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CAPE GAZETTE, Frilay, Ian. 25--Ian 31'2002 - 45 Cancer Watch Self-, ust needed to keep resolL0000e to quit smoking Smokers who wanted to quit Jan. 1 but are still smoking are definitely not alone. Many people who partied New Year's Eve did- n't prepare to stop smoking New Year's Day, which was probably the worst day of the year to stop smoking. Those who truly want to release tobacco from their lives should stop feeling guilty about still being a smoker. For those who attended parties New Year's Eve, it's almost inevitable they lit up a day or two afterward, despite any resolution to quit. Those who overdid food or alcohol consumption probably left parties with one very lethargic hangover to deal with and cruised through the fog of all the TV bowl games on the first day of 2002. Without preparation - a game plan - it was much more likely they ran to the local convenience store for a pack of favorite smokes. To achieve success quitting smoking, there should be at least three weeks of preparation time before quitting. During that time smokers can take steps tO boost their sense of self-trust, take dietary steps to prepare their bodies and learn new t ways of coping with life's chal- lenges. That means experimenting with new ways of dealing with life's stresses. Those who have made a resolu- Website fers tips for overcoming smoking habit Charles Tedesco, founder of Smoking Release Associates in La Quint'a, Calif., recommends the website www.SmokingRelease. com for motivational tools, including The Quitters' Quiz, to successfully quit smoking. Additional tips for stopping smoking include the following: Drink plenty of water - at least two quarts every day to help deal with stress; Practice deep breathing - a minute or two several times daily. Don't do this while driving at first because it may cause dizziness. Get up and move around sev- eral times daily, even if its just for Briefly Plastic surgeon to speak at breast cancer retreat Beebe Medical Center will host Breast Cancer Healing Retreat for Women from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at St. Matthew's by the Sea United Methodist SWIER Church in Fenwick Island. Dr. Patrick Swier, a Beebe plas- tic surgeon, will be the guest speaker. Preregistration required, but there is no registration fee. Call 645-3528 for registration and more information. a minute. Stretching helps; Every day, pick two things to do that are out of the Ordinary rou- tine, and set them as goals. Write them down and check them off when completed. This helps rebuild a sense of self trust; Rather than saying "I'm going to stop smoking," turn it into a positive statement: "I am deter- mined to breathe freely"; Instead of saying "I am trying to stop smoking," say "I am choosing to be free." Talking about what to stop doing can increase anxiety. The brain under- stands "trying" as an ongoing state, which promotes continued Mammography of Delaware will be available in the Cape Region as follows: Feb. 13. Townsend Food Inc., Georgetown Feb. 14 Planned Parenthood, Midway Shopplng Center Feb. 25 American Legion Post 28, Milkbom Feb. 25 I/le State n'ioe Center, Fmnldord Feb. 28 Air Port PlEa, Milford To schedule an appointment, call 800-654-0606 failure; Reduce or cut out caffeine. Not only is there a psychological connection between morning cof- fee and cigarette, but caffeine also binds nicotine to the body, which basically means cravings are tougher; In the first month of freedom from tobacco, keep alcohol con- sumption to a drink per day or less; During that time, steer clear of parties where there is smoking. Remember exercise burns off Stress much better than hoisting a beer while watching TV. Smokers Anonymous meets in Cape Region Those who are ready to quit the smoking habit are invited to join others at individual and/or group meetings sponsored by Smokers Anonymous. Meetings are held from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call 945- 9502. Smoking cessation group starts Jan. 30 The SHARP Center will host a smoking cessation group at 6 p.m., Wednesday evenings, begin- ning Jan. 30. There will be a total of six ses- sions running through March 6. All meetings will be at the SHARP Center unless changed at a later date due to majority vote. For details, call 644-1094. use i.lsoim ntE : Give yourself time to ide if you're full: It takes about 10 min- utes for the signal to relay from the stomach to the brain that you've had enough to eat, Chew slowly and savor your s, Submitted by the YMCA For more information, call 227,8018. II Ilill Ill I ..... l tion to stop smoking in the new year may start the' process of quit- ting - the preparation - today. Then every day the smoker should do something, no matter how brief or simple, that helps prepare for a life that is tobacco free. A major factor is keeping the resolution: when people say they're going to do something they should do it - no matter how small it may be. They will then rebuild their sense of self-trust by consistently following through. ealth Information Ciervices for 00eryone zaltb association committed to the community LEO H. ESCHBACH, JR., DO MARK A. SORDI, MD Obstetrics and Gynecology Family Medicine * * Accepting New Patients * * * * Convenient Hours * * For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 302-645-4700 Conveniently located at: 1535 Savannah Road Lewes, DE 19958 Bayside Health, caring for the community since 1988.