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Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 2:00 PM


Not a puff in 15 day. Nada. Not one.

The walls are closing in and I can't breath due to this huge elephant that's sitting on my chest. Gad.

Two packs a day for pushing 40 years.

Everyone that's been through this --- give me tricks.

Everyone who hasn't -- give me kudos.

Everyone who should - good luck.

To Slicko - thanks for all the support and advice. Day 15, Gary!!!!!

Oogie54  (Level: 210.9 - Posts: 1120)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 2:01 PM

Hang in there, they say the first week or so is the roughest!

Resolsufoolps  (Level: 20.7 - Posts: 94)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 2:04 PM

Sending lots of kudos your way Bbear....

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 2:05 PM

Lots and Lots of Kudos fro trying when it's so hard, Bbear
Just don't turn into one of those anti-smoking naggers
after you've succeeded....PLEASE

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 2:07 PM

Good for you! Keep it up, its going to be tough but if you have done it this far, you can make it through today -- dont worry about tomorrow until tomorrow -- and if one day at a time doesnt work, do one hour. My dad quit cold turkey after smoking 4 packs a day -- if he could do it so can you -- use the patches and the gum if you need it!

Quackinator  (Level: 176.6 - Posts: 151)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 2:07 PM


My husband used Nicorette quite effectively to quelch a 40 year habit......

Caramel1  (Level: 136.3 - Posts: 21615)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 2:07 PM

Best advice I can give you is don't think you can safely have even one puff. Quitting smoking was by far the most difficult habit I have ever kicked-2 years now-all the best to you-Linda

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 2:13 PM

Bbear, that's fantastic! I know how hard it is, though I was never a heavy smoker and I quit cold turkey over 20 years ago. My mother shortened her life and spent her last 10 years sucking on an oxygen tube because of 50 years of Pall Malls. It was her collapse the day after she retired, and the subsequent diagnosis of emphysema that finally made me throw the Newports out the window on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, headed from Philly to Pittsburgh for her first stint in intensive care. Watching your mom melt into a hospital bed is a powerful motivator. But not powerful enough for everybody; I managed to quit, but all three of my siblings started again within 24 hours and still puff away like chimneys. Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things you'll ever do, and one that will bring tremendous benefits. Congratulations to you for your accomplishment - keep up the excellent work!

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 2:14 PM

I've never smoked before but I know people who have and quit and they said it was the hardest thing they had ever done. They also say it's the best thing they've done. I'm proud of you, Beth - good for you! Keep it up!

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 2:15 PM

LInda, that is great advice, you are so right, dont let, "just one more time get you" and congrats on your quitting.

Aquamar  (Level: 187.1 - Posts: 926)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 2:17 PM

Kudos to you Bbear and please keep going just one day at a time. Quiting was the hardest thing I ever did in my life but its been 23 years now. I know that some people say that the first 3 months are the hardest but once you get past that every day it gets easier and easier until one day you don't even think about it anymore. Maybe some sugar free hard candy and a pencil between your fingers might help.


Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 2:29 PM

You go Girl! Good for you, Beth. Just know there are lots of us out here cheering you on.

We know you can do it, Beth,
We all know you most surely will,
Just take it a day at a time and
Soon you'll make it over that hill!

Gerryn  (Level: 18.7 - Posts: 141)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 2:39 PM

Hey...hang in there. The worst is over believe it or not. The addiction is gone. Now just the habbit remains. I smoked for 30 years (2 pks a day)..I quit. I never felt better. Unfortunately my husband couldn't quit and died from lung cancer at 48. You'd think that would give my daughter impetus to quit...She still smokes..and I'm still on her back about it..

When I really needed a smoke, I did the 6 deep breaths excercise.. I also took a lot of walks and joined the health club. Still going after 15 years.
You can do it.

Kaufman  (Level: 270.0 - Posts: 3941)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 4:19 PM

I thought you smelled better!

Hang in there, quitting's easy. My dad must have done it at least 5 times.

Seriously, way to go! Show them who's boss.

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 4:20 PM

You should masturbate.

Nothing to do with cigarettes. You just should.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 4:44 PM

Smaug, wasn't that supposed to be a Summer Olympic event soon ??

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 5:02 PM

Beth, I have a suggestion to ease your smoking problem and help you threw your torcherous cravings and tastes for cigarettes.
Get off your computer (give up sploofus for awhile) and read a book or newspaper in your spare time. I can smoke two packs of Newport 100's in three or four hours when I'm on a computer, it isn't hard at all. I haven't smoked in over six years and only one year out of the last eighteen. I drank 24 cans of beer and a pint of Vodka everyday for yearsl. All you have to do is "QUIT !!!".
Just say to yourself, "I want to live" and quit.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 5:43 PM

Bill - I don't smoke in the house so I don't think Sploofus will matter. Besides, it gives me something to do with my hands.

I think tomorrow I'll go to Walmart and pick some some cheap yarn and a pair of needles and knit something. Not a bad idea!

Thanks, all.

Smaug - I'll think it over. You've given stupider advice........

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3847)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 6:00 PM

Take the price of the cigarettes and put it into a jar each day. Let it add up. Start planning a vacation based on your savings. You will have earned it.

1mks  (Level: 221.2 - Posts: 5931)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 6:19 PM

I quit in 97.....and if I certainly will be able to. I was absolutely pitiful ....... I would wake up and light my 1st cigarette sitting on the side of the bed......and that would be the last thing I would do at night. I quit one time when we went to son was with us and I knew he would have a fit if I bought any over there and too....they didn't carry my brand AND they cost about 3 times as much as they did in the States. I did do the patch for 2 or 3 weeks.....I'm not sure that helped but my point are certainly on the right track. Making it this far is a great accomplishment. Good luck. You have a lot of people rooting for you.

Seniorrita  (Level: 140.1 - Posts: 223)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 6:23 PM

GOOD FOR YOU! Believe it or not, your lungs are already starting to heal so don't let them down! My husband was nearly a 3 packs a day smoker and he was able to quit with the patch. . . we always say if he can, anyone can. Our neighbors could hear him cough! Folks hated to come inside our house and showered when they got home!

Keep up the good work! You will never be sorry!

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 7:56 PM

The masturbation thing is probably not a bad idea - just don't use matches!

Spacecat  (Level: 165.1 - Posts: 676)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 8:10 PM

Way to go . Nice to see the bag is gone. Perhaps that is one of the things to do. Stop watching the Saints.

Jeannette  (Level: 115.1 - Posts: 1734)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 8:20 PM

well done if you feel like having a fag remember the awfull smel yes i mean you smeling like an ashtray ,have a drink of water that helps and once again you are doing it youve stopped good on ya xx

Ehodgson  (Level: 136.8 - Posts: 64)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 9:05 PM

In a couple of weeks I will be smoke free for 6 years. In order to stop you have to really hate cigarets.
I smoked for 38 years and I found you have to try to avoid situations where you are around smokers for a while.

What I finally did was go out and buy a banjo for over 3000 dollars on my mastercard. Every time I wanted a smoke I thought about that payment at the end of the month. After that I bought a motorcycle... all paid for with FREE money. Cigaret money.
I very seldom think of smoking now and it only lasts for 5 seconds.

If you don't think you can stand it any longer take a really deep breath, hold it for a while and slowly exhale through pursed lips. I found it kind of simulates the feeling of smoking and the urge goes away.

Good Luck


Ehodgson  (Level: 136.8 - Posts: 64)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 9:07 PM

Oh by the way ......never mind the masturbation..... you will probably feel like a cigaret afterwards. LOL

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 9:14 PM

The one thing I can say that seemed to be a positive was my blood pressure 120 over 80 all the time When I smoked. Now that I do not smoke, my weight is up and my blood pressure sometimes hits 135 over 80. A few friends of mine said it kept their BP lower, too.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 10:21 PM

bill.....i don't want to stop being with the folks i'm used to hanging with. especially my trivia folks. you, of all folks, have had a hard row to hoe. help.
i don't want to stop our buzztime (ntn) tuesdays....

If you commit to helping me maybe you'll stop being so fussy?

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 10:23 PM

Ok just to correct my constantly over exaggerating dad was 52. Just to set the record STRAIGHT GERRY!!



Alvandy  (Level: 242.0 - Posts: 7727)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 10:32 PM




and for a pleasant alternative to smoking -- chew a peppermint pattie [masturbation is optional].

Papajensai  (Level: 203.4 - Posts: 1025)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 11:28 PM

You're doing a good thing for yourself and everyone you know. Don't give up.

And, if you smoke while masturbating, you're doing it wrong. Or very very right.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 11:51 PM

Well, if you go the masturbation route with a hand on your back then you're DEFINITELY doing it wrong.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Fri, 5th Dec '08 11:55 PM

Unless the hand on your back belongs to the guy with the camera who's just offering a little support.

Lucimoore  (Level: 194.2 - Posts: 1738)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 12:01 AM

Good for you Beth. Hopefully you can make it without Nicorette gum or the patch because thats just another form of nicotine addiction (absolutely first hand knowledge) but before you light up and suck in the tar then do use the gum. Try sunflower seed in the hull, sugarless gum or spearmint or wintergreen Lifesavers. And by all means keep your hands busy. I smoked for thirty-eight years (stopped almost 12 years ago) and felt like hell the first couple of months after I quit. Your body has to reject all the crap you've put in there from the cigarettes and so you probably will feel bad for a while longer but please remember-- you are already healing and you don't stink nearly so much as you did sixteen days ago! I can't believe how bad I smelled and didn't even realize it. Just so sorry I blew smoke all around my children and family for so many years. Good luck Beth and feel free to cry and curse when needed and throw or kick something if you need to. Cindy

Kaufman  (Level: 270.0 - Posts: 3941)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 12:14 AM

Just think. If everyone made the switch, we'd all be air-guitaring to "Masturbate on the Water".

Lucimoore  (Level: 194.2 - Posts: 1738)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 12:25 AM

Depends on whose hand's on your back as to whether or not you're doing it wrong.

Crazy4games  (Level: 125.1 - Posts: 1019)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 1:26 AM

That's great Beth!! Keep it up, and listen to Caramel's advice. I quit cold turkey a year ago, for 3 months. All it took was one haul from a friend's smoke, and the next thing I knew, I was smoking a pack a day.
I probably smoke even more now than I did before I quit, but I'm going to try again real soon. Wish me luck!

Cjar855  (Level: 134.9 - Posts: 838)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 5:00 AM

Anyone who has quit knows how truely hard it is. I first quit using the patch after smoking for 30 years.It was ten years ,then I took that one smoke just to try again and was hooked again for 2 years . This time I used The prescription Chantex. Was done in 2 weeks. That was 9 months ago. It's still a struggle and I still get the urge now and then. Good Luck, Drink lots of water and as Linda said take it one day at a time.


Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 6:28 AM

Bravo Beth - you are giving yourself and Jim the best Christmas present ever - and bravo also to all those above who have managed to concur this or any other addiction - it is anything but easy.

Bigdavy  (Level: 142.1 - Posts: 537)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 7:54 AM

Hi Beth, I am sending you kudos and huge pats on the back for your accomplishment! I never smoked but I have friends and relatives who quit (and some who tried many times) so I know how hard it is.

Ed's suggestion about the deep breaths and the slow exhale is a good one, I've heard this before, it is one of the reasons that smokers find smoking to be relaxing. So you can do the relaxing breaths without cigarettes involved.

And yes, there are chemical changes occurring in your body now so you will feel weird and different while your body does healing and "cleanup" but it's all good and positive and FOR THE BEST!

I'm pulling for you and know you can do it! You have a ton of friends here on this site and we support you 110 percent!! GOOD JOB! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! I wish I could give you a hug in person because you deserve hugs and pats on the back, you are not alone!

- Dave (bigdavy)

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 8:23 AM

What a hard habit to break! I smoked a pack and a half a day myself when I quit 24 years ago. Every day is easier. It's great that you've done so well so far. Think of your health and the money you're saving, it's all good. We're proud of you!

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 10:22 AM

DAY 16! Yea me.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 10:49 AM

You go girl!
I wonder if masturbation can be a sports TQOTD?

Virtus  (Level: 171.1 - Posts: 2496)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 10:55 AM

You deserve a pat on the back, but here's a hug coming your way! I'll say a prayer for you too. You've got a lot of friends cheering for you.

Lucimoore  (Level: 194.2 - Posts: 1738)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 12:08 PM

A bump for Beth. One day at a time and lots of encouragement from your friends.

Spacecat  (Level: 165.1 - Posts: 676)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 3:22 PM

BBear , this is probably not going to help but it does show how addicted one can be, this took place in a hospital in New Orleans. Date was 20 May 1998.

A respiratory patient in an oxygen tent in a New Orleans sneaked a pack of cigarettes into his room.The sixty one year old patient ignored the nurses lectures. Not exactly realizing what would happen, he put cigarette to mouth and lit a match. His hospital gown caught fire. He had to be airlifted to a Baton Rouge burn center with third degree burns over 40% of his body. He died five days later and a lighter and a pack of KOOL cigarettes were found in his sock.

SOURCE: The Darwin Awards...their source was New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3847)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 4:27 PM

Martina...Are you suggesting individual, team, competitive???

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 4:53 PM

The idea of competitive totally cracks me up! Gives phrases like "practice, practice, practice" and "take one for the team" whole new meanings!

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 5:51 PM

You have my total support in your quest!
I learned so much about myself when I quit fifteen years ago.......I also learned how to stretch the love and tolerance of those around me for a while, too !!

I was SO crabby, and had the concentration-power of a retarded cockroach............I even drove my car on some kinda autopilot.

I have NO idea how I got my work done.

Bbear....please check your PMs, I have some more tips that may help!

Cheers, Bev

Bleepy  (Level: 149.1 - Posts: 628)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 6:32 PM

AWESOME!!!! My mom and dad quit cold turkey b/c I didn't want my kids in a smoky house. Never looked back!! I think one thing that might help down the road is that smelling other's smoke might be a turn-off. From what I'm told, once you've been smoke-free for a while, the scent is appalling. Hang in there, keep busy! You CAN and WILL conquer this. I won't even wish you "Good luck," b/c YOU are in control.

Good girl!

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 6:33 PM

""""well done if you feel like having a fag remember the awfull smell..."""

That is what turned me straight.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 7:50 PM

Well, amazing today. Renaissance festival today, dressed up and everything. no smoking. I am amazing my self.

For those of you (which can't me many) who don't know me, I am 52 and I run a hospice and have been for years.

Just keep a virtual hand on my back. It means a lot.

And Smaug -- you da bomb.

Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 8:10 PM

I heard or read once that smokers tend to be shallow breathers. The only time they breathe deeply is when they take a drag on a cigarette. Part of the desire for a cigarette can actually be a need for more oxygen. (Sort of the way we sometimes think we are hungry when we are actually dehydrated and need water.) So the advice given earlier to take a deep breath does have a scientific basis. Do some slow deep-breathing exercises -- like yoga breathing or Lamaze.
Good luck and congrats!

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 9:20 PM

The smell of smoke can be so overwhelming -- it was so funny, I wouldnt smell it when I was at my parents during their smoking days, but when my mother would wash my kids clothes and send them home, they would just reek of smoke to the point of my having to rewash them.

Keep up the good work!

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Sat, 6th Dec '08 9:40 PM

Keep on keep'in on Beth!!


I'm impressed!!


Ehodgson  (Level: 136.8 - Posts: 64)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 7:53 AM

Before I stopped smoking for good I tried only smoking after sex.

I could never get below about half a pack a day.


Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 8:02 AM

Musta been hands all OVER your back!

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 190.9 - Posts: 687)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 8:08 AM

Good luck..................don't give up.............It's difficult but well worth it.


Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 372)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 10:38 AM

Keep a toothbrush and toothpaste with you at all times. Brush your teeth frequently during the day so you will always have a clean feeling mouth.

Also, take a jar and put some old cigarettes in them, then put in just enough water to cover them. If you ever feel like having a cigarette open the jar and take a sniff. Then go brush your teeth so your mouth will feel clean!

These were tips my parents used about 35 years ago when they went through a program by "Smoke Enders". It helped them. Those cigarettes in the jar had to be the most disgusting thing ever.

I went cold turkey 17 years ago. Never even had a craving after that, but I'm one of the lucky ones. Good for you for making a decision for better health - good luck!


Koota  (Level: 189.4 - Posts: 2122)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 12:20 PM

First, I want to congratulate *all* of the smokers who were able to quit! WTG, you guys!

Secondly, I just want to correct the comment made about smoking and high blood pressure. Smoking does NOT keep your blood pressure down. Smoking DOES contribute to heart disease.

It is the weight gain that caused your blood pressure to go up. When you lose the extra weight, chances are that your blood pressure will go back to normal. I know this because of my speciality ... physiology ... but also because when I lost 30 pounds my blood pressure went from 120/80 to 104/70.

So ... keep your weight and your blood pressure normal by walking, cycling or visiting the gym. Keep it simple.

And enjoy your newfound healthy life! I'm so impressed by your efforts to stick to it!

Cindyjo422  (Level: 97.4 - Posts: 43)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 12:51 PM

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! and God Bless. This is a wonderful Christmas present for yourself and for your family.

Lucimoore  (Level: 194.2 - Posts: 1738)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 9:12 PM

Hey Beth, just bumping your thread up and hoping all is going well for you.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 9:27 PM

Day far, so good! Elephant hasn't left my chest yet. But....Saints game (and they WON) with beer and without a puff. Just wish I could take a deep breath. All you quitters....any suggestions???

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.4 - Posts: 4456)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 9:56 PM

Like Katy, I'd like to congratulate all smokers who've been able to quit. Hooray for you!

Bbear, although I've never smoked, some friends have quit, so I know what you're going through is very difficult. I'm glad you've turned to your Sploofus family for help and support during this time. You're doing so great so far, Bbear, keep it up! I have every confidence you'll be able to do this, and you'll feel so much better. You're giving yourself and those who care about you a wonderful gift. Just remember, we're all in your corner! Go, Bbear!

-- Geri

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 10:38 PM

Bbear, you are inspiring me! I'm 50 and have been smoking on and off since I was 16! aargh! I have quit a few times but always allowed stressful situations (the last 3 being my son in Iraq) to put me back on that pacifier. Keep it up, let us know how you're doing, and I hope to be next in the quitters club!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 10:41 PM

Get a tin of Altoids Curiously Strong Mints and just breathe - they're amazing.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 11:03 PM

Beth - Ayr makes a product that I think can help with your breathing. It is a menthol inhaler - it is not medicated - it has eucalyptus oil in it also. I used to see them in drug stores but not lately so I order them online. They also make a medicated one - you don't want that one - the one I am talking about has no medication so you can use it as often as you like - really opens you up to enable a deep breath. When quitting gets easier for you I hope you'll share some of your successes with others here who would like to quit - what worked and what didn't. And, again, kudos to you Beth!

Oogie54  (Level: 210.9 - Posts: 1120)
Mon, 8th Dec '08 1:16 AM

Keep on keepin' on Beth,WTG!

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.4 - Posts: 6108)
Sat, 13th Dec '08 10:45 AM


Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Sat, 13th Dec '08 6:11 PM

I quit smoking after my wife became pregnant: she told me that it could hurt the baby, even though it was still gestating.
I told her I'd be charging the kid for smoking my smokes. (But(t) in the UK we'd be using a different colloquialism... ;d)
She said she'd be charging me for DIY garbage elevation.
I said 'Huh'?
She said 'If I've gotta put up (with) any more of your crap..."

So that was a no-brainer...

Hope it's still going well - I know I still have (very infrequent) lapses ( 4 a year, thus far), so know how hard it is.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 12:06 AM

Well... today is day 22 without a puff...

I just wish I could get this elephant off my chest.

Total inability to take a deep breath. And yawning nonstop. What I drag.

But.... IM NOT SMOKING!!!!

Keep that sexy hand there, my friends.

Oogie54  (Level: 210.9 - Posts: 1120)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 12:54 AM

Glad you are a non-smoker now Beth, healthier days ahead!

Alvandy  (Level: 242.0 - Posts: 7727)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 12:58 AM

You're doing great! My hand is still on your back.


Nelly  (Level: 181.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 6:19 AM

WTG Beth! You can do it if you really want to! The elephant will go when you find you can relax properly again without cigarettes - exercise should help. I don't know whether they have things like 'Quiet Life' (a herbal calming tablet) over there - they can help too. Otherwise it's a case of keeping busy and 'weathering the storm'!

It's 214 days for me since 14th May. I think I followed a similar pattern to Cathy. Gave up over 13 years ago after smoking since I was 16 - I used patches for a couple of months and found it really tough going. It was about a year before I could relax after a meal, have a drink, talk on the phone for more than 5 minutes without wearing the carpet out etc - the dishes were washed instantly, I went to bed early and the garden looked great!!!

I swore I would never start again - there was no way I was going through that again! Any reasonably intelligent person wouldn't . . . . would they? I'd been through some pretty worrying family times and bereavements - would have liked a cigarette but NO WAY!

Just over 3 years ago I met someone - it had been years since I'd been out socially outside family, let alone dated anyone. I was scared stiff and didn't want to make a fool of myself. He smoked - I asked if he had one to spare and so we chatted over our cigarettes each time he had a tea break and I was well and truly hooked again in more ways than one! A couple of months later we spent a night texting each other, smoking like chimneys, and finally took the plunge and made a date! Less than 2 months later we were married!

Anyway, this time Neil and I have given up together, we both used Champix (varenicline) and I have to admit that apart from the continuous nausea for me when I was taking them, it has been very much easier this time around (although maybe that was because we were there for each other). The garden and the house are an absolute tip!

I would still 'like' one when I'm stressed, after a nice meal, contemplating how to tackle a difficult job or as my reward after completion - I don't think that ever goes away completely for an addict but it becomes more of a wistful thought as time passes. Hopefully this time, I'll have the sense not to have another!

Good Luck!

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 11:13 AM

It is very hard to have the personal willpower to break the habit of smoking and become addiction free.

With me, it took the disaster of setting my basement meth lab on fire before I broke the iron band bounds of cigarette addiction.

Cjar855  (Level: 134.9 - Posts: 838)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 12:06 PM

22 Days Thats great . Don't forget thats around $75 your saved . Reward yourself . You deserve it.


Kaufman  (Level: 270.0 - Posts: 3941)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 12:54 PM

Unfortunately, Smaug, I think a lot of houses in Louisiana don't have basements, so Beth probably doesn't have the option of getting a meth lab to help her kick the habit.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 1:14 PM

Thanks, Smaug for the best laugh I have had in a while - I needed that! And to Beth - you go girl - that is awesome!

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 2:59 PM

Ken, everyone has their personal journey. I can only relate mine.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 5:16 PM

Is there some kind of law that meth has to be cooked in a basement?

Can't I just do it in the front yard? Geez, anything goes as long as I'm not smoking, right??

Come on, Smaug, spill the beans on the recipe. I'm sure you have it tatooed somewhere on your body.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Tue, 16th Dec '08 12:20 PM

Day 26. Narry a puff. Actually going 10 minutes at a time without thinking about it. Elephant shrinking a bit but still having trouble taking a deep breath.

Geez, this is a drag (no pun intended).

Bigdavy  (Level: 142.1 - Posts: 537)
Tue, 16th Dec '08 12:25 PM

Keep up the good work, we are all pulling for you!!!! What a great Christmas present this will be for yourself and your family! It's the gift that keeps on giving, all year long!!!!

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Tue, 16th Dec '08 12:30 PM

Bbear, in our area they have mobile meth labs. A van - the kind without windows in the sides, become mobile labs that are more difficult to detect because they keep moving. So guess if someone wants to cook up a batch, they'll find a way to do it, even in motel rooms with their babies in the same room.

So Smaug, whatever it took to get you to break the habit, I'm glad it happened. Nice to see your input.

Bbear, you just keep going. We're all proud of you and we're cheering you on.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Tue, 16th Dec '08 5:20 PM

Smaug owns a windowless van, but I thought he used it for other nasty purposes.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 16th Dec '08 5:45 PM

Great job! (I'm jealous)

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Tue, 16th Dec '08 6:25 PM

My windowless van has many uses. Crank allows you to multitask.

Bigdavy  (Level: 142.1 - Posts: 537)
Fri, 19th Dec '08 4:04 PM

Hi Beth, we haven't given you a pat on the back in a while so I just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking about you and wishing you lots of willpower today and every day! Hang in there! It WILL be worth the struggle in the end!

- bigdavy

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Fri, 19th Dec '08 5:59 PM

My exhusband had a windowless van, he called it his, um well rhymes with truck, truck. Sadly for me, I believed him when he said the bed in the back was for "camping".

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