We make decisions on everything even if breakfast. Whether it is a small decision like what to eat that breakfast or a big decision as to where to choose to the course from which collage, these decisions have at least some influence on the rest of our lives. I wanted to talk about the best decision I made that has changed my life. No, it’s not my decision to go to the University of Melbourne or my decision to get tattoos.
One of the most important and life-changing decisions I made was to give up cigarettes. I know that it seems like such a tiny decision, but it truly has changed my life.
I gave up cigarettes about 2 months and a half before my trip to Kalaw as a healthy step towards ‘getting in shape’ for my trip. At first, I thought it was going to be really hard giving it up, but after that first two weeks, I wasn’t thinking about cigarettes at all.
One thing led to another and I started eating better, working out more and just generally living a healthier life. Weeks and weeks went by and I still was not missing smoking cigarettes. I had already seen a difference in my life following this healthier lifestyle. I felt happier, more energized and just all-around better. When I started just running a little each day. I gain 5 lbs by cutting out cigarettes and working out.
During my trip, I was extremely tempted to smoke cigarettes because all we were forecasting our adventure trip.
I almost caved a couple of times but stayed strong because I wanted to keep up my streak and show those who maybe thought I wouldn’t be able to do it that they were wrong. Soon the urge to smoke cigarettes somewhat vanished and I really did not even become tempted by it by the end of the trip. I got home to the States and when I got back home I decided to weigh myself. I had gain 10 lbs on my trip! I could not believe what I saw! I like to think that because I gave up cigarettes I gain that much weight, but it is was also from the intense hikes and eating well every day that made me gain that much that quickly. As I write this article, I can still say that I haven’t had cigarettes for two and a half months and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
I also wanted to give some advice for those who were in the same situation as I was, where you wanted/needed to give up something that you think you can’t live without. It really depends on how dependent you are on what you are giving up. You also need a support system; my friends really helped me out by supporting me and reminding me of the reason why I was doing it. Lastly, remember why you are giving it up. Use the goal of you gaining weight or being generally healthier to motivate you through the struggle. In the end, giving up cigarettes changed my life and I don’t regret my decision whatsoever. I hope you are inspired by my story to give up something that is bad for you and make yourself happier or even just a little bit healthier.