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when I feel like smoking I ride my bike now...

 

Its a very different lifestyle and it feels freaky

 

Keep wanting to put something in my mouth

 

I then am resorting to drinking lots of water

 

still overeating and biting nails

 

but am trying to save my life!

 

how is everyone else doing it? Just by chantix?

 

when the chantix is gone, how are you going to survive?

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Xtra, you sound like you're on the right track! I applaud your self-discipline . . . riding your bike and drinking water is changing your bad habit into a good, healthy habit!!! Don't beat yourself up about the overeating (I hear that is fairly typical when you quit) and the biting nails as you will gain control over that in time. For now, concentrate on keeping the cigarettes out of your mouth, then deal with the rest once the nicotine habit is removed. Maybe try having popcorn, baby carrots, etc. around for when you have that urge to eat? Good luck and hang in there!!! Don't give up!!!

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when I feel like smoking I ride my bike now...

 

Its a very different lifestyle and it feels freaky

 

Keep wanting to put something in my mouth

 

I then am resorting to drinking lots of water

 

still overeating and biting nails

 

but am trying to save my life!

 

how is everyone else doing it? Just by chantix?

 

when the chantix is gone, how are you going to survive?

It is now day 5. Still going well. At night when I'm at home is when I feel like a smoke. I have a jigsaw puzzle that I have been ignoring. Gonna take it out, blow the dust off and that will keep my hands busy. When the Champix runs out we'll just have to keep fighting. Every day without a cigarette it will get easier. Baby steps, baby step Spicy!!!

Good luck.

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Xtra, you sound like you're on the right track! I applaud your self-discipline . . . riding your bike and drinking water is changing your bad habit into a good, healthy habit!!! Don't beat yourself up about the overeating (I hear that is fairly typical when you quit) and the biting nails as you will gain control over that in time. For now, concentrate on keeping the cigarettes out of your mouth, then deal with the rest once the nicotine habit is removed. Maybe try having popcorn, baby carrots, etc. around for when you have that urge to eat? Good luck and hang in there!!! Don't give up!!!
good tip, janette! carrots, cucumber, the little 'cherry'tomatoes(dutch name) and even raw cauliflower...yummie! i love those candies of nature...

 

good luck, spicy and all the rest! and don be too hard on yourself xx

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wow, all good ideas! I am falling in love with popping those cherry tomatoes!

 

dont they have a special kind of anti oxident in them that helps to heal arteries and/or inflammation?

 

congratulations canadao6 for FIVE DAYS!! BABY STEPS IS RIGHT, LOL!

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Well I think I was actually lucky I guess - my body simply rejected it. After smoking for 2 or 3 years, I took a puff one day, vomitted and I haven't been able to even stand the smell of cigarettes since.

 

I tend to look at it from an economic point of view. I mean, our Government here in Australia is about to increase the tax on ciggies so much that it will cost about $20 per packet. (They should just get it over with and ban smokes completely but I guess they enjoy the tax dollars too much). If the sheer cost of smoking (as well as the longer term costs you will incur through health problems, lost pay through time off work) isn't enough to get motivated, then I don't know what is really. Cancer perhaps?

 

If you are trying to give up - I wish you all the best - life without smoking is grand indeed.

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Well I think I was actually lucky I guess - my body simply rejected it. After smoking for 2 or 3 years, I took a puff one day, vomitted and I haven't been able to even stand the smell of cigarettes since.

 

I tend to look at it from an economic point of view. I mean, our Government here in Australia is about to increase the tax on ciggies so much that it will cost about $20 per packet. (They should just get it over with and ban smokes completely but I guess they enjoy the tax dollars too much). If the sheer cost of smoking (as well as the longer term costs you will incur through health problems, lost pay through time off work) isn't enough to get motivated, then I don't know what is really. Cancer perhaps?

 

If you are trying to give up - I wish you all the best - life without smoking is grand indeed.

wow, amazing how your own body knew to reject them. they are just full of toxins! My neighbor now has emphysema and coughs so hard she has to puke and spit, yet she still smokes...she cant stop, shes tried everything...what a nightmare for her...and she like so many thought it was harmless back when she was younger....shes in her 60's now...
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But I came close to cracking... doing my taxes and I owe!!!! $%#@! hate paying those bastards more than I already do. Rant now over. Have bored everyone within earshot with the news.

 

Note to Fortitude, I thought Canada charged alot for smokes, average $10 per pack. Wow, you Aussies are getting hosed. Who could possibly afford it? Just another luxury for the rich?

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when I feel like smoking I ride my bike now...

 

Its a very different lifestyle and it feels freaky

 

Keep wanting to put something in my mouth

 

I then am resorting to drinking lots of water

 

still overeating and biting nails

 

but am trying to save my life!

 

how is everyone else doing it? Just by chantix?

 

when the chantix is gone, how are you going to survive?

Going for a bike ride is an outstanding way to get over the smoking craving!  Yeah, it's the habit of it all that's tough to kick.  Not so much the Nicotine because once you get passed the first week or so of not smoking it's not really the Nicotine addiction anymore, but the habit of it.  I know people who cut the outer tubing of a pen and used that to replicate the smoking habit.  I thought about getting one of those Electronic cigarettes but they are kind of on the expensive side. 

 

Weight gain is normal and to be expected.  It's a natural urge to want to replace the smoking with eating.  I've been keeping raw carrots and raw almonds (which is what I was snacking on anyway before I quit smoking) handy so that I don't go to the vending machine at work or just snack on anything else. Chocolate is a craving now, but you can eat a little dark chocolate and kill the chocolate craving as well as eating something good for you!  Dark chocolate is an antioxidant and it's good for you.  But I've gained 2lbs back but whatever. I lost the weight before I quit smoking by eating well,  I can do it again if I have to.  It's more important to be a non smoker than to worry about gaining a few lbs. Whole smoking can increase your metabolism it also elevates your heart rate in an unhealthy way and is linked to why so many smokers suffer heart attacks. Weight gain or not, quitting smoking is the best thing to do. You are doing an awesome job with replacing the smoking with exercising, Spicy.  That's the best thing. smile.gif

 

About the Chantix.  After these I have another pack of 12 weeks of maintenance and then 3 refills after that.  The Chantix only serves as a means to tell your brain that you aren't addicted to Nicotine.  Once you're through the refills you shouldn't need the Chantix anymore.  I'm ready to stop it now but I know it's too soon and not recommended.  It's just they make me nauseas for a good half hour after I take it. 

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