Did you know smoking raises cholesterol levels...one really good reason to quit...
Heart disease, lung cancer, Pancreatic cancer, receeding gums and plaque, periodontal disease, COPD just to name a few.....
if thats not an incentive...well
P.S. I read somewhere that it is easier to quit smoking if you eat more veggies....
Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 1/10/2013 (18:25)
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I'm on Day 10 of quitting cold turkey. I'm not going to lie, it sucked!!! But I'm perfectly fine now! Better than fine, I'm tobacco free! Woo'hoo!!! I smoked for most (except when I was pregnant or nursing) of the past 20 years...and I'm only 33! If I had known that if I could just suck it up for one week and be over it, I'd have done it a looong time ago. My hubby quit too and he's been smoking for 25 years straight. We were at the store last night and were totally disgusted by the smell of someone smoking!!! We both have zero desire to ever smoke again. What a difference 10 days makes!
The first week sucks, but you can do it!
I made a poster for motivation and included a list of ideas to overcome cravings. I hung it on the door to the garage, where I did all my smoking. I removed all smoking supplies from my house and began washing everything that smelled like smoke; sweatshirts, jackets, the cars, and so on. Then I made up my mind that I was done smoking, no excuses. When the cravings hit me, I was ready. I'd check my list and pick something to do, like go for a run or take a hot bath. I just kept telling myself that no matter how stressed I get, smoking is only going to make me feel worse, NOT BETTER!
Make a plan, set a date, and make up your mind that you're really done. You really can do it! And it's an awesome feeling to be a non-smoker!!!
Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances for humans. It's more addictive than heroin. It's more addictive than meth. People often underestimate its power. Your are struggling because you are addicted to a drug that is legal, relatively easy to get, and a very addictive substance.
That being said, you CAN quit. Others have quit before you. There are support groups and medical assistance methods that exist because nicotine is so addictive. Don't try to do this alone. Talk to your doctor. Find a group here on SP. There's a group for everything here...and I bet there's one for people who have quit.
The most important advice I can give you is something a Psychologist friend of mine said once. He used to help people quit and he'd tell them never to say that they are "trying" to quit. They needed to say that they HAD quit. "Trying" to quit means you haven't really quit. If you say you HAVE quit, then your brain starts to think like a non-smoker. (Our brains are funny machines, and are easily fooled.)
Well, I've never smoked, but I did grow up in a household where both parents smoked heavily. I truly cannot even begin to find the words to tell you you how much and how negatively their smoking has affected my family. Not only did I lose Dad to a smoking related illness when I was 34, but it was extremely painful for me to see him be severely affected by that illness for half of my life (bedridden for about the last 8 years of his life) and even more painful for me to watch him continue to smoke. Maybe the most painful thing was knowing that the doctors had told him, when he was diagnosed and for years afterwards, that they could do a lot to help him and that he could have a really good quality of life for quite some time if he would only just quit smoking. But, he didn't. He didn't quit and he continued to smoke until about 6 months before he died and he did it too late for it to help him. But, he still did it. Dad told me about a month before he passed that he couldn't stand the smell of cigarette smoke anymore...that he couldn't stand how bad it smelled and that he couldn't believe he hadn't quit sooner.
Mom still smokes heavily, more than a pack per day. I feel like those cigarettes are probably the most important thing in her life and that they always have been. She's sick from them too. The doctor mentioned it to us the last time she was in the hospital (broken hip). He thought we knew. She won't admit it to us and she won't even admit it to herself. She says the doctor is wrong/has lied and she says that smoking doesn't hurt anyone or cause any illnesses. She tells her doctors that she doesn't smoke. She doesn't want to quit.
So, I hope that I haven't bummed you out. That wasn't my intent. I just wanted to let you know that, when you quit smoking, you're going to have done something wonderful, not only for yourself, but for the rest of your family. I am rooting for you. I know that you can quit. I know it because you've said you want to quit.
Quitting is hard, I quit in 2006. When you reach for a smoke, stop and think about why. Are you stressed, bored, hungry? For me it was stress and social pressure. So I had plans for both - when I got stressed I would take a walk, take a break or throw a ball at a wall really hard to get that anger out. I had to cut down some of my social activities and build them back up, including going out for drinks with friends. But they understood why and supported me.
Hang in there - the cravings do go away, you will feel better!
I've been quit since October, 2006. I quit cold turkey with the help of Quitnet.com. There's a wealth of information on the site as well as many forums with lots of helpful folks. I found the links to Allen Carr's info beneficial as well. You CAN do this! Wishing you the best!
I quit smoking 7 months ago, did it "cold turkey". I had been a smoker for twenty years, my entire family smokes and so does my guy. The first two weeks are the hardest, then it gets so much easier. I feel so much better now and I am at the point that I cant stand the smell of cigarette smoke. I wished I would have stopped years ago! For the first few weeks try to avoid smokers as much as possible. Good luck!!!
Have you looked into medication? I tried (unsuccessfully) to quit many times in a variety of ways (the patch, gum, herbal remedies, cold turkey, etc.) and none of them worked. I finally started taking Zyban, and it was the only thing that helped reduce the cravings enough that I could get through it. Now I'm over 5 years smoke free! I've also known people who have had good luck with Chantix. Good luck—you can do this!
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I used to smoke 2 packs a day, while driving a rig across the southern US. I have not smoked in 25 yerars, but the only way I could find to help was to get up new years day and say enough is enough, cold turkey. AS a vietnam veteran of the army I had a smoke struck in my face the whole time of the war. Brought MANY PACKS, THREW MANY PACKS A WAY. But I finally found out that I would be better off sticking my face onto my car muffler and breathing for instant death, rather than the slow burn. U see I have heart failure, bypass surgery,irregular heart beat, and stents put in, all of which I can thank smoking for as well as being exposed to agent orange in Vietnam. If U are young put that money u spend on cigs in a jar and watch it grow as well as protecting your heart. The heart needs pure oxygen to be able to function, cig smoke(including 2nd hand smoke) is more carbon dioxide than pure oxygen. We do not have to be brain surgeons to figure out the results
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Smoke free for a year here. (On the other hand, I've done that before - been smoke free for months or years and then have a few months where I smoke. No intention of starting up now though, thank you very much.)
For me the quitting key is that I just don't want them as much as I want something else. The hardest thing is the first few weeks when someone else lights up and you can smell the cigarette and it totally smells exactly like what you want. Nowadays I don't react to the smell at all, unless it's a bit negatively. The taste of cigarettes has become actually foul since I got my tastebuds back - which is something that happens when you quit.
Point being the first little while is the hardest but whenever you "need" a cigarette you have to just sit on your darned hands for five minutes and watch that craving disappear on its own, because I promise you it will. Never have cigarettes available. If you get near one and you blurt out "Oh god I'd LOVE a cigarette," you can always finish that thought with "but I'm just not going to have one right now."
You can do it! Don't give in! Make a promise to yourself when the craving gets unbearable to do something else that you enjoy instead of going for a cigarette.
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You can do this!!!! I am on my first day of not smoking, and still have a very good attitude about it! This is the first time that I have tried the patch and it has been an amazing help!!! Stick with it and the benefits will be amazing!!!!
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I have been smoke free for two years now. It took my daughters begging me to quit, along with the nicotine patches, and prayer to quit. It wasn't easy but it took determination. The patches helped tremendously with my cravings and helped me to not fly off the handle. The American Heart Association website offers great information for quitting smoking. Their website was helpful for me. One of the best things about my quitting has been having my hair smell clean and not like cigarettes. Good luck to you! It is worth it. I can't stand to be around smoke anymore.
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