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2019

I'm so looking forward to getting away for five days as I mentioned in yesterday's post I'm leaving my tablet home BUT I'm pretty sure one of my three sister in laws that I'm going with or my neice we're staying will take some pics  for me so I'll post when I get back they all know about this site especially the one sister in law Linda that still smokes she'll be 71 in September BUT of course she'll have to wait for a smoke whenever we stop for breaks on this six hour drive because there's no smoking in the car. I'm so glad that I don't need to have to have that fix that shuffling of the feet and that EXtreme urgency of needing that smoke this instant! Whew it's a wonderful feeling not having to wait for that fix and not having to find a place to sneak off to rush in a Cigarette! Plus a pk of 20 cost $16.50 now BUT worse than the price is putting in all the toxins and poisons into the body UGH I pray she quits soon! I pray that everyone quits I'd love to see all of the tobacco companies across the world go belly up anyway my friends and Fellow EXers let's continue to move forward stacking up our precious DOF so each evening we can look ourselves in the mirror and say YAY for another Day WON   I'll be around some throughout the day and evening then I'll be back Tuesday or Wednesday. ♥️

Wow another month is pretty much biting the dust it's also my daughter Mandy's 41st birthday wow that was awhile ago I got married to my first husband at 16 thinking life would be better than living at home I sure didn't know much back then but I got two beautiful kids I had Mandy at 18 and my son Alfred at 23, I stayed in that marriage for 13 years but at 29 I ended it anyway life goes way too fast and in November I'll be 60 so I'm so glad that I finally wised up and quit smoking aafter 40 Years of slavery NOW I can enjoy LIFE on LIFE'S Terms without the damned Cancer Sticks thankfully it's DOABLE so if you're struggling with remaining quit please stay close because we're all here to help you in any way we can BUT you must believe you can quit because you can and will succeed in living a life of Freedom and you will do it one precious Smokefree Day at a time or hour minute or even a second at a time continue to be willing determined and committed and with perservence you can look yourself in the mirror every evening and say YAY for another Day WON.

This is a pic of my beautiful daughter Mandy and I from a couple of years ago.

I'll be around today and tomorrow BUT I'm leaving Friday morning with my three sister in laws and heading for Halifax Nova Scotia for five days, I'm really looking forward to getting away we're expecting to be back on Tuesday it's roughly a six hour drive, we'll be celebrating Canada Day which is July 1st in the province of N.S  I'm not going to take my tablet with me I'm going to unplug BUT I'm sure they'll be tablets AND I phones kicking around so hopefully I'll be able to post some pics when I get back either Tuesday night or Wednesday let's remember living a Smokefree Life is absolutely the gift of LIFE so Vigilance is key to remaining FREE from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison...... once you get to that good place in your quit then you'll be saying LIFE is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand because I can tell you from EXperience that it really is GRAND once you get to that good place in your quit. 

Mason just woke up so I suppose I should get him some breakfast I've got a couple of sheets of construction paper here so he's going to make his Mom a huge birthday card.

Smokefree living is the gift of LIFE! Our lives deserve for us to look after ourselves and quitting smoking is definitely the wisest decision that any of us will ever give to ourselves because hopefully by quitting smoking we'll be around for a few EXtra years to enjoy the little things in life that's actually the the big things in LIFE, my banner this morning is where my brother lives it's called Noah's Ark because it's built in the shape of an ark hummm I don't know how many apartments is in it but there's a great little restaurant in it I thought you might find it interesting let's CELEBRATE each and every Day WON whether you're on day one or day one hundred or one thousand or two thousand it really doesn't matter where you are in your quit as long as you stick with N.O.P.E then you'll stacking up those precious DOF....

Quitting smoking in the early days and weeks is absolutely horrendous by any stretch of the imagination BUT thankfully with willingness determination, commitment and perseverance it's so very Doable and totally worth it and 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 crutch of cigarettes so if you're struggling with remaining quit chin up, deep breaths and know that we're all here to help you in any way we can BUT you must believe it and stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W - No Matter What because you can and will be successful one precious Smokefree Day at a time or hour minute or even a second at a time so keep moving forward stacking up those precious DOF - Days Of Freedom so each evening you can say YAY for another Day WON.....Life really is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand,  if you don't believe keep sticking with your awesome quit journey because you will get there BUT it's going to take some BUT it will be so very worth it.....

I was hoping to sleep in until at least 7 o'clock but I woke up before 6 and figured that I might just as well get up which is kind of nice because I get to wish each of you a Stressfree hasslefree but most importantly a Smokefree day thankfully living a life of Freedom is absolutely DOABLE and as long as we always remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget that horrid DAY ONE or those early days and weeks of quitting smoking because another Day ONE would totally suck big time but another Day WON is totally super fantastic! Sticking with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever and Vigilance works when applied on a daily basis because relapsing isn't the answer - N.M.W - No Matter What ......

Well I'm heading out with my three sister in laws for the day soon   I found this bottom pin a couple of days ago which I really like so I thought I'd share it with you ..... I hope you like it to .....

My three sister in laws and I are getting together in the morning and going to a donation center to look around they have everything from clothes to furniture it's only open once a month on Friday's and Saturdays most of the proceeds go back into the community to help people with so many different things like a house fire or help with travel for health issues to name a couple, anyway I'll be around in the afternoon Mason is coming over tomorrow to spend the night it's his last day of school as well he's pretty happy about that. I'm so glad that I finally wised up and and am living life on life's terms one of m sister in laws that's going tomorrow still smokes she'll be 71 in September she's married to Mark's oldest brother and Nelien is married to Mark's youngest brother and Wendy is Mark's sister it's her husband Bob that has kidney Cancer he just finished 33 rounds of Radiation he's 58 the cancer has spread into his lymph nodes but he's looking good the oncologist will let them know what's next, life is full of ups and downs but smoking isn't required for any of it we can choose to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance NMW ...... I like this pin .....

Thankfully we have the choice to quit smoking or NOT and we have a choice to relapse or NOT and thankfully we can choose to stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever and Vigilance N.M.W - No Matter What because our lives literally depends on us to stick with our quits N.M.W and choosing Not to Smoke is the gift of LIFE and a much better quality of living sounds pretty darned good to me smoking literally takes our breath away and we all know that breathing is essential to living so let's treasure the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE...... And hopefully we'll have a few EXtra years to be able to enjoy the little things in life that's actually the the big things in LIFE.....

Life has it's ups and downs that's for sure and after the last few weeks I'm thinking it's going to be the ups for awhile   my 15 year old grandson Adam came yesterday afternoon and spent the night he's still here stretched out on the couch ,I'm so glad that we're all on this quit journey together   I want to thank everyone for your well wishes yesterday on my 1800 splendiferous DOF and thank you jonimarie for your blog huge hug coming your way,  wow 1801 Smokefree days today and I'm just around the corner to 5 stupendous Smokefree years and I'm still counting! YAY for Smokefree living and YAY for each and every Day WON. I remember only too well my early days and weeks of quitting smoking and how difficult it was at times BUT thankfully it's DOABLE I'm so thankful for this awesome community of friends and Fellow EXers and most definetly EXtended family that helped me through some horrid rough patches and into this good in my quit so if you're struggling with remaining quit please stay close because we're all here to help you in any way we can BUT you must believe it and stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance because it works when applied on a daily basis.....

Good Tuesday morning everyone here at Ex, I wrote a blog last week Life happens whether we smoke or not! where my daughter Mandy was hacked and lost $7.500 out of her bank account YAY the bank is returning it! YAY I had a CT angiogram a couple of weeks ago on my carotid arteries which turned out ok except it showed shadows on my lymph nodes in my chest so I had a CT scan last Thursday and yesterday I saw my Dr. All the spots are beign YAY the scan showed a few other things that he's going to monitor but nothing life threatening so YAY! my Dr said he was quite concerned about the shadows and was very relieved and so am I PLUS I haven't seen any more bears in my yard YAY! We must not let LIFE get in the way of our precious quits because whatever is happening will happen whether we smoke or not and choosing Not to Smoke is the gift of LIFE which I consider the one gift that will keep on giving day after day week after week month after month and Lord willing year after year I still smile at each and every Day WON.......

Thank you everyone that was praying for all of these situations that was happening in these last couple of weeks prayers work huge hug from me to each of you......

I remember at times in my early days and weeks of my quit thinking that it would be much easier just to give up and go back to smoking BUT thankfully I knew from reading everything on this site that it was going to get easier with time plus the only way out is through and I didn't want to have to go through another Day ONE so sticking with N.O.P.E and vigilance is key to success ......

I'm so glad that quitting smoking is Doable it's definetly not easy in those early weeks by any stretch of the imagination BUT thankfully it's DOABLE! I'm so glad that I found this site and made the best choice that I'll probably ever make in my lifetime and thankfully everyone can make that choice to quit and stay quit because our lives literally depends on us to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W.......Life can and will continue to happen good or bad whether we smoke or not and choosing Not to Smoke is the gift of LIFE......

I found the word splendiferous this morning   I thought that was pretty cool since I use it quite often in describing our quits because I consider each and every Day WON pretty darned splendiferous. ....

Life really does happen good and bad whether we smoke or not, thankfully we have a choice to relapse or stick with our precious quits so let's  always say YAY for Smokefree living and YAY for each and every Day WON! Stacking up our DOF is the gift of LIFE and it's so much better than screwing up a perfectly beautiful quit and having to go back to another Day ONE!!! PLUS our lives literally depends on us to stick with our quits N.M.W and thankfully it's DOABLE and so very worth it to be Free and besides 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.........

I've been in a funk lately BUT don't we all get that way once in awhile?   BUT even being in this funk there's one thing I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I will always remain Smokefree N.M.W because I love living a life of Freedom and I have no desire whatsoever to screw up my perfectly beautiful quit PLUS by being on guard for any unforseen circumstances is where N.O.P.E AND vigilance comes in handy none of us ever has to relapse because we don't do that anymore we just don't smoke anymore we really don't do that anymore we are EXers and it's super fantastic BUT if you haven't reached that good place in your quit yet then you must keep moving forward stacking up those precious DOF  - Days Of Freedom because you will reach that point where you realize how much better life is without the Smokes BUT you must believe it and stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever and Vigilance N.M.W  - No Matter What ......... then there's absolutely no way you can FAIL......

I'll be 60 in November and I find myself mauling over my life even though I can't go backwards and change anything BUT I sure as HELL have control over my present circumstances and I have control over my precious quit I have the choice to relapse or to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance so I'm definitely choosing to stick with my my quit journey N.M.W and ONE glorious month from tomorrow I'll be celebrating 5 splendiferous Smokefree years and I did it ONE precious Smokefree Day at a time there were definetly days in those early weeks that I did it ONE second at a time BUT I made it through with commitment and perseverance and so can everyone because with the right Mindset we can do just about anything we put our minds to and quitting smoking is absolutely Doable and totally worth it ..... we have no control over tomorrow BUT today is our's which is a GIFT we need to treasure.....

It doesn't matter where we are in our quit journey all that matters is that we all stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance because we always need to remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget that horrid DAY ONE or 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 our lives literally depends on us to stick with our quits N.M.W - No Matter What! I do remember how difficult it was & that's why I push vigilance pretty much on a daily basis because if we stick with N.O.P.E then there's no way any of us will FAIL......LIFE can and will kick us in the teeth at times and sometimes it'll catch us totally off guard that's why when it comes to quitting smoking we need to be ready to face the issues Smokefree because we don't do that anymore we can and will get through whatever LIFE throws at us without the damned Cancer Sticks..... PLUS the longer you're quit the easier it will get and then you'll realize for yourself just how much better life is without the Smokes....

I'm really frustrated lately with so many things over the last several weeks and last night my daughter Mandy, Mason's Mom told me that her bank account was broken into it's a debit card with her line of credit attached to it, they got $7.500 before the red flag went up with her bank they tried to break into Mason's account as well which is set up for his education geesh LIFE happens!!!! And she as HELL can't afford that and is struggling as it is to make ends meet!!!! I pray this can get straightened out I'm picking my 15 year old grandson Adam up this morning he's done school now and I'll pick Mason up at of the end of the driveway this afternoon with the car since I saw a big black bear sauntering up the driveway this morning and turn into the woods right behind where I park my car WOW that really woke ME UP!!! Please stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance because LIFE is going to happen whether we smoke or not I definitely choose my quit over the damned Cancer Sticks, I find that I can handle things much better without the crutch of cigarettes BUT in those early days and weeks of quitting smoking it was much more difficult BUT DOABLE the longer you're quit the easier it will get and it's so worth everything to be Smokefree......

when I found this site back in June of 2014 I was looking for help to quit smoking and there was something about this community that kept my attention so I read everything I could find about this horrid addiction I set up a quit date but I wasn't ready so I reset it for the 14th of July and promised myself the night before that N.M.W - No Matter What that I would never pick up another cigarette I don't break promises even to myself then for some reason once I started my quit I totally forgot about this site until my 18th day when I was having horrendous cravings back to back and they seemed never ending, I was ready to tear my hair out or rip someone's face off it didn't matter who's face! UGH I was ready to drive to the store and buy a carton of cigarettes SCREW just the pk BUT thankfully I remembered this site and got on line and commented on something I believe it was moody_9-18-13 that suggested that I write a blog and say a little about myself so I did  up to that point I was hiding in the shadows and hadn't let myself be known thankfully we can choose to stick with our precious quits it's not always easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it . The only way to be Smokefree is by sticking with N.O.P.E and vigilance because it works when applied on a daily basis if you do that then there's absolutely no way you can FAIL,  it's definitely going to take time to relearn life without the crutch of cigarettes BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it once you get to that good place in your quit where you realize how much better life is as an EX smoker non smoker or EXer it doesn't matter what you call it as long as you stick with your quit journey ....... 

Looking back on my smoking days and thinking about my half dozen failed attempts at quitting smoking makes me realize that they were half assed attempts otherwise one of them would've stuck BUT they didn't because I didn't have the right Mindset and I was probably looking for an EXcuse to relapse because I didn't believe enough in myself that I could actually succeed and obviously I just wasn't ready to commit BUT then after 40 yrs of smoking at least 30 smokes a day and having a Dr set up a breathing test and it showing mild copd was enough for me to find this site and get serious about taking back my life from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison it wasn't easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT thankfully it was DOABLE for me and it's DOABLE for everyone, SERIAL QUITTING CAN BECOME A PATTERN BUT THANKFULLY THAT PATTERN CAN BE BROKEN WITH COMMITTMENT AND PERSERVERE WE CAN AND WILL BE LIVING A LIFE OF FREEDOM ...... IS IT EASY IN THOSE EARLY DAYS AND WEEKS? HELL NO!!!! BUT IS IT WORTH IT ? HELL YES !!!!! ANYTHING IN THIS LIFE WORTH HAVING TAKES TIME AND EFFORT AND QUITTING SMOKING  DEFINITELY SHOULD BE AT THE TOP OF THE LIST FOR OUR HEALTH, FAMILIES AND OUR LIVES WHICH IS LITERALLY COUNTING ON US TO STICK WITH OUR QUITS N.M.W  - NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!

In order to EXperience the Freedom of living a Smokefree Life then you must stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever N.M.W - No Matter What because as horrendous as the cravings and moodswings and lack of sleep are in those early days and weeks it's also very Doable and totally worth it, I'm one of those people that never thought in a million years that I'd ever quit smoking I remember joking about being buried with a Cigarette in my mouth BUT thankfully I wised up after finding out that I have mild copd that's when I realized that I wasn't invincible and my desire to live a Heather lifestyle was much stronger than continuing to slowly kill myself all of our lives literally depends on us to bite the bullet and to quit smoking and with commitment and perservence it's absolutely Doable ........ I remember getting so stressed out in my early weeks at my younger sister that I threw my cordless phone after hanging up on her luckily I didn't break it I was fuming mad and could've ripped her face off  or anyone's face it really didn't matter who's BUT I came here instead and blogged about it which settled me down   and everyone's face is intact  my quit was and is and will continue to be my # 1 priority because throwing my hands up in the air and screwing up a perfectly beautiful quit because of a situation that's going to happen whether I smoke or NOT so choosing NOT to relapse is the gift of LIFE  Vigilance is key to a life of Freedom for each and everyone here at Ex........FREEDOM ROCKS.......

Today is another Day to be WON hummm or maybe it's DAY ONE or maybe you're on the fence contemplating quitting and starting your DAY ONE you can do it it's DOABLE and so very worth it to be Free and besides anything in this life worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking is vital to our quality of LIFE  because breathing is essential to living and living a Smokefree Life is absolutely wonderful BUT first you must go through all of the horrendous cravings and moodswings and lack of sleep to get to that good place in your quit where you realize how much better life is without the smokes and once you get there then you'll be so glad you stuck with your quit journey because Life is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand so chin up and keep moving forward stacking up those precious DOF - Days Of Freedom so each evening you can say YAY for another Day WON! N.O.P.E and vigilance works when applied on a daily basis. ...

I forget at times just how much I have to be be thankful for BUT then I'm reminded especially on a day like today!!!!!

It was 33 degrees first thing this morning yikes but it's supposed to get into the low to mid 60s this afternoon with showers and some rain tomorrow I wish I could send some of this rain and dampness to Western Canada to help with the wild fires anyway I need to get moving so our buddy our pal our friend our Hump Day Camel George and I want to wish you a super fantastic day Smokefree of course........ LIFE can be difficult at times that's for sure BUT that's when N.O.P.E AND VIGILANCE COMES IN BECAUSE RELAPSING ISN'T AN OPTION N.M.W........

If you're reading this and are on the fence about quitting smoking or if 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 you must be willing determined and totally committed to go through all of the horrendous cravings and moodswings and lack of sleep to get to that point where you realize how much better life is as an EXer, I'm headed for 5 precious Smokefree years in July and there's many folks here with way more years of Freedom and there's many here with less years and many here with days, weeks and months and maybe there's some here on DAY ONE that will turn into DAY WON with many more to come as difficult as quitting smoking can be it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it because our lives literally depends on us to stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever and vigilance N.M.W - No Matter What! Everyone has the choice to quit or NOT and for Me after smoking at least 30 smokes a day for 40 years I chose to quit after finding out that I have mild copd that's when I realized that I wasn't invincible and decided to bite the bullet and took back my life because I didn't want a Dr to tell me to go home and get my affairs in order that I waited too long there's nothing that can be done all because I wouldn't quit the damned Cancer Sticks, it wasn't easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT it was DOABLE our lives deserves for us to look after ourselves because if we don't nobody else can do it for us....... 

 With willingness determination committment and perseverance we can and will succeed in living a life of Freedom because as difficult as quitting smoking can be it's also 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 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 our health family and friends BUT especially our lives which literally depends on us to stick with our quits N.M.W . - No Matter What.....

As long as we all stick with N.O.P.E. - Not One Puff Ever and Vigilance on a daily basis then there's absolutely no way we can FAIL there's always going to be something that can deter us BUT with commitment and perseverance we will make it through without the crutch of cigarettes LIFE will happen whether we smoke or not and choosing Not to Smoke is the gift of LIFE and sticking with our quits N.M.W. is Doable and totally worth it.......