Thanks for the kudos KOZERAAG! Thank you for your welcome message. Here's something regarding GOALS that may help us all:FRUSTRATION TOLERANCE GOALS for people who procrastinate and/or experience greater frustration, boredom etc. than more action-oriented people. Ex.: As a chubby kid/and now as a fat adult I would/will get bored with swimming/cycling/or any activity quicker than my peers, and won't go them unless I know the activity means a tasty snack is part of the deal to ease the boredom. W. Knaus, clinical psych. Springfield, MA says put the brakes on negative self-talk that exaggerates the negativity of a task...identify even a small part of the activity that's manageable and start there...and Tim Pychyl, prof. at Ottawa U.'s Procrastination Reserach Group says it helps to make a deal with yourself and follow the 10 min. rule...do the exercise, or whatever it is for 10 mins. even if you don't feel like it...it is easier to stay with it once you're involved when goals are large and the path to them is long and fuzzy...so lay out a specific plan of when and where to enact behavior: In situation X, I will do behavior Y to achieve goal Z. Limit competing goals. per aspera ad astra...Twisted Knickers
Thanks Chupchakes for the encouragement...and for sharing that we have the same anniversary month and day! Congrats for your upcoming twelfth! What an accomplishment! I am going to commem. my anniv. by reminding myself of how easily I can become a smoker again...while at the same time, as you state, it gets easier, and easier...hours go by without thoughts for a smoke...Slow and steady as she goes ...one day at a time...For anyone out there reading, and needing encouragement and reinforcement to quit smoking or wanting to maintain their quit...try googling Joel's Reinforcement Articles with links to the Freedom site...(Joel's Library)(by Joel Spitzer)...lots of good stuff there like 'The Law of Addiction'and his mantra: Never take another puff..Keep posting. I'm hear/here for you guys. KOZERAAG...I'll be posting a reply later...my significant other is kicking me off the computer, and my daughter is yammering at me that she's next...bye for now. Twisted Knickers.
June 12th is also my stop smoking anniversary! It'll be 12 years for me. It is the best decision I made. As time goes by, it gets easier and one day you'll wonder how you ever had the time, money, and desire to smoke those awful things. Good job!
New to Portland Sparkers. This June 12th, 2008 will be my one year anniversary as an ex-smoker. I loved to smoke...I only quit because it was killing me...Taking it one day at a time and am trying to distract myself with activities to keep my mind off all the sensual pleasures I remember eating whatever I wanted to when I wanted to...like one chocolate truffle after the other...the agony of this self-denial is only assauged by the anticipation of my next meal...and that meal is never big enough...but I soldier on...Bye for now...Twisted Knickers
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