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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

@Jenn_06-03-14 has 1,000 days!


We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, those of your friends, and show pride in your quit: 1 day, 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? More here

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 quit info is here

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, pir8fan 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?

You can register for the Freedom Train here.


Have a question?

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

Daily Freedom Train Conductors

Sunday: pir8fan

Monday: Youngatheart.7.4.12

Tuesday: JACKIE1-25-15

Wednesday: Jennifer_Quit_05-01-14

Thursday: Terrie_Quit

Friday: smorgy8513

Saturday: ShawnP


Changing It Up

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Feb 26, 2017

I sprained my right ankle in January - and, after a bit when the unseasonably warm weather hit, i set about cleaning out my flower beds of winter debris, picking up sticks, all limping pretty badly.  Eventually, from walking so awkwardly, I sprained a muscle/tendon or something in the back of my LEFT knee.    I now have two choices.  I can use crutches and not be able to carry anything, or limit my walking.

Now - my usual modus operandi is to INCREASE my steps to get to my 10,000-15,000 goal each day.  To do that, I DON'T organize myself that well.  If it takes five trips to the garage to get the garden tools I need, that's a GOOD thing.  But, NOW, I need to rethink how I am doing things, and keep my steps to a minimum to allow healing and reduce pain.

I need to change up how I do things.  I need to think before I act. 

Remind anyone of what it takes to quit smoking?  Hope so!


 If you have been quit for awhile, you may still have smoking thoughts for about two years as each season changes .  I think this is caused by the fact you haven't had a lot of practice relearning those rites from the past.  Seeing those first crocus blooming, the first day of warm breezes, the birdsong all remind us of our past smoking lives.

Don't let it concern you; it's perfectly normal.  A shake of the head, a repeat of, "but I don't do that anymore" and you can be on your way again.  Instead of remembering your past smoking rituals, think about all that you have gained by not smoking!  You might even notice the smell of the daffodils.  I guarantee you couldn't smell their delicate fragrance when you were a smoker!


Listen to another community member's experience:

"I was quit for 10 years and being a bit tipsy at a party bummed a cigarette from a friend & smoked it. A couple weeks later I had another one. It took awhile but I eventually stopped & bought a pack & smoked for 8 years. All because of that ONE".

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Please don't drink this weekend.  A quit is a terrible thing to lose.


Chateau de Chillon sits on an outcropping of rock on the banks of Lake Geneva , Switzerland.


Inside, you have the opportunity to climb 130 steps to the top of the keep with a breathtaking view of the Alps and the shores of the lake. I committed to make that climb, not at all sure that I was going to be able to make it, but sure that I was going to give it my best.


I climbed and went along its walkways and climbed some more, one step at a time.


When I arrived at the top, the sense of accomplishment was empowering, and the view was as magnificent as I had imagined.


Kinda; like the journey to quit smoking? One step at a time will get you there and the view IS magnificent, and worth all the effort it takes to get there.

If you are just starting out, keep going!  One step at a time is .how it's done - just like climbing castle stairs!