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You're all doing so well!!!

I don't write in here much as I do smoke and haven't given up! But I can honestly say that I don't have many - 3 or 4 a day. On the odd occassion I have a few more than that.

And I do know that is no justification. I know that I will give up soon but not quite ready to do it yet. But this thread will probably make me do it sooner rather than later!

You have to do it when your mind tells you it's time. No amount of logic other than that will work. You have to be ready to do it. All in good time my friend.

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[quote name='canada06 wrote:


Zhivvy']You're all doing so well!!!

I don't write in here much as I do smoke and haven't given up! But I can honestly say that I don't have many - 3 or 4 a day. On the odd occassion I have a few more than that.

And I do know that is no justification. I know that I will give up soon but not quite ready to do it yet. But this thread will probably make me do it sooner rather than later!

You have to do it when your mind tells you it's time. No amount of logic other than that will work. You have to be ready to do it. All in good time my friend.

Thank you smile.gif

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glasses.gifSorry but I respectfully disagree.  I gave up smoking on 1st February 2004 and not through sheer will power.  however I am determined to stay off them for good now. I went to my doctor who explained that it was all the toxins that are now in cigarettes that do the most harm.

 

I gave up via the smoking cessation clinic.  I cut down gradually and then picked a day to give up actually smoking cigarettes and I used nicotine patches, and also had an inhaler which is shaped like a plastic cigarette and contains a nicotine cartridge and it tastes disgusting - but you sometimes need the feeling of putting something in your mouth as this is all part of your habit.  I gradually cut down on the patches as well. I used to cut them in half and eventually didn't need them anymore, but you are encouraged to keep some patches and the inhaler just in case you feel absolutely desperate.  I moved a couple of months later and yes I did use the odd patch and the inhaler but haven't since.

 

Previously I had been able to give up due to sheer will power but again I cut down gradually.  I gave up for 4 years. Then I had a relationship breakdown and started again.

 

I started smoking when I was about 15 because my brother did but I have never been a very heavy smoker and I have always been able to give up if I really wanted to - and that is half the battle.

 

Each time I have started again it has got harder and harder to give up.

 

The most tempting time was if I was out with friends in a pub and had consumed some alcohol - because this immediately lowers your resistance.  Fortunately smoking is now banned in pubs so that is not a problem.

 

Another temptation is seeing someone light up on screen because it looks great and you immediately wonder what you are missing.

 

Also I still have the occasional dream where I am smoking - however this makes my resolve stronger because in my dream the cigarettes taste horrible and all I can think of is that all my effort has gone to waste. I did wake up in a panic once as I was convinced that there was a lit cigarette in my bed!

 

I would never smoke again because of my daughter.  She is now 8 and I wouldn't want her to see me smoking or set a bad example or put her health in danger and she would give me a very extensive lecture as well!

 

Once you have given up you will not be able to stand the smell of smoke! Your nose will be more sensitive to it than someone who has never smoked before.

 

My brother still smokes but his partner does not and I walked into their house the other day and it was like walking into a cloud.  I had to immediately open a window as it felt like I was gasping for breath, but it didn't bother my  brother's partner.  I can only think that she must have got used to it and I dread to think of the effect it is having on her lungs from passive smoking. I t also made me think of how selfish I had been in the past by smoking in front of non-smokers.

 

My younger brother and his wife recently gave up together through sheer willpower but everytime they have tried previously they started again.  This time they changed their living habits as well so that they are not in the same situation. 

They stopped drinking at the same time and took their television out of the kitchen and ate their meals upstairs in their bedroom.

For the first couple of weeks they felt terrible - due to the detox.

However - they slept a lot more and also had a much deeper sleep and wake up a lot more refreshed.

I hope they keep it up.

 

To conclude.

 

 

You have to really want to give up

If you have been doing it for many years you need all the help and support you can get

You need a reason to stay a non-smoker - The health of your loved ones for example.

If you are in a very stressful situation at the moment (i.e. moving home, a bereavement, a relationship breakdown, being made redundant etc) it is best to wait until your situation is a lot calmer before you attempt this momentous task.

Your hands will need to be kept busy

You will feel the need to put something in your mouth - I still do - I drink a lot of warm herbal teas etc.

Expect to gain weight - not just because you are eating more because your food tastes better but because smoking can burn up to about 200 calories at least and acts as an appetite suppresant.

However, if - as suggested previously you go for a walk or do any form of exercise when you get a craving this will be minimal.

It has been said that nicotine is more addictive than heroin

The first day is the hardest!

After the third day things get easier!

Your lungs will thank you as will your environment

 

YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!  xxxxxxxx

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Now is an excellent time to start playing an instrument!

A woodwind instrument would be very beneficial as you are using your hands and mouth and exercising your lungs.

Many music shops will hire instruments.

 

Keep up the good work.

 

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Now is an excellent time to start playing an instrument!

A woodwind instrument would be very beneficial as you are using your hands and mouth and exercising your lungs.

Many music shops will hire instruments.

 

Keep up the good work.

 

XXXXXXXOOOOOOOXXXXXXX

I agree with you there...Im trying to play the flute, and all the rhythmic breathing, is not only very relaxing, but its improvng my breathe control and lung power.  that little thing takes a ridiculous amount of  air to be blown into it...it feels like trying to play a tuba the size of a stick!

 

so if Im too tired to ride my bike (believe me Im sooore in the butt!!), I am trying to pick up my flute.

shirley I bought it used and its an armstrong with a silver head...its really nice! great idea!! thank you!

 

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I'm not disagreeing with Zivvy but whoever said you can only give up through sheer will power. xx

What you say Shirley makes gret sense. And I said before I am nearer to giving up than I have in the past. I have said in the past that I don't want to give up as I enjoy it too much. Now I am at a place where I think about when I give up. I only smoke in the evenings now. Very occassionally I will have one during the day, but that is rare. My first one is about 8pm and have three or four in the evening, sometimes less. So I know that I am getting there. I can go days  without them too. So I now it is only habbit and I want a cigarette instead of actually craving one. Maybe my new healthy eating and wieght loss and race training regime will help me to cut back even more to finally quitting.

And to all of you on here who are doing it - well done!

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