Akram, good for you in taking a positive step to make improvements in your life. I have never smoked so I don't know how that feels to quit. My son smokes a lot and I worry about him as he has smoked for 21 yrs. I think it is a good idea to check with your dr. and also ask about using one of those types of gum for smokers or a nicotine patch so you gradually get the nicotine out of your system. I wish you the best of luck and do post how you are doing.
Your success rate will have a lot to do with what your motivation is to quit. Many people feel guilty about being smokers, especially since smokers have become such social pariahs. Others feel pressured by friends or family members. Some want to improve their health...there are just a miriad of reason. I'm glad you just stopped when you felt the urged, but I wish you had made a plan ahead of time to have the Wellbutrin in hand before you stopped. Playing catch-up when you are already having cravings is really hard.
Personally, I'm a smoker. I'm going to stay a smoker until I am good and ready to stop. I stopped before for several years, but always told myself I could have a cigarette anytime I wanted to and I would not fall off the wagon. It worked well for me. Every few months I'd get an urge for a smoke, so I'd go buy a pack, smoke one, then throw the rest of the pack out. It might hurt a little more these days with cigarettes having got to be so darn expensive. When I quit, I'm going on CHANTIX, cuz it works like a charm for me. It works like aversion therapy, making your cigarettes taste gross, since you smoke while taking the medication for the first couple of weeks. If you are having a hard time and really want to quit and the Wellbutrin isn't working, try the CHANTIX.
Best of luck my friend, and make sure you are doing this strictly for you. My mom badgered my dad into quitting, and he can still tell you the years, days, hours, and minutes since he had his last cigarette. He switched to snacking. Now mom badgers my dad about snacking...the poor man still couldn't catch a break.
Post Edited (Akram) : 7/15/2009 7:18:53 PM (GMT-6)
I’m glad you are having fewer cravings now. That helps a lot, doesn’t it? You were asking about how long it takes to clear the lungs, and I thought you might be interested in the following ‘stop smoking’ timetable:
I think your idea to get back to the exercising is good. I know how you feel about it….I gave up my gym membership last year for several reasons (pain issues, financial problems, etc.) but it is getting to that time when I need to do something more than my daily walks. Maybe you and I can set up a buddy/support system. I want to start back at it after my pneumonia clears up.
In the meantime, is there anything physical that you enjoy doing right now? I know it must be very hot where you are, but is there someplace air conditioned where you enjoy walking around, like a mall or something? Or perhaps some place with a pool where you could swim? Just some thoughts.
Hang in there and don’t forget to congratulate yourself every day for not smoking. It is a huge accomplishment, and one that should be recognized. You are a wonderful person, Akram, and you deserve to have a happy and healthy life. Stay strong, and know that we care about you.