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post #31 of 57
About six months ago I decided to limit myself to one cup of coffee a day... two in emergencies like long drives or the odd day that I have to work in the morning.

Towards the end of my previous work season (usually september thru june) I'd gotten up to 4-6 cups of coffee on any given day. I had to consciously have caffeine on my days off so I wouldn't have withdrawal.

Now, I'm more productive, more energetic, and I stay awake by attempting to get enough sleep.
post #32 of 57
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I stopped and helped all of my family stop the habit of eating their entree first when we go out to dinner, now we eat the dessert first, as it should be.
post #33 of 57
Since I've never smoked or bitten my nails, mine is 'way different: I broke the habit of regularly letting traffic make me angry. (Please note the qualifier there -- regularly. )

In my twenties, I used to become dangerously upset while driving, taking insane risks to get away from "the pack." Some nights I'd close my eyes and think what a miracle it was that I actually got home in one piece again. Then one day I was trapped at a left-turn signal behind one of those people who just won't go, and the weight of all the frustration in my life seemed to hit me all at once. I flipped out. I screamed and sobbed and pounded my fists on the passenger seat, and it was a good hour before I could breathe normally.

So I made a new rule: no matter how upset I feel, it is not reflected in my driving. And I do pretty well sticking to it! Not perfect, but... hey, who is?
post #34 of 57
2 1/2 years ago I quit smoking!
post #35 of 57
About 18 months ago, I quit eating refined sugar, refined flour, artificial color or flavors, or saturated or trans fats. I quit biting my nails when I was a teenager because I wanted to wear nice nail polish. I quit smoking in my twenties but don't think I was ever addicted - it was too easy.
post #36 of 57
I quit smoking about 3 and a half years ago cold turkey.
post #37 of 57
I have a couple in common with others here......
First was nail biting, big time nail biter! Would chew and tear them down past the quick, chew away my cuticles till they were extremely painful and bleeding, often having several band aids on my fingertips.
I started very young into my teen years and during high school realized how debilitating it was as well as unattractive. My main attraction would be a rough edge that I would just go away at, and nail biters know, you can't smooth a nail by biting! What I did was make sure I always had a nail file and clippers with me at all times!!!!!!! As soon as I found myself picking I would smooth away or clip the nail or cuticle. Even if I had to keep my nails extremely short, cuticles clean, I did what I had to. It took 6 years for my nails to grow in naturally with any healthy strength.
Unfortunately I think my second bad habit replaced the first one.....Smoking! But I very proudly quit smoking, for good, 2 years ago January 4th. I just had enough of the stained clothing, fingers, teeth, bad skin, paying so much for something that was offensive and unhealthy. I slowly weaned myself off, stretched a pack out over longer periods of time, first rule was no smoking in the home. I became one of those non smokers that smokers hate!
post #38 of 57
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About 18 months ago, I quit eating refined sugar, refined flour, artificial color or flavors, or saturated or trans fats. I quit biting my nails when I was a teenager because I wanted to wear nice nail polish. I quit smoking in my twenties but don't think I was ever addicted - it was too easy.
What have you noticed about this, any changes in your health or your family's health?
post #39 of 57
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I stopped and helped all of my family stop the habit of eating their entree first when we go out to dinner, now we eat the dessert first, as it should be.
LOL! You are too funny
post #40 of 57
Congrats to all those who quit smoking!
Both my parents quit and I was so proud of them. My siblings and I never started as we hated the smell.
post #41 of 57
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What have you noticed about this, any changes in your health or your family's health?
I lost 20 lbs. because of the change in diet. I didn't eat bad food before, though, my diet has always been pretty healthy, but now I am super-strict because it helps me with my autoimmune problems and I have not been sick as much.

My husband lost some weight, too, and inches also but he has been working out six days a week for two years. He swims 2-3 kilometers three days a week and works out with weights the other three. Our daughter has stayed slim when most other kids her age have started putting on pounds... I do yoga and pilates sometimes... I'm not very strict about it, though. I walk a lot but hate other exercise!
post #42 of 57
Quit smoking. I never ever thought I would be to the point where I would be sick to my stomach at the thought of smoking. I even went out and had a few drinks the other night and didn't get a pack of smokes. First time EVER.
post #43 of 57
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I stopped and helped all of my family stop the habit of eating their entree first when we go out to dinner, now we eat the dessert first, as it should be.
Pam I love that idea!!!
post #44 of 57
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What's the habit you're proudest of breaking?

For me, it is biting my nails.
Biting my nails too!

Although I do still bite the skin around my nails, and have really cut back because I want nice nails for the wedding! Its soooooooooooo hard...the hardest thing ever to stop doing it.
post #45 of 57
Two things I'm most proud of --

1) Giving up caffeine - completely. No soda, no diet soda (can't drink it anyway, allergic to artificial sweetener), no coffee - just decaf. I discovered I liked the taste of coffee more than I liked the jitters from it. No more mid-day crash! Went from 6 cups a day of caffeinated to one of decaf.

2) This one makes me the most proud - getting off of a very addictive anti-anxiety medicine on my own. I was on it for 9 years because of panic attacks and one day I just decided I was in control and not the panic. I quit in October of last year and still have an attack every now and then but they're pretty rare.

post #46 of 57
quitting smoking for over 5 years now
post #47 of 57
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Quit smoking. I never ever thought I would be to the point where I would be sick to my stomach at the thought of smoking. I even went out and had a few drinks the other night and didn't get a pack of smokes. First time EVER.
Congrats and keep up the good ,um strength
post #48 of 57
Smoking.
post #49 of 57
It use to be biting my nails but now it's quitting smoking
Smoke free for 17 days

Ahhhhhhhhhh
post #50 of 57
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LOL I do that! It actually keeps me from over eating b/c I don't feel like I HAVE to eat all my dinner before I can get my dessert!
That is a great point! I'll have to try it!

I'm most proud of breaking my habit of drinking soda as a water substitute.
post #51 of 57
Oh God, I still nibble at my nails on occasion, lol (when I am stressed!) I never smoked though and I am not much of a drinker. I am however proud of the fact I have given up junk food - certain kinds like chips (I will still eat popcorn which I consider a gfood group, kidding) and and coca cola which gave me migraines. Now I stick to bottled water (strawberry) and sometimes a popscicle or eat Kashi cereal as a snack - the crunchy stuff.
post #52 of 57
I quit smoking 5 years and 6 months ago, I quit when my Mother (R.I.P) was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.She was told she would live only 3 to 6 months but she held on for 3 years.I cannot believe I EVER smoked! I am scared ro even be around other people smoking.
post #53 of 57
I stopped using Afrin 2 years ago and it was actually really tough to quit. You get a little panicky when you can't breathe, because your sinuses are swollen shut.

The stuff is incredibly addicting and I used it daily for about 12 years. If you read the warning label on the bottle, it says not to use for longer than 5 days.

Guess I can't read.

I am proud and thankful I beat that habit/addiction.
post #54 of 57
I still bite my nails from time to time lol. Ummmm well as a kid I sucked my thumb forever!! I think I quit in 3rd grade?? LOL it was a pretty big accomplishment!! And when i ride my horse I dont have a hunch back anymore lol i sit up a lot straighter now!!!
post #55 of 57
Biting my nails....it has been a vicous cycle for years and finally I quit for good! I do nibble once in a while but I make myself stop and get a nail fileI plan on having beautiful french tips for my wedding
post #56 of 57
Quitting smoking back in 1990, haven't smoked since.
post #57 of 57
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I stopped using Afrin 2 years ago and it was actually really tough to quit. You get a little panicky when you can't breathe, because your sinuses are swollen shut.

The stuff is incredibly addicting and I used it daily for about 12 years. If you read the warning label on the bottle, it says not to use for longer than 5 days.

Guess I can't read.

I am proud and thankful I beat that habit/addiction.
Good Job! My ex was addicted to it also.
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