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I have got to stop smoking

It is a mental thing, a stress thing. I have decided to post in the community and record my daily results here. A selfish hijack of the thread? Maybe, but I need all the help I can get.

Wed. Jun 21, 12:22pm

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money motivated me to stop and encouraged me to stay off cigarettes. every two or three days i put enough $ for a pack of butts in a jar-my boyfriend did, too-and after three months of this, we bought a brand spanking new washer and dryer!! we kept up the saving and after another two months, we bought an inflatable boat with life jackets, paddles, and a small motor. i only wish i had continued to save the cash i would have smoked...good luck!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006, 12:37 PM

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I quit several months ago when I started to get serious about running. I couldn't make it a mile without huffing and puffing. I was so scared I would gain weight but it has been the oposite... I have lost weight and now I easily run 4 times a week!
For me it was the health benefits... I am no longer short of breath and as a result I am much more active.
Also, it sounds funny but as a treat to myself I buy perfume and smelly good lotions all the time. When I was a smoker I hated the smell of smoke covered up by perfume but now I smell GREAT everyday!!
Good luck and you can do it, you will be SO glad when you do!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006, 12:46 PM

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I quit cold turkey 12 years ago after 8 years of 2-packs a day. It was difficult for the first month. but I powered though on an ill-willed resolution that no little burning stick of paper-and-tobacco would control my life and damage my body. I had started coughing in the mornings, my fingers had a yellow tint, my colthes and hair always faintly smelled of it, I was noticing new wrinkles by my mouth and going up the stairs to my apartment on a winter day was enough to cause me to go into a coughing fit. Plus I was getting sick a lot more often and I know smoking drastically weakens your immune system. I crushed the remnants of my last pack in my fist and quit.

I would be lying if I said I never had another cigarette, but I waited long enough that they didn't taste good anymore (1 year) and then I would occasionally have one on the rare occasions I went out to the bars. However even the urge to do that went away and it's been 5 years since I had any urge whatsoever to have one even when i go out. Have a plan for what to do when you quit - how you are going to handle the cravings and how you will respond to other smokers when they offer. For me that hardest thing was watching TV (I used to smoke mindlessly just as people eat mindlessly in front of it), so I quit watching TV too and that was actually pretty easy. I got a lot more active and paid much better attention to my food and activity.

Today I am a much healthier person and I am glad that I won't be one of those 'old smokers' who wears the ravages of their addiction on their faces and in their movements. Those wrinkles by my mouth have gone away and my skin, eyes and hair have all shone with good health since shortly after I quit. I am not a born-again-non-smoking-evangelist, but the benefits from quitting will quietly amaze you for the rest of your life. From time to time I run into someone my age who still smokes regularly and I see the signs of it on them and I think "that could be me", and I count my blessings.

Best wishes to you and if you need motivation I, as well as others will be happy to help.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006, 1:32 PM

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Thank you for the responses. Having a plan to deal with the cravings, and the situations where I get stressed and "just have to have one" are what I need to work on. So far so good, my focus is on the rest of the day!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006, 4:42 PM

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Good job!! Congrats on no smokes today!!!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006, 4:50 PM

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ok, one full day so far. The post about what smoking does to your facial skin really got me. How shallow am I?

Thursday, June 22, 2006, 6:41 AM

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My dear friend quit smoking this past year. She is only one year older than me but has always looked much older. I cannot tell you how unbelievably youthful and healthy her skin is now. Vanity, coupled with health, is a great motivator for quitting! Hooray for you!

Thursday, June 22, 2006, 9:55 AM

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The pucker mouth wrinkles also caused me to quit smoking. Vanity is good in this case.

Thursday, June 22, 2006, 10:32 AM

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and keep in mind that your body's odor won't be reminiscent of an ashtray anymore!! a guy in my office smokes and he seriously reeks when he comes inside after having one. not attractive!!

Thursday, June 22, 2006, 11:13 AM

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If you want another website that I found really helpful.... I found that it was nice to know how much money I saved and got my teeth whitened with the savings... the expensive one hour bleaching one... It was soo worth it.... Now the weight is next, and that is why I am here!!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2006, 2:18 PM

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