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Mary Ella’s Weekly Message
August 20, 2010
Back to Basics
In the next couple of weeks, school will be starting back up again all over the U.S. Every fall, I think of children that are just starting school for the first time. Most of them are excited to be old enough to go to school and they look forward to the new adventure. I’m reminded of that great poem by Robert Fulghum, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” A few years ago, I wrote my own version, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in FFS Online” and I’d like to share it with you:
- When I need support, all I have to do is ask for it.
- Following the ‘rules’ keeps me out of trouble.
- Giving support is as important as receiving it.
- If I have confidence in myself, I can overcome anything.
- Drinking water is good for me.
- There are a lot of resources for losing weight.
- Having just one, is one too many.
- Writing down my feelings and thoughts helps me to feel better.
- Quitting smoking saves a lot of money.
- No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to quit.
- Success is up to me.
- Cravings pass.
- Planning ahead is very helpful in avoiding slips.
- Saying things out loud such as, “I can do it!” makes me feel strong.
- It’s OK to disagree.
- Exercise can be fun.
- Rewarding myself helps to reinforce my commitment to stay smokefree.
- Change is good.
- By becoming smokefree, I can inspire others to do the same.
Getting back to the basics of FFS Online is what this poem is all about. This week, take some time to get back to these basics:
Follow the three “rules” of the program:
- Read all the lessons in all the Modules. You only cheat yourself by rushing through the program.
- Do all of the suggested activities, ALL of them.
- Give and receive support on the Message Boards.
Remember the 4 D’s:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Delay, don’t give into your urges.
- Deep breathe—download the Deep Breathing relaxation exercise.
- Do something else when you get an urge—a change of activity will help distract you.
Talk with your buddy.
- Read your list of reasons for quitting and keep adding to it.
- Get some extra rest.
Think of these basics as the foundation of that new, smokefree life you’re building. What are you going to do this week to make that foundation as solid as possible? Post about it on the Message Boards.
I’ll see you on the Message Boards! :-) Mary Ella
Don’t forget: If you’re in the Premium program and want help fast on the Message Boards, put “HELP NOW” in the subject line of your post. If you’re looking to offer help, watch for those, “HELP NOW” posts and alert your other FFS Online buddies to offer some assistance as well.