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Old 04-13-2005, 01:46 PM   #1
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tales of a new non-smoker

well, yesterday was my 1st day as a non-smoker. i've decided to take this thing on head first. no drugs, no gum, no patch. it's my mind against my addiction.

i've had some interesting feelings already in the last day and a half. for example, i feel like there's a starving country in my lungs, begging for smoke. i can't stop running around. i'm like the old lady in "Something About Mary" after she drinks the speed that dissolved in her cocktail. and of course, i am extremely irritable.

i'm going in with the attitude that all of these symptoms/feeling are part of the heeling process. i used to look at these feelings as bad things in previous quitting attempts. this time, i've decided to welcome them. the less these symptoms occur, the further my healing process.

i realize that my biggest test will be when i hit the bars for the first time. i'll give any who care an update.
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My sincere congratulations. I understand it's a terrible habit to try to break. Keep us updated!

Ewen's gone over 2 months without a cigarette now!
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Drink plenty of water, particularly when you feel irritable, it lessens the cravings and even has a calming effect . If you don't like water, drink another liquid, preferably one without caffeine.

Try and stay out of the bars for at least a week, preferably longer.

Good luck.
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Re: tales of a new non-smoker

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i'm going in with the attitude that all of these symptoms/feeling are part of the heeling process. i used to look at these feelings as bad things in previous quitting attempts. this time, i've decided to welcome them. the less these symptoms occur, the further my healing process.


you're off to an amazing start. congratulations, and good luck!
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thanks! the water works, btw!
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I've posted my history in Ewen's thread/journal...I wish you the same success; its a long road but well worth it!!

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As Pax said I gave up two months ago. Haven't had as much as a puff since. Went totally cold turkey too...no gum, drugs or patches. 100% will-power.

Dunno if I agree with finance guys's tips, for me personally. It was my birthday four days after I gave up, I went to the bar with friends who were smoking. I think if you can put up with other smokers around you it strengthens your will - does for me, you feel you've accomplished something by not caving in while others are smoking.

I've not given up on caffeine, if anything I probably drink more. "Different strokes for different folks" as they say. Yeah, I always feel like a cigarette while drinking the coffee and still want a cigarette after a meal. The craving doesn't go away after two months, you just learn to live with it I guess.

Best of luck and hope you have understanding people around you that will cope with your grumpiness while giving up. I've been really grumpy and thank most people, close to me, for their patience and understanding.

put a box next to your bed and at the end of the day put in it the money you would of spent otherwise on cigarettes. At the end of the week treat yourself to something nice with the money saved (not a cigarette! lol).
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^^^^^

thanks!

i've already decided that i'm going to do a reward system.

i normally spend about $30 a week on cigs, which equals about $120 a month, so after 3 months i'm going to by a Fender Strat.
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thanks!

i've already decided that i'm going to do a reward system.

i normally spend about $30 a week on cigs, which equals about $120 a month, so after 3 months i'm going to by a Fender Strat.
That's the perfect goal ... I estimated it at $4.75 per pack per day = $1,733 a year...

My downfall was that I was getting my smokes for free (cops always get stuff for free!)....No more cop, no more smoke!
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congrats on getting your sense of smell and taste back! and good luck.
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Good Luck! It sounds like you have a good mind-set to be able to do this.
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Years ago when I was still a youngin my father quit smoking. Then he proceeded to eat all the cookies in the house. For several weeks.

You can do it!
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Mikal, that's awesome.

Best luck, and long live the will power.
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Years ago when I was still a youngin my father quit smoking. Then he proceeded to eat all the cookies in the house. For several weeks.



Good luck Mikal - it can only get easier over time
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