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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 #60 on: Apr 13th, 2004, 08:06am »

Thanks Karen and everyone else for the support. I am beginning to wonder since smoking is a stimulant if that may be part of my sleeping problem! I am trying to NOT smoke for an hour or so before I go to bed but sometimes HABIT kicks in and there I am drinking my Sleepytime tea and puffing away! Kinda defeating my purpose................
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« Reply #61 on: Apr 15th, 2004, 01:07am »

Fancy you sound like me. I smoke my last cig in bed actually. And I have one as soon as I wake up.
This is going to sound terrible, but I feel as if someone I love is dying, and I only have a limited amount of time to be with them. Is that awful or what? I am actually mourning my cigs and haven't even slowed down yet. Quit day is still 28 April.
I tell ya I am so scared, all those triggers, after eating, waking up, going to bed, the phone rings, etc etc.
Anyone know how much wellbutrin you are supposed to take? I have been taking 150 mgs a day, (leftovers from the antidepressants that our docs love to shove on us). Maybe I should up it to 300? I am almost out, but have an appointment with my rheumy next Monday and will ask for some samples or a script.
I am so proud of everyone who is making this effort. And I too am terrified of the weight gain. When I was in my twenties and wanted to lose 10 lbs all I had to do was give up pop for a few days. Not so anymore now that I am pushing 50.
I am going to bring something up on the board and see if there would be any interest, a "weight loss forum". Maybe our wonderful moderaters would set one up if the interest was there.
Good luck all, I will be rooting for you all the way!!!

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« Reply #62 on: Apr 16th, 2004, 09:54am »

Thanks Shazza, I think I am actually smoking MORE because soon I won't get any! Know the mourning feeling! Feel the same way - soon a loved one will be missing from my life! Isn't that CRAZY! The 28th I'll get my script - start it the 29th and my quit date will be 1 to 2 weeks later! cheesy embarassed cheesy Mixed feelings! I know I will feel better - I did before! grin Didn't kill me to quit then and it won't kill me now - but that hold sure is there - so thankful I am not addicted to an illegal drug. How I feel for those that are. What deamons they must face! huh
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« Reply #63 on: Apr 17th, 2004, 12:20am »

Shazza, I messaged Michelle to see if there would be room for a weight loss forum. Don't know much about board set ups. But, I think it would be a wonderful addition. Any one else interested? Lendi
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« Reply #64 on: Apr 17th, 2004, 10:25pm »

A coupla things....
Lendi wow that was fast on the weight loss forum thanks for your help, and already seems like we will have lots of interest.
Fancy my dear, I have heard that it is harder to quit cigs than to kick heroin. I think they did a study on it a few years back. And I guess we all have our own demons. I am smoking more as well, trying to have that last little affair if you will before I have to quit. I will be quitting the day you start your script. Oh I certainly feel sorry for dear hubby those first few days. I am going to try really hard not to be a super beeeeeaaaatch, but ya know lately I have been a bit grumpy anyhow. Heaven help him.

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« Reply #65 on: Apr 19th, 2004, 11:33am »

Shazza - it may be my limited resources to focus on two things at once but I never found losing weight and quitting smoking to be complementary activities. Hope it works for you .... I sit here in a blue haze enjoying every last bit of cyanide I am inhaling!

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« Reply #66 on: Apr 28th, 2004, 02:12am »

So to revive this subject again......
how is everyone doing?
Tomorrow (actually today as it is after midnight) is my quit day, and I am sitting here bound and determined to smoke up every last cig before I go to bed tonight. I read not to put those patches on right before you try to go to sleep or they will disturb your sleep, that you should always put them on in the morning, but I don't want to get up with NO nicotine in me either. I asked hubby, who will be working late tonight to put one on me when he comes to bed at around 4. I am so nervous, I think if I wake up when he does it and can't get back to sleep I will leave it on until about 11 then put on a new one and start putting one on every day about that time. Have been taking wellbutrin SR for over two weeks, and so all is ready, except for my mind maybe. Hope I don't turn into a super mega beeeeeeaaaaatch. Wish me luck as I do all of you who will follow and who have gone before.
If I can do it (and that remains to be seen, but I am gonna give it my VERY best effort) then anybody can, I am horribly addicted.

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« Reply #67 on: Apr 28th, 2004, 3:35pm »

Shazza, if you were like me you always had a great supply of cigs so if you smoked them all, you probably still had it in your blood upon a waking. wink

Soooooooooo how ya doing?

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« Reply #68 on: Apr 28th, 2004, 11:49pm »

I am climbing the walls, starving to death, bawling, and wishing I would have never made this stupid promise to myself to quit. I think these patches are worthless, have chewed the ends of my pen ratty and would give anything for a smoke. I am so hoping to wake up better tomorrow, and oh please let this initial withdrawal be gone by Saturday, when I host that wedding here. YIKES.
I knew it was going to be this bad, and I am so afraid this is going to make me blow my diet. Then I will feel even worse.
I know I have to do it, but never really WANTED to, I enjoyed smoking. But I plan to hold tough. All who have quit before please just tell me I will live. I feel awful.

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« Reply #69 on: Apr 29th, 2004, 07:46am »

Oh Honey I so feel for you! I got my script for Wellbutrin yesterday but can't afford to have it filled yet! So won't start it until May 7th which is my next payday! See if your library has the Mood Cure by Julia Ross. I have just started reading it but it has chapters on cravings and addictions and different herbs and supplements that help with these.
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« Reply #70 on: Apr 29th, 2004, 08:42am »

Shazza, hang on to us and yes you will live through this as I did so just think of all of us that have quit and we are still living.

Remember we are here for you and those walls can be repainted from your climbing. wink

Punching a pillow works for this or screaming into one as not to disstrub others. Whatever it takes is better than picking up this harmful item.

I'm thinking of sending you another tool please hang on till it gets there as it will work for you I'm sure.

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« Reply #71 on: Apr 30th, 2004, 3:23pm »

Got my Wellbutrin script yesterday but can't afford to have it filled right now. Need to get enough money ahead to do the mail in thing............. tongue Not putting it off just need the $$! LOL! We all seen to singing that song!
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« Reply #72 on: Apr 30th, 2004, 7:35pm »

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For those of you trying to kick this crazy habit I wish you all the luck in the world.

As for me I am a forty year smoker and yes I have tried to quit but I'll make u guys laugh.

When I was still working I told my boss I was going to attempt to quit smoking so if I bit his head off be patient for a few days........well bottom line it lasted one day and he is the one who bought and put the pack of cigarettes on my desk.........

The doctors have stopped complaining about the half pack I am down to.......most know I live in New York City and they are anti-cigarettes all over the place. what is weird is we have one of the highest partical pollution rates in the country but they aren't organizing a national campaign against that.

Still smoking and happy doing it

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« Reply #73 on: Apr 30th, 2004, 7:55pm »

I haven't quit yet, as I was packing for vacation I found 5 full Nicotrol Nasal Spray inhalers I "lost" so still have some. Since they cost about $50 each, they are not as easy to throw away as cigarettes. Also my acupuncture doc is on vacation this week and next week I'm out of town so I'll probably quit the last week of May.

My vacation was not as relaxing as I had hoped. The hotel misrepresented the beach and we didn't have a beach view and no white sand, just covered with black lava rock. No chance of swimming. We got into a hassle with the hotel and now I'm in dispute with them and VISA. I was thinking it would be so relaxing I would be able to quit, but finding those inhalers and fighting with the hotel, acupuncturist out of town, I'll have to wait a bit.

Shazza, I feel for you, keep me posted. I hope you have maintained in the face of this torment. I read it takes 3 weeks for the nicotine to leave your body. As soon as you put down your last cig, you are a non-smoker. From Allen Carr's book, Easyway: look forward to your cravings, they are a sign that the nicotine monster is dying inside of you, enjoy the fact that you're killing him. Remember that nicotine causes you to be nervous, anxious, crave...smokers think nicotine calms them but it is the opposite, it makes them not calm as soon as the "hit" starts dissipating. Non-smokers don't get anxious after meals or worry where their next nicotine fix will come from.

Those patches do nothing for me but make me sick, I also tried Commit lozenges which I didn't like and didn't help. I think the gum and Nicotrol Inhalers (white plastic cigarette type things you suck on) are the best nicotine substitutes. Allen Carr's book says to avoid nic substitutes since you will just be postponing the inevitable but easier said than done.

I recently read the House of Sand and Fog which was made into a movie I never saw. It said some very interesting things about nicotine withdrawal and the program, Rational Recovery, which is for alcohol and drug abuse but so many people have quit smoking with it. I'll quote:

"RR says all you have to do is recognize the Beast in you, the addict, the Enemy Voice that wants to use, accuse it of malice against you, remind yourself what a worthwhile person you are and that you treasure your sobriety, and then it's not so hard to use all this against the Beast. There's a part of all of us that wants to kill ourselves, and the only way to beat it is with reason and rationality."

I'm not saying I'm a true believer in RR, but I have felt a voice inside that wants me to take some nicotine. Anyway, food for thought.

Good luck Shazza, let us know what's happening. I guess the Wellbutrin didn't do its job.

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« Reply #74 on: Apr 30th, 2004, 8:07pm »

Jan,

I have an excellent CFS doctor (internist) who is not an alarmist at all and he thumbs his nose at any medical authority that tries to rein him in on prescribing more pain and sleep meds than any other doctor. If I want to try any medication he just writes the prescription.

He told me I am playing Russian Roulette with my nicotine usage and that women are something like 3 times as likely to have strokes or cancer from nicotine than men. I never did smoke over half a pack a day and now use Nicotrol Nasal Spray that he is going to quit prescribing for me.

I think research is now beyond the scare tactics of a few years ago, they really know now.

I believe he's right. I don't want to die young of cancer or stroke or heart disease, it's finally becoming real to me. Although most smokers don't quit for health reasons.

I want to quit and I will. God I wish I'd never smoked that first cigarette.

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