Quitting Smoking

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Phishbowl
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   Posted 11/5/2008 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Any ideas on where I can find motivation to quit smoking?

I've always justified the few cigs I have as 'moderation', (BTW, I like the approach on the anti-smoking documentary you're working on, Chris). I'm being told I should just quit those few a day but I don't really want to. Any ideas? Thanks in advance :-)

Kris
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


TVEditor
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   Posted 11/5/2008 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   

A few years ago, I found a forum much like this one that really helped me.  I quit for 4 months, then my water heated melted down all over the main floor of my house.  The repair guy saw me staring at the damage and offered me a smoke.  I took it & started up again just like that.  An incidious habit.

Unfortunately, that forum doesn't exist anymore but I am still on the lookout for something alike.  Yeah, I liked the approach my director friend took.  Being a former smoker himself, he knows what works and what doesn't when talking to people.

If I find a good quit-smoking forum, I'll pass it on Kris.

 

Chris


Jeannie143
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   Posted 11/7/2008 2:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Kris,
Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things I've ever done. If you're not motivated to quit, you probably won't be able to do it. What about all that free stuff that they offer on TV to help you quit?
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


LanieG
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   Posted 11/7/2008 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never smoked but here's what I think.  You know that Jeannie's right about the motivation, just as you also wrote, Kris.  That's the key here, not the "how" of doing it but the "why".  So, motivation would be reasons of: your own health, your family's health, your longevity as well as your family's (second-hand smoke), money (!), social pressure, supporting Big Tobacco, stained teeth?  If your motivation is not stronger than your desire for a smoke, I don't know what to say.  As I'd previously written in another thread, my brother and sister quit cold turkey but they did so because of a health scare (chronic bronchitis, chest pains and also because our father died of emphysema).  My son did for other reasons and he used the patch.  They were all motivated.  It's not just a habit; it's a chemical addiction, right?  That's hard to beat but you can do it if you have sufficient motivation.  (I know, I know, easy for me to say, but I gave up bread and potatoes, you know...)

Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


Phishbowl
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   Posted 11/7/2008 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, thanks for the support you guys. I know I can always find pats on the back & kicks in the butt (when needed) on this forum :-)

You're absolutely right about it being the why not how. I am WELL aware of all the (health) benefits of not smoking and the tools/options available to quit but, it's maybe like trying to lose those last few pounds - I'm trying to lose those few smokes a day but I'm not motivated like it's the first few pounds/half pack of cigs a day.

The morning coffee & after dinner smokes are the two I enjoy. Habit for sure :-) I have rules like no smoking in the house or car so, I'm hoping to get on the "time to quit" bandwagon now that the winter weather is coming (although you wouldn't know it today, it's 75 degrees!). Routine change is always good for trying to break habits.

Thanks again for the support and any tips & tricks you may have to share :-)
Kris
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


LanieG
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   Posted 11/7/2008 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I think being held accountable helps keep the motivation going.  It's like eating no carbs.  There's no motivation for me except for the blood sugar meter.  That's really an immediate result and it adds up so I really don't eat carbs (except for the rare occasion).  I read of a wife in England whose husband wouldn't quit smoking so she told him she'd throw the same money away that he spent on a pack (or a carton, can't remember).  He didn't believe her but she did.  She actually threw money into a storm drain for every pack he bought.  He quit. So, if you could figure out some way to be accountable for quitting, maybe that would help?  Enlist a family member.  Kick butt!    
rolleyes
Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


Jeannie143
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   Posted 11/7/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Kris,
I quit smoking 17 years ago with the help of a pound of radishes a day and several mentholated cough drops a day, as well. I smoked menthols and so was addicted to menthol along with nicotine. Whenever I wanted to smoke I would eat ten radishes followed by a menthol cough drop. For the first few weeks I was unable to plan cakes, make decisions, fix my hair, cook dinner, drive very well in busy traffic... all the things that I had been able to do with the nicotine in my brain I could no longer do very well. I had to retrain my brain. The commercial on television with the lady climbing into the car from the back seat and backing over the trash cans... I could have written that commercial about quitting smoking and relearning tasks.

Tobacco does something to your brain. When I was smoking if I saw someone smoking in the car in front of me while waiting at a light I would want a smoke. I focused on the smoke coming out of the car, their hand with the cigarette in it... Once I quit I would see the small window opening and the kids in the back seat and think of them trapped in that hot car with all that smoke and it would turn my stomach same as it did when I was a kid & mom smoked in the car. Same scenario, different brain reaction. Nicotine is really a weird drug.

Now that I've been smoke free for a while I don't miss it and hate the smell of my clothes if we go to a bar where there is smoking. I still love campfires so it's not the actual smoke, it's the nicotine and 8 kabillion other chemicals in the smoke that make me physically ill to smell. Like I said, nicotine is a really weird drug. Good luck with this.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Phishbowl
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   Posted 11/8/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for reminding me of the things I DON'T like about smoking, Jeannie. Most people I know don't even know I smoke because I hate to smell like it, would NEVER smoke around kids (never have), especially in a car and I rarely smoke during the day. I kind of smoke cigs like men used to smoke pipes/cigars: with a "smoking" jacket, in another room/outside, and at certain times of the day.

Maybe I'll try my trick for when I want to avoid some tempting no-no food... I pretend that if I were to eat that cookie I have to 5 more. I don't relish the thought of eating 6 cookies and injecting for empty carbs that I don't eat it. I say to myself that if I want that cookie it has to come at the end of a meal. I often don't want that cookie anymore by then. Maybe if I tell myself that I have to have 3 or 4 cigs to have that one, I won't want it anymore. Just thinking out loud here :-)

I guess because I try to live my life with as much moderation as possible (i.e. one coffee a day, one sweet a day, etc.) that the butts are just part of that. I think I'm justifying here that a couple smokes a day is not so big a deal. I also know that until I change that mindset I won't cut them out. I sense an attitude adjustment coming up :-)

Cheers
Kris
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

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