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Title: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on January 17, 2005, 02:39:34 PM
Hi, I have been trying to quit smoking on quite a few occasions now with not many results, until the knee thing.

I recently read a post regarding knees and surgery etc. not mixing well. This is the best motivation that I have ever had before. I would do anything that is humanly possible to make my knees better. I do not know if I will need knee surgery or not, but I certainly will try to help my knees heal in the meantime!

Since the new year, I have drastically cut down my smoking (filthy habit that it is) but, I still have been smoking at least three cigarettes per day and can not seem to get over this hump. It is easy to say just chuck the habit, but unless you have had this habit it is just not that easy...............................

I know it is better than a whole pack per day, but hopefully one of these days I will just not lite up anymore. That is my goal! ::)

Anyone else out there who is trying to quit for the benefit of their knees ( and all round good health ) ?

If so, maybe we can cheer each other on!!! ;)

Title: Re: Any Other Smokers Trying to Quit...........??
Post by: myrtknee94 on January 17, 2005, 04:26:30 PM
shadehawk~

You are not the only one!!  I am also trying to quit.  I am having surgery this Thursday, I will be quitting..cold turkey...We don't smoke in the house so I'll have to be pretty desparate to get up and crutch outside to have one...

I know what you mean with not being able to smoke less than 3 a day.  Have you tried to just smoke half of one?  When I quit before my pregnancy this was one thing that helped me quit, if you smoke half in the morning and another half at say, lunch, you've only really had one.  

I have also heard about smoking and surgery not mixing well.  I have asked alot of different people, mainly nurses and patients who smoke and they have all said the same thing.  The concern is mainly for people who have emphysema (sp?) or chronic bronchitis, ect.  It also depends on how much you smoke a day as well.  With a light smoke they have less of a concern, a 3 pack a day smoker, obviously there will be more concern.  I, myself only smoke 5 to 6 a day.  The nurses asked my why I bother  ::) I ask myself that all the time!

Good luck on your quest to quit...let me know how it is going and if you have any tips.

~Kristen
Title: Re: Any Other Smokers Trying to Quit...........??
Post by: shadehawk on January 17, 2005, 05:24:51 PM
Thanks for your post, glad to know that I am not alone in this. Noone seems to understand just how hard it is to quit smoking.

The last 3 - 6 per day are the hardest to give up, I think. ???

Good luck with your surgery and your cold turkey. I'll be thinking of you. ;)
Title: Re: Any Other Smokers Trying to Quit...........??
Post by: Natalie.D on January 18, 2005, 03:51:11 PM
Hey,

I'm in the same boat unfortunately.  I'm down to about 3 or 4 a day but, like you, I find these VITAL ones nearly impossible to give up!  I have tried the patches before and they did help me, stopped me getting quite so ratty, have you tried them?  I can't do cold turkey, my whole family suffers too much, the kids have even gotten so frustrated with me that they've said "God mum, just go and have a cig and calm down!".

I don't have any surgery coming up but am trying to stop for my overall health, just turned 37 and am thinking its about time I put some more effort into stopping.  Any tips you pick up, post them here!!

Natalie.  
Title: Re: Any Other Smokers Trying to Quit...........??
Post by: shadehawk on January 18, 2005, 04:35:29 PM
Hi Natalie, the only thing that I have been doing is that whenever I want a cigarette I first drink a glass of water.  That usually gets rid of the sensation and then I nibble on either carrot sticks or celery sticks.  

I guess it is just whatever works for a person.  Good luck to you.  I still feel it an accomplishment cutting back so much and intend on keeping up with this and not going back to a pack a day habit.
Title: Re: Any Other Smokers Trying to Quit...........??
Post by: c_gostomski on January 21, 2005, 03:16:12 AM
knee surgery kicked it for me!  I couldn't get out of bed for over 2 weeks.  I have tried a cigarette 3 times and amazingly it tasted AWFUL!  I wasn't even planning on quitting!
Title: Re: Any Other Smokers Trying to Quit...........??
Post by: shadehawk on January 21, 2005, 03:45:27 PM
Congratulations to you C.  You might not have planned it that way, but the results are very good.  

Make sure you never try and lite one up again.  It certainly is not worth it.  Good for you!!  ;D
Title: Re: Any Other Smokers Trying to Quit...........??
Post by: fed_up_in_freddy on January 22, 2005, 06:38:48 AM
Hey!!!  I am one of those unfortunate smokers, in the same boat...I only smoke outside...this certainly cuts down on my smoking habit!!!   ;)  I have managed to quit before, I used nicorette...it did help.  I am also down to about five a day, depending on the day, that is... ::) Also, my mom was a smoker, and she quit...the thing is, if you quit, the craving only lasts about three minutes...if you quit, and keep a pack in the house, and tape it up REALLY WELL...enough so that it takes AT LEAST three minutes to get into...then you know that they are there, so the panic isn't there that you don't have them, but you can't get into them, and by the time you do, the craving has passed!  ;D  My mom quit in 89, and still has that last pack, all taped up.  It worked for her!  She got that tip from the Canadian Cancer Society, or something similar...don't quote me on that one...but it was one of her support systems.  So, that does tend to work....because half of it is knowing that they are not there when you need them.  My grandfather quit and he just kept them in his pocket the entire time.  He would touch them sometimes, but never smoke them.  Also, licorice sticks help...as they are similar to cigarettes, and you can inhale them...it is the habit of inhaling, or having something between your fingers....a straw, rolled up paper...that helped me too.  Mom still does that sometimes.  Anyway, hope that helps.  Keep strong!  Heather.
Title: Re: Any Other Smokers Trying to Quit...........??
Post by: ringpull on January 22, 2005, 08:16:58 AM
Hey guys,


I was a smoker until a month before my op. Was trying to stop for ages and was desparate to stop before the big day!!

About 3 months before my op I banned smoking in the house, which made me cut down and made me realise how much it stinks the house out!! :P

A month before my op I started to use patches as I was getting desparate!! I also read Allen Carrs "easy way to stop smoking". I was on the patches for 2 weeks when I realised that I didnt actually need them!!

The only time I have had a cigarette is when I have been very drunk!!! Never want 1 the next day as I'm repulsed by the way my clothes smell etc!

I stopped on the 4th June '04 and I can honestly say that is been the best thing I have ever done!! Fitness level is better now than when I had healthy kness!!

I just wish I could get rid of my drunken habit without giving up the booze every weekend!!!!! ;)
Title: Re: Any Other Smokers Trying to Quit...........??
Post by: shadehawk on January 22, 2005, 01:21:16 PM
Thanks Heather, some good ideas there, I'll try them also.  I don't know if it would work taping up a pack though as hubby smokes and he might be tempted to break open the pack for himself.  He is trying to cut down too, but having more trouble than me.

Ringpull = Hey, good work.  Now we'll have to find a way to settle you down on the weekends.  But hey you have to have some fun in life, don't you.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Any Other Smokers Trying to Quit...........??
Post by: Natalie.D on January 27, 2005, 01:31:08 PM
Ringpull,

Thats when I find it hardest, when I'm out having a drink with my friends (who all smoke by the way!)  the more I drink, the weaker my will is for NOT having a cigarette, I've kind of just accepted that when I'm out drinking I will be smoking, as long as I can stop again the next day.

Natalie.
Title: Re: Any Other Smokers Trying to Quit...........??
Post by: Flame on January 27, 2005, 09:26:09 PM
I, too, am down to about 3 a day. My first two surgerys I was smoking about a pack to a pack and a half a day.This time, I cut down for the surgery. I know that sometimes a bowl of ice cream will help curve my craving!! ;D
Title: Re: Any Other Smokers Trying to Quit...........??
Post by: shadehawk on January 27, 2005, 09:41:43 PM
We should call ourselves the 3 - 5 a day club. Oh the ice cream sounds sooo good. I am going to have to try that. I still do the water thingy, but sometimes think that I am getting water logged.

;D Seems that we are all hanging in there though, that is a good sign!!! ;D


Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: dubbin on February 02, 2005, 11:03:32 PM
Same here, 3-5 a day. I did quit all together, then my friend/bridesmaid dropped out of my wedding a week beforehand so that was the end of that!!   :)

I too wish I could just stop, but you've got to really want that and I have 0 will power!
Oh well
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: stgiles16 on February 03, 2005, 02:36:03 PM
HELP,,,,,,,,,, for some reason, I am smoking more lately,,,,,,,,, this has got to stop. I think about quitting every day but that is soooooooo tough. I have got to at least cut back. I have never smoked so much in my life and dont really know why I am over doing it lately, depression? stress? worry??? All of the above??  I will make a specific effort today to cut back. Cross your fingers for me.

missy
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on February 03, 2005, 03:32:25 PM
Hey Missy, we all have days like this.  Think it does have something to do with the pain levels we are having - at least that is my excuse. 

Try and drink a glass of cold water whenever you think of having a cigarette, this usually works for me - as it gives you that full feeling. 

Hope this works for you.

Hugs,  ;)

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on February 19, 2005, 02:04:54 PM
How is everyone doing with their smoking???   I had a few bad days during this roadtrip, but have gotten myself back on track again. New OS told me that the concern with smoking is that after the surgery - the cox -2 inhibitors will work much faster without smoking (the smoking slows down the healing process when taking cox-2). So, after surgery I have to make sure that there is no smoking at all while taking the meds. - so that is the goal and I am back working hard towards this.

Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: laupinto on February 19, 2005, 04:59:32 PM
I am so glad i found this post!!  Recently i ahve been trying to quit smoking.  I went 3 whole days wihtout one, but htne i caved in and bought a pack.  So now it's "after this pack i am really done!"  We have all been there.  I am young and want to quit now.  My sisiter and my mom smoke so its hard being home with them.  I didnt quit before my first surgery, or even cut down, and when i was on the painkillers and would ahve one, i would feel like fainting.  So instead of just saying the hell with it, I changed my meds to sopmething not as strong!  I hate this habit, i hate my clothes smell, my hair, my car. The times when i smoe the most in on the comouter, or in the car.  Being in college i am in the car often and on the computer often!  So i have put a computer in my room (since i don't smoke there)  but i still find myself taking breaks to ahve a smoke!  To help with the car, i try just taking 2 or 3 with me and when they are gone, thats it no more!  I am trying to get in shape also, and this new picking habit i have started by cutting down is not helping me!  I gianed some weight after my first surgery,a nd still ahvent lost in yet.  I am going to Florida in April and want to be back to my size i was pre surgery, i only have 10 more pounds to go, but this picking isn'y helping me!  My new thing i am going to try now that i have found this post, is when i feel the erge, just come on here till the urge has passed!!!
        Lets see how this goes!  Good luck everyone!   lauren
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: Flame on February 20, 2005, 12:39:35 AM
It has been one week and 6 days since my last smoke. I just woke up one morning and decided not to smoke that day. Then the next morning I decided not to smoke that day. I did it one day at a time instead of trying to just think of all the things that make me smoke in a week. It has now been almost two weeks. The smell of cigarettes makes me feel sick to my stomach at this point in time. I am hoping that I can keep this up. Good luck to all the rest of you guys. I'm pulling for you!!! :-*
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on February 20, 2005, 01:08:44 AM
FLAME - WAY TO GO - THAT IS REALLY GREAT

You are really doing sooooo well, keep up the good work.  I strayed when I was away, but my bad habit has to end......

Hugs,  ;)

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: laupinto on February 20, 2005, 07:36:29 AM
Flame....i am trying that, just going day to day....but what helps you when you really feel like having one?  Do you talk yourself through it?   I really want to quit but find it so hard.  What gets you through the day?
Lauren
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on February 20, 2005, 09:25:20 PM
Lauren,

Have you tried the drinking water thing - I find water makes you feel filled and then you usually do not want a cigarette.

Worth a try!  I have been doing that - and have had some success with that.

Shade ;)
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: jodie14 on February 20, 2005, 11:18:40 PM
Hi Shade

I havent met a smoker who doesnt want to quit!!   I've been desperately trying to stop for about 1yr now but i hate to admit I have absolutely no will power.  Every now and again I stop for 1-2 weeks then start back up again, smoking more to make up for lost time!!
My PT told me to stop because apparently it hinders recovery time from injuries etc, he also told me that 80% of smokers suffer from bad backs, dont know how much truth is in that but i suffer quite a lot from back pains.

Good luck to all of you out there who are trying, maybe one day i will find the power to do it.

Jodie
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: Natalie.D on February 21, 2005, 01:09:10 PM
Hi everyone,

Well, I've been a TOTAL nightmare, over the weekend I smoked at least 10 cigs each day  :-[  I don't know why all of a sudden I've jumped back up to smoking that many in one day, I went for weeks with only 2-3 a day, I don't feel unusually stressed or worried about anything in particular, I am a little frustrated with some things - I'm waiting for my partner to find a job closer to me so that he can move down beside me as he's 300 miles away just now  :'( so I feel like I'm in limbo waiting for something to happen so maybe that's what's doing it  ???  I'm going to keep trying to cut down and see how it goes, but like Jodie my willpower is not that good, I'm going to try the drink of water thing too see if that helps.  Good luck to everyone  ;)

Natalie.
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on February 21, 2005, 09:31:36 PM
NATALIE WE ALL HAVE THOSE KIND OF WEEKENDS

Just brush it off and try and start again. I had trouble during the week last week - whoa did I stray - but I am trying to back on track again. I know smoking is such a bad habit - but I have to believe that smoking 3 - 6 is so darn good compared to the 25 - 30 per day that I was going through before.

You just have to take it one day at a time and not worry about it.

Good luck ;)

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: Flame on February 22, 2005, 05:19:07 PM
First I just want to wish everyone good luck on quiting. ;D One of the inspirations for me to quit and to keep it that way is my children. Everytime I want to light up I think about the promise I made to them. I told them that I was going to quit before my next birthday and my birthday is tomorrow. I just get one of their pictures for inspiration and remember all the things I am going to get to do with them when my knee gets better. :)
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: Flame on March 07, 2005, 07:31:22 PM
How is everyone doing on their smoking???  It has been four weeks and one day since I have had a cig. That's all great and all but I am finding that I seem to have replaced that habbit with cereal. What to do!!!What to do!!! So now I smell better but my clothes don't want to fit right. (tee-hee) I hope everyone is doing good. 8)
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on March 07, 2005, 08:34:34 PM
Flame,

Hey, good for you.  So you might put on a few pounds - it is better than smoking.  You know I was doing really well, but then got into a bad patch of knee pain again and started again.  Gosh, it really sucks this habit - trying it again though. 

Hope everyone else has been doing a little better than me.

Hugs,  ;)

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: Grumpyass on March 07, 2005, 08:53:15 PM
Hi guys.........
  Yes it is possible to quit completely. I've managed it several times. doh !
I never went longer than 4 days max. Not even after a mild heart attack at 40 years old !!
However after the Tibial plateau fracture and weeks confined to one position I thought it time to make a proper effort.
Well all the others had been proper efforts except that I knew I was going to cheat and try and kid myself.
  How come I managed it this time ?.........I may seem obvious but listen to the advice given mostly free of charge.
For one remove yourself from the obvious times when you are in a position to smoke, this was easy for me as I was in a lot of pain and housebound.
Secondly have set times to occupy the brain, this takes the mind off the craving. I planned a vehicle restoration, MT'B around the world and then had time to redocorate the whole house. All of course in the mind but this really sets you up for some of the mental fortutude required later on when faced with temptation.
Also it is important to have strong rewards at set Intervals like 4 days, 1 week, 10 days, 2 weeks and 1 month.
A good piece of psychological reward is the depression you will feel after having just one cigarette, compared to the health benefits after these marker days.
I've been over three months now and still have to face the next big test of a full day out on the road without smoking.
Still, I,m confident as the depression I would feel after just one ciggy would make me want to run away from life.
You really do have to make some lifestyle changes. Not massive ones but positive ones that you can sustain.
  So everyone, never give up giving up and stay active.

Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: laupinto on March 07, 2005, 09:06:21 PM
This whole not smoking this just is not working!!!  my best friend quit and i thought that would make it easier on me, but having a mom and sister who smoke doesnt make it easier.  I am with them alot so being around them makes me want to smoke.  They try not to smoke in front of me, but i know when they are and i follow them! 
    The passed few days have been stressful, knee pain and other issues so i turn to smoking.  I am trying to loose the weight i put on after my first surgery and that sint working very well, so i am nervous to stop since i think i will gain more weight!  I am going to Florida for 8 days and CAN NOT smoke since i will be wiht my boyfrinds family (who by the way don't know i smoke!)  So i figure if i cna go 8 days i cna do this!  This sux!
Lauren
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: rdstrasser on March 08, 2005, 01:25:04 AM
Yep I am trying to quit. Have quit before too, but today I have had 1.5 ciggies and my surgery is like 36 hours away...so I REALLY wanna be smoke-free 24 hours before surgery. I am finding what helps most is to tell myself how filthy and dirty it is. Tell myself what it is doing to my body. Tell everyone you know that you are trying to quit...ESPECIALLY ex-smokers. hee hee Seems to be working for the most part. I think everyone will quit when they are ready to quit. One thing or another will be the trigger....I think it just depends on the individual.

anyhoo...good luck to you all! And I hope I can be and remain smoke-free before and after surgery. I want to heal fast and properly.
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on March 08, 2005, 02:02:26 AM
Rdstrasser,

Good luck with the surgery & the quitting smoking.  We all seem to be having the same struggle - I am convinced that alot of it is the lack of activity with these bad knees of ours.

Let us know how the surgery goes.

Hugs,  ;)

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: JenSinclair on March 30, 2005, 03:55:36 PM
I just scheduled my operation yesterday (for 16 June -- I'm a teacher, so I can't exactly ditch the last term at school...much as I might want to do just that!), and was told that I'd have to give myself injections twice a day post-op if I continue smoking at this pace (about a half to a pack a day)...so, I'm trying to decide what to do.  I know I'll be bored stiff whilst recovering -- I'm having proximal/distal realignment (Fulkerson and arthroscopic), so I'm looking at a long summer hooked to a passive motion machine with very little to do OTHER than smoke!!!

So...I've decided to try to cut back -- to about 5 a day -- by the end of school.  I just don't know that I can manage to quit -- I like it too bloody much.  Has anyone out there done the injections???

Peace,
Jen in Pittsburgh
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on April 03, 2005, 03:53:43 PM
Jen,

I have never heard of these injections.  What have they told you about them?  It is really hard to quit, many have tried patches etc.  I just keep drinking bottled water and try to feel full so I won't want to smoke.  Also, I try to have carrot & celery sticks around to nibble on to try to cut back on the smoking.

Let us know how you are doing?

Hugs,  ;)

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: JenSinclair on April 03, 2005, 07:07:03 PM
Well...I guess that smoking increases the risk of DVT, especially when you're locked in extension for so long.  Evidently, the pill also increases the risk, but that's not an issue for me.  The injections are, I believe, blood thinners similar to coumadin -- but you have to be in hospital for a few days to get blood levels straight on coumadin, so insurance companies are ultimately more willing to pay for the injections (which don't require you to have a hospital stay).

I haven't even started trying to quit yet.  Tomorrow is the first day back at school, so I might start really trying in earnest to cut back tomorrow.  If I can make it down to about 5 a day (the OS said "under a half pack"), then he'll let me take baby aspirin instead of the injections.  Of course, I should just quit...but it's SO hard!  I think I'll be more successful cutting back slowly than going cold turkey...I don't think I can do the patch because of a latex allergy and extraordinarily sensitive skin (I recently had a reaction to laundry detergent that was...well...U-G-L-Y with a capital ug!).

Back to the injections...it's a drug called Lovenox, and I'm now decidedly against it.  It can cause thrombocytopaenia, and there's a chance I'm at risk for that already (I bruise easily and my mother had idiopathic thrombocytopaenic purpura...), and the side effects just seem to risky.  That does it.  I'm going to quit by the end of school.  They want me smoke-free for at least two weeks pre-op and school ends on the 3rd.  So...wish me luck.

Peace,
Jen
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: edmund on April 03, 2005, 10:06:16 PM
Jen
Thrombocytopenia can occur with the use of Lovenox but it happens in a very small percentage of people.  The number is like 0.1% (1 out of 1000) And it is easily reversed by just stopping the drug.  BTW the risk of a serious blood clot that can do much more damage is about the same percentage.  So if I had to pick my poison, I would go with the one that will not kill me.
The drug is safer then heparin and counadin and you don't have to have tons of monitoring when you are on Lovenox like you do with Coumadin and Heparin.
Because your mom had ITP doesn't mean that you are at risk of developing thrombocytopenia from Lovenox.
Coumadin does not work in the same manner as Lovenox and Heparin but they all in one way or another block clots from forming.
My last thought is you might ask your OS about putting you on Plavix after the surgery.  It has a lot of the side effects that will frighten you but then every drug does including the aspirin you take.
As far as the smoking thing goes, that is something that you have to stop.
Smoking will due you in mush faster then coumadin, Lovenox, Heparin and Plavix put together.
If you are sensitive to the patch try the gum or one of the other products available with and without a prescription.
Ed
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: JenSinclair on April 03, 2005, 11:03:10 PM
Well...that's just it...if I manage torid myself of the smoking before the surgery, then I won't have to be on the Lovenox -- we shall see.  If I can do it, then...well...no BID jabs.  If not, then I'll go with the jabs over the clots any day...and definitely go with that over Heparin or Coumadin.

Thanks much,
Peace,
Jen
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: Natalie.D on April 04, 2005, 01:21:36 PM
Hi everyone,

Well, I'm trying AGAIN to give up completely, this is only day 3 with the patches and no cigs but I am feeling really determined to do it this time, especially since the UK budget has now increased cigarette prices again!  WISH ME LUCK!!!

Natalie.  ;D
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on April 04, 2005, 01:55:24 PM
GOOD LUCK, NATALIE

Hey, you are doing really great, keep up the good work.  We are all rooting for your success.

Hugs,  ;)

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: Mushroom on April 05, 2005, 10:08:43 AM
I've got to kick this habit, but I have a problem! I drink and that's when I want a fag. But I am toying with the idea of kicking smoking.
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: hockeygirl on April 05, 2005, 02:23:59 PM
I too only smoke about 3 - 5 a day but more if I'm out at the weekend.  The only thing with cutting down is that now I actually look more forward to the ones that I have because I'm denying myself any more than that. (if that makes sense) I stopped for almost 2 years while I was pregnant and feeding and I really thought I would never start again. It's horrible how it creeps up on you.  My next goal is to stop before my operation, I don't have a date yet though!
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on April 05, 2005, 03:45:41 PM
Hockeygirl,

I totally agree with you, when you cut down you really enjoy the cigarettes that you do have and that makes it so darn hard to give them up - I also think that most people with knee problems tend to have put on a few extra pounds with the lack of activity and are afraid that they will put on even more weight.

Mushroom,

I really can't relate to your problem as I do not drink, but when I have coffee I like having a smoke - maybe that is the secret.  Maybe we should cut down on the coffee and drinking and that might curb the urges that trigger our smoking.

Good luck with your quitting - just take it a day at a time.

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: JenSinclair on April 06, 2005, 01:40:18 AM
That's the thing -- the weekly trips to the pub with the rest of the faculty...and the poker nights we've started having (at which hubby routinely cleans up!) are where I smoke most ( <stubs out cigarette...> ).  I've stopped associating coffee and cigarettes as a cup of black coffee is my constant companion in the classroom.

I'm under a half pack so far today.  I've had five, and am curtailing it even more.  I've started delaying the first smoke of the morning, and I only had one on the way to school, one on a break (because we had some REALLY obnoxious stuff go down at work today), and two since.  So, now, if I don't smoke again for an hour and a half or so...I'll be at six for the day.  Not bad, eh?

Peace,
Jen
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on April 06, 2005, 03:17:19 AM
Jen,

You are doing really good.  Congratulations to you.

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: Natalie.D on April 13, 2005, 02:10:21 PM
Hi all,

Well, I've failed AGAIN!! I'm weak  :-\ I've had a LOT of stress this week and I caved in and had a cig (well, 5 actually :-[), I'm still trying to keep them to a minimum but I have just booked my holiday for May and I'm going with 8-10 of my female friends 7 of which smoke so I KNOW I'm not going to be able to stay off them whilst on holiday but I will try again when I come back.

Hope everyone is managing to stay off or keep to a minimum.

Natalie.
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on April 13, 2005, 02:53:19 PM
Natalie.D,

Hope you have a wonderful vacation.  Have fun and enjoy yourself and when you get back start again - we all have these setbacks.

Good luck,  ;)

Shade
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Post by: shadehawk on May 28, 2005, 11:49:51 PM
Natalie D.

Hi, I was just curious, have not seen you on the board and was wondering about you.

How is it going??  Have you still been trying to quit?  How are you??

I finally just went cold turkey and that was the only way that I have managed to succeed.  It has been over a month for me and still moving forward.  To my amazement I have not cheated once - hubby (he is trying to cut back) smokes - so I could get hold of a cigarette if I wanted one, but I really have not.

Hopefully, after my surgery is over with and I am back on the road to recovery I'll still stay away from the smokes.

Shade

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Post by: Natalie.D on June 03, 2005, 01:55:01 PM
Hi Shade,

WELL DONE!  Over a month, thats fantastic, keep it up, you're over the worst of it now.

I recently got back from holiday and I smoked my brains out!!  I'm now on day 8 of complete non-smoking  ;D (with the help of patches).  I really think I'm going to do it this time as my partner has just moved down beside me (he lived 300 miles away) so instead of seeing him only once a week/fortnight, I'll now be seeing him all the time  ;D and he is SOOOOOO anti-smoking, so I reckon with having him around all the time it'll give me the extra kick that I need to stay off them.  I have to say that I haven't really missed them THAT much (only once or twice has been really hard), I've just been trying to keep busy and keep my mind and hands occupied.  I still have to face the hardest time though and that will be next Friday when I'm out with friends for a drink  :o that will be the telling time.

Good luck with yours and keep going, you're doing so great.

Natalie.
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Post by: shadehawk on June 03, 2005, 02:34:08 PM
NATALIE, CONGRATULATIONS - YOU ARE DOING GREAT !!!

That is great news, congratulations to you - I have never looked back myself and feel good (well, except for my knees).

I did the drink of water everytime I wanted a cigarette and also did the get concentration on something else. If all that failed - go for a walk...

Good for you,

Shade
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Post by: Natalie.D on June 07, 2005, 01:11:45 PM
Hi Shade,

Thanks for your encouragement, you are doing SOOO well, do you still feel like caving in and having a smoke or has that feeling passed now?

I'm now on day 12 and still going strong, still using the patches which help enormously, I haven't been that cranky at all really, other times I've tried to stop my kids have eventually begged me to have a cigarette just so I'd stop shouting at them  :-[ but this time I've been really good with them  ;D

I've also been doing the drinking water thing and it really does help (although I'm never out of the toilet now  ::)).

Good luck to everyone, hope we can all manage to be non-smokers for ever  ;D

Natalie.

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Post by: shadehawk on June 07, 2005, 01:40:17 PM
Natalie,

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU,


Hi, glad to hear that you are still hanging in there. I will admit when I get stressed out - that is when I really miss smoking - we have had a few incidents here trying to get things to prepare for my surgery and oh!!! I could really use a smoke.....it is just impossible dealing with this small town logic & it really is not that small a place...

Good job that we can take extra time and leave earlier for the surgery & go shopping in Ontario. Can you imagine I am having trouble getting my crutches here - they only want to rent them out - or else they have to be ordered - what a crock......it is such a good job that my aircast cryocuff cold therapy unit & CPM machine will be given to me in Ontario or I am positive I'd have trouble getting them also....

Oh .... I have at least made it through all this stress & with the constant bad rainy weather & achy knees ..... so, I do think that I can safely say that I have quit smoking.

You have already succeeded, Natalie - REMEMBER THAT....

Good luck,

Shade
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Post by: Natalie.D on June 08, 2005, 01:44:53 PM
Shade,

Yep, sounds like you've cracked it, if you can get through all that knee/hospital hastle and not give in then I think you can get through anything (don't be like me and be a complete moron and start smoking again later on - I stopped smoking for 6 years when I had my kids and just started one night out of the blue just because I fancied a cig and thought I can have just one!! ::)) that was me back on them  :-\

Well, day 13 now, nearly a fortnight, I was sorely tempted last night, I was sat in on my own and was very bored - all the housework was done, kids sorted and nothing on TV - boredom!  I actually had to get up and take the dogs out for a walk AGAIN! (dogs LOVE me just now, lol) just so not to seriously think about having one, anyway, managed to get through the night without caving - was very proud of myself.

Keep up the good work, just shows you that it CAN be done!

Natalie.
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Post by: Flame on June 09, 2005, 10:26:27 PM
Congrats to you Shade!!! I haven't smoked since Feb. 6 of this year. I just quit cold turkey. My boyfriend smokes a lot and around me but all it does now is make me sick to my stomach. So I try to make him go outside but that doesn't always work.

Flame
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Post by: shadehawk on June 10, 2005, 12:55:07 AM
Flame,

Congrats right back  at you !!!


Never thought that I'd be able to stick to it this long, but it really has not been 1/2 as bad as I thought it would be. I really believe what did it was the drinking water whenever I wanted a smoke - that worked......I have not gained any weight either......

Think the big thing for me was actually believing that I could quit smoking - know that sounds stupid, but whenever I tried before people around me always went out and bought me smokes saying that I was in such a bad mood I needed a smoke...

Did not happen that way this time - everyone around me was rooting for me to quit - what a difference that makes...Hubby smokes, but has cut back alot. He tries to not smoke around me.

- BEING A NON-SMOKER FEELS REALLY GOOD -

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on June 13, 2005, 12:53:13 PM
Natalie,

Hope that you are still hanging in there!!

How is everything going?? Still using the patches?? Drinking the water?? Hope that you are not getting waterlogged.

Just though I try and catch up to you and see how you are.

Good luck,

Shade
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Post by: shadehawk on June 13, 2005, 12:56:33 PM
(http://wilstar.com/smokefree/images/010320.gif)

Thought this was really cute,

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: Natalie.D on June 13, 2005, 01:03:20 PM
Hi Shade,

Yep, still hanging in there, I even managed to be good when I was at a night out on Friday and had a few drinks  ;D ;D ;D, I did have my patch on though which helped, the past 2 days I haven't even had my patches on and I'm finding it not too bad, will see how it goes but if need be I can always go back to wearing a patch for a few more days/weeks.

How's things going with you?  Are you still a non-smoker?  Still finding it okay?  Have you managed to get your partner to cut down/stop?  Let me know how you're doing.

Natalie.
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Post by: shadehawk on June 13, 2005, 02:53:30 PM
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Still not smoking - and do not intend starting again. Really glad that you are hanging in there - that is really good.

Hubby is having some problems - he is nervous about my upcoming surgery - I do not say much - he is at least trying to cut back - so that is something & he has been so good about trying not to smoke around me...

I am getting to the point now that I really do not know why I had so much trouble trying to quit before. I usually have gum or jelly beans or pink peppermints around just incase I want something to snack on - but that is about it....

I walk more so maybe I'll shed a couple of pounds before my surgery......

Not much else to tell here, just glad that you are doing so well, CONGRATULATIONS !!!

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on June 14, 2005, 04:53:22 PM
Heather, ((WICowgirl))  

What we all have found that has worked for us is everytime that you want a cigarette - have a glass of water - or at least some sips of water. Sounds corny, but works for some reason!!

Natalie is wearing patches and has found that really works for her. I tried to take nicorette, but in the end just decided to throw in the towel and go cold turkey...

I feel so good now that I am smoke free - Never thought that I'd be able to quit - Having to have knee surgery was the incentive for me, I guess.

Good luck,

Shade
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Post by: WICowgirl on June 14, 2005, 05:35:26 PM
Thanks Shade, I did start the water thing as soon as I read it when I got here LOL. I had told my kids that I need to quit before my surgery so I can heal good. When I would take a cigg my lil girl (who is 4) would say mom don't you want your knees to get better, so with the help from here and my kids I should be able to get past these last 3-5 a day. I have decided I will not pick up another one. My last one was 2 hours ago and the would have been my second one for the day. It did seem fairly easy to go down to only 3-5 after the doc said I had to quit, so why should those last few be so hard to get rid of?? I will have to do the walking thing too as long as my knees will hold out for me. Thanks again for letting me know where this post was, I feel I need it, like I said I am a whimp with no will power. Congradulations to you Shade and ALL of you that have quit the nasty habbit!
Thanks Again
Heather
WICowgirl
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on June 14, 2005, 05:49:15 PM
Heather,

Really think that it is mind over matter.  You know that I have quit many times before, but it would only last for a couple of days.  This time I really want to quit and once I got my head around the fact that this was really a necessary thing for my knee surgery then I stopped right then and there.....

I know my hubby is having a really tough time trying to quit.  I say nothing about it though - he has good days and bad days and he will just go at his own speed.  It is an internal thing.  It takes three days non smoking to get the nicotine out of your system and drinking water really helps flush the system out.

I also do not go anywhere without pink peppermints or jellybeans or Freedent (cranberry raspberry) gum or Maynard's Wine Gums (candy) or yoghurt.  You need to find something to replace the habit and then you will be okay.  At first if I wanted a smoke and the water or candy did not work - then I would go for a walk in the yard.  Just do anything to get your mind off it......

If it works, then it is the right thing for you.....

Let us know how you are managing.

Shade
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Post by: Angelique on June 14, 2005, 06:45:33 PM
Hey Shade,
I smoke and I'm having surgery in August, I'm setting date aleast a month before hand to quit. It is hard and I've done it before I was succesful for 2 years, I used Zyban which seems to do the trick (not that you don't have to work like hell to quit regardless) but it definitely helps.  My surgeon has told me that its not only dangerous to smoke and have an operation but it takes twice the time at least for your ligaments and bones to heal if you are a smoker.  Your body requires oxygen to heal especially bones, ligaments, and tendons i.e. your knee.  You also increase the chances of blod clots forming during surgery if you are a smoker. As a smoker you are providing less oxygen to your body than a non smoker. I dont know how it will effect your knee to quit, but it will make you feel so much better overall and that should be motivation enough! I need to quit too and I support you 100% good luck!
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Post by: shadehawk on June 14, 2005, 08:14:10 PM
Angelique ;D (http://www.sitevip.net/gifs/tobacco/no_cig_ashtray_wte_animado.gif)

Hi, yes I agree with you. The best thing that I did was to quit smoking. I have never been able to do this before for this long. I have not had a cigarette since April 27th and have not even attempted to light one up.

For whatever the reason the water did it for me. I try to have nibbley's around just in case.

It has not affected my knee pain by quitting, but do know that it will affect the healing time after surgery and the sooner we all heal the better.

Good luck to you in August.....my surgery is July 28.

Let us know how you are doing....someone is usually around...

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........DID IT
Post by: kriser on June 14, 2005, 11:57:09 PM
Hi!  Have tried many times. After 35 years I am done!  Quit once for two years then went back to prove I was in charge of my life.  DUMB!  Went back and did it the same way.  I cut one or two cigarette out per day by starting and 1/2 hour later and quitting a 1/2 hour earlier each day.  I would stay on that schedule for a week.  Then cut back a little more.  Easy to tell myself that I had the control to wait 1/2 hour.  Soon I was allowing myself one before work, one at lunch and then at night a couple.  Next I cut the lunch one out. Next it was another evening one.  Soon I was down to Three a day and I stayed there for two months.  Then when I had two cigs in my pack and I decided to save the last one as an emergency in my car but not to buy any more.  It has been six months.  Cant say I dont think of it but I tell myself I can make it though this period and if I still want one I have to walk a mile to the store.  By the time I get there I have talked myself out of it.  Or I just go jump on a bike and ride.  Last week I found the old dried out emergency one and happily shredded it to the wind then threw away the butt!


I am FREE
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: mel33 on June 15, 2005, 01:33:36 AM
I was told to quit smoking before surgery.  It seems that I started smoking more when I hurt my knee.  It's in the same category as comfort food.  It's like the more I get stressed the more I smoke.  Very frustrating.  The VA hosp. has classes, will give the patch and rx for wellbutrin.  I don't think more drugs are the solution.  I keep telling myself that when my knee is better I will quit.  I think about it every day though
Melissa
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Post by: WICowgirl on June 15, 2005, 02:23:31 AM
Melissa, when is your surgery? I had thought about gettin those commit lozenges but I was afraid that using a nicoine supplement would actually defy the purpose of quitting smoking for the surgery. I need to quit 3-4 weeks before the surgery. I don't have one set up yet but I am runnin on a short schedule LOL

Heather
WICowgirl
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on June 15, 2005, 02:29:33 AM
Kriser,

WOW, 6 MONTHS - Good for you


It really is a sense of accomplishment. I did find the last 3 - 5 were per day were very hard to let go of for quite awhile. Then one day I just had it & since I had run out of smokes - it seemed like a good time to begin.

Melissa - Know what you mean also about the stress of pain and smoking. There is no way that you can talk another person into quitting - it is just something that you have to do yourself. That is one thing that I have learned over this experience - think before I really was not ready to quit - once I decided to do it this time - it has been much easier than I thought.

Sure I still miss smoking, but I have learned to deal with it. Good luck to you - the best way to do it at first is to cut down gradually like many other's have done here. You also have to take it a day at a time - if you have a bad day - so what - go for it the next day....GOOD LUCK TO YOU...

Shade
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Post by: mel33 on June 15, 2005, 02:17:07 PM
Surgery set for Oct. 11th.  Unless the V.A. changes.  Since I moved back in with my aunt and uncle after 15 years, it is sad to say, we are a smoking household.  It was much easier when I was on my own.  Maybe the stress from being home adds to the number of smokes per day per person.  silly huh?
melissa
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Post by: shadehawk on June 15, 2005, 02:45:08 PM
Melissa,

Hey, maybe you can cut your smoking back abit before surgery.  Know it is really hard when other's around you smoke. 

Good luck with your surgery on Oct. 11.

Let us know how everything is going.

Shade
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Post by: mel33 on June 15, 2005, 06:43:18 PM
I've decided that when I'm out, I'm going COLD TURKEY.  I may have to lock myself in my room for a few days.  How long are the withdrawls?  I heard 72 hours.
Melissa
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: WICowgirl on June 15, 2005, 08:02:16 PM
Hello everyone! Good Luck Melissa! Well I did real good yesterday but had my first smoke about 2 minutes ago after saying no more after 11:00 am yesterday. I couldn't deal with myself I could tell that the B*tch in me was coming out. The smoke did NOT tase good so I think I can do it this time! You were right Shade ya get water logged at first LOL. I am gonna hang in there though not gonna give up so easy this time!!!
Good Luck to the rest of you that are gonna quit this time!!

Heather H
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Post by: Flame on June 15, 2005, 11:44:44 PM
I quit amoking at the begining of february and now I am on a diet. What can I do to stop ALL the cravings for the sweets and the smokes??? I drink a lot of coffee but I'm no longer sleeping the way I should now. If I see broccolli again anytime soon it will be too soon I WNAT A LARGE SLICE OF CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH A SODA AND A SMOKE RIGHT NOW! AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! :-\

Flame  :D
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on June 16, 2005, 12:05:01 AM
Flame,

You just can't quit everything!!! Gosh!! give yourself a break...You must still keep some bad habits. Try some sunflower seeds or something like that. The salty taste will take away the craving for smokes, but guess you might want to wash the taste down with a coke....

You have been doing really well - think we all have those cravings. Some people never seem to get over the cravings. Guess we'll just have to take it a day at a time.

I am trying to lose some weight & I find it is sooooo hard....

Shade
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Post by: Natalie.D on June 16, 2005, 12:32:40 PM
Hi everyone,

I have been a non-smoker for 3 weeks tomorrow  ;D  Like a lot of you I am now trying to lose weight and am actually finding it HARDER than stopping smoking, ::)  maybe its still too soon to be trying to do both at once, I may have to forget about the dieting until I'm completely over the smoking because my solution when dieting was always have a cig to replace a sweetie, now I've turned that around and am obviously putting on some weight  :-\ (although I have to say not THAT much and I still think I'm healthier not smoking and putting on a little weight), I think I may try the sunflower seeds etc as a substitute for the sweet things and see if that helps, also still drinking LOADS of water.  Have managed to go without patches for the past 4 days so am pleased with that too. 

Good luck to everyone, hope you are all managing to cut down/stay off the cigs.  ;D

Natalie.
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Post by: shadehawk on June 16, 2005, 12:48:20 PM
CONGRATULATIONS

Natalie, you are doing really well.  Being able to do it also without the patches is terrific.  It is comforting for you that you have the patches if you run into some terrible urges.

I still slug back the water when I have some rough patches, but really that does not happen very much - it just seems to get easier.

HERE'S TO SMOKE-FREE DAYS,

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: Natalie.D on June 16, 2005, 01:07:25 PM
Its amazing also how much better you can smell and taste things even just 3 weeks on, have any of you noticed just how bad smokers smell??  My brother is still a smoker and I met up with him the other day, he was stinking of cigarettes, I thought he'd just had one but he said the last one he had was about 4 hours ago and boy did he smell strong of cigarettes, so its nice to know that I don't smell like that now, its amazing that you can't smell it off yourself when you are smoking ;D

Natalie.
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Post by: shadehawk on June 16, 2005, 01:33:39 PM
Hi All,

Natalie, I did notice that. My hubby still smokes, but is cutting down. I find it so hard to believe that I walked around this world having this smell on me......Now I understand what my mother was talking about.....Guess the smell gets on the clothing and on the hair and is long-lasting....

I sure notice a difference in smells and can hardly wait unti our rose bushes are in bloom - we have a couple that are really fragrant. I'll surely enjoy them more this year.

The negative of these smells aside from smoke on clothing - with the rain we have been having the earthy smells really bother me. It is all worth it though to say that you are a non-smoker.

Have a good day everyone!!

Shade


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Post by: WICowgirl on June 16, 2005, 07:14:58 PM
Natalie, I am a quitting smoker even when I did smoke my pack a day I could still smell it! I have to open the windows when ever I can. If the smell thing comes back even better than I can smell now I am gonna have to wear a gas mask LOL.

Have a Good One
Heather H
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Post by: Natalie.D on June 17, 2005, 01:08:23 PM
Hey Heather,

I used to be able to smell it on my hair when I turned my head around quickly but didn't realise it smelt SO awful  :o  I was obviously just getting a slightly whiff of it, I can smell it a mile away now, I even had some clothes in a drawer that I haven't worn for quite some time and have been washed/ironed and put away, I took something out the other day and straight away I could smell smoke on it  :o  I'm going to have to rewash all my clothes, lol.  Good luck on your quitting.

Natalie.
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on June 17, 2005, 01:27:22 PM
Hi Everyone,

I have discovered something else about smells. You know when you pass the perfume counter in stores...

Negative: Floral perfumes - I sure notice them in stores & I start sneezing.

Positive: Now I can actually smell my own perfume - Wild Musk - love it!!!

 - So there are always good as well as bad with these new senses we all now have -

I find it so offensive that I would have a bath, wash my hair, change my clothing then light up and think I was fresh and clean and really I smelled like a bonfire......to other people.

NOW WE REALLY KNOW !!!

Happy Non-Smoking,

Shade


Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: Natalie.D on June 17, 2005, 01:37:00 PM
Yeah I'm with you on the perfume thing, I think I used to do overkill with my perfume cos I couldn't smell it!  Now even one squirt and I can smell it most of the day - BTW I love wild musk too!

Well that's me at 3 weeks!  I'm so pleased with myself but am having a really really really bad day today.  Not much sleep in the past 4 days is catching up with me and in so much pain today, all I seem to be thinking about is how much I would LOVE to have a cigarette to ease the stress - I won't of course but boy would I like to  ::)  I'm going to have my maximum dose of pain killers when I get home from work and soak in a nice warm bath for a few hours see if that helps any.

Hope everyone is doing great.

Natalie.
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on June 17, 2005, 01:44:14 PM
Natalie,

I have been having a really hard time with pain of late also - it has been raining alot here!!  Rain sucks.

The hot baths and pain killers do help.

Hoping for sunny weather ahead for us all.

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: Natalie.D on June 17, 2005, 01:46:59 PM
Lets hope the weather takes a good turn, here in Scotland it seems to have been raining for ever!  Weather forecasts says to change at the weekend - BUT, they said that last weekend too and it still rained, lol.

Hope you (all of us) get some relief and sun soon.

Nat.
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on June 21, 2005, 04:03:47 PM
Hi ALL NON-SMOKERS!!!

Hope everyone is doing well. If not get outside and enjoy this first day of summer and hope that the good weather will last awhile - that is if you have good weather. If not, I'll have to send you some of ours - it is absolutely delightful.

I am heading out again right away - was just elevating the old kinee for awhile, you know!!!

HOPE EVERYONE IS STILL SMOKE-FREE, if not, START ALL OVER AGAIN!! We'll be here for you!!

Hugs,

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: JenSinclair on June 21, 2005, 06:35:45 PM
Still not smoke free here, but I am going to tell you...if you're anticipating surgery...QUIT NOW.  I mean it.  If you're not smoke-free by two weeks pre-op and you have an anal retentive madman (err...I mean conscientious and knowledgeable guy) for an OS, they're going to make you do Lovenox injections twice a day for three weeks post-op.

The jabs aren't that bad in and of themselves, but I feel like a pincushion, and have some local bruising from the needles.  I bruise like a peach on a good day, so when we add anticoagulants to the mix, I actually have bruises from the BP cuff...and a bruise on the inside of my non-operated leg from where the Breg post-op brace hinge whacks against it.  Lovenox also means that I can't take Ibuprofen or aspirin.  Not a big deal since I am still on Oxycodone...but I'll be switching to Vicodin in the next day or so...which is contraindicated with acetominophen (paracetemol)...so if I get a headache or fever once I've switched narcotics, I am officially screwed.  Or, actually, I can't take the narcotics regularly.  I'm starting to wean myself off of the prescription pain killers, so it would be particularly nice to be able to take an anti-inflammatory.

Good luck everyone.  I'll quit eventually...but I'm just not ready yet, you know?

Peace,
Jen
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: WICowgirl on June 21, 2005, 07:12:58 PM
Hi All,
I still can not get past those last few. I think reading Jens post will help with that! I DO NOT want to do the Lovenox thing! I am still water logged but I am actually begining to get thirsty for water so that is another good thing! I get to go and get fitted for my post op brace today so I will be out and about. Might take the kids fishing again today depends if they wanna go or just go to the park.

HAPPY SUMMER EVERYONE

Heather H
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: shadehawk on June 22, 2005, 01:15:31 AM
Jen,

Oh I am so glad that I managed to quit smoking - sure would hate to have to take those.....I seem to be one that bruised easily also.

Have been following your surgery - you have been doing really well.

Hang in there, & you are right about quitting smoking - you have to make the decision - no one can make it for you.  You will be ready when you are ready!!  And that is okay....

Shade
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: WICowgirl on June 22, 2005, 04:08:11 AM
Hi Everyone,
I just took a real good look at the calander and realized my surgery is in exactly 3 weeks from tomorrow! I have no choice as to say goodbye to those last few smokes a day! I don't want to have the lovenox injections! I still feel like I was doin pretty well till I looked at the calendar wow now my nerves are gonna be shot LOL! Hope all are doing well!

Heather H
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Post by: shadehawk on June 22, 2005, 10:49:44 AM
Heather H,

Do not stress out !!!   You just have to get your mind around it and get some things in place. When I went cold turkey I had celery sticks with cheese whiz & carrot sticks with ranch dressing handy as well as jelly beans, pink peppermints and iced water.
If you can get your mind around it then you'll do okay. For instance when I was at the computer I had my cd player on so I could listen to tunes and keep myself occupied all the time. I keep busy with crafts etc or went outside just anything that took my mind off smoking....You can get that gum Nicorette - I did try that for awhile.....it just  depends on what works for you.....

Good luck,

Shade
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Post by: Natalie.D on June 22, 2005, 10:54:57 AM
Heather,

I agree with Shade that the key is to keep your mind busy with other things, have you ever noticed that when you are totally engrossed in something you're doing, you don't really think about anything else - including smoking!  Changing your routine also helps, I always had my coffee and cig at the same time each morning - I changed the time of my break and also stopped having coffee, instead read a magazine or something and had water - it might seem like really small changes but they all do help.

I'm now on day 26 of being totally smoke free  ;D ;D ;D

Good luck everyone, stick with it.

Natalie.
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Post by: shadehawk on June 22, 2005, 11:10:49 AM
Hi again,

Natalie is so right, small changes in routine make a big difference in attitudes.  Also, reward yourself.  I think that is really important.  Like, I went out and bought capri pants ( like 5 pairs of them now ).......hey, they will be great for after surgery and feel pretty good right now.....

My hubby also treated me at the one-week point by taking me out for a really nice dinner and then a really long drive to see some horses.  I love horses and this was a nice touch!!!

It is two months for me today and only once in awhile do I have cravings anymore.  I still find it hard to believe that I ditched them.  You can too!!!

 ;D ;D Natalie - WAY TO GO - 26 days WOW!!  you have been doing just great!!!  ;D ;D

Shade
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Post by: Natalie.D on June 22, 2005, 11:15:46 AM
Thanks Shade,

Two months for you, that is sooooo great  ;D well done, it feels really good being smoke free doesn't it  ;D and with all the money I'm saving (don't know about Canada but cigs here are about 4 a pack) I'm also treating myself to small bits of clothes and jewelry, its nice to be able to have the money for these things now  ;D

Natalie.
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Post by: shadehawk on June 22, 2005, 11:29:49 AM
Natalie,

Cigarettes in Canada are expensive like $7.00 & up per pack....and I used to smoke a pack a day. We always bought a carton at a time - you save money that way - Yea!!Right!!!

Hubby still smokes, but has really cut back. Think it takes him like three days to go through a pack that is a big improvement for him. Some days are hard than other's for him....

We have big taxes on our cigarettes because when I was in the US - I bought canadian cigarettes for half the price we pay for them here.....

Know we'll spend the money one way or another - but it misewell be for something that you can really enjoy and not be on something that can harm your system.....

Hugs,

Shade
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Post by: WICowgirl on June 22, 2005, 03:28:03 PM
Shade and Natalie,
Congratulations both of you are doing GREAT. I have noticed that the cravings only last a few minutes and the when I am busy I don't even think about smokig. The worst time for me is at night when I am relaxing befor bed. The Celery stick and cheesewiz sounds good! My water glass has been my new best friend and I think it will become a permanent attatchment LOL!

Thank You for the great encouragement!

Thanks Again
Heather H
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Post by: WICowgirl on June 23, 2005, 05:16:11 PM
Well I have made it one full day! I took the kids swimming so it wasnt too hard to stay away from the smokes. Today is gonna be a different story though I have in laws commin over and my hubby thinks that he has to have everything immaculate ::) and I am not out to impress anyone. I don't even dare have a pack in the house cause I know I couldnt stay away from them. Wish me luck gettin through today!

Thanks Again
Heather H
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Post by: shadehawk on June 23, 2005, 06:44:48 PM
Heather,

You can do it, if you can manage one day you certainly can get through today.....I was sure that the first stress that I had would have me right back smoking, but it did not go like that....

REMEMBER, if you do make a slip & have one - do not get down on yourself - just forget it and go from there and forget it happened.

YOU can do this!! YOU WILL DO THIS!!

Good luck & have a great family day...

Hugs,

Shade
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Post by: WICowgirl on June 23, 2005, 08:36:41 PM
Thank You Shade! You are right I WILL DO THIS!!

Heather H
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Post by: Natalie.D on June 24, 2005, 01:48:20 PM
Heather H

How did you manage yesterday? Do you stay off them? If you did CONGRATULATIONS!! ;D If not, don't worry, just keep trying. Let us know how you're getting on.

Natalie.
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Post by: WICowgirl on June 24, 2005, 03:46:48 PM
HI Natatlie and Shade ;D

I DID IT! I DID IT! I made it through yesterday with no smokes!! 2 days down and a lifetime to go! I am so excited! Thank You for all of the support and the good advice and ideas to help stay away from them. It gets rough sometimes but now I KNOW I can do it!

Thanks Again
Heather H
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Post by: shadehawk on June 24, 2005, 04:21:17 PM
 ;D ;D ;D CONGRATULATIONS !![/size] ;D ;D ;D

I just knew that you could do this. GO GIRL GO!! Nothing holding you back now - the cigarettes are completely out of your system within three days so it will get easier every day.

There have been days for me that have not been pleasant, like bad knee pain days and wow we went through all that depressing rain for a month straight - but somehow when you feel determined to do it - YOU CAN FIND THE STRENGTH .....

You are smoke-free!! Keep telling yourself that.

Hugs,

Shade


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Post by: WICowgirl on June 25, 2005, 01:47:37 AM
Thanks Shade!!!

I think it is GREAT!! I am really proud of myself! I know I can do it now! Tomorrow is going to be another test we are having a big pig roast and have drinks galore! I will be able to do it though it really isn't that hard when you keep busy! Thanks Again!!!

NOW SMOKE FREE ;D
Heather H
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Post by: WICowgirl on June 25, 2005, 08:17:49 AM
Hi again,

I read somewhere that one of the withdrawl syptoms can be insomnia, well I think it hit me tonight cause I can't sleep worth a crap :( >:( I really ain't craving a smoke but I can't sleep. Did any of you have this problem? If you did how did ya get over it? Hope you are dreaming good dreams!

Heather H
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Post by: shadehawk on June 25, 2005, 10:26:47 AM
Heather H,

Is it the smoking or is it the upcoming surgery!!...hey, you have many things going on right now and it is not any wonder that you can't sleep!!

Hang in there - that smoking thing - it will get easier every day!! Know that you have a busy day ahead of you, hope you manage to catch a nap before you go out for that event.....

Shade[/color]
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Post by: WICowgirl on June 25, 2005, 03:43:08 PM
Shade,

That is true there is a lot of things going on right now. I guess that when ya quite smoking that is the first thing you blame for any changes you have. It could very well be the up coming surgery because I am still floored that it is only 2 1/2 weeks away. When you think about it being next month it sounds like there is plenty of time. I should look at the calendar more LOL

I will try to catch a nap before the party, it is at my mom and dads so I should be able to catch one after we get everything set up.

I am glad you have your head on your shoulders or I would be lost LOL Have a GREAT day!

Thanks Again
Heather H
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Post by: Natalie.D on June 27, 2005, 08:03:34 AM
Heather H.

CONGRATULATIONS!!  Way to Go!!  Well done.  Feels great doesn't it  ;D  Keep at it, as Shade says, it gets easier and easier day by day and when you have a BAD day try to remember all you went through to get past the first day - you don't want to be back there.  Stick with it, good luck.

Natalie.
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Post by: shadehawk on June 27, 2005, 11:08:41 AM
GOOD MORNING NON-SMOKERS

Hope everyone had a good weekend!! And smoke-free!! It is such a great feeling to be successful against a cigarette.

My hubby is having such a rough time of it right now. He just can not seem to kick the habbit. I tell him it is the wrong time to be trying to do this with all the worrying he is doing over my upcoming surgery and the travelling we will have to be doing.

You really have to be able to get your mind wrapped around all this or you just can't quit.

Hope everyone has a good week ahead,

Shade[/color]
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Post by: Natalie.D on June 27, 2005, 11:15:49 AM
Hi everyone,

Well, thats my first month over  ;D ;D ;D  Did have a hard time at the weekend though, was on my own and very bored and feeling a bit depressed as my brother has just been signed up for going to Iraq as an armoured guard to one of the VIPs, he leaves tomorrow so am worried about him BUT didn't give in to the cravings, my nails had a good chewing lol but thats better than poisoning myself with a cig  ;)  Hope everyone is doing well and managing to curb those cravings.

Have a great day everyone  ;D

Natalie
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Post by: shadehawk on June 27, 2005, 11:37:06 AM
(((Natalie)))

Oh where to start here, first off I am so sorry that you brother is going to be going to Iraq. :'(
The one plus is that he will be with a VIP so probably will be spending more time around the green zone and that is apparently a much safer area.

 ;D CONGRATULATIONS!! One-Month - YOU DID IT GIRL!! ;D

After reading your post about the finger-nails I looked down at mine and noticed that I have none either. Before I quit I had long beautiful nails (mine) and now I have these short things - Oh well, better than being a smoker, I guess.
Once I have my surgery & immobilizer brace on I won't be making any fashion statements anyway...He He!!

Sorry that your brother will be going away Natalie. :(

Sending hugs and good vibes his way .....................................

Shade[/color]
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Post by: WICowgirl on June 27, 2005, 11:40:17 PM
Hello Everyone

Yes I did have a good weekend did break down at the party and have a couple but it wasn't hard to get rid of them again the next day!! I tell ya alcohol is the ROOT OF ALL EVIL. But I am on day 2 again so I do think I will be able to kick it for good this time! No more drinking for me!!

Natalie I am sorry to hear about your brother!! I will be thinking about you and your family!


Hugs
Heather H
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Post by: shadehawk on June 28, 2005, 12:07:03 AM
Heather,

You did really good. A couple of slips is not a MAJOR - like some of us had and she had to start all over again.

Guess That Would Be Me - Oh well, that was then and this is now!!

We are all going to have a few nervous weeks ahead, but we'll make it.

HANG IN THERE,  YOU CAN DO THIS!!

Shade
 
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Post by: Natalie.D on June 28, 2005, 01:39:37 PM
Heather,

You just got to put it behind you, we all slip up now and again (some more than others  :-[) but just start again from now, you can do it, I didn't think I could ever give up again (I gave up for 6 years whilst having my kids and foolishly had ONE cigarette at a party and that was me back on them and that was about 10 years ago!), but I'm now over the first month and still going strong, I've tried umpteen times to give up and always slipped up but you just gotta keep on going and keep trying - you will get there  ;D

Natalie.
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Post by: WICowgirl on June 28, 2005, 05:42:48 PM
Hi ALL,

Well it will be day 3 again today. It seems tougher this time than the last. I have my glass of water and I also have my cheek stuffed with sunflower seeds so I have my mouth busy making sure I don't spit them out as I crack and eat them LOL. That is what my mom and dad did and it helped them get through the cravings.

I am done with them nasty things. They are such a pain in the rump. When I am somewhere that smoking is not allowed it is no big deal and don't bother me at all so why is it such a big deal to my body now that I dont want them. It is so dumb LOL.

Thanks for all of the support and encouragement, it sure helps. Like you guys tell me after day 3 it gets easier so it should go well after today!

Thanks Again
Heather H
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Post by: shadehawk on June 28, 2005, 06:14:07 PM
HANG IN THERE ! ! !  

YOU CAN DO THIS.

Shade
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Post by: WICowgirl on June 29, 2005, 06:25:07 PM
Thank You Shade!!!

Well I made it through the 3rd day again. Yesterday was a lil rough but I made it!! Today seems to be starting out easier! If we do get the terrible storms we are supposed to get today I won't be worried about a smoke LOL I will have my eyes to the sky. As much as the bad weather hurts my knees I LOVE the severe weather!


Thank You for ALL the support EVERYONE!!! I will be doing it this time with NO slip ups!! I am really excited about it to be honest! This is the best that I have ever done (other than being in the hospital and not allowed to)!!

Happy NON SMOKING Everyone!!! ;D ;D

Heather H
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Post by: shadehawk on June 29, 2005, 07:17:55 PM
Heather,

THAT IS THE SPIRIT!!.

Hey, hope that you do not have any destruction with that storm that is on it's way.

Make sure you keep ahead of your meds. That helps!!

YOU CAN DO THIS - YOU ARE ALREADY SMOKE - FREE !!

Shade
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Post by: WICowgirl on June 29, 2005, 07:38:51 PM
THANK YOU SHADE!!!

You have been GREAT support!!

I do have the meds started and bothe knees wrapped, bring on the storms LOL!

Thanks Again!
Heather H
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Post by: Natalie.D on June 30, 2005, 08:13:56 AM
Well done Heather,

You're doing SO GREAT   keep it up you're over the worst of it ;D. Hope your knees are not hurting too much with the weather. I LOVE a good thunderstorm, could watch them for hours.

Well tomorrow for me is WEEK 5, still can't believe I've made it this far. :o

Natalie.
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Post by: shadehawk on June 30, 2005, 11:13:24 AM
(http://bestanimations.com/Nature/Flora/Roses/Rose-04-june.gif) ;D   Natalie [/b] ;D

Congratulations to you a little ahead of time. You have really done it this time and no wonder you are so proud. It is a really tough thing to do.

Anyway, you have been very successful and feel much better because you know smoking can be beat......

CONGRATULATIONS, Natalie[/b][/color] ;)

Shade
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Post by: WICowgirl on June 30, 2005, 04:59:28 PM
CONGRATULATIONS Natalie!!! I can't wait til I hit that mark! Today wil be day 5 for me. This is gonna be a breaze now! I hardley ever get cravings and if I do it is like gone in no time! I haven't even been really tempeted to try one.

THANK YOU SHADE AND NATALIE!

You guys are the BEST support a quiter could have!!

Oh yeah the weather (almost forgot I was so exited about the not smoking). We got heavy rain and strong winds but no real damage. My knees were not good so I did the ice and the heating. I tell ya sometimes I would like to cut my legs off I am so sick of these knees!!

The Newest NON SMOKER ;D ;D
Heather H
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Post by: Natalie.D on July 01, 2005, 08:01:13 AM
Heather,

It feels GREAT being able to say you're a NON SMOKER    doesn't it, you've done SOOOOOO well, congratulations, in fact we've ALL done SOOOOO well ;D. Heres to a smoke-free, healthy future for all of us ;D

Natalie.
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Post by: WICowgirl on July 01, 2005, 04:45:18 PM
Natalie,

It does feel GREAT to say I am a NON SMOKER!! Day five here and not looking to go back!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF US

Heather H
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Post by: Flame on July 01, 2005, 06:05:47 PM
CONGRATS TO EVERYONE!!!

It has been 6 months tomorrow for me.
 I can smell everything.(sometimes that's not a good thing) I can taste everything(again,sometimes that's not a good thing) but I am so excited that I did it!!!

Flame
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Post by: shadehawk on July 01, 2005, 06:13:30 PM
(http://www.wtv-zone.com/AnniesTreasures/LINES_PATRIOTIC/firework07.gif) CONGRATULATIONS !!

Flame, Heather & Natalie,

I had to laugh when I read your post, Flame. That is what I have noticed. Sometimes smells are horrible and I never knew. Some of the cheese that I used to love the smell now makes me sick. I have also noticed that sometimes the trail that I walk on has horrible smells that I never noticed when I smoked. It is worth holding your nose for some of these things though to be much more healthy. It also makes the OS's very happy campers.....

Shade [/color]

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Post by: Flame on July 01, 2005, 06:17:36 PM
I used to eat this one particular cereal that I could just live on and I loved it so much. About a month ago I got some and that was the nastiest stuff I have ever put in my mouth. I couldn't see what the big deal was about this stuff. It was terrible!!! I have a new cereal now.
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Post by: WICowgirl on July 01, 2005, 07:01:25 PM
Congratulations To ALL of Us!!

Thank ALL of You again for all of the support!! You guys have made it much easier for me to do! I do have to admit I am pretty proud of myself cause I never thought I would be smoke free!!

Here is to our Health

Heather H
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Post by: shadehawk on July 03, 2005, 12:16:14 PM
(http://smiley.onegreatguy.net/hello.gif)

Hope everyone is still at it and in a non-smoking mood - long-weekends are tough times.....

HANG IN THERE EVERYONE !!!


Shade
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Post by: WICowgirl on July 03, 2005, 12:20:35 PM
Shade,
 
I am hangin in there, but I have been craving them something fierce. My knees have been killing me and I have been wanting one bad.  Hope You are having a good weekend!

Heather H
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Post by: shadehawk on July 05, 2005, 11:52:06 AM
Heather,

Day Nine for you - hope that you are still hanging in there. Your surgery is creeping up (8 days) and know that you have been having horrible pain so can relate that trying to quit on top of all this is extremely hard to do.

Try to do your best!! We are around if needed!!

Hugs,

Shade
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Post by: Lizzie - UK on July 05, 2005, 05:21:33 PM
I am so proud of you guys for quitting smoking. 

Congratulations to you all.

I gave up smoking on July 8th 2001 and went cold turkey and have never had a cigarette since and I have never wanted to have one.  I wish I could do so well with my diet!! 

I have never looked back about giving up smoking.  You will find that you will feel so much better, also if you get a cold, you will get better sooner.

Well done to you all.

Lizzie
Ex-Smoker
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Post by: shadehawk on July 05, 2005, 05:34:07 PM
Lizzie - UK,

WOW, you have done really well - Congratulations....It really does seem like a great accomplishment.  I honestly did not believe that I could ever do this.

Hope that you are right about the cold as I have an allergy/cold right now and am so afraid it will interfere with my surgery.  I am hoping the meds they gave me will knock this cold out of me soon.

Good luck with the dieting Lizzie, take it a day at a time...

Shade[/color]
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Post by: WICowgirl on July 05, 2005, 05:38:01 PM
Hi ALL,

Thank You all for all of the support. I am embarassed to say that I have gone back to the 3 -5 day :-\ I can not stand the pain and my meds are not working for it. I am going to continue to become totally smoke free but right I need that comfort. I REFUSE to smoke as much as I did and I will only smoke when I can't handle it anymore! Sorry to have disssapointed all of you (as well as myself)! Hope you all have a great day!

Thanks
Heather H
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Post by: shadehawk on July 05, 2005, 07:01:43 PM
Heather,

Hey kiddo, you are not disappointing me.  I was on the 3 - 5 for a whole year and could not give it up even for one day.  Hey, you did so you will know when it is right for you.  You will give it up right after surgery as you will not feel like it. 

Don't sweat the small stuff.  Heck, you are looking after a family, house and preparing for surgery.  You can't get down on yourself for having a couple of smokes...

It will all work out.


Shade[/color]
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Post by: WICowgirl on July 05, 2005, 07:45:49 PM
Shade,

Thank You!! You always know what to day to make someone feel better!

Thank You
Heather H
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Post by: Natalie.D on July 06, 2005, 08:52:00 AM
Heather,

Like Shade says, don't worry about it, I was on the 3-5 a day for about 2 years on and off, lol  ::)  It will more than likely take SEVERAL tries at giving up completely, as long as you don't give up on giving up  ;D  You WILL make it one day, its always harder at times like this with upcoming surgery etc, don't be too hard on yourself, we can't possibly cope with everything all at the same time, the time will come when you can try again, until then, just try to keep it to a minimum  ;D

Natalie.
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Post by: WICowgirl on July 06, 2005, 08:44:29 PM
Natalie,

Thank You for the support! I will definatly not give up on quitting.

Thanks Again
Heather H
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Post by: Lizzie - UK on July 07, 2005, 10:53:14 PM
Heather

Remember the old saying "If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again"  Don't beat yourself up over this.  At least you are attempting to give up and maybe you need to reduce and reduce till you don't need any more, rather than go cold turkey.

You have all my support as with all you guys that are trying to quit smoking.

God bless .... Lizzie xx
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Post by: WICowgirl on July 08, 2005, 12:29:57 AM
Lizzie,

Thank You Very Much! 

Heather H
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Post by: Natalie.D on July 08, 2005, 08:28:34 AM
Hi everyone,

Hope you are all doing well.

I've made it to WEEK 6 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D  I can't believe I've made it this far - you guys have made things so much easier - thanks for your continuing support.

Hang in there everyone that is still trying to get there - it will happen, if I can do it, you can do it  ;)

Natalie.

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Post by: shadehawk on July 08, 2005, 05:12:51 PM
(http://www.cwgsy.net/community/tosy/images/smilelots.gif)

Natalie. D.[/color]

WOW!! You have been doing really terrific. Know that all this is much harder than it seems, especially when we are also trying to cope with the knee pain and also trying to lose the weight.

Great job Natalie,


Shade

(http://www.cwgsy.net/community/tosy/images/smilelots.gif)
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Post by: shadehawk on August 20, 2005, 03:41:36 PM
Hi All....

Well, I have reached a little milestone....4 months and three days since I quit smoking....Very rarely do I ever feel like a smoke anymore.  I know there is more surgery in my near future - I just do not know which leg will be operated on first.....There is absolutely no way that I plan on quitting again.

Think that I have quit so many times that I can not keep track, do not know why it worked this time, but I am glad that it did.  Maybe because we are writing all this stuff down, maybe that is why it makes a difference.  Whatever it is it has worked....

Good luck to everyone who is trying to quit....we will help you whenever you decide it is time....

Shade
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Post by: shadehawk on September 15, 2005, 07:45:11 PM
Hi everyone,

Well, I have reached another milestone. The five month mark rolled by yesterday the 14th Sept.

I have not had one cigarette in all this time and do not plan on starting again.

Good luck to everyone who has quit or is about to quit smoking. If I could quit believe me anyone on this planet can.....

Hugs, (http://images.google.ca/images?q=tbn:8GGl6_0pR6sJ:http://www.lizmakesbuttons.com/images/thank%2520you%2520for%2520not%2520smoking.jpg)

Shade
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Post by: Natalie.D on September 16, 2005, 08:03:13 AM
Well done Shade, thats brilliant - keep up the good work, its all worth it isn't it.

I'm at the 4 month mark and still going strong - find it hard at times of stress or partying! but think everyone does.  Like you I have no intention of going back to my old filthy ways  ;D

Natalie.
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Post by: rockette on September 16, 2005, 05:11:16 PM
 YAHOO  ;D

  On Sept 17 2005 it will be a full 3 years of fresh air for me. I have no intentions of ever starting to smoke again. I did enjoy it at the time but I love waking up and not having to hack nor cough. I rarely ever have to clear my throat( true hey) . My house, clothes and need say car smell divine!!
 I encourage you all to a great start and a new beginning!! It may be tough at first but it is worth the effort!! I am so glad I did it. If any of you have any Q's I am willing to help. Take care.

Rockette
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: Flame on September 16, 2005, 05:23:32 PM
I quit smoking on Feb 6 and I haven't looked back, BUT lately I have really wanted to smoke BAD!! I don't want to sit and eat so does anyone have any suggestons for me?

Flame
Title: Re: Any Other SMOKERS Trying to Quit??........
Post by: rockette on September 16, 2005, 05:35:40 PM

 Flame

  Durring the tempting times I had, I would imagine a cigarette in front of me and ask this " Who is going to rule? This smoke or me? And who has the brain anyways? I DO!! " It is all about the controll. I did gain 20 lbs and didn't have the greatest year at first but trust me, it gets better and better with time. If you want to snack, eat the good foods. Unprocessed is also best. An apple or raw nuts for example. I have lost alot of the weight now and am in better shape as I ever was. So hang in there. You can do it.
 Rockette