Monday, March 24, 2008

I got knocked down but I got up again

So as some of you may know I had a tumble a few days ago. It wasn't even really like giving in. I made the mental choice to smoke again. Then I made the mental choice to stop (again).

I guess I really just wanted to check that I was certain about joining the no smoking rank in life. I am.

The one thing that has become very apparent to me over the last week is that the desire to smoke really is all in my head. As long as I remind myself that the choice not to smoke is mine and mine alone it seems to be much easier to say no.

Of course there are times when I need to give myself some reasons for saying no, but these are mainly just affirmations that I have made the right choice.

REASONS NOT TO SMOKE

  1. My health
    A
    s a mother I have the responsibility to my children to ensure that I am as healthy as possible

  2. Money
    The price of petrol and general living costs these days who can afford luxuries like smoking

  3. Self Respect
    While the hole my body is a temple thing is a bit excessive there are some valid points.

    How can I expect anyone to care about me when I refuse to look after myself?

3 comments:

tarheelnancy said...

Stopping in to say hello! Cheering for you each step of the way!

Rhianna said...

Thanks darl.

Cheers right back to you tarheelnancy!

darkblueverbatim said...

You are not giving up anything but regaining your health, just as it can be taken away it can be given back.

If you really want to see not only the health effects, here is a simple way to measure the financial effects.

However much you spent per day on cigarettes, put that in a jar each day and count it at the end of the week.

Treat yourself to something nice and when you have it, hold it and say "I made a choice and you are the choice I have made".

Every time the urge comes back have a drink of water, pick up whatever you have purchased and repeat your affirmation.

You are not giving up anything, but gaining something.