I’m not one for making or keeping resolutions of any kind, let alone silly, arbitrary promises for a new year; better than the last. Is any new year really better than the last? Isn’t life just a series of ups and downs? Admittedly, there are certainly actions that you can, and should, take to make improvements in your life, in you character, etc. I just believe that if you want to make a resolution for yourself, you should just do it. Your new, better year can start at any time.
That being said, I did quit smoking January 11, 2009. I’m going to count it even though it wasn’t really a New Year’s resolution. I did it cold turkey and never looked back. I just put on my big girl bloomers and said enough is enough. I had bronchitis, as I get every year, and was developing the accompaning cough. Seriously? Does your enjoyment of smoking trump the causal effects? To wit: It is expensive, it causes bronchitis and cough (which leads to embarrassing leakage – yeah, I said it), you smell, all your stuff smells, you can’t smell, you have to go outside in the freezing cold, you are ostracized, you do not look cool – you look stoopid, you could accidentally burn down your house, the list goes on.
There is also the fear of Chantix. I know you have seen the commercials. Looks like a great solution, I know. I took it in 2008 I guess. It did help and make cigarettes less desirable. However, the side effects, for me, were intolerable. It hurt my poor little belly and made me nauseous beyond belief. I did not follow through with treatment and eventually started smoking again. Let’s just say that if Chantx is the cure, I was not going to put myself through that again! Cold Turkey it is!
So, this year I did not make a resolution to improve my relationship with food and thereby lose weight. I am already down 2 pounds. Wish me luck.