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104 Days smoke free!
A lot of the techniques I used to quit smoking were directly influenced by my decision to quit gambling in late 2012. I had struggled with that addiction for almost 6 years and without a cent to my name made the decision to turn my life around.
The techniques were the same. I made the decision to quit and set myself simple goals. 1 day, 1 week, 3 weeks, 1 month and 3 months. I always considered 3 weeks to be a turning point in trying to quit both the cigarettes and the pokies. If you could make 3 weeks, you could make it forever.
After the three weeks it's considerably less about the addiction and more about addressing the issues that drive you to addictive substances. Regarding the gambling I had to address my depression and anxiety that drove me to blow my pay each week and with the cigarettes I had to address my ability to effectively manage stress as well as placing an emphasis on my relationships and how the smoking affected them.
My next goal is to make a change in my diet and lifestyle. I have been active over the last 18 months and enjoy exercise, however my diet has always been horrible. I figure if I have the strength to beat gambling and the smokes, I have the strength to beat junk food.
I'm committed to a healthy lifestyle and am excited about the opportunities that it brings.
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