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   Posted 9/13/2008 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kelly,
 
This is Karen.
 
First of all, CONGRATULATIONS for becoming smoke free.
 
But I was wondering if there was any tricks that you could share other than the Chantix for stopping smoking.
 
When I quit about 10 years ago, I did it psychologically, putting my smokes in another room, leaving home without them.  I also used breathsavers when I got a craving.  I would pop one in my mouth and that kind of took away the urge to smoke. 
 
I was just wondering if there was anything else that helped you to quit or if it was just the chantix.
 
Again, I am so proud of you.
 
Luv and hugs, Karen...
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kelly71
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   Posted 9/13/2008 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen (gb),
 
Besides the Chantix (which I have learned blocks the nicotine receptors-there's an ad in the new People Magazine), I just used a lot of distractions.  Yes, the Chantix helped the physical cravings, but it doesn't help the psychological ones.  I was one of those smokers who HAD to smoke after eating a meal, talking on the phone, in the car, etc.  So, when I would get the thought of "I'm supposed to have a cigarette," I would just do something-anything-to distract myself.  Also, I didn't give myself an "out."  There weren't any smokes in the house or the car, so if I really wanted one, I would have to drag my big, painful, booty to the store. smhair
 
But, really, for ME, it was the continued encouragement of y'all.  You'd be surprised how far a "you can do it," and a "congrats" can go with me.  So, again, thanks to EVERYONE who gave me that support.  BTW-my mother is SHOCKED that I've finally quit.  I'm SHOCKED that I can get through a phone call with her without smoking! smilewinkgrin
 
16 days and counting.... yeah
FINALLY dxd on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Chantix to try to quit smoking (started 08/20/08)
 
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson


getting by
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   Posted 9/13/2008 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL Kelly,

I think that you had a really good attitude too which helps. My smoking I think is more of a habit than an addiction. I am one to light up after a meal, on the phone, in the car, out of the car. JUst a big stupid habit.

Thanks for the encouraging words though, I think I am going to make another attempt with the chantix too. It did give me that feeling of not needing that crutch so much.

Again congratulations, and I really think that you have it licked. Way to go Kelly. We are all so proud of you.

Luv and hugs, Karen...
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kelly71
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   Posted 9/13/2008 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen (gb),
 
I really don't know if I have a good attitude-it's been a rough week for me. sad   Maybe I have a good attitude about smoking? wink   I really will always be an advocate for Chantix, because I have tried everything else (cold turkey, patches, gum, lozenges) and it's never worked.  Well, I did quit with the patches for a few months, but I don't count that. shakehead
 
I ALWAYS used the excuse that it just wasn't the right time to quit.  I was too painful or stressed out.  I finally realized that there is NEVER a "right" time to quit.  Because, with fibro, I'm probably always gonna be painful or stressed. eyes   But, I also know that everyone needs to make that "quitting decision" for themselves.  I will never look down on someone for smoking, because in this case, I really do understand.
 
My GP had been really trying to get me to quit for over a year, and when he mentioned the Chantix, I thought, "why not?"  It couldn't hurt to try, right?
 
Anyway, as usual, I'm babbling.  I hope that when you are ready, you'll give the Chantix another try.  I'll be there to support you in any way I can.  I'm sure we all will. yeah
FINALLY dxd on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Chantix to try to quit smoking (started 08/20/08)
 
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson


getting by
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   Posted 9/13/2008 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Kelly,

I saw the doc yesterday and he made a comment about my poor feet. He said it was from smoking. I have bad circulation and my feet are always blue. I worry about that because diabetes runs in my family too. So he really got me thinking. I have cut down tremondously because I dont let my self smoke in the house anymore. When I go out for a smoke, it doesn't seem as pleasurable as it was letting them burn up in the ashtray beside me. But the house smells much better.LOL...

So I am getting ready to become smoke free. I will let you know when I start to stop. I think I ended up building up a tolerance to the chantix. Because it didn't give me that contented feeling that it did in the beginning. There was a quitting window there and I bypassed it like an idiot. I didn't try hard enough, so I give you so much credit for sticking to it and making it. You have begun your healthy life and that is wonderful.

I think you have a pretty good attitude. We all have our problems and you always seem to rise above it.

Hugs, Karen...
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Sherrine
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   Posted 9/13/2008 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I really don't know a lot about this product but I did purchase it for my two daughters that smoke.  I'll be giving it to them as a Christmas gift...hopefully the gift of life.  It's called Zerosmoke.  It uses tiny magnets that are put on the cartiledge of the ear.  It's not "magnetism" that is doing the work but aricular therapy that makes this work...kind of like acupuncture with no needles.   
 
There are reports that say that it doesn't work, but a doctor is using this in a hospital in Florida.  Here is the article about it from South Florida Business Journal. 
 
 
What I like about this is there are no chemicals put in the body.  It works like acupuncture.  I have a friend that smoked for over 40 years...a 3 pack a day habit, and used acupuncture to quit smoking and he did it easily.  That was two years ago and he still isn't smoking!  This works like acupuncture but with no needles.  Plus it is a lot less costly.  So I bought it for my kids because I think they'll give this a shot.
 
By the way, I have absolutely no vested interest in this product.  I saw it in a catalogue, checked it out on line and liked what I saw.  This article was the decision-maker for me.  Just thought I would share this with my smoking friends.
 
Sherrine


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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 9/13/2008 11:09:01 AM (GMT-6)


getting by
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   Posted 9/13/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine,

Thank you for this information. I think I will give this a chance if the chantix doesn't help this time, maybe even before. Sounds good to me. I have heard about this before. Thanks a million.

Luv and hugs, Karen...
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