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2019

I did a double take when I looked at the clock when I rolled out of bed wow I knew I needed the EXtra sleep and I finally got some my hubby Mark smiled at me and said that I missed breakfast blueberry pancakes, bacon and scrambled eggs  he cooks breakfast every weekend for us I better get moving, my prayers are with everyone in the path of hurricane Dorian to be safe! Life can and will give us so many curve balls but we must choose to stick with our quits N.M.W so we can continue living a Smokefree Life......

Whether you're contemplating quitting smoking or you're on your day one or day ten or one hundred or one thousand or two thousand it really doesn't matter where any of us are in our quits as long as we all stick with our quits N.M.W  - No Matter - N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever works when applied on a daily basis......It's definetly not easy in those early weeks BUT thankfully it's doable plus our lives literally depends on us to stick with our precious quits......

 Living a a life of Freedom is absolutely worth all of the horrendous cravings and moodswings and lack of sleep 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, if you're reading this and you're struggling with remaining quit take as many deep breaths as you need to because you can do this quit believe it deep breaths and know that we're all here to help you in any way we can BUT you must believe it and keep moving forward so each evening you can say YAY for another Day WON it's definetly not easy in those early days and weeks by any stretch of the imagination BUT it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it to be Free and besides anything in this life worth having takes time and effort and our quits are vital to our quality of LIFE!  Our quits are firmly in our grasp it's up to us to nurture and protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which 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 ......

Another month is biting the dust it's Labor day on Monday it's a Civic holiday, school goes back in on Tuesday life happens whether we smoke or not I sure prefer living a Smokefree Life instead of coughing and choking nearly horking up a lung or possibly even both UGH I definitely remember those times especially first thing in the mornings in all kinds of weather trying to suck on a damned Cancer Stick brrrrrr just thinking about standing outside in the Winter nearly freezing my butt off and my fingers off because I thought I needed that fix!!!! NO WAY NOT ANYMORE BECAUSE I DON'T DO THAT NOBODY HAS TO DO THAT ANYMORE AS LONG AS WE ALL STICK WITH N.O.P.E AND VIGILANCE THEN WE'LL CONTINUE TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF FREEDOM.....

It turned out to be a beautiful day yesterday once it warmed up I'm not sure what the temps got up to I was busy staining the inside of the gazebo, I got two coats on it took most of the day but other than cleaning up some I'm pretty much done    and after 1,700 Smokefree days or something like that I wanted to sit down and smoke a Cigarette for a job well done! UGH That thought only lasted for a split second because thankfully I know better and so do all of you whew as long as we all stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance then we'll continue to reap the benefits of Smokefree living we must always remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget that horrid DAY ONE because going back is not an option BUT we can smile at each and every Day WON......I'm heading out for the day with Mandy and Mason I'm not sure what we're doing BUT it'll be great to spend time with my daughter and grandson.....Smokefree for meand hopefully some day soon for Mandy all I can do is lead by EXample and keep enjoying my life of Freedom.....

I'm really glad that I don't need to be outside sucking on a cancer stick coughing and choking and nearly horking up a lung or possibly even both trying to get that drag UGH NOT anymore because I don't do that anymore and thankfully none of us has to as long as we all stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W then we'll continue to reap the benefits of Smokefree living, no matter the Weather or anything else that's happening in life we must continue to move forward living a life of Freedom because relapsing isn't an option anymore life is going to happen whether we smoke or not! 

After decades upon decades of slavery to the damned Cancer Sticks it only stands to reason that it's bound to take time to relearn life without the smokes BUT as difficult as quitting smoking is it's also very Doable and totally 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! If anyone asked me if quitting smoking was easy? I'll be saying HELL NO!!!! BUT if I was asked if quitting smoking was worth it? I'll be saying HELL YES!!!! with a humongous smile on my face because 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......

I thought I'd share this bottom pin   it made me smile.

We all have our own issues in our lives whether it's our health or the health of someone we love or a hundred other things that's going on that we may not have control over BUT thankfully when it comes to our quits we do have control over choosing to stick with our quits N.M.W - No Matter What or make the choice to relapse! UGH! Sticking with N.O.P.E and vigilance is key to to living a life of Freedom I'm heading for 9 yrs of sobriety on the 14th of February it took an alcohol induced heart attack and ulcers to brighten up and I celebrated 5 years of Smokefree living on the 14th of July and it took finding out that I have mild copd before I finally wised up and quit smoking I decided I wanted to be around for my family and friends BUT especially my grandchildren and I want the best quality of life that I can possibly have so for me alcohol and cigarettes are not an option N.M.W! What keeps me Free is never ever wanting to see another Day ONE Ever BUT boy oh boy I still smile at each and every Day WON which is pure Freedom all of US here at Ex can and will be living a life of Freedom ONE precious Smokefree Day at a time or hour minute or even a second as long as we all stick with our precious quits then there's absolutely NO way any of US will FAIL ......

After 40 years of slavery to the damned Cancer Sticks of smoking roughly 30 a day with at least a half dozen half assed failed attempts at trying to quit, I know now that I wasn't ready otherwise one of those attempts would have stuck anyway I finally wised up and bit the bullet and took back my life from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison and am living a life of Freedom it's definetly the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the GIFT of LIFE! If anyone asked me if quitting smoking was easy? I'd  be saying HELL NO!!!! BUT if I was asked if quitting smoking was worth it? I'd be saying HELL YES!!!! PLUS  I'll be saying it with a gigantic SMILE on my face and that SMILE will be from ear to ear. I know how difficult it is to get through those early days and weeks PLUS I know that it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT as long as a person is willing determined and totally committed to succeed then there's no way they can FAIL as long as they stick with N.O.P.E they will be living a life of Freedom  and LIFE is way better without the crutch of cigarettes once you get to that good place in your quit then you realize just 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 precious quit journey because LIFE really is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand.

It takes time to relearn life without the smokes BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it once we get to that good place in our quit where we realize how much better life is as an EX smoker non smoker or EXer it doesn't matter what we call it as long as we all stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W because as long as we all stick with our precious quits we will be reaping the benefits of Smokefree living...... It most definetly takes time to relearn life without the smokes BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it to be Free and besides anything in this life worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking is absolutely the best decision 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 and our lives literally depends on us to stick with our quits N.M.W......

Life just isn't fair at times awlful things Will happen BUT if we've quit smoking THEN we must choose to stick with our quits N.M.W because Life is going to happen whether we smoke or not and choosing Not Will guarantee us a lifetime of Freedom because relapsing isn't an option anymore our lives literally depends on us to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance! 

Brrrrrrrr it's a chilly morning BUT thankfully there's no frost BUT yikes for 38 °F geesh it's only the middle of August oh well there's nothing I can do about it PLUS it's going to get into the low 70s by this afternoon and I really like that PLUS I've got Mason for the day and overnight PLUS thankfully I don't smoke anymore and relapsing isn't an option anymore because Sticking with N.O.P.E and vigilance is key to to living a life of Freedom besides  life will happen good and bad whether we smoke or Not so we  must choose to stick with our quits N.M.W - No Matter What is happening in our lives we have a choice to relapse or NOT being Smokefree is definitely the wisest decision that any of us will ever make in our lifetime and it's definetly the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE !

Brrrrrrr we've got a chance of frost tonight ugh BUT surely NOT BUT we'll probably cover everything in the garden just in case it's much better to be prepared than lose all of the hard work that was put into it! Kinda like our quits we garden for Winter we pressure cook carrots, yellow and green beans, and some turnip we freeze alot of the vegetables as well we dry our own onions and keep them throughout the Winter we just used the last of them just in time for this years we also plant enough potatoes for the Winter so protecting our garden is vital for our Winter stock our quits is vital to our health and quality of living being prepared for unforseen circumstances is EXtremely important 

Life happens whether we smoke or not and in order to remain Smokefree we must choose to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W - No Matter What I remember very vividly in my early days and weeks of my quit how I felt like screaming and tearing my hair out and at times I felt like ripping someone's face off anyone's face it really didn't matter who's face! No one wanted to be around me even my grown children because they all knew that I wasn't fit to be around and they also knew that I had a half dozen failed attempts under my belt and I know they thought that I'd be back smoking BUT I made it through and so can everyone because with the right Mindset we can do just about anything we put our minds to my grandchildren were and still are a huge incentive to live a Smokefree Life, I also remember back to back cravings and moodswings and lack of sleep that seemed never ending at times and almost overpowering notice that I said almost! I wanted this quit and I was going to succeed and as Dale says keep them away from your face and the only way out is through plus as he says I don't do that anymore and I told myself that over and over and over again shaking my head at the same time yelling at times I'm sure   it all works when applied on a daily basis then there's absolutely no way you can FAIL .......

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

Sleep well  

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Aug 11, 2019

Whether you are still smoking or contemplating quitting smoking or hopefully you're already quit and stacking up your precious Days of Freedom or maybe you're struggling with remaining quit thankfully with willingness determination and commitment along with perservence you can and will live a life of Freedom BUT first you must take as many deep breaths as you need and believe you will be successful it's all about making a choice please make the CHOICE NOT to Smoke because taking back your life from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison is the best gift that you'll ever give yourself which is the gift of LIFE...... I got tired of playing Russian Roulette with my life with a half dozen half assed attempts at quitting after 40 yrs of slavery to the damned Cancer Sticks when I found out that I have mild copd was enough for me to find this site on line and read everything that I could about this horrid addiction there's so much here to strengthen anyone's resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb permanently it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it to be Free.......Make the choice to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W because it works when applied on a daily basis  there's absolutely no way you can FAIL 

when you stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever - will give us a lifetime of Freedom.....

 

If you're reading this and are on the fence about quitting smoking or if you're in the throes of the horrendous cravings and moodswings and lack of sleep please know that with commitment and perseverance you can and will be successful one precious Smokefree Day at a time or hour minute or even a second at a time please believe it and take as many deep breaths as you need to and know that we're all here to help you in any way we can and read everything you can 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 it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it so set up a quit date if you haven't already or if you're struggling keep moving forward because the longer you're quit the easier it will get BUT first you must get through the roller coaster ups and downs in order to get to that good place in your quit where you realize how much better life is without the crutch of cigarettes.......

In order to EXperience the Freedom of a Smokefree Life we must make the choice to quit and stay quit N.M.W. and make the choice to Relapse or NOT choosing to stick with your quit so you can reap the benefits is truly the gift of LIFE because we all know Smoking Kills and it kills slowly it doesn't matter who you are or where you live smoking kills! As difficult as quitting smoking can be it's much better than a Dr telling you to go home and get your affairs in order that there's nothing that can be done all because you wouldn't quit the damned Cancer Sticks that thought stuck with me during those early weeks when I was having horrendous cravings back to back and they seemed never ending at times BUT I knew that I was going to get through those horrid rough patches and into this good in my quit because of all the reading that I did right here on this site it wasn't easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT it was DOABLE plus I wanted and still want the best quality of life that I can have so I can enjoy my family and friends I want to make great memories with the grandchildren that hopefully will be treasured long after I'm gone.......Keep moving forward stacking up those precious DOF - Days Of Freedom so each evening you can say YAY for another Day WON which is pure Freedom.....

Stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever and vigilance N.M.W. - No Matter What so you can live a life of Freedom......

I'm quite weary this morning but that's A OK because I wouldn't change a thing about yesterday Mandy, Mason and I found this lake we've been wanting to got to YAY for Google Maps  the water was beautiful Mandy brought a dingy so the three of had a wonderful time floating around Mason also swam for a couple of hours then we galavanted all over and enjoyed eating out at our favorite restaurant, I never got home until 11 o'clock which is late for me BUT I so enjoy living a Smokefree Life because it's a wonderful feeling being able to go anywhere anytime whenever wherever and however without worrying about where to sneak off to suck on a damned Cancer Stick! Poor Mandy when Mason decided he wanted to swim he got out of the dingy so Mandy went to light a Cigarette and dropped her lighter in the lake so she paddled back to shore and had to walk a fair distance back to the car in hopes to find another lighter which she did BUT I don't have to worry about that because I don't do that anymore and it's super fantastic because LIFE really is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand......

Wow my Dad just called me and told me about an acquaintance of mine who died in his sleep last night he was 65 years old and had lung cancer the last time I saw him was a few weeks ago and he still smoked! 

I'm heading out on a day trip with my daughter Mandy and Mason tomorrow morning BUT I'll check in sometime in the evening, quitting smoking and sticking with it is the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE as long as we all stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance then we'll continue to reap the benefits of Freedom which is Super Fantastic once you get to that good place in your quit where you realize how much better life is without the crutch of cigarettes.......

I've been very busy this morning I just put 13 loaves of white bread in the pans and I'm about ready to put 2 loaves of brown bread in pans along with a dozen rolls  I'm a glutten for punishment BUT it's a good day to get it done I've got potato salad and beans made so the brown bread will go good with that, it's a Civic holiday today so Mark stirred the white bread for me which is a great help I've got really bad osteoarthritis pretty much everywhere severe in my neck lower back and hands especially the thumbs so I really like to bake white bread when he's home we don't buy store bought bread at all. I tease our 10 year old grandson Mason once in awhile and tell him I'm going to start buying bread  if looks could kill ha ha ha, anyway I'm here and definitely Smokefree so this evening let's all of us here at Ex say YAY for another Day WON or maybe it's DAY ONE so you can say YAY for DAY WON with many more to come as difficult as quitting smoking can be thankfully it's also very Doable and totally worth it to be Free...... Anything in this life worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking is the gift of LIFE which our lives literally depends on us to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W......

I'm definitely running late this morning, I'm dragging my butt and I'm quite stiff and sore hummmm it couldn't be from horsing around on the bumper cars! Could it? LOL  I wouldn't change a thing about yesterday I had such a wonderful time at the Old Homeweek fair and we've got the memories to treasure for a lifetime even though my beautiful daughter Mandy smokes I'm planting seeds for her with 1,850 Smokefree days or something like that because I smoked for 40 years which is longer than her whole lifetime, she was 41 in June so she knows quitting smoking is DOABLE and she knows all about this community so hopefully one day soon she'll decide to join the ranks of being an Ex Smoker Non Smoker or EXer it doesn't matter what it's called all that matters is that she takes her life back from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison if you're reading this and you're on the fence about quitting it's time to bite the bullet and start living a Smokefree Life and if you're struggling with remaining quit please stay close because we're all here to help you in any way we can because it's very Doable and totally worth it so hang on tight and keep moving forward stacking up those precious DOF so each evening you can say YAY for another Day WON........with commitment and perseverance you will get through the roller coaster ups and downs and into that good place in your quit where you realize how much better life is without the Smokes........

Enjoying LIFE on LIFE'S Terms 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 and it's super fun enjoying the little things life that really is the big things in LIFE......

Mandy, Mason and I enjoyed the fair today I even got my face painted I'm the joker I forget what Mandy and Mason are ha ha  wow we got some looks hee hee we had a great time the temp got up to 84 but it wasn't humid I got on a few rides even the tilt a world but never again yikes! But we had fun on the bumper cars, I love living a Smokefree and enjoying the little things in life that's actually the the big things in life and making memories to treasure. ♥️

Life is full of ups and downs and can and will kick us in the teeth when we're least EXpecting it that's where N.O.P.E and vigilance comes in mighty handy because Life is going to happen whether we smoke or not so vigilance is key to continue living a life of Freedom and once you get to that good place in your quit where you realize how much better life is without the Smokes then you know you'll get through whatever the situation is so much easier without the damned Cancer Sticks because you won't be sitting outside in a cloud of smoke chainsmoking trying to figure out what do believe me when I say the longer you're quit the easier it is to deal with life's emotions and situations.....

Good Friday morning everyone I just wanted to wish each of you a Stressfree hasslefree but most importantly a Smokefree day no matter how stressful or how many hassles we endure we can choose and must make the choice to stick with our quits N.M.W - No Matter What is happening in our lives we have that choice to relapse or NOT our lives literally depends on us to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance because it works when applied on a daily basis then there's absolutely no way we can FAIL, commitment, perservence and being vigilant are a few of the keys to a successful quit along with being willing and determined to go through all of the horrendous cravings and moodswings and lack of sleep and believing that no matter what that you will reach that point where you realize how much better life is without the damned Cancer Sticks, it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination in those early weeks BUT thankfully it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it so hang on tight and know that we're all here to help in any way we can BUT you must believe it and keep moving forward in your precious quit journey so each evening you can say YAY for another Day WON which is pure Freedom once you get to that good place in your quit........

Well geesh another month has begun time is zooming right along isn't it? I really do find the older I get the faster time seems to fly by EXCEPT WINTER which seems to drag on forever anyway like quitting smoking the withdrawals and moodswings and lack of sleep may appear to be never ending at times and may drag on BUT by giving your precious quit the time that's needed life will get so much better once you get to that good place in your quit, like Spring after Winter is for us folks that live in a snowbelt even the mud is A OK compared to the mountains of snowbanks   everything has a Season ........

This pic is from this past March I got my daughter to snap this pic of how high the snowbank was behind me.....

This is a pic from last Summer of my grandson Mason......

We must not let the weather or anything else that's happening in life screw up our precious quits because whatever is going to happen will happen whether we smoke or not and choosing Not is the gift of LIFE! Besides we don't smoke anymore.....