Today is February 27th, 2017.
I quit dipping Copenhagen November 27th, 2016.
I've gone 3 months or 90 days without dip.
Contrary to what I've imagined this moment would be, it is another day. It is another day without dip, however, it is another day of progress. I want to celebrate today, but I'm too busy. I'm too busy living my life and doing the things I want and need to do to get ahead.
And I'll do them all without dip.
I can't tell you all how happy it makes me to know and feel it in my bones that tobacco is not a part of my life anymore. I know that it never will be. I am so much stronger now than on November 27th, 2016. I'm so glad I was strong enough to try to walk away from it that day - it has turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Everything has sprung into progressive action once I shook tobacco. I have taken hold of my life and pushed it exactly in the direction I've been wanting it to go all along. I have legitimately gotten into the best shape of my life, I'm happier and healthier than ever, and I'm doing way more with way less. I'm not making excuses for myself anymore, I'm not leaning on tobacco to comfort me, I'm just getting ahead... every chance I can get.
If I had advice for those of you who are scanning these blogs, contemplating your quit, this is the best advice I can give you:
- You must prioritize your quit as your #1 priority for 2 weeks. I'm talking about putting it above your job, your family, your happiness, your friends, your sleep, your exercise, your diet - everything. Your full time job for 2 weeks is to not put tobacco in your lip. Be selfish, be weird, be angry - be whatever you have to be to commit to the quit.
- Significant personal change takes emotional, momentous, and MASSIVE action. Get pissed, quantify what this means to you, do something dramatic and start.
- Take pride in the fact that you are doing something hard, and prepare to use it as a springboard to excel you forward.
- You must hate it. You have to hate dip and what it has done to you. You have to think back to all the planning, the anxiety when you would run out. Your "must-have" trigger times. You have to hate it.
- Most importantly, you must be able to look into your future, objectively, and find where you will fail next and circumnavigate that failure in your head before you get there. You have to already be mentally prepared to say no or get away from the situation, crave, etc. before it shows up. This has been the key to my success and my quit.
Excited about my new life without Copenhagen and the new doors it has opened for me.
Drop me a message or comment - I'd love to share and help others with their quit.