08 Mar 2018
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I haven't been posting much this year, but I am happy to be posting today celebrating day 725 of NOPE: Not One Puff Ever!
Since I started smoking let's see - nearly 40 years ago, I have never achieved 725 days of NOPE. For me, it is a very big accomplishment and a contribution to mine and others lives in numerous ways.
I feel great, walk more, and prioritize self care more routinely.
What would I attribute to my successful NOPE so far?
A lot of it is experience with quitting and then starting again. It became a long and painful cycle for me as the struggle to quit each time was more and more difficult, and took longer and longer to muster up the enormous amount of mental energy and commitment it takes to think of quitting, set a date, then follow through.
It took me a year to quit the last time, and I focus on NOPE in each moment where a craving, or a memory, or an actual person or situation, or a video of someone smoking might spark a familiar pull. For me, I've avoided resistance or exercising will. Instead, I celebrate freedom and life, and commitment to myself. I have to really love myself, and cultivate that, nourish that in tangible actions.
These elements have been in the mix resulting in success so far:
*One day at a time
*NOPE - Not One Puff Ever (this is one of the main reasons that I have started after periods of no smoking. Having a puff here and there).
Peace Everyone and Rock the Quit!