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Life happens whether we smoke or not so choose to quit and remain quit no matter what is happening in life and believe it or not life really does get easier and easier with time under your belt so chin up and hang on tight and don't let go until you come out the other side smiling which is going to take some time to get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings, if you stop and think about how many decades that you smoked then it only stands to reason that you'll have to through a few weeks of discomfort and struggles but it's absolutely Doable and so very worth it all to be FREE! 

> We can do just about anything we put our minds to including quitting smoking and Remaining Quit , our lives literally depends on us to  take the best possible care of ourselves so we can be around to enjoy life with our family and friends but mostly because we know that life happens whether we smoke or not so choose NOT! Quit if you haven't already and if anyone is struggling you can and will get through the rough patches so keep plowing forward because it's going to take some time to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues but you must stick with your quit but boy oh boy it's absolutely Doable and and definitely worth it and for all of us Exers let's not become complacent and take our precious quit for granted, let's be sure to be vigilant while going about our daily lives because Freedom Rocks and we never ever want another DAY ONE! Only DAYS WON! 

My husband quit 2 and a half months before I did after smoking 43 yrs he developed a really bad cough especially during the night which scared me at times so he quit even before his tests showed mild emphysema, I thought I was just fine so I continued smoking until a Dr had me take a breathing test which showed mild copd so hummmmm I figured I better quit too so I decided after 40 yrs of slavery to the disgusting Cancer Sticks that I'd better bite the bullet and stop playing Russian Roulette with my life so I found this awesome Ex community and read everything I could here about the strength of this addiction and after educating myself I was ready to start my quit journey, I believed that I was going to succeed, I told myself that I was willing, determined and 100 % committed and that I had the right mindset to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and start living a life of Freedom and reap the benefits of an Ex Smoker and that was 1,203 ginormous days ago or well over 27 splendiforous months ago. Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and and definitely worth it to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a yuckie  (cigarette) there's definitely life after cigarettes so if you haven't already quit smoking now is the time 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 so keep moving forward and stacking up your precious Days WON! N.O.P.E and vigilance because S.I.N.A.O and we'll all be here to try and help you through the rough patches so choose to quit and then hang on tight and don't let go until you come out the other side smiling.

There really is Life after cigarettes and once I found this site and read everything I could about quitting smoking and Remaining Quit it was like a light bulb lit up in my brain and I started to understand how powerful an addiction smoking is so once I realized that I set up a quit date but wasn't ready so I set up another one for a wk later and the night before quitting I promised myself that I'd never ever pick up another cigarette as long as I live then the next morning I began my quit journey. For some reason I forgot about this site but on my 18th day when I was struggling to the point of jumping in my car and buying a carton of cigarettes instead of just a pack but thankfully I remembered so I got on line and commented on something and someone suggested that I write a blog and tell you a little about myself and my quit and the rest is history. I smoked roughly 30 cigarettes a day for 40 yrs and now have well over 3 glorious yrs quit and there's people here that smoked for over 50 yrs that are living a happy smokefree life, it's definitely not easy but it's absolutely Doable and and definitely worth it so choose life and hang tough and plow through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings to come out the other side an Ex Smoker because you can and will be successful if you choose to be.....

Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's 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 so chin up and grab onto the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE, I remember only too well the withdrawals, mood swings, blatting like a baby one minute and the next minute if someone looked at me the wrong way I'd wanted to literally rip their face off or tear my hair out but I was kind of lucky because most people knew that I was quitting so they stayed away including my kids and no one thought I'd stick with my quit anyway but I proved them wrong. The only ones that I wanted around me were the grandchildren because they were my huge incentive to keep my quit and they kept me grounded, don't throw your quit away instead embrace it, nurture it and protect it and never ever take it for granted because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking but you must stick with your quit and keep stacking up those precious Days WON! N.O.P.E and vigilance is key to a successful smokefree life,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 up to each individual to make the choice to take back their lives and go through a few weeks of horrendous discomfort knowing that it's going to get easier with time under the belt but a person must believe it and be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed then they can and will be successful, is it easy? HELL NO but is it worth it? HELL YES! Reach out and grab Freedom while you still are vertical! 

And sticking to our quits is also Doable but we must first believe that we can quit smoking and we must be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed then we can and will be successful and once we get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings to come out the other side smiling.  that is when we must guard and protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! We don't want to become complacent and take our precious quit for granted so vigilance is key to a successful smokefree life and we all want and need to reap the benefits of an Ex Smoker for life because our lives literally depends on us to stick with our quits, yay for all of us Exers! BOO FOR ANOTHER DAY ONE BECAUSE THAT WOULD TOTALLY SUCK BIG TIME BUT A TRIPLE YAY FOR DAYS WON BECAUSE THEY ROCK BIG TIME.

And it's two months to Christmas day plus we're under a heavy rainfall warning and the temps are tropical we're one degree warmer here in Carleton county NB than in Tampa Florida and that's amazing because we've had snow this time of year that stayed until April but I'm very thankful for the upcoming rain because we desperately need it before freeze up the rivers streams, Wells and forests need it. Lots of wells have been going dry. My husband's first cousin's funeral is today so Mark is home this morning and we'll get ready and get a few things done before we leave for the funeral which is being held an hr and a half away but it's in NB, they grew up and lived in Clinton Maine which is roughly four hrs from me but alot of the family live in NB and the cousin that passed wanted to be laid to rest here. I'm tired and I think I'm rambling so I'm Wishing each of you on this Hump Day a stressfree, hasslefree but most importantly a smokefree day because smoking is a choice and choosing not to smoke no matter what is happening in life is the right choice because believe it or not life is sooooooo much better once you get through the roller coaster ups and downs so hang on tight and don't let go until you come out the other side smiling because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking but you must stick with your quit and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days! 

Life after cigarettes is amazingly wonderful but if you are in the early days or wks of quitting smoking then please keep moving forward and stacking up your precious smoke free days because it's going to take some time to get through the rough patches to get to this awesome place in your quit when you realize just how much better life is without the cancer sticks and please don't forget how many decades that you smoked because it only stands to reason that it's going to take some time to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues plus anything worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking and Remaining Quit should be at the top of the list of things to do for your health, your family and most importantly your life! Don't give the tobacco companies another nickel of your hard earned money to slowly kill yourself! 

It doesn't matter if you are just starting your quit or if you've been quit awhile all that matters is that we all stay quit which in the beginning is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and absolutely worth it because the longer we're quit the easier it will get and then we can reap the benefits of an Ex Smoker and not get lazy and complacent but always remain vigilant while going about our daily lives because Freedom Rocks and I am enjoying my Forever Quit and each night I can say YAY for another DAY WON and so will each of you because none of us ever wants to be back at another DAY ONE! Ugh on the early days and wks of quitting but once we get through the rough patches and come out the other side smiling that's one hell of a great feeling because life is grand without a cigarette in hand! 

The quality of our lives literally depends on us to quit smoking and get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings and as difficult as the early days and wks of quitting smoking are it's 100 % absolutely Doable and most certainly can save us from a slow painful death which could possibly be smoking related, I know for me finding out that I have mild copd was enough to bite the bullet and stop playing Russian Roulette with my life so I found this site and read everything I could about quitting smoking and Remaining Quit and with the help of our fellow Exers and the right mindset here I am a happy Ex Smoker and like everyone, I have my problems but since I don't smoke anymore I can handle life on life's terms without the crutch of the dreaded nicotine poison after 40 yrs of slavery I'm Smoke Free and have 1,194 glorious DOF and counting and smiling of course, 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 any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! 

And Remaining Quit no matter what is happening is the right choice, I remember in the early days and wks it can feel almost overpowering but with the right mindset you can and will get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings to come out the other side into that good place in your quit but you must realize that after decades of smoking that it's bound to take time to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues without the crutch of smoking but it's absolutely Doable and so very worth but you must believe in yourself and know that 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 you must stick with your quit continue stacking up those precious Days WON! Anything in this life worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking and Remaining Quit should be at the top of the list of things to do for your health, your family and most of all your life! 

Wowser there's only one more Hump Day after today but that's A OK because I can't do anything about it and besides that we've been having the best Fall weather that I've been totally taking advantage of so maybe just maybe winter might be a little warmer with several feet of less snow but whatever it will be, will be and I won't smoke over the weather or anything else because I don't do that anymore. Once you make up your mind to quit smoking and tell yourself that you won't smoke no matter what is happening in life and make a plan when you hit the rough patches and if you're really struggling come here blog HELP and they'll be many people come to help you through, chin up and hang on tight and don't let go because there's definitely life after cigarettes but you must stick with your quit and keep stacking up those precious smoke days and if you are going through a lot of cravings back to back turn on some comedy TV because laughter really is the best medicine and then sit on your hands because you can't smoke if you're sitting on your hands and then get your mind on the comedy, I sure watched alot in the first few weeks plus I did alot of baking and I had the cleanest house around because the busier I was the less the craves bothered me, quitting is difficult but it's absolutely Doable and definitely worth it to be FREE! There were times when I wanted to scream and other times I would blat just like a baby for no reason at all and other times if someone looked at me the wrong way I felt like ripping their face off but I didn't but really no one came around much because they knew that I was a total grump, the grandchildren were my incentives and the only bright spot during those wks and I kept plowing forward until I got to that good place in my quit and as long as you keep stacking up your precious  precious Days WON you'll get to that good place to and it's super fantastic when you do.

I remember my 1st AHA moment in my quit when I realized that wow I hadn't thought of a smoke all day and I was having a great day and it was like the folks here at Ex told me that it would happen, I believe that was around the 90 day mark for me but I had lots of good days previous to that moment but I'd have the odd thought throughout the day but that glorious AHA moment was awesome so if you're struggling keep plowing forward because there's definitely life after cigarettes and you mustn't miss that precious AHA moment so stick with your quit 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 plus you have to realize that after decades of smoking and for me it was 40 yrs of slavery so it definitely takes time to get through the rough patches and relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues without the crutch but boy oh boy it's absolutely Doable and and definitely worth it so chin up and hang tough so you can prove it for yourself so you can say YAY Life is grand without a cigarette in hand, 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.

Quitting Smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and it's the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves because it's the gift that keeps on giving right from Day WON, I remember the roller coaster ups and downs from the first day and the first several wks but I knew from reading everything here that each day that I got through would be another day WON so I kept plowing forward and each day did get a little easier and I honestly don't know when I got that glorious AHA moment when I realized how much better life is without the cancer sticks but I do remember how happy I was and still am that I finally wised up and took back my life while I still could and it is the gift that keeps on giving and I know for sure that I can breathe quite a bit easier and I don't wheeze as bad plus since quitting 1,190 precious Days ago I don't nearly hork up a lung because yay I don't do that anymore 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 there's definitely life after cigarettes but you must stick with your quit.

It's absolutely amazing how you feel once you make up your mind to quit smoking and stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance no matter what is happening because S.I.N.A.O, I'm not saying it was easy by any stretch of the imagination in the beginning days and wks but it sure was Doable even though at times I'd wonder if I'd make it through some of the rough patches but I was determined to get through because the only way out is through and I I learned that here along with all of the mantras above me, hummmmm actually just about anything and everything I write in my blogs I learned here and through the EXperience of living through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings and coming out the other side into a good place in my quit smiling, I can tell you that as long as you believe in yourself and are willing, determined and totally committed to succeed then you will! Is it going to easy? HELL NO but is it worth it? HELL YES and remember if you want something bad enough then it's going to take time and effort and quitting smoking should be at the top of the list of things to do for your health, your family and most of all your life because your life is  literally depending on you.....

Believe it or not there's definitely life after cigarettes but you must quit smoking and then you must hang on tight and get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings so you can come out the other side smiling because then you'll realize how much better life is without the crutch of smoking so keep stacking up those precious Days WON and enjoy the UMPH  - Triumph that is  Stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance because S.I.N.A.O and N. E. F  - Never Ever Forget the early days and wks of quitting smoking because YIKES ON ANOTHER DAY ONE BUT A TRIPLE YAY ON DAYS WON! YAY FOR THE UMPH! 

 

No matter what day it is or what's  going on it's always a great day to be smokefree 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 and if you are thinking about quitting smoking then please read everything you can right here on this site to strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and start living a life of Freedom. Quitting is difficult but it's absolutely Doable and and definitely worth it to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a disgusting cancer stick so chin up and hang on tight and get through the rough patches and come out the other side smiling because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking but you must stick with your quit....

It's my beautiful Samantha Digger Jane Hartleys 14th Birthday today, we call her Sam, lots of changes since then, some good, some bad but getting her as a 6 wk old puppy was definitely one of the good things, this coming February will be 7 yrs since quitting drinking and that was definitely a smart thing to do along with quitting smoking 3 yrs ago in July those 2 things most likely will add a few quality yrs to my life which is super fantastic, there's definitely life after cigarettes so if you're struggling keep plowing forward and if you haven't quit yet now is the time to bite the bullet and join the ranks of being an Ex Smoker, it's definitely not easy in the early days and wks of quitting but boy oh boy it's absolutely Doable and and definitely worth it all to be FREE! The top pic is this morning and here's a pic of her being naughty at roughly 8 wks old.  so I bought a new bath mat.

Once you believe that you can quit smoking and are willing, determined and totally committed to succeed then you can and will be successful because as you keep moving forward and stacking up your precious DOF, with perseverance you will get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings and come out the other side smiling. It's going to take some time to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues without the crutch but if you stop and think about how many decades upon decades that you smoked then it only stands to reason that it's going to take time but boy oh boy it's absolutely Doable and and definitely worth it to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a disgusting cancer stick so chin up and grab onto the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE so hang on tight and stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance because S.I.N.A.O and if you've been quit awhile N. E. F. - Never Ever Forget the early days and wks of quitting smoking because going back to Day One would totally Suck Big Time but moving forward with Days WON is A OK because it's definitely worth it and it will get easier and easier with time under your belt so hang tough because the only way out is through. 

Once you decide enough is enough that it's time to bite the bullet and take back your life and you read everything you can to get educated about quitting smoking and Remaining Quit and you're willing, determined and totally committed to get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings so with perseverance and the right mindset you will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time or one hr, minute or even one second at a time as long as you stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance then you'll be living a life of Freedom. 

 it's also alot less hectic not needing smoke breaks every 20 minutes to go outside to suck on a disgusting cancer stick and nearly horking up a lung or possibly both so I'm so thankful that I finally wised up and took back my life while I still could and my prayers are for every smoking person in the world to educate themselves on quitting smoking and Remaining Quit because us Exers are living proof that it's Doable and I want everyone to realize how much better life is without the crutch of smoking and I'd absolutely love to see every tobacco company shut down so Lord willing more and more people will come and join the ranks of an Ex Smoker because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking but you must stick with your quit and keep stacking up those precious Days WON.  We're not going to crazy with a bunch of desserts this Thanksgiving we're just going to have apple pie but for the main course we'll have potatoes, dressing, carrots, peas, squash, yellow beans and beets all from the garden and we prefer chicken instead of turkey and we love ham so I'm thankful for a roof over my head lots of food and drinking water and of course family and friends and all of you my Ex family and life really does get better and better with time under your belt so chin to anyone struggling and hang on tight and don't let go until you come out the other side smiling.  I need one more coffee then it's time to get a few things done before church and I'm also very thankful for coffee, yay caffeine and yay for smokefree living.

  

It's super fantastic but in order to get to that good place in your quit you must first get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings so you can come out the other side smiling because then you'll be realizing for yourself how much better life is without the crutch of smoking so believe it, be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and no matter what may be happening in your life, stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance because S.I.N.A.O  - Smoking Is Not An Option. Life is short so let's take care of ourselves so we can be around to enjoy life with our family and friends and for me it's my grandchildren, my 8 yr old grandson Mason got off the bus here yesterday to spend the night during his bath he started talking about his great grandmother that passed away about a year ago she was 90, I knew her most of my life. Mason got quite emotional about Gramp & I dying because he's going to miss us so much, it took some convincing to calm him down to tell him that we plan on being around even when he's a grown up which I hope we are so I'll continue on my precious quit journey because life really is so much better and I want to be around to see all three of the grandchildren grow up, so I won't be screwing up my perfectly beautiful quit, yay for all of us Exers, let's always protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE!  No more Day Ones for any of us because they would totally Suck Big so we'll continue stacking up our glorious Days WON because they Rock big time.

There's never going to be a good time to quit smoking so if you're struggling keep plowing forward because each day you get through is another day under your belt which is another DAY WON and if you haven't quit yet now is the time to bite the bullet and take back your life while you're still vertical , Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and so very worth it be free and it's absolutely the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! Hang on tight and don't let go until you come out the other side smiling because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking but you must stick with your quit.

I sure do remember my 1st day of quitting smoking and I remember those early days and wks as well so I pray that I'll - N. E. F. - Never Ever Forget because Days WON is absolutely super fantastic but another Day ONE  is not happening for me or for any of you my friends and fellow Exers as long as we live by N.O.P.E and vigilance because we don't do that anymore! We know that life happens whether we smoke or not and choosing Not is for us Exers.  so we can be around to enjoy life reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker. Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and and definitely worth it to be FREE! If you are struggling in your quit maybe watch some comedy TV and YouTube because when you're laughing it's pretty much impossible to smoke, it was suggested to me by someone here when I was struggling so I began watching a lot of comedy and it sure helped me through the roller coaster ups and downs.  with a smile on my face.

  

I thought it was Monday because he took yesterday off to cut the last of our Winter wood, anyway I have an appointment shortly so I better get my butt moving so I'm not late because it's a 40 minute drive and I'm taking my travel mug full of coffee being an Exer is super fantastic once you get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings and get to that good place in your quit because I don't need a half dozen smokes and 4 or 5 coffees to get moving and speaking of getting moving I'll check in with you later remember N, O. P. E.

If you haven't quit smoking now is the time to bite the bullet and take back your life and if you are struggling please don't hesitate to come on site and blog HELP and wait for someone or several someones to talk you down and help you through the rough patches and if you have to sit on your hands Do It because you can't relapse doing that, please do whatever it takes to remain smoke free because Freedom is yours for the taking but you must stick with your quit. 

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Quitting Smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable as long as you believe in yourself and are willing, determined and totally committed to succeed then you can and will be successful, there's a wealth of information right here on this site so read everything you can about quitting smoking and Remaining Quit which should help strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and start living a life of Freedom and we're all here to try and help in any way we can. We've all had to get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings to get to that good place in our quit first we all had to get through the rough patches and come out the other side realizing that there really is Life after cigarettes and it's pretty damned great! You can do it too, one precious smoke free day at a time or one hr, minute or even one second at a time but you must stick with your quit because the only way out is through and once you do get through it's one HELL of an awesome feeling so keep stacking up those glorious Days WON! N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever will give you a beautiful smoke free life because S.I.N.A.O  - Smoking Is Not An Option plus if you've been quit awhile N. E. F.  - Never Ever Forget the early days and wks of quitting smoking because going back to Day One would totally Suck Big Time so please H. A. L. T.  - Hunger, Anger, Lonely, Tired because anyone of these can really screw up a perfectly beautiful quit, chin up and grab onto the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! I say a ginormous yay for smokefree living but we need to be EXtra vigilant with everything that's happening in the world and protect our quits with our lives because our lives are literally depending on us remaining smoke free because life happens whether we smoke or not and choosing Not is what we must do to be FREE. 

There's definitely life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking but you must believe it and, 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 because if we want something bad enough then it takes time and effort and quitting smoking and Remaining Quit should be at the top of the list of things to do for our quality of living and our lives literally depends on us to stick with our quits! Hang on tight and keep stacking up those precious Days WON.