Fitness Minutes: (164,612) Posts: 50,007 2/2/13 11:36 A
Starting again tomorrow Feb 3rd. I have been talking to a quit coach at Quitnet, I recieved my patches and handbook/workbook. I also bought some nicotine gum to use only if I get a really strong craving. It is not advised to use both the patch and the gum together.
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Fitness Minutes: (629) Posts: 1,189 1/31/13 6:38 A
I quit 28 years ago. I quit cold turkey. I did chew lots and lots of sugar free gum.
THE WILL OF GOD WILL NEVER TAKE YOU WHERE THE GRACE OF GOD WILL NOT PROTECT YOU!!
THIS IS EXACTLY WHERE GOD WANTS ME TO BE AT THIS VERY MOMENT MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU WITH ALL THOSE ANNOYING LITTLE THINGS AND MAY YOU REMEMBER THEIR POSSIBLE PURPOSE
Pounds lost: 10.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,435) Posts: 263 1/19/13 3:48 A
"Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve" Napoleon Hill
current weight: 222.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,611) Posts: 17 1/16/13 7:44 P
Jan 19 will mark 1 year for me! Which is why I'm now a Spark Person! Being smoke free, food tasted much better, and I rewarded myself for my success. Gained 20, wanna lose 40. Started Jan 3rd, and so far dropped 6!
Remember, when you quit smoking, the only thing you have to deal with is discomfort. That's it! Nothing more, nothing less! When I finally figured that out, the rest was easy.
GO FOR IT! PUT THEM CANCER STICKS DOWN! FOR GOOD THIS TIME!
Also, ...... Becomeanex.org
It's an awesome website!
Fitness Minutes: (1,134) Posts: 30 1/16/13 2:25 P
I just celebrated 1 year smoke free. Not easy but what a feeling of accomplishment.
current weight: 176.8
Posts: 5 1/14/13 2:44 P
I've quit and its been a few months (smoke free) I quit cold turkey. I tried to blow up a balloon 1 day for my Mom's 65th birthday - I just couldn't do it. I was always using my credit card to buy them and I day just woke up and said enough is enough. I have never used my credit card since. I have gained about 5 pounds since but figure its worth the sacrifice. I would like to breath the next time when I go for a walk. (I smoked for over 20 yrs) If I can quit smoking anyone can.
If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask me.
Posts: 19 1/14/13 12:02 P
I quit three years ago this January!! I believe you have to be ready and willing to quit. I tried to think of it as I am beginning new good habits instead of quitting something (quitting always sounds so negative to me). I used the cinnamon flavored Nicorette gum and cinnamon flavored Trident gum. I switch back and forth to trick my body that it was still getting nicotine and only had to do that for about 2 weeks top and I was done. There were times that it was hard still but I was determined not to do it ever again. The thing that really helped me personally was keeping my tally of how long it had been. And I really didn't want to start my tally over. If I smoked again today I couldn't say it's been 3 years and 14 days!! WHICH IS AWESOME!! If you are a competitive person this can help drive you to keep going!
Good luck to anyone doing it! I smoked a lot and loved it! If I can quit I believe anyone can
current weight: 173.0
Fitness Minutes: (162) Posts: 65 1/14/13 8:46 A
Pam, you are so right about thinking I just want one and then having to have more. My husband is really struggling and he keeps saying to me. I am not going to start up again, I'll just have one and that will be it'!!!!
I am doing really well, I didnt have any Saturday or sunday, I have been 10 days smoke free since 2 Jan with a couple of slips along the way :)
Trying to eat to live not live to eat
current weight: 381.0
Fitness Minutes: (629) Posts: 1,189 1/13/13 1:05 P
Thank you for sharing with us.. from team member RZERINGUE25 Date: 1/11/2013 - 6:51 PM
Message: I quit over a year ago me and my mom quit together it better if you quit with someone then when you feel like smoking you just think then I'll be letting so and so down and you don't
Fitness Minutes: (629) Posts: 1,189 1/13/13 1:01 P
Email From our team member NONFATBLONDE Date: 1/11/2013 - 12:30 PM
Message: M. In reply of a call for smokers to share how they did quit. I had started smoking at 12yrs. old, older step-sister had me to try it. By the time I was 14 I was a regular addicted smoker.I have been smoke free since 9/10/11. I do not miss it at all. I prayed hourly begging GOD to take the desire to smoke away. I would tell myself I don't want this EVERY TIME I lit up. I ALWAYS lit a new fresh ciggerette, even if I had only one drag of it, I wouldn't relight it. I would toss it. It mentally showed me a disconnect from them. I didn't use RX, pills, patches, or gum. It took approx. a month. I can't stress enough how liberating and free not to be imprisoned by a plant can be! Much less the wonderful smell of things like shampoo & fresh done laundry. How wonderful not coughing & smelling like a nasty dirty ash tray. My husband is still at it. I pray he will be free of it. He knows my wishes, and is respectful and proud of my CHOICE not to light up. He does not smoke in our home or cars, nor did I when I used to smoke. About the weight gain question, I personally at the time wanted a ciggertte not a sandwich. I did gain 7lbs within the first year of quiting and had not changed my diet etc. I believe prayer and a deep desire with a conscious decision to quit will lead to one's success. It's one of the best gifts you can give yourself!
Fitness Minutes: (629) Posts: 1,189 1/13/13 12:58 P
This email came from our Healthy Heart team member GMONDELLO Date: 1/11/2013 - 12:17 PM
Message: Great idea!! I'd love to help in anyway!! You can even leave my (gmondello) ginny as a place to reach out too.. I'm celebrating my **312* day as a non smoker today in fact!! : ) Have a Healthy & Happy New Year Mari-Serv!!
Fitness Minutes: (629) Posts: 1,189 1/13/13 12:54 P
Received from our Healthy Heart team member PAMKEEL Date: 1/11/2013
Message: I quit smoking 6 weeks ago. Again. My advice for nicotine users is to get educated on the addiction and if I may offer a web-site that has done that for me it is whyquit.com I started a nicotine cessation group in the area I live in using nicotine anonymous format and material which just started this week. I'm 56 and have health problems due to many years of smoking. Finally, I hope to put a stop to the lie I tell myself that gets me back to smoking which is "I'm just going to smoke one". Nicotine is a drug and I am addicted. Any nicotine into my blood stream will get me to smoking again. So just for today, no nicotine. Pam
Fitness Minutes: (162) Posts: 65 1/12/13 2:42 P
Wow, so many of you have done so well. I am doing well, but did cave in and have one last night. It could have been worse I managed not to have any more. I really thought about it when I was smoking and how bad it was and it did help me not have any more, so i am glad i only had one :)
Trying to eat to live not live to eat
current weight: 381.0
Posts: 56 1/12/13 11:27 A
I smoked 1 pack a day from the age of 15-32. It has been 8 years for me not smoking. SO..... As far as quitting smoking goes, once you do DO NOT go back to the stores you bought them at. I found that one of the biggest helpers for me. By avoiding the stores I cut down temptation and the memory trigger to buy them and quit getting quick grab unhealthy snack food (chocolate bars, chips etc.). Unfortunately I don't know how United States stores work. Here in Edmonton Canada tobacco cannot be sold in stores that sell pharmaceutical drugs. Another words cigarette are only sold at small convenience stores and gas stations. If you need to go to stores that sell smokes then start going out of your way to different stores. I hope these tips help.
This might be slow - but I will get there!
Pounds lost: 8.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,475) Posts: 14 1/12/13 8:51 A
I am in the process of quitting, I am using the patch. Each day is a struggle to not give in; I enjoyed smoking, it was my best friend and worst enemy. It helped me cope with everything. Now I must learn a totally new way of living and coping. I have not smoked since Jan 4 and I can say I feel a difference already, I do not get as winded as I did while smoking. which is great. The house no longer smells of stale smoke when you come in the door. My room on the other hand, especially during the middle of the night still has a faint trace. Gradually I am cleaning every room from floor to ceiling to be free of it. It is hard doing it alone and can use all the support I can find, both real and virtual. My daughter still smokes and being around her might be tough. She respects my desire to quit and says she is not ready. To be honest I do not know if I was/am ready, or if I would ever be, all I know is I have to quit. I already have COPD/CRPD from smoking and it was getting worse. I was on the nebulizer 4-6 times a day, Now I am down to 2!
Edited by: ONAQUEST2 at: 1/12/2013 (08:52)
My wish for 2013: that everyone takes a moment each day to find inner peace and calm. This may not calm the storms of Mother Nature, however it may calm the storms that brew within us.
469 Days since: smoking
Fitness Minutes: (37,168) Posts: 4,848 1/11/13 9:46 P
Hello to everyone who is even thinking about quitting. That is the first big step - start thinking about it. I tried 9 different times before I was finally successful. I was a heavy smoker (a pack a day or more) for 25 years. Now I have been smoke free for almost 20 years. It will be 20 years on Sept. 1, 2013.
I never understood how bad I smelled with cigarette smoke on me and my clothes until after I had quit for awhile and then stood next to a smoker. Am I ever glad I did quit.
I used Nicorette gum for about 2 weeks when I first quit smoking and that seemed to help me.
Anyway if you want to quit find what works for you. Also keep trying. It may take several attempts before you can finally do it.
Wishing you much success if you decide to quit. Remember you can`t quit for anyone except yourself. It is the same with weight loss. You have to want to do it for you because you are so worth it.
Whether you think you can or think you can't; you're right. ------------------------------ Stephanie
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Posts: 1,769 1/11/13 5:13 P
I quit smoking 2 years ago on January 1st! Trust me, it can be done! I smoked a pack a day for 5 years. I watched my father pass away from lung cancer, so I knew I had to quit. I also had high blood pressure, a rattle in my lungs, and strange chest pains. I went out and bought the patch (generic brand to save money), step one. The next thing i did was buy a big pack of lollipops from the dollar store. I also stocked up on coffee. Anytime I got the urge I grabbed a lollipop or went outside with a coffee. The patch gave me strange nightmares, mostly about smoking again. A few days went by and I found myself forgetting to put a new patch on. I never made it to step 2 of the patch system. I didn't need to.
My advice is get someone to quit with you. It really helps. Quitting smoking is something that I take great pride in. Sounds silly but it was quite an accomplishment. Today i don't even think about smoking. In fact the other day I was outside with others who are smokers, and I didn't even have the urge. You will get there. I worry less about my health now, I even lost weight because I'm able to exercise more now. Doing this is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Also, this site here helped me see how much money I am saving.
I quit around 7 years ago,,,,I tried and tried and truly believe you WILL only do it if you really really want to,,,,,,,I did everything,,,,,cutting down,,,,,cigarette count,,,,,,then one day would come and I would just blow it......I never wanted the weight gain, that was always my excuse along with there were times during the day, I really enjoyed it,,,,,but there were times it made me feel sick.......then,,,,,,,,,,one night we went to the casino,,,,,smoked heavily, also surrounded by smokers,,,,woke up feeling really sick,,,,,I secretly decided I'm not going to smoke today,,,,,made it thru.....then on and on and on.....I know if I had just one I would go back,,,,,,and I never had that one,,,,,,,I truly can't believe that's how I did it either,,,,,just think I was ready.........good luck!!!!!.....I'm really glad I dont smoke anymore..... ...
Pounds lost: 25.6
Posts: 546 1/11/13 1:08 P
I smoked off and on for 29 years and was up to a pack and a half per day. I quit in 1999 when not smoking in buildings became law. I did not want to spend the winter standing in the cold to smoke a cigarette. I chose my Grandsons birthday as the first day to not smoke and I have not regretted that since. I had tried a quit smoking class but that did not help. I decided that I needed something very powerful to make me quit and to stay off cigarettes for good. I chose the patch because there was 3 steps and all steps were expensive. I knew if I used the money to buy cigarettes for the patches instead I would come out ahead. I figured how much I spent on cigarettes in a year and the patches were cheaper but not cheap. I new if I was going to spend that kind of money to quit it would insure I never smoked again because I never want to have to quit again.
What I never foreseen was that quitting would save my life. In 2007 I had a heart attack and If I had still been smoking I probably would not have survived. You never know what is going to happen in the future so if you smoke please quit.
Find that one thing that means a lot like money or your family and use that to motivate you to quit and to never go back. One thing is that craving a cigarette never completely goes away but remembering why and how you quit can help you get through the craving without giving in to it. Also when you do have a craving pick some non-food, non-smoking activity to do until craving passes, such as exercise, Shopping for exercise workout clothes or DVD etc. That way you don't add weight gain to the equation.
I have "The Spark", "SparkPeople Cookbook" and "Spark Solutions"
I set my ticker to my highest weight of 210 lbs because it gets upset and doesn't want to save when I gain weight instead of lose. on Dec 30, 2012 I joined SparkPeople and weighed 195.8
Pounds lost: 8.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,685) Posts: 77 1/11/13 12:06 P
I smoked about a pack a day for about six years, so relative to some people I didn't smoke a lot or for that long. But I did have a hard time trying to quit. The first thing I would say about quitting is that you have to really want to do it. If you don't have a strong desire to quit smoking, it will be hard to be successful. A couple years ago my doctor told me that if I didn't quit smoking by the time I was 35, she would not prescribe me birth control pills, since apparently there are a lot of health risks involved if you smoke while you are on BC pills after the age of 35. That is what really motivated me to quit, since I would rather stop smoking than have kids. I tried to quit for about six months, but to be honest I really liked smoking and quitting was hard. My doctor gave me a prescription for Wellbutrin to stop smoking, and it was amazing. She told me that she had used it to stop smoking, and it made you just not want a cigarette or think about smoking. I really didn't understand this, but once I took it, it was just like she said. I smoked the first day I was on it, but from day 2 and on, I hardly ever thought about having a cigarette. Plus, since it is an anti-depressant, I had a lot of energy and was in a much better mood than usual. I took it for about four months, then weened myself off of it. I smoked three cigarettes on two separate occasions after quitting, and each time it was pretty disgusting to me, enough that I wondered why I had smoked so many of these things for the past six years.
One of the downsides is that I gained A LOT of weight after I quit. While I was on the Wellbutrin, I had a decrease in appetite, but once I was off of it and not smoking, I started eating a lot more. Like most smokers I would always have a cigarette after I ate a meal, so now that I wasn't smoking I felt like I needed something once I got done eating. I would usually finish dinner and then have a snack to satisfy that craving. And this is what has lead me to SparkPeople, my need to lose all this extra weight. Now I am back to normal, not craving food after dinner and not smoking. Healthwise, I can't say I necessarily feel that much different than I did when I was smoking, which is strange to me, but I really enjoy the fact that I am not a slave to cigarettes anymore.
If anyone has any questions about using Wellbutrin to stop smoking, I would be more than happy to share my experience. BUT KEEP AT IT! YOU CAN DO IT! Quitting smoking is so worth it, and even though I still wish I could have the experience of smoking a cigarette now and then, I am very glad that I took the initiative to quit.
Edited by: LIBBYAI at: 1/11/2013 (12:08)
current weight: 177.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,824) Posts: 1,323 1/11/13 11:51 A
Hi all. I smoked 3 packs a day for 55 years and then I had a heart attack. My Dr said no more cigarettes and I haven't had one since. That is a really hard way to stop smoking, but the few times I quit and had any success I quit cold turkey. What I found is you have to do something you don't always do and that you enjoy so much you forget to smoke for the first day or two.. When I was in Ca. I would go to the beach since it is impossible to enjoy nature and smoke. An amusement park or whatever floats your boat will work. Also get rid of all ashtrays and lighters, put matches out of sight and do something that will keep your hands busy. For me that was the hardest part of quitting, constantly reaching for a cigarette. Well, good luck and if you don't succeed this time keep trying. You have to be mentally ready so plan when you will stop and keep giving yourself all the negative feed back about smoking during the period before you quit. By the way I haven't touched a cigarette since Feb. 17 2010.
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25% of weight to lose
Pounds lost: 51.8
Posts: 813 1/11/13 11:34 A
HI everyone. Good luck to all who are quitting smoking. It is hard but I know you can do it. I used to smoke. At one time I smoked 3 packs a day. I quit one time for 7 years and the started smoking again after my divorce. I smoked about 6 years that time. I quit the last time 9 years ago. I quit cold turkey. Decided the cigarettes were controlling my life. I talked myself out of having a cigarette one at a time. I told myself "I'll borrow one from a friend "when I get to work or where ever I was going. because I only wanted one I didn't want to buy a pack. The when I got to work or a friends I would say to myself " you don't want to be a moocher Just wait a buy a pack on the way home. Did this for about 6-8 weeks, by then the desire was less and I was able to do without the cigarettes. I'm not saying it was easy. The desire was there I just wouldn't give into it. Now I don't have the desire anymore. About a year ago some friends talked me into smoking a cigarette with them. 2 drags were enough for me. It didn't taste good and I didn't want to smell like cigarettes. If I could quit I know you can too. One word of advice. You must really want to quit and know you can't just quit for a couple of months and start back. Now if only I could do as well with losing weight. Pat
Pounds lost: 18.0
Fitness Minutes: (40) Posts: 9 1/11/13 11:32 A
I was a 3-pack a day smoker for years. I started when I was 26 years old and continued until 15 years ago. I used the step-down patch system and only needed the first step. I have been smoke free since! I am a reformed smoker and discovered my sense of taste and smell has improved dramatically. Food tastes better -- (is that a good thing? LOL) -- and my house, clothes, and car no longer reek of smoke and nicotine.
It can be done. I found that there were places where I always smoked and every time I would go there, I was highly tempted to lite back up again. So, I stopped going to those places. Initially, I needed all the help I could get. In 2009, when I went to take care of my Dad's final wishes, there was a "celebration" at his most favorite bar. The bar was full of smoke and brought back memories of my "smoking years". However, it held no more temptation. In fact, it showed me how much I have come since I first lit up.
I repeat, it can be done. Don't give up the battle. The war will be won and your health will be much better for it.
current weight: 286.0
Posts: 13,312 1/11/13 11:06 A
Everytime I had a craving, I drank a glass of cranberry juice, and drink lots of water. I quite 2.5 years ago cold turkey. I just stopped and drank the above everytime I had craving. Let me tell ya, it wasn't easy but each day that passed it got a little easier. I still get a craving once in awhile, but not one to pick it back up. Even with major stresses, I am overcoming them. When I quit, the longer I go, the easier, but I became much much more aware of what are triggers for me and that is when I found a craving, I began to deal with the trigger or stressor in a different way.
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current weight: 208.8
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Thanks for the link. Still doing well. My hubbie desperately wanted to go and get some ciggies last night and we had a bit of an arguement over it because I knew if he had one it might make me have one and I would really regret it. He didnt get them in the end and I am so pleased this morning that I stood strong. This is not going to be easy for my hubbie at all!!
Trying to eat to live not live to eat
current weight: 381.0
Fitness Minutes: (629) Posts: 1,189 1/10/13 6:34 A
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