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It's a frosty morning here in the Maritimes brrr at 30 degrees at 6:30 but it's supposed to warm up later on we covered the tomatoes and whatever else we could last night knowing that we were under a frost advisery what didn't get covered Mark watered so hopefully everything will be okay we haven't got too much to be concerned about anyway most of the processing is pretty much done which is great I've got a batch of bread on and after it's done I'll help Mark bring in a cord of softwood he'll cut it and I'll help bring it in to the basement there's always something to do I'm just glad that I don't need smoke breaks every 15 minutes thankfully I don't do that anymore and I'm so glad that I don't because breathing is essential to living, I'm finding the older I get the harder it is to breathe when I'm doing anything strenuous like helping to put the wood in I'm guessing the wheezing is the copd so relapsing just isn't an option anymore EVER.....

Never another Day ONE! Only Days WON will do! 

I remember only too well how horrendous it was in those early days and weeks of quitting smoking BUT with commitment and perseverance it was doable EXtremely horrid at times BUT doable and so very worth it to be Free....

Just SHARING and asking for prayers to ALL survivors of 9/11 and their families in MY Lord Jesus - I prayed this prayer -  Dear Father God - I lift up all survivors n all family who are remembering the loss of all their loved ones to be comforted today in MY Lord Jesus name amen


A Decent Restart

Posted by nevergiveup Sep 6, 2020

No major complaints after a fairly long yet successful Day 1. Hit a few pieces of gum this morning. May do so again tonight, not sure.


I haven't smoked on my house or car for about 20 years. Also was able to make it through entire work days without smoking but weekends and the new covid-era were definitely a downfall in terms of pollution. I have had a tendency to get stuck not stopping to buy a pack on my way home from work. That is typically where I have faltered. I've got Vicks and plan to use that as a deterrent starting tomorrow night.


Trying not to dwell on anything really. Just striving to redirect myself when needed.


Finally went back to work at my PT (extra) job. Praying that continues.    And praying I make the right choice for at least 21 days & avoid the smoking Satan.    


Congratulations Mandolinrain

Posted by ShawnP Champion Sep 2, 2020

I am popping in to wish a Happy 6th Year Anniversary to Mandolinrain. I got the privilege to meet her on our last trip to Va Beach. She is such a sweet person and very talented. She has used her God given talent to paint portraits of Ex'ers here. Thanks so much Missy for all that you do here. Big hug and hope you celebrate this special day.


Are you OK?

Posted by CrazyQuitter Aug 27, 2020

How is everyone doing?

I heard about the hurricane and bushfires in America. It's kinda close to home for us here in Australia also having to be in a remote area reasonably close to fire-prone bush-land and sometimes high winds also!


The power of "Are you ok" ? is strong. Why? I am not sure. But something about it keeps people going somehow.


So are you all okl?


How are your quits going?


My Daughter in California

Posted by Christine13 Aug 24, 2020

Hi, my daughter is in San Jose, California and they are just outside the evacuation zone. I am terrified for them!!

I just want them to come home.  I guess that's just being a MOM, so worried.  I also have been sick for 2 weeks.  Just a sore throat.  My own Dr. was booked up until September 30th.  I think it's time to switch Dr.'s.  I finally got up the courage today and drove across town to a Walk-in clinic, and the Dr. gave me some strong antibiotics.

Smoking was thought of today.  I have been self-isolating here at home.  I managed to get through the day without smoking.  So many others here have been through so much and didn't smoke, so why should I?  I didn't change my patch today, and the cravings have been bearable, so maybe it's time to get off of it.

If you are a praying person please pray for my daughter and family or send some positive thoughts.

Dale, how are things where you are?  I'm worried about you too!

Many of us never ever thought in a million years that we'd ever quit smoking let alone stick with it BUT for one reason or another we finally wised up and bit that bullet and took back our lives from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison NOW we're living a life of Freedom being able to go anywhere anytime whenever wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a damned Cancer Stick, I for one am super grateful for this community because you helped me hang onto the incentive to keep plowing forward when I felt like giving up and I thank you for that and here I am on day 2233 and smiling.  Anyone and everyone can be successful in living a Smokefree Life as long as you choose to stick with N.O.P.E~ Not One Puff Ever & vigilance N.M.W~No Matter What ~ because it works when applied on a daily basis it's definetly not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT thankfully it's DOABLE and so very worth it to be Free. I better get moving I've got a busy day BUT hey it's A OK because I don't have to take smoke breaks every 15 minutes because I don't do that anymore  which makes my day actually my life so much easier PLUS I don't smell like an ashtray there's definitely LIFE after Cigarettes and it's super fantastic.......

A little ME TIME is needed every so often to keep us grounded......


It's worth the effort!

Posted by BobbyMaynard Aug 15, 2020

I have done many stupid things in my life and starting smoking is by far the most stupid. That makes quitting the smartest thing I've ever done. I can't believe it will be 9 years in October. Whatever it takes for you to become an ex it's worth all the effort. Even though I am 9 years older I feel much better than I did as a smoker and I am much prettier richer and smarter than I was as a smoker. Quitting is easy for some and very hard for others but whoever you are and whatever your situation you can become an ex smoker. I know it can feel as if you are giving up something but you are gaining so much more. I feel better I sleep better I have more cash in my pocket I have far less stress in my life. It may seem counterintuitive but being a smoker adds to and magnifies any stress you have in your life. This is the most important thing you can do right now for yourself and the people you love and the people that love you. You can do it! One minute one day one week at a time. 


My Quit Journey Day 6

Posted by Marigene6266 Aug 15, 2020

I've been struggling today. I don't understand why, nothing happened to cause any stress or anxiety. For most of the day I was perfectly fine, then out of the blue late this afternoon I really wanted to smoke. I did everything I could think of to fight off the craving including hard candies, brownies, ice cream, etc. I did some organizing of dresser and closet, Cooked my husband's favorite 1 dish supper. (taco's with all the toppings) I ate so many sweets that my blood sugar went to nearly 400 I don't have anything else to snack on right now. I was nauseated and even had to go to the bathroom and  get sick at one point. I could not get outside and walk because it rained all day. I continued to fight and struggle throughout the evening. About an hour ago (9:30 pm) I decided I was gonna have one, I couldn't take it anymore, my skin is crawling, I keep having random itchy spots all over my body, I feel like I'm about to have a panic attack. I went in to get one out of my husbands pack but he only had one so I did NOT take it and now it's worse than ever. I feel like I'm gonna jump outta m skin and I don't know what to do. 


My Idiots Without A/C

Posted by minihorses Aug 15, 2020

Our A/C went out, and apparently has decided to pick up and leave town.  I live in the south. For the last few weeks we have been in the 90's with heat indexes over 100 degrees.  My 24 ft. round 56 inch depth pool is too hot to swim in! And we've had the typical southern weather: hot as hell, humid, and afternoon rain almost daily. By the time I called the A/C repair guy the house was 85. When he got here the house temp was 91 degrees. The cats have gone into keep cool mode. OK who am I kidding, they're always in energy conservation mode. This is how two of them are making the best of it.  The black one is Osbourne, or Ozzy, or the prince of darkness (or of dorkness). The gray one is the kitten we adopted from the SPCA a few months ago whose name is Panzer, or the Floof or Floof Geist. Since Panzer came home Ozzy decided to help raise him. That includes all the rotten habits they all have. We have been calling them the master and apprentice.  Like Star Wars they are the dark side, emperor and Darth apprentice. The rule of Sith is there can be only two. The master and the Darth in training. Here's what they were up to and then when it got hot in here.




Cute. A cat's only redeeming quality 


Seventeen Questions

Posted by mamatrep Aug 14, 2020

Seventeen Questions to Ask Myself If I Want a Cigarette

I gave pencil shading another try - 



 He is smiling


Interviewing myself

Posted by Marigene6266 Aug 12, 2020

At what age did you become a smoker? Was it in secret? How did you manage to develop that habit and keep it a secret? 


I was 14 when I smoked my first cigarette, 15 when I became a full time smoker.  There was no particular reason, I had a couple of friends who smoked and it was simply "a thing to do" . This was back in the late 70's to early 80's and they did not fully comprehend what smoking does to the body. My parents both smoked so it was no big deal. I hid it though, only smoked with my friends or alone . I did not get an allowance so I would take my mother's eight pack of pepsi bottles and turn them in to buy my cigarettes, anyone who remembers this will know that I got 80 cents for them. The cigarettes were only 75 cents a pack. Back then a pack would last me a week to ten days . I did all kinds of things such as smoking in the bathroom with the shower on so if I got caught I could pass off the smoke as steam from the shower. Leaving the house early to catch the bus so I would have time to smoke and not be seen by my neighbors. I got caught with no possibility of denial when I was 16. My mother met me at the door when I came in from school with my cigarettes in her hand. "What are you doing with these"? she asked. She said she was looking for a pen and found them . I had them hidden in the bottom drawer of my desk. My pens and pencils were in a gallon freezer bag hanging on the wall above my desk. So yes she was snooping, I did not realize it then but I do now. I'm sure she suspected and was only looking for proof. I mention all of this to illustrate to myself what I did to become a smoker. I was willing to do anything necessary to have that cigarette so I know that I need to do whatever is necessary no matter what it is  to become a non-smoker. 

FREE will to educated YOURSELF on YOUR NICOTINE ADDICTION NOT anyone else- SUGGESTED to ME - STOP AND THINK WHAT YOUR THINKING ABOUT - please be very aware of YOUR triggers - please take heed of YOUR mental blank spots - please watch out for the subtle feelings that dwell deep in YOUR OLD NICOTINE ADDICT FEELING THINKING that's READY to pounce on YOUR NEW HOPE - that's just starting to grow in love for YOURSELF - please REMEMBER - to live one day at a time and NOT use smoking as a WAY to COPE - just for TODAY -  please take what HELPS and let go of the rest - to be HELPFUL is MY only aim - thank you - when those first FEELINGS hit that rush over YOU like a giant wave - GO - hurry NOW -  and bite into that lemon and please blog BEFORE YOU choose YOUR free will to - SUCK ON CANCER DEATH STICKS - it's ALL up to YOU



Posted by indingrl.01.06.2011 Aug 9, 2020






That is what H.O.P.E. is to ME - to be blessed by MY Daddy God with ALL YOUR BLOGS - this afternoon - after MY cat nap -  I came here to read and share and to give some love and H.O.P.E. away - Thank YOU EVERYONE for BLOGGING 

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