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Monday, July 09, 2012

TURN ME LOOSE

Question Of The Week






What habit are you the proudest of breaking?

I will never forget trying to stop sucking my thumb.  I was eight years old when my heart throb Joe Babcock made fun of me at a church function and that was all the incentive I needed, Oh my the suffering I went through to stop.  It is funny that thumb sucking was the proud habit breaking event for me and not smoking.  I smoked for 42 years and stopped abruptly (after my heart attack) and have never wanted or craved another cigarette.  That was a God thing so I can't take credit for it.

22 comments:

Pat said...

Smoking. In 1977 I went to a health farm and it was so expensive I felt I mustn't waste the money and haven't smoked since.

Merle said...

Dear Annie ~~ Congratulations on stopping sucking your thumb and I know that was hard.
Smoking was mine - I gave up after 2 weeks, then 3 months and finally for good. I also smoked for 42 years but my heart attack came much later.
I am definitely going to freeze some lemons (and not let them go bad. It sounds great and won't do any harm. Take care my friend, Love, Merle.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

had to delete the other for bad spelling lol..

yes, its true , as the Toby Keith song says : " I aint much fun, since I quit drinkin"... but thats OK..

Mine was also a God thing, so I can take no credit except for the fact that I did sincerely ASK. From that moment on- no desire- smelling it makes me gag- bad habit GONE.

Just one of the many miracles I have been given in this lifetime.

Cliff said...

There was a time in my life when I quit not blogging and have been not, not blogging ever since.
Also I chewed snoose for a short time but quit.
I smoked cigars for a short time but quit.
I remember wetting the bed. Well I don't remember it, that would be why I did it but I didn't have an embarrassing moment like you.
I used to drive a school bus for a time and had a jr high girl get on the bus before her always a little late younger brother and on one occassion she announced, "Well, here comes ol Wet the Bed Fred." I recall thinking I would have gotten even with my sister right after school if she would have said that.
BTW, when I quit I never started again. ...yet.

Cliff said...

Truth be known, I'm too lazy to stick to anything for very long.

Granny Annie said...

Pat -- Be proud that you made the break. Money was my spouse's incentive to stop also. My best friend and I were going to a hypnotist to try and stop smoking. Her mother had paid for both of us to go. The day before we were to go my friend was killed in a car accident. It was years after that before I could give up smoking because I felt like none of us can know when we'll go.

Merle -- Yes I gave us thumb sucking when I was 8, then I started biting my nails, then at 15 I started smoking in place of nail biting and now I eat in place of smoking....and I eat, and eat, and eat.......... Guess you and I are heart attack sisters:)

sonny -- I wondered if you would check in for my question of the week. I saw that you are taking a brief blog break. Wow you did good giving up alcohol. Can't believe you are not even tempted. Yep that has to be a God thing.

Granny Annie said...

Cliff -- Just give it a little more time...just sayin'.

Changes in the wind said...

Like you quitting smoking but unlike you it was the hardest thing I have ever done.

Bonnie said...

Biting my nails. I didn't even start biting them until I was in the 5th grade. Quit just a couple of years ago. I think it was God, because my teeth got so bad that I couldn't bite my nails anymore. Glad I never started smoking.

Granny Annie said...

Changes in the wind -- One strange thing about my stopping smoking...I smoke in my dreams. I smoke a lot. But during my awake hours I never want a cigarette or even think about smoking. Looks like I get enough in my sleep:) Wish my food habit would be fulfilled in my dreams!

Bonnie -- Did you ever even try smoking? Be glad you didn't smoke. Even though I have quit, it has left it's mark on me worse than nail biting ever did.

LL Cool Joe said...

I never smoked so that's one I didn't have to worry about. Erm pulling my hair out until it all broke off and I had bald patches. If I'm edgy even now I'll start messing around with my hair, pushing my hands through it if it feels like it has knots, but I can now stop myself. For a while I couldn't.

Lynn said...

I used to have a nervous habit of picking at nails and the skin around them, which looked horrible. I stopped when I started getting regular manicures.

Riot Kitty said...

Good for you! That is a long, long time to smoke and then quit. I quit drinking almost 15 years ago. Never regretted that.

ashok said...

nice blog...

JeanMac said...

I smoked for 2 years but was terribly hooked - quit in '76 with extreme difficulty!

Charlotte said...

Love the thumb sucking monkey. I really don't have habits like smoking, sucking my thumb. But you had great motivations to quit both.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Quiting soda, coffee, n ciggarettes, plus choosing not to be addicted to anything again was a major turning point for me. I'm not really proud of it, but wish I could get some other loved ones to not want to do that to themselves.

The big C continues to kill off more family members, another last week.

Granny Annie said...

LL Cool Joe -- I've heard of that hair pulling but never knew anyone who had that habit. Glad you could overcome it.

Lynn -- Every once in a while I will do that too but not often enough to call it a habit...yet:)

Riot Kitty -- I would have to imagine that dealing with alcohol and depression was not a very good mix. Good for you in overcoming such a difficult habit!

ashok -- Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and introducing me to ashok's world of architecture, art and poetry. You are amazing and I look forward to becoming a loyal follower.

JeanMac -- It doesn't take long to get hooked on nicotine but it takes forever to get over it. Hurray for your success!

Charlotte -- Hi there. It's been a while. Glad you like the monkey. Surely you have some habit you have broken or need to break?

Snaggle Tooth -- You are so right about the devastation of the big "C". If only we could discover all the causes and then finally some cure. You managed to break some really big habits. Right now the coffee is one I have left and can't even think about stopping that yet,

ashok said...

Thanks for your visit too...will surely come back for more here!

Mountain Mama said...

I had two bad habits. First was the nail chewing which stopped when I was around twelve. I had seen a girl with beautiful, long fingernails, then looked at my cruddy chewed stubs. I stopped then. Next was smoking which I did for about nineteen years. I didn't want to quit but it was causing arteries to constrict and I nearly passed out. Good-bye cig's!

Kay said...

You stopped smoking cold turkey after 42 years? That is just so amazing and something to be really proud of. It's fabulous not just for your health.... but gosh! Do you see how much a pack costs these days?

Hmmm.... breaking a habit?

Sigh... I'm ashamed to say I'm able to grow my nails somewhat these days, but they never get very long before I'm compelled to rip them off again.

Hmmmm... habit?

I still like chocolate. I guess I haven't broken a habit to be proud of yet. Sheesh... how embarrassing.

Kay said...

I just went through your comments and saw how many people had stopped smoking. That is just so fabulous. I wish my sister-in-law could stop, but she has no desire to. She says her doctor says her lungs are healthy and her blood count is fabulous. At least that's what she tells us. I hear her hacking and coughing a lot.