Tomorrow is the day...any advise from the quitters?

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MEG25801
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   Posted 3/14/2009 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all
 
Tomorrow is the big day...I am going to quit smoking.  Had planned to quit the 17th anyway, but when they went up to $5 a pack I decided to go sooner :-)    Wish me luck and if there is anyone out there who has quit already PLEASE share your tips
 
~Missy~
Diagnosed with Panic Disorder(16 yrs ago)-GERD(12 years ago)-GAD(16 yrs ago)-IBS(12 years ago)-DDD(6 years ago)-Arthritis(since teenager)-Controled HBP(2 years ago)-Diagnosed with fibromyalgia 9-29-08.
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SleepyBug
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   Posted 3/14/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, I am quitting smoking, too! My official quit day is tomorrow-maybe we can quit together??
love and hugs
~danielle


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Marlee2
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   Posted 3/14/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Good for you Missy, what is your plan of action??? Yeah, they have gone up here too, again. I searched all over town the other day to find the cheapest ones. It is just insane to be paying that kind of money for something that is harming us. I got some Nicorette gum the other day and I'm going to try that to at least cut down.
 
Good luck!!!
 
luv and hugs
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   Posted 3/14/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Missy and I wish you the very best on quitting smoking! I have quit twice in my life- once for 3yrs and another time for 1 and a half yrs. Dumb, dumb, dumb, to start back again, but I learned lessons from that and will not repeat it once I quit again.

I was talking to the guy at the smoke shop where I buy my cigarettes and he told me they will go up to $7 a pack after three tax hikes that are coming over time!! Who can afford that!!?? So another huge incentive to quit on this end too!!  

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SassyIsMyKitty
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   Posted 3/14/2009 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband and I are going to try to quit smoking. We can barely afford cigs as it is without the price going up again. It is definately going to be interesting. Neither my husband nor I is happy when we are without nicotine. The only time I was able to quit was when I was pregnant with my son. And then I started smoking again a month after he was born.

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And may your tears be few. 
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SleepyBug
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   Posted 3/14/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
It's funny that you mention that, Tiki. I quite during all three of my pregnancies, then started up again shortly after each birth. Funny how I was able to quit cold turkey with very little problem when I had a baby to think about, but when it's just quitting for me, it's like the hardest thing EVER!

I kick myself though because in my late 20's I quit for 3 whole years (!!) then I went through a super stressful period and started back up again. It's amazing what stress can drive us to! My in laws quit smoking for over 20 years, and as soon as my brother in law started going through his terrible legal issues, they started back up again. Smoking is awful-they say it's harder to quit than heroin!

My motivation this time is that I'm getting closer to 40 and I'm looking at my kids and thinking-I want to be there to watch them grow up. I want to see my grandchildren! I don't need this unhealthy habit in my life! I am also going to use Nicorette as that's what help me quit last time. Also, since I'm trying to lose weight at the same time, I am going to get on my treadmill whenever the urge to smoke becomes really bad. My dad used exercise to help him quit and that worked really well for him, so I figured I'd try it out myself.
love and hugs
~danielle


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We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.~Carlos Castaneda

I wish you all the joy that you can wish.~William Shakespeare

Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.~Erma Bombeck


Chartreux
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   Posted 3/14/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Wanted to wish ya good luck on quitting! You will have many rough moments
and you might gain some weight, but if you stick with it, you'll reap a lot of good
Health benefits...
I'll be rooting for you and Hope you can succeed...
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jewelrylady
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   Posted 3/14/2009 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Missy, hi Danielle,  Good for you!!!!    I have been quit now for over 8 years.  I had smoked for 31 years & had tried every gimmick that came out.  I even tried acupuncture twice.  The first time I stayed quit for about 2 monthes.  The second I walk out after the procedure, got in my car & lit up a cig.  There was a little computer thing you could puch in each time you had a cig & after 3 days it started giving you your cigs.  I stayed quit with that one for about 3 years. It never worked again for me.  I tried the things you stick on the end to lower the nicotene levels, there were 4 of them.  Not a good one for me, never quit. 

I quit with the Nicotene gum.  I chewed it for about a year.  LOL  but I didn't smoke!!!  I also was cutting them up.  I would buy the 4mg & cut it in half to get the 2 mg I needed.  After about 3 months I cut them in thirds then later into 4ths.  Yup, I was not going to have that huge drop when I had to go off or so I thought.  I had to use the patches then to go off the gum because boy did I love the gum.  They could have their cigs just give me the gum.  I used the patches in the same way as the gum.  Buy the largest & cut them to what I needed.  I dtopped myself down gradually.

I have heard very good results with the newer meds for quitting smoking.  I certainly would try that.  Also, use this forum, we are here to support you in this.  Have hard candies, sugarfree gum, straws, toothpicks, whatever you need, all over the house, within reach all the time.  If you have to chew 5 sticks of gum, do it.  Suckers, popsicles, low fat fudge bars.  Find a list of symptoms for what your lungs look like now & put it on the fridge.  Find a list of how your lungs are improving & what your body is going through daily, and it is daily.  Put it on the Fridge, I found it on the web so just google it,  Daily your lungs will go through a change & it is motivating.  Our bodies begin to heal immediately. 

The first 3 days, all I did was veg on the couch watching movies, reading books, pampering myself.  It helped & I made it through the chemical withdrawals before I tackled living my life without cigs.  3 days & you are chemical free.  Unless, like me you are using the patch or gum you will still have the nicotine but all the other gunk is gone & your lungs are coming to life again. 

Watch out for the threes?  I found this before I quit the last time & it helped me.  Hour 3 is going to be really hard, get through it.  Day three you will want to give up, your resolve will have weakened, you motivation will be in the toilet.  Rethink why you are quitting.  It's for you!!  Because "you" want too.  Week three will be scary, you have 2 weeks under your belt & are feeling strong.  Don't believe it.  Week three has taken down even the best of them.  Month three.  Gone are the people who are supporting you, you are a non smoker right?  yes & no, You still have the smoker mentality.  One slip & your a smoker.  Be strong.  Year 3, Statistics show more people start again in the third year.  Don't know why but there it is.  Year 9 is also a slippery place. 

It will be hard but you have battle Fibro & so many other illnesses, you are strong & you can make it.  You are alot stronger then you think.  We feel weaken by our illnesses but they actually make us stronger.  Hang in there.  Post often.  Hugs, hugs, hugs, Denise


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SassyIsMyKitty
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   Posted 3/14/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was pregnant, it was really easy to quit because it made me really ill just to even be around the smell of cigarette smoke, and then I got over that a month after my son was born, and my husband was still smoking, so I just started smoking again. We are both going to quit together, which will be helpful, but we are both cranky when we don't have nicotine, so it is going to be an interesting experience.

~MDD, Fibromyalgia, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, IBS, TMJ, Arthritis~
 
May your heart be filled with love and joy.
May your mind be clear and true.
May your smiles be many,
And may your tears be few. 
May God wrap you in His arms
Especially when you're feeling blue.


MEG25801
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   Posted 3/14/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Guys...I am going to need all the support I can get.  My hubby is quitting with me...we just can't afford it any more. nono   So, if you don't see me online for a while it's cause we killed eachother devil   
 
Danielle--yea we can quit together...I think I have my messengers added on here as well as my email addy so if you need me just holler...I am throwing away all my ashtrays tonight and giving what little cigs I have left away.  So tomorrow morning is it!!! yeah    I am actually really excited and pumped about it.  I think I can, I think I can!!!
 
Marlee--Plan of action is....as I said I'm throwing all the ashtrays away tonight.  I bought about $25 worth of candy today as well as some Nicorette.  But...me and my health anxiety...dummy me read the health warnings on the box so I am going to try with out it.  But I know I have it if I need it.  I have an afghan that I started 2 years ago that I am going to try to finish crocheting...if my hand will let me.  I have straws to hold and chew, I have a coloring book and crayons ( I love to color...it relaxes me) tongue , and if all else fails, I will sleep all day.  But my bedroom is a mess so I will try to clean out some drawers and closets tomorow.  Monday it will be back to work.  Honestly...I am taking it one day at a time.  I can't wait though to look at my daddy and my daddy in law (who both have quit due to lung issues) and tell them I have quit!!!  They will be so happy and proud!! turn
 
Wish me luck all...and gl to you Danielle!!!!
~Missy~
Diagnosed with Panic Disorder(16 yrs ago)-GERD(12 years ago)-GAD(16 yrs ago)-IBS(12 years ago)-DDD(6 years ago)-Arthritis(since teenager)-Controled HBP(2 years ago)-Diagnosed with fibromyalgia 9-29-08.
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leemadd
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   Posted 3/14/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck I hope you can breeze through it. Remember sometimes deep breathing helps alot..
LeeAnn

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   Posted 3/14/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Missy and Danielle!

I am so proud of you! I know you can do it! Just really put your mind to it! We fibromites are overachievers, we are wonder women (and supermen)!!

Seriously, I tried to quit many times, but when I finally did quit, it was with Chantix, a prescription drug you take for three months, or longer, if needed. I took it for five months. Any doctor should be thrilled to write a script for you. What I LOVED about it is that it blocks the urge in your brain for nicotine, so I didn't go through the withdrawal symptoms at all! That first week which is always so miserable, was NOT! Oh yes, I still had the habit to break, like when talking on the phone, reaching for a smoke, that kind of thing, but it was easier to deal with not having the addiction to fight.

I taught myself how to crochet and that's what I did to keep my hands busy. It's been 2-1/2 years for me and I can honestly say I have NO desire, not at all. It also helps that you can't smoke in most public places now and I work at home so I'm not with smokers. Actually, when I'm out walking my dogs and someone drives by who is smoking, I not only can smell it but I find it to be really awful, really stinky!

Anyway, I wish you both much luck. You can do it and yes please come here to vent if you need. I'll be happy to support you and do what I can

take good care

Miriam

 

 


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MEG25801
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   Posted 3/15/2009 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Got up this morning...no cigarette...not liking it!!  LOL  But I am very determined!!

Diagnosed with Panic Disorder(16 yrs ago)-GERD(12 years ago)-GAD(16 yrs ago)-IBS(12 years ago)-DDD(6 years ago)-Arthritis(since teenager)-Controled HBP(2 years ago)-Diagnosed with fibromyalgia 9-29-08.
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Sherrine
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   Posted 3/15/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Missy, I wish you much luck with quitting smoking.  I was a 2 1/2 pack a day smoker when I quit...on January 16, 1979.  Funny how you always remember when you quit smoking!  wink
 
I was really motivated.  I suffered from chronic bronchitis plus I would have "walking pneumonia" at least once a year.  I had three children ages 4 and under at the time and I knew I wouldn't see them grow up if I didn't stop killing myself with cigarettes.  I just threw them away.  Period. I also emptied all the ashtrays...including the ones in the car...since I had been know to smoke old cigarette butts when trying to quit previously....anyone's old cigarette butts!  smhair
 
I felt great...for the first two hours and then I craved a cigarette.  I stopped dead in my tracks, bowed my head, and asked the Lord to take that feeling away from me and He did.  I got busy and it passed.  Pretty soon those feeling happened less and less and I wouldn't dream of putting a cigarette to my lips again.  I can't stand to be around smoke now and don't know how I ever breathed that into my lungs.
 
If you are truly determined to quit, you will quit!  The human mind is very strong so use that power that you have and don't give in.  Do this for your family.  It's the best gift you can give them.  Best of luck and let us know how you are doing.
 
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sarbear
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   Posted 3/15/2009 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Good for you! I quit about 6 months ago. I just stopped cold turkey pretty much. I did smoke every now and then when I was drinking (I hardley ever drink). Whernever I had one though it tasted so gross and left a nasty feeling in my thoat. I knew I was done with them for good. I really can't even remember when I last had one and I don't plan on smoking ever again. I want my body as healthy as it can be. My hubby was suppose to quite but he is more addicted than I was I guess. He smoked a lot longer than me and he wasn't able to quit. He is doing a lot better and only smokes a few times a week.

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   Posted 3/15/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Wishing you well, and I know the struggle. I still smoke but cigs up here are 7 bucks and yeah so. My husband and I smoke outside in 10 below weather, We don't smoke in the car. I thought it would help. but we still seem to smoke, at least our house dosen't smell from smoke and our daughter isn't around it. So I would love to quit. Tried over 7 times. I have smoked for 35 years and I know i would feel so much better if I did. So today, I still can't believe I use to run marathons and then smoke a cig afterwards. Anyone see something wrong with that picture?! Don't answer that.... : )
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SassyIsMyKitty
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   Posted 3/15/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
As I have said, my husband and I plan to quit together, so I hope we don't kill each other. I wish all the quitters the best of luck! Let's hope we all can do it. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it.

~MDD, Fibromyalgia, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, IBS, TMJ, Arthritis~
 
May your heart be filled with love and joy.
May your mind be clear and true.
May your smiles be many,
And may your tears be few. 
May God wrap you in His arms
Especially when you're feeling blue.


leemadd
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   Posted 3/15/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope you are copinfg today I know it will be hard the first 5 are the worse..
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