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Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 9:54 AM


Since I've had a puff. A drag. Nada!!

Geaux Bear!!

1mks  (Level: 208.4 - Posts: 5866)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 10:11 AM

OH WOW! Congratulations to you. That is really an accomplishment!

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 10:18 AM

I hope you don't mind but on several occasions I have recounted your experience to some of my patients. I know it was a struggle but you did it! Not only have you helped yourself but you are helping others. Bravo

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 10:32 AM

Let the fireworks commence in honor of your independence from tobacco addiction! You deserve it!

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.5 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 11:21 AM

Way to go! I know how hard it is, as my hubby quit 4 years ago. Believe me, it was almost as hard on me as on him.

Many congratulations!!!

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 11:26 AM

Well done Bear!!

(Fell off the wagon a few weeks ago - so will be using you as inspiration!)

M48ortal  (Level: 248.4 - Posts: 3735)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 11:44 AM

Smoke free since April 5, 1982, at 10:05 AM. My last puff tasted so bad (I had double bronchitis and sinus infection), I was able to recall that taste whenever I got the urge, until I no longer craved them. I started smoking when I was 12and smoked for 22 years. I didn't want my children to see me as an excuse to start.

Good luck to anyone trying to quit. If you smoke a pack a day, you can now save about $2000 each year by giving them up. And that doesn't include what you save on health care. Also, my auto and health insurance policies are both discounted because I'm smoke-free.

Lowiq  (Level: 201.4 - Posts: 1938)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 2:26 PM

WTG, Bbear!
An outstanding accomplishment!

Gypsylady  (Level: 141.0 - Posts: 6037)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 2:39 PM

Congratulations, Beth! Great job, and thanks to you, I thought I could try and if it didn't work at least I tried. My last puff was December 9, 2008.


Lodi  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 3:59 PM

Good job all you quitters! You smell terrific!

Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 4:37 PM

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful and besides that...CONGRATULATIONS! Chances are, since you work in the health field, you are very familiar with the following information. Thought I would post it anyway, per chance another fellow Sploofuser needs a bit of extra encouragement to continue going forward to becoming a "reformed smoker". Again Beth, congratulations to you!
This is an excerpt from "Happy Living Magazine.)

The human body has an amazing ability to heal itself. This is clearly seen in ex-smokers. As soon as an individual stops smoking, his lungs begin to heal. Stopping smoking reduces a person's risk of lung cancer and other lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Within three months of stopping smoking, the lung function (the amount and speed of air that can be inhaled and exhaled) begins to improve. (Good, you're well past this point!)

During the first smoking-free year, the small hair-like cilia in the lungs improve their ability to move mucus and clean the lungs. Problems such as shortness of breath and coughing become less frequent.
(Good...your cilia is really doing it's thing now!)

After 10 years of not smoking, a U.S. Surgeon General's report shows that the risk of lung cancer drops to less than half that of an individual who smokes.

A Lung Health Study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) showed that women's lung function improved twice as much as men's during the first year after stopping smoking. (Good, you're a woman!)

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 8:07 PM

A huge Congrats to all who have quit smoking.
How much weight, if any, did anyone gain when you first stopped smoking?
Was it easy to lose the extra pounds?
I'm just wondering and I'm not asking for anybody's actual weight.
When I found out I was pregnant with my first Son, I quit cold turkey but I started eating
everything and anything. I gained 56 pounds! What surprised me though is that after he was born, I lost
60 pounds by my 6 week check up. Back then, my doctor told me it was because I was nursing.
It's obvious that isn't the way for those of you that just quit smoking, to lose the extra weight if you gained any.
How are you losing any weight that you may have gained?

Gypsylady  (Level: 141.0 - Posts: 6037)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 8:10 PM

I don't ever weigh, Laurie, but I can tell by my clothes that I've gained some. I don't think I eat any more. I just think your body stores the vitamins or turns it into weight more when you're not smoking if that makes any sense.


Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 11:38 PM

Good for you!!!!!!!!!!!

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Wed, 25th Nov '09 6:18 AM

You gave yourself a great gift! It lasts a lifetime!

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Wed, 25th Nov '09 5:18 PM

WTG! Another person who will live longer, healthier and happier!

Martin! Shame on you!
Better luck next time, huh?


Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4147)
Wed, 25th Nov '09 6:17 PM

Congratulations, Beth, and also Marilyn! I'm really happy for you and wish you both long, healthy lives!

-- Geri

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Wed, 25th Nov '09 6:53 PM

Well, the weight gain is a different animal. Went on Atkins over six years ago. Started at 238 pounds, dropped to 150 in about to years and pretty much kept it off. Was about 165 when I quit smoking a year ago. Now (damnit) just under 200 and HATING it. Uncomfortable in my own skin, can't stand the way I feel, skin hurts, closthes dont fit.

Diet is next...... ug

Artcr1715  (Level: 100.1 - Posts: 165)
Wed, 25th Nov '09 8:35 PM

It's not that hard (for some) to quit until you have a drink. Then you crave it so much more.

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