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Mary Ella’s Weekly Message
June 24, 2013
The 4th of July conjures up many Norman Rockwell-style pictures in my mind. I imagine parades on Main Street with Uncle Sam on stilts, children perched on the shoulders of their parents, people eating ice cream, picnics, cookouts, flags waving and fireworks. Of course, our freedom is what we really celebrate on the 4th of July.
Webster’s Dictionary defines freedom as “the absence of necessity, coercion or constraint in choice or action; liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another.” How would you define freedom? Do you think it’s a coincidence that our cessation program is called Freedom From Smoking?
I’m reminded of a Paul McCartney lyric, “I will fight for the right to live in freedom.” This fight is your fight—you have an army of people here to support you and you have all of the tools that you need to resist cravings and create your own plan to quit. You will be doing hard work to gain your freedom because there is no easy way out. You will be the one in the trenches, working on your plan to get to the other side, gaining the freedom from the addiction to nicotine.
What does freedom from nicotine, freedom from tobacco and freedom from smoking mean to you? Let us know your thoughts and personal definitions of freedom on the Message Boards. As we celebrate the 4th of July in the United States, picture all those fireworks going off out there as a celebration of the freedom you are gaining now from smoking. Those fireworks are for you this year!
If your Quit Date occurs during this week, remember that there are a few extra things you can do for yourself to make the transition a little better:
- Get some extra sleep. Try going to bed a little earlier than your normal time.
- Drink lots of water. Start the day with a full 8-oz. glass of water. Drink another one before you head out the door to work or to run errands, drink another before lunch, after lunch, and in the middle of the afternoon. Have a glass before dinner, after dinner—you get the drift.
- Increase your physical activity. Start out with a brisk 10 minute walk. Try that in the morning, before you take a shower, at lunch with a buddy, or by parking your car a little farther away than you usually would. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Keep fighting the fight. This is a battle that’s well worth the effort, and it’s the best possible thing you can do to protect your health.
I’ll see you on the Message Boards! :-) Mary Ella
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