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Once we decide to bite the bullet and take back our lives from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison and start living a Smokefree Life then we must choose to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it,  I remember all of the reading that I did right here on this site and it definitely helped me through some horrid rough patches along with the awesome people here PLUS I thought about how many decades I smoked which for me was 40 years of roughly 30 smokes a day then it made sense that it was bound to take time to relearn life because every blessed thing was wrapped around the cancer sticks with commitment and perseverance I made it through and so can everyone because with the right Mindset we can do just about anything we put our minds to and quitting smoking is definitely one GIFT that we need to give ourselves so we can be around hopefully with a better quality of living to enjoy the little things in life that's actually the the big things in LIFE....

I enjoy joking around about how much I enjoy my morning coffee BUT in all seriousness since I quit smoking well over five years ago now I can actually function on just a couple of sips or none at all if I have to BUT WOW back in my smoking days I needed at least 3 or 4 coffee and 5 or 6 cigarettes to get me moving and of course I'd be outside in all kinds of weather nearly horking up a lung or possibly even both I do enjoy my coffee BUT I don't miss the yuckies (cigarettes) one IODA! We all can enjoy LIFE on LIFE'S Terms without the damned Cancer Sticks as long as we stick with our precious quits so each evening we can look ourselves in the mirror and say YAY for another Day WON......

A Smokefree Life is ours as long as we all stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W because it works when applied on a daily basis then there's absolutely no way we can FAIL plus 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......

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

N.O.P.E. WORKS

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Sep 26, 2019

Life has a way of sending curve balls usually when it's least EXpected that's where Vigilance is key to remaining Smokefree Life is going to happen whether we smoke or not so deep breaths and let's N.E.F - Never Ever Forget that horrid DAY ONE!!! We must not let LIFE kick us in the teeth to the point of relapse because relapsing isn't an option anymore,our lives literally depends on us to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W......

Wowser it's three months to Christmas day YIKES one week from today is October 2nd already I'm really hoping Fall will slow down a little bit because I'm really not looking forward to Winter BUT no matter the Weather or anything that's happening in our lives we must choose to stick with our quits because going back to to that horrid DAY ONE or those early days and weeks of quitting smoking would totally suck big time but each and every Day WON is fantastic....

Anything worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking should be at the top of the list of things to do so we can be around to enjoy the little things in life, sticking with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever N.M.W - No Matter What guarantees us a lifetime of Freedom....

Have you reached that AHA MOMENT YET????  if not you will and once you do you'll be so glad that you stuck with your quit journey.....

If we want to live a Smokefree Life then we must make that choice to quit smoking and stay quit N.M.W. - No Matter What is happening in our lives we have a choice to relapse or NOT choosing Not is the answer so we can be Free from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison, we must choose to stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever and vigilance because it works when applied on a daily basis there's absolutely no way we can FAIL, we must look after ourselves because if we don't nobody else can do it for us....

This pin below made me smile    I thought of myself when I read it   growing old isn't for sissies BUT it's also a privilege to grow old so let's nurture and protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE sticking with our quits hopefully will give us a better quality of living so we can enjoy the little things in life that's actually the the big things in LIFE.         

Everyone's quit journey is different BUT with commitment and perseverance each person will get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and moodswings and lack of sleep to get to that good place in their quit where they realize how much better life is without the crutch of cigarettes and 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 will keep on giving day after day week after week month after month and Lord willing year after year...... We must give our quits the time needed to get to that good place where we can smile at each and every Day WON LIFE really is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand....

In order to EXperience the Freedom of living a Smokefree Life you must make the choice to quit smoking then by being willing determined and totally committed you will succeed it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it so hang on tight and know that we're all here to help you in any way we can BUT you must believe it and keep moving forward stacking up those precious DOF - Days Of Freedom - N.M.W  - No Matter What, when I found this site back in June of 2014 - I read everything I could find about this horrid addiction and I kept reading day after day so I set up a quit date BUT I wasn't ready yet so I set another date for July 14th 2014 which means today I'm on 1,895 splendiferous DOF I had some mighty rough days in those early weeks I'll tell you that no one wanted to be around me not even my grown children the only ones that came around were the grandchildren because they were my incentive and still are I hope I'll always remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget that horrid DAY ONE or those early days and weeks of quitting smoking NONE OF US has to ever go back as long as we all stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever and vigilance then there's no way any of us will ever FAIL......I still smile at each and every Day WON because LIFE really is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand so chin up if you're struggling because it's going to get easier and easier with time under your belt and it definitely gets better and better without the yuckies (cigarettes).....

No Matter where we are in our quits whether it's day ONE or ONE thousand and ONE or two thousand and ONE we must choose to stick with our quits N.M.W - No Matter What! We must not let LIFE kick us in the teeth to the point of relapsing because LIFE is going to happen whether we smoke or not and choosing Not is the only way to live a Smokefree Life. I actually can handle life's stressful situations much better without the crutch of cigarettes because I'm not outside under a cloud of smoke chainsmoking instead I've got a clear head trying to figure out what to do and how to go about handling the issues in front of me......N.O.P.E. - Not One Puff Ever and Vigilance guarantees us a lifetime of Freedom because relapsing isn't an option anymore.....

I was playing around in the Gallery app this morning over coffee and had some fun putting a collage together.

I find the older I get the more I treasure the little things in life that's actually the the big things in LIFE.......

I cut my hubby Mark's face off in the collage so I'll post another pic below of him with Mason.

I want each and everyone here at Ex to EXperience the Freedom of living a Smokefree Life because it's Doable and totally worth it once you get through the roller coaster ups and downs and into that good place in your quit quit where you realize how much better life is without the damned Cancer Sticks BUT unfortunately there's No Shortcut You must choose to stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever N.M.W. - No Matter What - then there's absolutely no way you can FAIL....

I Know Those Early Days And Weeks are EXtremely difficult at times because I remember only too well what it was like I want all of us that's been quit for awhile to always remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget that horrid DAY ONE because only Days WON will do for each and everyone here at Ex Vigilance is key to success.....

Just a half hour North of me it's 29 degrees brrrrrr BUT since I don't smoke anymore I won't be standing outside in all kinds of weather nearly horking up a lung or possibly even both so that thought makes me smile actually everything about quitting smoking makes me smile because there's nothing BUT positives BUT first you must 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 crutch of cigarettes it takes time to relearn life BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it because those negative thoughts of the early days and weeks will turn into positive thoughts the further you get into your quit journey and you'll be smiling from ear to ear because you stuck with your precious quit. Life really does get easier and easier with time under your belt and it definitely gets better and better without the yuckies (cigarettes) ......

oh yeah my hubby Mark just reminded me it's Hump Day so for you Mon to Fri working folks today at noon you'll be halfway through this work week.

Happy Smokefree Wednesday.

I consider our quits 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 ours to nurture and protect so we can continue to stack up those precious DOF - Days Of Freedom  so each evening we can smile and say YAY for another Day WON.....

I'm running late this morning so I'll just say good morning and wish each of you reading this the best day possible I'm hoping for all of us that it'll be hasslefree Stressfree and of course it's going to be Smokefree there's so many things in this World that we don't have any control over BUT thankfully when it comes to our quits we do have complete control over it so sticking with N.O.P.E  N.M.W is the key to continue living a life of Freedom........

Whether we call ourselves Non Smokers, EXers or EX Smokers it really doesn't matter what we call it as long as we all stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever and vigilance N.M.W - No Matter What because that's all that matters 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 if you were to ask me if quitting smoking was easy? I'd be saying HELL NO!!!! BUT if you asked me if quitting smoking was worth it? I'd be saying HELL YES!!!!! And I'll be saying it with a humongous smile on my face because it was the wisest decision that I've ever made actually it's the wisest decision that that anyone of us will ever make in our lifetime.....

Life really does happen whether we smoke or not so vigilance is key to remaining Smokefree it's definetly not easy in those early weeks by any stretch of the imagination BUT it's absolutely Doable and I can say through EXperience that it's so very worth it to be Free and it's awesome to be able to go anywhere anytime whenever wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a damned Cancer Stick  I still smile at each and every Day WON.

I'm dragging my butt again this morning but it's been another very busy week but that's A OK because I'm living my Forever Quit every once in awhile I think back into my smoking days when every blessed thing I did was wrapped around the smokes whether it was a half dozen cigarettes in the morning with my coffee or being on the phone or lighting up before I even started my car for a drive or taking smoke breaks while working or lighting up before starting a job or after a job well done and a 1,001 other reasons to light up!!! BUT Thankfully NOT anymore because I don't do that anymore and no one has to do that anymore as we all stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance then we'll continue to reap the benefits of Smokefree living .....

Some days are really rough and just getting out of bed is a chore BUT we know we have to at some point throughout the day so we might just as well as get up and start the day on a positive note just like quitting smoking there's some really rough days in those early weeks BUT with the right Mindset we can and will get through one precious Smokefree Day at a time or hour minute or even a second at a time as long as we stick with our precious quit journey we'll continue to reap the benefits of Smokefree living   we don't ever want to see another Day ONE  do we? BUT each and every Day WON is a GIFT of LIFE......

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

I remember!!!

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

I'm sure we all remember where we were and exactly what we were doing that fateful morning of September 11th 2001!!!

I remember that day and the following days vividly there's way too much hate in this World and it appears to be getting worse every day there needs to be more kindness, understanding and caring and it needs to start at the top with the men and women in power, the Prime minister's offices, the President's offices they need to give a damn and quit lining their own pockets and start doing something to make this World better for our children and grandchildren. Sorry about that anyway when it comes to quitting smoking and remaining quit we must quit and we must choose to stick with our quits N.M.W - No Matter What because it's Doable as long as we are willing determined and totally committed to succeed then there's no way any of will FAIL and we can continue living a life of Freedom !!!!

On a lighter note it's Wednesday and another Hump Day is here plus it's another Day to be WON keep saying YES to Smokefree living.....

I actually slept in until almost 8 o'clock but now I need to get moving and get my green tomato chow started once the coffee kicks in   I remember back in my smoking days it would take 4  or 5 coffee and 5 or 6 cigarettes to get the day started plus I would be outside in all kinds of weather nearly horking up a lung or possibly even both now I can get moving on a few sips of coffee even though I still enjoy about 3 cups each morning while I'm here on this site reading and blogging BUT thankfully I do it Smokefree  as long as we all stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance we'll be living a life of Freedom and reaping the benefits of Smokefree living .........

There's so many things in this World that we have no control over BUT thankfully when it comes to quitting smoking we do have complete control over whether we continue to knowingly continue to slowly kill ourselves by smoking or do we make the choice to take back our lives from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison and start living a Smokefree life  I know that I repeat myself over and over again BUT our lives literally depends on us to quit and stay quit I do remember and I pray that I will N.E.F - Never Ever Forget how horrendous it was because I know that it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination in those early weeks BUT I also know that with commitment and perseverance it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it to be able to go anywhere anytime whenever wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a damned Cancer Stick.....With the right Mindset we can and will be reaping the benefits of Smokefree living......

Making the decision to bite the bullet and take back our lives from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison is in my opinion the wisest decision that anyone 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 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 BUT we must choose to stick with our quits so each evening we can say YAY for another Day WON! As difficult as quitting smoking it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it BUT you must believe it and keep moving forward because you will get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals 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 crutch of cigarettes BUT after decades upon decades of smoking it's bound to take time to relearn life without the smokes BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it to be Free....... I smoked roughly 30 smokes a day for 40 years with at least a half dozen failed attempts at trying to quit BUT with commitment and perseverance I made it through, there were times in my early weeks of quitting smoking that I wanted to scream and I most likely did plus when the cravings were almost overpowering notice that I said almost I'd yell right out loud that I don't smoke anymore and I'd be shaking my head at the same time and I'd yell it over and over again and there were times that I wanted to tear my hair out or rip someone's face off anyone's face it really didn't matter who's face BUT I was a good girl and kept my precious quit journey I thank this fabulous community of awesome folks who really helped me through some horrid rough patches to where I am today at 1882 splendiferous DOF or something like that........No more Russian 

Life really does get easier and easier with time under our belts and it definitely gets better and better without the crutch of cigarettes BUT it does take time to relearn life without the smokes AND of course life is going to happen good and bad whether we smoke or NOT so choosing to stick with our quits N.M.W - No Matter What guarantees us a lifetime of Freedom relapsing isn't an option anymore because our lives literally depends on us to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance so we can reap the benefits of Smokefree living......let's N.E.F  - Never Ever Forget that horrid DAY ONE only Days WON will keep us FREE......


 

I'm so glad that to be able to say YAY for Smokefree living and to be able to smile each evening and say YAY for another Day WON because LIFE really is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand..... BUT it does take time to get to that good place in your quit where you realize how much better life is as an EXer......

Another day to be WON unless you are beginning your day ONE which means this evening you can say YAY for DAY WON with many more to come as difficult as quitting smoking is I'm so  thankful it's DOABLE its definetly not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it to be able to go anywhere anytime whenever wherever and however without wondering where you can sneak off to suck on a damned Cancer Stick BUT once we've quit smoking we can say YAY because we don't do that anymore it takes time to relearn life without the smokes BUT it's worth 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 as an EX smoker non smoker or EXer it doesn't matter what you call it as long as we all stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever and vigilance N.M.W - No Matter What then we'll continue to reap the benefits of Smokefree living.......

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

N.M.W.

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Sep 5, 2019

Life is a Roller Coaster ride of ups and downs with a ton of curve balls that will knock us on our butt to get kicked in the teeth it'll happen whether we smoke or NOT so choosing to stick with our quits N.M.W - { No Matter What } is what we must do in order to live a Smokefree Life we must choose to stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever and Vigilance because it works when applied on a daily basis then there's absolutely no way we can FAIL......

Praying for everyone that is in the path of Hurricane Dorian to be safe......We must choose to stick with our quits N.M.W because Life is going to happen whether we smoke or not so choosing to remain Smokefree will hopefully give us a few EXtra years with better quality of life to enjoy the little things in life that's actually the the big things in LIFE....

Here's a pic of my Samantha Digger Jane Hartley below she'll be 16 on the 11th of October we've had her since she was 6 weeks old she hasn't got up on the couch for a long time so I when she jumped up yesterday I snapped a picture with my tablet and thought I'd share.....

As  difficult as quitting smoking is we can and will be successful in living a Smokefree Life BUT we must be willing determined and totally committed to succeed then there's no way any of us will FAIL I  still remember how horrendous my early days and weeks of quitting smoking were so I always want to remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget because going back to that horrid DAY ONE isn't an option anymore BUT each and every Day WON is a GIFT of LIFE....

I want to let each of you know that you're on my mind especially those that aren't here with us right now that's going through difficulties, we must continue to move forward living a life of Freedom because relapsing isn't an option anymore life is way too precious to waste it on the damned Cancer Sticks......

It's September 1st and the temp is sitting at 35 degrees brrr but we'll be warming up into the high 60s by the afternoon I'm not looking forward to Winter BUT I'm not going to think about that because I plan on enjoying Fall to the fullest along with helping my hubby Mark get the last of the garden in and getting our Winter's wood put in the basement, lots to get done, many of you probably remember me talking about my 59 year old brother in law Bob having roughly a year and a half to live he has stage 4 low grade kidney cancer anyway his younger sister is usually pretty tight with her money BUT she payed $200.00 for Bob to go for a hot air balloon ride   his first response to his wife Wendy Mark's sister was what am I dying!  Bob and Wendy both have the right Mindset neither one are giving up maybe just maybe some new Cancer treatments will come on the market BUT if not you must live until you die. Bob never smoked but he was an auto body painter for years, Wendy has never smoked either, life happens to non smokers too good and bad so for us that smoked decades upon decades then it's very wise to quit and stay quit because LIFE is way too short to knowingly slowly kill ourselves by going back to the damned Cancer Sticks, I'm thinking of our Nancy this morning and sending her gentle hugs along with lots of good thoughts and prayers for strength and healing and peace of mind and a speedy recovery, I'm also sending the same prayers to our Ellen elvan and Ken Pops and anyone else in need and prayers going up for everyone that is in the path of Hurricane Dorian......

I took a few pictures Friday evening then I had some fun with the Photoshop Express app and then I did a collage in the photos so I thought I'd share ...... Mark and my youngest grandson Mason......