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I'm kicking the habit

by Tedster
posted 11-20-2012 01:49 AM


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#1 posted 11-20-2012 01:51 AM

Smokes are really tough! You are in my thoughts! Good luck! Maybe this quote will help:—“Ted – The best things in life are not free… they require patience, commitment and devotion.”

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#2 posted 11-20-2012 01:53 AM

Prayers are with you. It’s the right thing to do. But it’s one of the hardest you’ll ever do.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-20-2012 01:56 AM

You can do it Ted ,go man go

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#4 posted 11-20-2012 01:58 AM

Good luck. Putting your habit on ice. I like that.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#5 posted 11-20-2012 01:58 AM

Thanks guys.. I’m hoping the anticipation is all in my head.

-- I support the 28th Amendment. http://www.wolf-pac.com/28th

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#6 posted 11-20-2012 02:03 AM

Don, I just took a peek at your website. Cool work on the hand planes! :)

-- I support the 28th Amendment. http://www.wolf-pac.com/28th

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#7 posted 11-20-2012 02:09 AM

We all have our addictions :-)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#8 posted 11-20-2012 02:28 AM

I’m not a smoker but I have heard a lot of good things about this book helping smokers kick the habit. Good luck to you. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/easy-way-to-stop-smoking-allen-carr/1100625699?ean=9781402771637

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#9 posted 11-20-2012 02:31 AM

Ted,

Been there.
I was ok if I kept busy and stayed clear of my smoker friends for a while.
Also had to stop going to the pub for a beer.
It’s a tough road ahead, but it is so worth it.
You can do it.

Mike

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#10 posted 11-20-2012 02:33 AM

We’ll do it together Ted. I’m 3 months smoke free. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it…...

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#11 posted 11-20-2012 02:49 AM

Marty.. that’s awesome! I have no doubt it will be worth it. Let’s turn that 3 months into 3 years.

Mike, I’m lucky in that I don’t go to pubs and most of my friends don’t smoke.

Randy, thanks for the suggestion but I’ll just throw it on the bookshelf and never get around to reading it. I know myself that well ;)

Yes Don, we all do…. Maybe that’s what I need is to find a better addiction.

-- I support the 28th Amendment. http://www.wolf-pac.com/28th

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#12 posted 11-20-2012 02:50 AM

Stay busy Ted, you can do it.

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#13 posted 11-20-2012 02:52 AM

How about we chase women? I’ll chase them your way and you can chase them back…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#14 posted 11-20-2012 02:52 AM

you can do it and may the force be with you.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#15 posted 11-20-2012 03:03 AM

I was a three pack a day smoker for 32 years.(thanks to Uncle Sam and Vietnam) Smoke free since April 15,1999. When wifey and I got married I promised her I would quit but not to bug me about it. She didn’t and I did!
Make up your mind that’s what you want and you will succeed. Good luck.

-- Life is good.

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#16 posted 11-20-2012 03:27 AM

Ted, I have faith that you can do this! Just keep thinking of how much money you’ll save and how much longer you will be around to enjoy LJ! I laid out 3 smokes every day and they had to last for 24 hours, then I laid out 2 per day, then 1. Your mileage may vary.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#17 posted 11-20-2012 03:31 AM

Way to Go ! Ted. you can do it man. I have been smoke free now for 2yrs 8 mos. I quit cold turkey when I had to go to the emergency room for Angina pains, Had 2 stents put in the next week. Never looked back, don’t ever have a craving either, just thinking about going back under the knife has kept me clean all this time. I can’t even stand the smell anymore. It is the “Best” thing you will ever do for yourself ever. and your family will thank you for it believe me !

Keep us updated and hang in there Bro!

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#18 posted 11-20-2012 03:33 AM

Ted,
So, your kicking the habit…..
I hope the Nun isn’t wearing it , when you do!!!

Good luck, stay busy, Change up your routine. If you do things different, ie; drink your morning coffee in a different room than usual, change things up. Start new (good) habits. It’s tuff I know, I’ve quit several times!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#19 posted 11-20-2012 03:39 AM

Okay Marty.. you chase them my way, then wait for me to chase them back.

(psst… the rest of ya don’t say anyting. I think he might fall for this one )

-- I support the 28th Amendment. http://www.wolf-pac.com/28th

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#20 posted 11-20-2012 03:41 AM

I’m thinking about new habits I can take up. I live in Chicago so I was thinking maybe I can take up a hobby of kicking police cars.. you know, to get their attention, and then running. That should keep me busy for a while.

-- I support the 28th Amendment. http://www.wolf-pac.com/28th

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#21 posted 11-20-2012 04:35 AM

always add before you take away! anytime you feel the need for a cig, add something healthy in place of it….like a piece of fruit, a veggie….a walk outside…anything…Make this a positive experience instead of a negative one and you’ll float right down the river instead of struggling to paddle upstream!

Also educate yourself on the negative impact cigs have on your health. So often people try changing behavior without changing their believe system – which never works. This is why most diets fail.

You can do it!! Good luck! You’ll be so glad in the end!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#22 posted 11-20-2012 01:13 PM

(Hope this helps, written in 2006)

Smokin’ the Stock Market

High school students smoke you know. Not all of them, but lots of them do, especially the ones that are trying to show everyone they aren’t afraid of looking defiantly at danger and authority.

My students smoke. Not all of them, but most of them do. My students are with me because they have turned a regular high school upside down with inappropriate, violent behavior.

My students are labeled “Severely Emotionally Impaired.” The names for that impairment on the street are very much more rude and some argue more accurately descriptive.

We teach and learn appropriate behavior as well as the regular academics. The goal of our program is to return the students to their home school successfully. We don’t always succeed. Some of our kids stay on with us and graduate from high school through our program. Some of our kids talk rotten and angrily about my mother (a really sweet and wonderful woman, by the way, whom they have never even met) and drop out of school altogether.

I used to smoke. I quit in 1982. I had smoked for 22 years and at the time I quit I was doing two packs of Kool Filter Kings a day. I think I had lots to prove too. It didn’t occur to me until a year and a half ago that I should set aside the money I spent on cigarettes for something worthwhile instead of just allowing it to drift back into the money I spent every day. I chose the stock market.

I have a direct deposit set up for the money I don’t spend on smokes. I tell the kids not to bother me on smoke break and check my portfolio on the computer. Funny, if I really smoked, I would have to walk across the street onto the public sidewalk to smoke. Neighbors to school property all across the country love that. Clusters of teachers, staff, and bus drivers all standing, huddled in the snow or rain to grab a quick hit before they have to return to their duties isn’t modeling the best behavior, but I would get time away from work if I joined them . nah!

These days, I take my smokin’ time without leaving the classroom. The kids are respectful of my break time too. They often ask, “Are you on smoke break Mr. Thayer?” “I’ll check back in a couple of minutes if you are.” “How’s the market going by the way?” “Will we have time to check our practice portfolios later today?”

We can set up a practice portfolio easily by assigning a dollar figure to their addiction (not just smoking by the way) and doing regular deposits to the practice account, then investing the money.

I have done quite well in the market, especially if you consider that the money I have accumulated was going to be spent lining my lungs instead of my pockets.

I often ask the students, “Where is your smoking money?” Then I show them mine.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#23 posted 11-20-2012 01:15 PM

Ted,

Go for it!

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.
~Henry David Thoreau~

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#24 posted 11-20-2012 01:29 PM

Every time you want to buy a pack, buy a tool Ted. Some old crusty vintage something to restore. It’ll keep you busy and be cheaper in the long run.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#25 posted 11-20-2012 01:35 PM

Good luck. Keeping occupied is the key to success.

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#26 posted 11-20-2012 01:40 PM

I smoked a 1 to 2 packs a day for 49 years. It took losing half a lung to cancer before I managed to quit. It is hard but you CAN do it. Will keep you in my prayers for success

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#27 posted 11-20-2012 03:43 PM

Good luck Ted.
Mind over matter.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#28 posted 11-20-2012 04:04 PM

Hang in there, Ted.

I quit cold turkey 12 years ago. It was maybe the hardest thing I ever did, but sooooooo worth it. The important thing for me was to hang on to the thought that “this too shall pass”. The first several days of physical withdrawal are tough, and then you move into the emotional withdrawal, which was even harder. For about three months, I just wanted to kill someone. Anyone… it didn’t matter. :-) But after that, it was like the greatest relief in the world to have that gorilla off my back! So just tough it out, knowing that there is a huge reward at the end of the struggle.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#29 posted 11-20-2012 04:32 PM

After being free from smoke for all these years, I think I would toss my lunch if I was made to light up again. X-smokers are the worst complainers of second hand smoke, but for a reason. It hurts, but the hurt keeps me away. It hurts … so … Good!

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#30 posted 11-20-2012 07:06 PM

You can do it Ted. I quit chewing after 34 years (I started young) and since the wife smoked, i would too (sometimes). I did find that using the nicotine gum helped me out. I ended up using the gum for 2 1/2 months, and been tobacco free for almost 2 years.

I got faith in you buddy. You can do it.

-- If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you!

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#31 posted 11-20-2012 08:12 PM

I started at 19, stopped at 26 when my kid asked me why I stunk and was killing myself. Started again two years later for two years, finally kicked it forever.

I’ll tell you this: for me, quitting smoking has turned out to be easier than losing weight!!

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#32 posted 11-20-2012 08:54 PM

I started smoking at age 14, I quit on 7 JAN 1991. I haven’t had one cigarette since then. I quit cold turkey and I can honestly say I have not looked back on it one bit. The weight gain that went with it was a bigger consideration but I finally won that battle. You will be amazed by the “new smells” and tastes that you will experience from this moment forward. Good Luck – I will be rooting for you.

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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#33 posted 11-21-2012 12:54 AM

Just the price of a pack should be enough of an encouragement. Pack a day at $5.00×365 = $1,825.00. There is a new table saw,bandsaw,whatever. It mounts up quick and it isn’t going to get any cheaper.

-- Life is good.

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#34 posted 11-21-2012 01:06 AM

3 generations from now, no one will remember if you smoked or not.

Our time here is short, enjoy it

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#35 posted 11-21-2012 02:33 AM

You can do this, others have. Like someone said, you will be amazed at how much better food tastes, how good things smell (and how bad!) Hang in there and keep us informed.

-- Life is good.

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#36 posted 11-21-2012 01:54 PM

I was smoke-free for a year. Then I got reconnected with a smoker friend.
Back at it ever since. Now, it’s a struggle to quit.

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#37 posted 11-21-2012 04:30 PM

I watched a neighbor couple sit on their back steps and ponder how they were going to keep the house. They were going through some tough times. They both sat and worried and and smoked one cigarette after another. They couldn’t find enough money for the house payment, but they would go through the couch cushions if necessary to find enough money for smokes. If you take Howie’s numbers above and multiply by four … that’s one heck of a bandsaw … or Scottrade portfolio …

I have an addictive personality. I can’t help it. I just figured out I need to take on addictions that make me happy instead of control me. I’m addicted to investing. I shared the change in direction I made from smoker to investor with my doctor. He said it was a good move as if I had decided to keep up the smoking habit, I’d be dead. I’m 66 and retired. Investments were a big factor in helping me decide to go and do what I wanted to do instead of what my employer wanted me to.

I am thinking of giving up addictions I never had so as to feed my investing monster more aggressively. I was thinking about e-mailing Patreaus and asking how much his addictions cost him, but I think they are watching his e-mails and I think I already know the answer to what it cost him.

Without much exaggeration, it really is a decision between a good life and death. My dad got emphysema (2 packs of Pall Mall a day). It isn’t fun to watch your loved one wither. Smoking doesn’t just kill you, it takes away your energy, strength, stamina, and sucks the good out of life. Dad had to stop and sit on a bench between his car in handicapped parking and the inside of the market. He was thin and starting to lose his vision. When no one was looking, he snuck a smoke. I held his hand as he died. He was in so much pain. His health situation was that they couldn’t give him much in the way of pain killers.

Can you think of something you will do with the extra years you will have of life, health, and strength?

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#38 posted 11-21-2012 04:32 PM

I used to feel exactly like Moron. I enjoyed smoking (or so I thought), and whatever possible health risks might be involved were not as important as enjoying life for the short time we’re here anyway.

BUT, when I did finally quit, I realized I was able to enjoy life more rather than less. What I thought was the “enjoyment” of smoking was really just the relief of feeding the nicotine addiction. Smoking is the equivalent of burning yourself just so you can feel the pleasure of putting ice on it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#39 posted 11-21-2012 07:59 PM

HANG IN THERE TED!

It is worth it!

YOU CAN DO IT!

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#40 posted 11-21-2012 08:04 PM

I wish you well. The health implications of smoking are terribly seripous.My son quit after smoking for years he now does weightlifting and the whole nine yards I am extremely proud of him.It is one of the hardest things to do but achievable if you stick with keeping buisy it get’s easier after a while every day is a great milestone>I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#41 posted 11-21-2012 09:50 PM

Try this math…...I was a three pack a day smoker. That was $10 a day in 1999.
10×365x13 years=$47,450.00 and that is 1999 prices! Just keep thinking about this and you will overcome a lot of the feelings. Like Alistar said, keep busy. Take it one day at a time.

Mark Twain said quitting smoking was the easiest thing he ever did, he said he had done it a thousand times(or something like that) All former smokers know it’s hard but you can do it. Just have to get committed.

-- Life is good.

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#42 posted 11-21-2012 10:18 PM

Has anyone tried those electronic cigarettes as a way to ease the cravings when quitting smoking?
Just wondered if they are any better than patches etc.

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#43 posted 11-22-2012 01:01 AM

Ted,

How’s it going?

Mike

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#44 posted 11-22-2012 03:32 AM

I tried to smoke a turkey for Thanksgiving, but I couldn’t keep the damned thing lit.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#45 posted 11-22-2012 05:04 AM

Ted, I’ve smoked for 40 yrs. and tried to quit probably 40 times, and still trying. A buddy of mine once told me, to quit smoking you have to get past the 5 THREE’S (3 Minutes, 3 Hours, 3 Days, 3 Months, 3 Years), yesterday I got to 2 months and 17 days. Tomorrow I will start again. I’m still trying, lets keep in touch and see if I can keep up with you. What do you say?

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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#46 posted 11-22-2012 01:33 PM

Sorry the 5 THREE’S are (3 Hours, 3 Days, 3 Weeks, 3 Months and 3 Years) I got a call last night and was told I did not quote my friend correctly. Oh well you get the point. “IT’S HARD AS HELL, BUT WE CAN DO IT”’

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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#47 posted 11-22-2012 02:43 PM

Mark, in my experience, once I got past the three months it was smooth sailing.

In the first 3 days, the physical addiction is influencing your thoughts. In the first three months, it’s the psychological addiction that will get you. After that, the choice to light up or not is 100% your own.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#48 posted 11-22-2012 05:16 PM

Congrats Ted!!!! THink of all the tools you can buy with the $$$ you used to spend on smokes1

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#49 posted 11-25-2012 08:10 AM

Well Charlie, I guess my friend was 2/3 right anyway. Physical or Psychological Addiction, it’s just plain tough. Ted, this is me talking now about me. I used to drink 1 gallon of DeWards White Lable Scotch each and every week, for years and years, and sometimes more. But when the doctors told me I had to stop drinking and smoking I said okay, haven’t had a drink in a very long time, but the cigs., that’s a different subject. But we are going to do it, right Ted

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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#50 posted 11-25-2012 06:04 PM

just think how many tools you can by with the money you sve

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