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Do I want to start again?

Monday, January 13, 2014

The other day at work there was a conversation about quitting smoking. That's a challenge I have never faced, but I understand that it is BIG. One co-worker said that she'd like to try one of the products (gum I think) designed to help break the habit. Another co-worker told her that she had tried many times, and finally quit about 10 years ago. What she said about her success has been stuck in my head like a song from the radio.... she said that the last time she quit she used a prescription patch, but what really made it the last time was that each day after the first, whenever she felt like she couldn't do it, she asked herself "You got through the first day, do you really want to do that again?" She believed, after her many unsuccessful attempts to quit, that' the first day' was the hardest and she made up her mind that she didn't want to face 'the first day' ever again. So as the days went by she would tell herself that... "it's been 3 days, you don't want to live through the first day again" and as the days went by it got easier to congratulate herself, there were fewer times each day that she felt she might give in. Her advice to the other woman was that when she made up her mind that she didn't want to go through 'the first day' more than once any product she and her doctor chose would work.

I'm trying to make that idea my own. I got through the first days, back in August, and lost 22 pounds. I've gained back 4 pounds but I really don't want to go any further backwards. I need to get my brain in order and get on track. once on track it will be easier to STAY on track.

I think I can, I think I can... I think I can I think I can... IthinkIcanIthinkIcan!

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