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Day 34 is here!!!

Posted by Pops May 23, 2018

Good morning EXers!!!  Today is day #34 for POPS!  I am so stoked to be able to get out of town for the holiday and enjoy the beginning of summer.  Staying busy and on point with my pledges and readings...this quit is relatively simple.(but not easy...)  Most every urge has been relatively short in duration, and easily dispatched by remembering how much good I am doing for my health and overall frame of mind....

 

Remembering stopping smoking is not sacrificing anything of value, but instead...it is providing me so much more help in living a successfully happy life...

 

Pops with 34 Days of Freedom!  Woo Hoo!!!!!

Enjoy your day.....

Pops

Time to cheer on the holiday!!!

Posted by Pops May 22, 2018

Good morning EXers!  I am so stoked about the upcoming weekend...Thursday afternoon it starts, and I am taking an extra vacation day on Tuesday after Memorial Day...giving me 5 and a half days for only one vacation day!  Woo Hoo!

 

However, the most important thing to be happy about is how quickly I will be able to get to Ohio since I am not pulling over every 30 - 45 minutes a smoke.  Yep today is actually day 33 for the old biker!!! Woo Hoo!  Get up and out, and enjoy your day....

Pops with 33 DOF!

Good morning EXers!  I am so stoked that it finally looks like we are going to start getting some consistently warm weather around here...At last!  Memorial day around here just puts me in the mood for riding....just something about it...Maybe the "Rollin Thunder" that goes on every year, or just the smell in the air....This weekend, I will be on the Iron Pony heading out to Ohio for some good old fashioned barbeque, and brotherly bonding...

 

"SMOKEFREE" I might add!  The last time I visited them, they were so sorry to see that I was smoking....They are ecstatic that I have 32 Days of Freedom today as well....Woo Hoo!!!!!  So the bike is tuned up, I bought a couple of extra pair of sunglasses, some sunblock, and my bags will be packed Thursday for the weekend. 

 

In the meantime, I have to get busy here @ work this morning...I hope all of you have a wonderful start to a new week of life....

Pops with 32 Days of Freedom!!

Pops

TGIF!!!

Posted by Pops May 18, 2018

Good morning EXers!!!! It's Friday, and another day has come and went, and today gives me great reason to smile...for it is this morning that I have acquired 4 weeks of freedom...!!!!! And that my friends just rings my bell...loud and proud!

 

Next weekend, I will be in Ohio celebrating the Memorial Day weekend with Brother David and family...Know this, I am going to be eating like a king when I'm there!  His wife always makes me a care package to take home with me since she knows that I typically won't cook for just myself.  So at least I will eat a couple of good meals when I get back...It's not that I don't know how to cook.  Heck, my dad was a long order chef and brought me up in the kitchen.  It's just I really don't care to cook for just myself....

 

Our rain levels the last couple of days have been way over normal, and we are now experiencing down powerlines and major flooding throughout the D.C. area, and many of it's outlying towns as well.  Well, I guess I'd better get busy and earn my keep today....Enjoy your smokefree day today....

 

I will leave you with a couple of smiles on your face this morning.....

and maybe another???

Pops with 4 weeks of freedom!  Woo Hoo!!!

 

Pops

Hello EXer family!!!!

Posted by Pops May 17, 2018

Good morning everyone!  We have buckets of rain this morning.  Just 18 miles north of here got over 10 inches of rain last night and this morning...they have flooding in alot of the downtown shops and major roads....So I guess I should be grateful for just a little bit of water on the surface....

One thing I'm grateful for this morning for sure...is that I am now 28 days clear of smoking!!! Woo Hoo!!!!! It is so nice to not be coughing my lungs out all night long and sit at my desk wheezing and my breathing being heavy enough that I could actually hear my own air passing through my mouth...Yep, I'm grateful that none of that is going on in my life today.  What did I actually give up?  hmmm, high blood pressure, coughing, wheezing, laziness, bad breath, obnoxious noises...? Gee...to think that I actually wanted to hold on to those ideas for so many years????  What did I get in return?  An enormous amount of newly found energy, a much better work ethic (actually being present @ my desk instead of outside smoking all the time), good healthy blood pressure, clear breathing, rarely cough at all...my self esteem....

Think about it for a bit....what did you give up...and what did you gain in return?

 

Pops with 28 days of freedom! Woo Hoo!!!

Pops

OLAH!!! Day 27 Woo Hoo!!!

Posted by Pops May 16, 2018

Good morning EXers!  Time for you guys to get your coffee cups and start living another day...What a wringer of a day yesterday was...now I can live in today!!!! Soon I will be shutting down the first month back....yay for Pops!!!

Work is still intense, but I had my toast, and I am on my second cup of joe...so I think it will be mangeable.

Here's hoping all of you get a nice start....

Pops w/27 DOF!!! Woo hoo!!!!!

Good morning EXers!  I hope all is well with my family here...I sure am happy to have been able to pocket my pride and not worry quite so much about what you thought of me, and decided to come back to the fold....Thanks for all of the support that I have received since I've returned.

I am always sickened when I see another tobacco addict (either formerly, or still addicted) talk down or harshley to another addict that has faltered.  But for the grace of God...there go I.....

So...it's back to work, and another day has begun....time to earn the donuts!

Pops w/26 Days of Freedom...Woo Hoo!!!!  

Enjoy your day......

 

Wow!  Let me tell you guys something....now that it is almost 7 in the evening....today has been one heck of a doosie to stay focused in....My addict mind has been beating on me continually for the last two hours...!!!!! I know that I am not to act on the thought...instead, I am looking to see how my life has been greatly enhanced from not smoking, and to appreciate that I am now 26 (soon to be 27 days free from the last drag of nicotine.....).  But let me tell you...the addict is a stubborn sob @ times....;-(!!!!  I know that my stature here has been severly hit by my last relapse, and I really do NOT want to fail here....so I will just continue to do what all of us do....NOT SMOKE NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!!! Darn this is simply brutal right now.....  Oh well....this too shall pass...(it better pass soon, or I am going to have to break something!!!!!)  Geez this sucks!!!!!

Wha wha whaaaah whaaaah ....yeah I know....but that is just how it is @ this moment....oh well, I'm going to post this at the risk of looking like a total village idiot.

Pops who still struggles just like most people do from time to time.....

 

Pops

25 Days and counting!!!

Posted by Pops May 14, 2018

Good morning EXers!  Woo Hoo!!! Pops is on a roll this morning...I have to be...look at all of my quit buddies and their magnificent quit tallies...shashort with her 2 years...and linda.mustafa with her 1500 Days, and many more besides those...I hope I never catch up with them, but I no longer want to fall any further behind either.....

Work this week is going to be an absolute total grind, inasmuch as I have three huge deadlines by the end of the month that cannot be missed...So, it's burning the candle from both ends until they are complete...ugh...Oh well. Like they always say, "to whom much is given....much is to be expected..." I believe that comes under the heading of "shut up and get busy."  Or there's always the old standby..."if the barn needs a paint'n....then git a brush & git after it."

I experienced a few short moments of back and forth with the mental thoughts of sneaking in a smoke here or there...(of which I promptly recognized as simply a byproduct of my recent relapse and that it did not necessarily need to be acted upon.

So, without any further ado, I would like to wish all of you a wonderful start to another week of work, and happy smobriety!!!!  Remember...."keep them away from your face!!!!"

 

Pops with 25 Days of Freedom!!!

 

So Jump into your new work week!

Pops

Good morning EXer family!!!

Posted by Pops May 13, 2018

How is everybody doing this fine Mothers' Day?  We had some gorgeous weather here in Maryland yesterday....good thing too...because today is awfully gloomy...The rain was going hard all night, and through this morning.  Temp is down about 20 degrees...Oh well, at least I have a great coffee pot and some strong Tim Nortons grounds and my friends to blog to...Oh and yes...another day in the books....Today Pops is strong and alive and well with 24 Days of Freedom!!! Yeah for EX as a whole....Thanks family.

I'm so sorry to see that Youngatheart.7.4.12 had a bad fall, and is in for hip replacement surgery this morning...:-( ....Let's all pray she is okay and back to her normal self soon....

 

 

 

 

Good morning Exers!!!! That's right, I am rocking this quit that I am so grateful to have restarted again...20 days ago....which means no more adolescent teenage temper tantrums...lol.  Actually, all in all...this has been a relatively mild quit journey this time around.  I have experienced minimal urges to light up.  I did notice the few times that the thought came on me, being short as it was nonetheless...it was usually around the time that I was getting off from work, or shortly after a long meeting that was full of deadline discussions...What I have surmised from that, is that stress from work is inevitable, but I need to learn to let it pass without thinking of dealing with it in such an adolescent way.  That's kind of like dropping a ten pound ball on my foot, so I will no longer notice my slight headache.  Not a very practical means of pain management.

Anyway, I wanted to keep this blog positive, as I am feeling very positive about all of my newly rediscovered energy levels, fresh mental viewpoints, and a general sense of well-being since I quit 20 days ago.  Woo Hoo!!!!! No regrets whatsoever.  As a matter of fact, I found a pin I thought I would share with you this morning...

In other words....what are you waiting for?!!!

Thanks for listening...and have a great day.....

 

Pops with 20 DOF!  

  

Pops

Good morning Exers

Posted by Pops May 6, 2018

Good morning EXer family!!! I hope all is well in the land of nonsmokers!  I am hoping to get out and enjoy some of this Maryland spring/summer weather this morning....(Chic Filet sandwich???) Something to eat and go do a little shopping.  Then perhaps the car wash...OMG we have had such bad pollen this last week.  My poor black car is now actually a cross between yellow and orange...!!! After all of that, I'm thinking about getting out on the Harley if the weather holds up...tor a little outside roady trip....beautiful temperature for it.....

Notice I didn't include lighting up a stick of death in todays plans....As a matter of fact, according to my quit stats, I now have 17 days 11 hours smokefree!!!

I'm Pops, and am signing off with 17 DOF!  Now get out there and enjoy your beautiful Sunday

Pops

I must still be chugglin' ;-)

Posted by Pops May 5, 2018

Good morning EXers!  

Just thought I'd share something with you this morning....I woke early this morning, and found myself sort of anxious to get the day started, so I got up, put on some coffee & headed out to the garage to find a specialty tool that I had misplaced awhile back for a project that I am doing later today.  

Sometimes I misplace tools in the bottom of my saddlebags on the Harley...so I dug into the my bags, and what did I see in the bottom of my bag?  A brand new pack of Marlboro Reds that I forgot about.  I used to call that one of my emergency stash points, in the event that I ever came up not having smokes, I could always go to my saddlebag and find an emergency fix...

So I must be doing something right.  I'm 15 days and 9 hours into my quit, and I immediately thought to myself..."I wonder if I should take a selfie of me flushing these down the toilet or not?"  lol...I decided to spare you the visual of my toilet, but I did come back inside and immediately opened them, and ceremoniously counted them out loud as I tossed each one into the water.  Then I bid them farewell as I flushed them all down and watched them just circle on away from my new lifestyle...

I'm pretty darn proud of that moment, and just wanted to share it with you.....

btw, I didn't find my tool that I was looking for, but I really think I found something much more valuable than that.  Another successful day won!!! Woo Hoo!!!!!

Pops with 15 DOF!!! Woo Hoo!!!!!

Enjoy your weekend.....

Pops

Time is flying by....

Posted by Pops May 4, 2018

Good morning EXers!!I  I haven't blogged much lately, and thought that I would chime in this morning to give you an update on my quit so far..On the evening of 19 April, 2018...I flushed 3 unopened packs of Death, and have not looked back since then.  I also chose to not use any NRTs, either patches or lozenges. or chantix...I have not been experiencing any adverse effects of withdrawals am glad that I don't have to go through that again.  As of 9:00 last night, my quit counter turned 14 days, or 2 weeks of freedom.  Aint it "Kewl?!"

Have a great day!!! Remember, don't let any near your face....

Pops w/14 DOF!

Pops

9 Days of Freedom!

Posted by Pops Apr 28, 2018

Well, I am kicking it @ home, benging on my DVR for the evening.  I see that I just passed the 9 day milestone as well. Woo Hoo!  Hope everyone else is doing good this evening. I will check back later.  Oh yeah...tomorrow is my 66th bellybutton birthday as well. 

Pops with 9 DOF!

Okay, so most of you know that I really enjoy a "good whiskey", and that Bullit has been my go to favorite now for going on two years now....well....move over Bullit, there is a new sheriff in town, and it goes by the name of "John Fitzgeralds' Grand Larceny!"  I bring you, the neatest and greatest, and smoothest 92 proof Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey sold today....behold.....

 

Ummm ummmm good! ;-)

Pops @ 66 yrs young today, and in just 3 more hours, I will be a two digit midget with 10 days of freedom!!!

Pops

Aint it kewl!

Posted by Pops Apr 27, 2018

  I tried to hang this kewl pic of a one week pin as a banner, but it didn't like the format...so I embedded it here.  Anyway, I had a small moment today as I was going out to the car during lunch, but it just passed as quickly as it came on me...My nature is to want to celebrate @ the drop of a hat, for whatever reason.  And today, marked a one week milestone, so why not go out and reward myself with some more death....I mean makes perfect sense to a drug addict....right?  Geez! the lies that we tell ourselves to get our own selfish ways....Just sick, is all it is...Fortunately for me, I have been through this on multiple ocassions in the past, and I know this is just a short lived phase, and not to over react to it.  Just let it pass without giving it anymore power that it already has....Focus on the positive....not the negative....my actions are direct extensions of my thoughts....If I hope to bring about lasting change in my behavior, then I need to get down to root cause and effect of my thoughts, and develop positive affirmations to help me heal that "stinkin thinkin..."

 

So with all that deep analytical substance out of the way...maybe I can go and lay my comfortable head down on my clean pillow case, and get a good nights sleep!  One week and counting....Woo Hoo!!!

 

Pops!