Saturday, January 17, 2009

I'm Quitting!

I consider myself to be a person of average intelligence. I know that if you stick your hand in a fire you will be burned. I know that if I eat certain foods my colon will go crazy. I know not to walk in front of moving vehicles. I don't do these things. With that said, tell me why it is so hard to quit smoking.

I know with each cigarette I am cutting years from my life. I know that the quality of my life will not be as good if I continue to smoke. I hate the way my clothes and I smell. I know all the reasons to quit so why is it so hard to just put them down & never smoke again?

I've read all the quit smoking tips. All say to make a plan, set a date and tell your family and friends you are quitting. Okay, people here it is. On the world wide web, for everyone to see if I'm a failure once again: I am quitting smoking Monday, January 19, 2009. To paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with no disrespect intended: I have a dream that one day I will be a non-smoker. Please pray for me to finally quit once and for all. Throw in a few prayers for Behm, he'll need them because I have a tendency to get really cranky when I quit.


Jackie said...

I have never smoked, so I don't pretend to know what a struggle it is. I do however have an addiction to food and it is hard to lose weight also. I am trying to do better. I started about three weeks ago and I did not weigh, I only want to see a difference in the fit of my clothes. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you do this challenge. I know you can do it.

Julie Polk said...

No cuz, IT is not easy. I smoked for 14 years. I was just like you, I just got tired of IT! Everything about IT! I just made up my mind that this is the time. I do know though, that unless one is really ready, then there is no use in trying. The only thing I found that helped was what I found in a book that said the urge for a cigarette lasts about 30 seconds and when you first quit they come very frequently. The longer you resist the urge the longer period of time comes to you. I also found it very helpful to drink a lot of water. At first I coughed up a lot of junk but then it finally subsided. I decided like you, I was of average intelligence and if I could overcome the abuse of that demon I lived with for 10 years that I could overcome anything!! With the help of God and my will to be a whole new person, I licked IT!! I thought to myself, "now I got away from him, with my life, why in the world would I be dumb enough now to let something as small as a cigarette kill me?" So you betcha cousing I will pray that you can kick IT, but if you don't there's always tomorrow to try again. Get back up and try again. Love and good luck to you and oh, yeah, tell Butch we'll be thinking of him too. HA!

Wes and Leah said...

That is great knews to hear! I can't image the struggle of the addiction but I have seen how breaking through it can affect the person with it but their family as well!Your in our thoughts and prayers because I know it will not be easy, but stick with it! It will be so wonderful and rewarding someday when you will be able to say you have done it, you have conquered the one thing that had a hold of you!You can do it!