Skip to comments.I'm a big fat quitter. (Vanity to the Nth)
Posted on 02/09/2005 10:29:25 AM PST by socalrepubminority
Yesterday I quit smoking.
I figure if I can keep a little log on how the progress is going you guys can give advice, and words of encouragement, either that or you guys flame the hell out of me, I never post a vanity again and this thread falls into obscurity.
just some background to get a handle on the situation my wife and I BOTH smoke(d), we're 28 years old, no kids, both smoked for over 10 years, I'm on the gum she's on the patch.
Yesterday was a haze, all I remember is coming home from work diving into two day old pizza and chicken wings, toped off with a bowl of peanut butter cup ice cream. the wife came home, she's a Rat I'm a Republican....I know(we try to never talk politics), it's already set up to be a rumble in the jungle, I think we said four words to each other last night "I love you goodnight".
A couple of things as I move into day two.
1. Is this freaking gum supposed to burn my mouth so much that I can't tell if I'm drooling or not?
2. How long am I going to continue to want to punch people who have done nothing but talk to me?
1. In all seriousness, I'm not sure you're supposed to chew on it long enough for it to burn. I don't know though, you might want to check on that.
2. For a long time. hehe
I'm a smoker myself, so I can empathize with your situation. Good luck, I'll keep you in my prayers!
To be honest, I don't know. I've never tried to quit smoking, but I have that urge all the time...
Good luck. I've never had to deal with this, my parents both smoked when we were growing up, and none of the 7 children picked up the habit. (just lucky, I guess) My children finally guilted my parents into quitting, bringing up the fact that they would miss all their milestones if they kept on smoking.
You need to find something to do with your hands, along with the gum. Maybe sunflower seeds? Try not to just go to candy, that can pack on the pounds. Don't stress about the weight gain, you can lose the pounds, you don't want to lose your lungs!
I do not have any answers for your questions but I do want to wish you the very best of luck.
Just remember not to beat yourself up too much if you relapse. Everyone has things they struggle with.
The patch is easier..
Good luck...I have been trying as well, but keep failing as I get too frustrated. Hubby quit years ago and is still a grouch. He knows better than to punch me, I hit back : )
I hope you get flamed good. When I quit I got downright hateful for about 4 days. You need a good, butt blistering flame war to take it out on.
I've tried the seeds before, I chewed so many that I got salt sores or something inside my mouth. maybe I should've gone to unslated but those taste terrible. Now I've gone to sugarfree orbit regular gum when the nicorette isn't shoved up into my mouth.
You can do it. I quit chewing ( pack a day ) last year when my 8 year old ask me to quit so I wouldn't lose my jaw like the man in nursing home. I quit that day and have not had a problem.
I have noticed I don't get headaches as often and my teeth are whiter and better breath.
Stay with it. Everyday is one more away from it.
Good luck, and keep us posted on your progress.
1) Try the patch.
2) Buy a punching bag and get it out of your system.
I can't do the patch, I'm to mentally addicted to the action. I end up eating pens, pencils, paper....whatever I can get my hands on.
Hint: If you fail. Don't beat yourself up.
Dust yourself off, look at that caused you to fall off the wagon and try not to fall into that trap again.
Everyday is a new day to win
Just a note, David & Sons has come out with a low(er) salt version of seeds, if that helps. I've heard the oral fixation problem is a big one to overcome. There are some inhalers that some people use to help with this.
Every time you want to light up, pull this picture out.
Since Saturday, I've cut down to 6 cigarettes a day. The only time I successfully quit was by cutting down so much that I just got bored with it and forgot to smoke.
I tried the patch a couple of years ago. It didn't help my cravings at all and I was constantly crying.
Instead of saying, "no more for me, I quit!" I'm saying "no more smoking in the house" or "no more smoking in the car." Within 2 weeks, I'll only allow myself to smoke in the doghouse...and then, I'll just put down the cigs for good.
Holy crap that's dusgusting, thanks...I'm gonna go hurl now.
I know where you're coming from...you are going to think you're going nuts for a while, but you will notice you smell better (of course food tastes better), your lungs clear out...I have gone back and forth. If you stick it out for about 3 weeks, you will want to strangle any smoker within your grasp...best wishes to you...
yeah, but when I'M around smokers after I quit...for some reason it smells really good.
I used the gum and just chewed it for hours... I've been smoke free for about 3 months now...
But, I smoked less than 10 cigarettes a day.. so I wasn't so adversly addicted.. How long? over 25 years.. Oh, I'd always quit for a year or two hear and there...
Once you realize how easy it is to quit smoking, you can do it all the time.
Remember you're doing the right thing...look at that picture of the lung again...remind yourself what drove you to quit, and stick with it...
I quit 17 years ago (3 packs a day). I didn't use gum or anything, I just decided I'd had enough. Remember that the urge to smoke will pass in about 10 minutes whether you have a cigarette or not. And if you stop with the gum and stuff the nicotine will be out of your system in about 3 days.
The habit part is the hard one to change. Take up knitting to keep your hands busy. (Yes, guys do knit) Also, find out what time is your biggest urge. Mine was at the table after dinner. Change your routine... for me it was get up as soon as dinner is over and start on dishes.
Have at it...
Both my parent's lives were considerably shortened by smoking cigarettes most of their lives.
The "usual suspects" of diseases/cancers were not present in either case. But their overall health & constitution were badly affected; And the long-term effects on heart (Dad) and lungs (Mom) became very evident when they needed strength to recover from other health problems.
Both died unexpectedly from conditions that would otherwise have been only minor to moderate health concerns.
Wishing you every success and blessing as you win this tough battle against a powerful addiction.
I quit smoking in 1978 after smoking for fifteen years. I had a two to three pack-a-day habit. For about six months, I dreamed about smoking every night. That first cigarette would be better than the best sex ever. I finally broke down, pulled into a 7-11 and bought a pack. I got back into my car, got out a cigarette with shaking hands and lit it. I drew that luxurious wonderful smoke into my lungs. And then I started coughing and almost threw up. I put out the cigarette and threw away the pack. I was cured.
I think I know what you're saying about the gum vs. the patch. I still chew gum until my jaw aches and my finger nails are usually bloody stumps.
I've never smoked in my life and I want to punch people all the time.
Yes, it does feel like you're chewing "pepper" (burning sensation). Like Pavlov's dog, I now constantly chew Trident gum as a substitute for the Niccorette.
Exercise like a crazy bastard. Get your adrenaline pumping and dopamine levels up after workouts by having a few mixed drinks. You'll be too exhausted to smoke, and you'll train yourself to be able to drink and not crave a cig. Social drinking is where I always relapse.
Nearly the same age, smoking as long, quit in Nov., have had two packs since then(when out drinking). Can run a mile in under 8 minutes for first time since I started smoking.
Cardio exercise is the answer. Bike, jog, swim, martial arts, boxing, exercise with the wife, get to the point you're hacking up lung as soon as possible.
Also, a heavy bag helped with the need to punch stuff instincts.
I get up in the morning and go all day, then I have one when I get home.....it's weird as I have smoked for the last ten years. The weekends are worse.
Try the 12 steps...
You made it through a day!!
One day at a time!!
I quit over 3 years ago, when my children disappeared! I promised God that if he would bring my children home, I would quit!
2 hours before I picked them up...I smoked my last cigarette (I still had 8 packs out of a carton that I gave away). I quit cold-turkey. I was really motivated...but I found this easier than the other times I had tried using gums and patches.
I will keep you and your wife in my prayers! Good luck and keep us updated.
Good for you!
Stay out of the bars and lay off the booze for a week, after the third round after softball was when I always gave in.
Hope you make it
My ex husband took off with them. He hid out for 3 weeks...finally going to the court house in the town he ran to, and filed for custody...saying I didn't want them, had given him permission to take them, and was abusive to them.
Here is the link to the FR thread...
I'm really sorry to hear about that, but glad it all worked out and you quit smoking to boot.
Not that I'm the expert; still smoking...but there's a box in my underwear drawer where I have to look at it every morning.
Hey good luck. I've never smoked, though I've spent years and years making a living in bars breathing everyone else's smoke.
Take care of your marriage, though. I'm more concerned about your not speaking to your wife. Don't let the detox wreck your home. Maybe when you get the urge to smoke, kiss your wife till you get a different urge. Heh! Seriously, don't fight when you're both chemically challenged. Talk it out.
Hope it goes okay!
It's okay to use a crutch, if you think you must; but it's possible to quit cold turkey. IMO, you just have to be really ready to quit. I mean: I did so--after more than 50 years. I learned (among other things) that kicking the smoking "addiction" is 99% mental and 1% physical; and that the "urge" for that next cigarette passes within 3 minutes. Go to the following URL for some real help:
http://www.quitsmokingonline.comHang in there!
good luck. no booze+walking off the cravings worked for me. walk no matter what the weather. this helped keep the weight down, too.
Very glad you got your kids back. Those antagonists on your thread deserve the Hell they will receive when their lives end.
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