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Tell me I'm a hero

5 days without nicotine...

     
6:47 pm on Oct 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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How to quit smoking

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 :)

6:50 pm on Oct 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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You're my hero ulstrup.

;-)

Keep it up.

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6:59 pm on Oct 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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You're my hero ulstrup!

You (and significant other, if any) wont regret it... ;)

A couple of months after my GF kicked the habbit, a lot of things went into some kind ofrenouveau...

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CONGRATULATIONS!
You must be so proud!
8:22 pm on Oct 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have stopped smoking as well. I have not had one since tuesday last week.

And no I dont feel good :(

8:28 pm on Oct 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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SMXwebcrawler, you're a hero too! :)
8:51 pm on Oct 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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crimminie! I was fairly impressed that I had cut my intake in half in August and kept it there for two months w/o biting anybody real bad in the process. Yeppers, for quitting, you get a big gold star as far as I'm concerned.
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Congrats! :) It only gets easier after the first couple weeks...
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I've stopped smoking 5 minutes ago and I won't have one until next week!

So it's Sunday, 11:57 PM. So what?;)

12:02 am on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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If you need some visual imagery to keep you from smoking...

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!

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Congrats to anyone that has quit! Now if I just had the cajones to quit, and not be so stressed everyday....

grrrrr.....

Mac

12:45 am on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It's been over 3 months since I quit. I feel better -- fatter -- but better. I put on about 15lbs.

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.

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Hrmm, a grand you say? I never really sat down and calculated it, but I run about a pack and a half a day. So it might be around maybe 1250 a year? That might be enough for me to join my first ever pubcon!

Mac
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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...
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5:12 am on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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macrost - sugarless gum...I lived on the stuff and didn't gain anything.

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>

5:49 am on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Congrats to all who have quit....I wish I could for more than 48 hours!

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.

6:27 am on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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well done to everyone, I gave up 6 years ago best thing I ever did
6:30 am on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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about $1000 a year

Half a pack per day, each 5 Swiss francs (about 3.30 US$). Adds up to about 600 US$ a year. Couldn't even pay for the flight to Orlando with that, so I guess it's not worth it.

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~lol~ Sinner_G, that's the WORST bit of justification I've ever heard.
7:00 am on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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WORST bit of justification

Well you should see the look on people's face when I try the weight justification. I'm 190 cm (6.23 feet) for 72 kg (158.76 pounds). That's always a good way to get laughed at. :)

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6'3" and 72? good grief man - I hope you carry a briefcase when you use a pedestrian crossing.

~hurriedly packaging pavlova and trifle and horridly fattening chocolate eclairs~ what's yer postal address again?

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By not smoking I will save 1689.95 a year. Thats $2720.82 for you Americans.

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..!

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Day 6 - still feeling awfull

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!

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Ulstrup, just remember that you'll always be a smoker, just a non-practising one. There is no going back for the occasional 'social smoke'. Just one cigarette after quitting for two years had me back on 20 a day within a month.

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!

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Most English people are these days. Probably something to do with having the longest working hours in Europe.
8:08 pm on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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having the longest working hours in Europe

Are you talking Europe as a continent or European Union? How many hours do UK people work in a week normally?

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Great going, ulstrup!

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!

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Smoking's outlawed in bars in New York State, too. (I thought it was just the City, but it's the whole state. Woo! I'm going to become a bartender! I always wanted to, but my asthma wouldn't let me stay long in a bar. Now I can go to bars! Woohoo! Something tells me this is a bad thing for my pocketbook...)

So, keep the faith, man. Y'all are heroes and you're going to save the world from air pollution. :D

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To ulstrup and everyone else who has quit:

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.

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Hmmm. I dont think that quitting smoking is worthy of title hero. Thats like someone car jacking someone and serving their whole sentence and wanting a public service metal. Just not my idea of a hero.

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

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Sorry Miles, just couldn't wrap my mind around your analogy. However, if my kid says I'm a hero for quitting, guess what, I'm a HERO!

But, you're last line is pretty interesting.

Goober

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