Quitting smoking

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    May 18, 2010 6:50 PM GMT
    HEP ME. SOMEBODY HEP ME. lol

    Today is day #2 with no smokes. I know that others have posted on this topic, and I have gone back and read the threads. But if you never smoked, you really don't have any idea how hard it is to quit. So please don't give me a bunch of shit. I'm asking for help here.

    I know what my triggers are, so I'm avoiding them like the plague. I brought extra food to work for snacking. Going to the gym at least once a day. Doing pushups every time the urge is acute. Getting up crazy early to avoid traffic on my way to work. I made a list of some benefits of quitting:

    Clear out lungs
    Whiter teeth, improved dental health
    Better vocal range
    Smell better
    Sharper senses of scent and taste
    Aging returns to normal pace
    Better circulation

    Help me think of more reasons to stay off smokes? Any words of encouragement would be helpful. Thanks!
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    May 18, 2010 7:46 PM GMT
    gekkisaidaiich saidHEP ME. SOMEBODY HEP ME. lol

    Today is day #2 with no smokes. I know that others have posted on this topic, and I have gone back and read the threads. But if you never smoked, you really don't have any idea how hard it is to quit. So please don't give me a bunch of shit. I'm asking for help here.

    I know what my triggers are, so I'm avoiding them like the plague. I brought extra food to work for snacking. Going to the gym at least once a day. Doing pushups every time the urge is acute. Getting up crazy early to avoid traffic on my way to work. I made a list of some benefits of quitting:

    Clear out lungs
    Whiter teeth, improved dental health
    Better vocal range
    Smell better
    Sharper senses of scent and taste
    Aging returns to normal pace
    Better circulation

    Help me think of more reasons to stay off smokes? Any words of encouragement would be helpful. Thanks!
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    May 18, 2010 7:49 PM GMT
    Sounds like you are doing the right things and are heading in the right direction. Just keep reminding yourself that you are doing this for you and to more healthful living. I wish you all the best.
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    May 19, 2010 12:23 AM GMT
    3 years and 6 months for me man, so I know what you're going through. Doc found a spot on my lung, cancer - that did it for me. Had been smoking since I was 16yrs old.

    It's tough, but you can do it and you're going to love yourself so much more. One thing I found which helped, I carried around a bottle of water and every time I felt the urge to light up, I drank. Pretty soon, I was replacing going outside to smoke, with going to the bathroom. Replace the habit with another one - but with something that's going to benefit you. Extra food is okay as long as it's healthy food. Gaining weight after quitting is common, but you don't want to over do it.

    Feel free to chat more if you need to bud. Hang on - it gets easier.
  • JayDT

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    May 19, 2010 12:33 AM GMT
    I am trying to quit too. Today was going to be day one no smokes at all... By noon I broke down and ran to the store. They didn't have my brand and I was soooo fiending I nearly stormed out of there. I hate the control they have on my emotions, my life, my health. Have you tried nicorette or that smokeless cigarette nicoteine thing or the patch? I am going to have to go one of those routes for a little while at least.
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    May 19, 2010 12:43 AM GMT
    JayDT saidI am trying to quit too. Today was going to be day one no smokes at all... By noon I broke down and ran to the store. They didn't have my brand and I was soooo fiending I nearly stormed out of there. I hate the control they have on my emotions, my life, my health. Have you tried nicorette or that smokeless cigarette nicoteine thing or the patch? I am going to have to go one of those routes for a little while at least.


    I quit smoking five years ago using Commit nicotine lozenges. I have not yet quit using the lozenges and am sucking on one as I write this.
  • safety43_mma1...

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    May 19, 2010 5:46 AM GMT
    i went cold turkey it is all about the strengh of your mind. if u want to do it then u will do it.
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    May 19, 2010 6:15 AM GMT
    gekkisaidaiich saidHEP ME. SOMEBODY HEP ME. lol

    Today is day #2 with no smokes. I know that others have posted on this topic, and I have gone back and read the threads. But if you never smoked, you really don't have any idea how hard it is to quit. So please don't give me a bunch of shit. I'm asking for help here.

    I know what my triggers are, so I'm avoiding them like the plague. I brought extra food to work for snacking. Going to the gym at least once a day. Doing pushups every time the urge is acute. Getting up crazy early to avoid traffic on my way to work. I made a list of some benefits of quitting:

    Clear out lungs
    Whiter teeth, improved dental health
    Better vocal range
    Smell better
    Sharper senses of scent and taste
    Aging returns to normal pace
    Better circulation

    Help me think of more reasons to stay off smokes? Any words of encouragement would be helpful. Thanks!


    May sure to eat early in the day (keeping your blood sugar up) and stay hydrated. As the toxins leave you, it'll fade.

    You'll need to not hang out with folks who self-destruct with smoking, just like someone who abuses food shouldn't hang out with fat asses.

    Stay busy, stay hydrated, and keep your calories up (nicotine blunts appetite but quitting smoking is no excuse to become obese.) Realize that one piece of candy, or a spoonful of peanut butter, is enough to achieve satiation within about ten minutes.
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    May 19, 2010 12:33 PM GMT
    congrats on day 2! quitting sucks ass!

    but let me tell you after being a quitter now for over 2 years I can NEVER imagine doing it again. for starters i don't smell like an ashtray anymore!

    If you keep up the fitness side of your life and keep off the smokes you will be so convinced you are much better off without them!

    Stay strong and you will be fine! The first week and half are the hardest! After approx 2 weeks all the nicotine is out of your system and it becomes 100% mental!
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    May 19, 2010 12:36 PM GMT
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    May 19, 2010 12:45 PM GMT
    Thanks guys. I really appreciate it. Today is day #3. Actually feels easier so far than yesterday, but I don't wanna jinx myself.

    Jaydub - what happened with that? are you cancer free now?

    JayDT - "I hate the control they have on my emotions, my life, my health" NO KIDDING, bro. It keeps me one step away from a temper tantrum, pretty much all the time. If somebody acts like an ass, I light up. If I'm bored, I light up. If traffic sucks, I light up. Done with this crutch.

    I have never tried Chantix, other meds, patches, lozenges, smokeless anything. Cold turkey has a brutality about it that suits me. I know that sounds moronic, and maybe it is. But it comes down to NOT being easy on myself. Catering to that weakness is how I got myself into this mess in the first place.
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    May 19, 2010 12:45 PM GMT
    I read a much more detailed article on this study that I cannot find, but essentially our will power is muscle that can be strengthened AND we only have a certain amount of willpower. Meaning you might have 6 units of willpower, saying "no" to a candy bar might use up 2 and saying "no" to a cig might need 5 but you've already compromised on 2. So you'll smoke. They used the example that in tough economic times people are spending less/"saying no" on impromptu items like a new pair of jeans so they are splurging on bad eating. This can be strengthened so work that muscle and good luck!



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  • gymfunu

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    May 19, 2010 12:53 PM GMT
    Chantix helped me quit. Sometimes one needs a little help and I don't think that quitting is always necessarily about the resolve of one's will. Chantix was very helpful.....and if the drug is covered by your health insurance why not give it a try!

    Congrats!
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 19, 2010 12:56 PM GMT
    Well first, AWESOME you're really trying to quit! You should be very proud of yourself... and I've never smoked, but the last thing I'd ever do is give you grief on your journey to become a non smoker. I think most here would be supportive.

    Sounds like you have some good ideas.. and a support network going.
    Don't know what kind of gym you attend, but I'd also ask if they have any support for smokers who are trying to quit..... or if they know a "support network" for it.

    My bf used to be a smoker. It was never an issue for us when we first started dating. He never made it an issue, but it took him several years to quit. We were talking the other day how expensive it was to smoke. Pocket those savings and use the money to improve your life....... how about investing the money for your future!

    Good luck and keep us informed.
  • bishop65

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    May 19, 2010 1:01 PM GMT
    Man, I feel your pain. Just remember quitting smoking will add years to your life. I chew gum all the time now since I quit...drinking water helps a lot as well. I found a buddy who quit smoking and whenever I felt the need to light up, he'd talk me out of it. Just sat strong and you'll make it.

    Good luck!
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    May 19, 2010 1:21 PM GMT
    gekkisaidaiich said

    Help me think of more reasons to stay off smokes? Any words of encouragement would be helpful. Thanks!
    I quit after my first heart attack(and I'm not old!).. if THAT isnt a reason I know no others any better!
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    May 19, 2010 1:29 PM GMT
    Do you know how when people die their bodies relax, piss and shit? When a relative who'd quit smoking a decade prior died of lung cancer right in front of me I was subjected to a final memory of thick black syrupy tar oozing out of her nose and mouth and coating her chin with sooty carbon seconds after her final death throes.

    Hope that helps!
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    May 19, 2010 2:28 PM GMT
    I quit around four or five years ago because it's an expensive habit that doesn't offer you much benefits, it even gives you health problems so why would you pay for that? Good on you for quitting. I noticed the white of my eyes were clearer but I'm not sure if that's related to the smokes. I'm sure you also contribute to some kind of hospital or health care costs in the long run too.

    The thing I don't get with a lot of people who quit smoking is that they go on patches and nicotine gum when before they were invented, all you had was to quit cold turkey. We're in such a paranoid and dependent society that a lot of people need reassurance of things they already know that they can do.
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    May 19, 2010 2:33 PM GMT
    Thanks, one less smoker on the planet ^^, i am alergic to cigarete smoke...
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    May 19, 2010 2:43 PM GMT
    Holy fuckballs, eagermuscle! That conjured an image that will be hard to forget. Thanks, I think. I guess I asked for it. Wow, beyond brutal.
  • HankFit247

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    May 19, 2010 2:44 PM GMT
    Just keep it up, and take Naps whenever the Urge gets to powerful to control.

    I napped 2-3 hours the first couple of days, then about 1-3 times a week, as my triggers were hit. At about 3 weeks I was fine.

    Use a combo of Cardio (Oxygen In) shirtless if you have a home gym. Let your body sweat out the toxins and Muscinex to clear the lungs.

    I smoked FT for over 1/2 my life, I think that is major progress, so I find it acceptable for me to be a Social Smoker. Once I hit the year mark, I'll re-evaluate the Social Smoking.

    Once you get to the point of not counting the days, you will have successed in quiting smoking.

    Gums, Patches, Pills (Zyban) work too, but in the end it was finding the root cause of my smoking (Self Hatred) and replacing it with Self Love that gave me the strength.

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    Find YOUR Internal Motivator.
    Remind yourself of this motivator when neccessary.
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    May 19, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    gekkisaidaiich saidJaydub - what happened with that? are you cancer free now?

    Yes, I am - thanks for asking.

    And congrats on another day! YOU CAN DO IT! You are already on your way to a healthier body - keep it going! I bet food is starting to taste better too! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 19, 2010 4:37 PM GMT
    HK was right on about the expense associated with smoking. As an ex-smoker, for 6 months I put in a BIG jar, the $$ I would spend a day on smoking. It was a substantial amount after 6 months. Then treat YOURSELF, not anyone else, to something you would not have, but wanted, had you smoked. Best of luck!
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    May 19, 2010 4:43 PM GMT
    LMAO! You have no idea. Well, actually you would understand. Food is the most delicious thing ever. I'm also astounded at my sense of smell. I think I'm turning into a bloodhound or something. I can smell things before I can see them. Weird. Talk about a pain in the ass, though. I'm going to have to wash every piece of clothing I have. I never smoked in the house, ever. But I can smell the smoke on everything. I need to fill my pool with febreeze and just throw everything I own in it for a while.
  • jerseyguy

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    May 19, 2010 4:48 PM GMT
    it was 20 years for me in march. back in the day i smoked because i enjoyed it. but now i realize that quitting was the best thing i ever did. it won't be easy. i did it cold turkey and the first week or so will be tough. but as others have said, it's mind over matter and look at how much money you'll be saving. good luck to you!