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Good afternoon EXers!  Happy New Year to all of us.....smoke free quitters...Yay!!!!

Things have been quite busy here in Ohio...this last week has consisted of constant eating and going out with friends and family...We are going to two different New Years eve parties as well....After I get back from those, I am going to attend a meeting for the other selfish behavior that I no longer am participating in.  All in all...this has been a wonderful visit to Ohio.  The only downside to the trip, is me desparately missing my two boys....My neighbor has assured me that they are fine, but she has assured me that they are looking for me all of the time....I am planning to return to Maryland sometime friday.  I have missed you guys too...looking forward to hearing from some of you.  Please enjoy your new year's eve and be very careful if you are out on the road tonight.....and remember that we don't smoke anymore....

xoxoxo Pops w/ 100 Days ...Woo Hoo!!!!!

Mac & Cheese....

Good morning    family and Merry Christmas      to all. I’m rocking 94 days of freedom this morning and wish the best for all of you. 

XOXOXO Pops

Pops

Grilling Santa @ work...

Posted by Pops Dec 24, 2018

Grilling Santa (aka Grill Master) is at work spreading Christmas Cheer in Ohio!.....This roast took two hours and twenty minutes later in the Weber to  

Pops

Merry Christmas EXers!

Posted by Pops Dec 24, 2018

So now that I’m rocking ninety-three....A healthier Pops...is my present    to me!

 I am wishing all of you a beautiful and healthy smoke free Christmas    morning. I’m going to try and post a cat    video of my boys  

XOXOXO Pops w/93 DOF!

Good afternoon EXers!!!

My brother and I were decorating the Christmas tree this morning (hey better late than never)...and I told him that the EXer family wanted a pic of Pops aka Santa in the hat....fun anyway.....

I am looking to catch a meeting in town this afternoon, and have some Christmas movies playing on the tv tonight....plus football, and I will be set.....NOPW

xoxoxoxo Pops w/92 DOF

The best brother a Pops could ask for......

Good afternoon EXer family...

I hope all is well in EXland today.....Pops is traversing the No Mans Landscape today.  As I am traveling, this funny little thing called life just keeps throwing monkey wrenches my way.  I am successfully dodging them though.  I can't let anything get in the way of my successful quit of 91 days.

Yesterday's drive of 360 miles in the rain and busy Christmas travelers on the Pennsylvania & Ohio turnpikes was quite the challenge.  I would not be truthful if I told you that I wasn't tempted to stop and buy a pack.  I had to dispatch that sick thinking on more than one ocassion....I just told myself...."Self....don't be such an idiot....you do NOT do that anymore...."  Now put a cookie in your mouth, take a sip of coffee and turn up the tunes and sing.....before I knew it...the thought was way back in my rearview mirror.

When I woke up this morning, I received an electronic text message and email that I was now officially in a "non-paid status" of the federal government.  As being such, I am now "required" to follow certain instructions! LOL....So let me get this straight...you can't do your job, which is to balance the budget....and you tell me that while you are still working and not successfully performing your duties, you will be paid, and I who have always done what I am hired to do....well, I am to stay available and  be ready to return to work when you call me and tell me to return....???? Great....no problem there....I am all over it.....not to worry....idiots...everyone of them.  Merry fr##king Christmas....Oh yeah, make sure you come back to work and spend four hours cleaning out your office, and turn off your pc and shut down your equipment....for free, because we cannot pay you for anything during a furlough.....

omg, what a joke...but you know what....???a cigarette would not make it any better....

xoxoxoxo Pops with 91 DOF!!! Woo Hoo!!!!!

 

btw, what kind of birds stick together??????

 

answer:  Vel-crows   

Now that is original isn't it?  The rhyme isn't the point of interest in this blog....it is the fact that this "old fart" is still making the days count as something besides death and misery.....the days actually are precursors to a long and wonderfully healthier kind of living than I was living 90 days ago....Remember...."don't count the days....instead, make the days count"....

Today is the last day I will be working this year.  My next day back will be Jan 7th 2019....woo hoo!!!!!  My motorcycle club that I ride with...we are having a Christmas party tonight, and then I will be on the road tomorrow morning by 6 in the morning.  I should be rolling into my Brothers house around noon tomorrow.....

I will be checking back in while I am away....Have a great smokefree day....

xoxoxoxo Pops

Good morning EXers!!!!  Pops is alive and well @ day 88 of my forever quit.  Keep up the good work (all of us), and we will surely enjoy some holiday seasonal activities in just a few short days from now....woo hoo....HO HO HO!!!

I am going to try and dig up some Christmas humor pins for today and the rest of the week.....

xoxoxox Pops w/88 DOF!!!  Enjoy your smokefree day.....

lol

Pops

This morning's lesson....

Posted by Pops Dec 18, 2018

...is how to stay smoke free through day eighty-seven....

KEEP THEM AWAY FROM YOUR FACE!!!!!

 

Simple as that....if you never let them be around your face....then you are not going to smoke them....so just keeping it simple is where I find myself from time to time.....I appreciate the simplicity of living a smoke free life, as opposed to trying to continually analyze why my body would constantly try to sabotage my health....maddening when you think about it.  I want to live a long healthy life.  I don't want to have to stop and catch my breath every 25 feet that I walk.  I do not want to have to gasp to breathe....so why on earth would my mind try to kill me?  Answer:  One can't fix a sick mind, with a sick mind....get help.  (as much as I possibly can get too....)  Help comes to me in the form of fellow quitters in the EX community.  Reading literature on the truth of the effects of tobacco in our bodies...(the lie exposed for what it really is..), and in my case, the added assurance of providential intervention.....

 

Well, there you have it...Pop's recipe for success....(handed down to me from many previously successful quitters before me....)  So, I simply do NOT smoke anymore.

 

xoxoxo Pops with 87 DOF...Woo Hoo!!!!!

Pops

My mind is playing tricks...

Posted by Pops Dec 17, 2018

It made me forget...today is number "eighty-six".....

Wow, I see that I have been pretty busy today....it's almost time to go home already...Soon, I will be on the way home and enjoying my music and the thought of eating a good dinner.  I won't be feeling the need to go outside and smoke after my dinner either...woo hoo!!!!!

I hope each of you have been enjoying your smokefree day.  I know that I have....not a chance of me going back on my commitment to remain smokefree.  Not this time...NOPE....Not One Puff...EVER!

Pops with 86 Days of Freedom...Woo Hoo!!!!!

 

I see Youngatheart.7.4.12 gave me a nudge to get my butt on here and shout out another day of smokefree living....That would be eighty-five, and staying alive!!!!! (corny huh?)  Well, it's getting somewhat repetitious now, you have to admit....In ten more days, I will lhave to find another word besides alive...that rhymes with five...lol.  That is really a nice problem to have though.....

Yesterday was pretty boring, and you would be right when you wonder if my quit tool box was needed.  Even though I know that the quit that I am on is absolutely wonderful for me on all fronts....(healthwise, moneywise, sociably, and emotionally)...and still this nagging never say die addiction raised it's ugly head a couple of times yesterday and tried to get me to imagine what a smoke would taste like....I wouldn't know what a smoke tastes like.  Because I have never in my life smoked "a" cigarette....I have smoked a pack of em, and then a carton of em....but NEVER one....

So, I simply got busy doing some other chores around the house, and concentrated on how great I am feeling these days, and saw that my bank account is $1,386 fatter since the 22nd of Sept @ 2 packs per day....($16.50)!!!!! That is my vacation money for this upcoming Christmas.....it also helped take the sting out of the adoption fees for my boys as well.  After a few minutes of the positives from not smoking one single puff of nicotine....the urge was dispatched from my brain for the day....

That my friends is why we as addicts must NEVER forget that we have a quit tool kit that is always available.  Check on it's contents from time to time, to make sure that all of your tools are still in working order, and that you remember how to use them.....you never know what tool might be the one that saves your quit, (or life for that matter....).

Okay, it's time for football & another petting session......

Enjoy your smokefree Sunday....xoxoxoxo Pops w/85 DOF.

Well here's just a little more....Pops now has "Eighty-Four"....

 

Good afternoon.....I'm so bored today....I am benging on my netflix this afternoon.  I just got hooked on an organized crime series by Netflix called "Bad Blood".  It actually is pretty good...centers on the mob influence in Montreal, and the rise and fall of the predominate family there starting around the time of the Montreal olympics....Anyway, enough of that...part of why I am enjoying it so much...is that the boys are taking turns to see which one gets to sit in my lap and get pet strokes while I am watching the boob tube...lol   

Now there's a visual for you....an old man and his cats....Geez Louise!  How my life has changed....some kind of rough and tough old man that I have turned out to be huh?  I guess the hard core old biker look is going to get replaced by the gently old Santa look for now.....

xoxoxo Pops with 84 DOF...Woo Hoo!!!!!

Enjoy your smokefree day......

Yep, 7 more days before I am outa here!!!!! Next Thursday will be my last day until the 7th of Jan....next year!!!!!

How cool is that?!  So between now and then, I have to make sure all of my loose ends are neatly tied up, so that nobody has to needlessly do my work in my absence.....(that's the professional side of the holiday anyway)....As for the personal side of the holiday...since this is going to be my first Christmas/New Years sober....(in a long time anyway.....)...I have checked in the national directory and found several meetings that are taking place in the same neighborhood that my brother lives in....I will always have an escape route in the event that my sick mind attempts to pout and detract from the joy of the holidays....The last thing I want to do is be a killjoy to the ones that I love.  After all, it is me that has a problem with the moderator...not them.....As for the smoking, nobody in the family smokes any longer, so that will not be a problem...plus, I willl always have the site close by....As for Mac & Cheese....(pout....pout....sad face..) ....I have hired the neighbors daughter to come and sit with the boys a couple of times a day while I am away....

As I am writing this blog this morning, I have the You Tube christmas music playing through my computer speakers....Pretty soothing actually....

Most everyone on this site knows of Pops already, but in the event that you are new here...and just happened to land on this blog by chance...well I would like to share with you, that the whole business of not smoking anymore is really much easier than any of us ever imagined.  The hardest part of quitting was to get it through our stubborn heads, that we were just as entitled to be as healthy and happy as anybody else on this site.   The only thing we needed to do, was to start believing in that reality, and begin to focus on the gifts that we would be receiving "each" time we said no to a memory, or urge to smoke....DO NOT think about the negative side of quitting....the withdrawals will subside almost immediately, and soon will be so infrequent, you won't be able to remember the last time you thought about smoking.....

xoxoxox Pops with 83 Days of Freedom Woo Hoo!!!!!!!

Have a great smokefree day

Pops

Be it known...Pops is on 81....

Posted by Pops Dec 12, 2018

Good morning EXers!  What's up!!!???  Another Hump Day in this forever quit journey that we are traveling today.....

The temperatures are very cold, and it sure is nice not feeling the need to go outside and suffer through the cold bitter wind and temperatures of the eastern coast....

I'm getting excited about the prospect of getting back to Ohio for the holidays again as well....Most ot the company Christmas parties are already completed by now.  Now is the time for everyone to go out and finish up the last minute shopping for the significant others, and such....(I still am at a loss as to what I am going to get my brother for his surprise this year.  His birthday in Jan 20th, so I always combine his b day with Christmas & do them both @ once.  Last year, I got him a really nice foot massager.  ???? on this year.  He is 69, and seems to have everything a man could want....I'm easy to buy for...just get me something that has Harley Davidson on it and I am good to go....lol

Well, I guess I should be getting back to work, and earn the ducketts for the day....I will be checking back in throughout the day.  

BTW, jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007, I looked @ the cat wheels for Mac & Cheese...I'm thinking that they will probably be getting one in the near future.....

Pops w/81 DOF....Woo Hoo!!!!!

Cats running wheel - YouTube 

Pops is "Rockin Eighty"!!!

That's right...Pops has turned the time tables upside down this time around....I'm just 20 days away from being a 3 digit midget!  The first century mark in this forever quit journey that I have embarked upon......

I am so relieved to be at peace within myself these days.  I no longer am continually fighting off the urge, or thought of lighting up another smoke.  I have found that if I find myself thinking about it more than is comfortable....then I stay away from conversations about smoking.  It seems that the more I talk about it, (while I am jonsing....) then the harder it is for me to dispatch the thought from my thought process.  

Don't get me wrong, I am not advocating to avoid us, or the site in general...just take a break and quit talking about it for a bit.  Get busy doing something else in your life.  God knows there are plenty of things to be thinking about besides smoking.  Heck, it's Christmas time...try thinking of what decorations are coming out this year....how about where you will be on Christmas Eve?  Are you going to be out and about partying on New Years Eve?  If so, have you setup your designated driver already?  Remember. booze and quits have been a deadly mix for alot of our predecessors.....

Now, I ask you....wasn't that much easier thought process, than just sitting around imagining not going into the gas station and having to pry yourself away from the smoke counter?  See, just think about something different.  This too....shall pass......

xoxoxoxo Pops w/80 Days of Freedom....Woo Hoo!!!!!

Hard to believe that it has been 79 days already....Time has been flying by so quickly this year....unbelievable the speed that time travels in one's older days....Jim said it best a while back...I think it was that "life was like a toilet paper roll.....the closer to the end you get....the faster it appears to disappear."  ;-(....yikes, that is too close to reality....

Oh well, at least I'm spending the end of my days without the struggle of choking on a cigarette, or wheezing and coughing throughout important meetings, or interrupting tv programs with my loud and obnoxious coughing....

Today is another Monday...(just 15 more days til Christmas as well....)  Enjoy your smokefree day today, and remember, we are "all of us" so much better off for not participating in that deadly practice any longer....

Pops with 79 days of freedom....Woo Hoo!!!!!

Good afternoon EXer family!

I just thought that it would be nice to look into the site today and see what's shaking in the EX community...Any great goings on today?  Everything is pretty quiet, almost dull here on the Maryland front...I'm thinking that I might just get out of the house for a couple of hours and go treat myself to a movie before it goes off screen.  I have been meaning to see the Queen story...."Bohemian Rhapsody"...I hear that it is "very very good" (if you like Queen....) I personally cannot for the life of me begin to understand how anyone with a pulse that was born after 1950 or later....NOT liking Queen....Greats like, "We are the Champions," or "We will Rock You," or "Another one bites the dust!"  So, I guess that will fill up some of my day this afternoon.

My journey through No Mans Land will be coming to an end in a short while.  Let's put it this way...I'm certtainly alot closer to the last day of No Mans Land, than the first day....Pops is rocking 79 Days of Freedom today....Woo Hoo!!!!!

As you can see, my boys have been watching me very closely since the 3rd of November (their adoption date) and making sure that I not do anything that they don't like...lol.  My boys deserve a clean fresh air filled home to live in....They really do give me a good purpose to fulfill now....They do wonders to help the lonliness of living alone....At night, they are both seeing which one of them can push the hardest up next to me in bed....it is a very comforting paternal sort of feel that comes over me.  I know, it sounds corny, buy don't worry, it's my journey, not yours....

Enjoy your smokefree day.....

Good morning EXers.....

I hope all is well in the EXland family.  Pops has been peacefully navigating through the No Mans Land for a few weeks now, and haven't experienced very many urges to speak of the entire time I have been in here.  Except for yesterday....for some odd reason, the thought crossed my mind that a few drags off of a smoke would taste good.  Gee Whiz!!! What a crock o crap that is.  Like I could actually experience the taste of just a few drags from a smoke....lol!  My drug of choice has always been "more"...once my addiction has been awoken, then it is alive and obnoxiously loud in my head.  Anyway, I just dispatched the lie out of my head, and continued to live smokefree.  It is so much easier to remain smokefree, than it is to go through all of the guilt and mindset changing to regain "day one" again.....

Enjoy your smokefree day...

Pops with 75 DOF!!!

Pops

Feelin Free @ Seventy-Three....

Posted by Pops Dec 4, 2018

Good morning EXers!  Enjoy your morning by drinking your coffee from the other hand, and not having a smoke hanging through your fingers while you sip your morning Joe....I'm so glad that I am no longer jonsing to have a smoke...I simply do NOT even think about it anymore.  Besides, isn't this Tuesday?  Oh yeah...I almost forgot...."I NEVER smoke on Tuesdays...."  That being said, I am off to a great start for my day.....I am smokefree, blogging about the gift of smoke free living, and see no reason to consider smoking on Wednesday either....However, I will address Wednesday, tomorrow.....

Enjoy your smoke free day....Pops with 73 DOF....

Good morning EXers!!! Pops is a rocking 72 days of freedom today...Woo Hoo!!!!!  I am sooooo glad to be able to return to work this morning....It seems that I have been away for a long time now....ambulance last Wed, rest on Thurs, VA Hospital Heart team on Friday, the weekend, and now I'm back at the grind.....

 

My brother called me yesterday after I got back from my motorcycle ride, and told me to quit playing around, and get out to Ohio now.  He found a house for $107,000, 3 br & 1 ba & 2 car gar & big lot with plenty of privacy.  Said my payment would be around $600 month with 20% down, and that I should go ahead and retire....???? I'm going to consider it for a few days......hmmmmmm

 

In the meantime, the boss just walked in, and I need to get after my work for now.....I'll check back in later...

Enjoy your smokefree day......

Pops w/72 DOF....Woo Hoo!!!!!

Good morning EXer family!  I know it is not my normal cheerful self, but I gotta tell you...I'm going to take a minute to complain this morning....

Geez!  Two weeks ago, my dr told me to get into emergency immediately for fear of the ultimate....Just a couple of weeks before, she said that my heart scan was troubling to her, and she wanted the heart team to look at it....(six weekls later!).  My aortic stint was installed in my lower aorta in Jun of 17, and now they want to look @ it and make sure it isn't leaking...

Then last wednesday, I took and ambulance ride to the emergency room for a 10 hour barrage of tests....

....and just yeterday....I spent all morning long seeing three different doctors...Yikes....

I just want to retire one day and be able to enjoy some of the golden years....it seems that my life is hosting a foot race between me meeting the retirement day, or the funeral director day....Getting old is not for sissies...that is for sure....

 

Don't get me wrong, I am very grateful to be smokefree, and am not in the least bit concerned over smoking....I'm just feeling that simply being smokefree...isn't enough.  After all, we gave up this hideous addiction to begin to live again....Tomorrow, my friends and I are going out on an all day long ride....

 

Enough of gthe whining...today Pops is rocking 70 DOF!  Woo Hoo !!!!