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1. Be determined. I decided to stop smoking 3 month ago. I told all my friends about it, and warned them against any "short fuse" reactions, I've had kind of holliday since oktober 1. - the stop day.
2. Change habits. Drink tea instead of coffee, eat what ever you want, drink lots of water, eat chili peppers and chocolate.
3. It is not a matter of when you smoke the next cigarette (you don't), it's a matter of time before the de-poisoning is over.
5 Days without nicotine, still very stressed but improving...
I'm a *** **** ******* hero :)
I work next to the #1 cancer hospital in the US. On occation I have seen a patient outsite the hospital in a wheelchair (IV and everything) smoking a cigarette through their trach hole (obviously after throat cancer surgery).
Think about that image next time you want to light up.
You've done the right thing...keep it up!
All-in-all, I feel better and am prepping to take my first "I quit smoking" vacation. You know, if you quit a pack+ a day habit, that is about $1000 a year in smoking (atleast in the US), so you can afford to go on a "freebie" vacation.
So, you coming to pub conf next spring ul?
The biggest surprise in all of this? Was the reaction of friends and family. I swear they acted like I'd won the nobel.
The only thing I'm worried about is the weight gain as Brett has pointed out... I'm not fat by any means, but I just don't want to gain any more weight...
ofcourse.. 1.5 years later i'm considering taking up smoking to cure my gum addiction before I completely wear my teeth out.
<add> and ulstrup.. yer definitely a hero. :} </add>
The killer is going to the pub where half the patrons are smoking...a few drinks and saying "no" becomes very difficult.
Giving up the pub and the nicotine at the same time.....ugggh....guess relocating to CA is the only answer.
Quite daft how expensive they are here but nevermind thats not the point.
On the height / weight front as the earlier message I am 6"4 - 85kilos. I was putting weight on before I stopped smoking I dread to think what I will be like this time next month..!
Love your posts!
Don't care about weight right now...
The money I save will be about US$: 50-60.000,- if I live until 75. A nice vacation is my prize after 6 month, either Pub-Con in the US or a Scuba dive coourse in Thailand.
Congrats to all you fellow ex-smokers - nice to be a hero among heroes!
I've managed 18 months this time around, and the only time I've been tempted recently was PubCon, where it seemed like nearly everyone was a smoker!
My husband tried to quit for several years before he finally succeeded. He's been nicotine-free for just over a year now.
If you're really having a hard go of it, I recommend Nicoderm CQ patches. That's what got my husband through. He enjoyed smoking, so the nicotine was only half the battle for him to overcome. With the patches, he only had to worry about the psychological craving, 'cause they took care of the physical one. It made it much easier for him.
Either way, I think you're doing a terrific thing. Don't stop. Keep going. You can do it!
I know that all sounds incredibly cliche, but seriously, have faith in yourself and stay strong!
So, keep the faith, man. Y'all are heroes and you're going to save the world from air pollution. :D
Bravo. I have just officially joined the ranks of former smokers. I decided to quit for a couple of reasons. First...family. Second....money. I've been smoke free for 4 days, I'm NOT going back, there's no temptation great enough for me to injure myself again.
Couple of thoughts: Not coughing or hacking anymore. Unbelievable energy! I mean cracklin' explosive, I can't sit still....so I do something a don't think about the weed.
Great job and don't think about what you've lost, think about what you've gained.....longer life.
However, I will say that your quitting is a good thing to do for your own health.
A while ago I had a post wondering what in peoples mind constituted a hero. I got no response.
my .02 cents