Time to quit...

Again!

By on January 1, 2008 12:27:10 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

vStyler

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Well, after failing miserably last year at this time I am going to try quit smoking again..

I am using nicoderm CQ patches and will power.

Day 1 - 12:27pm....All is well...

Wish me luck.   
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January 1, 2008 12:33:07 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Good luck. I wish you success. I've tried and failed a few times. Hope you make it this time!  
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January 1, 2008 12:43:39 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Quitting is very hard....the physiological and psychological withdrawal and addiction are super tough to kick, but it can be done! Get support and proper control of symptoms. Take a walk when the urge strikes. Get advice and help from your Physician....hopefully he's up-to-date on strategies and treatments.

Failing doesn't mean you can't resume your program, and doesn't say anything about you as a person except "Do you have the will to keep trying?".

Anybody who can skin like you do vStyler, certainly has the patience to keep trying, the brains to understand why it's important to quit, and the fine community's support.

So buck up, and shoulders back, chin up, and belly in! Keep soldiering, soldier!       
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January 1, 2008 12:46:29 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
good luck, john! i hope you succeed.
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January 1, 2008 12:55:39 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
All the best with it, John... thing is, if you really, really want to quit, you'll do it, so remain positive and you've got it licked.
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January 1, 2008 12:59:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I have to lose20 pounds . . . maybe I should take up smoking?    

Luck to you John.

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January 1, 2008 1:12:53 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Not to sound like a mean SOB this early in the year, but if you only try, you won't do it.

Sorry, but you should know by being so good as a skinner. Trying never gets you what you want. It's more the word than anything else.

Before you ask, yes I smoked, alot, before I went into the military and for 15 years more until I realized it was really one of the dumbest things I ever did. Other then stuff you weren't supposed to smoke, I did it. Chewed cigars and pipe stems, I know, you're not supposed to do that.

You can do it, but I will tell you, you never lose the feeling to just have one. It's very much like giving up drinking. You will always want to show people I can have one and it will be okay, but you can't, so don't.

Patches, you don't need no stinking patches (sorry had to do that). How do you quite something by putting a patch on that puts into your system what you are trying to stop doing. Here's another fact, who do you think provides the money to the companies that make the patches. Don't think to hard, you'll need something for the headache.

These aren't your words but:
the physiological and psychological withdrawal and addiction are super tough to kick

sounds straight out of a medical journal. You know if it were not for the medical profession, we all might be heathly people. Now that's just my personal opinion.

Do it for you loved ones, your children and family. Do it to show you love them and don't want to miss any time being with them. Just do it.



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January 1, 2008 1:38:24 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Good luck to you John!

My wife and I decided to quit this past summer. We didn't quite succeed, but we did cut down considerably. We both went from 2 packs a day, to 1/2 pack per day.
We haven't stopped trying, but this last half pack a day is really tough to shake.
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January 1, 2008 1:48:22 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Good luck, John.

I haven't smoked for over 2 years, but I can't offer much in the way of advice. I didn't use any patches or any other aids; just quit.

Yea, I wanted one for a while ... still think about it occasionally ... but the worst urges passed after a week or two.

Bottom line, for me, is I wanted to quit more than I wanted to smoke.
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January 1, 2008 1:48:40 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
You can do it John   I smoked for ten years at a pack a day. It took two cold turkey sessions to finally kick the habit.
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January 1, 2008 1:52:22 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Good luck... and I'm right here too... day 1 (again)

Quitting is easy.... done it hundreds of times.

Not starting again.... a whole nuther story.

quit once a few yrs ago... 3 months - no problem.... went on break at work, walked to the store on the corner to get some munchies and candy... was half way back across the parking lot when I realized I was lighting one up... still don't remember buying the cigs or a lighter..


grapes/grape juice helps cut the craving
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January 1, 2008 1:55:02 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I have tried 3 times. I was off the damn things each time for months. One time for almost a year! It ain't easy. GOOD LUCK!
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January 1, 2008 2:09:52 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Best of luck John.

Something I found useful was from my neighbor. He tells people "that he never started". For some reason the mind set of not starting something benefited me. So, I quit before the new year and resolved not to start smoking.

I realize they're just words but, for me quitting has sort of a negative connotation to it. Either way take from it what you will.
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January 1, 2008 3:05:21 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I smoked for 43 years and was up to over 2 packs a day before I cold turkeyed it.  Tried quiting with the patch, didn't work, tried the gum, that didn't work.  Been smoke free now for 26 months but could light one up anytime and enjoy it. Still on my mind.  Good luck.
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January 1, 2008 3:14:15 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
vStyler - my wife and I are right along with you. We are using something called Chantix. Not cheap but works differently than patches or gum. We are very committed and I told her you were stopping as well. So we are in this together.
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January 1, 2008 3:14:21 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Almost 4 years since I quit cold turkey. Glad I did and no urge whatsoever for a cigarette.  You can do it!    
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January 1, 2008 3:28:01 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Philly0381:

The reason it sounds medical is, I suppose, because I took the time and trouble to learn what I was talking about. Yup, I am a M.D.

Your
sounds straight out of a medical journal. You know if it were not for the medical profession, we all might be heathly people. Now that's just my personal opinion.


Please do stick up for your "personal opinion": Don't ever visit a Doctor again! By doing so, you will undoubtedly live longer, and not have to wait for an appointment! So PLEASE...do us all a favor... stay away from me and my colleagues forever!   
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January 1, 2008 3:28:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Good luck, you can do it.
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January 1, 2008 3:46:03 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Dr J0622 - you have probably heard of Chantix then - it is different and is aimed directly at the physiological side of smoking.

I can tell you this - we have been on it for a few days - the doctor told us that we didn't need to stop immediately but wanted us to - the documentation actually says there is no need to stop for 8 days - well we stopped after 4 not because we had to but because the cravings just simply stopped.

It is weird but seems effective so far. I know it is far from over but this stuff sure gives you a head start. The downside is the cost - without insurance you are looking at about $140 - $160 US for a month and it is recommended for 12 weeks. It is also only by prescription.
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January 1, 2008 4:09:52 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Ranger375;
Yes, I've heard of Chantix and it is a novel approach to treatment. It binds the Nicotine receptors in the Central Nervous System. It really helps with the withdrawal cravings...the non-behavioral (pharmacological) ones. Chantix helped 44% quit...as compared to 17% placebo and 30 something percent for nicotine patches.

The behavioral ones are tough too, though. The "after meal" or other pleasurable activity cigarette is the behavioral craving that cessation causes. These respond to support from a buddy or spouse.

vStyler: No one says it'll be easy, but lots of us are on your side, and we want to see you succeed. Good luck! The longer you hold out, the less you'll feel the craving.
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January 1, 2008 4:15:11 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
The "after meal" or other pleasurable activity cigarette is the behavioral craving that cessation causes. These respond to support from a buddy or spouse.


Ah...so it is her fault! Thanks for that!

Just kidding - point well taken. Time to try that abstinence thing - I think this may be harder than I thought.
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January 1, 2008 5:07:22 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I think you got it bass ackwards: Abstinence from the cigarettes, not the pleasure.
Oh...my lady just reminded me: It's ALWAYS the man's fault. Thanks, Ranger.
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January 1, 2008 5:16:39 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Oh - thanks for clarifying that!
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January 1, 2008 5:23:47 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
vS, good luck, and I'm with you. I haven't smoked a cig since around 11:55pm yesterday. So far so good, but I've got this horrible urge to eat sweets. Last time I quit (that lasted 2 years), I gained about 30 pounds in the first 6 months. Let me recommend exercise for two reasons: 1) It will help keep your mind off smoking, and 2) It will help you keep from gaining a ton of fat from all the food you'll probably end up eating......
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January 1, 2008 5:29:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Thanks for everyone being so supportive

Day 1 5:29 craving badly but not smoked a puff all day.

Sleeping helps.   

Good to see I'm not alone, I wish the others trying to quit the best of luck.
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January 1, 2008 5:33:23 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
vStyler - I tell you - we read a pamphlet that the doctor gave us describing the bad stuff about smoking - man that will keep you FROM sleeping when you read that.

Hang in there!
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