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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%)
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« Reply #75 on: May 1st, 2004, 7:02pm »

This is day 4. I am still craving, but not so bad as I was. yesterday day 3 was REALLY bad, but I got through it, and I will get through the next day as well.
This takes will power like nothing I have ever done before, including dieting. I smoked for 30 years. I do agree it would probably be better with no nicotine subs, I feel I am transferring my method of addiction rather than ridding myself of it. But at least I can step down the patches to a lower dose, which i promised I would do with cigs, but never ever did.
BEST of luck to all of us, we really CAN do it, and trust me if I can then ANYONE can. I will keep ya posted and rooting for all of those who have quit are quitting or about to start.

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« Reply #76 on: May 1st, 2004, 7:26pm »

Shazza, good going!

I think it must be terribly tough to go on a strict diet and quit smoking at the same time. Maybe you should ease up on the dieting, not be so strict, until you're out of the woods on smoking. The books I've read say not to diet at the same time as quitting, too much deprivation, you could sabotage the quitting. But if you're man enough to do both...you go girl!

The Allen Carr Easyway book says that nicotine cravings are a "restless, empty feeling, similar to hunger", also, "they are actually quite mild, people sleep through the night without cravings waking them up to smoke". Further he says "the psychological desperation is difficult to deal with, it is the nicotine monster fooling the mind into a panic situation and once you get it that you are giving up nothing (you weren't born smoking and it is just an addiction that has to play itself out, smoking gives you nothing), it is easy to deal with the actually mild cravings".

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« Reply #77 on: May 1st, 2004, 7:28pm »

Go Shazza, go Shazza Go! You're doing it! Yeah!!! <insert visual image of balloons here> 3rd day is the worse. It's all downhill from here.
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« Reply #78 on: May 2nd, 2004, 08:25am »

If you are still checking your mail for my package it's not there yet. Will promise to do it today or tomorrow!!

You are doing wonderful and you can do it and you are the kind of person that can draw on the best help available, keep drawing on it He's always with us.

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« Reply #79 on: May 3rd, 2004, 12:21am »

Oh you people are going to make me bawl. You are wonderful to lean on, and I hope I can be an inspiration to those of you who have yet to start the battle. If I can do it, I swear to you ANYBODY can. I am still having trouble, today is worse than yesterday again. I gotta stay strong and know I have lots of help. I wish I felt good enough to go take a long walk. Yeah like I could walk far anyhow. I can't even make it through Walmart. But I have learned, head outside, breath some fresh air, deeply. drink more water, and I am NOT going to weigh in tomorrow like I usually do on Mondays. Too afraid of what I will see. Only two more days will make a week. I can't believe how hard this is, but I AM going to do it. And I will do whatever I can to help those who follow me. We know we need to.

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« Reply #80 on: May 3rd, 2004, 09:42am »

Shazza you are my inspriation! I will fill my first Wellbutrin on Friday! Will take it for a week and then quit. I just looked at the calender........I am setting the 17th as my quit date! Start praying for Andy now! lol! He is going to need it as I KNOW I am going to be one hateful "B"! I want to quit, I need to quit (my breathing is awful!) but that devil on my shoulder keeps whispering in my ear how much I enjoy it! Wish he'd shut up!
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« Reply #81 on: May 3rd, 2004, 10:48am »

ER here! Shazz, you are doing great! I smoked for 50 years, am 60 years of age and quit a year ago last Sept. I smoked about 3 pk. per day. I know that if I can do it anyone can. I am so proud of you, you are doing sooo good. Hang in there, It will get better. I will not tell you that the craving will go away, because it wont. I gets less tho. I go sometimes days that I do not think about them. I thought of them every day at first. You are doing so good. I used that little white Nictrol Inhaler to quit. I had tried the patch and that isn't worth a hoot. For me anyway! When the craving hits I used suckers with the stick on them, brush your teeth,suck on your finger like a cig. Anything to just get thru the moment. It passes fairley fast. Take up knitting, cross stiching, anything to keep your hands busy. The big thing is the hand to mouth thing, which I think is why the inhalre worked for me. Also you have it in your head you want to quit so I think that is half of the battle. I will check this every so often so if you need help I will try to be here for you.
Fancy, you can do this also so lets all stick togther. You have a lot of people out there pulling for you both, and everyone else that is trying to quit! We know how hard it is, so hang in there.
Smedly quit about 8 mo. ago and when she was out hunting she saw this turkey and got all excited and wanted a cig so bad so she sucked on her finger to make it pass. It worked! I am so proud of her. That is where I got that idea from. HANG IN THERE! YOU CAN DO IT!
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« Reply #82 on: May 3rd, 2004, 1:10pm »

There is a site to help stop smoking online. Smedly had put it up when she posted back toward the begining of this site. I can not get it to come up and so looked into it and they revamped it and it is www.lungusa.org
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« Reply #83 on: May 4th, 2004, 2:28pm »

And I am still alive and kicking. A little grouchy, but it is getting easier now, I feel like I have turned the corner.
So Fancy my dear, it CAN be done. You won't die and looking back on those first few days it probably wasn't as bad as I made it out to be. I am a big baby about things sometimes.
Take your wellbutrin, prepare yourself mentally. And I would not advise doing what I did, I smoked almost 4 full packs of cigs that last day. I smoked until 3 am and only had a few left when I went to bed which I had hubby destroy.
Actually it might be easier to "taper off" some now, but I was not able to do it. I am wearing a patch, taking wellbutrin and chewing nicorette, (only maybe 2 pieces a day of the weaker strength). Sucking lots of sugar free candy. My friend said get tic tacs 1 1/2 calories each, I gotta do that. I will be your cheerleader, and anyone else's who is ready to give it up!!!! And really if I can do it I am not kidding you, ANYONE can do it. I never thought I would make it this far, but here I am......... cheesy

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« Reply #84 on: May 4th, 2004, 4:58pm »

Way to go Shazza you can do it.

Keep up the good work.

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« Reply #85 on: May 4th, 2004, 6:27pm »

Shazza you made my day...I'll be quitting soon and it feels so good to hear you say you made it over the real rough patch and know you can do it.

I went to buy another d**** nicotrol inhaler today since I'm not quitting for another 2 weeks. I swore I would not buy another one. I'm so tired of buying those things and they are so expensive, that's how I know I'm an addict. But really, what freedom to not have to haul around cigarettes or the inhaler, worry if you have them near you, plan ahead for vacations to take enough...smoking is a lot of work!

I am so encouraged by your brave efforts Shazza, thanks for making it.

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« Reply #86 on: May 6th, 2004, 09:17am »

Shazza, You give me hope........you know when I did it before it wasn't that hard...........don't know why I am getting myself in this funk this time! I want to quit, I need to quit - out of breath walking up a tiny flight of stairs................
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« Reply #87 on: May 6th, 2004, 11:24am »

Shazza and Fancy, whatcha gonna do with all that money you save. Maybe you could buy yourselves some cool rewards wink
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« Reply #88 on: May 6th, 2004, 7:04pm »

Think I am going to go get some nails put on one day.
Between hubby and I we have saved up 50.00 already.
I smoked cheapie generics and he smoked Marlboro Reds at over 3.00 a pack. OUCH.
Dunno what he is going to do with his share, but we are pooling it and whenever one of us wants something we will just help ourselves, LOL he had better think of something or I will spend it all. grin
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« Reply #89 on: May 7th, 2004, 05:34am »

Congratulations Shazza!!

When I quit cigs were like $1.20 or something like that & I just could not believe it when we didn't run out of money between paychecks! It is a great feeling especially when you see the rewards in the form of $$$$!! Not to mention the rewards your body will get.

Hang in there - you're doing great!!

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