well i have been saying for years i was going to quit and finally i have made my mind up to do it. now i just dont know what the best way to do it is. i was thinking just doing it cold turkey....but the last time i tried to do that i turned in to a witch. so bad that my boss actually thanked me for starting up again because she couldnt take it anymore lol.
thought about the patch......definitely dont want to take the pills fo rit. i knew a few people who have been put on those pills and they had some really funky side effects and none of them were good ones.
i see some people walking around with those plastic cigarettes ... not sure about how they really are effective except maybe just giving your hands something to do.
dont want to gain any weight cause i honestly cannot afford to.
so.......have any experiences that you can share on how successful or even unsuccessful you were ? what the hardest part was...easiest ? things to watch out for or things that will help it be easier ?
7.00 a day on cigarettes is just insane...............not willing to spend it anymore.
Though I have no personal experience in this area, my husband did it cold turkey. I say that, but then he would still have the occasional cigarette if he was with someone who smoked. Its been probably 4 years since he's had one now though. Anyway, I will be glad to cheer you on! Good luck and stick with it! You'll be happy you did. :)
Scout-while I have not been a smoker, I have used Yoga breathing exercises for weight loss from my 2 children. As a yoga teacher, I have found that many that the breathing or prana exercises have been very good in relieving stress and satisfying the need for smoking. It's worth a try and so much is on line now, you could just do a search. It doesn't cost anything and may also help you relax so you don't drive your boss crazy again. I first started teaching yoga when I worked as an account exec for a printing company-extemely stressful-many 14 hour days, press checks, deadlines, etc. It helped me tremendously. Also helped get me out of work on time!
First off GOOD LUCK! I have quit smoking several times (yet I seem to go back)....each time I have quit has been cold turkey, I do not think I have an addictive personality however when I am around others smoking I want one and before I know it I'm smoking again, I just do not have enough will power.
My stepmom used those plastic cigarettes and she said they did not work. She finally quit and how she did it was she bought a bag of those snack carrots and everytime she wanted a cigarette she would have a carrot. Great for her that it worked however I do not know how well it would work for others.
I also had a few friends that quit by using the patch, it worked well for some not so well for others.
I hope you find something that works for you. Cigarettes are getting more expensive everyday!
Bless your heart! I knew there was a reason I never started! I've heard good things about the patch, but I think its really about how motivated you are. My sister quits every time she gets pregnant so for 9 or 10 mos she's smoke free then always starts back to lose the baby weight. My grandmother quit after like 40 something years the day she learned she had cancer. So that has left me to believe if you are motivated enough.......................
I have never smoked, however...this might sound really cold, but think of what your son (and the rest of your family) will go through if you get cancer. I think that should be incentive enough to stop anyone. (Well, that, and the smell, and the cost...!) Good luck to you-I'm sure you can do it if you put your mind to it.
First,I commend you for wanting to quit.My hubby dips.Our Dr. Says to cut back a little each day, not to do the cold turkey thing.My grandmother smoked from the time she was 17 to she was 68.Thats when they found her cancer.Yes she's a survivor,thank God. But she does have alot of health issues that I can not spell.Scout if you can't quit for you,quit for the people that love and care about you.I wish you all the luck and lots of prayers.We are all here for support.
Scout1, I have extremely addictive personalilty, my curese my blessing. i have quit smoking (3 year of abstinence) and also quit chewing. I also am an ex-problem drinker.( almost 7 years of soberity) this is just from my experince. just quitting is the only way i can quit. doing the mental gymanastics of how is only confusing and i change my mind all the time. so how do you quit by just quiting. here is a tip also, this is not a weak will problem. this has nothing to do with will power. addiction is addiction not a lack of will power. so you are not weak or bad, we have an addiction not a morale problem. everyone is very concerned about physical addiction. physical addiction is easy, you just have to wait it out. psychological is much tougher. because it's your mind telling you in very cunning ways, "gp ahead smoke", one won't hurt" etc. so to combat this. first i change, everything. i bet you smoke a lot on the computer, i chewed. so getting off the net for awhile was a good idea. it was common place for smoking. classical conditioning at it's best. keeping busy with physical projects. i built two dog kennels in my yard the first week, with a roof and all. something like that. occupies the mind and body. also, staying away from places where smoking is social venture. bars, breaks at work (the smokers area). stuff like that. i also have 10 sec tiume bomb. if i have the thought, if i do not make a whole hearted try to deter myself in 10 sec. i am doomed. i cannot try to contemplate it at all. after eating was tough. i am telling you the hardest thing i have ever done was quit tobacco. also i do not like the patch or gums. they have nicotine in them, the body always craves more nicotine never less. so the whole dwindling off it idea, is hogwash. nicotine is said to be as addictive as heroin. just having a plan, always have an out. on duty at work was tough, no one around, nothing to do. i had to get moving and do something, so i just worked. tell people you are going to quit and ask them for support. do not just assume they will, also telling another human being out loud will help be accountable. remember this is a life or death situation choice you are making, so do you feel lucky, do ya!
No seriously though....I've smoked for 14 years...never quit once since I started up. I've always said that I wanted to quit, I just never could. DH was able to quit, but he had to use the patch...I even smoked while I had strep...surgery, sick..etc..etc. The ONLY thing that has made me quit thus far..was finding out I was preggo..and I know you're not going to go out and get preggo, just to quit smoking! lol
Sorry..I don't have any suggestions for you. The only piece of advice I have, is that if you decide to quit smoking...don't give up any other things at that moment. For instance...don't diet, don't give up caffeine, don't stop eating chocolate, or stop shopping...if you're going to quit..that's enough of a battle in itself and I wish you the best of luck!
Well the basic principle was when I wanted to eat, I would focus on my breathing techniques. After about 5 minutes of the techniques, I was focused enough to either say I wasn't hungry or I would direct my focus to something that I should be eating. There are many techiniques out there, many you can do right at work without anyone knowing. There is supposely a breathing workout that will actually help your body physically lose weight-I"ve never tried it or taught it, but rather teach the principle of controlling breath, thus controlling mind. The yoga workout or vinyasa is also very good in relieving stress and working areas that when stretched, also help reduce blood pressure and tone. When I was training and was very strict about the whole regimine-diet, vinyasa, meditation, and prana (breathing) I was at my absolute best-tone, mental, spiritual, etc. It does wonders for self esteem and boosting as well.
Several of my students from the past said that the exhaling and focusing where the inhale starts and stops has helped them with the fixation and release from smoking.
Yoga has also helped my Obsessive/Compulsive disorder. I have fear that if I don't check everything that something will be on fire, someone in my home, that I won't lock something, or that my children not be breathing while sleeping. It is horrible to waste so much of my life on this disorder, but I have also been able to work on it with yoga as well. It's all about the mental focus for me. Need to direct it in the right place.
Ok, the 20 minute standing on my head thing was a little off path and really didn't clear my mind-just jugled my brain! LOL. But if you did that you wouldn't want to smoke or eat then either!
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Scout, first let me say hello, you have a responded to a few of my threads in the past and I thank you but I am still a relative newbie as I just recently got a dog... So I just wanted to sort introduce myself, If I remember correctly I think I read you are from NJ, If I am correct we are state neighbors as I am from NY.
I am an x smoker on October 27th will be my one year anniversary. I was highly addicted and tried once before to quit but didn't work. I smoked about a pack and 1/2 a day... (Ur right about the $$$ to was getting crazy) any way, I had it in my head that I was going to quit again, so I went to my doctor and got a prescription for wellbutrin. This helps take the edge off. I started to take it for about a week or so preparing my self to quit ... Any way I also had recently had a chest x-ray as part of my physical I had asked for one due to smoking, On October 27th at approximately 7:30 my doctor called me to let me know he had gotten the films from the radiologist. There was a shadow he said, it was probably nothing, might be just shadow from my ribs but I should get a CAT scan. After I hung up with him, I reached into my bag and threw my pack of Marlboro light in the trash and never smoked again. The having the you know what scared out of me helped me to quit. and it was extremely hard. It sounds like you have taken the first step by mentally preparing yourself. If you are from jersey they have a quit line I recommend it. The RX helped me to take the edge off it's not for everyone but it did help me. The patch, which I tried in the past, made me sick. Get a mantra and say every time you feel the urge. Lolly pops also work for awhile (better cavities then cancer right) and network with people who have also quit... since you are a mod here and online a lot, reach out to people here you have befriended that are former smokers. I did it and didn't think so and you can too... Good luck you are on the right road.... YOU CAN DO IT....
Best wishes Scout-no matter what route you take! We should have a gum and life saver shower for you-kind of like a card shower-but with gum and hard candy. Everyone send gum and life savers to Scout-home and office!
Scout take wellbutrin. Wellbutrin,is an antidepressant medication given to help relieve certain kinds of major depression but it also works well to help people stop smoking. My husband was prescribed wellbutrin to stop smoking and it's been years since he has had a cigarette. Before wellbutrin he would stop then start again. He could not fight the urges. Now he is a vegan, does not drink alcohol, and is smoke free. For some he said it also made him quit drinking. He was not an alcoholic but he did like beer. So ask your doctor.... the easier for you the better. Oh yeah, he was not witchy during the whole ordeal.
My advise to try and stop smoking, is when you want a one, wait 5 minutes and if you still want one, go outside to smoke it, then add 5 more minutes, but still go outside with the weather getting colder, this might help. and then a couple of days later go 15 minutes, etc....
My father in law went cold turkey once the price of cigerettes went to a certain price. Hasn't smoked in 3 years, we are proud of him.
Now my mother-in-law has been promising to quit for about 20 years, and still hasn't done it (But she really doesn't want to). It is very sad, she has a lot of illnesses and the smoking is making it worse. My kids even ask her all the time to quit; but she has to want to.
Good luck to you, i know you can do it, it sounds like you really are ready to.
I'm down to only 3 a day now.. I chew gum whenever I want one and it usually works. But my mother-in-law had this friend that she worked with telling her about some kind of lollipop that is very effective, everytime you want a cigarette you suck on a lollipop. You have to talk to your doctor about any knowledge he has of it. They are pretty cheap, but you can only get them as a prescription drug?!?! GOOD LUCK!!!!
no i am NOT going to get pregnant just to quit.....i would be driven right back to it tenfold raising another child LOL.
i smoke more sitting on the computer then i do at any other point of the day. so that is going to be a toughie to stop. the car too.......amazing i can go for 3 hours without a cgarette at work but a half hour drive and i have already smoked two.
i dont frequent bars or even drink at home so that will be ok....just the after dinner smoke will be tough to give up.
i hear that all the time....about my son and doing it for him so i am around to see him gradute and see him get married. it would kill me to not be there for those things so that is always on my mind. my son has even said he wants to buy me the patch for xmas.....has been saying it for the past 2 xmases.
i was going to wait until my vacation which is in 2 weeks but i think the longer i put it off...the more time i have to convince myself not to do it. so with only a pack and a half left..now is as good a time as any. so by tomorrow night or tuesday....i will be on my way to being smoke free.
thanks eveyrone for your support.....it really means alot. i will investigate some online and telephone support groups too to see if they help. i am in new jersey kellie so if you know of a specific one let me know please.
and i will see about the yoga.....now who is willing to come untangle me when i do the yoga and wind up in a pretzel position ? lol..thanks guys =)