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    30+ years, up to 3 packs a day, though for the last several years I was smoking Ultra Lights. In 1995, I finally decided I was fed up, talked with my doc and got a prescription for patches. Finished up the carton I had, then put a patch on. Stopped using the patches after about a week, and never smoked again. Topped out at about 290 before I joined a gym and then took up cycling, and am working my way down, slowly but surely.
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    thanks for all the stories I'm just a little upset because I started a ''diet'' back in February and I've done very well losing 112 pounds so I hated to gain some back but I recently got my new bike and I've been riding as much as possible so I know the weight will come off again but the patches are working great I have no cravings what so ever its just the extra snacking that comes with quitting

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    I think it messes with your metabolism when you quit. Not to mention most people put food in the place of cigs when they quit. I gained about the same when I quit. It starts to bet back to normal after 2 or 3 months. Good for you for quitting.

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    On a lark I went and did the laser therapy to quit smoking- she also did something for weight gain. I was pretty skeptical but wanted to quit. I walked out of there 2 years ago last month and have never smoked again- I also didn't put on any weight. In all fairness to the weight gain though, I had been working on getting fit prior to quitting. At the time I quit I was 210 and 2 years later I am 160 and the thought of smoking never pops into my head like it used to after using other quitting methods. The laser might have been nothing more than mental but it worked and I don't need to know if there is real science behind it or not.

    Don't fret the weight gain as long as you are working on your fitness, the weight will come back off and then some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daintonj View Post
    A years worth of cigarettes will buy you a race worthy bike or an amazing audax bike. If you smoked 20 a day in the UK you'd have 6 * 365 = 2190 which would get you a really nice CF or Ti bike. .
    This has been a huge incentive for my husband and me. We quit @ 21 years ago and still make a point to buy a cigarette present for ourselves in November, value up to the cost of 1 year of cigarettes which is currently close to $2000 per year. I've got new appliances in the kitchen, corian countertops, and refaced cabinets for the cost of 3 years of cigs. He's got a carbon trek road bike, cameras, a dell laptop, etc.

    Yes, you'll gain weight much more easily after you've quit. So quit first and after 3 to 6 months begin using the same strategies you used to quit cigs on your diet.

    Here's a couple of tips that helped me:

    Get a lung volume assessment from your pcp and remeasure after a few weeks and then months. I went from 75% to nearly 100%. My husband is above 100% for his age/size/gender. There's proof positive that you are doing something that benefits your health.

    Check your watch when you get a cigarett craving and then again in 3 minutes. Virtually everytime the craving will be gone before the 3 minutes are up. Think in terms of 'I only have to do without a cigarette for 3 minutes and the craving will be gone." It's never forever.

    If your dr can help with a scrip for a sleep aid maybe go fot it. I kept a scrip handy but never filled it as benedryl was enough to help me fall asleep the first few weeks when it was SO hard to end the day w/o a smoke.

    Hang in there, you can do this. It might be one of the hardest things you've ever done (I know it was for me) but you will really be glad you did it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daintonj View Post
    Or you could buy a cheaper bike and pay someone to force you to exercise by yelling at you as they ride along and hitting you with a stick every time you slow down.
    I heard that this is the way Chris Carmichael is training Lance for his big comeback.

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    Just quit! I smoked 26 years and have been tobacco free 5 years now. Yes I gained some weight initially but dont use that for an excuse. The weight will come off as your body adjusts. Smoking does not make u skinny!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadeInItaly View Post
    I think it messes with your metabolism when you quit.
    Actually, no, it messes with your metabolism when you smoke -- your appetite is artificially depressed. What people go through when they stop smoking is called adjusting to a normal state.

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    WELL DONE ON QUITTING!

    Don't let the weight gain get you down, it's a small price to pay.

    If you are snacking then surround yourself with healthy snacks (something like like baby carrots/ sultanas etc.)

    Keep at it!

    I smoked 30 a day for 25 years, gave up 1 November last year. Almost a year off, that's nearly 11 thousand unsmoked cigrettes

    I've managed to keep the weight flat (which upset me because I was loosing it). I put on 10lbs 3 months in but lost it soon enough.

    Lots of great stories here.

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    Well, I know this is a little premature, but I felt like crap last night and this morning. I was smoking a cigarette in my car on the way to work this morning with the window down on the coldest day so far of the year, my feet snugly warm but my hands freezing when I realized that I was tired of smoking. I was tired of smoking just to keep the withdrawl at bay. I was tired of being winded climbing up a simple flight of steps. I was tired of thinking what I could be doing if I didn't smoke.

    I had brought my last pack of the current carton to work with me, and I had a couple of lighters in my car. I looked down at all of the paraphenalia and decided that enough was enough. I grabbed them all in my hand, walked up to the trash can outside of my office building and slammed them into the trash can. I'm done. I quit.

    Now for the fun part. I have tried quitting before, and whenever I use the patch or gum, it never works. The one time that I quit for 3 years was cold turkey, so that is what it's going to be. T minus 1 hr.

    Wish me luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aidanpryde18 View Post
    Well, I know this is a little premature, but I felt like crap last night and this morning. I was smoking a cigarette in my car on the way to work this morning with the window down on the coldest day so far of the year, my feet snugly warm but my hands freezing when I realized that I was tired of smoking. I was tired of smoking just to keep the withdrawl at bay. I was tired of being winded climbing up a simple flight of steps. I was tired of thinking what I could be doing if I didn't smoke.

    I had brought my last pack of the current carton to work with me, and I had a couple of lighters in my car. I looked down at all of the paraphenalia and decided that enough was enough. I grabbed them all in my hand, walked up to the trash can outside of my office building and slammed them into the trash can. I'm done. I quit.

    Now for the fun part. I have tried quitting before, and whenever I use the patch or gum, it never works. The one time that I quit for 3 years was cold turkey, so that is what it's going to be. T minus 1 hr.

    Wish me luck.
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    And also with you.

    Seriously though, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollin View Post
    WELL DONE ON QUITTING!

    Don't let the weight gain get you down, it's a small price to pay.

    If you are snacking then surround yourself with healthy snacks (something like like baby carrots/ sultanas etc.)

    Keep at it!

    I smoked 30 a day for 25 years, gave up 1 November last year. Almost a year off, that's nearly 11 thousand unsmoked cigrettes

    I've managed to keep the weight flat (which upset me because I was loosing it). I put on 10lbs 3 months in but lost it soon enough.

    Lots of great stories here.
    Here is another way to look at it, 11,000 cigarettes is 440 packs (25) of cigarettes, at $4 a pack thats $1,760 you can buy a nice bike for $1,760

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    Quote Originally Posted by aidanpryde18 View Post
    Wish me luck.
    Good luck. You made a decision to do something about it, and that's a great start.

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    Thanks bcc.

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    I smoked for nearly 30 years. I quit cold turkey a couple of times and went about six months before I started back again. I always piled on weight when I quit, but I also started exercising when I quit (cigarettes were a great appetite suppressant for me...could go all day w/o eating).

    Anyway, I was around 190 pounds when I last tried quitting. The weight started piling on.....I started exercising....the weight still piled on...I eventually went up to 260 pounds. This summer I started bike riding and commuting to the office and gym. The bike was actually my inspiration to hit the gym 4-5x/week. I love riding the bike!

    The weight has started to move in the opposite direction now. I just went under 240 and was averaging one pound per week until I went on vacation just over 3 weeks ago. The weather is getting cold, but I plan to continue commuting as often as possible, and if I can't commute, I'll at least drive to the gym and swim the laps for 40-50 minutes.

    Oh.....I last smoked on February 15 ...... 2002. I'll never smoke again. My lungs are clear, and have wind enough to sprint on the bike, swim laps for an hour. I just need to get the metabolism up to get the weight off. Now that I've rediscovered how much I love riding a bike, I'm now confident that I can get the weight off. Thanks to the bike. And as someone else mentioned, even if the weight doesn't all come off, I feel a helluva a lot better as a non-smoker.

    Good luck. Don't smoke. Keep it up and eventually you'll pity the people you see puffing away on their cigs.

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    I tried smoking in high school. Never realy liked it much, so I stuck with chew. Copenhagen for years, then Kodiak. Man, tobacco is hard to quit. I quit one time for two years, then I learned a hard lesson, You can't have just one. I bummed a pinch off a guy at work, and by the end of the day I had bought my own can and it was like I never quit. Two years wasted. I don't know how many times I quit since then. It's been long enough now that I know I have it beat. I also know that when the urges come (thankfully no more than once a week or so now) I don't lie to myself and say "I'll just bum one....." It's tough to quit, but worth it. It took a couple months to get my system back to normal, then it got easier. You don't realize how lousy you've been making your self feel untill you stop. Stick with it. It's tough, but well worth it when you wake up one morning and realize that you feel so much better. Both physicly and mentaly. It takes months to get there, but when it happens, it makes all the struggle pay off.

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    Nicotine is a very fine drug... it's just the delivery system that will kill you. I was a light smoker for about 15 years and a drug called Chantix finally helped me quit about 18 months ago. It blocks the nicotine receptors in the brain and is not just a nicotine substitute. I have found that I can still have an occasional cigarette now as long as I don't restart the addiction. My LBS has this poster on the wall, called "Smoking in the Peloton", which I really like. Hope no one is offended!
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