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7/29/10 8:08 P

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Hi everyone! 32 year old female looking to get ahold of my life, weight, and this forsaken nicotine addiction. I'm starting Chantix again (used it about 2 years ago, and quit for a short period of time)... and my quit date is set for next Tuesday!

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7/28/10 4:23 P

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Hi! My name is Marilyn and I quit smoking on February 9, 2010 and promptly gained 25 pounds or so.

It has been almost six months since I quit and now I need to get the weight under control. SparkPeople is going to help a lot.





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7/27/10 10:10 P

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glad to have you here and good luck to you!

I'm looking for my inner athlete, but I'm afraid I may have eaten her. If I'm very quiet I can hear her screams of terror.


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Hi all, this looks like just the place I need to be! I am 54 and have smoked for 34 years. This is the first time I have seriously tried to quit and so far have gone 9 days smoke free! I am taking Chantix and so far no serious side effects and it definitely helps cut the cravings for cigarettes, but I don't want to be on it very long. Thought I better join Spark to help keep myself accountable and also watch/track food since the greatest deterent to stopping has been the fear of gaining weight. emoticon . So, glad to be here and good luck all!

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7/25/10 9:02 A

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deb - while my refrigerator door isn't missing, it definitely has tooth and claw marks in it. You're just about to turn a corner, so hang on tight.

stacie - time for you to take the reins of your own addiction. It's great that your kids/family are so supportive, but they can't do it for you. If you didn't already know that you wouldn't be here. I don't think there's any one technique that works for everyone - but here goes...

Give yourself permission to eat. Give yourself a month off from you diet (sorry, lifestyle change) and don't worry about gaining weight. I assume that since your here on Spark that's a concern. Keep exercising, but eat your little heart out. Whatever you're craving. For me it was trail mix - tons of it. 170 calories for a 1/4 cup, and I'd eat several cups a day. Not to mention all the other random cravings. I gained a bunch! I gave myself a month and then I started tracking again, and now I'm losing it again and happy to be smoke free. I used nicotine gum, for a few days too, just when I "had" to have something.

I'm looking for my inner athlete, but I'm afraid I may have eaten her. If I'm very quiet I can hear her screams of terror.


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7/24/10 11:23 P

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Hi everyone, my name is Stacie and I want to quit smoking. I've been trying for the last week, and started off good. I've been a 2 pack a day smoker for at least the last 15 years, been smoking for the last 30. I had it down to 8 cigs a day... but something happened. My oldest son was keeping my cigs.... that was ok but he spends the weekend with his g/f so he'd give me the "alotted" amount before he left. Of course I'd smoke them all in one night and not have any left for the next couple of days. So I'd go buy a pack. Then my youngest daughter was hiding them from me. She was real strict at first, but then I started bargaining. "Well give me one now.. and I won't smoke one later." "I'm extremely stressed right now, just let me have one extra". I guess she gave up on me cuz I didn't even have to have a reason, I could just ask and she'd go get one for me. Soooo.... now I'm back up to about a pack a day. I know that I have to find the self-control and motivation within myself, and not rely on other people to help me quit. I'm the only one in my immediate family that smokes, and I work from home. So there's no outside pressure to smoke. But cigarettes are kicking my butt! This is my first day on this team, I'm going to explore more of the messages and see if there are some tips I can use. I've quit caffeine cold turkey.... alcohol cold turkey.... but this smoking crap.. man it's the hardest habit I've dealt with!

"I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best." Marilyn Monroe


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7/24/10 2:47 P

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Quitting this weekend with an electronic cigarette. I only have one real one left and I'm saving it for after dinner. After tonight I will be smoke free, I hope.

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7/23/10 7:59 P

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Howdy from North Carolina. I am 53 and I have been a smoker for 35 yrs. I quit smoking on July 4th, 2010. The cravings are better this week, but the first two weeks I ate everything in sight seemed like. By the way, if you see my refrigerator door let me know. Think I ate it too.

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KELLYK93 Posts: 2
7/21/10 7:03 P

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Hi, I'm Kelly - I have been smoking for 20 years. I have not quit yet, I keep putting off my quit date. Summertime is less stressful for me so I want to quit soon. The main thing I dread is being cranky/moody. I have an autistic daughter. Although she is high functioning, it takes a lot of patience and is often stressful.

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7/21/10 3:04 P

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Hey there, I'm Stephanie... I just turned 25 on July 14 and decided to quit smoking (again). It's been a week so far and I feel really positive about actually quitting for real this time. I'm planning a major move across the country, I just had my first surgery... It's a major turning point in my life and I have so many reasons to quit and stay quit... I hope this is it!

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7/16/10 5:19 P

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I'm planning my um-teenth quit for Tuesday July 20th,2010. Since I have done this quite a few times before, I know exactly what to expect and I think that makes it so much harder to convince myself to quit again, the cravings, the moodiness, the weight gain and the fear of failure have all made quitting again a scary endeavor.

So this time I have pull out all the weapons I could to help me fight this nicodemon once and for all. I am armed with the patch, a nicotrol inhaler, wellbutrin, calming tea and spray, yoga, meditation and a workout buddy, and sparkpeople.

I have found what has worked, and what hasn't, in the past and will use both during this quit to help to see the other side where breathing isn't a struggle, climbing stairs is a breeze and every thought isn't clouded with smoke.
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7/15/10 1:21 P

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Hi, I quit smoking 28 days ago on June 18th Cold Turkey!!! I'm stoked because now I don't want another stinkaroo! I've been trying for over two years, tried the patch and the gum and failed attempt after failed attempt, I almost gave up. I found a book that was awesome to help change my mind and here I am, a few pounds heavier, but a non-smoker! Now it's time to focus on losing weight!




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7/15/10 2:50 A

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Hi, I recently joined SP and am learning my way around. Still have some things that I have not figured out on the site, but it is an adventure learning it!

I quit smoking cold turkey 3/1/10. My motto is: Just do not pick the first cigarette up and I will not smoke today!

I decided to address the fluff (sounds better than fat) that I have gained over the past few years and since I quit smoking, get healthy again. So good luck to everyone! BST


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7/14/10 5:14 P

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I quit smoking in Jan. using nicorette gum and the patch. It helped a lot but in June I quit using the nicorette and had just as hard a time, it was like quitting smoking twice. My metabolism came to a screeching halt and I have been fighting back since, exercising and controlling cals. I am finally through with the nicotine in any form and just need to get my weight under control...

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CD7525584 Posts: 49
7/14/10 4:51 P

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Hello,
I just quit smoking.

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New here I've quit so many times before it isn't even funny. Over the years I've probably "quit" once or twice a week with varying degrees of success. Mostly the resolve lasted all the way til the alarm clock rang the next morning. One time I made it 2 months. This time I'm at 4 weeks and counting, and I have to be successful. I feel like if I don't succeed this time, there won't be another chance. Funny thing is though, I thought joining this team would help, but reading through the posts and writing this one has just made me want a cigarette more intensely than I've wanted one since the first couple of days. YIKES! Maybe I shouldn't be here.

I'm looking for my inner athlete, but I'm afraid I may have eaten her. If I'm very quiet I can hear her screams of terror.


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7/13/10 3:30 P

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Been playing around with the idea of quitting for some time. Quit too many times to count, but always started again. This time I read the full book by allen carr-the easy way to stop smoking and finished it last night. I also smoked my final cigarette last night. I think the only reason today has been bad was I had a dream about my deceased husband (not a good one) and it depressed me. Kind of ruined my last day before returning to work. But I haven't smoked and I made it to the gym, so life goes on. Yippie, I'm a non-smoker!

"God placed the best things in life on the other side of terror; on the other side of your maximum fear are all the best things in life." ---Will Smith

"You know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep."--Romans 13:11

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7/11/10 8:14 P

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Hi.. I have decided that today is the day I am going to quit. I quit back in 1996 when I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter. I started back in
2005 when I was going through my divorce. I have tried to quit several times since then but just haven't found the motivation and support to do it. I am hoping by joining 4 teams for support I will finally be successful.

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ACASTLE2 Posts: 1
7/8/10 12:14 P

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Hi, I quit smoking in January of this year. I think I'm done with it, why would I want to go through with the withdrawl again. Now it's time to deal with the weight I've gained. I was suprised that my doctor said it takes a year for my body to straighten out after quiting. Thanks for letting me be a part of the team. Everyone have a great day! Andrea

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7/1/10 11:23 A

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Hi there,

I am from BC and have a large family and many dogs around here. I joined sparks in April (I think), but didn't make any real goals or do much with the site. In early to mid May I got serious about what my goals are and how I am going to achieve them. Every step I take these days is working towards a goal. I am very focused even though I have had a really difficult month end for June.

I use cigarettes for a stress relief and have decided to stop doing that. I will not be using fitness as a stress relieve. It works just as well and the side effects are much better.

JUST BELIEVE and anything can happen!

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ERIN61104 Posts: 6
7/1/10 2:31 A

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Hi, I have been trying to quit off and on since 2006. I am not having much luck, lol. I appreciate any advice you have to offer.

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6/28/10 10:06 A

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Hi, well I suppose if I found and joined this group, I'm having problems quitting on my own. I've been working at this for nearly a month, and the best I've done so far is cut back from 12/day to 5/day. I haven't set a quit date, because for the last month, I've been setting Tuesdays as my quit date, and it hasn't worked yet.

So, yeah.... I'm here.

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6/28/10 6:44 A

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Hi! My name is Ana. I've attempted to quit several times, but I've never seemed to make it stick. I am literally on Day One (I probably shouldn't use capital letters as it gives it much more importance than it deserves) and will need all the support and guidance you fine people are willing to give.

Thanks bunches.

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SRAMOS25 Posts: 2
6/24/10 1:01 P

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hello my name is stephanie 28 and have been smoking for about 10 years on and off have "quit" smoking 2 different times through out the years (both times i was pg...lol so it was not by choice) i am currently still smoking and seriously wan to stop this time for good. my excuse for smoking is i have alot of stress in my life which i do but need another alternative to relieve my stress, any suggestions? i ready to start a new chapter in my life and this is just something that has to be left behind..... help!!!!

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6/23/10 8:45 A

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Good luck! emoticon

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6/22/10 6:41 P

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Hey. I'm Amanda. I've been smoking a pack to a pack and a half for 6 years. I've tried quitting once before. I'm on day three and I'm quitting cold turkey. I went almost 2 months before, looking for this time to be the last time trying to quit. Wish me luck!



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6/17/10 11:53 A

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My name is Kelly and I have smoked for 16 years. I have not quit yet, but am determined to do so by July 1, 2010. I know that I will need a lot of support and ways to get passed the horrible cravings. I can't tell you how many times I have tried to quit, but it's been A LOT! I would appreciate any helpful strategies that ya'll have. I know this is going to be a long, rough road...but I want to take the ride!

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Hey there! I decided today that perhaps joining a "quitting" team might help keep me on track. I am quitting for the...well, I'm not sure which time, but I know I've made several attempts over the last 18 years. I am now on my third attempt with Chantix (yes, even the miracle drug does not always have forever effects). I started taking it on May 29th and finished my last pack of cigarettes on June 4th. I have had a total of 4 since then, my last one being this past Friday. This is the first time in all of my attempts to quit that I have actually felt like I am really ready. I walk up to my neighbor's door and feel sick almost immediately when she opens her door (she smokes in her house). Last night I opend the ashtray in my car to toss in a gum wrapper and felt that same sick feeling when I smelt the stale cigarette butts still in it. I'm thinking this is a good thing. Was thinking the other day I should clean that thing out, but now I've decided, no, I'm going to leave it for awhile. When I think I really want to smoke, I am going to open it and take a good whiff! My biggest fear, however, is weight-gain. Every time I have quit (with the exception of 2 pregnancies) I have packed on 10-20 lbs. I've been struggling with that enough lately, so this latest attempt has also "sparked" me to get back on the bandwagon with my weightloss.

Anyway, in a nutshell, there's my little introduction. I look forward to getting to know all of you and sharing this new journey with people who KNOW what I'm going through. I love my local SP team to death, and get tons of support from them, but honestly, there are only a few of them who have ever smoked.

*~Danielle~*

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Hello all! Krystle here. I thought maybe joining this group would help me stay focused on quitting. I haven't smoked regularly, day-to-day in a few years, but I can't seem to stay away from the stupid things when I enjoy an adult beverage. I love to run, too, so after a weekend of partying with friends, and two packs later, my fitness goals are hurt big time in many ways. Anyway, I am done with those dumb set-backs and ready to be DONE with the smokes. They are stinky and not worth anything.

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6/15/10 1:31 P

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Hello fellow sparkers :)
I just joined this team today because I really need and want to quit smoking! I've tried several times this year and just can't seem to make it longer than 5 days. The crazy part of addiction is that I do not want to smoke anymore, yet the cravings are so overwhelming they seem to overpower me. Today I am on day 3, and I've been cranky. I don't want to spend a lot of money on something to help me quit because my husband isn't getting a lot of work right now so things are tight. I might just break down and go get the gum. Anyone have any cheap suggestions?
Hope everyone has a great day smoke free!

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6/14/10 12:19 P

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It's funny how hard it is to quit, but once you really make up your mind that this is the time it will work, it does. I tried several times to quit - in fact did quit with both pregnancies. My first question after giving birth was "Is she healthy - all 10 fingers and toes?" Upon being told yes, the next question was, "When can I have a cigarette?" I smoked while going through chemo for breast cancer. It was the only thing that did not make me throw up. After surgery and radiation, I just one day decided that this is the day. For some reason, everything clicked and I did finally quit. I really think your mind and body makes the decision and it works. Until that time, you may quit for days, weeks or even a few months, but when you are really ready, everything just falls into place.

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6/14/10 6:07 A

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hi i am a serial quitter have smoked off and on since i was 11 yrs old stopping whilst pregnant with both my children cold turkey but started again a few mths after they were born
this time is different think due to being scared by heart attack symptoms that caused cardiologists to investigate further treadmill stress test heart echo etc but every test came back negative
so i decide NO more and as i am in the uk the health service provide a stop smoking service with counselling for 3 mths were you get prescriptions for patches inhalators i got a prescription for both
basically wean you off smoking then wean you off nicotine in 3 mths i started with 25mg nicotine patch and am down to 5mg or no patch and am on my 26th day
the nicotine replacement helps as its the craving for nicotine the brain wants and the patch fills it in stead of a cigarette the inhalator is good as it helps with the hand mouth habit and when I've not worn a patch a quick suck on that has eased any craving
I've stopped a lot of times cold turkey but this time i know i need this and want it
unfortunate;y I've gained 9lb in 26 days i let my weightloss go by the wayside for this first month of giving up fags as the consultant cardiologist in the hospital was far more concerned by my smoking than weight and he said i would gain initially but the health benefits would outweigh the gain especially as i was on a weight loss journey
so today is a new start on weightloss journey as I've been awol from spark dealing with this but am back now
sorry for the essay

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6/13/10 1:28 P

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Hi! I'm 28 and live in Los Angeles. I have been smoking for 11 yrs and just recently have been trying to quit. Like Shuff, I always pick them back up again. One of my worries is that due to the "oral fixation" I will end up overeating instead (which has happened to me before). I want to quit because what is the point of trying to eat right and exercise if I am continuing this unhealthy habit?

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Hello everyone! My name is Shannon, and I live in KY. I'm 24, and I have been smokeing 8 years. I know I'm peppy now, but I just decided to really and truly quit a few seconds ago. I've tried quitting before, but always picked them right back up. I believe this time I will really quit because I'm tired of smothering and sick of my blood pressure being out of control.

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I am on day 28 and have been having suicidal thoughts for over week. I have even picked out a day and time. Don't worry I am looking in August and have plenty of time to correct my attitude but is it normal to feel so emotional about smoking?

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this is my first day on spark people. i really want to quit smoking. i have quit a few times before, but i really want to quit for good. my boyfriends smokes also, but if i was to tell me right this minute i am quitting, so would he...and not even go thru withdrawl, lol. well im am looking for ways to help me quit for a lifetime. thanks

WARRIORWOMAN78 Posts: 29
6/6/10 11:57 A

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Thankyou for the reply Martimoyer. Yes it is going to be a challenge that's for sure. But nothing is impossible especially that i have faith in God. I have just invested in a Treadmill and am waiting for it to be delivered some time this week. I was thinking the same that if i felt like a cigarette i would have a glass of water, then treadmill for about 10 mins then another glass of water. I'm sure after that the idea of a smoke would be gone. I had read also in a post which made me confident is that this smoking addiction is a " Thinking game ".. the words used and that's what it is . It is all in the mind. It is " mind over matter ". I wish you all the best to give up the smokes and lose your desired weight also. You can do it. !! emoticon

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6/6/10 11:49 A

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I understand exactly what you are going through. I am over weight and a smoker but I decided yesterday that I was going to stop smoking TODAY (because I just finished the pack). I have the gum that tastes awful and so far so good. The one good thing with me is that everytime I had a smoke i got tired and didn't feel well to my stomach. I've been keeping busy and haven't been eating any more then normal. Later today I'm going to take the dog for a walk or get on the treadmill for a while. I'm hoping to replace the treadmill with the smoking.
I wish you all the luck with your goal and I know you will be able to do it.

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6/6/10 9:49 A

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Hello, I am fairly new to SparkPeople. It is a awesome website with so much to look through. I have to quit smoking. I have been smoking for 20yrs and am only 32yrs old. I find it very difficult to set a date to stop smoking because i also have 50 kilos to lose as well. I dont want to be too hard on myself having to do two very demanding things at the same time. But I have been through so much in my life that I am sure if i put my mind to I can do both,quit smoking and lose weight the same time. I need to trust my Lord God more and rely on Him to comfort me other than turning to food and cigarettes. I am going to give it a few days then i will post again, on what i am going to do about this stupid cigarette addiction. It is killing me slowly. Why am i paying to kill myself slowly ?! I know i am a fighter and i have a Warrior spirit with in me to fight these two addictions (food/smoking). I am so glad to have come across this Team. I am going to use it.

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6/3/10 9:34 P

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Hi there everyone,
Christy here,
From Indiana. I smoked for 15 years 2 packs a day. I quit June 9th 2009 and my 1 year mark is coming up very soon. My 1st 3 months were the hardest. I literally had to lock myself in my bedroom and scream in my pillow crying for the 1st week. This is very sad and sounds silly, but the drug nicotine has a hold on you just like any other addictive drug out there. It was minute by minute for a while for me, then hour by hour and gradually day by day, and now I am happy to say it DOES get better guys, I don't get up DYING for a smoke. I don't think about them much or any at all. It gets better, But it does take a few months before it gets better, you have to hang tough for a while. You can do it! emoticon

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MARTIMOYER Posts: 7
6/2/10 9:15 P

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That's great. I have to pick a day but when that day comes close, I always push it back a week or so. I know I can do it because I've done it before but for some reason it seems alot tougher this time.

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6/2/10 7:52 A

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I stuck to my quit date and haven't had a cancer stick since 10:30 Monday night. I am using the lozenge to help me and I made it through yesterday without feeling like "killing" anybody and- even better- without anyone wanting to "kill" me- I think. emoticon

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ANGLEFACE4 Posts: 40
6/1/10 11:37 A

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HI I SMOKED FOR 45 YEARS IF I COULD QUIT YOU GUYS CAN TOO. I QUIT COLD TURKEY, AND WITH THE HELP FROM OUR LORD. I TRIED EVERYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF NOTHING WORKED. WHAT WORKS IS JUST DO IT AND PRAY. I'm NOT GOING TO LIE TO YOU I TO THIS DAY AND MOMENT CAN LIGHT UP A CIG. BUT IT'S A MIND THING SORT OF WHEN LOSING WEIGHT IF YOU PUT SOMETHING IN FRONT OF YOU THAT YOU LIKE TO EAT THAT'S FATTENING YOUR CHANCES ARE YOUR GOING TO CAVE IN AND EAT IT. KINDA OF THE SAME WITH SMOKING GET IT AWAY FROM YOU OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND I DO BREATHING IN THROUGH THE NOSE AND WITH LIPS SLIGHTLY OPEN RELEASE THE AIR SLOWLY I DO IT 4 TO 5 TIMES AND THEN THE EARGE GOES. I DID HOWEVER QUIT LAST YEAR AND PUT ON 30 LBS. THIS TIME I AM LOSING WEIGHT I JUST PUT IT IN MY MIND I AM DOING THIS AND STICKING TO IT. NEVER MIND SO FAR SO GOOD I AM NEVER SMOKING AGAIN. AND I AM GOING TO LOSE WEIGHT AND GET HEALTHY. IF YOU WANT SOMETHING BAD ENOUGH YOU CAN DO IT, emoticon

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MENTALNINJA Posts: 1
6/1/10 2:19 A

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Hi, Gary here. I am stoked to say that after 20 years of smoking I became a non-smoker on May 1st. As of today am 1 month on the road to becoming a healthy non-smoker. I tried all methods (wellbutrin, patches, chantix) - nothing worked for very long.

As it happened on May 1st, I was mulling a few things over at my son's t-ball game (never smoked around the kids) and I just thought how much better life would be without a cigarette. Not sure how to explain what was different when i quit. Going cold turkey never worked, but then again I never attempted it, so I figured I give it the honest effort. Turns out the mind over matter was what I needed to join the ranks of non-smokers and live a more enjoyable life - ha and have more money in my pocket to boot. The first week was tough, I was a bear to say the least.
The past month a combination of things have lead me to where I am now.
- A friend from work gave me an audio copy of Allen Carr's Easyway method
- Realization willpower is the only way I could stay a non-smoker
- Support from family, friends, and co-workers
- A nice trip to San Diego zoo with the family - walked the whole thing and did not wheeze once!

Anyway - I am sure there is more, just cannot think of anything else at the moment.

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5/31/10 11:06 P

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Thanks!

Well, I spent a long time (at least two years) seriously contemplating quitting. Slowly I started cutting back. First I quit smoking at work. I just left my smokes in my car and stopped taking smoke breaks. Then I started leaving my smokes at home, so no smoking to and from work. Then I quit smoking before work. I still smoked like crazy on the weekends and every evening went through an average of half a pack (especially when I drank).
Then, one morning after a hard partying night, my boyfriend (also a smoker) suggested that we quit. It was the final push that I needed. I quit immediately. He lasted 48 hours, but started smoking outside, instead of in the house when he relapsed. I won't lie...those first two weeks were pretty bad. But, he wouldn't give in when I asked to bum one and I was too proud to buy a whole pack at the store, so it stuck. Now, I can't even imagine smoking again. That's not to say that I don't still have cravings, because I do, but I just want more for myself.
I also quit drinking about 3 weeks ago (the calories!) and I have found it much easier to avoid cravings.

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MARTIMOYER Posts: 7
5/31/10 10:53 P

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3 months, GOOD FOR YOU! I am trying to quit but am having a hard time at it. I don't smoke all that much except on the weekends or am having a very stressful day. Can you give me some pointers on quitting? How did you do it?

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5/31/10 10:14 P

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Hey everyone!

I am new to SparkPeople. I quit smoking about 3 months ago after being a smoker since I was 15 years old (pretty much the same year that my grandmother died of smoking related emphysema). I went cold turkey and haven't looked back. I am now here to change my lifestyle even further. I am mostly interested in trying to improve my cardiovascular health and lose some of the weight that quitting (and my previous sedentary lifestyle) has packed on. I have never considered myself athletically inclined, but its time to change my preconceived notions about myself : )

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MARTIMOYER Posts: 7
5/31/10 8:05 A

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I think that is great. I want to quit so bad but every time I decide this is the day, something at work pulls me right back in. I've tried the gum and patches but nothing seems to help. Please keep me informed on your progress. Maybe you can help me to quit.

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Hi, I'm Sandi, and I have been smoking for 27 years. I have set a quit date of 6/1/10. It's going to be a challenge to continue with the diet and quitting smoking at the same time. I am pledging to make it work. I want to do this for me. I want to live a happy and healthy 2nd half of my life.

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5/24/10 7:46 P

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Hi. I'm Karianneand I'm 21 almost 22. I've been a smoker for 3 years now. I know I should quit but I'm having a hard time.

Always, Pepper


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