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Thoughts On A New Life Without Smoking

Thoughts On Your New Life Without Smoking

For many people, quitting smoking is the only big change they want to make. Once cigarettes are out of their lives, they're happy. For others, quitting smoking is part of a larger plan that includes losing weight, getting more active, taking control of their finances, or making some other big lifestyle change.

Quitting gives them confidence to face other challenges in their lives. Whether or not you plan to make other changes, be sure to give yourself credit for making this change. Quitting smoking is not an easy thing to do, but with motivation, planning, and effort, you've done it. That is really something you can be proud of!

Remember these things along the way:

Watch out for the top three triggers.

Being around smokers, drinking alcohol, and highly emotional situations are the most common long-term triggers.

You can keep from gaining weight when you quit.

Stay active, drink lots of water, eat healthy meals, and keep low-fat, low-calorie snacks on hand.

If you have a slip, don't let it turn into a relapse.

Ask yourself what went wrong, then come up with a new plan and stick to it.

If you have a relapse, you can get back on track.

Remember that relapse is common. Most people try several times before they quit for good. Ask yourself if you still want to quit. If so, make a new plan, set a new Quit Date, and stick to it.

Think of yourself as a nonsmoker.

Decide that cigarettes are not an option. Call yourself as a nonsmoker. This will make it easier for you in the long run. 

Quitting smoking can build confidence for other lifestyle changes. Give yourself credit!

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