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I'm a broken record and I know it BUT when it comes to our quits I want everyone to EXperience the Freedom of living a Smokefree Life I don't want anyone to become complacent and think just ONE would be OK because it's NOT Ok it most likely would screw up a perfectly beautiful quit so I like to push N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W because it works when applied on a daily basis then there's absolutely no way any of us will FAIL with it being NeYearEvtoday I think EXtra vigilance is a good idea for everyone of us let's 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 each and every Day WON is the GIFT OF LIFE   let's go into 202with our precious quits in tact it doesn't matter whether we're on day one or day five thousand and one because relapsing just isn't an option anymore NOT when our lives literally depends on us to stick with our quits N.M.W - No Matter What........with commitment and perseverance we will live a life of Freedom and enjoy life to the fullest without the yuckies (cigarettes).....

 

Well here we are just one day away from the end of the year Goodby 201 HELLO 202 I want each and everyone here at Ex to be EXtra vigilant because it doesn't matter where we are in our quits whether it's day ONE or five thousand and ONE it only takes a split second to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit and with all of the festivities that goes along with the New Year coming in I don't think any of us needs to become complacent or think hummm surely just ONE would be OK!!! YIKES!!! IF WE ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN THEN WE WOULD  LOSE THE  BEST GIFT that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the GIFT oLIFso Vigilance is KEY to remaining Smokefree so we can wake up in 2020 and CELEBRAT FREEDOM!!! It's up to each of us to nurture and protect our quits N.M.W. - No Matter What!!!  Our LIVES are literally in our hands.......

2019 is coming to an end with 202waiting in the wings let's live it to the fullest Smokefree of course because we don't do that anymore as long as we all stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W then we'll continue stacking up those precious Days Of Freedom so each evening we can look ourselves in the mirror and say YAY for another Day WON....

BUT if you're here and on the fence about quitting smoking or if you've quit and you're struggling please stay close because we're all here to help you in any way we can, you can do this quit deep breaths and believe in yourself you can and will be successful one precious Smokefree Day at a time or hour minute or even a second at a time it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it to be Free...... The longer you're quit the easier it will get BUT it does take time to relearn life without the smokes the only way out is through BUT as difficult as it can be thankfully it's also Doable it's a wonderful feeling to be able to go anywhere anytime whenever wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a damned Cancer Stick......

2020 is our year to blossom whoo hoo let's CELEBRATE our Freedom no matter where we are in our quits whether it's day ONE or ONE thousand and ONE or two thousand it really doesn't matter where we are as long as we all stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance then we'll continue to reap the benefits of Smokefree living and that's definetly worth CELEBRATING .........

I'm on day 1,993 of my precious quit journey heading towards the double Quads YAY for 2,000 splendiferous DOF in just 7 days WOW! I always want 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 I still smile at each and every Day WON  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. I struggled with horrid withdrawals and moodswings and lack of sleep there were days that I felt like I was crawling out of my own skin nobody wanted to be around me not even my grown children they never thought I'd ever quit smoking for good because they knew that I had at least a half dozen half assed attempts at trying to quit BUT the grandchildren were safe they were my incentive and still are, I'm living my Forever Quit and with commitment and perseverance we all can live a life of Freedom and once you plow through the roller coaster ups and downs and into that good place in your quit then you'll realize just how much better life is without the damned Cancer Sticks 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'm saying HELL YES!!!! 

I know I'm a broken record when it comes to my blogs I probably am in other areas of my life as well BUT when it comes to quitting smoking I want everyone to EXperience the Freedom of living a Smokefree Life because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that with commitment and perseverance it's absolutely DOABLE it's definetly not easy by any stretch of the imagination 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 for your health family and friends BUT especially your LIFE..... Deep breaths and believe in yourself because you can and will get through the roller coaster ups and downs into that good place in your quit.

I hope all of you reading this had a wonderful Christmas and had lots of good food to eat we did great here and I ate way to much  we're now on a downhill slide towards 2020 let's be EXtra Vigilant and go into the new year with our heads held high continuing to live a life of Freedom or maybe you are planning on starting your precious quit journey you can and will turn your DAY ONE INTO DAY WON with many more to come chin up you will succeed, stay close because we're all here to help you in any way we can we're here rooting for each other on the good days as well as the bad days..... Happy BoxinDay.......

I'm sending each and everyone here at Ex a humongous but gentle Christmas hug and wishes for a Stressfree hasslefree BUT most importantly a Smokefree Day.  Merry Christmas.......

I'm sending each and everyone of you a ton of good vibes for a very Merry Christmas and for all of us to be EXtra vigilant because it only takes a split second to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit so we must nurture and protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE.....Mason spent the night last night.

Merry Christmas from Mark Mason and myself to each of you my friends and Fellow EXers and most definetly EXtended family let's celebrate reason for the Season.......

Christmas is just around the corner I'm hoping that the hustle and bustle of trying to get things done isn't stressing anyone out because just like quitting smoking life is going to happen whether we smoke or not & Christmas is going to come whether we've got everything done or not so deep breaths and know everything will be A okay N.M.W.- No Matter What, let's be sure to continue stacking up those precious Days Of Freedom so each evening we can look ourselves in the mirror and say YAY for another Day WON   our quits is 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 so we can enjoy the little things in life that's actually the big things in life.....

If anyone asked me if quitting smoking was easy? I'd be saying HELL NO BUT if you asked me if quitting smoking was worth it? I'm saying HELL YES with a humongous smile on my face    I'm telling you that for me after 40 years of slavery to the damned Cancer Sticks and smoking at least 30 smokes a day that quitting smoking most definetly wasn't easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT when I found out that I have mild copd that's when I realized that I wasn't invincible and my desire to live a Smokefree Life was so much stronger than continuing to slowly kill myself so I found this site and read everything I could find about this horrid addiction and to make a long story short here 1988 splendiferous days late living a life of Freedom and I didn't tear my hair out or rip anyone's face off plus I'm still semi sane BUT seriously once you stop and think about how decades upon decades you smoked then it only stands to reason that it's bound to take time to relearn life without the smokes BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it to be Free plus our lives literally depends on us to stick with our quits N.M.W.....

The Christmas Season can be EXtremely difficult for many people for many different reasons if you are having a  hard time with it or you're just struggling please stay close and know that we're all here to help you in any way we can, life happens whether we smoke or not so being EXtra vigilant especially during the tough times is key to remaining Smokefree none of us no matter where we are in our quits can let LIFE kick us in the teeth and screw up a perfectly beautiful quit so let's always remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget that another DAY ONE would totally suck big time but another Day WON is a GIFT of LIFE.....

It's absolutely wonderful living life to the fullest without the crutch of cigarettes I'm on 1,985 splendiferous DOF - Days Of Freedom and there's so many more folks that has a much bigger quit count and I'm sure many that has a lot less days BUT it really doesn't matter where we are in our quits whether it's day ONE or ONE thousand and ONE or two thousand it really doesn't matter  what does matter is that we stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W because that's what's going to keep us living a life of Freedom I still smile at each and every Day WON because LIFE really is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand - D.E.B.S - Decide Educate Believe Succeed.

I remember the early days and weeks of my quit and each DAY WON sure didn't feel like a Gift BUT felt more like a root canal without the anesthesia LOL BUT looking back each day I got through really was a Gift of LIFE and each day you get through is a GIFT too, the longer we're quit the easier it gets it BUT if you're in the throes of horrendous cravings and moodswings and lack of sleep you probably think I'm nuts BUT I made it through those horrid rough patches after 40 years of slavery to the damned Cancer Sticks I smoked  roughly 30 a day quitting wasn't easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT I wanted NO I needed to quit smoking so I could enjoy the little things in life that's actually the the big things in LIFE! Once I found out that I have mild copd that's when I realized I needed to quit smoking I wanted it much more than to continue to slowly kill myself  as difficult as was at times it was also Doable and totally worth it to be Free......

Christmas can be a very difficult time for many people either through the loss of loved ones, lack of finances or possibly living on the streets which is heartbreaking BUT especially this time of the year all of these things remind me just how blessed I am and I'm so thankful for everything that I have and even with the hustle and bustle of Christmas we all must remember the reason for the Season and we must take the time to enjoy the it and not let all of the little things that we or may not get done stress us out because Christmas is going to come whether we're stressed out or not just like our quits LIFE is going to happen whether we smoke or not so vigilance is key to to remaining Smokefree so let's enjoy the Season and let's nurture and protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE..........

In order to EXperience the Freedom of living a Smokefree Life we must choose to 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 any of will FAIL and besides anything in this life worth living 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 will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE....

Life really does get easier and easier with time under your belt and it definitely gets better and better without the yuckies (cigarettes) BUT it does take time to relearn life without the smokes you must go through the roller coaster ups and downs of moodswings and lack of sleep to get to that good place in your quit where you realize that LIFE really is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand so chin up if you're struggling with remaining quit please know that with commitment and perseverance you will succeed in living a Smokefree Life I do remember and I hope that I - N.E.F - Never Ever Forget how horrendous it was in those early days and weeks of quitting smoking WOW I remember many Times laughing one moment and the next I'd be blatting like a baby or I'd be so mad and angry about what I had idea  I'd feel like screaming and I probably did and I felt like tearing my hair out or someone might look at me the wrong way and I'd want to RIP their face BUT thankfully I knew that I would make it through those horrid times from all  of the reading that I did here it wasn't easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT I was committed PLUS another Day ONE would totally suck big time but another Day WON is definetly the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE.....

 Thankfully with willingness determination and commitment along with perservence you can and will make it 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 as an EX Smoker Non Smoker or EXer it doesn't matter what you call it as long as you keep plowing forward stacking up those precious Days Of Freedom so each evening you can say YAY for another Day WON it's definetly not easy by any stretch of the imagination especially in those early days and weeks of quitting smoking BUT boy oh boy it's so 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 PLUS our lives literally depends on us to stick with our quits N.M.W so we can be around to enjoy the little things in life that's actually the the big things in LIFE.....Never ever give up on your precious quit journey because success is inevitable if you keep moving forward.....

Once we decide to bite the bullet and take back our lives from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison then we must choose to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W, whether you're on day ONE or ONE hundred or ONE thousand and ONE or two thousand it really doesn't matter all that matters is stacking up those precious Days Of Freedom so each evening you can say YAY for another Day WON it's definetly not easy by any stretch of the imagination in those early weeks of quitting smoking BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it to be Free and with commitment and perseverance you will make it 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 Smokes......

I still smile at each and every Day WON because quitting smoking was and still is the wisest decision that I've ever made made and probably ever will make in my lifetime and it's definetly the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE our quits are vital to our quality of life because breathing is essential to living so by sticking with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W we'll continue to EXperience the Freedom of living a Smokefree Life.....

It doesn't matter where we are in our quits whether it's day ONE or ONE thousand and ONE or two thousand it really doesn't matter, what does matter is that we stick with our precious quits we can't let lifes ups and downs screw up a perfectly beautiful quit because whatever is happening will happen whether we smoke or not so we must choose to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W. besides relapsing isn't an option anymore because NOPE MEANS NOPE we can yell and scream and do whatever is necessary to stay quit get on line ask for HELP if you're struggling and if need be sit on your hands while you're waiting for someone to respond because you can't smoke if you're sitting on your hands!

Our buddy our pal our friend our Hump Day Camel George and I want to say good morning and wish you the best day possible Smokefree of course......

We can and must make the choice to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W. our lives depends on us to nurture and protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the GIFT OF LIFE we must remember that life is going to happen whether we smoke or not - N.E.F. - Never Ever Forget how horrendous it was in those early days and weeks of quitting smoking! Another Day ONE just isn't happening NOT when our lives hang in the balance! 

Once we decide to bite the bullet and take back our lives from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison then we must make the choice to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W because it's the only way we'll make it through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and moodswings and lack of sleep and get into that good place in our quits where we realize just how much better life is without the Smokes that's when we know that we've given ourselves 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 and it's ours as long as we all stick with our quits then we'll continue to reap the benefits of Smokefree living..... Another day ONE would totally suck big time BUT each and every Day WON is PURE Freedom..... 

If I'm remembering correctly I believe Nancy is seeing a Dr about her knee injury today and if I'm not remembering correctly that's okay too because we can still send EXtra good thoughts and prayers up for her for strength and healing plus peace of mind during the healing process.

Life can and will throw us curve balls that'll bring us to our Knees BUT that's LIFE we must pull up our boot straps and continue on with whatever we are doing we'll most likely need to take a few deep breaths and have the belief that everything will be A okay we must not let anything that's happening screw up our perfectly beautiful quits LIFE happens whether we smoke or not so if we want to live a life of Freedom then we must choose to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W then we'll continue to reap the benefits of Smokefree living  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  it's up to us individually to keep our precious quits so we can enjoy the little things in life that's actually the the big things in LIFE..... If we don't look after ourselves nobody else can do it for us.....

I'm really not quite myself this morning it's going to take awhile to realize that our Samantha Digger Jane isn't needing fresh water or her breakfast or a potato chip or a piece of pizza or that she needs outside or back in or just a snuggle BUT we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we had to say goodbye to our beautiful furbaby after 16 years of loving her  we know that she's in a much better place. Mark and I both will continue to move forward stacking up our precious DOF because we also know beyond a shadow of a doubt that our lives literally depends on us to stick with our quits N.M.W - No Matter What - we both quit for our health so we'll remain Smokefree for our health and well-being, thank you everyone for your kind words and love yesterday Mark and I both appreciate it more than you'll ever know.

I had a very hard time consoling our 10 year old grandson Mason last night over Sams passing but I did get him calmed down the other two grandchildren haven't been around as much the last few years since they're teenagers but they both were really sad......

I believe this picture was taken a little over a year ago Mason got his hair dyed red lol.

Today is the day to say goodbye to our 16 year old Samantha Digger Jane Hartley our hearts are breaking because we finally made the decision this morning she can't put weight on her back legs without pain I've been ready for awhile now but Mark wasn't until this morning so at 2 o'clock Atlantic time we'll be taking her to the Vets office to be euthanized We'll be bringing her home to be buried here in the Spring, Mark is building her a casket which we've done twice before! I thought of a Cigarette several times BUT thankfully I know better it wouldn't make a bit of difference in the outcome of what is happening EXcept I'd be ruining my quit and it just isn't happening! Here's a collage I put together on October 11th on her 16th birthday we got her when she was six weeks old.

Here's a few pictures of just an hour ago! Oh my gosh this is so hard!

smoking wouldn't lessen our pain one bit Mark is going to have six years in on the 25th of April and I'll have six years in on the 14th of July and we'll continue stacking up our precious DOF N.M.W......

Breathing is essential to living so quitting smoking is 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 and it's worth all of the horrendous cravings and moodswings and lack of sleep once you get to that good place in your quit where you realize how much better life is without the disgusting cancer sticks our lives literally depends on us to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W and it works when applied on a daily basis then there's absolutely no way any of will FAIL.....

I just wanted to touch base and wish you the best afternoon and evening possible Smokefree of course.

I've got an early appointment tomorrow then my daughter Mandy and I are going to get together for the day so I'll check in with all of you my friends and Fellow EXers and most definetly EXtended family when I get back so lets  all of us here at Ex always remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget how Crappy it is to be a slave to the horrid nicotine poison BUT let's keep reaping the benefits of Smokefree living because relapsing isn't an option anymore NOT when our lives literally depends on us to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W because LIFE really is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand BUT you must get through the rough patches first so chin up if you're struggling and keep moving forward stacking up those precious Days Of Freedom so each evening you can say YAY for another Day WON.

Most of us here at Ex has smoked for decades I believe the first time I was 12 and by the time I was 14 I was smoking 8 or so a day and then at 16 when I got married for the first time I was smoking more than a pack a day so after 40 years of slavery to the damned Cancer Sticks it's no wonder it's so damned difficult to quit especially in those early days and weeks BUT I can say for certain that quitting smoking is DOABLE whew it was EXtremely horrendous at times BUT I didn't tear my hair out or rip anyone's face off which I could've done easily at times BUT I made it through the roller coaster ups and downs of moodswings and lack of sleep and made it to that good place in my quit and with commitment and perseverance so will everyone because with the right Mindset we can do just about anything we put our minds to 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 literally depends on us to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W.......

We lucked out here in my region of NB with 8.5 inches of the white stuff instead of a ft or more that came down around me Mark plowed while I got some exercise scooping the front and back steps plus in front of the garage and carport BUT no smokebreaks because I don't do that anymore PLUS relapsing isn't an option it's not even a blimp on my Radar and if by chance I get that fleeting thought of just ONE would be OK then I'll laugh right out loud and give my head several shakes because I know better and so do all of you because just ONE would totally screw up a perfectly beautiful quit and that's just NOT happening...... We must always remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget that horrid DAY ONE or those early days and weeks of quitting smoking instead let's smile at each and every Day WON because LIFE really is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand so chin up if you're struggling keep moving forward stacking up those precious Days Of Freedom so each evening you can say YAY for another Day WON it's definetly not easy BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it to be Free..... Oh my gosh I almost forgot our buddy our pal our friend our Hump Day Camel George wants to wish each of you reading this a Stressfree hasslefree BUT most importantly a Smokefree Day....

Life can and will kick us in the teeth at times BUT that's life and it's going to happen whether we smoke or not, I do remember several times in my early weeks of nearly throwing my hands up and saying screw my quit I'll buy a carton of cigarettes instead of just a damned pack BUT thankfully with the help of this community I knew I'd make it through it wasn't easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT I knew that it would be worth it to be Free and it sure is so if you're struggling with remaining quit please know that we're all here to help you in any way we can...

CONGRATULATIONS sweetplt on your precious quit journey YAY for your glorious entrance into the awesome 6 % Club YAY for 1 splendiferous year of Smokefree living whoo hoo let's CELEBRATE because I absolutely love CELEBRATING MILESTONES, congratulations on your fantastic fabulous beautiful glorious wonderful humongous ginormous magnificent amazing spectacular splendiferous stupendous awesome quit journey YAY for each and every Day WON.

Wow it's December 1st already I'm wondering where the last several months disappeared it seems the older I get the  faster they go, I'm hoping once the Christmas season is over that January February March and April will zoom right along because Winter always seems to drag on and on BUT then again life is way too short to wish the time to speed up even if I'm just talking about the snow and freezing temps of the Winter Season I've been very fortunate so far this year we've got some snow and cold temps BUT nothing compared to the last several years so I'll take it plus no matter the Weather or anything that's happening in life I'll remain Smokefree WE all have the choice to stick with our quits N.M.W - No Matter What & We must not let LIFE kick us in the teeth and screw up a perfectly beautiful quit instead we must always remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget that horrid DAY ONE or those early days and weeks of quitting smoking our lives deserves the very best that life has to offer and smoking isn't an option anymore because WE don't do that anymore besides life's going to happen whether we smoke or not so we might just as well continue living a life of Freedom so each evening we can look ourselves in the mirror and say YAY for another Day WON. We got Mason to help us decorate the tree yesterday and the inside of the house and it's great not having to stop and take smoke breaks.

Santa bought Mason an air hockey game for a thank you for helping his Gram and Gramp    wasn't that nice of  Santa?