Sunday, March 15, 2009

Good-bye You, Hello Me

Good-bye to the old you. What an amazing sentence that is. It can mean so many things. But in just about 3 weeks time there will be a new you.

For almost 44 years you have had an anchor tied around your neck.
It has weighed you down, even during times when you thought you could not live with out it. It has been a crutch when you should have walked alone.

You always thought it calmed you, gave you courage, kept you busy, kept you from eating, but it has done none of those things. If anything it stressed you out, showed you for a coward, made you idle, and seemed to make food taste better.

You always thought it was your friend. IT WAS NOT!! It is your worst enemy. It has robbed you. Robbed you of your time, your money, and your health. No friend would ever treat another friend in such a way.

In about 3 weeks time you will be ready to say good-bye once and for all. Don't look back, just do it. Get on with your life and become healthy. Show your family that you can do this. That you want it badly.

As you smoke that last cigarette don't bemoan the fact that you are becoming an ex-smoker. Rejoice in it. Be proud. Take the withdrawal period as a badge of honor. You have earned it. And above all be happy about this decision.

Hello to the new Me,

I know that you have had moments of doubt. Doubting if quitting is worth all the frustration you have felt, but you know it is. If it is worth the fear, but it is.

You are already healthier for not having smoked even just one day. Your lungs have started to clean out some of the gunk that has been building up over almost 44 years. Your teeth are on their way to being whiter. Your breath has never smelled so sweet. The money in your pocket will go a long way to buying yourself something truly wonderful.

There will be good days and bad days when doubt creeps in but don't give into it.

You will get over this initial hump and wonder why you waited so long.

Be proud of yourself. This is a major accomplishment.

Yes, one you have tired many times before, but you are not a failure at something until you quit trying. So the other times are not failures, they are all part of the learning how to quit smoking and stay quit.

Be strong Me.

P.S. And may God bless Allen Carr.


  1. Good luck quitting. It is certainly one of the best things you can do for the new you.

  2. Well done. I'm betting that you've quit by now? It sure gives one a feeling of power to overcome that habit!

  3. Nice! A new take on the past you/future you theme!

    I wish you the best of luck with quitting. You already know it won't be easy, but you should know that if you succeed even for a short while, you will have done something amazing.

    According to the book I am reading (Sex, Drugs and Chocolate), nicotine is more addictive than street methadone - and what is worse, it gives less reward in terms of pleasure, and more in the way of health risks.