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On Quitting Smoking

Thursday, January 09, 2014

This goal isn't as easy as I had hoped it would be. I must admit, I am struggling, ALOT. AT 1 point I thought I would just give up altogether BUT I am determined to give this all I have got.
I saw my doctor today and we talked about what I have been doing, and where I am and what I expect. He feels I am trying too hard and expecting too much of myself too fast. We decided that the safest plan and likely the most reliable approach is to slowly decrease the number of cigarettes I smoke. He emphasized SLOWLY. This could take a couple of months before I am really at a point where I have cut down the number, permanently. When I get to that point, he wants me to come back and we can decide what smoking cessation product or combination of products will work for me best.
I feel more confident about being able to actually do this. SO tomorrow I will aim to smoke no more than 22 cigarettes. This will be 1 average cigarette less than I have been having. SO we are in this for a long haul. WHy does everything worth doing, worth doing well?
The saga continues.

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GINIEMIE 1/15/2014 7:28PM

    quitting smoking is hard, I'm cheering for you. My daddy quit a 4 pack a day habit when he had his heart attack. It scared him so badly, besides he wasn't allowed to smoke in the hospital, and we weren't letting him try. He added another 11+ years to his life.
I know you will be able to do it, with a cheering squad, your doctor and your determination you will get through this.
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LYNN_GODDARD 1/12/2014 7:50PM

    I have never been a smoker, but I have been around people who have tried to quit and eventually they succeeded.I think it's great you reached for outside support by including your Dr. in on this goal. Never give up, you can do it. emoticon

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HEALTHYNCGAL 1/12/2014 6:03PM

    Ugh, I can relate. I used to be a smoker and I know quitting is hard. You can do it!!!


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NPA4LOSS 1/11/2014 8:12PM

    emoticon One day at a time.

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ZELLAZM 1/11/2014 6:31AM

    No advice to offer...just prayers.

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MSEMBERSTORM 1/10/2014 10:41PM

    You can do this! I am gad your doctor is working with you! Once your free of the cigs you will know you have kicked them the right way and for good! Hugs lady!

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LADYDL 1/10/2014 10:44AM

    Cutting back slowly is a good idea. I have been doing that for a few months. I am down to about 10 a day. I also smoke outside. It makes it inconvenient.

Hang in there - you can do it!

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WATERONE 1/10/2014 10:00AM

    Slowly is good. emoticon

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PCOH051610 1/10/2014 7:28AM

    Slow and steady Gini!!! My cousins did exactly what your doctor suggested and quit smoking after 40 years!!! emoticon

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    You have to have a plan that works for you. Great that your doctor is giving you advice that helps. Stay strong & hang in there. You can do it one step at a time.

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IMLOCOLINDA 1/10/2014 4:01AM

    emoticon Good decision.

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ANHELIC 1/9/2014 10:56PM

    Great to talk to your doctor. With him behind you, you will make it this time. Slow and steady wins the race. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/9/2014 10:45PM

    Slow and steady wins the race so baby steps is the way to go. You can do it!

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 1/9/2014 8:52PM

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HEALTHY4ME 1/9/2014 8:29PM

    As long as you are trying and getting there good for you!!! hubby quit cold turkey cos he wanted to put the $ something towards a new car. LOL that was 35 years ago! I know you can do it and then your dr will help you along the way. Some people just take more time and some less. Same as losing wt....
HUGS and pleased you are trying and doing it. YOU will get there!!

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DEBIGENE 1/9/2014 8:05PM

    Gini I am so proud of you for seeking professional help with this very difficult task !!! BRAVO to you !!! Now you will def succeed. and it won't be as hard as cold turkey. Cheers to you Gini, you can do it hon !!!

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PLATINUM755 1/9/2014 8:00PM

    "By perseverance the snail reached the ark."~Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Hang in there...and keep pushing! emoticon

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LISA579 1/9/2014 7:43PM

    I am glad you discussed it with your doctor. I think cutting back is a good option.

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