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Old 08-29-13, 09:36 AM   #76
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Well I have to say it aint easy! If it wasnt for the crazy amount of stuff ive been doing to keep myself occupied I've probably would have gone back to it. I do think that at this point I'll be fine. Still crave it thought just less intense.
You won't go back to it, don't even think or write or say it!

He said he celebrated his new job with a few drinks and then that led to a few cigs.
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You won't go back to it, don't even think or write or say it!

He said he celebrated his new job with a few drinks and then that led to a few cigs.
Well, that happens. It's a lot harder when you drink spirited beverages. I have been able to hold off because I haven't had a sip of booze for over 2 months. Otherwise it could have been much more difficult. I'm sure he'll jump back in the wagon soon enough.

Hey, and to be honest I will never be against smokers even if I were to go 100 years without it. My dad has been off of it for 4 years or so after smoking for 45 years. He says he will start again when he turns 70yo. Weirdly enough it's a life choice. Your body will thank you if you do quit though and you will feel much better in the end (I hope ).. I'm sorry still a bit delusional
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Yea, like Mango said I had a little relapse. Just too much stuff going on right now. I have significantly cut down though. Really only on like 2 cigs/day.
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Yea, like Mango said I had a little relapse. Just too much stuff going on right now. I have significantly cut down though. Really only on like 2 cigs/day.
Cutting back is still heading in the right direction.

If going out with your friends is going to be a temptation, maybe you can sit in the non-smoking section of the bar or restaurant.
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Thanks. And there's no smoking here in IL, except for at seedy/ some college bars... It's that literally all of my friends smoke, and I just don't have the will power to be around them and not smoke I guess.
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Thanks. And there's no smoking here in IL, except for at seedy/ some college bars... It's that literally all of my friends smoke, and I just don't have the will power to be around them and not smoke I guess.
Maybe you could look into those electronic cigarettes. I believe Ruben used them successfully. You get to go through the motions of smoking without inhaling the bad stuff.
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unfortunately the e-cigarettes can be harmful too

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow...205045093.html
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Thanks. And there's no smoking here in IL, except for at seedy/ some college bars... It's that literally all of my friends smoke, and I just don't have the will power to be around them and not smoke I guess.
If all your friends smoked crack, would you have the willpower to not do it?

Kidding, I know it's different but it's still willpower. You do have the willpower. You do have the willpower. You do have the willpower. I'm rooting for you.
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several non smoker thoughts:

Thanks all of you who have quit, every day you're quit you're healthier!

It is one of the hardest things to quit as measured by relapse, so please after any relapse quit again.

Quitting has got to be the best thing you can do for your riding!

As per smoking restrictions, I'm mildly allergic. Just walking by the smokers outside the office door will noticeably impair my breathing for hours. The electronic cigarettes don't though!

Any of the tools patches, gum, e-cig's will work for some some of the time. Even if it didn't "work" this time doesn't mean it won't next. Just keep quitting, no matter how many times it takes to stick!

The e-cig's reduce the health impact as well as several strong associations with smoking, while reducing withdrawal. Obviously gum would reduce the ritual effect even more, the patches more so. ALL are less corrosive to your health then smoking!

One of the best studies showed that the best results came from counting cigarettes per day and progressively lowering. Another showed that the most people to get to tobacco free were the ones who upon relapse quit again and again...


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several non smoker thoughts:

Thanks all of you who have quit, every day you're quit you're healthier!

It is one of the hardest things to quit as measured by relapse, so please after any relapse quit again.

Quitting has got to be the best thing you can do for your riding!

As per smoking restrictions, I'm mildly allergic. Just walking by the smokers outside the office door will noticeably impair my breathing for hours. The electronic cigarettes don't though!

Any of the tools patches, gum, e-cig's will work for some some of the time. Even if it didn't "work" this time doesn't mean it won't next. Just keep quitting, no matter how many times it takes to stick!

The e-cig's reduce the health impact as well as several strong associations with smoking, while reducing withdrawal. Obviously gum would reduce the ritual effect even more, the patches more so. ALL are less corrosive to your health then smoking!

One of the best studies showed that the best results came from counting cigarettes per day and progressively lowering. Another showed that the most people to get to tobacco free were the ones who upon relapse quit again and again...


GOOD FORTUNE!
"You know, the only one who can make you quit is yourself."
I was having a really bad day and tried to bum one off someone who said those words to me. He had quit himself years before and started back again. He knew what I was going through. Those were just the words I needed to hear at that time. I wonder if he ever quit again...
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I slipped...

being in the beach back in my hometown whit my parents smoking and drinking isnt easy.., good/bad news is i only took two puffs and 2 sips of beer... Didnt like the cigarette and got super dizzy. The beer hmmmm i liked. Wont be drinking or smoking anymore . Hope i didnt undo what ive been working for a week and a half.
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As long as you didn't fall.

Yeah, if your parents smoke it could be real easy to, as my Baptists friends say, backslide.
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I slipped...

being in the beach back in my hometown whit my parents smoking and drinking isnt easy.., good/bad news is i only took two puffs and 2 sips of beer... Didnt like the cigarette and got super dizzy. The beer hmmmm i liked. Wont be drinking or smoking anymore . Hope i didnt undo what ive been working for a week and a half.
Good job for reigning yourself in after the little slip. When you get tempted again, remember the dizzy feeling. Hopefully it will help with your willpower.
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Was just going to check in on you guys...glad to hear you only slipped and knew better than to keep going! You can still do this!!!!

Thanks for being honest, I'm still rooting for ya!
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I think that one thing smokers buy into is people saying how hard it is to quit.

It isn't.

Just do it.
Pretty much. I made the decision firmly in my head to quit and that was it. Of course I started reducing my use for a while and got it down to 1 a day. Then one day I just stopped. Even had half the pack left for a long time.

If you are wishy-washy about things like that of course it won't work.
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I'm 30 now and started smoking when I was 13, regularly at 15. I quit 298 days ago. My wife has been a great help and my 8 year old son who only saw me smoke the day his grandpa died has been quite an inspiration. My health insurance covered the patch, which I owe part of my success to. Support from family, friends, co-workers, and the accountability of social media are great as well. Friends of friends on Facebook as a me and said congrats on not smoking. Strangers saying good job, and being able to report back to loved ones hold an amazing power. An android app called cessation nation has been great for me as well. It shows ho long you've been smoke free, money saved, time not wasted, connects you to other smokers via Facebook, has games to distract you etc. I take credit for my determination to quit but I know myself and while some are, I am not strong enough on my own. Thankfully I was able to seek out, and accept help as I needed it. As mentioned earlier in this thread, I too have dreams where I'm smoking and the guilt I feel is horrible. I can only imagine how it would feel if I actually started back up
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How are you guys doing now? I hope you are all smoke free again.....
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Still off the smokes. It barely crosses my mind anymore. I, however, started eating a bit more. Gonna have to modify that..
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If you want to bad enough you will say no...again and again and again...
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Still off the smokes. It barely crosses my mind anymore. I, however, started eating a bit more. Gonna have to modify that..

Just need to ride more...
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Still off the smokes. It barely crosses my mind anymore. I, however, started eating a bit more. Gonna have to modify that..

Awesome! I'm guessing the eating will subside. I've cut down significantly... Probably average 2 cigs/day, but the caffeine intake is way up. I've been drinking pop too, which I usually didn't do.
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Awesome! I'm guessing the eating will subside. I've cut down significantly... Probably average 2 cigs/day, but the caffeine intake is way up. I've been drinking pop too, which I usually didn't do.
Way to go guys!!! I'm proud of you. Keep up the good job!
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Awesome! I'm guessing the eating will subside. I've cut down significantly... Probably average 2 cigs/day, but the caffeine intake is way up. I've been drinking pop too, which I usually didn't do.
Drop the pop and you'll gain weight way slower.

But I am not one to judge. When I quit the final time I took to treating myself with morning Dunkin' Doughnuts which was like jamming the fat accelerator to the floor...
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I havent really gained any weight. I've dropped maybe 5 to 7 pounds but it's because of diet and exercise nothing do with not smoking. I, however, seem to have hit the bottom though...I want to lose another extra 5-10 lbs to be down to my perfect weight but I can't.

Even though I eat more, I opt for healthier choices and that even helps lose more weight in the end.
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Hey guys!

Decided to quit smoking yesterday at 7:00pm out of nowhere. Told myself I wont do nicottine patches or gum or anything the likes. I wanna get clean, TOTALLY clean. However, it's been a few hours and I am already freaking out.

HELP!!! I have a feeling that I will replace smoking with eating and that would be even worse...

Please give me advice... or tell me a story to keep my mind off of it. This aint cool, I am discovering feelings I thought i never had....
I always enjoyed smoking, I smoked a variety of different cigarettes from around the world and a variety of different tobacco in my pipes in the same way that I enjoy drinking a variety of teas.

When I quit I did it cold turkey. I immediately started snacking incessantly so I bought a something like this:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/deta...FXBo7AodgkUA_g

and carried it around with me all the time. That helped some.

I also started riding every chance I got. I carried my bike in the car with me always, I rode in the parking lot at lunch. I would ride trails before and after work. That helped a lot.

Still there were times when nothing helped, I really, really, wanted a cigarette. In those times I had to be determined and push through it.
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