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Day 43!

Posted by Pops May 31, 2018

Good morning EXers!  Getting busy in the office today....easy to do now that I'm not stopping for a death break every hour....Today is day 43 of what I am so striving to be my last and forever lifetime quit!  I used to say that "I hope" this is my last quit...now, I prefer to say that I am applying measures, and checks and balances to help me insure that it "Is" my forever quit! I just have to stay positive...I mean after all...what's not to like anyway?  Better health, more money, more time, better appearance, better disposition...no brainer to me....

XOXOXOXO Pops w/43 DOF!  Enjoy your day....

 

Pops

Day 42!!!

Posted by Pops May 30, 2018

Good morning EXers!!!

Enjoy your Hump day....two more to another weekend...woo hoo!!!!!  I'm so stoked...today is 42 days of freedom for the freedom fighter!!! Let's celebrate of something!!!!! Oh, that horizon might be intimidating for some, however...I just look at it as a beautiful horizon that I get to look at for at least the next 12 hours.....I wonder how many miracles are going to take place in my life before the sunsets again????

Enjoy your day!!!.....Pops

Pops

Good morning EXers!

Posted by Pops May 29, 2018

Good morning,

Just thought I'd let you know that I will be on the bike this morning. I will be rolling out of Ohio around 6 this am, and should be home around noon, or shortly thereafter.  Looks like the weather will be perfect for riding.  Another benefit of not smoking, is how much better my travel times on the bike are.  I would be stopping for a smoke at least every half hour. 

Today I am rocking 40 great days of freedom.  I had a great time in Ohio, and should be well recreated for awhile now.  I'm hoping all of you enjoyed kicking off your summer weekend.  I will check back later this afternoon .  

Pops with 40 DOF!

Pops

What's up???!!!

Posted by Pops May 27, 2018

Just getting ready for a Memorial Day party....Hello EXers!  Today Pops is rocking 39 days of freedom, and is about to be a big part of an epic summer picnic in Ohio.  I will make an attempt to post a short video I took this morning.....???

Pops. XOXOXO!

Pops

Good Evening EXers!!!

Posted by Pops May 26, 2018

Good evening EXers....

As you know, I am in Ohio for the holiday enjoying my brother and his wifes' company.  The food is going to be so terrific tomorrow.  We just finished smoking a 7 pound plus brisket of beef this afternoon, and tomorrow we will be grilling ribs, wings, shrimp and kabobs!  They are expecting about 20 people to come out!  What a fun time that will be.....

 

Today, I noticed that recently I acheived a couple of milestones in my quit.  I will try to post them here.  Just in case, I will tell you that I now have passed the one month mark, and just today...I elapsed the 1500 smokes not smoked!!!! Plus I have now saved over $530!  Geez, the hits of wonder just keep rolling in....The weather here is simply perfect.  I hope you are all enjoying your holiday weekend.  This one is especially special to me, in that I am a Viet Nam veteran....

 

God bless all of you......

Pops with 38 Days of Freedom!!!!!

Woo Hoo....remember....just keep them away from your face!!!!!

Pops

Good morning on Day 35!

Posted by Pops May 24, 2018

All right, enough of the snooze button already!  Trying to get you guys up and about is about as hard as herding cats...Time to roll out, get you some coffee...go for a quick walk, breath in some of that morning freshness, and go do life!  As for me, well it's time to make the donuts.  I have to finish this contract that I have been writing for the last two weeks.  When that is complete...then I have the bosses blessing to get on the road!  Woo Hoo!!!  Take care today, and be safe on the road if you are traveling....

xoxoxo Pops w/35 DOF!!!

Pops

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!