My Final Quit
My Final Quit is the friend who understands how hard it is to quit. Told with raw emotion and humor, Pam Young shares her journal from first toke to last and the realization that busting her addiction was really her soul’s journey to discover her Self. Written for both smokers and non-smokers, My Final Quit offers invaluable insights, useful tools, and great encouragement. More
My Final Quit: How I quit smoking and broke a 40-year addiction is the “friend who understands how hard it is to quit,” the one who might have been missing on your previous efforts. Told with raw emotion and humor, Young offers readers an “over the shoulder” view of breaking addiction “cold turkey” through the lens of her actual journal entries. From “That First Toke” to last “and beyond,” readers travel with her as she ultimately realizes in her “Parting Words” that busting her addiction was really her soul’s journey to discover her Self. Also included are the holistic alternatives she used for emotional upheaval, killing craves and dodging weight gain. For smokers and non-smokers alike, My Final Quit offers invaluable insights, useful tools, and great encouragement.
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This review is from: My FINAL Quit: How I quit smoking and broke a 40-year addiction (Paperback)
If you have ever tried to quit smoking, or any other addiction, and wished you had a friend to understand what you are going through and support you, now you have one in Pam Young and her compelling book, My Final Quit: How I Quit Smoking and Broke a 40 year Addiction. Pam details with honesty and with humor the trials of stopping the smoking habit/addiction. Each chapter begins with salient quotes from famous people pertaining to the topic at hand. A couple of my favorites: "If at first you don't succeed, you are about average" by M. H. Alderson, and Sir Winston Churchill: "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm".
What the author details is not only about stopping a self-defeating addiction, but also about the spiritual journey to an expanded understanding of who she really is beyond roles and stereotypes. This book contains many ways to become your own best friend written with wisdom and wit so that it never becomes tedious or preachy.
The last two chapters I find particularly valuable sources of information e.g. the use of amino acids and nutritional supplements to balance the body chemistry, as well as practical steps to take to prepare yourself before you embark upon your own final quit . Much of it Pam learned the hard way, and she offers to you in the very beginning of your journey. She shares the guidance she received in some details as well as in a comprehensive List of References from such as Felician Drury Klimmet's Eat Right for Your Metabolism, Julia Ross's The Diet Cure, and Terry Rustin's Keep Quit-A Motivational Guide to a Life Without Smoking. She also shares online resources for help to quit your addictions. If you read this book and take her advice, the way will be made easier for you too, to quit smoking and have a happier, healthy and more rewarding life.
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Judy, from Freeport, TX : Your book came and I found my self on page 60 before I knew it! It was like talking to you -- REAL feeling expressed in a conversational manner and very informative to this non smoker! It has to be a winner to capture the attention of a non smoker!... Love your book!!! I've told so many people about it! Even for a non smoker, it's informative and a fun read! I've laughed and laughed as well as reflected on a number of things you wrote about! You really have the gift of communicating -- so glad that you are sharing your interesting thoughts, knowledge and sense of humor with the rest of us!
Martha, from Omaha, NB: I loved the book - in fact, the expression "ate it up with a spoon" came to mind when I first finished it...captivating, real, and lacking the standard tone of self-righteous "quitter zeal."
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