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Wendy

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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #90 on: March 16, 2012, 05:29:24 PM »
I had cravings for about 2 years then the cravings went away and not only no cravings since then but I can't abide the smell of smoke. Saves me a lot of money because I stay out of casinos.
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #91 on: March 17, 2012, 06:34:39 AM »
Yeah jje1960, those Merit Badges went REAL well with the Bus Driver uniform !!!!!!

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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #92 on: March 17, 2012, 08:52:02 AM »
I too, after quitting, find the smell of cig smoke really yucky! 

Also, the smoke that comes off a lit cig as it is being held or is sitting in an ash tray is absolutely the worst of all.  I suppose this may be because after inhaling the smoke the smokers lungs have absorbed most of the tars and poisons so the exhaled smoke is not as offensive.

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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #93 on: March 17, 2012, 04:53:45 PM »
With respect to all that are trying to ''kick the weed'' habit I want to tell you guys this.   
Do Not Get Hooked On Food as a substitute for tobacco.   This is the tragic error so many make when they try to stop smoking.
When you kick the weed you will notice how much better food smells and how much better it is when you eat and eating can and sometimes will make a good substitute for the weeds.  Some folks gain weight like a whale so you will have to be careful and not replace one bad habit with another bad habit. 
If you do get the munchies try celery or radishes or lettuce or cabbage.  Try Peppermint life savers or sunflower seeds that you must crack out of the shell.  Keep an eye on what you eat and don't let it take charge of you.   Salsa is also good with corn chips.  For goodness sake stay away from chocolate and donuts.   They will taste wonderful.   Been there and done that....
One of the oldest ''addages'' when ladies smoked is that the ciggies replaced the craving for food and they kept their ''figure'' longer.   In actuality they looked pretty good in their coffin .....

Nuff said for now guys ...... KEEP UP THE GOOD  WORK  and if you fail just start over and always keep trying.
Be safe my friends........... God bless our troops and bring them home soon ..........cj...
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #94 on: March 17, 2012, 09:47:29 PM »
Don't know how long we're going to keep up the reporting, but here's my report for today and yesterday. Not good at all. Well, today is pretty good. I recovered from yesterday and am back on track. The e-cig is getting better, or I am getting better at it. Pretty well satisfies me.
 
Yesterday is a different matter. Family member went in for a 2 week check-up on abdominal surgery. Supposed to be a half hour. That was what was scheduled. Well, time went by and no news. Then another hour - no news. Lot of activity, and I tried to stay out of the way. Maybe I should have asked someone what was going on.
 
E-sig held on for about 3 hours. (I'd take a break and walk outside, around the corner. Then puff.) Then, she came out with a bunch of new meds and no smile on her face. She had kept secret that her pain was growing, because she wanted to see the original surgeon, and couldn't until her appointment. Well, she had developed 5 abcesses where staples had been, after removal earlier this week. They did urgent surgery to clean out the abcesses, right there in the exam room. That was what all the fuss was about! I should have asked.
 
Well, e-cig got forgotten, and we had a feast on real cigs for about an hour. I figured I'd have to start over from scratch - or perhaps worse than that. By bedtime, I was back to sane and back to the "inhaler." I am going to continue on, and whip this addiction.
 
I recall several times in my life where an extremely stressfull event, worse than yesterday, knocked me off from as much as two or three years of not smoking. Gotta find a better way to deal with that kind of stress. Don't expect a repeat of yesterday's event, but you never know what's next.
 
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #95 on: March 18, 2012, 08:10:48 AM »
Not to worry Ray.   Ain't no body gonna break your bones about back sliding.  Stuff happens and we are only human.  When my wife died suddenly back in 03 I had been ''off the weed'' for eight years.  When I walked into the house after the funeral I picked up a pack of her ciggies (she still smoked) and went back to a pack a day in one day.  Life didnt mean much for a while and I figured it was better to smoke than to ''eat the gun''....
You hang in there brother and KEEP TRYING..........   You got my support for sure
Be safe and ''Never quit trying''.......................cj..............
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #96 on: March 18, 2012, 12:17:47 PM »
Come on Ray, Seajay giving some pretty inspirational advise here.  Let's go, get it back together.  Today is day 8, definitely the hardest so far.  Not sure why at all, holy cow, was on edge all morning, couldn't stop thinking about it.  Still have no intention of smoking anymore, just a hard day.  On a good note, can't believe how much has changed in only one week, breathing and smelling like I have not remembered in years!  Have past the big 'ONE' for one week, now looking for the 'ONE' month.

Now, sorry about posting this quitting stuff, understand it has nothing to do with RV'ing, have felt guilty about that since I started the post.  Must say that reading the RV posts helps keep my mind off the cigarettes though!! 
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #97 on: March 18, 2012, 12:43:53 PM »
Now, sorry about posting this quitting stuff, understand it has nothing to do with RV'ing, have felt guilty about that since I started the post.  Must say that reading the RV posts helps keep my mind off the cigarettes though!!

No need to feel guilty, this is the Shade Tree section where anything goes as long as it's tasteful.  This has always been a "people helping people" forum as well as an RV focused forum.  That's part of what makes it the friendliest place to hang out in cyberspace.
 
Many of us have been through "quitting", know how difficult it is, and want to support all of you who are struggling right now.  We're proud of you for trying and you'll be proud of youself when you succeed.  Hang in there, guys!
 
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #98 on: March 18, 2012, 12:54:20 PM »
It's under The Shade Tree where anything goes so no problem. We have a lot of lifestyle discussions so this is just another one. Want to make it RV-related, I've never seen an RV 4 sale ad that didn't say 'non-smoker' so you're just trying to join that group :)

I like the ONE method - One Hour, One Day, One Week...And if you falter, start again. I remember easily making the One Week point several times before I finally quit. And if food helps you quit, that's ok. For my Dad it was dill pickles, for me it was stick candy. I'd rather be 20 pounds overweight than smoke.

Good luck. Keep it up. YOU CAN DO IT !

Wendy
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Ray D

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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #99 on: March 18, 2012, 01:12:59 PM »
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Want to make it RV-related, I've never seen an RV 4 sale ad that didn't say 'non-smoker' so you're just trying to join that group (http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/Smileys/default/smiley.gif)

 
Way back when I was looking for an RV, I noticed that people advertised that there had been no smoking, no pets, no children. Finally realized that smokers and folks with pets or children just don't sell their RVs.  ;)
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #100 on: March 18, 2012, 02:45:35 PM »
Thanks, appreciate it, getting to he end of another day, got through it.  How's it going Ray?  Seajay, give him some inspiration!  DW must have told DD how hard today was, she came down today and told me ... Pop, you doing ok?...Man, that was a boost, we talked about it and got a second wind.  35yrs of this habit/dependencie, feeling good to say good bye.
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Ray D

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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #101 on: March 18, 2012, 02:58:46 PM »
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How's it going Ray?

Going good. Not even tempted today. I am learning that there is a correct way to "smoke" the e-cigs. Much more satisfying. Glad Friday is behind me.
 
Someone posted that Walmart sells e-cigs, so I went down there to check on prices. They were cheaper than the tobacco shops, but only had the kits. If a kit is acceptable, that would be the place to buy. I simply prefer the throw-aways, and will pay more for them.
 
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #102 on: March 18, 2012, 03:59:12 PM »
I smoked 2 packs a day for 35 years before I decided to quit. DH and I even went to the Eagles that night (May 6, 2008) to help me remember why I couldn't breathe. That tactic worked for me, it won't work for everyone. Hanging onto a stair railing outside, coughing my lungs out from the smoke, was a good reminder of why I needed to stop smoking. The hardest part for me was month 2. By then I felt I had my addiction under control, and was feeling pretty cocky. The fact that I still wasn't feeling as good as I thought I should, did not help. So many times I said "I felt better when I smoked, maybe I should start again". Thank goodness I did not give in to the negative thoughts I was having. I am a nonsmoker of nearly 4 years. Oh, the feeling better didn't happen over night, but it did happen. I guess what I'm trying to say is ~ be easy on yourself. Don't beat yourself up. Your body and mind have been, and are still going through a rough time. You are a nonsmoker. GREAT JOB  ;D
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #103 on: March 18, 2012, 10:18:26 PM »
Ray- To answer your question.  NO (unfortunately) we are not on the wagon.  We are running as fast as we can catching up to the train.  But we have all the excuses.  My crystal ball says this week will be it.  Going to see the cardiologist to find out how bad a recently diagnosed PFO I have. He is also my father's heart doc and my father has advanced COPD, lungs falling apart and had quad bypass about 7 years ago...all from smoking. 

My plans to taper off is working pretty well and I am finding Listerine breath strips to be useful.  Pop one on the tongue and take a deep breath...WOW...My mom suggested.  I worry about the hand to mouth and likely will start eating like mad....stocked up on hard candy..but worried about my teeth...Got the carrot and celery sticks too...but I get bored with them. 

I am digging some of the suggestions such as CHARGING ourselves to smoke...I am not a "spa"  kind of girl, but I know that money would be great to help with DS tuition and football camps this summer!! :)  Then again, some new fishing gear or shotgun may be nice too! HAHAHA
Ridiculous how we do this too ourselves.  In my quest to better myself, I worry about the side effects of "quit smoking" meds/gum/patches etc...How silly!! 
Will stay positive and continue on this journey to being smoke free! :)

All the while DH patiently waits for me...God I love that man! :)
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #104 on: March 19, 2012, 07:16:03 AM »
To Jim and Lee Ann......
Hang in there my children, Rome was not built in a day and sometimes quitting the weed takes several tries.  The secret to success is NEVER STOP TRYING.  If you must smoke, CHARGE YOURSELF FOR EACH CIGGIE and don't make it cheap.  DO NOT SNEAK A PUFF OCCASIONALLY.  If you do, I will know it and me and two Marines and an Air Force guy and a Ground Pounder will come and find you in the middle of the night and we will give you a crunchy peanut butter and jelly e****a and then a strong laxative and nail the toilet door shut.  It will get ''worser'' from there.   
Just teasing my friends I know the Hell that you are walking in right now.  Been there and Done that and it is tough.
I urge you to keep trying and if you fail, just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and listen in the middle of the nite for footsteps outside your house........hehehehehehehhe.
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #105 on: March 21, 2012, 04:27:34 PM »
Well, been a few days since post, doing awesome!  Saturday is two weeks, feeling better everyday.  So strange, still reaching for something without thinking, then remember I don't smoke anymore, very weird.  Anyone else still sitting on the wagon... Ray... How ya doing?  First camping week of the year coming up, leave this weekend.  Taking off Sunday morning for a week in N. Virginia, looks cooler for next week but not so bad, supposed to be in the 60's in the long range forecast next week.
Jim
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #106 on: March 21, 2012, 05:11:36 PM »
Glad to hear from you, again. Wondered how you were doing.
 
I'm doing OK, for now. Not completely off cigs. Gotta decide one way or the other, pretty soon. Taking two to four cigs a day, now. I think that's good, but gotta make the big move soon. It's really tough. The first week was easier.
 
Well, on and off the wagon. Hoping for more willpower and less stress, both at once.  :D 
 
Ray D  :)
 
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #107 on: March 21, 2012, 05:14:01 PM »
Pretty soon is tomorrow morning!  Sending PM.
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #108 on: March 21, 2012, 05:56:27 PM »
PM received and replied. Replied twice, actually, as first dissappeared. Don't know how many you'll get.
 
Ray D.  :)
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #109 on: March 21, 2012, 06:02:42 PM »
Got it buddy.  Believe we are will be riding the same wagon... right?
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« Reply #110 on: March 21, 2012, 06:12:22 PM »
Ray D - Tomorrow is the day you quit once and for all.  Throw the rest of them out.  Remember Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life!  You KNOW you'll feel better and will be in better health so do it now!  (That's an order!)  ::)  We'll all be here cheering you on!

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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #111 on: March 21, 2012, 06:35:21 PM »
Jim, yep, we're on the same wagon. Ardra, are you pickin on me. Make me feel like I'm back in the military!  :-\   ;) 
 
This just got tougher, the second week of this campaign. First several days were easy. I expected worse. I didn't expect the difficulty of the last several days.
 
Just for the record, I started this e-cig try several weeks ago. Helped, but didn't quite do the job. Found this wagon, and jumped on. Staying here.  :) 
 
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« Reply #112 on: March 21, 2012, 06:50:17 PM »
Ray - Yep!  This Army Brat is giving you your marching orders.  Isn't that just what you need!  Tee hee.  Seriously, when you start to feel the need go outside and do something different.  Can you take a walk or do some hobby or go talk to a neighbor?  Whatever you can do to divert yourself is good.  Just don't sit there looking at them and then give in.  You have to reorient your thinking and get your hands and/or body doing something else than reach for one of those cancer sticks.

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« Reply #113 on: March 21, 2012, 07:13:14 PM »
OK, Ardra is providing the tough love!  I'm Mrs. Bleeding Heart, willing to hear all your excuses, tell you how tough it is, hoping to cheer you through it.  Know what I say now? 
 
I say, LISTEN TO ARDRA !!!
 
You know it's worth it; I know it's worth it.  It's really tough, but kicking the habit has rewards on so many levels.  We know you can do it, because we did .... and it wasn't easy, buddy, it wasn't easy.   But life is much better for us now, and will be for you, too!
 
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #114 on: March 21, 2012, 09:14:13 PM »
Thanks SEAJAY!  On the right track! :)
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« Reply #115 on: March 21, 2012, 10:16:35 PM »
Ray, Here's another one trying to add more encouragement to your difficult task.  Been there, done that, don't ever intend to go through it again.  As others have said, when your get the urge, do something else.  Someone suggested to go out an talk to a neighbor, etc.  Just pick one who is a non-smoker.  One thing that hurt me in my endeavor, was being WITH people who themselves smoked.  This DID NOT HELP ME ONE BIT.  Divorce yourself from all those who smoke until you get over the hump, so to speak and you can then handle someone elses Bad Habit.  Hang with people who don't smoke and the pain will be that much less, and the urges will go away that much quicker.

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« Reply #116 on: March 22, 2012, 09:12:53 AM »
You make an excellent point, Daisy. Not being around smokers much helped a lot when I quit three and a half years ago. All of my previous attempts had been years ago when smoking was more common and when you could smoke in restaurants, bars, etc. Thinking of myself as a non-smoker, rather than an ex-smoker or as having quit smoking, also helped. Fortunately, the urge to smoke is rare these days, and fairly weak when it occurs.

And best of luck to all who are trying -- it's really worth the effort.
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #117 on: March 22, 2012, 10:21:01 AM »
When I was in college, I hung out with smokers. I quit smoking between semesters and could no longer hang with those people...just couldn't be around smokers. Lucky thing Mike didn't smoke.
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Re: Quit smoking
« Reply #118 on: March 24, 2012, 10:39:04 AM »
Two weeks down this morning.  Chewing a ton of gum (plain gum)... For the nicotine withdrawal, using e-cig.  Have already gone from the regular down to the light dose on that.  The regular really messed me up, made me feel tired.  Can't believe how much better breathing is already.  Should have quit a year or two ago, have been ready for awhile now... You need to be 'ready'.  Have not figured out who yet, however either DW or one of the DC got rid of the two unopened packs that I bought the day I quit, they disappeared from the kitchen counter!  I know this is going to sound stupid to anyone that has never smoked, however this is like saying goodbye to an old friend... albeit a friend that one should have never been around! Now, for those that have not been able to stay on the wagon ride....  Your not alone, found an interesting site, hope it helps.  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000953.htm
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« Reply #119 on: March 24, 2012, 02:34:09 PM »
Ray D - Where are you?  We haven't heard from you for a couple of days.  Hope you're hanging in there too!

Jim - You have such a smart family!  :D

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