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Once you Decide to join the ranks of being an Ex Smoker then it's a great idea to Educate yourself by reading everything you can about quitting smoking and remaining quit because there's a wealth of information right here on this site to strengthen your resolve to live a Smokefree Life then you must Believe that you can Succeed because you will be successful - D.E.B.S. - Decide Educate Believe Succeed! It sounds easy BUT it's EXtremely difficult to say the least but it's also very Doable and boy oh boy it's so worth it to be Free so hang on tight and don't let go of the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE......  Here's a pic I snapped last night at 5 pm I seem to notice more of the little things in life since quitting smoking hey I believe that I'm on day 1600 of my quit journey YAY for each and every Day WON for each and everyone of us because it really doesn't matter where you are in your quit as long as you keep moving forward stacking up your precious Days of Freedom so each evening you can say YAY for Smokefree living and yay for each and every Day WON.....

Once you decide to join the ranks of being an Ex Smoker it really helps to know about this horrid addiction so getting educated by reading everything you can right here on this site which will strengthen your resolve to quit and stay quit  we're all here to help you in any way we can it's definetly difficult to say the least but it's also very Doable our lives deserves for us to look after ourselves because if we don't nobody else can do it for us and by quitting smoking we're giving ourselves the gift of LIFE and once you've plowed through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and moodswings and lack of sleep to get to that point where you realize how much better life is as an EXer then you'll be so glad that you stuck with your quit because once you get to that good place in your quit you'll never want to see another Day ONE again BUT Each and every Day WON is totally super fantastic.....

Quite often life will send us curve balls right out of no where that's life it can and most likely will take us by surprise whether it's something good or bad so when it comes to our quits it really doesn't matter where we are it can be DAY ONE or TWO thousand and ONE as long as we have the right Mindset and we stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance then we're guaranteed a Smokefree Life which I consider the Gift of LIFE, if you're in the early days and weeks of quitting smoking please know that the longer you're quit the easier it will get BUT you must believe it and stick with your precious quit journey...... Oh my buddy my pal my friend George the Hump Day Camel and I want to wish you a super fantastic day Smokefree of course I'm going to taking today as a ME DAY  thanks everyone for letting me vent yesterday .

Crying screaming throwing something or throwing lots of things do whatever you have to do just don't smoke I'm sooooooo frustrated right now that I could spit bullets grrrrrrrrr BUT I'm so thankful that I don't smoke anymore because my issue of paying $1,900.00 for a new appliance that I wear over my top teeth at night is a piece of crap, I got at the orthodontist as I put it in yesterday I said it's flopping in the front just like the old one that's just barely a year old that I got at the GP dentist  and paid $550.00 so I go to the professionals and pay a whole lot more mind you it pays for a dozen adjustments as well BUT grrrrrrrr my front teeth are aching even worse than the old one and my head is splitting grrrrrr and we're having a major snowstorm so the appointment they gave me later on this morning I'm not going to make it  unless Mark can get off work to take me because I don't like driving in snowstorms anymore especially with the back of my eyes pulsating like a heartbeat so I'll get New impressions done free of charge of course but I'm not impressed about my inconvenience and the extra trips and extra gas to get there but grrrr what can I do. I'm so sorry that I am venting to all of you but there's no relapsing because I don't do that anymore life can kick us in the teeth at times and I have to say that's what my teeth feel like it right now hubby Mark went to do a delivery then he's coming back to take me to the orthodontist to hopefully do another impression then I'll have to wait until the new year before I get the damned thing grrrrrr but hey I'm Smokefree. ....

I'm having a hard time trying to think of what to say this morning so I'll just say have the best day possible Smokefree of course if you're struggling this morning take a deep breath, chin up and keep moving forward and stacking up your precious Days of Freedom because each day you get through is another Day WON.....

It really does take time to get to that point where you realize just how much better life is as an Ex Smoker first you have to go through all of the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and moodswings and lack of sleep if you stop and think about how many decades you smoked then it only stands to reason that it's bound to take time to relearn life without the smokes 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 as difficult as quitting can be it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it to be able to go anywhere anytime whenever wherever and however without worrying about where to sneak off to suck on a damned cancer stick as difficult as quitting can be it's much easier than waiting too long and having a Dr tell you to go home and get your affairs in order that there's nothing that can be done ! The choice is there for each ONE of US to make I chose to quit and I choose to stick with N.O.P.E - NOT ONE PUFF  EVER and vigilance because when we make the choice to stick with our quits N.M.W. - NO MATTER WHAT then we'll be guaranteed a life of Freedom which is the gift of LIFE.....

A lady from our community passed away on Tuesday at the ripe old age of 93 if she would have been 94 on January 30th I house cleaned for her for 7 years quite a few years we became friends instead of just employer and employee my mother in law will be 92 on the 28th of January they her were child hood friends right up to the end, my husband Mark's birthday is today he's now 61 we're both Sagitarians I'll be 59 on Monday maybe where Mark and I both bit the bullet and took back our lives from the clutches of the nicotine poison maybe we'll live to a ripe old age too with a much better quality of living. My mother in law is still doing well her hearing is pretty much gone but she still drives local but let's us do the driving past the community neither of these ladies ever smoked, Mason came over for the night he's still sleeping let's treasure our quits which is the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE ......

Living LIFE on LIFE'S Terms is the gift of LIFE which I consider the one gift that'll keep on giving day after day week after week month after month and Lord willing year after year and it's vital to our quality of living actually it's vital to just plain living because breathing is essential to living and smoking tends to suck the LIFE right out of a person literally as difficult as quitting smoking was for me and is for most people it's also the kindest thing we can do for ourselves and our families I decided I wanted to be around to watch my grandchildren grow up and I didn't want them or anyone watching me die a slow painful death fighting to breathe and them knowing that it could have been preventable just by quitting smoking so I'm so thankful that I found this and have been living a life of Freedom for 1,592 stupendous Smokefree days or something like that, let's keep moving forward and stacking up our glorious Days Days of Freedom because it really does get easier and easier with time under our belts and it definitely gets better and better without the crutch of cigarettes .....

Our Thanksgiving here in Canada was on October 8th now I get to wish all of you a Wonderful Thanksgiving we all have so much to be thankful for each and every day BUT on This occasion we have the chance to really reflect on how  much we really do have, all we have to do is turn the TV on to realize just how blessed we are just to have a roof over our heads food in the cupboards, fridge and freezer fresh water to drink enough money to be able to heat our homes with wood or electricity or whatever methods to stay warm we have so much to be thankful for my prayers go out to the thousands of people all around the world that don't even have a bed to sleep in let's be thankful for all that we have and let's treasure the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is our precious quits let us always remember and N.E.F -- Never Ever Forget DAY ONE because going back isn't an option BUT each and every Day WON is the gift of LIFE so I'm going to nurture and protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which really is the gift of LIFE so I can enjoy the little things in life that's actually the the big things in LIFE.....

My buddy my pal my friend George the Hump Day Camel and I wish each of you reading this a Stressfree hasslefree but most importantly a Smokefree day because living LIFE on LIFE'S Terms without the smokes is absolutely Doable, I remember how difficult it was at times during those early days and weeks of my quit where one minute I might be laughing and the next I would be blatting like a baby and if someone looked at me the wrong way I would feel like ripping someone's face off   hummm maybe that's why everyone stayed away EXcept the grandchildren they were my incentive the bright spot in sticking with my quit N.M.W. BUT with perservence and commitment and the help of this community I made it through to that good place in my quit and so can you, if you're reading this and you're struggling stay close because we're all here to help you in any way we can deep breaths and know that you can and will be successful believe it and stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance which guarantees you a Smokefree Life........

It's not always easy by any stretch of the imagination to stick with your quit especially in those early days and weeks BUT it's absolutely Doable and definitely worth it plus 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 family and friends but especially your life, I've got an appointment a couple of hours from here today, my daughter Mandy and I are going together and hopefully we'll get some shopping done we'll be definetly getting a lunch at a place called Jungle Jims we both love eating there they've got the best steaks yummy. Mandy smokes and will be smoking in the car with the window down but we all know that doesn't really help much but I remember needing to smoke when I drove actually even before starting the ignition I'd be lighting one up BUT not anymore because I don't do that anymore and Lord willing Mandy and everyone that's still in the throes of the damned Cancer Sticks will decide to join the ranks of being an Ex Smoker because life really does get better and better without the damned smokes BUT you must believe it and kick the nicotine poison to the curb permanently in order to live a life of Freedom......

When I first found this site knowing that I was going to quit smoking N.M.W.- No Matter What BUT I knew that I had at least a half dozen failed attempts at trying to quit so I knew that I needed support BUT I had no idea just how much support I was in for  and just how much I was going to learn about this horrid addiction until so many of you guided me in the direction of several links to read and to keep reading and blog and to ask questions and to comment on other people's blogs and to stay close I learned so many mantras right here on this site which strengthened my resolve to kick the nicotine poison into oblivion permanently. This site helped me through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and moodswings and lack of sleep to get to that point where I realized just how much better life really is as an Ex Smoker and believe ME when I say it's totally worth it to be Free so if you're reading this and you're struggling you must believe that you will kick the nicotine poison into Never Ever land because you can, keep choosing to move forward in your quit as difficult as it might seem during a horrendous craving you can get through it with N.O.P.E and vigilance which guarantees you a Smokefree Life BUT you must be willing determined and totally committed to succeed then you can and will be successful one precious Smokefree Day at a time or hour minute or even a second at a time, deep breaths and know that we're all here to help you in any way we can ...... Quitting smoking is absolutely difficult  by any stretch of the imagination but boy oh boy it's definitely DOABLE and so very worth it to be Free......

No Matter where you are in your quit whether it's day ONE which will turn into DAY WON or day one thousand or two thousand or whether you are as long as you stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance then they'll always be another Day WON to celebrate because your life my life all of our lives literally depends on us to stick with our quits N.M.W. - No Matter What  it's vital to our quality of living it's actually vital to just plain living and I say YES to a lifetime of Freedom. ...

I looked outside this morning thinking back to my smoking days and I had to smile because the last decade that I smoked it was outside in all kinds of weather coughing choking and nearly horking up a lung or possibly even both in the Winter especially with teeth chattering fingers freezing because I didn't wear gloves well at least on my smoking hand, I'm so glad that I finally wised up and threw the ( yuckies ) cigarettes away as difficult as quitting can be it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it to to be Free so hang on tight.

Our quits are firmly in our grasp it's up us to choose to take back our lives from the clutches of the nicotine poison then we need to realize that it's the ONE gift that we can give ourselves which will keep on giving day after day week after week month after month and Lord willing year after year, I consider quitting smoking to be the Gift LIFE so let's treasure it and let's always remember and N.E.F that horrid DAY ONE and those first few weeks of quitting that follows that's why we stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance  so we can smile and enjoy each and  every Day WON, It's not easy by any stretch of the imagination in those early weeks BUT it's absolutely DOABLE and so very worth it to be Free......

Sticking to Not One Puff Ever No Matter What may seem totally impossible when you're struggling with remaining quit please know that you can and will be successful one precious Smokefree Day at a time or hour minute or even a second at a time BUT you must believe it and hang tough and keep moving forward stacking up your precious DOF - Days of Freedom as difficult as quitting can be it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it to be able to go anywhere anytime whenever wherever and however without worrying about where to sneak off to suck on a cancer stick your life, my life all of our lives literally depends on to nurture and protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE so if you're struggling hang on tight and don't let go because you can and will be living a life of Freedom believe it deep breaths and know that we're all here to help you in any way we can and by sticking with N.O.P.E and vigilance it guarantees you a Smokefree Life......

 

I feel like I've been on a three week drunk but I don't drink anymore actually come Valentine's day I'll have eight years of sobriety I don't know what a good night's sleep is anymore but with the wind howling last night and the power going out at 3:30 in the morning I feel even more less rested than usual BUT that's A OK because even without power I'm on line I have running water and I have coffee I'm so thankful for the solar system Marks got set up this is the third outage in the last two weeks hummmmm I hope it's not the new norm BUT hey I'm not smoking over it or anything else that's happening in life because I don't do that anymore and that's what all of us has to tell ourselves when things seem to be getting out of hand and you are stressed or sad or happy and you think Oh just ONE won't hurt well it most certainly will hurt because it'll screw up a perfectly beautiful quit so relapsing isn't the answer because whatever is going on is going to happen whether we smoke or not and choosing Not to Smoke is only CHOICE that will keep us living a life of Freedom so each evening we can look ourselves in the mirror and smile and say yay for another Day WON and I know that quitting smoking really is the gift of LIFE and it's a GIFT that keeps on giving day after day week after week month after month and Lord willing year after year and all we have to do is stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance which guarantees us a Smokefree Life ...... our friend our pal George the Hump Day Camel says a very cheerful good morning to each of you reading and wishes each of you a hasslefree Stressfree but most importantly Smokefree day. 

I woke up this morning and looked out the window at the snow coming down UGH then I turned the radio on to hear the weather warnings for snow with a mixed bag including rain for today, tonight and the flash freeze coming in overnight then I got depressed for a few minutes until the world news came on AND the reality kicked in for what the people of California are going through the horrendous devastation and loss of LIFE and how desperately they need precipitation they need the rain so I choose not to complain about my weather and I certainly won't smoke over it or anything else that's happening because I have a choice to relapse or not and choosing Not is what I'll choose each morning and it's definetly a choice for all of us to remain Smokefree N.M.W!!!! Sticking with N.O.P.E and vigilance guarantees us a Smokefree Life because smoking wouldn't help ONE IODA BUT it sure would screw up a perfectly beautiful quit.......

Once you've decided to bite the bullet and take back your life from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison then you can educate yourself by reading everything you can about quitting smoking and remaining quit because there's a wealth of information right here on this site to strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb permanently and then you must believe in yourself which will give you a Smokefree Life and once you get to that point where you realize how much better life is as an EXer then it's very important not to become complacent with our quits so let's always remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget those early days and weeks of quitting smoking because another Day ONE would totally suck big time but another Day WON is the gift of LIFE which I consider the one gift that'll keep on giving day after day week after week month after month and Lord willing year after year and it's vital to our quality of living so I say YAY for Smokefree living and yay for each and every Day WON because life just keeps getting better and better without the crutch of cigarettes.....

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

We remember!!!!I

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Nov 11, 2018

Today is definetly a day to reflect and to remember just how much we really  have to be Thankful for!!!!

It's a snowy morning here in the Maritimes my Satellite was out when Mason got up so we've been watching Christmas movies since it's beginning to look alot like Christmas we thought it was a fun way to start the day, I'm not much on Winter anymore but I have to admit it was was beautiful looking outside first thing this morning plus Mason loves the snow and that makes Gramp and I happy life as an Ex Smoker is so much better than my smoking days because I'm not stuck outside in all kinds of weather nearly horking up a lung or possibly even both trying to suck on a damned Cancer Stick. If You're on the fence about quitting smoking and remaining quit please know that we're all here to help you in any way we can and as difficult as quitting can be it's absolutely DOABLE and if you're struggling please know that you can and will be successful one precious Smokefree Day at a time or hour minute or even a second at a time believe it deep breaths and keep moving forward stacking up those precious DOF because as long as you are willing determined and totally committed to succeed then you will be living a life of Freedom and the longer you're quit the easier it will get BUT you must believe it and stick with N.O.P.E and Vigilance because S.I.N.A.O Smoking Is Not An Option N.M.W...... I have to admit that I still smile for each and every Day WON because once you get to that good place in your quit where you realize how much better life is as an EXer then you'll know that Life is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand and you'll never ever want to go back to Day ONE again only DAYS WON WILL DO.........

I know that I have so much to be thankful for even when I get in a self pity mode and think geesh why did this happen or why do I have to do that or my back or ankle or hands are paining poor me that's when I stop to think about all of the people around the world that haven't even got fresh water to drink or food to eat and they're most likely in so much more pain physically as well as emotionally, we are blessed with a roof over our heads, food in the cupboards, fridge, freezer and fresh water to drink and electricity and a way to heat our homes in the Winter so we'll be warm as frustrated as I can get at times all I have to do is turn the TV on to realize how truly blessed we really are. We must not let ourselves become lazy and complacent in our precious quits because it would only take a split second to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit so let's always remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget those early days and weeks of quitting smoking because another Day ONE would totally suck big time but another Day WON is the gift of LIFE! Life is going to happen whether we smoke or not and choosing Not to Smoke is the choice that we have to make so we can have the best quality of living possible BUT we must stick with our quits N.M.W. it's absolutely DOABLE, if anyone asked me if quitting smoking was easy? I'd have to be honest and SAY HELL NO!!!! BUT if I was asked if quitting smoking was worth it I'LL BE HELL YES!!!!!!! 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 our health family and friends but especially our lives which literally depends on us to nurture and protect the best gift that any of us which is our lives ..... My nine year old grandson Mason is coming over later this morning for an overnighter YAY for quality time together and YAY for Smokefree living and YAY for each and every Day WON......

No Matter What is happening in life we can and must make the decision to quit smoking and then we must make the choice to remain Smokefree N.M.W. there's so much happening all around US  it is heartbreaking like this mass shooting in California taking 12 lives including the shooter's life! I pray these shootings will stop! My God this can't become the norm it's happening more and more BUT we must choose to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance because as horrendous as things around US can be we have absolutely NO control over it or do we to some degree? BUT we do have complete control over our quits because relapsing isn't the answer whatever is going to be will be whether we smoke or not and choosing Not to Smoke is the only way to live a life of Freedom .......

My buddy, my pal, my non smoking friend George the Hump Day Camel and I would like to wish everyone a hasslefree Stressfree but most importantly a Smokefree day, I like thinking back to my smoking days sometimes especially mornings like today where I had to fast 12 hours for bloodwork wowser it used to be such a big deal for me not to be able to have my normal 4 or 5 coffee with my 5 or 6 cigarettes because it seemed to take me such a long time to wake up enough to function I'd still chainsmoke the 30 minute drive to the hospital in a brain fog BUT now it's no big deal I can function just fine without the coffee although I love my coffee so I always take a thermos full with me so I can enjoy a cup on the way home there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's ours for the taking BUT we have to work for it anything in this life worth having takes time and effort we must believe in ourselves and be willing determined and totally committed to succeed then we can and will be successful it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it to be Free I celebrated my 4 year milestone back in July on the 14th or if I go by my clock count I believe it's 1577 precious Smokefree days or something like that BUT it really doesn't matter where you are in your quit as long as you stick with it and continue to move forward stacking up your DOF so each evening you can say YAY for another Day WON because our lives literally depends on us to nurture and protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE......

I'll be around sometime in the morning I've got bloodwork ugh I have to fast but I'll be bringing a thermos of coffee with me so I can enjoy a coffee for the drive home it's wonderful to be living a life of Freedom and being able to enjoy the little things in life that's actually the the big things without the crutch of cigarettes is awesome it does take time to relearn life without the smokes BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it, so if you're struggling hang on tight and don't let go of the best gift that you'll ever give yourself which is the gift of LIFE I consider quitting smoking the one gift that'll keep on giving day after day week after week month after month and Lord willing year after year......

Life is going to happen good or bad whether we smoke or not and choosing Not to Smoke is a MUST in order to live a life of Freedom I remember how difficult it can be in those early days and weeks I always want to remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget because I never ever want to go back to Day ONE again, As horrendous as the cravings and moodswings and lack of sleep can be you can and will get through to that good place in your quit where you realize how much better life without the smokes BUT you must believe it and stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance which guarantees you a Smokefree Life, let's always treasure our quits and never ever take it for granted because each and every Day WON is a gift that we're giving ourselves which is really is the gift of LIFE! Our lives literally depends on us......

My Dad enjoyed the dinner I prepared for his birthday I cooked enough for a couple of leftover meals for him he's 82 and still doing great I also got to spend some time with my younger sister Marion as well it's wonderful to be able to go anywhere anytime whenever wherever and however without worrying about where to sneak off to suck on a cancer stick so if you're struggling with remaining quit please know that we're all here to help you in any way we can and the longer you're quit the easier it will get BUT you must believe it and stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance which guarantees you a Smokefree Life ,it takes time to relearn life without the smokes BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it....... A picture of Dad Marion and I that I took about a month ago.....

The power went out about 9:30 last night Mark had already gone to bed it was pouring rain and the winds were and still are extremely gusty so I had a flashlight next to me last night because I figured we'd lose power, I got up at 5:30 Mark was already up and had our Solar system going YAY for coffee which was already made and YAY for being able to flush the flush Our well is 115 feet deep so it's great that Mark has enough solar panels to run the water pump we still need more to run everything but we can run the fridge and freezer at least and I can stay connected to all of you. We had bacon and eggs and warmed up potatoes from the cook stove in the basement for breakfast, Mark did the cooking I'm very thankful for everything that I have and Very thankful that I don't smoke anymore YAY for Smokefree living and yay for each and every Day WON, living a life of Freedom is absolutely worth all of the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and moodswings and lack of sleep so hang on tight and don't let go because you can and will get to that point where you realize how much better life is as an Ex Smoker you'll be so glad that you stuck with N.O.P.E and Vigilance because it's the greatest feeling when you get to that good place in your quit it's One Heck of an AHA MOMENT and you really don't want to miss out on the greatest gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE........

Choosing to take back our lives from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison was and is the best choice that any of us will ever make in our lifetime it's definetly the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE which I consider the one gift that'll keep on giving day after day week after week month after month and Lord willing year after year it's vital that we stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance which guarantees us a Smokefree Life and hopefully a much better quality of living, we all know that smoking kills and it kills slowly it doesn't matter who you are or where you live at some point smoking will catch up with you I decided after 40 yrs of smoking that it was time to take back my life after finding out that I have mild copd. I finally wised up and realized that I wasn't invincible and found this site and the rest is history because I'm finally Smokefree and I'm definitely ONE of those Happy Quitters and I have been for quite some time it does take time to relearn life without the smokes BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it to be Free .....

BUT you must believe that you're going to get to the UMPH and you will so please believe it and take a deep breath and keep moving forward in your precious quit journey it can be difficult to say the least but it's also very Doable and totally worth it......

October has bit the dust and November is upon us already my Dad's birthday is Nov 5th he'll be 82 and he's doing great my older sister Cheryl will be 60 on the 10th my hubby Mark will be 61 on the 24th and then little old me will be 59 a couple of days after that I'm really hoping to enjoy many more birthdays since I'm not sucking on cancer sticks anymore as difficult as it was in those early weeks it was DOABLE and this awesome community helped me through those horrid rough patches if you're reading this and you're struggling stay close and blog HELP so we can help you through it, all of our lives literally depends on us to quit smoking and nurture and protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE...... I had a good time going out with Mandy and Mason last night.