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 poll_icon  Poll  Poll Question: Do you or have you ever smoked?
Have you always been a non smoker? VotesVotesVotes 1 (3%)
Did you smoke at one time, but are a non smoker now? VotesVotesVotes 10 (32%)
Do you smoke now? VotesVotesVotes 12 (38%)
Are you a nonsmoker, but live with or have lived with a smoker? VotesVotesVotes 8 (25%)
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« Reply #45 on: Mar 31st, 2004, 9:36pm »

Felt great today NOT on Wellbutrin.

I'm tapering off nicotine while getting acu treatments for cravings and learning to be more calm.

The Nicotrol Nasal Spray I'm using is a powerful nicotine substitute, I have to keep track of my sniffs and I'm supposed to only sniff on true cravings.

Meanwhile he is treating me to have less powerful cravings. And a big part of this is training me to be more calm, accomplished with the acupuncture, chinese medicine, doing yoga, resting, trying to take it much more easy.

Today I ordered those Bose Noise Cancelling headphones and a portable CD player, it will be calming just to have less noise in my world. The yoga teacher gave me this yoga relaxation CD, so I'll do that often.

This might turn out to be a real change for the better in my life. Learning how to be more calm and serene. Maybe a blessing in disguise.

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« Reply #46 on: Mar 31st, 2004, 9:42pm »

That's truly wonderful smiley I'd love to hear some tips on how to do that if you get a chance.
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« Reply #47 on: Apr 3rd, 2004, 4:39pm »

This acupuncture for smoking is really something. I've been getting a lot of treatments. I find I'm not having the urges to smoke, or in my case, "sniff", often forgetting about it when I normally would be dying for it.

I have halved the number of sniffs per day overnight. This is a good way to go for me because I have a lot of fear come up about having a quit day and being deprived. The fear makes me want to smoke/sniff even more.

Acu doc wants to just play it by ear, see what happens, no pressure, gentle.

About the relaxation, I love the Bose headphones I got. They are ridiculously expensive but come in handy when DH is creating noise with the TV blasting from the other room and other stuff. They allow me to be in my own quiet space no matter what is happening around me.

I really like the relaxation CD but had to exchange the CD player I originally bought so haven't been able to use it except once. It is called: Wai Lana's Rest and Relax. The yoga instructor says it is worth 2-3 hours of sleep.

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« Reply #48 on: Apr 3rd, 2004, 9:55pm »

Whoo Hooo Hollie. I am so impressed. It's great to hear success stories. Please, keep keeping us informed of how it's going. Wish I weren't such a chicken. LOL
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« Reply #49 on: Apr 5th, 2004, 08:02am »

Hollie! Congratulations! Keep us posted! I go to the Doc the end of the month and will get my script for Wellbutrin then! I am ready to join you in the nonsmoking world - but just as you I have that fear that I will never get to have my beloved smoke again! Crazy huh?
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« Reply #50 on: Apr 5th, 2004, 10:48pm »

Fancy, yeah, that fear is really something, I think it is what has kept me smoking for so long rather than the withdrawal. Any time I feel fearful about quitting I get tremendous craving and have to have nicotine NOW!

I think the fear is from one or both of two things. I think it is the nicotine monster tricking the mind into keeping the addiction going. And, I think I have "stuffed" a lot of feelings over the years with nicotine, that start reappearing when I may be deprived of my crutch. Like I would smoke whenever I had a fight with someone, or somebody said a hurtful thing to me. But I have a feeling it is the addiction tricking the mind by bringing up fear.

Going slow, like I am, is easier on the fear part. I know I'm not going to be deprived and I feel quite certain that soon I will just feel I don't need this nicotine any more and give it up. This acupuncture is really reducing any cravings and I am now really thinking about whether or not I really want to "sniff", I'm coming to terms with it gradually, which is good for me.

I remember you saying the last time you quit with Wellbutin/Zyban, you just walked away from cigs and felt nothing. That sounds like a really easy way to quit and if it works for you, go for it. I wasn't feeling any fear on Wellbutrin, I think it takes the fear away?

So happy to have a quit buddy! Frankly, I am getting bored of this whole subject on my mind all the time and having to go to appointments with acu doc for it. I have a feeling I'll quit because I'm just bored with the whole thing and want to move on and put it behind me.

I leave for vacation next Saturday, 8 days at the beach in Costa Rica, I may get so relaxed I quit during that time.

Good luck and keep me posted,

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« Reply #51 on: Apr 8th, 2004, 10:47am »

Best of luck to you all.
I have set my quit date for April 28.
I too am nervous and fearful. Have started on the wellbutrin, I am so hoping it works. I can tell you it is not helping my insomnia at all. Nor it is making me eat less.
I swear there is NOTHING that can kill my appetite. I wanted to drop a few lbs before quitting and that time is coming up way soon.
Nice to know I will have company and there will be a few of us to "lean" on each other.

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« Reply #52 on: Apr 8th, 2004, 12:55pm »

My quit date will probably be May 10th. I go to the Doctor on April 28th and will get my script then......
Good luck! I am starting on a "diet" today to try to get into eating more healthy before I quit.
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« Reply #53 on: Apr 8th, 2004, 5:15pm »

What type of eating program are you planning, Fancy? I'm working on it, but sure wish I could find something that was friendlier to my wanna eating habits smiley
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« Reply #54 on: Apr 8th, 2004, 7:48pm »

I haven't quit yet, getting ready to go on vacation, it's been so hectic I don't have time. I'm hoping I'll quit while on vacation after my stress level drops. I'm taking Nicotrol NS with me so my fear level will stay in check, if I didn't have it I would feel desperate and crave. I can't just go buy cigarettes like everyone else.

Since the acupuncture my usage is way low, it takes a long time to use up a vial, if I was smoking I'd probably be smoking about 3 cigarettes a day or less. I think this quitting is more about losing an old friend, nicotine, and a long time part of me and fear of what will happen after quitting (the unknown), than actual withdrawal cravings.

I feel like I need a clear head (not in relapse) to make the quit decision. These days I've been racing around so much with the new energy from acu doc, and so much to do.

Gosh, pretty soon we won't have to even talk about this anymore, we'll all be non smokers and not even think about smoking anymore. What in the world will we talk about? Our illnesses or maybe something pleasant and happy?

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« Reply #55 on: Apr 9th, 2004, 06:52am »

You're doing great! And, yes I suspect the mental part of quitting is far tougher than the physical. But, wanting to is a lot of it and you'll do it! Great job.
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« Reply #56 on: Apr 9th, 2004, 6:23pm »

Yeah, I hope I make the quit decison and get it over with soon.

I'm doing South Beach Diet, basically low carbs, no sugar not doing level one. I'm not losing any weight but holding steady, I heard you weren't supposed to do a heavy duty diet while quitting smoking or you'll really feel deprived and it could sabotage the quit effort.

Supposedly you get more energy after quitting and feel like exercising more. Some "normal" people I know said their smoking weight gain came off quickly because they increased exercise because they felt better. Don't know what will happen to us but I know we should quit for our health and will somehow manage the weight thing (liposuction?).

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« Reply #57 on: Apr 9th, 2004, 10:40pm »

ER here! I QUIT 11/2 years ago-50 lb ago! I can not shead it for the life of me! I got a few lb off and it just comes right back. I will get it off when summer finaly gets here. But it is frustrating untill then. I do have faith tho and so should all of you. We can do anything we put our minds to. After all we are living with this DD and surviving- RIGHT!

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« Reply #58 on: Apr 10th, 2004, 9:40pm »

I've got my age against me as well as CFS. Once I hit 50 it has become so difficult to lose weight...and my I have broadened and the diets that used to work don't anymore. I don't know how much is age and how much is lack of exercise.

A couple years ago, I was over 50, I managed to lose a bunch of weight with an extremely low calorie diet, like about 700 calories a day.

I haven't tried South Beach, I mean the initial phase where you lose weight, but a lot of people have had success so after I quit smoking I will do that. Now that I've started building my body back up with "forced" yoga from my personal instructor, I hope that will speed up my metabolism.

Also, there are new diet meds on the horizon to be approved late this year or early next. I hear they aren't the "speedy" type so I'm trying to hang on until then.

I find the low carb/low cal diet is best for me. I get my stomach down pretty well when I stick with it. Add in some exercise and I think I'll lose weight. I sure hope so, I'll be going for it after vacation.

About my smoking or in my case, sniffing Nicotrol NS...I have been real motivated since my regular doctor said he was cutting me off the inhalers and I had to quit. While packing today I found 5 inhalers in a suitcase I hadn't opened for a long time. Now my motivation is less, we'll see what happens. I leave tomorrow for the beach in Costa Rica where I was hoping to mellow out enough to quit, hopefully I still will. Be back the 20th.

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« Reply #59 on: Apr 11th, 2004, 10:46am »

I smoked for a very long time...and then after a series of events I decided to stop (Martin already had) so I went to someone who practices hypno-therapy and this is what happened.

We were early for the appointment so I sat outside in the car, puffing away....this was going to be the last....I was going to enjoy it...that sort of attitude!

I went in, came out 3/4 of an hour later and have never smoked since.

I was given a 'made-for-me' tape to play several times a day to be used with a relaxation technique....and eventually, didn't even need to do that.

I never found out where all the money I have saved went...you know they tell you how much you'll save if you stop smoking? Well, I know it was saved...I never found out where it went!!

And like all ex-smokers, am fervently anti-smoking and cannot believe how much it reeks ....even in the street. Yeeeeck!!

So good luck and keep trying to all of you who are trying to give up. It's not easy, but then, nothing worthwhile is. And something else...

YOU REALLY CAN DO IT!!

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