I have FINALLY kicked smoking!!!!

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Member Since: Mar 08, 2004

I have kicked this thing called smoking. I haven't smoked since 2 pm Fri. and will not smoke one ever again.

I have done this cold turkey because I had the poo scared out of me the other day. I am only 30 years old and my blood pressure went up to 140 over 110. Given I am a little over weight (6' 240 lbs) but the smoking thing had to stop.

I had winged myself down to 5 cigs a day and tehn somehow convinced myself that cigars would help me quit. So I started smoking swisher sweet cigarillos(sp?) no tip, about 5 of them a day.

I honestly think that is what made my blood pressure jump up. So I stopped everything.

Also this is done cold turkey. The reason is it goes back to something dB said about this awhile back. "Just quit putting them in your mouth". Well I thought of that and thats what I've done.

I have been miserable sometimes. Mood swings and dizziness. You name it I've had it. Cravings that I thought was gonna drive me mad. My band had a gig last night and I hit such a depressed mood before I went on that I didn't even want to play. I got over it as we went through the set but it showed in my performance. The thing that keeps me away is I know that just one cig will make me have to suffer through the past 2 or 3 days all over again, and that I don't want to dd. I have been so depressed I thought I was gonna cry (no lie), for no reason. I will not go through this again so just wanted to shout it out that I am done for good.

It still sux but getting better every second and every minute is another one behind me. Also I have found walking takes away my cravings( I've walked like 5 to 6 miles in the past 2 days..no lie!!).

Sorry for the ramble just wanted to tell everyone about this cause I'm kinda proud of myself.

Holla

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Since: Nov 28, 2004


Apr 11, 2005 01:38 am

good stuff Im still smoking like an idiot but I have a habit of quiting when the nice weather comes and it's just around the corner so yeah I'll be doing so soon,this time I won't start up again like a moron.

A small pie will soon be eaten
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Since: Aug 26, 2004


Apr 11, 2005 01:54 am

Chris,

I have heard (and seen) a lot before about the emotional effects of giving up smoking! These are real effects.

I commend you for having the testicular fortitude to go through with it!

I smoke like a bastard! But Iíll say this to you! If you donít have ONE smoke for the next 2 weeks Iíll commit to not having one for two weeks after that!!!

Deal?

Member
Since: Jan 18, 2003


Apr 11, 2005 02:30 am

ah, i forgot about the blood pressure thing!

when i attempt to quit, that reason fails to come up but i have to remember it. mine's normal, but on the high end of normal, which sucks, because historically it's always been exceedingly low, like an alien. i used to pride myself on that.

good job man, good luck, and thanks for giving me another reason.

Hello!
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Since: Jan 12, 2004


Apr 11, 2005 07:13 am

I fell off the wagon maself..hadny smoked very much at all in 5 1/2 months til 2 weeks ago, been smoking a few since...it was a weekend awya that started me off again, then stress when I was back, roll that up together and I have been smokin for 2 weeks.

Had one this morning at 7.45am but none since..am gonny try the cold turkey too (last time I gave up wi patches) but Im too skint just now to buy them!!

So...we'll see.

Anyway, good luck dude and to ALL who quit..its a crap habit for sure.

Coco.

Member
Since: Jan 08, 2003


Apr 11, 2005 10:06 am

1 year and 1 month going strong for me! Keep it going mate, you'll get past it. And remember this every day: If you go back to it, you'll have to go through it all again to quit...

W.

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Since: Mar 08, 2004


Apr 11, 2005 10:52 am

You know Waldo that's one of the things that is keeping me from doing it. Knowing that this weekend and feeling like crap would have to be done all over again. That one cig would make me feel better right now but when it's time to stop again it would be the same thing all over again.

One step forward 2 steps back kinda thing if I smoked. Screw that. No way I'm going backwards.

Hey Bleak you're on. I won't smoke ONE for 2 weeks and then it's on you for 2 weeks. You will have to be ready because I won't smoke. No way i'm going backward after all this.

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Apr 11, 2005 10:54 am

good on ya! congrats chrisg. prolly the best thing you do all year...at least your body will think so.

Hold 'Em Czar
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Since: Dec 30, 2004


Apr 11, 2005 11:30 am

rock on! i'm down to 5 or so a day (still tryin' to quit from that last thread!), i'm out at the moment, so i'm just not gonna buy any today!!!

Member
Since: Apr 11, 2005


Apr 11, 2005 08:12 pm

Well done you!!
Over six years since I had a cigarette. I began at age 8 (50 years ago). From age 22 onwards I kept trying to pack in - with varying degrees of success (and failure). In 1998 I decided to "have a break" from smoking, starting on my birthday.
Two things have kept me going... (1) I have never yet told anyone that I have quit - I just say I`m "having a break". (2) The knowledge that even if I were to succumb and take a drag, all is not lost - it would be just a small glitch to overcome and forget.
I have to say that it took more than two years before I lost all urges.
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Some of my incentives were: my father dying of lung cancer. My wife`s lifelong battle with heart disease through no fault of her own. Several of my friends dying of lung cancer.
My desire to stay healthy for as long as I stay alive.
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Good luck :)

Czar of Midi
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Since: Apr 04, 2002


Apr 11, 2005 09:51 pm

Congrats Chrisg, its a tuff not to crack indeed. I too am one of those stupid people who had quit for over 10 years after smoking for almost 20. Then about 2 or so years ago, started up again. I was very lucky when i quit the first time, as I wasnt even trying. Just discovered at the end of the work day I hadnt had a cig all day. I reached for one and my buddy asked if I really wanted that cig. I said I dont know and asked why. He told me he noticed I hadnt lit one up all day. Well I went home without a cig, but lit one that night. Never thought about having another after that. Then after all that time, just lit one up in a bar and poof, smokin again. I am back to a very moderate habit now, a pack lasts a couple days maybe more. But I am gonna give it another shot and see if I can just quit plain and simple.

A small pie will soon be eaten
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Since: Aug 26, 2004


Apr 12, 2005 09:33 am

Chris, the deal is stitched up!

If you donít have ONE smoke up until the 25th Iíll commit to not doing so for the two weeks following!

Noize! Do you want in as well?

Czar of Midi
Administrator
Since: Apr 04, 2002


Apr 12, 2005 10:02 pm

What the heck. I sat for hours with dB last week and didnt even think about having one. Even while sucking down a nice thick Guiness. And the bar is really my weakness for wanting one.

Leme know when we start.

Member
Since: Jan 18, 2003


Apr 12, 2005 10:04 pm

i just smoked like 43. with a big thing of espresso *shaking*

my stomach is jumping out of my skin

Czar of Midi
Administrator
Since: Apr 04, 2002


Apr 12, 2005 10:27 pm

WEll then forty, maybe you need ta git in on this as well.

And espresso rocks, I live for caffiene!!!

Phatso
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Since: Mar 31, 2003


Apr 14, 2005 08:55 pm

Congrats all. I've just recently quit (for the 4th time!), and will endeavor to do so permanently this time. My weakness is ALWAYS alcohol. I could quit smoking for a year with no cravings, but if I start drinking, the cravings are there like I never even stopped.
Every time I quit, I pack on quite a bit of pounds, so this time, I quit smoking and started a low-carb diet at the same time. The diet is working great, and the whole not-smoking thing is going decent too. Three weeks so far with no smoke. (And 14 pounds off of my overly large frame in the same amount of time!)

Cone Poker
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Since: Apr 07, 2002


Apr 14, 2005 09:38 pm

I envy and commend anyone who can quit. I don't have the will power to quit, I'm still up at around half a pack or more a day... I need help

Hold 'Em Czar
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Since: Dec 30, 2004


Apr 15, 2005 11:18 am

guilty aswell, got down to one a day...which became two....which jumped to 5.....and now i'm at half a pack a day (pack a day here i come) lol

it's at the point wherer they gag me, and i cough ALOT and DEEPLY (gheesh i'm bad to my lungs!!!!) yet i continue to finish it cuz...well...it's already lit.

curse you Phillip Morris!!!!

Prince CZAR-ming
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Since: Apr 08, 2004


Apr 15, 2005 11:46 am

I doubt Phillip put the cig in yer mouth and lit it.

But they did put the chemicals in it and make 'em look sexy.

I too was on the 'race towards death' railway. When I quit drinking, the cigs kept tapering off, till i just didn't light em up again. Been 3.5 years now, and boy am I glad.

Sounds like you got a win-win there guitarlord. Keep it up.

More power to all you guys getting ready, or are in process of quitting. Nobody should go through what they can cause.

Hold 'Em Czar
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Since: Dec 30, 2004


Apr 15, 2005 11:51 am

i have vivid memories of beein' about 4 or 5 and, i used to suck my thumb and smell on a blanket (kinda like a wobbie!!) and i remember hovering my blanket over my moms burning cigarette cuz i liked the smell...i guess it reminded me of her or something....

wow i'm gettin' way too comfortable with you guys hehehe

Prince CZAR-ming
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Since: Apr 08, 2004


Apr 15, 2005 12:14 pm

heh, TMI man TMI

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Since: Mar 08, 2004


Apr 15, 2005 12:31 pm

Well, I am at a week and still counting without one. For some reason my craving for Beer has went up.

I went last night and see Black Label Society in concert and had a little trouble cause everyone is smoking at the show. But I fought it off. All week though I had been craving a beer. It's crazy. So I plan on sucking down a few Bud Ice this evening to quinch that thirst. Not a real big drinker anymore just the occasional beer.

Everyday without one things get a little better. My sense of smell and taste has gotten better. I am walking everyday to try and keep from losing weight and I am actually losing. I walk like 1.5 to 2 miles a day right now and will move it up soon. Also helps fight the cravings.

I'm glad to see some people have jumped on the boat. We all should quit. It's not like we don't know they are bad for us. We should do it out of spite for the smokeing companies that added all that crap in Cigs that made them even more addictive and things that speeded up the process.

Kinda ticks me off but they also wasn't the ones that put it in my hand to begin with.

Anways, good luck to everyone trying this stop smoking thing. Hardest thing I've ever done but it will be worth it in the end.

Hold 'Em Czar
Member
Since: Dec 30, 2004


Apr 15, 2005 12:36 pm

just went out for a smoke and couldn't finish it.....i'm throwin' the rest of the pack away!!

A small pie will soon be eaten
Member
Since: Aug 26, 2004


Apr 17, 2005 07:54 pm

i just tried, a managed about 2 days but as soon as i had a glass of wine in my hand it was smoke city!

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