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Beyond a Quit I quit. Like many before us, I give my word, day in and day out. I have slacked on posting daily as of this speech but I understand the importance. I come to this site, pledging and agreeing to not use a substance that kills you. Sounds absolutely crazy when you put it like that, doesn’t it? It’s not like we log in, get into our quit group and pledge to not drink gasoline, snort glass or light our hair on fire right? We know those things are bad and will kill us. But with dip, we were all supermen. I CAN’T get cancer! Not me, right? I was tired of living this way. Why use a substance that is shown to destroy your life? Why did we get involved in this in the first place? All we have to do is look back at day one. Who was around, what was going on in our world, and why did some grainy, putrid dirt in our lip “make it all better?” What we didn’t know was the path to freedom would be harder than anything we could imagine. And it was. For me, quitting was a necessity. I was at a place many of us had been. My wife had caught me numerous times trying to hide a pinch, I was spending insane amounts of our money on it, and I needed to get healthy. But instead of manning up and quitting, I would sneak a pinch while taking my normal “20 minute after dinner dump.” Or maybe it was doing yard work. It always made working outside fun and not so tedious. No one bothered me, I was able to have some. Or even better, when no one was home and I could just sit and watch TV while having a fat lip. Then I decided to change. I turned 30, needed a reason and this was it. I had to make a change, and quitting tobacco was my priority. This was by far the hardest 3 weeks of my life. I lived in a fog, hated people around me, was angry, mad, tired, frustrated and not a person you would want to be around. But in my quit, I realized that I could not do this alone. I also realized that I needed more than a quit group or even an entire community. By seeing my desire and drive for dip, I was graciously shown that my desire and need for Christ had been lacking. Instead of the frustration and the other negative feelings and emotions I was having, I needed to learn to lean and turn to Christ in these tough times. It is far too easy to thank and praise The Lord in good, easy times. It is also easy to ask Him for help during the tough, rugged times. I was struggling with turning over control. I needed to be shown that He is in control of all things and my life. I began to rely on the strength that Christ gives me, put my faith solely in His plan and trust Him. My quit took an entirely new meaning. It was a way for me to get back to the Truth and Light I had been missing. I sit here today, almost 700 days into my quit, thankful. I’m thankful for the men in my group that kept me grounded. I’m thankful for a website that strives to help others quit. But most importantly, I’m thankful that through my struggle with tobacco, God showed me something much more important. He gave me a chance to renew my life, not only physically, but spiritually as well. His Will and plan for my life is far greater than anything I will know, and I’m glad that quitting has given me this second chance. As for you reading this, who do you turn to when times are good or bad? Who do you seek when life has obstacles and trials? I hope that you will turn to Jesus. I hope and pray that you trust that nothing He puts in front of you will be more than you can handle. I quit today, but only because He gives me the ability to quit. “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” – 1 Peter 5:10 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3: 5-6
We have been dedicated to being quit from tobacco and creating a better life for ourselves. I feel like we should start on the other aspects of our life. The only way I have stayed quit is this group, so I feel like I could use some help with other parts or my life. Starting Monday, no more soda. I will also exercise at least once a day and eat less than 2200 calories. Each day that I accomplish this, I am gonna come in here and own up to how I did that day. Any thoughts guys? I figure we are the strongest group out there, and if I can get some help and push along the way, I can do this. On Monday I am gonna post some goals (similar to the HOF) and my starting stats. Let's get honest in here and look at our lives and figure where else we can change. I quit dipping for me, and to grow old with my wife and kids. I'm not gonna let food and laziness get in the way of that. Let me know what yall think. Matt - SBAQ!