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Mary Ella’s Weekly Message
July 4, 2011
When Independence Day approaches, I always think a lot about freedom. Many people sign up for Freedom From Smoking® Online because they are looking for a quick fix or a magic cure for their addiction to nicotine. But there is no quick route to freedom of any sort, is there? It's a process, and that's why we recommend setting a quit date and carefully considering the decision to quit smoking.
If you've tried to quit before, make sure you look at this attempt as different. This time is different. The program will work for you if you view it as a fresh attempt and if you spend time in the program. Read all of the lessons in all of the modules. Complete all of the suggested assignments. Reach out for support on the Message Boards and in turn, offer support to your fellow participants.
I'm reminded of the Paul McCartney song lyric, "I will fight for the right to live in freedom." This fight is yours to win. You have an army of people here to support you on the Message Boards, you have the tools you need to determine your triggers and resist cravings, you can examine your choices and close those back doors, and you can create your own plan to quit. It will still be a battle—you will be one in the trenches, working on your plan to get to the other side and gaining your freedom from addiction to nicotine.
Once you make it to the other side, freedom is priceless! There is no more slavery to nicotine addiction; there is no more power that nicotine can hold over you. Gaining your freedom is well worth the fight.
As you see fireworks exploding in the sky this July 4th, imagine that they're being set off not just for Independence Day but also to celebrate your personal independence from nicotine. Smile as you watch them and remind yourself that you are worth the fight. You can do this—millions of other Americans have become smokefree and you can too!
Until next time, focus on the 4 D's:
Delay. The urge to smoke will pass in a few minutes whether you smoke or not.
Deep breathe. Relax and take slow, deep breaths.
Do something else. A change of activity will help distract you from any cravings.
Drink plenty of water.
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.