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Anyone Quit Smoking? Part 2

Posted by pawprint1 (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 15, 04 at 10:20

TNLady: I have had the same thoughts and wondered the same thing. I don't know anyone personally who has smoked all the way to old age and died of something else. BUT I do know that Lucille Ball, Bette Davis & Joan Crawford all smoked to their deaths. Which was in their 80's. THEN, I wonder, if cigarettes, years ago had MUCH less additives?

That would be the only explanation to me, as I've read the ingredience of a cigarette today, and the list is a mile long.
They smoked in the days of non filter cigarettes, and probably nothing more than tobacco in them.......

Thoughts?


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I just posted 4000 chemicals in cigarette tobacco, so I was right. Too much in there for me!!


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Am still here and on Day 12. The past couple of days have been fairly easy. Down in number on the lozenges also. DH picked up my second box of Lozenges at Wal Mart and they were 35.00 compared to 49.99 at CVS pharmacy. WOW!!

I revised my cigs per day to 33. Was buying a carton every six days so I think that math is more so correct!! Have not gained any weight and think I've actually lost a pound!!
I'll take that!

Hope everyone else is hanging in there and that no news on this thread is good news!!

TNLady


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I'm doing better everyday too. Still none. My counts are
1 month, 1 week, 4 days
Saved $152.29
Not smoked 870 cigarettes
Life saved: 3 days 30 minutes

It really does get easier everyday. Honestly ALL the cravings haven't gone away yet, but they do get shorter and fewer between.

I've thought of smoking a couple of times, but then realized I've made it through the harderst part.
My 2 best friends are trying to quit tonight. And I wish them the best, and will help, but in NO WAY ever want to go back to day 1 again!!!!!!!!
Though, I didn't tell them that!


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Tomorrow will be two months since I quit smoking. But I am actually doing worse on the nicotine lozenges than I was the first month. I was averaging 6-7 a day the first month, and now I am up to 10 a day. I have had no desire to smoke a cigarette, but I am as hooked on nicotine now as I ever was, and I seem to be getting worse. Last week when I bought lozenges, I tried to force myself to get the 2mg rather than the 4mg, but I had no will power! Several times I have used two lozenges back to back when I didn't feel satisfied with only one. Tomorrow I plan to call the nicotine hotline and ask for help. I realize using the lozenges is better healthwise than smoking, but I am ready to kick this habit for good. I hope the rest of you are having better results than I am!


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I've heard of people becoming addicted to the quit smoking products out there. Let me know what you find out. That sucks, another habit to break. I'm glad I never bought them.
I'm still going strong.


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Myself and two of five siblings are all "quitting" at the moment. Our philosophy is that if we are addicted to nicotine the rest of our lives - so be it - ANYTHING is better then smoking!! The lozenges have a program of gradual withdrawal to follow and I will try to stick to it. Will let you know!!

2 weeks 14 hours
480 not smoked
72.15 saved
1 Day 16 hours of life gained

TNLady


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1 month, 1 week 6 days smoke free
$163.31 saved
933 not smoked
3 days, 5 hours, 45 minutes saved.

Tomorrow will be the real test as I go back to work.
I've been on short term disability for 6 weeks, which
made quitting easier. Tomorrow the real stress starts
back.....


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Paw,

Hope work went OK. Let us know.

Leaving tomorrow to go to Memphis for 3 days to celebrate Mom's 90th on Saturday. To date - all family reunions have been total trauma plus there will be people I've not seen in 30 some years - AND I have to do the 5-tier cake for the reception of 150+. Hoping all goes well!!!

TNLady


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New on this forum,but just had to tell everyone to hang in there.I used to smoke 25 to 35 a day and quit just over 3 months ago.I used the nicotine patch for about 3 weeks.Now I don't use anything.I do chew a lot of sugarless gum,but I haven't become addicted to that yet.The cravings and habit do get less and less everyday.I also started walking everyday so I'm replacing the cigarettes with a healthy addiction.We've had subzero temperatures everyday for over a month,so I really have to use all my willpower to do the walking thing. also found that everytime I thought about a cigarette I would force myself to think about something else.So good luck,cause if I can do it anyone can!


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I made a bench mark today!!
1002 cigarettes NOT smoked!!!!!!!!!!!
I am so amazed!!!!!

I hope everyone else is doing well too!
Keep in touch....

OH, I went back to work on Thursday. That day
I REALLY wanted a cigarette. Friday wasn't as bad,
but then I found out I was food poisoned!

DW cooked pork chops that made both of us deathly
sick and the dog too!!!! Wasn't her fault, they just
sat out too long....or was bad meat!


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Hope everyone is still doing good out there!


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Made it through the party and "family" but for some reason today, right now, I'm having the worst and weakest moment yet. Nothing is helping either... You'd think this wouldn't happen at the end of the third week for the first time!!!!

P.S. Think it's PMS'y stuff - or as we say around here - Horriblemones!!!


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I had my last cig on Jan.6 of this year. I can't believe how free I feel. I still have cravings but I made up my mind that I will probably always have them and there really isn't any thing I can do about it except get through 'em. I have noticed they are nothing like they were in the beginning stage.

I have gained some weight, but I was prepared for that. No big shock. Food just started to taste sooo good. Always before, if I was busy I would just smoke a quick cigarette and not eat. Believe me...my whole life has changed and I absolutely love it.

After almost 2 months of not smoking, things are beginning to settle down. I am starting to walk and exercise again. It's also been fun to try out new healthier receipe's.

1 Month 3 Weeks 2 Days
Saved $328.00
1621 cigaretts NOT smoked

YIPPPPEEEEE!!! I bought me a new pair of walking shoes and a jogging suit today. GUILT FREE!!!

I am sending each and every one of you loads of "No Smoke Vibes" your way. It truly is a wonderful feeling!!

Pam in Indiana


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Where did everyone go?? Pawprint1...are you still doing okay?

Pam in Indiana


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I've been wondering about everyone, since nobody has posted an update lately (except you, Pam. Congratulation!) Has everyone gone back to smoking, or are you still smoke free?

It's been 3.5 months since I smoked a cigarette, but I am still hooked on nicotine. I'm still using the Nicorette lozenges and gum. I feel extremely guilty about that, but haven't got the willpower to give up the nicotine. I gained maybe 15# the first month and a half, just guessing, but have managed to lose 11# since the first of the year. I too, have been getting some exercise and walking a lot, but the weight is coming off slowly. It's very difficult trying to lose weight and give up nicotine at the same time. DH has gained 11#, but has also been smoking an occasional cigarette. He's been suffering badly from tension headaches after giving up both cigarettes and coffee. I fear he may go back to smoking again.

This is the hardest habit I've ever tried to break. I'm not entirely confident I will ever get off nicotine. I'm going to try again later this month when the moon signs are right, and hope that will help. LOL. I'm willing to try almost anything to get off nicotine.

Best of luck to everyone who is still trying to quit nicotine, and I'd love to hear how it's going for you.


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Congratulations Wolflover!! Three and a half months is outstanding!!! It will be two months for me on Mar. 7th. I feel like a completely different person. I guess the best word to describe it is "free".

I too think this has been the hardest thing I've ever done. I'm a person who has always loved a challenge, and believe me this is the biggest I've ever done.

Each year on my grandsons birthday, I would tell myself, "I'm gonna quit". Well...this is the year I made it come true. "FINALLY". His birthday was on Jan. 7th and he turned 5. I have smoked for a total of 31 years at a pack and a half per day. So...if I can do it, anyone can. Just keep those positive thoughts.

Smober time: 1M 3W 6D
Amount Saved: $352.50
Cigs not smoked: 1740
Life Saved: 6D 1h

How is everyone else doing???? Come on and jump right in here!!!!

Pam.


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Well....I'm still hang'in in there. Wolflover, I guess it's just you and I that's left. Don't know what has happened to everyone else. I sure hope that everyone is feeling so good about quitting smoking, that they are so busy spending their extra money on things they've wanted to do for a looooong time, that they just haven't had time to post. I don't want to think that they have gone back to smoking.

For me:

Smober time: 1M 4W l9H
Saved: $363.00
Cigs Not Sm: 1794
Life Saved: 6D 5H

Come on, stick with me guys...YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

Pam.


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I just stumbled in here. Hang in there, you have really accomplished something! I quit 3 weeks ago on Valentine's Day in the middle of the afternoon. Cold turkey. Instead of throwing out my pack I finished what I had and didn't go out to get more. Normally I would buy the patches, leave them in a drawer, set a day to quit, then keep putting it off. Not this time. Haven't had one since. I did follow some lady once and sniffed deeply when she lit hers but that moment has passed :) I smell good, I feel good, I'm surprised at my willpower but so far so good. One day at a time! DH quit 9 months ago.

Smober Time: 3W 1D 9H
Money saved: $167.89
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 671
Life Saved: 2D 7H 55M

Carol


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Way To Go, Carol!!! You're doing GREAT! I tried the patches a couple of years ago. Didn't do a thing for me, except make me itch. This time I just did the "Cold Turkey" thing. I too am surprised at my will power. I guess it's because I honestly do feel better. The one thing I have really noticed is, I Can Yawn again!!! I can take that air clear down to my toes when I yawn now. LOL!

So happy you found us and hope you drop in again and let us know how you're doing.

Keep Up the good work...

Pam.


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Hi everybody. Keep up the good work. I too quit that habit on March 16,2003. So its been just over a year. I love it and the feeling that I am now in control of my life.


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I quit smoking years ago! I was about 32 or so. Don't remember the exact date. But I just got fed up with the smell. I hate the smell, makes me sick to my stomach. I found that for me to give up a bad habit, I have to learn to hate it first. And I discovered that I hate the smell in my hair, on my clothes, on my hands and mostly in my nose!

I didn't use any patches and I didn't quit cold turkey. I counted out how many cigs I smoked a day and decreased it by five. For a week, I smoked five less cigs a day than I had been. The next week, I decreased by two cigs a day. The next week, another two cigs a day. Until I was smoking none. I have NEVER craved it again. The smell sickens me.

I've watched the effects that years of smoking have had on my mother and I KNOW I'll never pick up the habit again.

I quit caffiene the same way, but it was much harder. I just LOVE Dr. Pepper! I can't think of a thing I don't like about it! LOL But I do appreciate the fact that, without the caffiene, menstrual cramps and migraines are not as severe.

I've cut waaaay down on my chocolate (more caffiene). And I'm almost to the point where I don't even like Milk Chocolate. The rich dark chocolate actually has antioxidants in it--good for the heart--in moderation of course. So I think I'll switch to that.

Good luck to all you quitters. You can't imagine the freedom you'll have once you quit. I feel so great, so alive, so energetic, and more in control of myself and my health. There is a great deal of satisfaction in proclaiming, "I QUIT!" Take the money yuo have saved by quitting and treat yourself to something delightful--only for you!

Casper


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Wow Casper,

You did great. I'm amazed you were able to give up nicotine easier than Dr. Pepper. I love them both, but gave up Dr. Pepper on January 1, and don't even miss it. DH still drinks it so it's always in the fridge, but I don't even crave it any longer. Nicotine is quite a different story, LOL.

I broke down and smoked on Sunday, after four and a half months without a cigarette. I was extremely angry when I did it, and I always knew anger would be the breaking point for me. Now I've smoked a couple of cigarettes every day since then. Even though I had quit smoking, I was still hooked on nicotine through the lozenges and gum.

So today I called a hypnotist and have an appointment on Monday. I've tried everything else to quit smoking, so hopefully this will do the trick. He seemed confident that I would have no problems quitting after being hypnotized, and I'm hopeful he's right. He said he will record the session, and I am to listen to the CD every day for 21 days, but that I should leave the office no longer craving nicotine. He has a money back guarantee (half back) and said he is 85% successful with his clients. DH is going to him too. I will let everyone know if this works for us. I so much want to give up nicotine forever!

Dawna


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Oh Dawna, I'm so sorry that you started smoking again. But it seems that you're on the right track of doing something about it. I sure hope the hypnotist works for you. I know how hard it is to give something up that is so addictive, but just remember that we are here if you need someone to talk to. You can do it! You need to believe in yourself...you have the power!!!

Keep us posted...

Pam.


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I failed too and still smoking.
Will try again someday, but not ready yet.
I made it 7 weeks. Darn I hate the hold they
have on me.


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Pawprint & Dawna, me three.
Sometimes I think the only way I'll be able to quit is take a week off work, get hold of a bunch of Demerol, and remain heavily sedated in bed for the whole time.
But then I'll get up & be desperate for strong coffee & a cigarette....


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JUST KEEP TRYING! Take some time off, smoke as much as you want, don't even think about quitting. You next quit will be better. Each quit gets better in that you learn to cope with "triggers" that set you off before.
My first quit...you could look at me cross-eyed and that was enough to get me smoking again. I think I lasted one day.
My second quit, I knew what some of my triggers were. I slowly learned how to cope. I lasted about a week-maybe less.
My third quit, I learned about even more powerful triggers. I lasted a little over 2 weeks.

Finally after about my 4th year and about my 6th attempt at quitting, I knew that no matter what happened...I was going to stay clean. My dog had been killed, I had a car accident, my car was totaled...all those kinds of triggers....would not set me off into an "excuse".

The positive's kicked in. Not smelling so bad-me, hair, clothes. My heart not slapping itself in my chest...I could sleep better....instead of thinking of the "triggers" I kept thinking about the good things. I was still envious of smokers...but I knew I didn't want to go back.

Now that's not to say I didn't have cravings. About 3 months into my quit...I was painting inside the house. I turned around GRABBED for a cigarette and planted to light up. I grabbed an empty space on the counter. I was so ingrained to light up that it was "automatic pilot" that made me grab for a cig.

The first weeks I took a lot of deep breaths, chewed a lot of gum, slept a LOT.

the first few months...I had deep CRAVINGS that would hit me out of the blue. I knew they were only psychological, but I felt like I could eat or knaw or chew or smoke a horse. It was such a HUNGER for something.... It lasted only a minute or so and would subside, but it did grab my ass and made me pay attention. I would divert it, go on about my business...and finally after the 3rd month they really quit coming around.

Cigarette smoke still smells good and probably always will. It would be nice to take a drag, but I know that one drag would lead to 100,000 more drags on a cig.

Also, my last quit, I didn't get upset at stuff. I didn't get all edgy and moody. I was determined not to. The first day was quite fuzzy and heady (more oxygen in my body), but I got thru it. Went home and slept. I must've gone to bed early the first few weeks. Nothin' else to do. Kinda lonely without cigs. Takes some getting used to. Don't know how to associate eating or watching TV without a cig, but I did have SOME practice from previous quits.

For awhile there I look at the cig counter in the grocery store and had to literally tell myself, I don't buy cartons anymore. I would look at the cartons for sale a bit envious. But now, I look at cartons and just say, "that was an earlier life"....."I don't do that anymore"....

I kept a journal with me for weeks in the beginning as well. It has sayings to keep me bolstered and reinforcing words. I read and re-read OUT OF THE ASHES....I really wanted to get to the "other side".

You will get there. Be patient with yourself. It's a learning experience. Take baby steps each time and learn more each time. You'll make it!

June Lynn
"Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'.....


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June Lynn, I can relate to every word in your last post.

It has been 4 months 4 days, $760.40, and 3,755 cigs that I have NOT smoked, since the last cig I smoked. YEAH!!!! And I feel so PROUD of myself.

There have been really trying times, but I refused to give in.

Pam.


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Hello anyone here? I haven't smoked for 2weeks now. i'm using patch. I've tried so many times before but this time I'm not suffering withdraws too much, and keeping busy is helping me. 10days ago I started to join hot yoga( a lot of sweating), I normally don't like excersize but this is worked well for me. I plan to go there 6days a week. I also enrolled my 9month puppy to dog class. Went to shopping today(big sale day) , I'm not in bad shape but this summer all the dresses are sleeveless, which i get so depressed about, thinking my flabby arm.
I made a call to personal trainer out of newspaper, she happened to live within a mile from my house. I decided to join that twice a week also. I can't believe that i'm spending so much money on excersize and patch.... but I feel so need of continuous activity and encouragement and prize for one day at a time base. I decided its much better for me in a long run.


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Hi ripet!!

Congratulations on your 2 weeks as a quitter!! If keeping yourself busy is what works best for you, then by all means keep yourself busy. Quitting smoking is a big challenge, but believe me it can be done. I am living proof.

I have not smoked for 4 months 2 weeks 5 days. I've saved $851.37 and have not smoked 4,204 cigs.

I too, have gained some weight. But I expected that. I just work out to video tapes and walk 2 to 3 miles a day. I feel better than I have ever felt.

Hang in there...I don't always post here everyday but I usually check in here every day. So give me a hollar if you want to chat.

Pam.


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Pam, thanks for the support!!
I'm glad today is over , one more day without cigarrets.
I really plan to succeed this time.
You are already into 4months,sounds great!! I can't wait to get there.


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I made it through today !! 17th day.Not thinking too much about smoking any more. But I have to keep reminding myself , I can make it through this time!!


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Made it through again, 18th day!! Considering that last night and tonight I was at wine dinner party and didn't get even tempted is very good for me .( You know those feeling that some how alcoholand cigs go hand in hands.)


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"CONGRATULATIONS!!!" WOW...you are dedicated. That's just what it takes. One day and one activity at a time. When I smoked, I associated everything I did with a cigarette. Had to have that pack in my hand at everything I did. NEVER AGAIN! I feel so FREE!! I'm now at:

4M 3W 2D
$879.90 saved
4,345 cigs not smoked

My last cigarette was on January 6th of this year.

Ripet...you are well on your way and doing a wonderful job of it.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND HANG IN THERE!! IT ONLY GET'S BETTER!!!!!

Pam.


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Ripet and Pam,

Congratulations on quitting smoking. I know how hard it is, and I'm very proud of you both.

I wanted to give everyone an update on my hypnosis. It worked! I totally gave up cigarettes and all nicotine products, and know I will remain a nonsmoker for the rest of my life. Quitting nicotine was the easiest thing in the world with hypnosis. The hypnotherapist taught DH and me a breathing technique to use when we felt the urge for a cigarette. It consisted of saying "Relax, Relax, Relax" and taking three deep breaths. The urge to smoke would go away instantly. It has been the most amazing thing I've ever seen. I highly encourage those of you who haven't been able to quit smoking to try hypnosis. I really don't think DH and I could have quit without it. We haven't used any nicotine products or smoked for seven weeks now. I know I will never smoke again. Plus the breathing technique works on all kinds of stress and anxiety. It's been one of the best experiences of my life, and I highly recommend it.


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pam and wolflover, you guys are doing great!! I went to yoga at 9AM today , didn't use patch since I'll be taking shower when i get home. Took shower and went to shopping around 1:00 , realized that I forgott to put patch on my arm!! Huge mistake!! Came home around 4PM , on the way home all I was thinking was "May be one will be OK". But off course I didn't want to give into that, put patch on and slept about one hour. I finally feel OK now and normal again. I realized that patch is helping me big time and I am still not at all ready to wean from it. The urge I had today was very strong , but I'm really really happy I made it through today!!


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Wolflover and Ripet,

WoooHooooo...I just love to hear about all the dedication to do something that will make you happier and healthier for the rest of your lives.

Wolflover, I have a friend that did the hypnosis and she quit smoking instantly. It has now been a little over 3 years for her. She swears by it.

Ripet, if the patch works best for you and you feel comfortable using them, then that's what you should do.

The main thing is to get through each day without them cigs. Believe me...each day gets easier and easier.

Hang in there, both of you are doing GREAT!! Keep checking in to let us know how you're doing.

Pam.


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Woke up around 10am, feeling a bit tired. Kind a slow morning since I don't work today, but for no reason, I'm having smorking urge!! I almost went out the door to buy it. But Decided to take shower and put the patch on about 30minutes ago and testing myself if I can start feeling better . I hope I can make it through today.
I'm kind looking back at this whole thing... what is the reason for the urge today? I was fine yesterday....Last night I went through a bit of stress (OK, this sounds rediculous but it was that I called my ex fiance ((we are currently considering getting back togeather after 2years of separation)) and he wasn't there) Well, OK it really was very small thing but that made me to not feel too happy since I couldn't talk to him when I wanted to !!LOL!!
And I woke up kind late , the fact itself made me upset because I have ton of things I need to do....
Excuses excuses...... Sorry about this whoever reading this stupid thing about mylife but more likely I'm kind writing this to help myself , I just need to go on and on blah blah blah....
Well, I should realize that life is sometime difficult and not everything goes the way I want unless I'm the queen of my own country living with bunch of slaves( that's sounds fantastic right now ,yet sounds boring also). Things are not so bad. I have pretty good life. I'm the one who is being a SLAVE to the cigarret queen or king, I should thank my shining "nicotin patch prince on the white horse" doing everything he can to save me .
Now 1:00 PM, I hope I can make it through today.
I guess at his point of my life today it is more important to stick with this "quit smoking program" than get some chores done or pleasing other people.


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I made it through yesterday!! I'm doing great today.
I'm so glad I didn't give in!!
It's interesting somedays easier than the other.


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I made it through yesterday, it got a bit hard last night around 10pm as I was cooking and cleaning for the party at my house today(Sat).
I put the patch this morning 6am. Still working right now to tidy up things, some smoker friend is coming today also I have to be very very strong to not smoke!!


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Made through the party, friend smoking infront of me... inside of th house. Sunday and today wasn't any easier for no reason but I'm doing well!!
Last three days "smoking just one" type of bad ideas are creeping up in my head but somehow I fighted it off.


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Ripet,

Does this "friend" know that you are trying your very best to quit smoking? If so...why would he or she smoke in front of you, not to mention smoking in front of you in Your house! Giving up nicotine is hard enough with all positive support, I can't imagine trying to cope with a situation such as that. It's really no wonder you are having "smoking just one" ideas.

Hang in there...you can't believe how much better you will feel when you are totally nicotine free.

Wishing you all the luck in the world.

Pam.


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Pam, thanks for the support!
I can't believe it's been 4weeks!! I haven't made through this long for a while.
I made through OK today, hopefully next two weeks going to be easier. With the patch program, it's totall of 10weeks with 3differrent strength of nicotin,I'll be moving to step 2 in two weeks.


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It's Sunday, I've been doing really well and off course I haven't smoked!!
Last few days been pretty easy!!


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I am still doing good, will be moving onto step patch on coming Wed. Still get craving once for a while but haven't gave in yet!!


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an addictionis simply a process which keeps one from being present or to preoccupy oneself from being totally available due to learned behavior.
I started smoking when my mother died from smoking (denial) although I smoked off and on 3 years before- anyways when the cigarretts started becoming pleasurable and not nasty I got scared and simply quit cold turkey...you wont die if you quit cold turkey but you will most likely become cold turkey if you dont quit.
It is one of the worse methods of a slow death I have ever witness, all family members suffer too. The haunting memories flood my brain when I receieve a package in the mail (from any one who smokes) only to smell the stinch of cig smoke (yuk and pukey).


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Friday again, I made it 6weeks now, step two patch !!
I think 6weeks went fairly fast lookin back.


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I'm still doing great, I go to step three next Wed,it goes two weeks and no more patch!! I'm surprised how well I'm doing.


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Congratulations Ripet!! Keep up the good work!

Pam.


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Ripet,

I just thought to check this thread. I'm so proud of you. I guess next Wednesday is your quit date (the patch). Keep up the good work and let us know how it goes!

I'm ashamed that I couldn't quit nicotine on my own, but it's been three months today since I was hypnotized and I am cured for life. I know I will never smoke again. This bears repeating for anyone who is reading this thread while struggling to quit smoking. If you can't quit on your own, please consider hypnosis. It cured my smoking addiction instantly and it was totally painless. It's the best thing I ever did for myself and I strongly recommend it!


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"CONGRATULATIONS" Wolflover, and Happy Anniversary on your 3 months of freedom!

Good advise to everyone that wants to quit smoking. Just do whatever works best for you.

Pam.


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Thursday night! I'm still here and one more week left on the patch, Oh, I have to tell you for some reason, I had a bad urge today all day long,to make things worse i had a dinner plan with smokers. I still can't believe I didn't ask for a cigarrett or the one puff. I have no idea how I got through today.well, anyway, I made it today!


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ripet,

Keep up the good work. You are doing fine. Cigarettes are like "the enemy". Do not give in. Tell 'em who's boss. Get angry at them. Tell them that they don't control you, you control them , and you don't want them. And stay away from people who aren't interested in your health.

Wendy


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Well Said, Wendy!! I agree completely!

Pam.


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ripet, are you still not smoking? I've been wondering...


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Hi, I'm here and doing well! I'll get off the patch in few days!! I hope it's easy, my patch is very small right now anyway. Wish me a luck!!


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Oh, yay!!! I wish you the best of luck.

Ta ra rah boom-dee-ay...
You've thrown your smokes away.
You'll live to hail the day
You threw your smokes away!


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Ripet,
Good luck to you. I hope it's easy for you to give up the patch. Best of luck too for a long life as a nonsmoker!


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Ripet---- Keep up the good work. I know you can do it. I have been smoke free since March 16, 2003. I love it and I don't even miss the habit. Especially since smokes in Michigan went up 75 a pack here. Average price for a pack not on sale is $5.95. Unbelieveable isn't it. Think of the money you saved and also the doctor bills. Good Luck to you.
Pam (another one in here LOL )


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"WOW"!!!! $5.95 a pack! I am so glad I quit when I did. (Wish I would've quit years ago actually.)
Keep up the good work to all you quitters!!

(Hi Pam...How ya doing?)

Pam (one of the other one's LOL)


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So far, if you say each pack would have cost $4.50 (as a conservative estimate) I have saved around $13,140. Isn't that neat? We should be proud of so ourselves!


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I'm back everyone. So strange to visit this site again as my last post was 1-27-04. I made it over 1,000 cigarettes not smoked. Then hell broke loose at work, the day after my last post. I stopped on the way home and bought a pack. I failed miserably. I re-read what I posted, and I knew work would ruin me. It was an awful job, but guess what! I QUIT!! About a month after my last post. Then at my new job I met many new smoking buddies and wasn't ready to quit again. That's why I've not written and I'm sorry.

Well, Thursday, the 16 I became sick with a terrible sinus infection. The smell or taste of smoke is awful and I can't take it. So I've not had a cigarette now for 2 days and 28 minutes.

I can't believe I'm starting ALL OVER again, which makes me mad. I was doing so well. I PRAY I can do it this time.
I've recounted every time I've quit smoking and why I started back again. It was always something stressful in my life, that day that I couldn't resist. I DON'T know how I'll handle the next stressful situation. But I'm very fortunate in my new job, as I'm not near as stressed and I really LOVE my job! I start back to college this Thursday so I should be even busier, hopefully to busy to think of those lousy cigarettes! YUCK! I hope I can make it this time.

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Hi Pawprint! I'm new to this GW forum. Was just surfing the different forums here and noticed your recent post. I'm a 'non-smoker' now too. Just stick with it you'll make it this time. I've quit and gone back several times. Stress has always been my downfall, at least that's what I've told myself. One time I was quit for 5 yrs. and started back. So foolish of me. I've been quit this time for almost 5 yrs. but I can't totally say I'm nicotine 'free'. I don't smoke anymore true, but I still chew a little gum now and then. sigh I'd always heard you could get addicted to the gum too. I buy the 2mg gum and then cut the little pieces in half. I talked to my doctor about this and I asked him wasn't the gum better than smoking and inhaling all that crud in your lungs. He grinned and said yes. But he said medically speaking he would like to see me totally nicotine free. Well for right now I'm still chewing once in a while. I do feel much better, have saved a bunch of money, and I should live longer. lol The only down side for me is I have gained weight! Yuk!! I know if I just put my mind to it I can drop the weight. It's just a matter of doing it. I hope you do good this time and I'm glad you have a new job you really like. ;)

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So far so good today, even if no one is reading.
I've had about 10 difficult moments, not stress wise, but moments when I think, hmm, It would be nice to have a cigarette or this would be the time when I would smoke.
I have kept myself busy doing other things today!
One day at a time!


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Oh WOW Pawprint1...So good to have you back amongst us quitters! Just hang in there. If I can do it, anyone can. I'm very proud to say it has been 8M 1W 5D since I've had a smoke. I've saved $1,556.05. Have "not" smoked 7,684 cigarettes, and have extended my life 3W 5Days by doing so. And wow do I feel great!!

Congratulations on finding a less stressful job. Hopefully this is the last time you will be starting over. If motivation is what you need...you've come to the right place. Keep us posted and we'll try our best to keep you motivated.

Dancey...it's a pleasure to meet you. Congrat's on your quitting also. I know what you mean by the weight thing. I gained at first too. But I'm back to my normal weight now. I just have to exercise more than I did before. I really don't mind, I kinda enjoy it.

Looking forward to chatting with ya's again...

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Thanks for writing Pam. Yes, I'm very lucky to have a job that has very little stress. The only difficulty today was not going on a smoke break with coworkers. I did go outside twice and did not smoke, but it was difficult. I need to find something else to do during the times I normally smoked. I have that problem at home too. Can't figure out the substitute yet.
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Was just wondering pawprintl, are you using anything to help curb the withdrawls, or are you going "cold turkey"? It has been mentioned that hypnosis works really well for some. Maybe you could consider trying something like that. I wish you all the luck in the world. It's hard...but I know you can do it. You just have to believe "you" can do it. You'll get there, one day at a time.

Keep us posted

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Hi Pam:
No, this time I am not using anything to quit. Today makes 5 days and I'm still recovering from a severe sinus infection, which is the reason I was able to quit. Too sick to smoke in the beginning. So my body has been without nicotine for 5 days, and I don't feel the need to start a patch or anything. Just work it out I guess. It's a challenge, but one day at a time. Not even a day at this point, I'm happy if I make it 1/2 day without cigarettes! And I've made my 1/2 day now!


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Wow! Pawprint that is wonderful! Just keep hanging in there. It's very hard I know. Stressful times are the hardest for me.

Dancey


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Thank God I haven't had any stressful moments yet! I have noticed after I accomplish a project at work I'm ready for that statisfactory cigarette! Now I just sit here with a cup of water. Oh how fun :(

Must find something better!!!!!


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In case anyone is still reading, I'm still smoke free. I'm now at 3 weeks, 3 days and 3 hours. I can't believe I had to start over again, as I originally started this post on Dec. 11, 2003. 3 days after I quit. That post had 94 posts on it and I started this thread. Then faild.....
But I've been able to try again. What drama it is to quit.


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WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!! Pawprint1. Way to Go!! Hang in there. I was wondering how you were doing.

You can do it!!

Pam.


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Thanks for checking! One day at a time.....


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Wonder how Ripet is doing?

So far so good for me!
1 month, 1 week, 2 days smoke free.
853 cigarettes not smoked.

All that and I survived a minor car accident smoke free!
I did think of smoking after the accident, but kept myself
busy getting estimates, the rental etc. I made it through.

It still feels like it should be longer than 5 weeks and 2 days.......
But every night I go to bed and think, "Thank God I made it through the day without a cigarette."


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WAY TO GO PAWPRINT1!!! I check here everyday, hoping to see that you are still smoke free. YIPPPPPEEEEE!!!

Keep it up! I know you can do it.

Pam.


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So far so good! I still think about it when driving. That is so far the worst. But I made it through the stress of a car accident so who knows. One day at a time. I can't even promise that. I still promise myself 1/2 hour at a time. If I make it that far I've done good.


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Pawprint,

I'm so glad you're remaining smoke free. I'm very proud of you. Congratulations and keep it up!

I'm three weeks shy of my one year mark, but I had a little breakdown last April and smoked for ten days. So actually April 13 was my "real" quit date. LOL. I originally quit on Cold Turkey Day last November 20, but remained addicted to nicotine through gum and lozenges. In April I got hypnotized to quit smoking, and that cured me for good. I "still" think about cigarettes after a fulfilling meal, but it's a minor craving that I can live with. It's never severe, and I've never once thought about buying a pack of cigarettes. I truly believe I am finally cured of my addiction.


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I'm getting to the scary point. My quitting stats are 1 day from my 1-24-04 post above. Tomorrow it will be 1000 cigarettes not smoked. For some reason, as it did then, quitting is becoming more difficult now. I think about them more now then the first 7 weeks. What is up with that? I have to get over this hill. It's the one I've not made it past yet. I'm still trying. One day at a time! Will I ever forget them?


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Still not smoking. 1,085 cigarettes not smoked.
I still think about it all the time. One day at a time. I want to win and want to forget about them!


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OH MY GOSH Pawprint1!! I am sooooo proud of you. 1,085 cigarettes NOT smoked....Pat yourself on the back!!

Yip, it's one day at a time. But believe me...it get's much easier. Just hang in there. You'll see!!

Pam.


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I quit smoking 18 years ago after a 1-2 pack a day 13 year habit. it helped me to change my self image. I began to think of myself as a nonsmoker and behaved accordingly. I also began to exercise a lot and the 2 don't mix.

I confess to smoking one cigarette after about 4 years of nonsmoking. Wanted to puke! Never touched another.

I do know at least 2 people addicted to the gum but that's better than the heavy smoking habit they both had. They smell SO much nicer to be around.


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1,100 cigarettes not smoked now. So WHEN does it get easier?????
It's been 1 month, 2 weeks and 6 days. In the past is always my breaking point. I was counting this morning all the past times I quit smoking. Each time was for about 1 to 4 months. Total of 6 tried quitting times.
I don't want to fail this time, but need to make it over this hump and maybe forget I ever smoked? I STILL don't feel like a non smoker.
I feel like a smoker in denial!!!!!!!!!

HELP!


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Okay Pawprint1, I'm here! I sure wish I could do this for you, but I can't. It really does get easier. You may not think so right now, but it does. I'm not so sure we will ever forget that we smoked. I still think about it at times, but it's just a thought, if that makes any sense.

I think you're doing great. 1,100 cigs NOT smoked. You should feel proud. That's quite an accomplishment in it's self. It would have been easy to just smoke. It is taking great will power to do what you're doing. Feel good about it.

Hang in there.

Pam.


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I'm still hanging in there. Gosh, everywhere I go I see smokers! I'm glad I don't, yes it's been work and a challenge! Friday was rough because it was a boring day. And on boring days I'd hang out with my friends and smoke. Oh well. STILL one day at a time. I keep hearing of people who quit and say they NEVER look back and never think of it again? Are they lying?


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STILL hanging in there. 1204 cigarettes NOT smoked. I read a book about quitting. I was able to answer all yes's to the questions of why I smoked. Unfortunatly the things they suggest to do instead of smoking are not fun!
Breath and play with children! Yuck, I have to breath anyway, and I don't like children!
Bah Humbug!


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Okay Pawprint1...how ya doing?? LOL, I just read your last post. You are too funny!

Sure hope you're still amongst us "Quitters".

Pam.


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Yes, I'm still a big quitter! As of today, 1502 cigarettes not smoked. Smoke free for 2 months, 1 week, 8 hours.
No one writes on here except you and not that often so I kind of gave up hope of getting much help here.

But thanks for checking in!


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YEAH Pawprint1!! CONGRATULATIONS!! I knew you could do it. Keep going, it does get easier. Isn't it amazing how those numbers add up. As for me...9,625 not smoked, and I've saved $1,949.00...(However, For the life of me, I'm not exactly sure where it is, LOL).

I know what you mean about no one writes on here anymore. You are the one that got me motivated on this quitting thing back in January. I was determined to stick it out even if it was awfully quiet on here.

Anyway...hang in there, you're doing great!!

Pam.


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Yup, I might just make it this time. Thanks for the support!
Well my membership expires in the beginning of December and I'm not going to renew. So this will probably be my last post.
Thanks again for the help!


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Awwww...Sorry to hear you're not renewing, pawprint1. I totally understand though. Wishing you the best of luck in sticking with the Non-smoking life. It's been nice chatting with ya over the past year.

Sincerely....Pam.


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Love this thread. Thank you pawprint. (Hopefully someone will start a new one after Pawprint leaves). It has been 28 years since I last smoked. I finally lost the craving enough. I had been very addicted, three packs per day. Quitting was the toughest thing I've ever done in my life (to this day). Smoking and then quitting helped me go back to school, though and get an engineering degree. Once I had quit after trying to quit for several years, I told myself that if I could quit smoking, I could do anything. Getting a degree in Electrical Engineering was a heck of a lot easier than quitting smoking.

But... I did it by continuing to try, try, try. Perseverance is everything here. If you have a slip up, just get back up and try again. I'm so glad I quit. Yuk, how unpleasant it would be to look back to a life where I was unable to quit.

Everyone, keep working at it. Keep trying, trying, trying. A beautiful side effect will be that you will feel great power and you hopefully can turn that power toward accomplishing some significant life goals like I did.
Good luck to everyone!

--Alice


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Wonder what happened to Ripet? I sure hope she was able to quit, and is out running marathons or something.


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Yep Daisy7, I hope Ripet is still a nonsmoker too. And I miss hearing from pawprint1. I sure hope for their sake that they both stuck with it and are enjoying the freedom from such a constant burden.

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Hi All,

Hope you don't mind, but I thought I'd try and join in. It was just a few days ago that I came across this thread, and thought it was great.

For the last few months, I've been preparing myself for the day I have the mindset, strength and committment to quit. And finding this thread, reading your stories, has given me a nice boost to move forward.

My story: I've been smoking 1-1 1/2 pks/day for about 30 yrs. And quite honestly, it's the dumbest thing I've ever done. Smoking is my BIGGEST REGRET!!! Past attempts to quit have failed because of stressful events, and now I'm trying again. It actually started a few years ago when I got a new (used) car and my DH & I decided we wouldn't smoke in the car. I fought it at first, because here in CA, they've banned smoking in public places, and I was NOT going to have a ban in my own car!!! Ya know? But, I reluctantly agreed to 'try'. And every time I got in the car and it didn't STINK, it was nice. And soon my desire to light up in the car became non-existant. Well almost. Sometimes when I'm really stressed, I am very tempted. But I convince myself that it'd be a shame to stink up the car just for a moment of weakness. They say the urge for a cig lasts about 3-5 mins, so I just breath deep and it does help.

Then, about 5 mos ago, I started a new, less stressful job, and while it was only supposed to be part-time at 2-4 hrs a day, the owner asked if I'd work at a different store all by myself, which would involve not being able to leave the store for lunches or breaks. That meant I'd have to go 8 hours without a smoke. I didn't know if I'd be able to do it.

Well, it's been 4 mos, and so far so good. But it isn't easy. The people that work next door smoke and if my doors are open, I can smell it and it really puts a strain on my willpower. And as soon as the day is done, I light up. I consider it a reward for having gone all day without one. I know...weak, weak, weak!!! But, the good thing is that I don't arrive early and smoke before work anymore. Now, I go from 9am to 6pm without a smoke, so that's one more cig I've cut out. Now I'm working on waiting till I get home to have my first cig after work. That'd be another cig cut out.

Also, I've been using herbal remedies, gum and deep breathing exercises to help with the cravings. I'm also eating more. Arghhh!

Anyhoo, that's the basic scoop. Hopefully I'll find strength in your strengths and will eventually join the ranks of those who have gained their freedom from the slavery known as smoking....

Oh, and Ripet & Pawprint, if you're reading, I wish you all the success you deserve, and hope you'll find your way back here. You really were a major source of encouragement!!!

Best regards to everyone,
Gracie Girl
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Hi Gracie Girl: Since I started the post, it emailed me your note. How wonderful you're reading and trying! When I started this post, and Part 1, I had quit, but after a couple months started again. BUT,

On 9/15/2004 I was able to quit. And have not started as of yet. Now remember, they say, an ex-smoker is only 1 cigarette away from being a smoker. So I'll always consider myself in recovery.

I will admit it was the hardest thing I've EVER done. But guess what. When I did it, and look back, I realize if I can conquer that, I can conquer anything! And I Do mean anything!

I don't think of it as much now. I'm now at the point where it makes me sick. If a car in-front of me or beside me is smoking, and it blows in my vents, I gag and have to push the recirculate button. The smell now repulses me.

I have gained about 20 or so pounds. But I'm more healthy and saving so much money.

If you ever need support just type here. I'll read. I know what you're going through. But I NEVER cut back. That is pure torture on yourself. I think it's easier to either quit or not quit. It's all different forms of torture. Which do you prefer is your choice.

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Pawprint!!!!!

So nice to hear from you. :):) ^^^^^5 (high 5) on your success! You should be very proud of yourself. I know I'm impressed as h**l. :)

Your success gives me much encouragement! :) And while I know that it will probably be THE most difficult of undertakings, I really look forward to the day I am smoke free. Like you :):) It must be a WONDERFUL feeling knowing you actually could do the seeming impossible. But, because of the great people here, I know it is possible if I just stay strong! Right?

I've been trying to visualize myself as a non-smoker and giving myself affirmations. Something I didn't do before. Another thing I'm doing, is watching non-smoker behavior. Like, what do they do with their hands or themselves at times I'd be smoking. Ya know? Kinda like trying to find examples..learn from others.

Another thing I look so forward to is NOT standing in the rain or freezing cold to smoke. Or NOT having me or my house smell like cigarettes, among other things.

And I agree with your understanding that an ex-smoker will always be in 'recovery'. Sort of like an alchoholic. But, what an accomplishment, huh?

As for the 'cutting back', it was the best I could do. You see, at the same time I seriously cut back on the smokes, I also had to give up coffee, chocolate, and radically change my diet. And there was no way on Gods green earth that I could make all those changes at once. I'd have failed at them all. :( So, having conquered 3 challenges, I've only got 1 left. And what a doozey that is, huh?

Plus, DH still smokes, and he's not trying to quit yet, so I'll need extra strength & courage. :) But, if I can do it, then he'll prolly follow, and I can help him when he's ready.

Well, thanks again for the support and words of wisdom. Lets hope for the best. It's great to see you're still here. :):)

Best Always,
Gracie Girl :)


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To be truthful, there are 3 things that helped me.

First: I was diagnosed with emphysema. To this day I have to use an inhaler. But what could I expect from 20 years of smoking. My lungs started to poop out.
My doctor said that if I quit smoking that my emphysema would not get worse. Never go away, but not get any worse.
Moral of the story: If I wanted to live without an oxygen tube, I HAD to quit. I would still be smoking if I didnt fear for my life.

Second: I am now in a 3 year relationship with a non-smoker. That has made a 100% difference as I am not around smoke. None of my friends smoke and my city has become smoke free in bars and restaurants. I now can go days and not think about it, but that took about 10 months to get there.

Third: I found this hour video on the internet. It plays on your computer. Its a guy asking this professor (of something) lots of questions about smoking and quitting. It wasnt cheesy or stupid, just informative. I watched this video everyday for 2 weeks straight. I even watched it last weekend as a refresher course. Its called "Ill Quit When Im Ready". I have it saved on realplayer. I could try and email it if youd watch it.

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Awww Pawprint,

Very nice of you offer to email the video. I just might take ya up on that someday. :) It never hurts to have back up. :)

I'm sorry to hear about the Emphysema. My Gramma & Mom, both smokers, had COPD. Not a good thing. Another reason for me to quit!

Pawprint, have you looked into natural medicine/supplements to help your emphysema? There are many good products that might help, and many, if not most won't have side effects, nor would they interact with your current meds, if any. You'd wanna check with your MD to verify.

But, simple things like Chlorophyll, Free-form Amino Acids, Flaxseed Oil, CoQ10 & CoQA, and Zinc & Copper are just some of the things you might look into. They all have elements that target Lung health.

There is a book that I use daily. It's a reference book for Natural Health. It's called "Prescription For Nutritional Healing", by Phyllis Balch. It's about 775 pages and retails for about $23.95. You might wanna go to a book store to check it out. I couldn't live without it. My other 'bible', is "Encyclopedia Of Natural Medicine" by Drs. Murray & Pizzorno.

Sorry, I got on a roll. And I don't mean to insinuate you haven't already looked into these things. I don't know. But I work in a Health Food store, and I've seen how so many people forget there are alot of natural supplements/Herbs that will help heal the body, and not just the symptoms.

But, needless to say, the best part of all this is that you've quit, and have a great/better wellbeing to look forward to.

Thanks a million for sharing your story...your life. It's made a big difference to many people.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Gracie Girl :)


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You can do it Gracie Girl! Just hang right in there. Pawprint was my inspiration and it really worked. It's been 2 years now for me as of Jan 7th. Hardly ever think about it any more though. If you have read all of this thread and the Part 1, you will find that I was once going through what you are going through now. But just hold on to the fact that it does get easier. Much easier. You Can Do It!!! TOO! Keep us posted.

Pawprint...I thank you so much and I'm happy to hear you too are doing very well!

Pam.


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Keep up the good work all! you can do it! I started smoking at 16 and quit cold turkey at 32. Figured was then even, with half of my life smoking and half non-smoking. This was before lozenges and patches. I had tried to quit before and cut down unsuccesfully. Motivation, my first nephew was to be born and DS said no smoking around the baby. I was up to 3 packs a day of those low tar & nicotine cigs they were selling back then. Smoked like a chimney at work. Went to a seminar after work one nite, they did not allow smoking, and because they started late they went 2.5 hours with no break. I came out longing for a smoke, but had a thought hey this is the longest I have gone without in a long time, lets see how long I could go. I drove home 40 min with my hand jammed into a ball in my pocket. Then I said, well lets see if I can hold off until after I eat dinner, as I had not eaten since lunch, then well I will have one in the am if I have to. I carried around the same open pack of cigs for two months in my purse and just kept telling myself, later... Still smoke free now.


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Congratulations to all! I quit about 2 years ago myself! But I also found a product called Cell Activator, which is a potent antioxidant that helps support normal vascular and healthy glucose metalbolism. And I also take a Multivitamin, and I felt like a better person in just 2 weeks!


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I am so glad I happened to see this thread with all the people who quit smoking around the time I quit. Wow, it's great to see that PawPrint and PamSewsAlot are still non smokers. I'm so proud of you guys. :) I was trying to quit back when PawPrint started the first Quit Smoking thread. I quit on Nov. 20, 2003, but remained addicted to nicotine through nicotine lozenges for several more months, and really suffered with my addiction. I finally went to see a hypnotist on April 13, 2004. I quit instantly that day with no pain, and have never touched another cigarette. It is such a wonderful feeling to be a nonsmoker. I started smoking as a child at age 14 and smoked for 32 years, two packs a day. So it was very difficult for me to give up the habit. I still love to smell cigarettes, but wouldn't touch one for anything. I had a very stressful day back in October and felt a strong urge to smoke. Even after two years, the urge was very strong. In fact, I even DREAMED about smoking that night, and dreamed how badly the smoke burned going down into my lungs. But I would not actually smoke a cigarette, and I consider myself totally "cured" now.

I highly encourage hypnosis to anyone having a difficult time quitting. It was very easy to quit smoking through hypnosis and I didn't have the pain like I had in past attempts to quit smoking. I was cured instantly and it was pain free. The cost of my hypnosis was $80 -- a very cheap cure for a deadly addiction.

On a sad note, my DH started smoking again about a year ago. (I could choke him!!!) He only smokes a couple of cigarettes a day (he says) and he never smokes at home or around me. He says he doesn't buy them but "bums" a cigarette or two from friends at work. I'm not quite sure I believe him, as I know he is very ashamed that he caved in to his addiction. I almost gag now when I kiss him and he has cigarettes on his breath. I sure wish he would quit for good...

Good luck to anyone trying to quit, and for you guys who have become nonsmokers: CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am very proud of you all.


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It is so good to hear from everyone again! And see that we've been successful! On my 1 year anniversary I uninstalled my quit smoking meter. I hit 10,000 cigarettes not smoked. I will always remember the date I quit, but no longer want the meter to track my progress. It was great the first year, but now I feel secure that I'm a non smoker. My thought process is different.
To be quite honest, I still do think of cigarettes. A couple times I thought of starting again, but don't want to go through this hell of quitting again. Plus I really hate the smell of them. It is only under stressful times when I think a cigarette would be nice.....
I also know about the smoking dreams. But my biggest excitement dream was of me NOT smoking! That is a big step.
So, I still go daily in life without cigarettes. I am and always will consider myself in recovery and only 1 pack away from being a smoker again.
I know this doesn't sound positive, but actually it is. Lying to myself would not be beneficial.

I wish everyone the best of luck and so glad people are still using this website. It really helped to have people to talk to when I was quitting.


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On Dec 26,05 I quit smoking for the gazillionth time in my life.
I smoked 3/4-1 pack a day.
I had been diagnosed with vascular disease and I had to lie, yes Lie to my Doctors. I told them I had quit smoking 10 years ago, but of course I hadn't.
I felt very badly about lying, so the first opportunity I had to make a desicion about quitting, I did.
It has been over two months now, and I do miss them so much.
But, I cannot go back due to medical reasons, and I do not lie easily, so I will continue to stay away from the nicotine sticks.
For me, it is hard but I MUST do this, and for the moment I am nicotine free.
I suspect it will always be a challenge, but I will do my best from day to day.
Good luck to all the other posters who are having a good try at this.
I will be thinking of you all as I travel down this rocky road, remembering I am not alone.


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Good for you pat_clara! You can always post here if you need support. Sometimes just talking about it can help, and we all understand. I know it's hard to believe now, but it really gets better each month. The temptation is still there, but not as often. And as I was once told, if someone can make it a year, they are in good shape. In one year they've not smoked through each holiday, and have encountered many stressful events without a cigarette. No one is home free, but really, it gets better. And you may start feeling better, or at least I did.
Good luck!


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Pat_Clara--over TWO months!! That's fantastic!! I know each day is difficult, but hang in there and keep up the good work. Good for you!

I have never smoked but feel like I did the first 20 years of my life, living with smokers.


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Socks, that is the bad thing about non smokers in a smoking world. You don't get a filter when you inhale like the smoker does. No wonder so many non smokers die of cancer too. Very sad.


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My dear mother smoked over 60 years, living to be 80 years old (with emphysema). I don't think she regretted it one bit--enjoyed every one of those cigarettes. She tried and failed several times to stop.


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Hi guys,
I was smoking for 20 years...and now I just wonder how could I? I quit 5 years ago and even not so long ago I still missed cigarette with my morning coffee.
It was not easy to quit, you know it is not...
But it was very worthy.
I feel better, I can smell my garden more clear...and I do not cough so ugly as I sometimes did.
And my daughter told me that it is nice to hug me - I do not smell bad for her.
My husband is not smoker - so he loved my decision.
I think there is one important question to ask - is reason why I want to stop smoking important? And if yes - than go for it. Cigarettes should not be stronger than our will. I tried to stop quite a few times before too. But I always found some excuse - I had troubles and stress so I would quit after that specific problem will be solved and so on...
Do not do that - say I stop today and stop.
After some time without cigarettes you will see - it is worthy all effort.
:-)
Good luck and strong will!
You will need it.
Alena


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Thanks for the encouragement everyone.
I will just keep on trying and will try and keep up with all the progress you are making.
If anyone should fall off the wagon, stay with us and we will support you when you are ready to try again or even when you are not ready.
DO NOT feel like a failure, I have tried so many times during these past years that I would not be able to count them.
Good luck to all of you.


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I quit smoking on March 17 of this year. My husband had just been to his doctor 2 days before that and advised my husband for the umpteenth time to quit smoking. He's a diabetic with emphysema and COPD - he has told us numerous times what can happen to a diabetic smoker. So, I had been wanting to quit anyway and on the l7th I made my decision to quit that day and told my husband that it would be nice if he would try and quit too. So, he said he would give it a try and cut down on his smoking. We were just starting out on a spring road trip. From a pack and a half smoker a day, he went to smoking just a couple of cigarettes a day, with me nagging him all along. We were gone for 2 and a half weeks on that trip and he probably smoked one pack of cigarettes the whole time. Now, he still smokes but only occasionally. He's a social smoker so that makes it hard for him when we are in a social atmosphere, then he will break out the cigarettes and smoke. He started out pretty good, maybe smoking 3 cigarettes in one whole evening. But now he's got it up to maybe 10 or 12 (maybe more) and he says he's doing fine. I can see him getting drawn back into his old bad habits. Although, he doesn't smoke in the house or in our pickup, I am afraid that he will start up again. I haven't smoked since the 17th of March and to tell the truth I don't miss it a bit. I smoked for 30 years. I don't miss the stinky smell of stale butts anymore and I can truly say that I feel a whole lot better. Once in awhile I get an urge, but it quickly goes away. The benefits of NOT smoking, truly outweigh the pleasure of smoking. Now, I just need to keep working on him.


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I hope this link works. You can't stop too soon or be diligent enough about your health to get checked regularly.

Good luck to all you quitters.

Here is a link that might be useful: Warning to ex-smokers


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