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Mary Ella’s Weekly Message
September 23, 2013
Remembering Reasons to Quit
Whenever we try to make changes in our lives, it’s important to keep in mind what we are working towards and why .For FFS Online participants, this means your personal reasons for quitting smoking. Some of you want to quit because your children have expressed concern for your health. Some of you want to quit because smoking is costing you a lot of money. Some of you want to quit because you find that you cannot do the things you used to do, like climb a flight of stairs without getting winded or play a sport at your optimal performance. Whatever your reasons are, hold tight to them and refer to them often, especially when you’re having a strong craving.
Have you written down a list of reasons to quit as suggested in Module 1? If not, you’re missing out on a powerful step in remaining smokefree. If you have a list of reasons to quit, have you added anything to your list since you first wrote it? The list will be more meaningful if you make the reasons personal and specific. Instead of writing down “health” as a reason, be specific on what your health reason is, such as “protect my lungs from cancer” or “reduce my heart rate.”
If you’ve already quit smoking, what new reasons have you discovered since becoming smokefree? Maybe your sense of smell has heightened, or you have noticed that your energy level has increased. Be sure to keep adding reasons to your list. Keep your list with you so that when you need it, it’s there for you.
Recently, I had a new prescription for glasses filled and the person helping to adjust them asked me where I worked. When I told her, she confessed to me that she never thought she would still be smoking at her age (which I guessed to be in her 40’s). She said that she had started smoking in her teens, quit a few times, and now she really wants to quit for good. I suggested that she start by making her own list of reasons to quit. Of course, I referred her to the FFS Online program and told her about the Lung HelpLine. I told her about the community of support that she would find on the Message Boards and the information she would get to make a personal plan to quit in the lessons. I told her that when she’s ready to quit, we would be waiting for her.
When you review your personal reasons for staying smokefree, take the time to review the three “rules” of the program as well:
- Read all of the lessons in each Module. Don’t skip them—take the time to read each one.
- Do everything the program suggests. All of the activities suggested in the lessons help you to stick to your goal. Even if they seem silly, do them. Learn from them.
- Give and receive support. The Message Boards are your place to ask for help and to offer it to someone else who needs it.
This week, remember your reasons to quit. Whether you’re still on the road to quitting or you’ve been smokefree for months, your reasons will help you achieve your freedom from smoking!
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.