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But that's A ok I guess because I can't do anything about it anyway but I can keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days which I will by living with N.O.P.E and vigilance because I really like being able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however, I'm free after 40 yrs of smoking and if anyone reading this hasn't quit yet or if you're struggling to remain quit then please know that you can and will get through the rough patches and come out the other side smiling because there's definitely life after cigarettes but you must stick with your quit, stay close 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, it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination but anything in this life worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking should be at the top of the list of things to do for your health, your family but most importantly your life is literally depending on you to quit and stay quit! 

It feels like I just said the same thing about July but I'll keep on stacking up those precious smoke free days no matter what and besides I love the beauty that comes with the gorgeous colors of Fall, Mason came over yesterday morning and spent the night and he's staying for the day again today, I can't believe School starts back up on Tuesday already but it does. I'm at a loss of words so I guess I'll just say quit smoking if you haven't already and if you are struggling please don't throw your quit away instead embrace it and protect it and never ever take it for grantedbecause it's the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! I prefer this top pic of a couple of wks ago to the bottom pic of mid November last year.

There's so much happening in this world that we have no control over like what's happening in Texas! All we can do is pray for everyone's safety and pray that their homes will be spared and have the faith that our prayers will be answered But we have complete and total control over our quits we must keep plowing forward in the early days and wks to get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings then we must remain vigilant while going about our daily lives but always enjoying the new found Freedom that Quitting Smoking has given us. Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least, I remember only too well so I pray that I will - N.E. F.- Never Ever Forget  the early days and wks because  - S.I.N.A.O  - Smoking Is Not An Option - Stick With - N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever - works when applied on a daily basis ! Hang on tight to the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! 

It's sad when people get upset and misread each other and it's even more sad when they lash out and deactivate their account for no reason at all EXcept for a stupid misunderstanding so if any of us come across something that I post or another person posts instead of lashing out, talk it out and or private message and get it straightened out, don't let it fester to the point of leaving because each one of us are part of this site and very important to this community. I consider each of you my friends and fellow Exers and my EXtended family. so let's keep our temper under wraps in spite of irritation, this is part of a poem that I cut out of a newspaper and kept for yrs but I misplaced it, I loved it because it's fitting for all of life's situations . Let's stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance because our lives literally depends on It! 

But we must not use it for an EXcuse to relapse because life is going to happen whether we smoke or not and we must choose NOT! Because our lives literally depends on us to protect the most precious gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! This site and this community of awesome Exers are here for each and everyone of you and all any of us want is for everyone to 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, that's all any of want for each other! Is quitting smoking difficult? HELL YES! But is it worth it? HELL YES! Life here in this community can sometimes have its ups and downs and misunderstandings but the bottom line is we care about each other and we want everyone to choose Life over cigarettes and it's yours for the taking but you must stick with your quit and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days! I consider this community and all of you my friends and fellow Exers and most definitely my EXtended family an important part of my success in my quit and I know through EXperience like so many others here that have so much more time under their belts than I do that there's definitely life after cigarettes but I have to say that I'm proud to  have 1,140 precious DOF, even though quitting smoking is difficult it's so worth it to be FREE!  so reach out  grab it and don't let go until you come out the other side smiling!  each day you get through is another day WON! N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever  - works when applied on a daily.

Still sending prayers up for everyone in the path of Hurricane Harvey to be safe!!!! I just read Stac's blog about her being hunkered down in the middle of it but no desire to smoke and when she was a Smoker and dealing with something like this would just make her more jittery so S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option for our friend Stac or for any of us Exers! Thinking of you Stac2 sending all the good vibes and prayers your way. 

Whether you're thinking about quitting smoking and beginning your Days WON  or you're on Day 10 starting your Double Digits which is awesome being in the DDC, or you hit 100 Days WON and entering the Triple Digit Club - TDC or the Quad Squad at the 1,000  day mark and everything in between, I love all these sayings and I learned them here on this site in this community of awesome Exers who care and want all of us to succeed, I also learned these mantras here N. O. P. E.  - Not One Puff Ever - S.I.N.A.O  - Smoking Is Not An Option  - N. E. F.  - Never Ever Forget  - H. A. L. T.  - Hunger, Anger, Lonely, Tired.  - And I'm sure there's many more great mantras which help keep you motivated and great milestones to look forward to, another which I used a lot during horrid craves was giving my head several shakes and saying that I don't do that anymore and then I'd continue on with whatever I was doing and I like this one too because it'll also keep you from relapsing  ( Keep them away from your face ) and I like to say (sit on your hands) if you hit a bad crave because you can't smoke if you keep them away from your face or if you're sitting on your hands.  there really is Life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking but you must first decide to quit smoking and then you must stick with it! 

Only one more Hump Day to go after this one, yikes but September is usually a good weather month and I won't smoke over Summer waning down because I don't do that anymore and there's No butts here because there yuckie! 

If you haven't quit smoking yet please make the decision to bite the bullet and do so and if you are struggling please don't throw your quit away because believe it or not life is going to get easier and easier with time under your belt but unfortunately it's going to take some if you stop and think about how many decades upon decades upon decades upon decades that you've smoked then 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. I smoked for 40 yrs at roughly 30 cigarettes a day and somedays probably more and never in a million years thought I'd ever quit and at times wasn't even sure if I wanted to but finding out that I have mild copd made me realize that I'm not invincible that I could die of cancer or some form of a smoking related illness that could land on oxygen 7/ 24 and I decided to take charge of my life and found this site and got read everything I could find about quitting smoking and Remaining Quit and that's been over 3 glorious yrs ago so please take back your life while you're still vertical and believe me when I say there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking, here's a pic of what I did yesterday afternoon with my daughter and grandson Mason and smoking wasn't even a blimp on my radar even though my daughter Mandy smokes but I'm 100 % dedicated to protect my quit because my life literally depends on It and so does yours and someday I'm praying everyone wises up and bankrupts the tobacco companies each and everyone of them! I better go put some bread in the oven.

Quit smoking if you haven't already and if you are struggling please don't throw your quit away instead embrace it, nurture it and protect it and never ever take it for granted because it's the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! None of us Exers want to see another DAY ONE and we don't want any of you back at Day ONE but we want everyone to enjoy each and every Day WON because our lives literally depends on us to remain smokefree!

It's a humid morning here in the Maritimes but it's going to be a great day and my oldest grandson Adam is coming for the day, we're going to go pick him up soon. He's 13 and hasn't been here for awhile but he's at that age that he'd rather hang out with his friends or girlfriend than the old foggies hummmmm can you imagine that?  anyway it's going to be great to see him, my daughter Mandy and Mason, Adam and I will have a lunch out and see what's happening and maybe Adam will have an idea what he'd like to do and the best part of the day is being an Exer because I don't need to ruin the day sneaking off to suck on a disgusting cancer stick and Lord willing Mandy will decide to quit smoking soon but unfortunately I can't do anything about that because it's an individual decision and it's her choice whether to smoke or not but for me I'm reaping I'm the benefits of being an Ex Smoker one precious smoke free day at a time and I'm doing it by - N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever  and by being vigilant while going about my daily business, there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking.  

Life certainly can throw a curve ball or two or more when we least EXpect it, thats life but to someone that's considering quitting smoking or for someone who recently quit these curve balls could be cause to relapse which would be absolutely awful and this is why it's pushed here to read and educate yourself on this horrid addiction. It was also suggested to me and to basically everyone here to 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 start living a life of Freedom which is the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! I listened and I read blogs, comments on other Exer's pages and I know that when I was going through horrid craves I would go to Dale's page concerning the first 4 months of quitting smoking which always helped strengthen my resolve to keep plowing forward so I'd keep my mind as well as my hands occupied believe me I know that it's not easy but I also know that it's doable and absolutely 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 do this quit one precious smoke free day at a time  don't let the curve balls deter you because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking but you must stick with your quit....

And vital to our quality of living, I know that it's not easy because I remember only too well how difficult it was and there were times when I felt like throwing my hands up in the air and driving to the store and buy a carton of cigarettes instead of just a pk but I promised myself the night before quitting that I'd never pick up another cigarette as long as I live and I don't break promises to anybody including myself so I'd come online and either write a blog or just read Dale's page concerning the first 4 months of a quit which always strengthened my resolve to keep plowing forward and I knew that it had to get easier and guess what? It did and will for each and everyone quitting but you must stick with your quit  so hang on tight and continue to be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you can and will be successful! Isn't your health, your life and your family worth a few weeks of mood swings and withdrawals? I remember wanting to scream one second and cry or laugh the next and my younger sister got me so stressed out about my 30 day mark that if I could've, I would've reached through the phone and ripped her face off but I threw my phone instead but luckily I didn't break it so I came on line and blogged about it which got me through, if there's a will then there's always a way because life's going to happen good or bad whether we smoke or not and I choose NOT and so can YOU! Our lives are way too short to knowingly continue to slowly kill ourselves and in opinion there's no EXcuse on the face of this earth that's good enough to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit so hang tough and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days! Whew sorry if I'm sounding like a broken record but I want everyone to choose life over cigarettes and like everyone I have my struggles and I have my days that nothing seems to go right and I have days of excruciating pain but I won't let anything get in the way of the best gift that I'll give myself which is my precious quit besides I know that relapsing would totally Suck Big Time and I'm never ever, ever going back to Day One but I'll smile at all my Days WON that I have because no matter what is happening in my life I'm living a life of Freedom and I'm reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker and I can breathe now and breathing is vital to living!!!!

I used to think that I would never quit smoking and most of the time I thought I just couldn't and then sometimes I thought I really didn't want to anyway and then I thought that I can't quit because smoking calms my nerves which I now know is total BS because it doesn't help whatsoever and after I had some time under my belt it was like wow I can handle stress, happiness, Anger, being sad or any situation so much better without the cancer sticks, it was one of those AHA moments I'm not really sure when that happened, I think it was around the 3 and a half month mark but wow what a great feeling. We actually can handle any situation so much better because we're not sitting in a cloud of smoke with a cigarette dangling from the mouth with an overflowing gross stinky ashtray scratching the head trying to figure out what to do instead we have a clear head once you get to that good place in the quit that is! So you can actually get around and  do something about issue, there really is Life after cigarettes and it's all positive, I can't think of one  positive thing about smoking because now that I'm smokefree and I have to say it because it's true I'm a Happy Quitter and I'm never going back to the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison which I know will slowly kill me so in my opinion there's nothing but negatives to smoking and all positives to quitting!  so quit smoking if you haven't already and if you are struggling please don't throw your quit away instead embrace it, nurture it and protect it and never ever take it for granted because it's the best gift that you'll ever give yourself which is the gift of LIFE!  Laughter is the best medicine for a crave buster and I learned that right here on this site by several people helping me through an horrendous craving so I watched a lot of comedy TV, movies and YouTube because you can't smoke when you are laughing so hard that your belly hurts, I read a blog last night that reminded me of this, I posted this on their blog and I'm sharing it mine this morning.

 

Since I had to retire from the work force several yrs ago every day is Hump Day just like the wk ends really doesn't mean much anymore but that's A ok with me because I definitely keep busy but I sure miss the paychecks because I'd love to help my husband get the debt down faster but I can only do what I can do but I did quit smoking 1,129  glorious days ago and saved a pile of money by not sucking on the cancer sticks and hopefully I will enjoy a few EXtra years of life! - N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever along with vigilance because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option got me to where I am today and I learned these awesome mantras right here in this community, I have a hard time with H. A. L. T - Hunger, Anger, Lonely, Tired and I think it was Ellen that mentioned the other day that it should have an S added and I think she's right - S - Sad - Looking after ourselves is key to a successful smokefree life......

Since I've quit smoking I've realized just how precious life really is and the older I get the more thankful I am that I finally wised up and took back my life from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison and this community helped me through some pretty tough times and kept me grounded so I could protect the best gift that I'd ever give myself or that any of you will ever give yourselves which is the gift of LIFE! Keep moving forward and stacking up those splendiforous Smoke free days and always remember that anything worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking and Remaining should be at the top of the list of things to do for your health, your family and friends but most importantly your life and my life, all of our lives literally depends on us to stick with our quits isn't our lives worth a few weeks of withdrawals, mood swings and rough patches to be FREE? Then you can start reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker.

I am a news person, I like to know what's happening in the world but I just can't handle the craziness and the hatred that's EXploding and it seems to be more so in the last nine months more than ever or at least that's how it seems to me so I need to back away from the Rhetoric and the hatred of the news in order to protect myself and my quit because I'm all about kindness and helping people so I better take my own advice and I'll start with H. A. L. T.  - Hunger, Anger, Lonely, Tired because anyone of these can really screw up a perfectly beautiful quit and I've got alot going on in my life without adding the news broadcast and the stress of it into my home so I'm taking a break from it and if there's anyone here struggling with protecting your quit and if you can back away from whatever the problem is then do it so you can take a deep breath because our lives literally depends on us to remain quit so we can be around to enjoy life with our family and friends and for me it's the grandchildren that helps to brighten my day and I think my 8 yr old grandson Mason is coming later this morning and maybe he'll be here in time to punch down my bread for me to put in the pans here's a pic of him a few wko, life is way too short to be miserable and relapsing isn't an option so let's do whatever it takes to remain smoke free because Freedom is what counts and every night we need to smile and say YAY for another DAY WON! 

In order to find out how much better life is without the crutch of smoking you must stick with your quit and get through the roller coaster ups to get to that good place in your quit so hang on tight and don't throw your quit away instead embrace it, nurture it and protect it and never ever take it for granted because it's the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! I smoked for 40 yrs and never imagined that I could quit but I did over 3 glorious yrs ago and I'm so glad that I finally wised up and took back my life while I still could! Quitting isn't easy but it's sure worth it to be FREE! Stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance because it works! 

But is quitting smoking worth all the withdrawals and mood swings of the roller coaster ups and downs? HELL YES! Once you realize how many decades upon decades upon decades upon decades upon decades that you smoked then  it should make sense why it's so difficult to quit but it's absolutely Doable 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 and isn't life short enough already without knowingly continuing to smoke? It's time to choose life and once you get through the rough patches and come out the other side smiling, you'll never want to go back but you'll want to keep moving forward reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker.....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 or one minute or even one second but you must stick with your quit and keep stacking up your DOF 

My husband Mark reminds me each week that it's Hump Day because he works Monday to Friday and Wednesdays at noon means the week is more than half over but for me since I had to retire from work Wednesday is just another day! But every day since quitting smoking is definitely something special because we've taken back our lives from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison, we've decided to live a healthier lifestyle and start living a life of Freedom! I remember how difficult it is in the early days and wks of quitting smoking but it's absolutely Doable and definitely worth it so hang on tight and don't let go until you come out the other side smiling because each day you get through is

another Day WON! 

And if you are on your 1st day of your quit then it's the start of many Days 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 not an option! Once you stop to think about how our lives literally depends on us remaining smoke free then we must quit for the sake of our health, our lives and the lives of our family and friends because I'm sure that they want us to be around to enjoy life with them so sticking with our quits is key to our Freedom and for me even after 3 yrs, I still enjoy stacking up my precious DOF - Days Of Freedom!

I love life soooooooo much more since quitting smoking and I'm sure Mason is happy that I quit!

With the right mindset we can do just about anything we put our minds to and quitting smoking and Remaining Quit should be at the top of the list! 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 or one minute or even one second at a time but as long as you keep moving forward then each evening you can say YAY for another DAY WON! Stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance and live a life of Freedom! 

The only way to keep our quits is to choose it one precious smoke free day at a time in the early days and wks it's definitely difficult but the more time that we have under our belts the easier it gets but I think it's always a good idea to remain vigilant while going about our daily lives because our lives literally depends on us remaining quit! N. O. P. E. - Not One Puff Ever! Because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option! H. A. L. T.  - Hunger, Anger, Lonely , Tired! We need to take EXtra good care of ourselves so we can protect our precious quit! There really is Life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking but you must stick with your quit!

Life happens whether we smoke or not so keep choosing stack up those precious smoke days because the more days and weeks you stack up the easier each day will get so chin up and grab on tight and don't let go until you come out the other side smiling because there really is Life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic! 

Quitting Smoking is an individual choice but it's absolutely the right choice for every person out there that hasn't quit yet or who's struggling and wondering if it's worth it and I'm saying YES!  Smoking kills and most likely kills slowly and by quitting smoking and Remaining Quit can and hopefully will give will us a much  healthier lifestyle and quality of life,

choosing to quit should be easy but it took me 40 yrs of slavery and a health scare and tons of reading right here on this site which strengthened my resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and you can too! It's your choice! Choose life over addiction! Is it easy? HELL NO! Is it worth it? HELL YES! Reach out and grab the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! And I'm so glad that I finally wised up and took back my life while I still could and I'm happy that I did! 

 

With the right mindset we can do just about anything we put our minds to including quitting smoking and Remaining Quit which actually should be at the top of the list of things to do because we all know that smoking kills and quitting smoking should add some quality time to our lives! S.I.N.A.O  - Smoking Is Not An Option - H. A. L. T.  - Hunger, Anger, Lonely, Tired - Be sure to take EXtra good care of yourself which helps to get through the rough patches because living a Smokefree life is absolutely Doable and so very worth it all to be FREE! Is quitting smoking easy? HELL NO! But is it worth it? HELL YES! It's way past time to bite the bullet and stop playing Russian Roulette it's time to take back your life while you're still vertical and start living a life of Freedom because you are worth it and you can do it! Believe it! 

I'm hoping each of you my friends and fellow Exers will have a stressfree, hasslefree but most importantly a smokefree day, if you are struggling please don't throw your quit away instead embrace it, nurture it and protect it and never ever take it for granted because it's the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE but unfortunately you must go through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings to get to that good place in your quit, you will get there but you  must hang on tight and don't let go until you come out the other side realizing that there really is Life after cigarettes! 

If we want something bad enough then we'll go after it and we'll keep going after it until we achieve it and that's how I went about my quit and thankfully I knew from reading everything I could right here on this site that things would get easier each day and when I was going through horrid craves I would read Dale's page concerning the first 4 months of quitting and I'd blog and there was always folks to help me through and there still is, there really is Life after the cancer sticks! It's time to take back your life while you still can because as we all know smoking kills and we're not invincible and that's the reason I quit because I thought I was but when I found out that I have mild copd then I knew it was time to bite the bullet and stop playing Russian Roulette with my life and I'm so glad that I did after 40 yrs of smoking I'm free and you can be too! Smoking is a choice so choose to quit and be smokefree, get through the rough patches and start reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker.....