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tomorrow (9/16) and I'll be back October 6. My daughter is taking me on my long postponed retirement present trip to see castles in Germany and the Swiss Alps. I am finally well enough for the adventure. Not sure if or when I will have internet (or time) to be in touch, and didn't want you all to worry!


No drinking alcohol or smoking while I'm gone – promise?


See you all on the flip side!




Good morning, fellow EXer's!


The Freedom Train is on the tracks, and prepared to make its daily run to freedom from smoking. Everyone is invited to come aboard to celebrate their own personal freedom, and that of their friends!


Today's Celebrations:

Abaskid– 400 Days -


We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, those of your friends, and show pride in your quit: 2 days, 200 days or 2000 days, or  more if you have them! Let us hear from you, and let us all celebrate our freedom. Post food and music - IT IS PARTY TIME! This train is bound for FREEDOM from the evils of tobacco and smoking.





What is the Freedom Train?


If you are new here, this vehicle provides a place for everyone to gather to celebrate the milestones and successes of those in our community. There are no tickets. The fuel for this locomotive is love and caring. The rides on this train are paid for in contributions to the quits of others! The only thing required to ride this train is a desire to breathe free. We encourage everyone to join in the celebration. No matter where you are in your quit, today is special, and is cause for celebration! Celebrate with others, and they will celebrate with you! There are no baggage fees; bring all your "EXtra baggage" and we will help you sort it out.


How do I count my days? Your personal quit count is located on the “My Quit Plan” tab:


From time to time we have questions about counting days. While we encourage everyone to celebrate every day of their freedom, here on the Freedom Train we count the days you have completed. For example, Tommy quit on 01/01/2010. On 12/31/2010 he had reached 365 days. However, he had not completed a year until 01/01/2011.


Where can I sign up up for the Freedom Train celebration calendar?


Have a question?

Please feel free to address any questions or suggestions to Tommy (Pir8fan) at any time!   -



Daily Freedom Train Conductors

Sunday: Pir8fan

Monday: YoungAtHeart

Tuesday: JACKIE

Wednesday: Jennifer72113

Thursday: Terrie

Friday: Smorgy


Q: When is it OK to drink alcohol early in your quit?

A: NEVER! In the first five months of your quit, your quit needs to be your #1 priority. If you absolutely MUST drink, limit yourself to ONE! You don't really know what your tipping point will be (the point at which your addictive mind tells you it's OK to have 'just one' and you listen to it!).

There has been a Caring Bridge account set up for her.  Go to and join the site.  Just under the donate box, click within that box and type sharonsjourney5 and press enter. It will now ask for the e-mail address you signed up with and pass word. You can either create a new account there, or sign up using a g-mail or Facebook login and password.

I also have a home address for her.  Anyone interested in sending a card can pm me and I will be happy to provide it!

Please continue to keep her in your prayers.


This weekend is the last time  that my beloved outdoor pool will be open.  It's located in a valley with hills and trees all around it --- just a beautiful spot.  The temps are in the low 60's here at night and only getting to highs in the 70's.  The water will be too cold in which to comfortably swim.  I was bummed and disappointed UNTIL

I chose to remember my laps on Thursday.  It was cool, overcast and dull, but I guessed correctly that the water had not cooled enough to be uncomfortable, so I chose to give it a try.  I was the ONLY person in the pool for my entire 35 minutes of laps.  I chose to swim in the center of the pool, and was accompanied only by the sound of my leg kicks and strokes.  I looked at the cloud formations while doing my laps of backstroke and, although dark and gray, they were nonetheless fascinating in their variety.  I never wanted to leave the pool that day - and it's a memory I will chose to hold dear this entire fall, winter and spring until I can get in it again.

You can CHOOSE how you will think today - gratefil, or sad, or remorseful, or guilty, or wishing you could hide behind a cloud of smoke instead of dealing with what life has thrown at you.  Choose wisely!


Otherwise, one might be waiting for YOU!

then you can try to drink alcohol this weekend......

but I wouldn't recommend it.  Drinking might allow you to think just one cigarette wouldn't hurt.

Keep your quit your #1 priority - it's SO worth it!