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Quit smoking for 12 months
and what a year it's been!
Syzygy




msg:324137
 8:09 pm on Jun 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

I’ve now been a non-smoker for a full year! In that 12 months I’ve not smoked 9,120 cigarettes – that’s 456 packs – and not spent £2,325 (well, I now have twice as many cd’s and dvd’s as I did a year ago!).

Phew! I made it!

I put on a stone and a half in weight (21lbs/10kg) during that period and subsequently lost around 7lbs. Over the next 6-12 months I intend to lose most of the rest. I have to say though that I’m now fitter and faster than at any time since I was around 21 – 20 years ago. (Mind you, that’s not to say that I’m particularly fit, or fast!)

Right from the start I went to the smoking cessation clinic at the local health centre and took up a course of nicotine patches. As back up I also made use of nicotine inhalators – small white plastic things that you can puff on and fiddle with in the same way as you do with a cigarette (although walking around with something that looks like a tampon in your mouth can be a little off-putting!).

For three months the counsellor at the clinic - George - gave me much needed weekly support and endless morale boosting “well done’s”. (God Bless George, and the NHS!)

After about the first month though “strange” things started to happen – thoughts, emotions, frustrations and more - my world seemed to be changing for the worst; something was happening to me and I had no idea what.

I described what I felt to George and he just nodded sagely. He told me that for a rare few smokers who give up, the process of quitting triggers a reappraisal of life and everything in it. As I became fond of describing later on, quitting smoking triggered a sort of mid-life crisis – but ultimately without the crisis.

I gave up TV (still have and don’t miss it one tiny bit). I left Freemasonry – something that I’d held quite dear (ditto). More consequentially – I left the pub. (A dangerous dependency ended up being broken and, whilst I’m not teetotal, a couple of glasses of wine a week invariably seems quite adequate nowadays.)

A few weeks later, and once my head (and body) had stopped reeling from the effects of the withdrawal of just about everything, life started to take on a new, brighter hue.

Imbued with an unusual sense of self-confidence and having been single for a number of years, I joined a couple of internet dating sites (jeesh, what an experience!). Around this time I also started an evening course in web design at the nearby City University, with a view to furthering my inadequate abilities. They’re still woefully inadequate and I finally decided that in this realm I should stick to what concerns me most and stay focused on those matters where I at least have a little understanding – site management, content and marketing issues.

As the new year broke so the sun started to shine, and it continues to do so – very brightly.

Just a few weeks ago I met my mum for the first time. Well, that’s not strictly true: the last time we met I would have been around 18 months old – that was pretty much 40 years ago. Families – what tangled webs they can weave!

At the beginning of February, and courtesy of an internet dating site, a most amazing, incredible, intelligent, sexy woman said “hello”. A couple of weeks later we met up by the Thames, under London’s Millennium Bridge, and spend hours together chatting endlessly and as if we’d known each other all our lives.

We’ve spent three incredible months together to-date. She tells me wonderful things about myself that I never knew: she sees a different “me” than everyone else in the world. I didn’t know I existed in this way but apparently I do. Ah – what joys she brings. The world I live in now is not the one I merely existed in a year ago.

So, all told it really has been one hell of a year – and what a wonderful adventure, all brought about by a last cigarette smoked 12 months ago!

Happy days indeed. And if you made it this far - thanks for your patience and indulgence.

Syzygy

 

rocknbil




msg:324227
 4:24 pm on Jul 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Anything that works is a valid method. I am by no means an expert here. But I do have one very good reason for not believing you can break the habit then the physical addiction.

I have a friend who quit smoking three years ago. He uses Nicorette, the nicotine gum.

Ran across him last week, HE IS STILL CHEWING THE GUM! He cannot break the habit, and that stuff is WAY more expensive than cigarettes. But he doesn't smoke, so I guess that's good . . . but he's still addicted. (?)

Visit Thailand




msg:324228
 4:29 pm on Jul 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Read the book "Allen Carr's Easy Way"

A lot of my friends who have succesfully given up strongly recommend that book. In fact people I knew but who I had no idea had actually smoked once!

While I am still off the cigs I think I will invest in this book to see what it is all about.

Lilliabeth




msg:324229
 5:09 pm on Jul 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

HE IS STILL CHEWING THE GUM! He cannot break the habit, and that stuff is WAY more expensive than cigarettes. But he doesn't smoke, so I guess that's good . . . but he's still addicted. (?)

Hi, I'm Lilliabeth and I'm an addict.

I've been chewing nicotine gum since January of 2001. I buy a non-advertised brand and don't spend as much money on the gum as I did cigs. But it was health, not money, that made me want to find an alternative to smoking.

Tobacco is a very harmful substance. Cigarettes have many, many carcinogens in them, but nicotine is not one of them. I don't know why so many nicotine addicts continue to smoke; it really amazes me. I knew with my first chomp that I was done with evil tobacco.

I'd like to beat this addiction, but until then, give me my stimulant straight-up, hold the Emphysema.

rocknbil




msg:324230
 9:15 pm on Jul 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

^ ^ ^ LOL . . . yes I suppose I forget, this is about the smoking and not the addiction. But if I must be addicted, I prefer it to be something like Toll House ice cream sandwiches, or . . . WOMEN! :-)

JudgeJeffries




msg:324231
 9:18 pm on Jul 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Visit Thailand - He walked out of hypnosis, crumpled up a pack that he had in his pocket, threw it on the road and never touched one since. His only regret was that he left it late to give up as he has emphysemia.

Visit Thailand




msg:324232
 1:52 am on Jul 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

JudgeJeffries - my hat goes off. I am not sure whether they do that type of therapy, but if it gives rid of any cravings, or desire whether at the beginning or in a yeat + plus then it would be worth it.

Just curious but how many people here would be all for govts. banning the sale of cigarettes all together? Is it even possible?

rocknbil




msg:324233
 9:19 am on Jul 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

I would vote no.
But if they did, that would be one lucrative black market . . .

Visit Thailand




msg:3000844
 8:18 am on Jul 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

rocknbill - I have seen you mention herbal cigarettes what are they exactly and where do you get them? Do they come in different flavours?

Also saw a movie review recently and the actor said that he used pip tobacco inside a cigarette paper with filter as a) it gives off denser smoke for the cameras and b) does not contain the same chemicals as cigarette smoke. Is point b true? true?

webjourneyman




msg:3010437
 3:11 pm on Jul 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I´ve quit smoking for 51 day´s now using nicotine gum. Started chewing on 4 mg, then cut down to 2 mg after two weeks. The methode I use is to have a gum the instance the idea of a cigarette comes to mind.
Today is my first day gum free and the crawing for nicotine is very mild compared to quitting cigarettes cold turky.

rocknbil




msg:3010552
 5:02 pm on Jul 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have seen you mention herbal cigarettes what are they exactly and where do you get them? Do they come in different flavours?

Yes, and they are all pretty horrible. :-) Here in US you can find "News and Smokes" shops everywhere, they sell them there. Most of them contain some blends of Coltsfoot, marshmallow, rose hips, other natural herbs. The closest I've found to a "real" cig is "Dreams herbal," they come in a fancy reflective foil box. Haven't smoked any of those for several weeks now, like I said the taste is motivation to stop using them.

Herbal shops sometimes will have what's called "Smoker's Blend" which is Mullein, Nettle, Coltsfoot, Damania, and Dandelion, and actually quelled the nicotine urges the first day or so. You have to roll your own though.

Also saw a movie review recently and the actor said that he used pip tobacco inside a cigarette paper with filter as a) it gives off denser smoke for the cameras and b) does not contain the same chemicals as cigarette smoke. Is point b true?

Haven't a clue, but I can guarantee it still has nicotine.

Essex_boy




msg:3010676
 7:23 pm on Jul 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

my sster in Law reckoned that when she went to the doc for help on this he offered to cut off all her fingers....

rocknbil




msg:3011129
 5:46 am on Jul 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

^ ^ LOL . . .did you ever see Stephen King's "Cat's Eye?" It's a collection of three stories, one of them is precisely that, a guy goes to a smoking cessation clinic of a different kind. Oh we'll guarantee you quit alright, on your wife's pinky we guarantee . . . .

Sense_able




msg:3016603
 11:30 pm on Jul 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

he offered to cut off all her fingers

LOL. It is quite amazing how easy it is to actually become a non smoker once you have your head on.

I am not sure how many days I have given up for now. It is around a month or so. I am working on the principle that if you can remember your last cigarette then you are not over it.

I most certainly will not be one of those people that remember to the last hour how long ago it was that I had a cigarette.

This thread has been brilliant, it gave me the kick to quit and has been fun to post too. Thanks all.

rocknbil




msg:3016824
 5:32 am on Jul 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

GOOD for YOU!

I had to count. 43 days today. :-) Remembering the date will be easy, 06-06-06. Syzygy, see what your post has done? WOOT! :-)
Package on it's way across "the pond" next week.

Syzygy




msg:3017547
 5:08 pm on Jul 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

I most certainly will not be one of those people that remember to the last hour how long ago it was that I had a cigarette.

Neither will I, but in passing I can tell you my quit date was 06/06/05 and at the time of posting I've not smoked 10,269 cigarettes and not spent £2,618.55 on them. :-)

Well done rocknbil, 6 weeks and still going strong; brilliant! :-)

And I shall keep an eye out for the postman! Again, you're way too kind!

Syzygy

claus




msg:3024826
 8:19 pm on Jul 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

There's a firefox extension called quitomzilla that can keep track of time, non smoked amounts, and money saved for you

:-)

Visit Thailand




msg:3027777
 8:41 am on Jul 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am still off, and why I am not one of those reformed smokers who feel the need to preach, sometimes I cannot help but laugh at things I hear and things I would have said in the past.

Things such as, "It is too smokey inside I am going outside for a cigarette!"

Wonder how many of us ex-smokers have said those words.

I had not really noticed the pub was excessively smokey or perhaps I was enjoying it, I do hate though how I and all my clothes stink after a night in a pub. Reminds me what I must have smelled like 24/7 - yuk!

rocknbil




msg:3028143
 8:38 pm on Jul 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yeah I did that, but not because it's too smokey, because I never smoked indoors.

So now I go outside for a break out of habit, but while I'm out there begin to wonder if I'll get told to move along, officially I'm just loitering! :-)

I've found a new "vulerability danger" that could be a trap to start again. It's been well over 50 days and the rush from the sheer success of beating it is beginning to fade. "Yeah yeah, I don't smoke now, big deal . . . " how long can you keep patting yourself on the back over beating it before you're just being silly? ENOUGH ALREADY! :-) The urges still come, and for a flash you get thoughts like well, quitting was no big deal, smoking one or two won't hurt will it?

I just try to keep the agony of detox fresh in my mind, that is a pretty good answer!

Visit Thailand




msg:3028356
 2:54 am on Jul 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

quitting was no big deal, smoking one or two won't hurt will it?

I just try to keep the agony of detox fresh in my mind, that is a pretty good answer!

Yes, this has nearly always been a problem for me in the past but strangely never for my two longest times off the cig.

For me to tell you how long I have been off this time I would have to look back in this thread. And before that date I was off for 3 weeks before having a serious weekend binge.

This time I am not counting the days, nor counting the money (is not the same cost level in Asia) so am quite literally taking it a day at a time.

Like you mention the cravings are still there from time to time, and I notice after a weekend in the pub inhaling second hand smoke that my mood swings over the weekend were severe to say the least.

The weight is growing but am also working out more so hopefully that should counter the negative weight.

Syzygy




msg:3028589
 10:11 am on Jul 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

I read on the BBC news [news.bbc.co.uk] that Allen Carr - "...who helped millions to quit the habit..." - has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

rocknbil




msg:3029209
 8:21 pm on Jul 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yeah God or whatever you call it has a rather nasty sense of humor at times. :( Just look at the poor platypus . . . .

"Allen has spent many years in smoke-filled rooms since he quit, whilst treating smokers for their addiction," the spokesman said.

It's been conjectured that second hand smoke is far more dangerous than direct puffing. Sad is the cases of smokers and non-smoking spouses who die of cancer. What an awful thought, I killed the one I love most with my stupid habit.

chinook




msg:3039075
 7:26 pm on Aug 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

I read through this thread and yes it is pretty helpful but again some people talk about the weight gain.

Last time I tried to quit, I was succesful for about two weeks but yeah the lbs were creeping on so quickly it scared me back onto the cigarettes.

This year back in January I developed a plan. 1. Lose excess weight, 2. Get into a good enough shape that dieting is not required. So after 8 months and acommplishing my first two objectives, I am now into my first 24 hours of quitting. It is quite brutal but I am not worried about weight gain!

Why tell the world about this, because I know I used the weight gain excuse for years and millions out there are still using it. Make a plan, get fit and the weight gain will not be your excuse.

rocknbil




msg:3039134
 8:11 pm on Aug 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am now into my first 24 hours of quitting. It is quite brutal

Hour by hour brother (or sister,) just remember, 72 and IT GETS BETTER! It really does!

This is a good point, and a lot of people believe this weight gain is because we are replacing the oral fixation of the smoking habit with eating. In many cases it's true, but I have read documentation that there is a metabolic change involved - even if you don't eat more, you will still gain weight.

My smoking weight was between 175 and 180 lbs, I've been watching . . . and holding! :-) Maybe I'm just lucky. But if I had to choose, I think I would take the weight.

I just counted . . . OMG . . . this is day 62!

- I can barely remember what it's like to smoke.

- The hacking and coughing after quitting I spoke of has ceased. No more disgusting dark expectorations, what few I have are completely clear. (Sorry to mention the gross, but this is a BIG DEAL . . . )

- Wife commented that she even falls into the habit . . . OF MY HABIT! She says she keeps expecting me to break away (like after a meal, etc.) and I don't . . . there are ways you affect those around you that don't have to do with the actual dangers of smoking, I guess. :D

Again I apologize to all for hogging this thread, it has been a driving support force throughout. Just having a place to blab it all out has made a big difference, I only hope for others to make the same discovery.

jbgilbert




msg:3039167
 8:28 pm on Aug 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

Good grief man... anybody can quit smoking...

IT TAKES A "MAN" TO FACE CANCER!

rocknbil




msg:3039206
 8:42 pm on Aug 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

LOL . . . "don't feed the trooooooolllllsssss . . . ." :-)

Visit Thailand




msg:3039475
 1:56 am on Aug 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

rocknbill - do you find you have mood swings after inhaling reasonable amounts of second hand smoke now?

I feel like each time I am with a friend that smokes (where I cannot escape) that I go through semi withdrawal pangs (not right then but a day or two after), and consequently mood swings.

I am still off, but there are days.... not so frequent but as already said just one day at a time. I find all these moves by Governments - hiding visible sale of cigs, no smoking in a, b, c etc really helps people to give up now.

My hats off to those that gave up 10, or 20 years ago where smoke was everywhere.


chinook




msg:3040009
 3:14 pm on Aug 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Coming up to 48 hrs, things have already improved quite a bit.

I can't stress enough that people shouldn't worry about weight so long as they have a plan. As I said earlier mine took 8 months to get to this point. I don't want weight to be the excuse to go back.

I noticed that every time you go back , you ramp up higher and it takes longer before you even think about quitting.

rocknbil




msg:3040210
 5:37 pm on Aug 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

rocknbill - do you find you have mood swings after inhaling reasonable amounts of second hand smoke now?

Nope, just an internal 'grin,' "there but for the grace of Syzygy go I." :-) I do notice it more, and find it odd that I can get a whiff in the most unexpected places, the wide open spaces of a parking lot, sitting in traffic, walking down a street, with the actual smoker nowhere in sight.

Sense_able




msg:3050759
 10:50 pm on Aug 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

Nope, just an internal 'grin,' "there but for the grace of Syzygy go I." :-)

Yes, I too am very grateful to Syzygy for starting this thread it spurned me to quit and that I have.

Still a non smoker, no patches, no nothin'.... YEAH!

Hope y'all stayin' strong!

Visit Thailand




msg:3050873
 12:56 am on Aug 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

Good for you Sense_able! Keep it up.

I am also still off. I treat myself more frequently to good quality eau de toilette and such. For once I can smell it properly.

My yearning has also gone in pubs as well. I just wish they would enforce the law in pubs etc and ban smoking. I do not get angry I just would prefer not to smell like an ash tray when I leave.

I also totally dispute this allegation that second had smoke if worse than first hand. I mean a smoker gets both first hand and second hand.

incywincy




msg:3068820
 2:04 pm on Sep 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

everyone still off the evil weed?

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