hello again #4: Smoking or not

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Blog entry by Jim Earl posted 07-01-2008 10:10 PM 1213 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well here I go. For over 40 years I have smoked real heavy. 2- 4 packs a day. I have enphasima , asma and every thing else that goes with it. they said only 20% of my l;ungs left. and still smoking. Everyone has bneen trying to get me to stop smoking and over this past weekend My oldest son and I was out talking and he said that if I would stop smoking that he would stop also. Well this is Tuesday and I havent had a cigarette sence sunday evening. I started a new wood burning and I had to stop just to break for a few.
Wish me LUCK Everyone and help me with support so I can stop all together I need all ther support I can get, andf Thank you all. Jim

-- Jim Earl

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#1 posted 07-01-2008 10:20 PM

Good for you and your son. Keep the promise and stay strong.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#2 posted 07-01-2008 10:34 PM

Keep it up! It is a hard habit to break.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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Damian Penney

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#3 posted 07-01-2008 10:35 PM

Just think of all that extra cash you’ll have for tools…

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#4 posted 07-01-2008 10:37 PM

You can do it, keep the faith!

-- Bill, Florida

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#5 posted 07-01-2008 10:49 PM

Keep up the great work and keep the faith.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 07-01-2008 10:56 PM


You and your son have my total support. Quitting this habit is difficult but if anyone is up to the challenge I am sure that you are. You both will be in my thoughts.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 07-01-2008 11:18 PM

You can do it!!

As Damian pointed out- MORE TOOLS!!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 07-01-2008 11:22 PM

I stopped years ago. It’s well wort it. Good luck.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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pat sherman

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#9 posted 07-02-2008 12:51 AM

jim, congrats on the not smoking. i quit and i can tell you that you never get over wanting a cig.
but youjust dont get one.

and never eat or anything to replace it. only makes you want a cig more.

also cut out all sugar. and watch what you eat. cause you will only want one more.

good luck.

-- pat,ohio...

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#10 posted 07-02-2008 01:01 AM

I stopped 13 years ago, and I know you can also! Nothing like a loved one to properly motivate you. Whittle yourself a fake cigarette to handle if you need it. Cold turkey is the only way to go! Good Luck!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#11 posted 07-02-2008 01:16 AM

Jim, congratulations, and press on, brother! You’ll be glad you did.

-- Eric at

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#12 posted 07-02-2008 04:18 AM

GO JIM! Support is the big thing. I hate to hear about your health problems. For what its worth my father was in the same boat as you. His lungs were so bad, I can remember quite well hearing my dad wheeze when he exhailed as he slept. It kept me up at night. After a heartattack he quit cold turkey and he was smoke free till he passed on years later. Keep up the good work. YOU CAN DO THIS. Think TOOLS, TOOLS, and SUPPLIES.

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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#13 posted 07-02-2008 04:29 AM

Best of luck, Jim…this weekend is four years for me. It’s tough, but when you beat this, you know that you can do anything you set your mind to do.

Keep the faith…you can do it!

-- Living on the square...

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#14 posted 07-02-2008 05:02 AM

The 31st of july 2008 will be 1 year for me, I tried many times this time I quite. I still want one every now and then, the urge last about as long as it takes to say a “cig would be good right now” or I slap my shirt pocket. I breath better smell thing I hadn’t for a long time and food taste better.

I used the pill Chantix and I do not recommend it. I took it for four weeks and it made me wacky, could not concentrate and my thought precess was messed up. Some people take it for twelve weeks.

I agree with cutting out sugar, I was told that i was borderline diabetic, when I have sugar the urge is greater.

Good luck I feel so much better, but I liked smoking.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#15 posted 07-02-2008 11:23 AM

All addictions boil down to stress. So when you feel stressed out take a break, do something good to yourself. Meditate, pray, call someone, exercise, take a walk, take a shower, eat something crunchy, like an apple or a carrot, Join a 12 step group, all these things can help you deal with stress and defocus you from wanting a butt. God Bless buddy I’ll pray for you, it sounds like your son wants you around for a while longer. Your friend.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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