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Chyenn  (Level: 209.4 - Posts: 1332)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 1:44 PM


Have you ever made a resolution on New Year's Day that you actually accomplished?

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 1:46 PM

Yes. I resolved to never make a resolution again. I've kept it so far, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed! X

Allena  (Level: 266.4 - Posts: 1409)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 1:47 PM

Absolutely ... quit smoking. Made that resolution 5 different New Year's Eves. Finally did it on the sixth.

Koota  (Level: 187.3 - Posts: 2114)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 2:21 PM

WTG, Jim! That's a tough resolution to accomplish!

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 4:23 PM

I did that too, Jim. Quit in January of 97. Haven't come up with a resolution for this year........maybe to quit procratinating?

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 4:24 PM

AND learn to spell? procrastinating!~

Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 4:35 PM

Wow, how did you guys quit? I have been a slight smoker since I was about 15. By slight, I mean about a pack a week, often less, sometimes more. Both women at the ministry say they quit smoking cold turkey during varying spiritual awakenings. I have prayed about it, chewed gum, worn patches, and taken that stop smoking pill, but when I get stressed, I go straight for my smokes. I can go days without one at times, most people don't even know I am a smoker, so maybe it's more of a mental thing. But if it's not an addiction, it is definitely a compulsion. How did you guys finally put them down for good?

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 4:43 PM

I also vowed to quit smoking one NYE back in 1988.........I finally succeeded in 1994 (!!!!)
I went thru a public education-program called "Quit For Life" first, learning about the psychology of smoking, and how it all works.
QFL also taught us quite a few handy hints to help as well.
Understanding all that made it a lot easier to quit.....which I did with the help of patches.

Erin: PM me if you are interested in knowing more, I'd be only too glad to help you.


Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 4:49 PM

thank you, Bev, you have been PMed

Kimoira  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 1195)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 5:18 PM

New Year's Resolutions are almost always destined to fail because they are date-oriented and not much else!

I haven't made a New year's resolution in over twenty years, but the changes I have made in my life came through other means, the least of which was a time-stamp.

Still the quit-smoking thing eludes me...

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 5:23 PM

I smoked 2-3 packs a day for almost 40 years- quit a year ago-no choice bloked carotid artery- using a drug called Chantix-it is wonderful. Still have moments where I want a cigarette when I am around folks who are but it is not really difficult any more-Linda

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 5:24 PM

My last successful New Year's resolution was to stop calling women "stout dwarves".

I was able to accomplish this by.....oh, wait a minute.....dammit!

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 5:27 PM

I did the dumb patch but I also planned it when I would be overseas. They didn't sell my "brand" across the pond and they were so expensive there that I wasn't even tempted. Never went back. Doesn't bother me now.

Kimoira  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 1195)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 5:30 PM

Linda thanks for the info. I have looked up Chantix and I am interested in how it works exactly.

It's funny because being around people that smoke- well I am usually the ONLY one that goes outside for a smoke occasionally, so the "peer pressure" that got me into it certainly does not exist today!

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 5:36 PM

I wanted to put a warning out about the Chantix, although I understand that it works EXTREMELY well. A very sane, levelheaded friend of mine took it and said that it worked nearly immediately. She has smoked for probably 30 some odd years and nothing has ever worked. After a month of regular use, however, she experienced a true psychotic break. People were watching her house, they were following her to work, she was receiving messages through the microwave, the whole nine yards. She was hospitalized and recovered after coming off of the drug, but still experienced a few minor relapses shortly after discharge. From what I understand, Chantix works by acting as a sort of agonist to some of the "feel good" hormones and processes in the brain and so it is often not recommended for people who take anti-depressants. Remember, it is working on your brain to help you combat a very ingrained addiction. Be sure to have someone who can help you by watching you carefully for any symptoms that perhaps you may not be able to recognize if they occur.

Kimoira  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 1195)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 5:40 PM

Fascinating Robin- and I'm not surprised by the little bit I gleaned from it!

Dang- those little microwave gnomes will have to keep to themselves for the time being

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 6:59 PM

2/11/92,,,,,,the day I had my last cigarette. Started when I was 12 and worked my way up to three packs a day. Now I hope I live long enough to see my wife quit. No more resolutions though. I have made it to 70 so if my bad habits haven't killed me by now,,,,so what!

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 7:22 PM

This year, I'm going to go to the doctor when I'm supposed to. Maybe. I hate going to the doctor. hate hate hate! I'd rather have a roofing nail enema.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 7:24 PM

You say roofing nail enema like it's a bad thing!

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 7:53 PM

Lodi: I have that problem too ... even worse with the yearly gyn (shudder) Both doctors have learned to collaborate and call me up to TELL me when my appointment is GOING to be, rather than wait for me to make an appointment; and I usually get a call 2 days before and a call the DAY before. They subscribe to the notion that nurses DO make the worst patients, I guess.

Allena  (Level: 266.4 - Posts: 1409)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 8:07 PM

How to quit smoking for sure. Start by locking yourself in a room with no tobacco at all. Get agreement with your willing partner to have sex whenever you wish a cigarette. Then, and this is the best part ... never smoke again. Not one puff. For the first ten years, whenever you have been in a smoke filled room, you will dream (nightmare) that you started again.

Oral complexes are part of the smoking and gratification habit. It is rewards as well as the damn nicotine which I am told is more addictive than heroine. It is at the point when you are dreaming that you restarted, that your partner must remember that since you do not have nicotine in your system and or on your breath, the deal still goes ... even in the middle of the night, or at noon or whenever the nightmare awakens you. Hopefully, you know how to fix a nice glass of wine whenever your partner requests. Remember, Johnny said when asked, "... smoke after sex, I don't know, I never looked."

Kimoira  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 1195)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 8:16 PM

wow I'm just so displaced/ dispartnered.

feeling kind of hopeless-

man this doog hits the spot

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 9:25 PM

My resolution is never to smoke after sex again.

Hubby's gonna miss the sex...


Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 9:32 PM

MAde a resolution to have sex every day for a year.... And on January 2nd.....

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 9:40 PM

I stopped smoking at age 30 - I started having panic attacks, and rather than go on drugs I spent a lot of time with a psychotherapist. During one session he told me about 3 things that aggravate anxiety - caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.

I gave up all three on the same day. I still don't drink alcohol and I still don't smoke (have never even had a craving), but I will eat chocolate and have been known to down a Coca Cola on occasion.

I think that because my health was involved it made quitting easier for me. But I believe that one has to really want to quit in order for it to work.

Happy New Year and good luck with those resolutions, everybody!

Sheri Ras.

Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 11:04 PM

The fastest way to quit smoking is to find out you have cancer, i did an it has been 6 years and four months or august 2001 since i had my last cigarette. I wish all of you good luck who are trying to quit. Charotte

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 28th Dec '07 2:33 AM

Sadly, that doesn't work with everyone. My uncle died of lung cancer, and he was still smoking till he was too sick to light up. Only death cured him of smoking.

Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Fri, 28th Dec '07 2:01 PM

Smoking is extremely addictive. I smoked maybe a pack a week or less when I was in high school and after I was married, so I may have smoked for 3 or 4 years at most -- and this was 50 years ago.

Now I hate to be around smoking and usually take a shower as quick as I can to get rid of the smell.

And yet.... every so often I will be hit with a craving for a cigarette that is so strong that if I had one available I would probably smoke it.

That's why I get so upset with the teenagers today. When most of us started smoking the tobacco companies knew the dangers but most of us didn't because it wasn't publicized. But today the dangers of smoking are shown to the children from the earliest grades on up. And still they start smoking when they are 12, 13, 15 or so. I just don't understand their ignoring the warnings. I suppose it's because they feel they are invincible.

Geophile  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 1545)
Fri, 28th Dec '07 2:32 PM

I am an all or nothing person. There is no way patches or pills would have worked for me.

Twenty-six years ago, our 9 year old daughter received her class pictures and I put the 8x10 on the dresser. I noticed that her eyes were following me from any direction. She looked adorable with her happy smile. Then I saw her smile turn to sadness as she heard I was dead from smoking. I know, I know! - it was one of those weird moments you have. It was a Tuesday and I had bought a carton of cigarettes the day before. I opened every pack, soaked them in water and threw them in the trash. I had smoked 2-3 packs a day since I was sixteen. My husband joined me. I told him we were never going to smoke again and if we missed them not to make a big deal out of it. I was tired of the power those things had over us. It was torture for the first few weeks but we hung in there.

Honestly, I still miss them, although I can't stand the smell of smoke, but I still think of a "safe" cigarette. I don't know how we woke up in the morning and began groping for cigarettes next to the bed before our feet hit the floor...seems repulsive now. It is the most difficult habit to break.

For all of you promising to give up smoking for your resolution, DO IT. You won't regret it. It's the best thing you can do for your family and your own life.

I wrote a quiz a while back..."Is Your Life Going up in Smoke?" You don't even have to take it...just look at the image on the description page. It's really funny.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 28th Dec '07 2:41 PM

lol - love the pic. Off to take the quiz.

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Fri, 28th Dec '07 5:07 PM

I'm swearing off brussels sprouts. This year I'm going to really stick to it!

Also, I gave up religion for Lent.

Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Sat, 29th Dec '07 10:22 AM

I was a closet smoker for years--about half a pack a day, never in front of my family, etc. I quit smoking on September 20 by hypnosis. I know, I know, I never thought it would work, and I'm one of the least gullible people in the world. But somehow it did work. This same hypnotherapist had already "cured" two of my friends. It takes one session, and there are no drugs in your system. It's the perfect way to quit, if it works for you. It cost me $250 for one session, but there is a lifetime guarantee, so you can go back a thousand times if you want to.

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Sat, 29th Dec '07 11:08 AM

I think after going back 900 times I'd question the method.

Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Sat, 29th Dec '07 11:10 AM

Exactly. Most people go once, and if it doesn't work, they never go back. I would have never gone once if I had not had two very intelligent, strong-minded friends who had already had success.

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