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#1 bartfull

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 10:04 AM

There are a lot of reasons to quit smoking and I have decided to give it a go. Here is my rationale:

I can't afford it anymore.

I'm losing weight on the new diet, so now is a good time - maybe I won't Gain like most folks do when they quit.

When I can keep from getting CC'd, I feel really good, and I know if I quit smoking I'll feel even better.

My house and my car and my breath will be cleaner.

I won't have to go outside in the cold of winter or heat of summer to have a smoke.

I have lost a dear friend to lung cancer.

And if you all can think of more reasons, I'm ready to hear them.



So, I have enough cigs to get through tomorrow, and the plan is to wake up Friday morning and not smoke - hopefully ever again. And if anyone here would like to be a "support group" for me with this the way you have all been for my food problems, I think I'll make it.

I'll keep you all updated on my progress if you're interested. And if anyone would like to join me in quitting - let's help each other do it!

Thanks.
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BUT I CAN STILL PLAY MY GUITAR AND THAT"S ALL THAT MATTERS!

 


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Posted 23 November 2011 - 10:33 AM

YOU GO, GIRL!! I will support your efforts 100% :)

You're making a wise decision!!!
You can do it!!! It has no power over you.

The price of cigs now?? Totally outrageous. :o You could save what you would have spent on them and go on a vacation!

I quit cold turkey 18 years ago. Now the smell makes me feel pretty oogey. yuck!

Here's the main reason to quit. You are cleaning out your body of poisonous gluten--you will feel fantastic and live a long an healthy life! So, why put this poison in there?? Counter-productive, isn't it?

I can be a pretty good cheerleader!! rah rah rah :)

(and I am going to send this thread link to another friend on here who smokes so I can help her to give them up, too. )
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#3 Skylark

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 12:44 PM

Good for you! *cheers*

Does my grandmother's emphysema from years of smoking give you another reason? She got to where she couldn't walk up a gentle hill or climb a single flight of stairs without getting winded.

You also will get rid of unsightly tobacco stains on your fingers and teeth. B)
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Posted 23 November 2011 - 12:59 PM

We have been cheerleaders for other quitters, so only to happy to join your gang.

I have COPD from my years of smoking - I can't go for a walk from my house because I can go downhill fine, but can't get back up :o (I live on top of a hill)
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Posted 23 November 2011 - 01:21 PM

You'll be an example to your kids or your nieces or your nephews! And an inspiration to everyone else who wants to quit smoking, but thinks they can't. Heck, to me. I know how hard it is to quit smoking. I watched my mother struggle with it for years, before she died of lung cancer in her early 40s. Please, yes, be that example and that inspiration.
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#6 bartfull

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 04:40 PM

Thanks everyone! I don't have any kids or nieces or nephews, but I have a BUNCH of guitar students who look up to me, so I will be setting a good example for them. And I figured out that the money I save will cover my telephone, lights, and water at the house. There will even be a little left over. I've been spending about $35 a week!

LAST time I quit, I also went cold turkey. I got myself psyched for a few days and once I quit, I considered myself a non-smoker instead of someone who was TRYING to quit. I kept telling myself how lucky I was that I didn't have to smoke anymore, instead of thinking about how badly I wanted one. It worked - for three months. Then one day I dropped something in my car. While fishing around for it under the seat, I pulled out a cigarette that I must have dropped who knows how long ago. Before I even realized what I was doing I had lit it. That's all it took...

I realize that physically, the first three days will be the hardest. Psychologically, the first six weeks will be the hardest. And after that, I just have to watch out for the "traps" - things like finding that cig under the seat.


But I'm feeling pretty darned hopeful right now. I AM going to do this!
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Can't eat soy, corn, or foods high in salicylates.

Nightshades now seem to bother me too.

 

BUT I CAN STILL PLAY MY GUITAR AND THAT"S ALL THAT MATTERS!

 


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Posted 23 November 2011 - 04:56 PM

Good luck and keep us posted! We care!! ;)
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“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

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"LTES"  Gem 2014

 

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#8 Lisa

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 05:50 PM

Hey Bartful!

Best advise I can give you is to change up your routine. If the phone rings (and you use to go for a cig), go where you never smoked in your home. Anytime that would trigger a cig, change it up. Take walks, work out, add new habits to replace the old ones, and keep busy. Keep your hands busy, chew on a straw and breath in fresh air. And remember, when you wake up in the morning, your clothes won't smell gross.

I quit after thirty years with help of a prescription. It worked for me, it might not work for others.

But, if you're not ready nothing will help. ;)
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Posted 23 November 2011 - 06:03 PM

If you made it three months on your "practice run" you'll do it this time for sure!
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Posted 23 November 2011 - 09:23 PM

The way I did it was to wake up one morning and say, "You've had your last cigarette already." I did it exactly the other way around -- instead of saying I'm going to try to quit smoking, (because I had tried many times before and failed), I said I have quit smoking, and that's it. My hub still smoked, and I always left a pack of my cigarettes on the corner of the coffee table to test my resolve, because I knew I would be offered cigs and I had to turn them down, so every day I walked past them several times and said "No thanks." And every now and then I would light a match, because the smell of the sulphur burning was just as important as the cigarette :lol: and if I could have the sulphur, hey, great!!!.

At the end of the third week was when it hit me like a ton of bricks. My attorney boss was in trial out of town and called in, and asked if I was all right??? Must have been something about my attitude or somethin' :rolleyes: And I said, NO, I AM NOT ALL RIGHT. I HAVE QUIT SMOKING GO...AMMIT." This was back in the days where cold turkey was the onlly option, of course, and the telephone was the cue to light up :P

I finally gave in and went to my doctor, and said, look, I've quit but you're gonna have to help me a bit. I lie in bed at night with every muscle tensed, can't relax, can't sleep, get up in the morning an absolute mess. So he gave me 5mg valium to take at bedtime. Oh, what bliss, to be able to sleep again, and relax those muscles. And I never looked back.

That's my stop smoking story. Oh, and I nibbled on lots of carrot sticks and celery sticks, and had a pencil in my hand a lot of the time :lol:
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"Life is not weathering the storm; it is learning to dance in the rain"

"Whatever the question, the answer is always chocolate." Nigella Lawson

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Soy free March 2008
Nightshade free Feb 2009
Citric acid free June 2009
Potato starch free July 2009
(Totally) corn free Nov. 2009
Legume free March 2010
Now tolerant of lactose

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#11 mommida

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 09:36 PM

Try and have some gluten free menthol cough drops, and try not to kill anyone. ;)
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Posted 24 November 2011 - 12:21 AM

Yay! Good for you and the best to you!!
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Posted 30 November 2011 - 04:50 PM

so....How you doing?? :)
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"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

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I. Win. bliss-smiley-emoticon.gif


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Posted 30 November 2011 - 05:55 PM

I'm late to the party, but want to wander in.

I quit and then started again a few times. I quit for good in April of 1990, going cold turkey. It took a long time for the cravings to go away, but eventually they did. Today, the smell of smoke strikes me as repulsive.

You can do this.
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Posted 30 November 2011 - 06:09 PM

I'm late to the party, but want to wander in.

the smell of smoke strikes me as repulsive.



YES! Me too! :angry:

Now, to tackle the other evil again. :huh: I hate to fold clothes. <_<
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