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2020

In the early days and weeks of quitting smoking it is a roller coaster of ups and downs of withdrawals and moodswings and lack of sleep BUT at some point in those early weeks you'll reach that 1st glorious AHA Moment where you hadn't even thought of a disgusting yucky (cigarette ) all day and what a glorious moment that will be then you'll 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 keep moving forward stacking up those precious Days Of Freedom so each evening you can say YAY for another Day WON.   There's so many ups and downs in LIFE and that's going to happen whether we smoke or not so we might just as well stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W so we can continue enjoying those AHA MOMENTS because the longer we're quit the easier it will get and we can and will triumph the choice is ours.....

 

I'm thinking I'm in a funk and maybe a few of you reading this might be too so I'm sending out positive vibes to whoever may need a pick me up including myself, we had quite the storm yesterday with snow and wind school was cancelled so my daughter Mandy brought Mason before she went to work my husband Mark got off early to plow but with only having a Super M tractor with no cab built on  he decided to wait and plowed this morning before he went to work there were  times yesterday we couldn't even see out the windows because of the white outs anyway on a positive note everyone got home safely at the end of the day and we didn't lose power where a few thousand did in other communities PLUS smoking isn't required no matter what the circumstances are once we make the choice to quit smoking then we MUST choose to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W because our lives literally depends on us to nurture and protect the best gift that We'll ll ever give ourselves which is the GIFT OF LIFE !!! I better get my butt in gear and go shovel the white stuff UGH BUT on a positive note Spring is coming YAY and let's say YAY for Smokefree living....{{{{{ Hugs to everyone }}}}}

I got ready to go shovel and decided to take a few pictures with my tablet so here's 3 pics I just took and did a collage of the front and back of the house and our driveway which is very long anyway it's beautiful out at 22°F but feels so much warmer so I better go shovel the steps front and back Mark will finish plowing when he gets home from work....I think I've got a touch of S.A.D. - Seasonal affective disorder - BUT hey that's A OK because Spring is coming  YAY

In order to EXperience the Freedom of living a Smokefree Life we must be willing determined and totally committed to succeed then we must make the choice to stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever and vigilance N.M.W - No Matter What because LIFE happens good or bad whether we smoke or not so we must make the choice to perservere through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and moodswings and lack of sleep so we can get to that good place in our quits where we realize just how much better life is without the crutch of cigarettes it's EXtremely difficult in those early days and weeks of quitting smoking BUT thankfully it's absolutely Doable deep breaths and know that we're all here to help you in any way we can.....YAY for Smokefree living and YAY for each and every Day WON......

Another month is on it's way out we're supposed to get 6 to 8 inches of the white stuff tomorrow with gusty winds and whiteouts in open terrain BUT I know that March is just around the corner although it can be a cantankerous month BUT I know Spring is coming we have to spring ahead because of the the time change on March 8th UGH anyway life happens whether we smoke or not and choosing to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W is the key to living a life of Freedom our quits must be our #1 priority so we can be around with the best quality of LIFE possible.....

I like the color of the ground that George is standing on it's looks so much better than the icky white stuff....

Life happens whether we smoke or not so we must choose to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W so we can live the best quality of LIFE possible.....

Kicking nicotine's butt to the curb permanently is EXTremely difficult to say the least BUT thankfully with N.O.P.E and vigilance you will persevere through the horrid rough patches and into that good place in your quit BUT remember that it takes time to relearn life without the crutch of cigarettes BUT it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it.....

We all know that smoking kills and it doesn't matter who you are or where you live it's bound to catch up with you at some point I used to think that I was invisible that I would most likely be buried with a Cigarette in my mouth oh I half heartedly tried at least a half dozen times to quit smoking the emphasis on tried and half heartedly otherwise one of those attempts might have stuck BUT after 40 years of smoking at least 30 a day a Dr sent me for a breathing test which showed mild copd that's when I realized that my life was worth so much more than the damned Cancer Sticks so I found this community and read everything I could find and set up a quit date but I wasn't ready when it came so I reset it and kept on reading I promised myself the night before that I was never ever going to smoke another cigarette as long as I live I don't break promises to anyone including myself. So I started my quit and for some reason I totally forgot about this site until my 18th day when I was ready to jump in my car and buy a carton of cigarettes SCREW just the pk BUT thankfully I did remember and got on line and started reading up until that point I'd just been hiding in the shadows and hadn't let myself be known BUT thankfully that day I commented on something and so many of you came and supported me and helped me through that rough patch and so many more YEP quitting smoking is EXtremely difficult BUT it's absolutely Doable....I was taught N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever & N.E.F - Never Ever Forget & S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option & N.M.W. - No Matter What PLUS there's so many more that I learned  LIKE - keep them away from your face & the only way out is through if you want to add some more please do........

Quitting smoking is definitely the wisest decision that any of us will ever make for ourselves other than sticking with the decision to remain Smokefree because if we don't nurture and protect our quits then nobody else can do it for us it's our choice to hang on to the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the GIFT OF LIFE  or to throw our hands up in the air and screw up a perfectly beautiful quit we  must stick with N.O.P.E so we can have the best quality of LIFE possible so we can enjoy the little things in LIFE that's actually the the big things in LIFE.....

Brrrrrr it was -23°F first thing this morning and only 56°F inside but it's warming up to 62 now, I've got my fuzzy pjs on plus fuzzy socks and sneakers plus a sweater Mark stoked the fire up before he went to work and I'll be keeping it stoked up  it's going to warm up alot over the weekend YAY and YAY for not needing to be outside freezing my butt and fingers off this morning trying to smoke brrrrrrrrrrr thankfully I don't do that anymore no one has to do that anymore because we have a choice and choosing to stick with our precious quits is the gift of LIFE!!! 

I'm one of those people that thought I'd never quit smoking I half heartedly tried at least a half dozen times BUT obviously they were just half assed attempts otherwise one of them would have stuck BUT this quit was AND is different because of this community and of all the reading that was suggested to me which I did and it helped me tremendously to understand about this horrid addiction, 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 thankfully with commitment and perseverance it's DOABLE....

In the early days of our quits N.O.P.E is KEY just like in the early weeks and months N.O.P.E and vigilance is KEY once we get to that good place in our quits N.O.P.E is still KEY BUT then we must not allow ourselves to become lazy and complacent instead 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 a GIFT of LIFE!!!! Stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W because it works when applied on a daily basis.......

Only one more Hump Day in February then onto March we go I've got to get moving soon and do some shoveling I haven't been outside to measure yet but I'm guessing we got about 5 inches of the white crap overnight but on a positive note it could've been a foot Anyway no matter the Weather or anything that's happening in our lives we can and must make the choice to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W. so we can continue to EXperience the Freedom of living a Smokefree Life PLUS relapsing isn't an option anymore right! So let's always remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget that horrid DAY ONE or those early days and weeks of quitting smoking BUT each and every Day WON is a GIFT of LIFE....

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.

I love the Serenity Prayer I know it's an A.A. Slogan BUT it is perfect for all aspects of LIFE, hummm I never mentioned that on Valentine's day I celebrated 9 years of Sobriety and on July 14th with N.O.P.E and Vigilance I'll be celebrating 6 years of Smobriety it's not easy kicking addictions butt BUT with willingness determination and commitment along with perservence it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it to be FREE......

I smiled at this pin below I hope each of you will smile at it to  don't let weight gain or anything deter you from your precious quit journey our quits must be the #1 priority you can work on any weight gain once you feel secure enough in your quit to tackle it I gained almost 10 lbs over Christmas ugh BUT I love Chocolate then hubby bought me a box of Lindor chocolates on Valentine's day well geesh I had to eat them and they were yummy.

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

Mindset

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Feb 18, 2020

With the right Mindset we can do just about anything we put our minds to and quitting smoking is vital to our quality of LIFE because breathing is essential to living we all know that smoking kills and it doesn't matter who you are or where you live it's bound to catch up with you at some point so by biting the bullet and taking back our lives we've got a much better chance of living a better quality of LIFE...


I consider quitting smoking a Gift of LIFE and it's the ONE GIFT that I pray will keep on giving day after day week after week month after month and Lord willing year after year our lives literally depends on us to nurture and protect our quits so we can be around to enjoy our family and friends with the best quality of LIFE possible......

YAY for the 22 degree difference in the temps from yesterday morning till this morning jonimarie commented to me yesterday that the warmer temps were headed my way YAY! Life happens whether we smoke or not so I say YAY for Smokefree living and YAY for each and every Day WON because LIFE really is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand .....

life is a roller coaster ride of ups and downs kinda like the weather and kinda like the early days and weeks of quitting smoking BUT with time Spring will come after Winter and with commitment and perseverance you'll reach that good place in your quit and you'll be so glad that you stuck with your precious quit.....

Thankfully we can make the choice to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W so we can live a Life of Freedom I'm so happy that quitting smoking is DOABLE definetly DIFFICULT to say the least BUT it's also DOABLE and so very  WORTH IT TO BE FREE....

I stayed snuggled under the covers while Mark got the fire going in the wood furnace he said it was only 14° Celcius in the house I'm really glad that he doesn't work away anymore brrrrr I remember only too well getting up to the house being freezing and having to shovel a ft or more of the white stuff more times than I care to remember and dealing with the ice grrrrrr it's wonderful to have him home so I'm not dealing with it by myself, he was away most of the time in the first 2 years of my quit BUT has been home the last 4, you know I also remember very vividly how horrendous it was in those early days and weeks of my quit WHEW so for each and every one of us let's never ever take our precious quits for granted because it only takes a split second to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit BUT let's always remember and N.E.F -Never Ever Forget - because we never ever need to go through another Day ONE EVER As long as we all stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance we can smile at each and every Day WON PLUS our lives literally depends on us to to nurture and protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the GIFT OF LIFE......

I'm so glad that I don't need to be outside freezing my butt and fingers off trying to suck on a damned Cancer Stick coughing and choking and nearly horking up a lung or possibly even both because I figured I needed that fix NO WAY NOT ANYMORE because I don't do that anymore NONE of us has to do that anymore! It's starting to warm up some YAY.....

Let's keep stacking up those precious DOF  - Days Of Freedom I believe I'm on day 2042 and counting & still smiling .....

In order to EXperience the Freedom of living a Smokefree Life we must choose to stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever and vigilance N.M.W - No Matter What - it can be and most definitely will be EXtremely difficult in those early days and weeks of quitting smoking BUT thankfully with commitment and perseverance it's also very 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....

Life can and will kick us in the teeth at times and sometimes it'll catch us totally off guard BUT thankfully we can keep our precious quits in tact so we can continue to reap the benefits of Smokefree living.....

If you were to ask me if quitting smoking was easy? I'll be saying HELL NO!!!! BUT if you asked me if quitting smoking was worth it? I'm saying HELL YES!!!!

I remember only too well how horrid it was at times in those early days and weeks of my quit and wondering if all of the horrendous cravings and moodswings and lack of sleep was worth it BUT by reading everything I could find right here on this site about this horrid addiction it strengthened my resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb permanently it wasn't easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT I made it through without tearing my hair out or ripping someone's face off and I'll tell you there were times that I wanted to rip someone's face off anyone's face it really didn't matter whos BUT thankfully with the help of this community I made it through to that good place in my quit and so will anyone and everyone as long you stick with your precious quit journey....

Our buddy our pal our friend our Hump Day Camel George and I want to wish each of you reading this a Stressfree hasslefree BUT most importantly a Smokefree Day   I've got another appointment this morning nothing important BUT I need to get moving soon while I'm sitting here drinking coffee I'm thinking how thankful I am for all of you in this virtual community of ours because we've become friends and Fellow EXers and most definetly EXtended family at least that's how I feel. Finding out that I have mild copd was the the straw that broke the camel's back! Oops sorry George! BUT seriously I tried to quit smoking at least a half dozen times the emphasis on tried because obviously I wasn't ready to quit even though I was sick and tired of being sick and tired it took that health scare for me to realize that I wasn't invincible and my desire to quit smoking was much stronger than continuing to slowly kill myself PLUS I wanted and still want to be around for my family especially the grandchildren which were my incentive and still are I want the best quality of LIFE for all of us so we can be around to enjoy the little things in LIFE which is actually the the big things in LIFE.....Our lives literally depends on us to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W.......

No Matter where we are in our quits whether it's day ONE or day TEN or ONE hundred or a thousand or two thousand it really doesn't matter as long as we stick with all stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W then we'll be able to look ourselves in the mirror each evening and say YAY for another Day WON.

I'm so ready for Spring we had an absolutely great Nov & Dec,  hummm I guess Jan.wasn't overly difficult other than it stormed every wk end and church was cancelled 3 times because of the road conditions we were in a wk end pattern now it seems we're in a mid week pattern ugh I got 2 appts tomorrow and 1 on Wed then Thursday I'm supposed to get together with the 3 sister in laws and take our mother in law out for lunch I think we'll see grrrr we're supposed to get some snow every day this week not alot but some, it looks like a Winter wonderland this morning so instead of pouting I decided to get busy and be productive. Life happens whether we smoke or not and we must choose to stick with our quits N.M.W - No Matter What because we can't let the weather or anything else that's happening in our lives screw up our perfectly beautiful quits besides we don't smoke anymore we just don't do that anymore.  I'm thinking Mark will enjoy homemade beans and brown bread and rolls right out of the oven for lunch, his hand is still swelled up from being bit by a German shepherd last Wednesday but it looks good he's been taking antibiotics the Dr prescribed to ward off infection the tape the Dr put on the wound is still in place that's quite the tape, here's a picture looking out my livingroom window this morning. 

Let's stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W because it works when applied on a daily basis and life really does get easier and easier with time under your belt and it definitely gets better and better without the crutch of cigarettes.....

I kinda smiled at the pic below LOL BUT I've been told that I have a warped sense of humor at times.

After decades of smoking it's bound to take time to relearn life without the crutch of cigarettes as Dale says keep them away from your face and the only way out is through and I can tell you through EXperience that after 40 years of slavery to the damned smokes of smoking at least 30 a day I'm living a life of Freedom it was worth all of the horrendous cravings and moodswings and lack of sleep 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 can tell you there were times that I wanted to scream and yell and I probably did and at times I felt like I was crawling out of my own skin and I thought I was having out of body EXperiences because I had so much brain fog BUT thanks to this awesome community of awesome folks that suggested that I read everything I could find right here on this site which I did everytime I had cravings back to back and some of seemed never ending I'd come on line and read or comment and most definetly blog about it which helped me get to that good place in my quit where I realized how much better life is as an EX Smoker Non Smoker or EXer it doesn't matter what any of us call it as long as we all stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W because as difficult as quitting smoking is it's also very Doable and totally worth it to be Free.....Keep moving forward and you will get comfortable in your own skin again BUT first you must go through all of the cravings and moodswings and lack of sleep BUT you can and will be successful in getting to that good place in your quit and you will be so glad that you stuck with your precious quit journey......

Once you reach that good place in your quit you'll be smiling at each and every Day WON because LIFE really is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand.

We actually lucked out on the snow YAY we only got a ft instead of a ft and a half and very little freezing rain YAY we did get quite a bit of wind but we never lost power YAY I kept shoveling the steps off yesterday which I find easier to shovel a few inches of the white stuff at a time than letting it build up but there was several inches to shovel this morning but I got some exercise YAY I shoveled Mark's truck out while he was plowing and when I tried to move it I got it stuck so I shoveled some more and moved it to the back yard where he already plowed, Mark got bit by a German shepherd on Wednesday doing deliveries on his job, he was bit on the back of his right hand and the poor guy is right handed, Mark said he could see a couple of tendons moving around so he went to the hospital the Dr didn't want to do stitches in case there was any saliva deep in the wound so he used some kind of tape the Dr gave him a prescription for antibiotics to fight off infection he also got a tetna shot the dogs owner said the dog was up to date on his needles the owner felt really bad. Mark delivers there quite often and has never had a issue with the dog and always pets him, the owner said the dog is on meds for hip pain and maybe that caused an issue but poor Mark finished up his deliveries one handed after leaving the hospital and worked on Thursday but took yesterday off because of the storm so he wouldn't be stuck in the dirty old warehouse and possibly get infection he works with oils and lubes like kerosene and stuff like that his hand is still swelled up. Sorry I'm rambling I better finish up this post and turn the oven on for my bread and rolls and give the beans a stir in the crockpot lets always remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget that in order to live a Smokefree Life we all must choose to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W so we can continue stacking up those precious DOF so each evening we can look ourselves in the mirror and say YAY for another Day WON it's definetly not easy by any stretch of the imagination in those early days and weeks of quitting smoking BUT boy BUT oh boy it's so worth it to be Free.....

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

Choices!!!

Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Feb 7, 2020

There's so much happening in this World that we have no control over BUT thankfully when it comes to quitting smoking we do have control over whether we smoke or not, we all have the choice to stick with our precious quit or throw our hands up in the air and screw it up BUT thankfully relapsing isn't an option anymore because we don't do that anymore....

Mother Nature gave my neck of the woods a pretty decent January which I'm very thankful for because living in a snowbelt I EXpect January to be the most horrid month kinda like quitting smoking grrrrrrrr usually we get storm after storm with at least 10 inches of the white stuff each storm and when it's not storming we get the frigid temps or we'll get a January thaw where everything turns into a skating rink especially the driveways kinda like the rollercoaster of ups and downs of withdrawals and moodswings and lack of sleep BUT like everything in LIFE it's going to happen no matter the Weather or Season or whether we Smoke Or Not plus we all know that Spring will come & with some time under our belts we do realize that our quits is the gift of LIFE!!!! Oh yeah 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......

I put some weight on this Winter so I found a way to weigh myself which I like.

Don't let anything or anyone discourage you in your precious quit journey keep moving forward stacking up those precious Days Of Freedom so each evening you can say YAY for another Day WON.....

As horrid as quitting smoking is  thankfully it's also DOABLE plus our lives literally depends on us to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W - No Matter What!!! Smoking kills and it doesn't matter who you are or where you live it's bound to catch up with you at some point BUT hopefully by quitting smoking you'll be giving yourself a better quality of life because breathing is essential to living and being able to enjoy the little things in LIFE is the gift of LIFE..... 

Cancer is everywhere both my sisters are dealing with breast cancer but are doing fine right now my brother in law Bob isn't doing so well with stage 4 kidney cancer he's married to My hubbys sister Wendy and there's so many others in and around my little community that's battling cancer and some have lost their battle, life is way too short to knowingly continue to slowly kill ourselves N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever is what we all need to do to heighten our chances of a much better quality of LIFE and it's absolutely worth all of the horrendous cravings and moodswings and lack of sleep to be FREE....I certainly had some horrendous cravings in my early weeks of quitting smoking some were back to back and they seemed never ending I might be laughing one moment and the next I'd be blatting like a baby or maybe I'd be in a snit feeling like tearing my hair out or better yet rip someone's face off anyone's face it really didn't matter who's face I'm telling you it wasn't easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT I knew that I would make it through because of this community and all of you being here and I did the reading that was suggested which helped tremendously and here I am on day 2031 and I still smile at each and every Day WON because LIFE really is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand......

After decades of smoking it only stands to reason that it's bound to take time to feel comfortable in your own skin again BUT you will and it's so worth it once you reach that glorious AHA Moment where you realize how much better life is as an EX Smoker Non Smoker or EXer it doesn't matter what you call it because you'll just be glad that you stuck with your precious quit journey.

Every once in awhile life can feel overwhelming & it's going to happen whether we smoke or not so we might just as well stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever and vigilance N.M.W - No Matter What so we can continue stacking up those precious DOF - Days Of Freedom, we all deserve the very best that life has to offer and I say YES to Smokefree living and YES to having the Best Quality of LIFE that I can have to enjoy the little things in LIFE that is actually the the big things in LIFE! I want that for each and every one of you and the best part is with Commitment and Perseverance it's Absolutely DOABLE...... It's definitely not easy at times BUT it's absolutely worth it to be Free......

I can't remember the last time that Old Mother Nature treated us here in Eastern Canada to a half decent January BUT wow she did and now we're into February so hopefully it'll also be a gentle month BUT I do live in a snobelt so I'll just be EXtremely grateful for the month of January because even though we had some snow and ice and several cancellations  it could've been somuch worse, I got out for the day yesterday which I really needed so today is baking 13 loaves of bread and a pan of rolls BUT that's A OK if I get it done early enough I think I'll go out for another drive this afternoon. Life really does get easier and easier with time under your belt and it definitely gets better and better without the crutch of cigarettes BUT it does take time to relearn life without the smokes 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 without the yuckies ( cigarettes ).......