In March it'll be eight years since I quit smoking. I don't get on the soap box about it much, if ever. As much as I hate being preached to, which is a lot, I almost hate being the preacher more!
Today is the Great American Smokeout, though, and so smoking is on my mind.
It took me a few tries over many years before I finally quit -- for good, it appears. I rarely even think about smoking these days.
It's one of the best things I ever did for myself and for my family. I'm rather slow about it, but I think successfully quitting smoking has aided in since making a series of good-for-me lifestyle changes: quitting soda, becoming more fit and active, and recent dietary changes that have resulted in significant weight loss.
For me, in all these things, awareness and planning were/are key. Complete avoidance of triggers and temptation is impossible, so I had to figure out in advance how I'd handle those situations.
I documented my journey back in the day, and you can read all about it here (scroll to the bottom to get to the beginning).
If I can do it, anyone can do it.
I urge you to set a date.
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Thank goodness for the Smokeout today! We're half-way through NaBloPoMo and my blog fodder cupboard is bare. Well, not quite bare, but pickin's are slim! What to blog?