My HOF Speech 165 Days

KTC Logo BlueWell, today it’s been 165 days since I’ve dipped. I’m thinking I should have written my HOF speech much earlier but to tell you the truth I really didn’t know what to say. I still don’t know what to say just that this is the longest I’ve ever gone without dipping and I dipped since I was 18 and today I just turned 49. I’d go through about 6 Skoal cans a week. That’s $7.65/can times 6 cans a week. I’m spending almost $200 a month on that crap.

I want to break this speech down into two sections. The reason why I decided to quit and how I have stayed quit for 165 days.

I’m blessed to have the most beautiful family in the world. A wife that’s way out of my league, a beautiful woman, successful in her career, and truly my soulmate and the one I want to spend the rest of my life with.  Two daughters 12 and 6 years old. Both excellent in school both with superior grades and conduct. I just know they will both grow up and be successful women. But they are not the reason why I decided to quit. I decided to quit because I want to be around them longer. And if I kept dipping, my life with them will definitely be shortened. You see I have high blood pressure and if I kept on that path it would just lead to my death. Another reason I decided to quit is because the control this can had on me. Every day I’d wake up pop in a dip and sit on the can. Boy that was the best thing that kept me regular every morning when I did my business. On the way to work 30 minute drive pop in a dip. After a meal, pop in a dip. Yard work, pop in a dip. Fishing, pop in a dip. It was as if everything revolved around this round can.  I just had enough of worrying if one day I may start feeling a sore in my mouth and find out its cancer. I was the best ninja dipper. I would pack it at the back of my jaw so deep and tight that no one can tell I had one in until one evening I spilled my drink cup which was filled with my spit all over the floor at my daughters gymnastics meet. So embarrassing. Needless to say I had enough of the control this can had over me.

How have I stayed quit for 165 days? KTC. The longest I’ve ever gone without a dip before KTC was when I went to Navy boot camp at Great Lakes Illinois and that was a little over 8 weeks and I’m at 165 days today. There’s no way I could have ever done it without the support of my July 2019 brothers. The Vets Keith, Chris2Alaska, Dawgs. And of course that formula on the top right hand corner of this site. Brotherhood + Accountability = Success.  That equation is the foundation of being successful in your quit. (Brotherhood) get and give digits from your fellow brothers in your quit month and the Vets. They’re the ones you contact when you’re having a bad day. Get advice, bitch, gripe, or let out some steam. (Accountability) be accountable and willing to take constructive criticism and yes it can be very explicit. But remember this is what you signed up for think of it as tough love. Believe it or not there is a method to its madness and this method works. Instead of trying to quit for a week or for a month you quit for one day because it’s much easier to quit for one day than it is to quit for a week or a month. Just remember to WUPP every morning. Make that promise for that one day that you won’t do nicotine just for that one day. Don’t even think about the next day or the day after that.

Well, enough for my rambling I’ll leave you with this, ktc has the blue prints of being successful in your quit. Read up on all the stories on the site because a lot of them are inspirational and informative. I wish I would have found this site a lot sooner. As they say better late than never.

NOTE: This piece written by KillTheCan.org forum member Jo

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