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Any ex-smokers? Have any tips?
« on: February 22, 2008, 11:17:33 AM »
Monday is my quit date.. for good.. FOREVER!
I'm going to use the patch.. I used it a few years ago, and it worked great (until I met my hubby).Anyone have any tips for keeping the stress down, or to keep from overeating?
All suggestions are appreciated...and yes, you may publicly harass me for having such a nasty habit. :-[



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Re: Any ex-smokers? Have any tips?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2008, 12:18:29 PM »
I quit on the 4th of July last year and had a support thread on here about it.

My guess is that you will get much support right here on this thread! YAY for you that you are quitting!!  :D!

The first few days are the hardest. You did the right thing by psyching yourself up for it and picking a "quit date".

I did it cold turkey because I have too many other health issues to deal with without adding pills, patches or gum into the mix. It was tough at first, but the main thing is attitude. You have to want to quit for yourself. Not to be doing it for your kids, your hubby, your parents or anyone else. It has to come from inside. You have to be so sick of what you are subjecting your body to that the power to change that is there.

Avoid smoking by:
Sucking a lollipop
Eating chocolate (hershey's kisses were my crutch)
avoiding situations where you would normally smoke.
Prepare yourself for "in the event of" type situations. For instance, what will you do if something stresses you out really bad? When you would reach for the butts, what are you going to reach for instead? I had a shiny smooth rock in my pocket that I rubbed.

Remember that life isn't going to change. You will still have all the reasons you gave yourself for smoking -- you just have to find a way not to give in to them.

It's been nearly 9 months since I quit and I can now:
Breath better
Taste the full flavor of foods
Smell all the candles I bought from Teri
Not get winded as easily

My overall health has improved and while I credit this trial medication for a lot of it, I can only wonder how much of it is related to putting down the butts.

Good luck and remember....we are here for you! Before you reach for that butt, reach for the keyboard and let us know.

I have a lot of avatars I used while quitting to remind me of my goal. You are welcome to use them. Here's a few:

Edited to add that after doing a search of my hard drive I apparently deleted all but that one. Might have more on a flash drive somewhere but God knows where.



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Re: Any ex-smokers? Have any tips?
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2008, 12:20:33 PM »
Aww.. thanks! I'll update to that avatar Monday, and I'm also going to start a d-day thread too!!

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Re: Any ex-smokers? Have any tips?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2008, 12:28:26 PM »
Another thing I did to avoid weight gain was to have stuff to snack on that wasn't going to pack the pounds on. I saved the kisses to melt in my mouth after eating (it took about as long to melt as a cigarette did to burn). In between meals I had fresh fruit like cherries and apple wedges to gnaw on. I was a trail mix junkie, too. I was careful to portion my meals so that, even if they tasted really good, I wouldn't overeat.

Stress is something you just have to deal with. No way to reduce it that I found and I quit during a really REALLY bad time health wise. I was having a nasty MS attack that was affecting not only my walking but also my emotions. I was walking with a cane and having severe panic attacks and felt that I was deep down in a hole I'd never get out of. I figured if I could quit under those circumstances, then staying quit would be a piece of cake.  :h0035
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Re: Any ex-smokers? Have any tips?
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2008, 12:55:44 PM »
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Yay for you!!!  :D!

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Re: Any ex-smokers? Have any tips?
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2008, 01:26:42 PM »
Good for you!!! Just keeping telling yourself, I can do this. I quit smoking over 27 years ago, I know because my oldest is 27 and I had already decided to quit before I was expecting him. I have to admit there were times when I wanted to have just one, but always resisted, and after a while never had an urge to smoke again.

Like Jeri suggested, healthy snacks will help with keeping you from gaining weight, or you could do what I did blame the  weight gain on having kids  :laugh:
 
 But in any case you will do just fine and everyone here will cheer you on!!

Now if I could only get my son to quit smoking  :s0147

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Re: Any ex-smokers? Have any tips?
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2008, 01:56:43 PM »
Now if I could only get my son to quit smoking  :s0147

I agree! My 25 year old "tried" to quit a little after I quit and he's smoking again.

Now I know how my mom and dad felt all those years watching me... and neither of them ever smoked.
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Re: Any ex-smokers? Have any tips?
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2008, 04:29:48 PM »
Yes. You want to avoid



 



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Re: Any ex-smokers? Have any tips?
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2008, 05:25:48 PM »
I quit cold turkey 4 years ago and haven't looked back since. Good luck!

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Re: Any ex-smokers? Have any tips?
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2008, 08:56:48 PM »
 :D!  You can do it Shelz!!   :D!

  

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