Quitting Smoking Is A Journey, Not An Event

Blog Post created by Youngatheart.7.4.12 on Aug 7, 2015

Quitting smoking is not an event. It's a journey, and you must give it the time it takes. You probably smoked for a long time, and you are an addict. You won't get over that in a week or even a month. It gets easier – but it takes awhile.

I LOVE swimming laps, but because of health issues, I haven't been able to do that for a very long time . As a matter of fact, last spring I couldn't even get out of a chair unassisted!  But - I worked my butt off - a little at a time, day by day.  I stood and sat and sat and stood until I could get up by myself. I started with short little walks, one part of the driveway at a time, every day, one day at a time.  And then I walked farther.  THEN I was able to go to the gym and I worked even harder.

THEN I fell and broke my hip (likened to a relapse, perhaps?) – so I started all over and worked, day by day, week by week, month by month.

It took a year all totaled - but I am swimming 30 minutes of laps and today took my first walk along the river in the park. 

As oldbones says: one step and then another will get you to where you want to go. Each day you don't smoke brings you closer to FREEDOM.  It does take quite a few days, but it is SO worth the effort...............just like my swimming!