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Help Me, I did a Bad Thing

Old 08-30-06, 04:34 AM
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Jeez, everyone wants to be a "recovering <insert addiction here>" these days! Tom, you quit smoking. Good. The other day, you had a smoke. Bad. Just don't do it again and you'll be happy. End of story.

None of this is difficult.
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Old 08-30-06, 04:41 AM
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Didn't you know,? Nowadays, we're all VICTIMS.
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Old 08-30-06, 06:38 AM
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next time go get drunk, or if you insist on nicotine - chew a piece of gum

i heard from a friend that quitting smoking goes in 3s. you can go 3 hours without wanting one. the 3rd day after quitting is tough. the 3rd week the next hurdle. the 3rd month you'll get the urge (which you seem to have given in to).

here's a word of advice - don't come here for support, go see a real person.

FWIW i quit my 2 1/2 pack a day habit in January, and while i'd love to have a cigarette even now, i'd prefer not to relive the experience of quitting.

Originally Posted by TomJoad
38 years old, stopped smoking in May. Bought a beat up Motobecane, started to ride. Loved it, bought a better bike. Rode and rode as much as I could, worked myself up to 75 miles a week. Felt great about myself. Today I got in a huge argument with the wife, and SMOKED A CIGARETTE.....
I feel so terrible about this.
Am I alone here**********?
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Old 08-30-06, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by TomJoad
The Wife is still a pack a day Newport addict. So I swiped one of hers.
Helloooooo Nasty!

If you're going to fall off the wagon, at least do it with something that doesn't taste like ass.
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Old 08-30-06, 06:50 AM
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Originally Posted by spiderbike
it is your job to serve your wife like Christ served the church
last i checked this was bikeforums.net, not godsquad.org
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Old 08-30-06, 06:52 AM
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FWIW i quit my 2 1/2 pack a day habit in January, and while i'd love to have a cigarette even now, i'd prefer not to relive the experience of quitting.
That's what keeps me from smoking again...I don't ever want to re-live those first few months of quitting.
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Old 08-30-06, 06:56 AM
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Do a bong hit next time.
At least that way you will get something out of the smoke.

Smoking cigarettes SUCKS!!!
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Old 08-30-06, 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Patriot
... Whether or not one smokes, is up to them. But to smoke out of depression, is a poor excuse. In a strange way, I was simply saying, if you must smoke, smoke something decent, and don't inhale (since cigars are usually not inhaled to any serious degree). Though far from healthy, at least that minimizes the damage done to your lungs.
I may have mentioned this before, but I too was a 2 pack a day smoker. In 2001, just before I turned 20 and having been a smoker for the previous 7 years, I took part in a smoking cessation study at Johns Hopkins. (Incidentally, the program I was taking part of was administered by the same people that ran the methadone program.) The study (from what they told me) was on the effectiveness of zyban (welbutrin), which is an anti-depression drug. I'm not sure if this was the understanding at the time, but it is now believed that smoking might be a form of self-medication for individuals that have varying degrees of depression. Perhaps this is somewhat supported by the fact that exercise is usually part of any smoking cessation regime. It gives us something to do, other than smoke. It gives us a reason not to smoke, so that we may ride better. It also may be another form of self medication through the relase of endorphines. I'm not sure that the last part is really scientifically supported, but I'm willing to believe it. For myself, I feel great after a long ride.

To the OP: I think the best thing here is not to beat yourself up about this too much. That'll just make you feel worse about the whole situation. I don't know if this would be any use to you, but along with the experimental dose of welbutrin I was taking (I came to find out later that it was about double what they were prescribing to normal patients at the time) part of the program was a form of counseling. My favorite piece of advice I got from that was the concept of the 'nicotine monster'. If you feed the monster, it'll only make it stronger. If you abstain, eventually, it'll die. It sounded extremely hokey to me at the time, but the notion that if I neglected to feed the monster it would simply die off really helped me through some of the tougher times of quitting.
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Old 08-30-06, 07:26 AM
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If you are stressed and you smoke, you are still stressed and now also guilty and smell bad. Smoking helps nothing, only hurts. Quitting is harder when you live with someone who still smokes. My wife would stay away from me with it and smoke them outside. I still got to enjoy that acrid "ashtray breath" when I kissed her. Seriously, I believe this is the most evil drug on the planet.
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No mate, you're not alone. I should think nearly all of us have had a lapse in our 'not smoking'. But unfortunately the old saying (if it actually is one), one leads to another, is true.

I have had two cigarettes since quitting a year ago, and sure enough, within an hour or two of each, i felt that familiar urge to smoke another.

But for goodness sake don't beat yourself up about it. So you had one cigarette? So? Haven't we all? Well no, probably not. But as long as it's one, forget about it. The stress you put yourself under (if you're anything like me) about having smoked one cigarette might lead you to start smoking again!
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Originally Posted by 80vette View Post
Do a bong hit next time.
At least that way you will get something out of the smoke.

Smoking cigarettes SUCKS!!!
Are you sure you're not a mountain biker posing as a roadie?
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Originally Posted by TomJoad View Post
38 years old, stopped smoking in May. Bought a beat up Motobecane, started to ride. Loved it, bought a better bike. Rode and rode as much as I could, worked myself up to 75 miles a week. Felt great about myself. Today I got in a huge argument with the wife, and SMOKED A CIGARETTE.....
I feel so terrible about this.
Am I alone here**********?
What's to feel terrible about? You quit smoking. You smoked one cig at least 3 months later. You didn't smoke the rest of the pack. That doesn't count as cheating. And one smoke won't hurt your health at all. Just avoid smoking more unless you want your mouth to taste like you've been chewing kitty litter and be coughing up yellow glop every time you ride hard.
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