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I'm a broken record and I know it BUT when it comes to our quits I think it's OKAY because our lives are counting on us to look after ourselves if we don't nobody else can do it for us!!! Quitting smoking and remaining quit is EXtremely Vital to our quality of LIFE because breathing is essential to living as difficult as quitting smoking is I can tell you through my nearly crawling out of my skin and feeling like tearing my hair out or wanting to rip someones face off it really didn't matter whos face EXperiences that with commitment and perseverance you will succeed in living a life of Freedom it's definetly not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT thankfully it's DOABLE and so very worth it to be FREE to be able to go anywhere anytime whenever wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a damned Cancer Stick coughing and choking and nearly horking up a lung or possibly even both BUT WHEW thankfully by quitting we don't have to worry about that because we don't do that anymore sticking with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W works when applied on a daily basis.....

I remember only too well how horrendous it was in those early days and weeks of quitting smoking BUT after 40 years of slavery to the damned Cancer Sticks and smoking at least 30 a day it made perfect sense that it was bound to take time to relearn life without the crutch of cigarettes because every blessed thing we did was wrapped around them BUT with commitment and perseverance it's absolutely Doable.......

Oops I almost forgot that 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 because our QUITS IS A GIFT OF LIFE which will keeps on giving day after day week after week month after month and Lord willing year after year and all we have to do is stick with our precious quits.....

Lol ha ha ha, I couldn't resist posting this  I hope you smiled reading it lol.

 

When I first came to Ex I was looking for as much help as I could find and I think I was looking for a quick fix BUT after reading everything I could find right here on this site I began to realize that after 40 years of slavery to the damned Cancer Sticks and smoking at least a 30 a day with at least a half dozen half assed attempts at quitting smoking it hit me that if I was going to be successful  then I'd have to be willing determined and totally committed to succeed I know NOW that t wasn't prepared to quit otherwise one of those half assed attempts would've STUCK! Anyway thankfully there's definitely LIFE after Cigarettes and it's super fantastic BUT first you must go 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 stick with your awesome quit journey because it's absolutely worth it to be Free and it's definetly the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the GIFT OF LIFE.....

Sticking with N.O.P.E ~ Not One Puff Ever and vigilance N.M.W ~ No Matter What ~ works when applied on a daily basis because there's absolutely no way you will FAIL it's definetly not easy by any stretch of the imagination in those early days and weeks of quitting smoking BUT with commitment and perseverance you will 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 moving forward stacking up those precious Days Of Freedom so each evening you can look yourself in the mirror and say YAY for another Day WON I'm so glad that quitting smoking and remaining quit is Doable and it's up to each individual to make the CHOICE stick with N.O.P.E which is the gift of LIFE ~ Relapsing is never the answer.....

Happy Mothers day to all of you here at Ex no matter if you have children of your own or not  I'm sure you're a Mom in one way or another love cyber hugs all around at 9 o'clock last night I measured a strong 12 inches of the white stuff ugh this morning it settled quite a bit it's heavy I shoveled the landing and a couple of steps I'm taking a break I'm measured 13 inches but I'm sure it was more than that anyway Mark has to plow on Mothers day wow it's not unheard of to get snow in May but I don't remember ever getting this much! Oh well it's nothing to relapse over there's nothing on the face of this earth that's worth screwing up a perfectly beautiful quit because LIFE is 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 because we deserve to look ourselves in the mirror each evening and say YAY for another Day WON....

Here's a picture from 9 o'clock last night I trudged through snow up to my knees to take some pictures....

Here's a picture from this morning before I took this break I'm on.....

I strayed up until almost midnight last night going through an old photo album My Mom gave me when I was 16 wow that was a long time ago she's been gone over 8 years now she was 15 in Montreal and the other one is with the 4 of us.

Happy Mothers day my friends and Fellow EXers and most definetly EXtended family.....

Oops it's Mothers day tomorrow NOT Christmas BUT it's hard to believe looking outside I trudged through snow up to my knees to take some pictures at 9 pm and measured a strong 12 inches AND it's still snowing BUT thankfully smoking isn't even a blimp on my Radar because I don't do that anymore and have no intentions on ever relapsing N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever AND VIGILANCE N.M.W - No Matter What ~ works when applied on a daily basis......

I'm really glad that I do listen to the News and weather because if I didn't I'd have been shocked looking out my window this morning UGH it's Mother's day weekend Mother Nature NOT Christmas BUT although it's May 9th and NOT December 9th it's still pretty anyway this is NO reason to smoke there's NOT an EXcuse good enough to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit NO WAY NOT ANYMORE we've all got to much to live for YEP! I stepped outside to take this pic of the back of the house where our patio area is I'm so ready for Summer bring it on Mother Nature..... we're predicted to get anywhere from 5 inches of the white stuff ugh to possibly 10 inches I'm rooting for 5 or under!

Once my coffee kicks in I'm throwing on a batch of bread and toss in a load of laundry and smoking just isn't required because I know that LIFE is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand YAY for Smokefree living and YAY for each and every Day WON! If you're struggling with remaining quit please know that we're all here to help you in any way we can and it does get easier and easier with time under your belt and it definitely gets better 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 hang on tight to the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE.....

I know there's a few of us here on EX that lives in a snowbelt BUT geesh this is May 8th SNOW really UGH BUT this is just a TEASE because she's planning on 5 to10 INCHES of the white Crap for Mothers day morning oh well this isn't completely abnormal BUT I don't believe anyone is going to welcome it grrrrrr BUT hey I'm still smiling because Relapsing isn't an option anymore NOT for ME or for any of US because no matter what the World throws at us we have the CHOICE to throw our hands up in the air and screw up a perfectly beautiful quit or take a deep breath or two or as many as we need to and continue making the CHOICE to  live a Smokefree Life because our lives deserves for us to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W....... YAY for Smokefree living and YAY for each and every Day WON.....

Whether you're on the fence about quitting smoking or if you're in the throes of horrendous cravings and moodswings and lack of sleep or possibly you've been quit for years and are having smokemares ( dreams or nightmares ) and waking up in the middle of the night like YIKES then WHEW realising it's just a bad dream!!! Let's be EXtra Vigilant and not allow ourselves to become complacent especially in these stressful times instead let's keep stacking up our precious DOF - Days Of Freedom so each evening we can look ourselves in the mirror and say YAY for another Day WON. I'm a recovering alcoholic with 9 years of Sobriety and come July I'll have 6 years of Smokefree living BUT twice in the last couple of weeks I've woke up in the middle of the night with a drink in one hand and a smoke in the other I know I'm stressed So EXtra Vigilance is key to remaining Smokefree and besides relapsing isn't an option anymore because you and I don't do that anymore...... Nobody has to do that anymore......

Our buddy our pal our friend our Hump Day Camel George and I want all of us to take as many deep breaths as we need to and just breathe through these unprecedented times together WHEW these stressful times are most likely playing a toll on each of us in one way or another BUT we'll get through it and we'll come out the other side even stronger and definetly Smokefree because we will perservere...... we're all in this together......

Pull up a chair and join me in a virtual coffee and some breakfast and relax even if it's just for a little while....

Always remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget ~ that when it comes to our quits each and everyone of us has a choice to stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever ~ or screw up a perfectly beautiful quit by throwing our hands up in the air by relapsing and having to go back to that horrid DAY ONE! ~ LIFE can and will kick us in the teeth so we must hang on tight to our precious quits because LIFE happens whether we smoke or not so let's hang on tight to the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the GIFT OF LIFE!!! ~ NONE of us has to ever go back to that horrid DAY ONE ~ NOT when we can choose to continue to move forward stacking up those precious Days Of Freedom so each evening we can say YAY for another Day WON.... 

There's so much chaos in the world right NOW let's keep this communitya safe haven N.M.W. - No Matter What ~ a place to feel secure and be ourselves a place where we have full support in helping each other in quitting smoking and being there for each other no matter where we are in our quits because we need a safe haven even ME and I'm on day 2121 of my quit BUT  I have bad days just like everyone LIFE happens whether we smoke or not AND I have no intention of ever relapsing BUT I need a safe haven, I want to be able to come here and log on and know that we're all here for each other supporting each other through the good and the bad times even if it's NOT smoking related that we can agree to disagree and be kind at the same time. I know that I need that and I want this community to continue to be a safe haven N.M.W because our quits deserves for us to be there for each other whether we're in the beginning of our quits or further along we must choose to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W because our lives are hanging in the balance........

On a different note here's our patio area with some of the Flags hung up on our screened in patio area....

Some people like keeping count of their days quit and some don't BUT whether you do or whether you don't really doesn't matter, all that matters for each and everyone of US is that we all continue moving forward stacking up those precious DOF - Days Of Freedom  whether you're on day ONE to be WON or day TEN which happens to be the awesome DDC - Double Digit Club  or day ONE HUNDRED which happens to be the fantastic TDC - Triple Digit Club OR Day ONE Thousand which is the super fabulous QUAD SQUAD and of course TWO THOUSAND which is the GINORMOUS DOUBLE QUADS  OR I think you got it THREE THOUSAND is the GLORIOUS TRIPLE QUADS  I learned these abbreviations and soooooooo much more right here in this stupendous community. I can go on and on about moving forward in our precious quit journeys BUT it's up to each one of us to continue to make the CHOICE to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W - No Matter What - it works when applied on a daily basis THEN there's absolutely no way any of us will FAIL ..... I'm on day 2120 and smiling.  Once we get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and moodswings and lack of sleep and get into that good place in our quits that's when we realize just how much better life is as an EX Smoker Non Smoker or EXer it doesn't matter what we call it, all that matters is we're living a Smokefree Life AND we know that LIFE is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand ......YAY for Smokefree living and YAY for each and every Day WON.  

On a lighter note......

I slept in until almost 8 o'clock Mark helped me stir up a batch of bread most of you know I make big batches of 12 loaves and a pan of rolls every 9 or 10 days because we don't buy any store bought bread I could eat it no problem BUT not Mark or Mason or the other 2 grandchildren either LOL, I used to tease Mason while making his grilled cheese which he loves with Grams homemade bread I'd say we're going to start buying bread at the store WOW I can still see the look on his face LOL HA HA HA. Anyway the phone has been ringing pretty much all morning and now it's time for the bread to go in the pans so if you're reading this and are on the fence about quitting smoking NOW is the time to take back your life from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison and if you're struggling with remaining quit please know that that after 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 PLUS we're all here to help you in any way we can stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W because Relapsing isn't the answer NOT when 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.....

Most of you probably seen this collage BUT like most of you grandparents I miss my grandbabies BUT it's getting closer to a reality here in New Brunswick to opening up the Province slowly one precious step at a time thankfully when it comes to our quits we can and will make the choice to continuestacking up those precious Days Of Freedom so each evening we can look ourselves in the mirror and say YAY for another Day WON....