Whoever said quitting was bad? I've quit lots of things in my life; some good, some bad and some just for kicks. I've quit school, I've quit jobs, I've quit relationships. Does that make me a bad person? I don't think so. I think it makes me someone willing to take control of their life. Apart from quitting regular stuff that is fairly normal I thought I would share with you some big quits that I'm pretty proud of!
The first big quit and likely the most important was quitting smoking. I smoked for 10 years and I've been smoke free for almost 8 years now! And it was all because of a bet. At a New Year's Eve party, after a few drinks my friend Ryan and I bet each other $50 that we couldn't quit smoking. The first one to cave and have a cigarette would have to pay the other. Being a stubborn Capricorn I took this as a challenge. There was no way that I was going to give in. I don' t even think it was really about the money, I just didn't want to lose. Ryan, on the other hand was too cheap and wasn't going to give up his $50. And that's really how I stopped smoking. Ryan lost and handed me a crisp $50 bill about 5 months later as he was also too honest and couldn't lie about having a cigarette. I can't say that it was a piece of cake. My friends know that I had some dark days and a lot of temptations, but in the end I won and I'm so happy I did.
When we moved into suburbia just over 3yrs ago we broke up with our microwave. After seeing a couple blue sparks I decided that endangering my life every time I warmed something up was not at the top of my 'to do' list. And luckily enough, during the move we did not have enough room to take it with us. All of our belongings were going into storage and there just wasn't space for it. So bye-bye microwave. Once we moved in we realised we could get along just fine with out it. We reheat things on the stove or in the toaster oven. And I can honestly say I don't miss the nuclear hot leftovers or the cooked-on food explosions that always seemed to happen. I also am quite happy that my kids have been spared from eating radiated dinners.
Another big quit was last July - I (and the entire family) quit Wheat. It was not entirely intentional. I noticed the Wheat Belly book one day and decided to grab it as it looked quite interesting. I was 7 months pregnant at the time and on a big reading binge so this was perfect. My husband looked frightened and was wondering if we were going to stop eating wheat. I was always a HUGE wheat junkie. Bread, pasta, desserts, you name it...I loved it. I assured him that if anything, we would just cut down our consumption. I remember starting the book on a Friday night and by Saturday afternoon I had decided I was no longer going to eat wheat. After sharing a few tidbits with my husband he also followed suit. And with that I purged the house of all wheat and wheat -based items. I donated unopened food to the food bank and anything that was open went to friends and family. I have very poor self control, so in order for me to quit something I can't just reduce my intake, it's gotta be cold turkey. All or nothing! And we haven't had wheat since.
My most recent quit has been sugar. February 1st, 2013 I quit sugar! A friend had 'liked' something called I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson on facebook. I was intrigued and followed the link. After a brief overview of her site I bought the e-book IQS and started on my journey. I figured I already quit wheat, so why not sugar too. Sugar is a very addictive drug. I spent many nights eating a bag of sugary treats in front of the TV completely oblivious to the fact that I couldn't stop even if I wanted to. After reading Sarah's book I followed her 8 week program to quit the white stuff. Again, this wasn't an easy task. There were highs and lows and my husband can attest to my ridiculous mood swings as I detoxed. But now, 6 months later I am happier, healthier and lighter. I have the odd sweet thing once in a while and only on special occasions. But I find my palate has changed so much that I find the majority of dessers entirely too sweet to eat.
So there you have it. My 4 quits that make me proud to say I'm a quitter! So I dare you...go ahead and quit! Quit something that's not healthy or helpful or makes you or your life better. Quit for you. Quit to be better!
Always a quitter,
Special thanks to www.ecothriftyliving.com for inspiring me to share my quits!