The Whirlpool culture change triggered my goal of being cigarette free.
After smoking for more than 35 years, I finally decided I was ready to quit. The Whirlpool culture change triggered my decision. The starting point was that I wanted to quit, not that other people wanted me to quit.
This journey in my life started in July 2014.
Using e-cigarettes and gradually reducing the milligrams (18, 9, 6, 3 then 0) of nicotine were very significant. About nine months into this endeavor, I considered smoking just one cigarette to subdue my craving. Tiffany Ramage was there to say “no” when I would say that I wanted that one cigarette. Also, Stephen Huske, our previous health coach, provided the positive support and encouragement needed for my journey. During our meetings, Stephen provided literature for me to read.
There is a phobia that if you stop smoking cigarettes you will gain weight. Good news––I have not gained any weight. In fact, I have lost a few pounds. My endurance has drastically improved; I can take a brisk walk without being entirely out of breath.
This change was extremely significant to me because my deduction for medical insurance was dramatically reduced.
My desire is that all my team members that smoke are inspired and join me. Just remember, when you start the journey to quit smoking, make sure you have a very good support group that includes people like your health coach, co-workers, family and friends.
My next horizon is weight loss. The goal is to lose at least 10 percent of my body weight by December 1, 2016.