you please read everything you can about quitting smoking and Remaining Quit because there's a wealth of information here to strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and start living a life of Freedom because there's definitely life after cigarettes but you must believe in yourself and know that you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time, be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you can and will be successful. N. O. P. E. -  Not One Puff Ever - Not One Puff Ever  - will give you a beautiful smoke free life because - S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option. Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and and definitely worth it to be FREE,  be sure to look after yourself  - H.A L.T.  - Hunger, Anger, Lonely, Tired  .

Marilyn 

Thinking great thoughts for our traveling Exers and wishing wonderful weather for you so take lots of pics for us please & thank you.  Wishing all of us a hasslefree, stressfree but most importantly a smokefree day, be sure to protect your quit with your life because your life is literally depending on you to quit smoking and Remain quit, it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination but I know it's doable because I did it after 40 yrs of slavery to the disgusting Cancer Sticks and smoking roughly 30 cigs a day, I remember only too well the first days & wks of my quit and it certainly was challenging and at times almost overpowering notice I said almost but thankfully I made it through with the help from the awesome people here that talked me through the rough patches ,chin up and keep plowing forward stacking up those precious smoke free days because none of us Exers want another Day ONE not when we can keep having Days WON! N.O.P.E really works when applied on a daily basis.......

Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's Doable and absolutely worth it to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without the crutch of cigarettes, believe in yourself, be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time, I smoked for 40 yrs and never thought in a million years that I could ever quit but here I am in less than 2 months I'll be celebrating 3 yrs of smoke free living there's many people here that's smoked for 50 yrs or more that's reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker, if we want something bad enough then we go after it and we don't stop until we get it! Then we need to nurture it and protect it that's how I treat my quit because it's the best gift that I or anyone of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! The older we get the more vital it is to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and start living a life of Freedom and start living a healthier lifestyle by reaping the benefits of an Exer!

I know Hump Day is designed for the Monday to Friday working folks like my husband, he's the one who reminds me each wk and wowser two wks from today is the 31st of May already. I took Mason to school this morning so he could have an extra 10 minutes to get ready and enjoy breakfast without being rushed. I'm Wishing all of us Exers a super splendiforous, hasslefree, stressfree but most importantly smokefree Hump Day and by chance there's anybody reading this that hasn't quit smoking yet, maybe it's time to take back your life from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison and join the ranks of being an Exer because whether you believe it or not there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic but unfortunately you must go through whatever cravings and whatever else first to get to that good place in your quit but you must remember that anything in life worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking should be at the top of the list along with remaining quit! I could've snuggled right in with Samantha Digger Jane Hartley and Mason this morning!  

My daughter is doing some work for her Father, my Ex husband so Mason is getting off the bus this week and probably next wk as well. I never saw him last week other than on Mother's day and he was missing me, so today he asked if he could spend the night please, please, please so of course Gram said yes as long as it was alright with my daughter so he's all bathed up having a snack and then he'll get his teeth brushed and off to bed, I always lay down with him but tonight I just might fall asleep with him. I'll get him up and ready for school and hubby will take him before he goes to work but life is soooooooo much better without the crutch of smoking so if you're struggling, chin up and know that you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time and remember anything in this life worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking and Remaining Quit should be at the top of the list, it's definitely difficult to say the least but boy oh boy it's absolutely Doable and and so very worth it all to be FREE! Wishing each of you my friends and fellow Exers a decent nights sleep tonight Zzzzzzzzzzzzz's.

Marilyn

I've been really busy last wk and wasn't on site too much and so far this wk I'm just plain tired and can't think of anything to say EXcept, if you're reading this and haven't quit smoking yet, now is the time to bite the bullet and stop playing Russian Roulette with your life and if you are struggling to maintain your quit, Chin up, hang tough, keep your mind as well as your hands occupied, read everything you can about quitting smoking and Remaining Quit, blog Help because we're all here to help you through the rough patches so stick with your quit and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days, I remember those hair pulling roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings, there were days that I wanted to throw my hands up in the air and buy a carton of cigarettes instead of just a pk but thankfully I'd get on site there was always someone here to help me through, plus I promised myself that I'd never pick up another cigarette as long as I live and I don't break promises to anyone including myself. Let's take a moment this morning to send up good thoughts and prayers for our friends and fellow Exers in this community that are hurting for whatever reason, I want to ask for strength and healing for each person here that's going through health issues or any issue, I don't know the problems but God does and I'd like to pray for peace of mind for them as well, Amen and Amen again. 

Marilyn 

I feel like I've been on a three wk drunk and smoked a half dozen cartons of cigarettes but thankfully I don't do either anymore, Dad is finally in his new apartment now, I'll probably help him sort things out and help him unpack but not today, I'm taking a ME day which I find important to stay grounded and by destressing and relaxing keeps me focused on the good things in life. We must always take care of ourselves especially since we're Ex Smokers I find it even more important to protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! - H. A. L. T.  Hunger, Anger, Lonely, Tired  - it's not always easy but we must do our best to take the best care of ourselves as we can because our quits are depending on us to remain quit! One precious smoke free day at a time will give us a beautiful smoke free life! 

I'm Wishing each of you my friends and fellow Exers a hasslefree, stressfree but most importantly a smokefree day, for many of us Mother's day is bitter sweet because our Mom's have passed on its been over 5 yrs for me but special occasions of course brings back memories some good and some bad .I'm planning on church today even though I'd rather stay home and stay in my pj's because I want to be there for my mother in law after church visit her for a few minutes then hook up with my Dad, brother and younger sister at Mom's gravesite to put new flowers on and then come home and relax, at some point my daughter, her man and Mason will pop in for a short visit. I always buy Mandy a little gift and a card too for Mother's day, my son and his fiance will drop in too. Well hubby just cooked me breakfast so I better go eat,  remember to protect your quit no matter what is happening because life happens whether we smoke or not so even if you're having a rough patch hang on tight and keep moving forward stacking up those precious smoke free days, the rough patch will pass so don't toss the best gift that that you'll ever give yourself away hang on tight to it and choose life. I remember those hair pulling days but you can get through them and start living a life of Freedom! 

I've done everything there is to do for my Dad and his move, I stayed into the early evening last night while a load of the bigger stuff was taken to the apartment by a nephew and great nephew, they'll finish moving him today and tomorrow a neice and her husband can help him unpack. Yesterday was tough, everything I said or did was wrong according to Dad but then he'd realize that I was right but he wouldn't admit it but he's exhausted I know am and every part of me is hurting because I tried to do the heavy stuff so my 80 yr old Dad wouldn't have to but the sad part is we didn't have to rush because he doesn't actually have to be out until the 19th but it's alright, thankfully smoking isn't even a blimp on my radar or I'd be smoking my brains out but then I'd be horking up a lung or maybe both so I'm Extremely happy to be an Exer. My nephew was smoking yesterday in between loading Dad's half ton but no urge for me which is great, be sure to protect your quit with your life because your life is literally depending on it , stay away from the yackies  (cigarettes) get through the rough patches and reap the benefits of an Ex Smoker.  

I still smile when I check my quit stat and realize how far I've come since July 14th 2014 but I honestly don't know if I'd still be quit if I hadn't let myself be known on the 18th day of my quit but thankfully I did and you helped me through, if you are struggling please don't throw your hands up in the air and quit! Instead stand tall, chin up and if need be get on site and blog HELP and someone will get you through the rough patch, hang on tight to the best gift that you or anyone of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! I'm going to check out some blogs and comments while I finish my coffee then I'm heading back to my Dad's .

I just had soak in a lavender Epson salt bath that my daughter makes but now my eyes are heavy so I'm going to relax for a bit and hit the sack early and head back over to my Dad's in the morning but I'll stop on site and say hello while I wake up with my coffee, I think Dad and I are on a downhill slide with the move now, I think a couple of more loads of the small stuff will just about do it but I'll have a better idea tomorrow. Life really does get better and better without the crutch of smoking so stick with your quit and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days, good night Zzzzzzzzzzzzz's.  

I'm getting ready to head over to my Dads shortly but I wanted to say good morning to all of you first even though I slept like crap last night and was up before 6 am because I couldn't get back to sleep I figured I might just as well get started, another coffee and I'll drive over to Dads but I have NO worries about relapsing because I am vigilant! please stick with your quits and if you are struggling, chin up, hang on tight, get through the rough patches, believe in yourself, be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time, remember if you want something bad enough in this life then you take the time and the effort to make it happen and shouldn't quitting smoking be at the very TOP of the list because for me my health was the deciding decision to finally wise up and take back my life so I could possibly be around a few more yrs! Was it easy in the first few weeks? HELL NO! Was it worth it?  And is it still worth it? HELL YES! if you want to quit bad enough you can! And you can remain quit but unfortunately you must go through whatever cravings and whatever else 1st but boy oh boy it's absolutely Doable and absolutely worth it all to be FREE! I got to go hang tough!

I came home tonight to sleep in my own bed but I'm going back tomorrow and Friday, it's amazing how much Dad and I are alike,we're both stubborn and pig headed .He's got his ideas about the move and I've got mine and I don't dare throw anything out even though I think it's garbage so that makes my packing so much harder, Dad's supposed to call this yr round garage sales guy that'll come right to his house, I wanted to pack up excess dishes and stuff and put them in a corner for this guy when he comes Dad didn't want to do that so I'm packing 25 coffee mugs 30 glass dishes and so on which to me was ridiculous but I love my Dad but that made for many extra boxes of  junk but hey I'm a good daughter but I did get short fused a couple of times and so did Dad we snitted each other a few times but we're good and I'm glad to see hubby and my dog Samantha Digger Jane Hartley, I'll make sure to pop on site for a short blog in the morning before I go. I wish there was other family members willing to help but on the wk end there's supposed to be help to move the big stuff, fingers and toes crossed but no matter what is happening in life smoking is definitely not an option because I am an Ex Smoker and I love my Freedom, I hope everyone is is staying strong with your quits- N.O.P.E- works when applied on a daily basis,

A very good morning to all, I'm off to my Dad's in a bit to help him get moved, I promise that Dad and I won't be lugging on anything heavy, I don't EXpect to be back on line until sometime Thursday. Yesterday I decided to bake cookies for Mason and Gramp but I wasn't in the mood and screwed up the first too batches by leaving out an ingredient like duh but I'm pig headed so I decided to try again and yay perfection the third time conquered.  about the time the school bus was supposed to be here it was downpouring  I live a long way off the road so I got wet getting to my car to meet Mason at the bus but it stopped raining, the bus was a little late so I came back to the house anyway 10 minutes later still no bus so I tried my daughter's place in case Mason got off there, no answer so I tried her cell, no answer so I tried the school but thankfully I dialed wrong as I was looking up the number my phone rang and it was Mason, I was ready to drive over to pick him up but he said his mom was home so I talked to Mandy and she told me she quit her job but forgot to tell me, I told her my heart was racing which it was but I guess I'm just chopped liver unless I'm needed! But I won't smoke over it or the rain, ice pellets and the wet snow that's supposed to be coming through overnight, remember life is going to happen whether you smoke or not so please choose to continue plowing forward because each day you get through is another day WON, believe me when I say life really does get easier and easier as time goes by but unfortunately you must go through whatever you have to before you get to that good place in your quit and start reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker, keep moving forward one precious smoke free day at a time.  see you all in a day or two! ((( chin up and know that there's life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic )))

I expect to be here in the morning but I may not be back on line until Thursday sometime so I thought I'd give everyone a heads up, I'm heading over to my 80 yr old Dad's house which sold so I'm helping him pack up and move as much of the lighter stuff to his apartment as we can, you can imagine how much stuff has been acquired since he bought this house in 1980 even with my Mom passing 5 yrs ago which I was the one sorting things out then too but there's still lots. I'm helping him sort things to sell at a place that has yr round yardsales and some stuff that can go to the food bank, I figured I'd stay over instead of driving back and forth, we're planning on getting a couple of the younger guys to help move the heavy stuff on Saturday hopefully the weather will cooperate . It's great to be an Ex Smoker because I can actually get lots done without stopping every half hour for a smoke break, now I can be so much more productive but I never realized it until after I quit smoking. I should be around in the morning but if not I should see sometime on Thursday so let's each and everyone of us Exers stay vigilant and protect our hard earned quits because relapsing isn't an option, our health and well being depends on us remaining smoke free, smoking is a choice so please choose to be FREE! Life happens whether we smoke or not and I choose NOT,

I hope everyone had a decent wk end if you're reading this and are in the first few days or wks of your quit and are struggling with craves and mood swings, hang tough and chin up because each day you get through should get a little easier besides if you stop to think about how many decades you smoked then it only stands to reason that it's going to take time to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues without the crutch of smoking but it really does get easier and easier as time goes by but unfortunately you must go through the roller coaster ups and downs first, so don't give up on the best gift that you'll ever give yourself which is the gift of LIFE! I remember some hair pulling craves in my early wks which was almost overpowering notice I said almost but thankfully I held on tight to my quit because I read enough here on this site that strengthened my resolve to stay quit no matter what because I had a choice to smoke or not and I chose NOT and so can you! Quitting smoking is definitely difficult, I remember only too well how difficult but I got through and so will you but you must want it and you need to believe that you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time, boy oh boy it's absolutely Doable and and definitely worth it all to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a disgusting cancer stick, chin up because it's time to take back your life while you're still vertical and start living a life of Freedom! 

We really can live a happier, healthier lifestyle by kicking the poisonous cancer sticks to the curb but we need the right mindset to be successful and for me after 40 yrs of slavery to the nicotine poison and believing that other people got smoking related illnesses such as copd, emphysema, heart disease, cancer and so on, like alot of you I'm sure, I've been to many a funeral for extended family and friends that died from forms of Cancer or heart attack, maybe smoking had nothing to do with their deaths but I wonder about that now but when I was still smoking l must of figured I was invincible that I was fine smoking didn't bother me but when a Dr said he didn't like the sound of my lungs one day and set up a breathing test which showed that I have mild copd now that scared the crap out of me because I didn't want to end up on oxygen 7/ 24 or worse so I got on line found this site and read everything I could about quitting smoking and Remaining Quit because I wanted to be around for my family and friends especially the grandchildren, there's definitely life after cigarettes but you must want it more than anything else on the face of this earth so reach out and grab it and don't let go until you get through the rough patches, it's absolutely difficult at times because I remember wanting to scream one second, maybe blat like a baby the next or maybe if you looked at me the wrong way I might have ripped off your face nobody wanted to be around me so I didn't have any company the first few weeks anyway except the grandkids, they were my rock that made it all worthwhile, it's time to stick with your quit and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days. Life is way too short to knowingly continue to slowly kill yourself so come on over and join the ranks of being an Exer.  I enjoy being a Gram and being a big kid and being an Exer is awesome.

I know that many regions of the States as well as Canada are getting buckets of rain ugh but we did see a day of sunshine here on Wednesday, but it's rain for the next 7 days yuck with flooding in many areas but I won't be smoking over the weather or anything else because I'm secure in my quit and have been for quite some time and I also remain vigilant while enjoying my Freedom so if you are struggling with your quit, know that you can and will be successful as long as you believe in yourself, be willing, determined and committed, if you're living by N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever then how can you fail? Choose Life because believe it or not there's absolutely life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic so stick with your quit and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days, it's going to take some time to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues without the crutch of smoking but it's so worth it to be FREE! 

Marilyn 

My 80 yr old Dad sold his house this week and I helped him find an apartment a half hour away in the same town my younger sister lives in that had the 2 major neck surgeries within 7 months of each other she's doing ok she's slowly getting some mobility back in her hands and legs with lots of pysio she's 53 yrs old, 4 yrs younger than I am. She quit smoking 6 yrs ago, I think it'll be good for her and Dad to live closer together I'm going over tomorrow to help him pack alot of the light stuff I'd go today but I have Mason at noon because there's no school, I think I need another mini vacation but I don't have time for one but I sure did enjoy getting away the other night, it's wonderful to be an Ex Smoker to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without the crutch of cigarettes. If anyone reading this hasn't quit smoking yet then find and read everything you can about quitting smoking and Remaining Quit because there's a wealth of information to strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and if you're struggling to remain quit please don't give up on the best gift that you'll ever give yourself, chin up and keep your mind as well as your hands occupied and continue plowing forward stacking up those precious smoke free days, this evening you can look in the mirror and smile because you made it through another DAY WON! There's definitely life after cigarettes you just got to reach out and grab it and don't let go until you get through the rough patches which unfortunately may take some time, if you stop and think about how many decades you smoked then it only stands to reason that it's going to take  time to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues without the crutch,believe in yourself and know that you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time!  Anything in life worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking and Remaining Quit should be #1 on the list because your health, your family and even your wallet will thank you for taking back your life!  

It's 2.30 Atlantic time and the sun is shining today, I'm just getting home from my sister in law's we had a great time catching up with each other, we never get the chance to talk with just the two of us. Mason will be here shortly but I wanted to stop by and say hello to all of you my friends and fellow Exers  be sure to protect your quit no matter what is happening in life because we only want DAYS WON not DAY ONES, our health and well being depends on us to remain quit so do whatever is necessary to be FREE.  XOXO quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and so very worth it!

Marilyn 

I remember wondering  in the 1st few wks of my quit if I'd ever be content and feel comfortable in my own skin again without the cigarettes and then around the 3th or 4th wk of quitting I was having several days of happiness with a crave here and there that wasn't overpowering then I knew that Freedom was mine for the taking and I was going to live life on life's terms with N.O.P.E and vigilance then there's no way that any of us can Fail. I probably won't be back on line until sometime late  tomorrow morning or even early afternoon, Mark's sister invited me to spend the night at her place and we'll just relax and eat out, she lives in Maine about a half hour away, I'm only a couple of minutes from a small border crossing in Bridgewater Maine but I don't go across often so it'll be nice, I need to be back before Mason gets off the bus tomorrow so I'm Wishing each of you my friends and fellow Exers a hasslefree, stressfree but most importantly smokefree Hump Day, if you are struggling to remain quit please don't give in to the cravings get busy with something, anything, blog Help and someone will get you through, believe in yourself, stay willing, determined and committed to succeed and you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time, there really is Life after cigarettes but you must stick with your quit and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days. Here's a pic of Mason and I yesterday after school.

Mason & hubby are out the door at least for now  Mark comes home for lunch most days which is great but I find it hard to figure out what to fix for him at times, Mason's getting off the bus this afternoon until after supper when Mandy picks him up then he'll be back Thurs & Fri. Mason said he misses his mom this morning.  She's a hard worker and so is his Dad she works Fri from 1 to 11 pm then has this wk end off which is great for all of them, anyway I'm rambling I'm a rambling, happy Ex Smoker that's really tired of the dark, dank, dreary, dismal,,drizzle drag my butt kind of weather but thankfully the weather or nothing else can or ever will be an EXcuse for me to relapse because I'm that broken record to myself as well as all of you  that vigilance is key to keeping & protecting the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE and I take my quit seriously and never ever want to see another DAY ONE ever again I only want Days WON!!! --- N. O. P. E.  &  Vigilance is key to a life without the crutch of smoking.

It's a dark, dank, dreary, dismal, drizzly drag my butt kind of day but that's A ok by me, I got Mason up and ready for school and hubby took him on his way to work so now whew I can relax with my third and final coffee with you my friends and fellow Exers, I hope everyone had a hasslefree, stressfree but most importantly smokefree wk end, winters seem to be never ending for me but Spring, Summer and Fall seems to disappear in a blink of an eye so I'm so ready for some gorgeous weather. Mason is getting off the bus here this afternoon and spending the night again and we'll get him off to school again tomorrow , his mom my daughter Mandy will pick him up after she's done work tomorrow evening, life's busy but that's a good thing and it's especially good in the first few days, wks and months of quitting smoking, I found for me keeping my mind as well as my hands occupied really helped plus when a horrendous craving came up I'd give my head a couple of shakes and say I don't do that anymore, that's a great saying which I got from Dale because if we're Exers than we definitely don't smoke anymore, we all can deal with life on life's terms without the crutch of smoking but unfortunately it takes time to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues but you can do it and I can tell you from EXperince that it's so worth it to be Free, so keep moving forward stacking up those precious smoke free days hang on tight to your quit because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking reach out and grab it and don't let go until you get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings to come out the other side smiling.