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Old 08-16-11, 08:40 AM
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I have something to say.

I have a problem with smoking. I have been trying to quit for a while. It's pretty much my arch nemesis. I started taking Zyban to quit. Turns out, that stuff causes insomnia. So in the last week, I think I have had about 10 hours of sleep. Being tired makes me cranky, being cranky stresses me out, stress makes me smoke.

So, I'm going to quit, on my own. The hell with this medicine crap. I recently quit soda, which was also a huge addiction. If I can do that, I can quit smoking. Sure, there might be a line of dead people in my path, but that isn't my problem. Oh, yah it might be.

Anyway, I retire in 5 years. I'm selling everything I have, house, cars, and family. I'm going to buy a Prius, move to Boulder, CO, and work at a pizza place.

This thread is complete rambling.
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Old 08-16-11, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by trey.a View Post
I have a problem with smoking. I have been trying to quit for a while. It's pretty much my arch nemesis. I started taking Zyban to quit. Turns out, that stuff causes insomnia. So in the last week, I think I have had about 10 hours of sleep. Being tired makes me cranky, being cranky stresses me out, stress makes me smoke.

So, I'm going to quit, on my own. The hell with this medicine crap. I recently quit soda, which was also a huge addiction. If I can do that, I can quit smoking. Sure, there might be a line of dead people in my path, but that isn't my problem. Oh, yah it might be.

Anyway, I retire in 5 years. I'm selling everything I have, house, cars, and family. I'm going to buy a Prius, move to Boulder, CO, and work at a pizza place.

This thread is complete rambling.
I used the patches....Nicoderm has a 3 step patch system. Target had a 2 step patch system. The target patches fit right in between the Nicoderm patches. Giving me a 5 step process.....it was still the hardest thing I have ever done. The dreams during that time were wild. I almost lit up one day...guy looked at me and said "The only one who can make you quit is you". I looked at the cig and realized he was right. I haven't had a smoke in 10+ yrs.

Best of luck to you.
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Old 08-16-11, 09:17 AM
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Good for you Trey!
This may be an odd way of looking at it. I dunno.
When I quit smoking, I had to change my thought pattern from 'how long can I go without' to "I don't need this crap. I don't smoke."
YMMV, and this may be counter-intuitive; but I carried some around with me for a week to quell my anxiety that I may really, really need one and not have one available.
Didn't touch them, and tossed them out eventually.
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Old 08-16-11, 09:34 AM
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good for you.
My grandpa quit smoking by putting a piece of candy in his mouth when he had a craving.. It worked for him but not for my dad.
My dad has been saying he's going to quit for almost 20 years He's tried everything even snapping a rubber band when he had a craving.
i've only smoked a cigarette once because I was curious and woke up in the middle of the night with terrible chest pain....i dont know how people do it

good luck!
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Old 08-16-11, 09:37 AM
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I used the patch system when I quit three years ago it worked pretty damned well. I also munched on sunflower seeds to give me something to do when I had that hand mouth need.
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Old 08-16-11, 09:38 AM
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Do that thing where you smoke a carton of cigs to get sick, then quit.

I'm quitting drinking, currently. Made it through the weekend!
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The other side is great. Go for it.
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Old 08-16-11, 06:07 PM
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Patches for me as well. It has been 13 years for me since a cig. BEST thing I have ever set out to do. Aint easy man but oh man is it worth it!

You have to have it in your head you are going to quit.
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Old 08-16-11, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by bones_mcbones View Post
Do that thing where you smoke a carton of cigs to get sick, then quit.

I'm quitting drinking, currently. Made it through the weekend!
Not drinking in Winnipeg.You,ve got brass balls dude.
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Old 08-16-11, 06:25 PM
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Good going and may you have the will power to finish the job.

It took me a few years of gradually cutting back until I could actually stop completely about 5 years ago.

The price I paid for four decades of smoking is no stamina, and I'm only into a couple of months of trying to gain back what I don't even remember what it felt like, or if I ever had any stamina to begin with.

Don't ever quit trying to quit and eventually you won't need it anymore. Good luck.
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Old 08-16-11, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by trey.a View Post
I have a problem with smoking. I have been trying to quit for a while. It's pretty much my arch nemesis. I started taking Zyban to quit. Turns out, that stuff causes insomnia. So in the last week, I think I have had about 10 hours of sleep. Being tired makes me cranky, being cranky stresses me out, stress makes me smoke.

So, I'm going to quit, on my own. The hell with this medicine crap. I recently quit soda, which was also a huge addiction. If I can do that, I can quit smoking. Sure, there might be a line of dead people in my path, but that isn't my problem. Oh, yah it might be.

Anyway, I retire in 5 years. I'm selling everything I have, house, cars, and family. I'm going to buy a Prius, move to Boulder, CO, and work at a pizza place.

This thread is complete rambling.
OP... I see your dilemma and here's my blog. I haven't updated it for a while, but I have reduce the nicotine % to the point where I've gone 0% nic for quite a few days. It doesn't work for everyone, but it did for me and it might for you.
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Old 08-16-11, 07:53 PM
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I know Foo isn't connected to Bikeforums (wait, what?), but I will just say: While trying to quit, ride your bike more. Whenever you want a smoke, go ride you bike. And not just an easy ride, but find a lung-burning hill and climb it. The end result will likely be less interest in that smoke.

Good luck with it.
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Old 08-16-11, 08:20 PM
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I woke up 6 years ago on April fools day went to work and on break I had one cigarette left in the pack. I smoked it and after I was finished I decided it was time to quit after 30 years of one to two pack a day smoking. I haven't regretted a day w/o them nasty things. When you are really ready you will quit, but if you really aren't 100% into quitting nothing is going to do it for you.

ps, did I mention it is harder than F*** some days. Stick with it you'll get through it.

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Old 08-16-11, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by trey.a View Post
Anyway, I retire in 5 years. I'm selling everything I have, house, cars, and family. I'm going to buy a Prius, move to Boulder, CO, and work at a pizza place.
How much do you think you'll get for the family?
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Old 08-16-11, 08:35 PM
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Originally Posted by spry View Post
Not drinking in Winnipeg.You,ve got brass balls dude.
I intend to cushion the fall with another vice.
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^Hookers and blow?
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Old 08-16-11, 08:52 PM
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^Hookers and blow?
********** & Red Bull.
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Have you heard the news? The world ran out of cigarettes.... Don't bother going to the poison station (gas station) looking for it. There just isn't any. Believe me.
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Old 08-17-11, 07:25 AM
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How much do you think you'll get for the family?
.... beat me to it...
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Old 08-17-11, 07:34 AM
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Had my 4th major heart attack last September. They had me on the table in the cath lab and I died and was shocked back.
Scared the s**t out of me.
Haven't had one since, from 2 packs a day. It aint easy but quit NOW.
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Old 08-17-11, 08:03 AM
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I'll tell you how I did it....
what you do is
not smoke....
anymore...
when I quit 5 years ago there was a euphoric burning sensation in my forehead when I got stressed out, I could feel it behind my eyes. I was really really pissy for about 2 weeks but I powered through it. Hardest thing I ever had to do.
Now it's been 5 years.
First you have to stop making excuses, we all do it, I will quit after this pack, I will quit after my vacation, I will only smoke when I drink, blah blah blah, quit now, crush the pack into dust and move on.
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Old 08-17-11, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by bones_mcbones View Post
********** & Red Bull.
You'll be shaking like Elvis Presley 24/7.
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Old 08-17-11, 01:23 PM
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you shoudl eat the pack of cigarettes.
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