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Fitness Minutes: (28,844) Posts: 7,103 4/17/13 11:40 A
Good day all.
I am a single mother of two from sunny california. And this is probably my 4th attempt at quitting. I started back up again probably a year and a half ago... the only good thing is i can do it cold turkey. but bad thing is i really need to find a new way to deal with my stress.. thats when i always start back up.
I promised my late grandfather i would quit and did so for years. now i find myself right back where i started from. but i tell you.. i dont miss it. the smell.. my taste buds all out of wack and not to mention my hands smelling like cigarettes constantly... and miss my white teeth.
anyways. its only day 4 but i feel great and this time i know its for good. because i have lost all desire for it. and i have a new way of dealing with stress.
I wish everyone health and luck~ heres to all of us quitters!!!
~Blessed be.. Hugs& Friendship always Raven Lynn~
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Pounds lost: 18.0
Posts: 51 4/5/13 1:14 P
I am hoping to set things in place for DAY 1, probably next week. Anybody got some suggestions?
current weight: 227.0
Posts: 51 4/3/13 1:54 P
Hello, gang! I'm in metro-Seattle and don't see many people from the area on the map. Smoking is VERY non-PC in the Pacific Northwest. But I think the rain and the dreary days, one after another, on and on, make it harder to quit. But spring in Seattle gives us some unbelievably glorious days. Will definitely do more walking, but have some disabilities that put a challenge into even walking around the cul de sac. The weather will change my mood about all that, though.
Fighting the fight and am going to win!!!!
current weight: 227.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,062) Posts: 367 4/2/13 11:49 A
I too am trying to quit smoking. So far I am around 5-10 cigs a day, except on weekends, i tend to smoke more. (especially when drinking) which is also another bad habit im trying to quit. Any tips out there? What worked for you? I've been a smoker for about 12 years. I quit twice (because i was pregnant and it made me sick) but started up again shortly after i had them.
Posts: 4,636 4/2/13 2:27 A
It's no April Fools Day joke...my quit date was April 1st, 2013. I went to the gym one day and after reopening my locker, I smelled my gym back and it reeked of smoke...and I knew at that moment it was time for me to quit. I slowly weened off of them, and once I smoked my last one, I was done. I am getting married July 6th of this year, and it will be nice not to have my wedding dress smell nasty.
*Pain Is Just Weakness Leaving The Body.*
*If it isn't hunger, food won't solve the problem.*
current weight: 204.8
Fitness Minutes: (1,076) Posts: 48 4/2/13 12:29 A
Hi, I'm Karis and I'm going to quit smoking thurs. I have lots of info and resources available and my husband is going to try to quit too. I have two little ones and have tried to quit many times before. This time I can do it!
'The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize."- Richard Monckton Milnes
current weight: 203.8
Fitness Minutes: (5,799) Posts: 32 3/15/13 12:39 A
Hi, I'm Cheryl! New York City, New York
Quit Date: Friday, 29.June.2012 Time Quit: 8 Months, 2 Weeks
I've been living with allergies & asthma all my life...other than that, I'm healthy and lead a healthy lifestyle thru diet & exercise, but....I smoked.
After having smoked for about 25 years, I finally quit on June 29, 2012.
Quitting smoking has been amazingly easy for me...I set a date and stopped smoking. That was 8 1/2 months ago.
I have joined this team so as to offer my support to those who have quit smoking and to those who want to quit. Because even though I have had it surprisingly easy, I know from others that it is so very hard to quit...and to stay quit.
Keep the quit!
There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline...no matter how many times it is sent away.
May Minutes: 2,227
Fitness Minutes: (389) Posts: 3 2/26/13 11:17 P
Hello group, my name is Gayle and I just found this SparkTeam page called No More Smoking! I have been thinking about quitting for so long and I just downloaded the book The EasyWay to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr. I am 31 and have smoked for over 15 years now! My sister quit like 4 years ago and has never looked back. My mom constantly nags me to quit and I say I will but go back for another cig. I have a problem and I would love to say I do not smoke but I still do. This forum has inspired me to look at life differently. This book sounds amazing and I'm willing to pay 7 bucks to hear what it has to say. Anyways, I'm so glad there are people out there that can support a smoker like me.
current weight: 18.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (1,100) Posts: 27 2/7/13 10:50 A
Today is the day. I have quit many times the longest for 3 years. This is the last time. Ready to quit for good. In the past it was always in my head that I could just smoke now and then. I have to face it I cannot have another cigarette ever, not a puff. Wish me luck, tell me I can do it, tell me how you have done it.
current weight: 175.0
Posts: 4,918 2/5/13 5:44 P
Hi I'm new here and I just wanted to let you all know that this week I'm getting the patch for no smoking. I'm a widow of 7 yrs and right now my mom is in the hospital now and don't know what is wrong with her. I'll tell you about me later on but right now I'm going to take a nap cause I have a headache and I'm dead tired. All I can say is I have 2 married daughters and the youngest one has 2 daughters and both of my daughters are married. Like I said I'll tell you more later. Darlene
Pounds lost: 5.0
Fitness Minutes: (405) Posts: 1 1/28/13 3:12 P
Hi! I've never written on these message boards before, but I saw No More Smoking and couldn't resist. Today is 89 days without cigarettes! I can't believe it. I had quit before for 8 months, but now I know better (I think). No more sharing cigarettes, just one puff, or anything! I know now that one puff is the top of the slippery slope. And now I am eating healthy and exercising. I'm also trying to gently encourage those around me to do the same. Easier said than done. Sometimes I think I sound pushy and like a know-it-all. Not true, I just want my family and friends to live their best healthy lives. Anyway, good luck to all of you who are trying to quit smoking...YOU CAN DO IT!
Posts: 9 1/22/13 11:10 P
Hi, I'm going to quit smoking again... I had stopped for 16yrs and then about 16yrs ago I started up again... Amazing what stress and depression will do to your life... I still stressed and still depressed but I would like to be smoke free... the only thing is that I enjoy smoking. I want to lose weight and I'm eating way below my required Carbs so now I have to get into the exercise but I don't have the breath to do much. I'm going to have to quit smoking to make ANY of my 'wants' to work. I know I can do it but I could sure use some help along the way. Unfortunately at home there is no help whatsoever, Anyway any help would be appreciated... Thanks Marianne
Pounds lost: 2.0
Fitness Minutes: (866) Posts: 8 1/20/13 6:39 P
Hello non-smokers -or- soon-to-be non-smokers! My name is Lisa, I am new to SparkPeople and to this forum. I have been smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 27 years. I have quit twice in the past (5 months and 8 months) but know this time I WILL QUIT forever. I had been cutting back a lot lately without even noticing - so I decided to count how many I smoked on Wednesday (I smoked 10). So I decided I would take away 1 cigarette a day until I was done with cigarettes forever (today is a 6 cigarette day).
My quit date is Saturday, January 26, 2013.
The last four days I have been drinking at least 8 glasses of water, exercising at least 30 minutes, and have been tracking all of my food (sticking within my recommended calories). I am very proud of myself, so far I have stuck to everything I planned - added bonus - I have lost 2 lbs! (only 48 more to go, hehe)
I have heard you shouldn't start do everything at once (quit smoking, exercise, diet), but I have always listened to everyone else and it never got me where I wanted. This is my chance to show myself that - me, myself, and I - are the only people that can help me do this.
current weight: 182.8
Posts: 20,339 1/11/13 12:15 A
I am Jan and I am from Texas. I have smoked since I was 15 and that was 35 years ago. I have started the e cig and it is working well so far!!!!
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current weight: 170.6
Posts: 4,832 1/10/13 9:51 A
Hi my name is Sandy and I"M BACK! I joined last year but the stress of my husbands military deployment got to me. It seems like when he leaves everything that can go wrong normally does. However I am back and so far I have been 9 days without a cigarette. I made a resolution and my last one was New Years. I really have not wanted to smoke but I normally do not smoke during the day anyway. I am a night time smokers. When I get off work and relax. I also smoke more around smokers so I have pretty much stayed to myself. I have seen two of my friends that are smokers since New Year and I have not caved so I think that is a good sign. Exercising is helping me say no as well.
A place for working mom's to discuss how to fit in fitness and a healthy lifestyle while still being a good mom and not feeling guilty for making some you time.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 467 1/7/13 9:47 A
Hi! My name is Vanessa and this is Day 1 for me. I have quit twice in the past and REALLY want to make this one stick!!! I've been smoking on & off for 25 years and am so ready to be done with it!!!!
Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.
Pounds lost: 3.2
Posts: 1,195 12/26/12 10:26 A
Hi, my name is Brenda. I am a quitter and this is my story.
I had quit in August 2004 for 3 1/2 years. Then in February 2008, I received a phone call telling me that my dad was sick and was in the hospital. As soon as I heard, I packed and headed out to go see him (he lived in another state). When I got there, I was shocked to find out he was dying and nobody had bothered to tell me. I had just gone to see him in January and he was fine. Dad was past the point of recognizing anyone, so all I could do was hold his hand and tell him how much I loved him. Needless to say, since cigarettes had always been my crutch when I felt stressed, I wanted a cigarette!!! Dad passed away on February 13, 2008 and my smoking continued.
On Thursday, November 8, 2012, I had gone to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned. Then the next day (Friday), I decided I didn't want to smoke anymore and only smoked 4 cigarettes that day. Saturday, November 10th, I only smoked 2 cigarettes. Then the next day, which just so happened to be Veterans Day (my dad had been in the Army and was a Veteran), I dedicated my quitting in honor of my dad. To say the least, I have kept that promise to him and have not touched another cigarette since.
I joined SP September 9, 2012, but up until today, I didn't know they had a team for people who were either trying to quit or had quit. The GetQuit program through pfizer (makers of Chantix) is what I used and am still using to quit and stay quit (they didn't have this online program when I quit before). The only other support I have was another SP member that had seen my blog about quitting from a different group I had joined.
Even though I use to enjoy smoking and still get the urge to smoke when I get stressed out, I KNOW it's no longer an option in my journey to a healthier lifestyle.
current weight: 164.7
Posts: 19 12/19/12 2:23 P
Hi, I am new to Spark and this Team. I smoked for 15 years, and then, this past June, I quit for good. It was hard, but I did it.
Yes I miss it, but I don't smell like smoke & perfume. I don't have to be outside in -50 C winters to deal with a craving. I don't have to get up in the middle of a movie to have a smoke because I can't get my hands to stop shaking. I can go for a walk without having to take a break to light a smoke/catch my breath/put out the butt, ect. I can go on an airplane without going crazy!! (that was a bad one.... some non-smoking aids are of no help with this) My husband can live in a house without second-hand smoke. I don't have to feel like I am kicked out of other people's homes when visiting, because I need a smoke.
I replaced knitting with smoking. You can't quit and not replace one habit with nothing. Your need to fill it with something. Crafts give me something to do with my hands, as I still have a nervous twitch once in a while. I do a lot more outside activities now. I can take a breath of cold air, and not start choking.
Don't get me wrong. I loved smoking. It was my stress relief. My time to my self where I could just relax and forget the world while the cigg burned away. It was also social time, where you could gab with your girlfriends about the weeks events with a cup of coffee. I miss it. Now I can do all those things, but without the smokes.
It's like I closed a chapter on my life, and have left it behind. I don't think I can go through quitting again.... so everyday I work hard not to put myself in front of temptation.
Pounds lost: 3.0
Posts: 350 11/19/12 9:29 A
i quit 12/6/2010; what i struggle with now is that eating is replacing smoking. up until that point, i had lost 25lbs with SP and had run my very first 5K. i have gained ALL of that back - and i feel out of control right now....are there any ex smokers in this group that can help me with how to get past that issue? replacing a post meal cig with a sweet? help....
Don't just wish for it, work for it...
Pounds lost: 7.8
Posts: 39 11/17/12 7:23 A
Hello all. I'm new to this team but not to Spark People. Not actively quitting yet, but it will be soon!! My quit date is November 19, 2012. This is my 3rd attempt at quitting. I know I can do it!!! I need to set a good example for my son!!!!
Don't be someone your not, people will see though it.
It'so much better to be hated for someone u are than be loved for someone your not!!
There are no regrets in life just lessons
The greatest thing in life is finding someone who knows all your mistakes and differences and still finds you absolutely amazing.
Pounds lost: 1.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,209) Posts: 3 11/1/12 9:26 A
So....I quit smoking and drinking 3 months ago. That has been a wonderful accomplishment however between that and some meds that I am on I have put on about 35 extra pounds. So here I am ready to tackle this goal next. Hoping to have dropped the weight by next July when I go on a vacation cruise with my hubby :)
current weight: 174.8
Posts: 47 10/22/12 1:38 P
almost at my weight and now ready to quit smoking. Quit Date 10/25
current weight: 126.0
Posts: 77 10/18/12 12:15 A
I m getting ready to stop smoking. I've tried before and had little success but this time I have a lot less stress to make me want to smoke a ton more. I know I can do it and I have some moral support as well. I am hoping this spark team will be able to help me stay accountable. My quit date is 11-1-12
Positive people bring positive changes!
I can do this!!!! And you can't stop me no matter what you try to do!!!
Pounds lost: 34.0
Posts: 67 10/17/12 10:40 P
Hi! My name is Susan. A couple of months ago I attempted to quit smoking after 20+ years. It went well until vacation. Now, I have lost my motivation to try to quit smoking and am desperate to find it again. I hope a support SparkTeam will help.
Pounds lost: 65.0
Posts: 78 10/14/12 7:58 A
Hi, I'm new to the team. I've been quit for 34 days now. Years ago I was doing great with my weight loss plan until my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Then I really just let my body go. Health wise I've got to lose weight and quit smoking... started with my smoking and now I've got to get a handle on this weight...
current weight: 268.0
Posts: 210 10/9/12 10:24 A
Hi there. New here. Just went through my first 24 hours without a smoke. Going cold turkey. So far so good. Wish me luck.
Pounds lost: 29.4
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 4 10/8/12 11:24 P
Hey. I haven't gotten to the no smoking part yet, just know I wanna do it. It's been 14 years now. My best friend, the love of a lifetime. Breakups are so hard.
Fitness Minutes: (240) Posts: 1 10/1/12 12:24 A
Hi, I am Erik. Im 30... had a stroke last year, quit smoking for 34 days and went back to it after I got out of the hospital and resumed work. Ironically, I am an ex-drug-addict become drug and alcohol counselor for a private rehab in Southern California. I quit again for 12 days last month but resumed again with a fury, unknown as to why except that I want to smoke more than I don't? I do really want to quit and have to draw the line in the sand... it's literally killing me. I have taken to running (haha) and I smoke before and after 5k in 44 mins or what ever I push myself to; other runners look at me funny... another reason to quit. I am going to give another go at it and I have ample support and nicotine replacement therapies... My last smoke will be tonight at 12am PST and I will look forward to sleepless nights and sweating through hours of cravings until they pass... I can do it and this time is... well, I will show you... I commit that every day I will post something here and (I dont even know if I am doing it right) you will see tenacity at its best... "I promise" lol... I hear this all the time from my clients. hilarious that I am one and the same... reform, yay.
Fitness Minutes: (695) Posts: 17 9/11/12 11:20 P
My name is Bethany. I smoked on and off for 7 years starting when I was 15. I stopped in November of 2009 when I found some sores on the right side of my tongue. I saw my dentist, fearing that I had cancer. For the next 5 months, I listened to dentists, doctors, and oral surgeons tell me not to worry, I was only 25, I didn't have cancer, it didn't look like cancer, I was just chewing on my tongue when I slept because I was stressed, I was too young for cancer, so it couldn't be cancer. March 17th of 2010, they took the biopsy for "precancer" because it still wasn't cancer and couldn't be cancer, oy. Well, March 25th, of 2010, I got the life changing results that it, infact, was cancer. I went on the 29th for staging. I was a 25 year old female who was in nursing school, 6 weeks away from the end of the semester, who had stage 3 tongue cancer, that had spread to 1 lymph node in the right side of my neck, maybe more. I got no apologies from any of the doctors or dentists that swore up, down, and sideways that it wasn't cancer, just nothing. I went through a 10 hour surgery that removed the right half of my tongue and replaced it with a flap of skin and blood vessels from my left wrist/forearm, they also removed 40 lymph nodes from the right side of my neck to make sure it didn't spread to any other ones, it was only in the one. I then had 30 rounds of radiation (living hell). I quit cold turkey the day my sores showed up in november, and it wasn't hard for me at all. But when I get stressed, all I want is that cool feeling in my throat(i smoked menthol, couldn't stand regular ones). I hated the smell of cigs, and the way they made me smell, but that cool breath I took somehow calmed me.
Now, I can't be a nurse, can't be a CNA (nurses assistant)like I have been for the last 4 years cuz my immune system is shot from treatment, I can't talk as well as I would like to, and I can't eat like I would like to, plus I have some interesting scars. But I appreciate life a lot more, and I had one heck of a weight loss (65 lbs in 7 months).
If you are going to choose to smoke, make sure you know all of the things that could happen to you, I have watched a 23 year old pass from the same thing I am still alive from, and I have seen people mangled far worse than I could even imagine from this same thing.
It's not just smoking either that causes this. Drinking can but the other heavy hitter is HPV. All I ask is that people are aware, so they know what they are getting themselves in to.
6 months before I was diagnosed, I lost my husbands father to small cell lung cancer from smoking. He only fought his fight for 10 months before he lost it. They say mine wasn't caused from smoking, or HPV, but they smoking definitely didn't help! Please just make yourselves aware, so you don't have to go through what I, or so many others I care about have had to!
Fitness Minutes: (902) Posts: 36 9/11/12 10:12 A
Hi! My name's Ally and I've been smoke free for 4 months tomorrow (woohoo!). I decided when I started my quit to just focus on stopping smoking at first. Now that I'm a functioning and comfortable non smoker, it's time to start shifting the weight. I only put on somewhere between 5-10 lbs quitting, but I have some more weight to lose as well to get back down to my usual weight. So here I am on spark people!
Pounds lost: 2.0
Posts: 4 9/10/12 9:24 P
LIFEINMOTION- Thank-you very much!!
271 Days since: i quit cigarettes
Posts: 111 9/8/12 3:21 P
Cleanseme - AWESOME JOB!!! You should absolutely be proud of yourself :) The first week is the hardest, and now it's behind you. Keep it up, girl!
"The difference between a jogger and a runner is a race-entry blank." -- Dr. George Sheehan
current weight: 181.6
Posts: 4 9/6/12 9:38 P
I am 11 days free off of smoking!! it has been a fight and i am very proud of myself!! i quit cold turkey!! im also not quite sure how this posting stuff goes.. i thought you just replied to the person, i tried to congratulate a girl who wrote they have quit for 6 months now but it made a post.. and to LIFEINMOTION, i am sorry i didnt even know you had written to me, till i scrolled down, my weekend was awesome thankyou and yes i have quit :D it was so hard the first day, and now i get little thoughts and triggers but i just talk myself out of it and it goes away once i start distracting myself thanks for asking :)
Edited by: CLEANSEME at: 9/6/2012 (21:46)
271 Days since: i quit cigarettes
Fitness Minutes: (25) Posts: 5 9/5/12 12:14 P
Hi my name is Samantha, I have been smoking on and off for about 8 years. I decided to quit yesterday but broke down and had a ciggarette, but only 1 is a huge accomplishment from half a pack a day, and so far today i havent had any :)
263 Days since: I Quit Smoking
Fitness Minutes: (2,603) Posts: 4 9/3/12 2:38 A
My name is Davis and I've been smoking for 18 years. I will quit tomorrow.
current weight: 220.0
Fitness Minutes: (60) Posts: 7 8/30/12 3:33 A
My name is Autumn, I have been smoking a pack a day for 6 years now, I am now 21 and getting married next year and will be wanting to have a baby and I just want to deal with quitting and the withdrawals now before I actually get pregnant. It's not just that, it's also about my lungs hurting, wanting to lose weight n exercise without them hurting and me out of breath coughing, being there for my family, etc. I thought it was "cool" when I started but when I realized soon after I started it wasn't something I could just drop without any withdrawals I knew it'd be a struggle to quit. I have attempted it and gotten to 5 months (dec 2011-may 2012) but stupidly gave up thinking, I can quit again when i want I just did it for 5 months" but now its turning out harder than expected. So if anyone has tips, lemme know :)
Posts: 147 8/28/12 9:03 A
I'm Clare and I'm six months smoke free now. I quit cold turkey and was determined not to gain weight so also cut out sugar for the first two weeks of my quit. You can stop smoking and not gain a tonne of weight. I'm the proof! If you want to ask anything you are more than welcome to PM me or add me as a friend.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 111 8/27/12 4:47 P
Cleanseme - how did your weekend go??? Were you able to quit?
"The difference between a jogger and a runner is a race-entry blank." -- Dr. George Sheehan
current weight: 181.6
Posts: 4 8/26/12 1:47 A
hello everyone! I'm Jemma! iam new to this website, and i love it!! it is such a grouce opportunity to lead a wonderful life. iam very grateful! i have been wanting to quit smoking for ages now, also to do something about my weight, and become happy and at peace with myself, i do small things and then i seem to just let myself fall back down. i seem to lose all ambition once i start doing good for myself! but i keep coming back to this website, so i have hope in myself that iam going to get somewhere!! i have decided that iam going to quit tomorrow, iam going to run out of tobacco tomorrow, so why buy another pouch!! any ideas that you might have to keep strong once i have stopped and so i dont lose the sight of what i wanted will be much appreciated!! thankyou :)
271 Days since: i quit cigarettes
Fitness Minutes: (585) Posts: 36 8/23/12 12:36 A
Hi Everyone! I'm Danielle. I quit smoking on July 30th, and am doing pretty good! I recommend reading Allen Carr's Easy Way To Quit Smoking. I was a smoker for 9 years, and since reading that book I have been smoke free with no nicotine patch/gum. I know it sounds crazy, reading a book that will get you to stop smoking, but it seriously works! Hope you're all doing well!!!
Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.
Pounds lost: 3.0
Posts: 118 8/20/12 12:18 P
I have been saying almost daily (sometimes while I was lighting my next cigarette) that I need to quit smoking. I am concerned about my children's health and my own. I am always winded and recently discovered that after a long walk without smoking I come home and literally start hacking up a lung. I started smoking when I was 15 and friends told me if was an excellent stress reliever.I am now 26 and have been using cigarettes as a daily, hourly, stress reliever and you know what, they are expensive!! Well, today is my first day being smoke free. I can no longer afford to buy cigarettes, especially since my paycheck still has not arrived in the mail. I guess I have forced myself into quitting. I will need all the support I can get.
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current weight: 279.0
Posts: 555 7/30/12 4:18 P
Today I am 91 days smoke/nicotine free. My husband smokes so I am reminded at night that I have quit. Other than that I really don't think about it anymore. Didn't really want to quit but coming up on my 51st birthday and blessed with high cholesterol, my doctor strongly suggested I quit, so I did. But now that I have done it I really don't want to go back.
Good luck to everyone.
Pounds lost: 14.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,100) Posts: 237 7/28/12 2:57 P
Hi I'm Divya. I've been smoking for about 10 years. My husband and I recently purchased e-cigs and so far they are working well for me. I still smoke at least one real cig a day. I think its mostly for the lighting, and flicking part that has me still hooked. The e-cig satisfies my nicotine urges, I use 18mg and really like the different flavors available. Why do I want to quit real cigs? well, they stink and they make ME stinky and my teeth have yellowed. So far, my reasons for quitting are cosmetic but those reasons are working for me so far. I just went to the doc yest and was told that all my numbers are good. My bp is healthy and my lungs are clear (amazingly). This is the first time I have ever even considered stopping smoking. Check out my Spark Page and friend me, I need lots of encouragement.
current weight: 222.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,290) Posts: 44 7/27/12 2:22 P
I am Meghan. I have smoked on and off for 17 years. I quit while pregnant with all 3 of my children and then picked it back up. My husband is a smoker too and we both quit for roughly 8 weeks at the beginning of the year. I am tired of smelling like smoke and tasting smoke and more than anything, wasting my money on something I don't want to buy. I am starting my quit officially tomorrow cold turkey. I have done it before and it is a hard three days, but it is worth it. I know at this point that what I need is coping mechanisms for all of the stress that life will eventually throw at me. I don't know anything else to do other than smoking when I am upset or angry.
So short term....I will be smoke free, but long term, I have to work on stress management with out nicotine.
current weight: 170.2
Fitness Minutes: (2,671) Posts: 42 7/27/12 1:36 P
Hi, I'm Blane. I smoked for years and managed to quit using the gum. But then I continued to use the gum for years. Now I'm ready to give up nicotine all together.
current weight: 186.0
Fitness Minutes: (319) Posts: 1 7/26/12 1:14 A
I am Kade, I am 19 I have been smoking for about 7 years back when I couldn't buy cigarettes I stole them from my dad. I grew up around smoking my whole life, I always assumed it was something I had to do to be like parents and they were my role models. Now I am trying to quit. It is harder to then I thought I can go a day or maybe a week then I cave. =[ I smoke about a pack a week. I really want to quit with out becoming reliant on the ecigs or gum or patches. I am trying to figure out the best and healthiest way to do this.
Fitness Minutes: (2,271) Posts: 25 7/23/12 3:31 P
Hello for Hot Springs. Smoked in high and college, stopped for years, then picked up a pack, and . . . . Time to stop again - it's hard. As the song says, "if I had a dollar for everytime I quit I'd be a millionaire. Stop smoking is part of several life improvements I am working on - mind, body and spirit.
Posts: 6 7/17/12 8:03 A
Hello I'm Jen! I've dropped from 2packs to one and am now down to 3 to 5 a day! quitting IS hard but like all things that I am determined to overcome! I hail from Fostoria, Ohio and look forward to reaching this and other goals with others along the way!
current weight: 168.0
Posts: 616 7/8/12 5:52 P
Hi, I'm a former smoker (2-3 packer per day!) and I've been quit for 5 years. I am an addiction counselor and I work specifically with tobacco & alcohol addiction. I was a member of this group years ago and wanted to join again to help out my fellow Sparklers who want to be healthy, quit smoking, and loose weight!
So you will see me lurking around, posting occasionally, and I'd be happy to respond to in-spark emails if people have questions.
There are no elevators in the house of success. H. H. Vreeland
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it- Margaret Thatcher
current weight: 193.2
Fitness Minutes: (1,191) Posts: 1 7/1/12 7:20 P
I'm new and today is my first day without a cigarette.
Fitness Minutes: (1,267) Posts: 4 6/18/12 2:28 P
Day 29 and doing great without cigarettes! Wheeeeee Now to keep those calories down and exercise up. Good Luck everyone.
Edited by: WALKINGMUSIC at: 6/18/2012 (14:29)
Here's to success!
May Minutes: 0
Posts: 29 6/17/12 7:26 A
Hi there! New to the group. I smoked my first cigarette when I was 15. I am now 32 and ready to quit. (again). My father died of cancer when I was 12 years old. I saw the pain he went through and I know it is no joke. This Fathers Day, my gift to him & to myself is to be the healthiest person I can be. I am tossing in the cigarettes for good. Today. I am looking forward to going through this journey with all of you. Good luck everyone!!
"And I'll find strength in pain And I will change my ways I'll know my name as it's called again" -The Cave, Mumford & Sons
current weight: 167.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,267) Posts: 4 6/14/12 11:06 P
Hi everyone. I am brand new here, second day. I am 71 years old and I quit smoking 25 days ago. I really don't know why it was so easy this time. Maybe the fact that I am camped out at the frig all the time is helping. lol Anyway, I hope it continues to be this easy. When I think about having a cigarette, I immediately put my mind elsewhere and the urge passes quickly. One thing I did do before I quit was chew myself out really good, out loud, every time I picked up a cigarette or went to get one. I'm sure it would have made my family laugh if they had heard me, but I live alone and never smoked around them anyway. It was funny but you know what, it really worked.
Which brings me to the second reason for joining a group. Food food food! So I guess I am going to have to resume the pattern of lecturing myself when I want something to eat that isn't on my menu for the day.
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