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I'm kicking the habit

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

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#51 posted 11-25-2012 06:19 PM

2 packs of Camels/day for 10 years. For me the tough part was morning coffee and having a beer. but the pangs go away and the longer it has been the shorter they are. good luck.

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#52 posted 11-26-2012 12:41 AM

Me too, ha, 12 yrs old, pack a day at least, and now I have a machine and make my own, I don’t count em’ anymore. I am 45, I quit for 1 year once, went back.
I think the time is coming soon though, I would like to be a non-smoker, but at the same time I really enjoy smoking, really. I have a Dr. that tells me I should quit, and I have the Patch in a cupboard just sitting there.
Maybe someday soon, or not, sometimes I think I’ll wait till they (Dr.) tells me I HAVE TO quit, then I will. I may be waiting for something to be wrong with me first, hmmm.
Good post

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#53 posted 11-26-2012 01:44 AM

TED, You still out there?

We would all like to know how you are doing.

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#54 posted 11-26-2012 02:31 AM

Hi Ted,

Saw this post and wondering how you’re doing. If you’ve started again, no shame in quitting again.

If I had a cheerleader outfit, (which I don’t) and if I knew how to shake pom-poms (which I don’t) and IF I didn’t get annoyed with cheerleading in general (which I do) I’d give you a big CHEER!

Hang in there. I’ve never smoked, so I certainly can’t tell you I’ve been there, but know that I’m rooting for you in a lumberjock, grunting, no unnecessary physical contact kind of way.


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#55 posted 11-26-2012 02:47 AM

Ted you can quit , not easy but its up to you,they are very additive and after you quit dont do them again as you will allways be addicted to them, i got to do the same myself

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#56 posted 12-05-2012 07:04 AM

Hey gang, sorry for not revisiting this thread for a while. Here’s the progress report to date.

I caved during the days surrounding Thanksgiving. I spent the 4 day weekend with relatives in Indiana, most of whom smoke. I was there to enjoy the time with them, and the cravings were ruining it… so I smoked. I continued to smoke for a while after I got home. Didn’t have any work, can’t make noise in my makeshift work shop because the upstairs neighbor complains about the noise, couldn’t get anything done on the internet because my connection is so sloooowwwww (I make websites as a hobby) and pretty much was sitting around twiddling my thumbs. So I smoked.

I quit again a few days ago and, so far, it seems to be holding. Whether this is the big finale or just another practice run, I cannot say just yet. Maybe, maybe not.. I don’t know. What I do know is that if I’m not there yet, I’m pretty darn close.

I have a pack of Marlboro which I keep with me, but I don’t smoke them. I even put one in my mouth and puffed on it for a while, without actually lighting it. So far, so good. But if I do decide I want to light that cigarette, I will, and I will smoke it. Somehow, just knowing that I can if I want to, really helps. As long as I know I can if I want to, I tend to not want to.

Many here have offered advice and various anecdotes. I appreciate the gesture, but it really doesn’t help. My advice to anybody who wants to quit smoking is go ahead and smoke if you want to.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#57 posted 12-05-2012 08:34 AM

You have to want to do it or you won’t do it.
I was the same way.
I knew smoking wasn’t a good thing.
I wanted to quit.
But until everything was right FOR ME.
I couldn’t quit.
Don’t try to quit for the wrong reasons or you’ll be right back at it.

You’re on the right path Ted.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#58 posted 12-05-2012 02:16 PM

I smoke…..I like it….I’ll quit someday….maybe…maybe not…Noone will force me….And we are NOT second-class people like some try to make us out to be…..leave us alone, and don’t bug us about smoking….If people don’t want to be arond us cause we smoke, that’s their lose….we’re pretty good folks…..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#59 posted 12-05-2012 02:21 PM

The AA folks say “One day at a time”, but to smokers it’s usually “One HOUR at a time”, which often becomes “One MINUTE at a time”.
Congrats on quitting. Will put you on my prayer list for strength.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#60 posted 12-05-2012 02:41 PM

I kicked the habit not to long ago. The best advice I got, I got on lumberjocks. Someone posted this link:

I highly suggest you read this. It was exactly what I needed.
My journey went as such:

The first week was actually pretty easy. I’m not entirely sure I had a physical addiction because even when I did smoke (I smoked for about 10 years) I never NEEDED a cigarette. For me it was something to do to occupy idle hands or as a reward system for finishing a task.

The second week was harder

The 3rd and 4th week sucked. Again, not physical cravings, but my “idle hands” were killing me. I decided to substitute something productive. As I mentioned above, I would have a smoke and “schedule” smoke breaks around tasks. For example I would say “when I finish this huge report, I am going to have a cigarette”. Or in the shop “Man, sanding sucks, I’ll have a cigarette in between grits”, or at home, “when I am done with the dishes, smoke time!” or “when my daughter finally goes down for a nap, I’ll sneak outside for a smoke”.

What I did that really helped, and helped me in my hobby was dovetails. I am fortunate enough to work from home. Now, whenever I need a “reward” or a “break”, I sneak out to the shop and hand cut a single dovetail. If I need to be quick, it’s just a pin. The next break, I will cut a tail. Because these are not for projects, I don’t have to stress about them coming out good, I just want to build muscle memory. I have cut well over 200 dovetails (about 10 “packs” worth). They still aren’t terrific, but are way more than acceptable and get better every time I try.

Also with that $250/month extra I have, I buy “bonus” lumber. Since smoking has been a part of my life and budget for so long, I consider that money already spent. I can get almost 50BF extra of figured cherry, walnut, curly maple, etc every month instead of slowly killing myself. How awesome is that?


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#61 posted 12-05-2012 03:00 PM

Ted, I know that this experience is very, very different but it’s an interesting story none the less.

I’ve been biting my nails since I was 3 yrs old so roughly 55 years. I’ve tried to stop a couple times but it was short lived. From what I understand, OCD stuff happens when you actually grow nerve pathways in the brain that make the habit stick. The longer you do it the harder it is to break those pathways.

I’ve recently been fighting a finger bone infection that is a long story. The only two important parts are that the doctor said it could have been started from my nail biting and that the bet prognosis was amputation. (neither turned out to be true, it was from a splinter and I’ve managed to save the finger so far). Anyway, from that point on I stopped biting my nails. It was like someone would have said I would stop breathing. It happened cold and suddenly. It’s been two months now and I am like a person who had never had the habit. I never have the urge.

Point is, even though you also have a chemical addiction wouldn’t it be good if somehow you could convince yourself that a bad thing is waiting down the road if you don’t quit. Much easier said than done I know. I never even considered that nail biting would lead to an amputation. Good luck with your quest.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#62 posted 12-05-2012 04:47 PM

The cigarettes just sit there. I’m not even interested in them. I could have one if I wanted, but I don’t. Lots of interesting thoughts going through my head, stuff I never though much about, before. I’m not working today, can’t us my work shop because of the noise, internet is frustratingly slow. I could clean my apartment, but I don’t fee like it. I don’t have anything to do, that I feel like doing, so I’m doing nothing. Just relaxing.

I think I used to convince myself I needed the cigarette, and I’ve now convinced myself that I don’t need it.

My lungs feel dirty, from 40+ years of smoking. I want all the black soot out of them. Wish I could take a sponge on a stick and reach down my throat and give them a good scrubbing. But I can’t, so just have to let them recover.

I think, more than anything else, I feared letting go of something that was, or is, so much a part of who I am.

I wish I hadn’t gone bald. I really liked having a head full of hair, that I could comb any way I wanted to. Oh well… some things change.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#63 posted 12-05-2012 05:39 PM

Ted, this is a good thing to quit. I had a co-worker who always said, “Quitting is easy—I do it all the time.”
She was right. Seemed that she was always quitting after every cigarette.

Becoming a non-smoker is a little more difficult.
I wsih you all the best in your efforts. 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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#64 posted 12-06-2012 01:14 AM

Chance Four: “Hello, i’m Chance Four.”

Everyone: “Hi Chance Four.”

Before I started smoking, as a boy, I thought the smell of tobacco smoke was disgusting but the smell of fresh unlit tobacco was great. After I started smoking, the smell of raw, fresh tobacco was disgusting and the smell of lit cigarette smoke was great. Then after I stopped smoking the smell of fresh tobacco came back to being something I really liked and the smell of a burning cigarette almost makes me toss my cabbage. Is that similar with everyone?

I remember starting to smoke. I remember how hard it was to do it because it kind of hurt and I wanted to be sick when I did it, until I got to be a regular smoker. It actually hurt … but I was maybe 13 years old when I was sneaking smokes. It hurt in another way to stop. All the addiction talk has been covered already. But now, the great story is, I just can’t be around it. It makes me sick, almost like I have developed some kind of allergy to the burning tobacco.

I understand there is a chemical you can take or drink or something that makes you sick if you consume alcohol. Being away from smoking for years now is my form of that I guess.

I’m sure I would have to fight to get back into the habit. Doctor told years ago I’d be dead if I was still smoking. (Started in 1959, quit in 1982, I’m 66 now, 23 years smoking 30 since quitting). I am just not that ambitious or tough enough to condition myself to be a smoker again.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#65 posted 12-06-2012 03:31 AM

I remember as a kid, before I ever smoked, waking up in the morning and my mom sitting in the living room having her morning coffee and cigarette. The smoke in the air was horrible. It didn’t bother me so much once I had some breakfast – cherios or frosted flakes or something.

I have never liked the smell of tobacco smoke. Even if it’s my own, if I leave the room then come back in, and there is that layer of smoke right at nose level, it smells terrible.

Today I slept about 6 hours… a few this morning and then clunked out about 4 this afternoon. I felt like it, so that’s what I did.

Craftsman on the Lake, my brother bites his nails. I used to when I was young but the habit just never took. Hope I don’t start now! hee hee

Chance 4, I don’t know if I would consider it tough or ambitious to ‘start’ smoking. ;-)

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#66 posted 12-06-2012 06:32 PM

The “tough or ambitious” comment was tongue in cheek, but at this point, it would hurt and actually be work to get used to violating myself like that again. Isn’t it odd how people do things to themselves that hurt for social or addictive reasons? I think of women first when I think of that. Plucking hair? High heeled shoes? Waxing? Undergarments that push and squeeze? Then men. Tattoos? Weight training? Smoking to look tough? Fighting? Lifting things when a wheeled cart is within reach? Piercings?

Then if you throw in drugs, there is no discrimination involved at all for gender, race, age, sexual preference, religion, or if you are a dog or cat person.

Silly humans.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#67 posted 12-06-2012 07:09 PM

Physical addiction is a BIG deal. My wife is a nurse and see’s people overdosing quite a bit. When you give an overdosing opiate (heroin) user Naloxone, it completely negates the effect of the drug. She tells me more often than not, the patients are extremely upset that she ruined their high instead of grateful she saved their life.


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#68 posted 12-06-2012 07:10 PM

Hey, Ted,
You can do it the way I did in 1990—-go offshore Louisiana on a drilling rig and catch double pneumonia, stay on the rig three more days to finish the job, drive straight to Houston, check into the hospital, stay three weeks and come out clean. Lord knows I tried to smoke for six weeks, but every time I’d light up, I’d choke to death coughing. After six weeks, I figured I had quit. Sure ‘nuff, I had

Heavy price to pay, though.

Hang in there, Man. You can do it if you want to.

Have a good’un


-- rejo55, East Texas

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#69 posted 12-06-2012 07:32 PM

I quit 7 years ago after 31 years. It’s without a doubt the best thing I ever did for myself.I cannot stand the smell anymore. One of the tricks I made up….When I felt the urge without anyone knowing I would put my hand to my mouth like I had a cig in it then I would inhale just like smoking and then exhale just like smoking. This took care of me till the next time which got farther and farther apart.I figure this must work as a placebo since the phisical addiction is gone in one week and it’s all head game from there. Good luck with quitting and realize the bad guys fighting the good guy.Good guy wins.

--,the best teacher is repetition.

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#70 posted 12-07-2012 12:44 PM

Hardest thing I ever did was quit smoking. I tried over and over. I tried cold turkey, I tried the patch multiple times, I tried the gum, the losenges… Finally I turned to chantix. After a friend recommended it. He had used it a year before and was still smoke free. Im now 2 1/2 years without one and he is 3 1/2 years without one.

Since quitting I have gotten myself into good physical shape. I now run, mountain bike, roadbike. 3 activities that smokers hardly participate in. My snowboarding has also improved.

I can honestly say quitting was the best decision i have ever made. I would never have had a chance with my girlfriend (soon to be wife) if i were a smoker. She wouldn’t have looked twice at me. I could go on all day about how my life improved after quitting.

Good luck to you!

-- I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different. -Kurt Vonnegut

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#71 posted 12-07-2012 01:21 PM

I’m finding it’s not hard at all. I’m not craving or acting psycho or anything like I expected. In fact, I seem to be thinking clearer, probably due to more oxygen making it’s way to my brain. I’m having my morning coffee as I type this, my pack of Marlboro sitting in front of me, and I have no desire to reach for one. It’s been almost a week since my last falling off the wagon and I’m still waiting for withdraws to kick in. I should have done this years ago.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#72 posted 12-07-2012 01:27 PM

Nice Ted! As I mentioned the first week was a breeze for me too. It gets significantly harder though. If you can make it to the 4 week mark, you are golden. When kept me from smoking another one is I did not want to relive weeks 3, 4, and 5 ever again.

I started doing a lot of 5k’s a year before I quit. I thought I was in decent shape. My first 5k after not smoking for 2 months was a real eye opener. 2 minutes off my previous best with significantly less training. Before I would have been absolutely thrilled with shaving 10 seconds off my best.


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#73 posted 12-07-2012 03:14 PM

Good luck Ted

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#74 posted 12-07-2012 09:22 PM

Keep puttin that Baileys in your coffee Ted, you’ll be fine. :)

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#75 posted 12-07-2012 09:37 PM


-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#76 posted 12-31-2012 05:31 PM

We need an update on the eve of a new year. Maybe you could send your cigarettes to a politician?

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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