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A Few Points

Posted by Mike.n.Atlanta Nov 27, 2018

I feel the need to post these few points.


  1. Understand your addiction. Education is key to everyone’s success here. Don’t try to cut corners. This is your life we’re talking about. Your very survival depends on your knowing.
  2. Use this support system. Your brothers and sisters at Ex want nothing more than for you to succeed. Read and post. We help ourselves by helping others.
  3. One puff, one cigarette or feeling that you can control it after a short quit is still smoking. One cigarette turns to two and two turns into a thousand. You can’t control smoking but you can control your addiction just by practicing NOPE. Not One Puff Ever.
  4. This is a process not a procedure. A procedure has a beginning and an end. This process is an ongoing learning and growing event. Be patient and take it one day at a time.
  5. Make a sincere commitment to your quit. You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t feel ready so make the most of it and give it a chance. Too many are looking for that magic bullet that will let them stay quit for a lifetime without any discomfort. Guess what…it doesn’t exist. Do the work, feel the pain and be rewarded.
  6. There is never a valid reason to smoke. There are excuses but they’re pretty lame and if you get right down to it that’s all they are…excuses. Smoking will do nothing to improve any crisis that is in your life.
  7. Get serious about your quit. This IS a matter of life or death.



Maybe She Will

Posted by Mike.n.Atlanta Aug 27, 2018

I saw her crossing the parking lot at my grocer yesterday, puffing away & throwing it down as she walked to the door. I grabbed one of my EX cards before going in hoping I would run into her. Something told me I had to talk to her. So I searched. Finally found her & introduced myself telling her I had seen her across the lot & that if she ever thought about quitting to visit us at EX.

She thanked me & said she had been quit for 15 months. She did it all by herself, just willpower. Then she got the news that she had cancer so what the hell. All I knew to do was give her a hug & tell her there was still a quality of life to be had without smoking even though she did have cancer. She was a little guarded about talking about it. I hope to run into her again. I just thought it so sad to just give up & lose all hope. I can’t imagine. I hope she visits us.

Keep on keepin on,



Posted by Mike.n.Atlanta Aug 1, 2018

FEAR has two meanings...

Forget Everything And Run


Face Everything And Rise

Which will you choose?



Posted by Mike.n.Atlanta Jul 21, 2018

If you're making excuses instead of efforts, you're playing at quitting. Just sayin.

Keep on keeping on,


Holy Crap I Missed It!

Posted by Mike.n.Atlanta Jun 11, 2018

We were busy with a yard sale this weekend & this little nugget flew right by me.

I pray you all get here & beyond.


Also: 150,043 cigarettes not smoked

Keep on keepin on,


Just Sayin

Posted by Mike.n.Atlanta Jun 4, 2018

If you really want to be smoke free you will find a way.

If'll find an excuse.

Keep on keepin on,


Once Again

Posted by Mike.n.Atlanta Mar 13, 2018

I know I haven't made myself visible lately but I do read every day & make the occasional comment.

I can hardly stand to write this. A while back I asked for prayers for my sister Linda because of a spot on her lung. It was all cleared up we were told & no further treatment would be needed other than close monitoring. Linda will undergo a biopsy treatment in the morning at 9:30 to look at another spot. We just don't know anything right now we just need some prayers.

Thank you all & keep on keepin on,

M n @


Thank You

Posted by Mike.n.Atlanta Oct 1, 2017

I hadn't planned on doing this but I've seen some congratulations & a few personal messages that have motivated me. Thank you all.


I just pray that you all arrive at this place in your quit. It wasn't easy but the more you practice NOPE the easier it is. Every one of you are capable of this freedom. It comes with a price though. If you're not willing to put in some hard work,  if you're not willing to help others even though you don't think you know what you're talking about, if you're not willing to grow as an individual, if you're not willing to become an emotionally stronger & confident person, if you're not willing to cast off the old you then you may need to do some more reading & planning. But there's a bonus...even with all the reading & planning, there are people here that are willing to help you prepare to be the person you didn't know you wanted to be.


Keep on keepin on y'all

M n @

13 years, 15 hours, 39 minutes and 6 seconds...7 secs...8 secs...9 secs...


Today is her birthday

Posted by Mike.n.Atlanta Aug 25, 2017

 My sister June would have turned 55 today. She died in 2010 from cancer & smoked to the end. I wasn't there when she quit but I know it was a sweet release. We still miss her...especially her sons.

I want you all to know that she didn't look like this in the end. In the end you couldn't tell  her from any other that suffered this affliction. If they were lain in a row you wouldn't be able to pick her out. Cancer takes everything.

Make your just may save your life.

You understand the peace and serenity that only the rustling branches of a Weeping Willow can bring.


You know the feeling of peeling your sticky skin bit by bit from the boiling leather seats of a car in July.


You know, with absolute certainty, that anything can be fried, eaten, and enjoyed.


Honey, sugar, dumpling, pumpkin, and sweetie pie are usually not referring to food.


You understand the feeling of complete and utter satisfaction when successfully getting a big drop off the end of a honeysuckle.


You know that good food is even better when combined with other good food to make a casserole.


Talking to complete strangers in public is not weird — in fact, it's just good manners.


Speaking of manners, you were grounded multiple times as a kid for forgetting your "yes ma'am’s and "yes sirs.


Just because you asked for a Coke doesn't mean that you want an actual Coca-Cola. We meant Sprite, damn it! Fine, we'd like a soda


You've felt like you were actually suffocating from humidity. Is death by mugginess a real thing?


"You guys" and "you all" are just incorrect ways of saying "y'all."


You feel completely OK talking sh*t about someone, as long as you follow it with a heartfelt "bless their heart."


The squeak of a porch swing and the slam of a screen door will always make you feel at home.


It is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a snow day and the Apocalypse. Gotta get bread and milk before that one inch of snow falls!


You've tried (and maybe even successfully) fried an egg on asphalt.


Sweet tea is the only kind of tea. Get out of here with your unsweetened crap.


You're able to orient yourself based on which church is on what corner.


Telling off other people's kids when they're pitching a fit is acceptable.


Summer nights as kid were spent catching lightning bugs (fireflies to the non-Southerner) in mason jars.


Nowhere else in the country does biscuits better & don't even get us started on chicken biscuits. Sometimes you dream about them.


You know that all BBQ is not created equal. Do NOT, under any circumstances, get Texas and Carolina BBQ confused.


"Red on black, venom lack; red on yellow, kill a fellow" has saved the life of someone you know. Or it was just fun to say as a kid.


It's not a purse, it's a pocketbook.


You never, ever forget to write a thank-you note after attending a social gathering or receiving a gift.


What the hell is a remote control? Pass me the clicker or the changer, or don't pass me anything at all.


Taylor Swift ain't real country music (but we love her anyway).


The struggle of craving Chick-fil-A on a Sunday is so real.


You don't leave the local pool when a Summer thunderstorm rolls in, you just wait it out it out about half an hour until the sun (and humidity) is back in full force.


You take your whiskey and bourbon very seriously.


It's not a shopping cart, it's a buggy.


You can't see a bottle of pink wine without singing Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine" in your head and smiling to yourself about Summer love and simpler times.


College sports rivalries are a religion to you. You're a Bulldawg or a Yella Jacket...It's 'Bama or Auburn. There is no in between.


You've caught a crawdaddy with your bare hands.


You've ridden pine trees.


The music from a banjo, acoustic guitar, and a fiddle playing all together is a sweet and perfect fusion of your favorite sounds.


Backyard bonfires are your idea of a perfect nighttime get together.


You don't realize how strong Southern accents are until you move somewhere else.


Fried chicken and waffles were sent from heaven straight to the South. (Yeah we know it started in Harlem but they were invented by a Southerner)


You know that no matter where you are in the world, if you run into a fellow Southerner, you've got a true friend.


Keep on keepin on y'all,

M n @


Just Sayin

Posted by Mike.n.Atlanta Feb 6, 2017

My goal for 2017 is to lose 10 pounds. Only 15 to go.


Ate salad for dinner last night. Mostly croutons & tomatoes. Really just one big crouton covered in tomato sauce…and cheese. Fine! It was a pizza…I ate a pizza!


How to prepare tofu: Throw it in the trash & grill some meat.


I just did a week’s worth of cardio after walking into a spider web.


I don’t mean to brag but…I finished my 14 day diet in 3 hours & 20 minutes.


A recent study found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.


I may not be that funny or good looking or smart or talented…I forgot where I was going with this.


I think I’ll just put an “Out of Order” sign on my forehead & call it a day.


Senility has been a smooth transition for me.


Keep on keepin on y'all

M n @


Once again...THANK YOU

Posted by Mike.n.Atlanta Jan 24, 2017

Just got word that my sister Linda's cancer is stage 1. So hopefully they were able to get it all. They tell me this means no chemo or radiation will be needed.

God bless you all & thanks for the prayers!!

Keep on keepin on,



I began my quit on October 1st 2004. I was so tired of slowly killing myself with those smokes. I had turned cigarettes into a god & smoking into a religion. I've never once regretted my decision to quit.

"A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor" ~ English proverb

"Just because you don't know how to do something doesn't mean you can't do it." ~ Jeanine Frost

"A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trial" ~ Chinese proverb

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." ~ Henry Ford (1863-1947)

"What if I were to give up today & my peace would have come tomorrow..." ~ A Friend

"Can't is the father of feeble endeavor" ~ Edgar Guest

A craving is not a command & will go away even if we don't smoke."

"One day at a craving at a time." ~ Lori

"The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the 'buts' you use today." --Les Brown

“It is in the present that we create our future.” ~Chuck

"Don't mourn because you can't smoke anymore, laugh because you don't have to."

"If you want to change your life...change your mind." ~A Friend~

I'd rather be a non-smoker who thinks about smoking once in awhile, than a smoker who's always thinking about quitting" ~ Anonymous ~

“The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.” ~ Lou Holtz

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A Request

Posted by Mike.n.Atlanta Jan 5, 2017

My sister Linda & her doctor have been monitoring a spot on her lung & it's getting larger quite fast. A biopsy is planned for the 19th & I wish prayers from all of you. Linda is a lifelong smoker.

Keep on keepin on,

M n @


Cousin Earlene

Posted by Mike.n.Atlanta Oct 26, 2016

So I’ve been putting off posting this because of the nature of this news. I posted in September that my cousin Earline had been diagnosed with lung cancer, was given maybe a year & that she had chosen to forego any treatment due to the spread of the disease. So they give her maybe a year & she only made it a month. I just grow weary from this kind of news.

I want you all to know that I don't post this for sympathy. My hope is that it will be the catalyst to someone's decision to lead a smoke free life. Smoking is not a habit but a deadly addiction. A life or death battle against Nic Demon. Guess who wins if you don't quit? Please make the commitment & stick to it. You don’t want the last image of you to your loved ones to be an unrecognizable you.

Keep on keepin on,