29 Nov 2017
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Children are such great motivators, aren't they? Firstly, you want to set the best example for them. And secondly, you want to be around for them for as long as possible. I remember that when I smoked, I was absolutely racked with guilt every time I smoked outside and a young child passed by me. That was not the kind of example I wanted to set for any child, whether they were part of my family or not. So I completely understand how you feel about your little grandson.
I admire your tenacity, quitfriend. Despite the obstacles, you refuse to give up. You keep trying. Good for you!
There is one thing I'd like to tell you. When you finally quit for good, it will fill you with a real sense of pride and accomplishment. And it may open the door to other things for you. For most of my life, I thought there was no hope for me, and that I would be a smoker forever. But one day I realized that it didn't have to be that way, that I could quit if I firmly set my mind to it. And part of the reason I came to that conclusion was reading the posts from the other members on this site. Because in terms of our addiction to smoking, none of us are really unique. We are all going to struggle as we try to get on top of it, and it's never going to be easy. But boy oh boy, is it ever worth it. Relatively speaking, it is a bit of pain for a lifetime of gain. And if you can quit smoking for good, you may discover that you are capable of doing way more in other areas of life than you thought as well.
Keep your goals in mind, quitfriend, and remind yourself that you are stronger than your addiction. If you can get past the first few weeks when the cravings are the worst, it will start to get easier, and it won't be so hard to stay motivated. And do try to live by NOPE, Not One Puff Ever. If you make a conscious decision not to take that first puff, you can beat this addiction for good.
I am rooting for you!!!