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Samui Bodoh

FIVE Months Smoke-Free, WHOOHOO!

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The OP is now out of nicotine addiction, and is starting to taste food properly again. If he has regular cardiovascular exercise, his lung capacity will increase to normal in the next 1-2 years. His risk of lung cancer will decline to that of a non-smoker over the next ten years. Good work, keep it up.

Which reminds me, he'll probably enjoy sex more as well.

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Other dubious benefit is that he will gain a significant amount of weight over the coming year....unless he watches his food intake and does some exercise.

Cant say that I ever noticed that sex was better. Just did'nt get puffed out...lol.

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Hmm...

 

I wrote the OP a week or so ago and didn't expect a day of non-smoking discussion... but glad to see it!

 

@snairc. I think it is great that you want to quit; all you have to do is make the decision and then stick to it. Yes, I know, it is easier said than done, but that is what it boils down to. "Cold Turkey" just means quitting without any assistance; it has worked for me so far, but whatever method seems best for you is the best. The goal is to quit; the 'how' is not really relevant.

 

@whitson. Thanks, much appreciated! However, I have to argue a little... 'cold turkey' isn't the hardest way to quit for meI think it is/was the only way possible in my individual circumstance. I would say 'whatever works!' as the goal is to quit, the method is irrelevant.

 

@lacessit. Spot on re: food. Thai food is <deleted> delicious!!! I never knew... I am not sure if I enjoy sex more now than before, but I will endeavor to do all the research that I can :cheesy::cheesy::cheesy:

 

@whitson again. Yes, I have gained about 5 kilos, even though I exercise a great deal (20 KM cycling every morning, long swim in afternoon). That said, I am not still gaining weight (I leveled off) and to me quitting smoking is far, far more important that 5 kilos.

 

 

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4 hours ago, snairc said:

Congratulations on quitting.  I have been smoking for the past 35 years and I would love to quit now. Thanks for the heads up.

Hope I am able to quit soon. 

I didn't understand the cold turkey method ?

Warm regards

 

Hi snairc

 

I did say hello in my post above, but I don't think it is enough. People here on TVF have been very kind and supportive to me and I think it behooves me to return the favour. And since your story seems to be very similar to mine...

 

If you have been smoking for 35 years or so (same here), then I suspect we have similar stories. Did you start in your teens? I started at around age 15 or so. Did most of your friends smoke at that time? Me too. However, over the years most quit at one time or another, usually when I hadn't seen them for a while (no connection!). We had that slightly awkward greeting of old friends; we would chat for a while and catch up, then I would pull out my smokes, and light up. Then, I got the look. Yes, it was always polite and all, but it was the look of 'what is wrong with you?' and then they would tell me that they quit a while ago. That sucked. I am a fortunate guy in that I still have a group of friends that go all the way back to kindergarten and/or primary school; I am an unfortunate guy in that out of that group, I am (hopefully was) the only one still smoking.

 

I will swear on a stack of bibles that I tried to quit many times over the years, but I didn't really (this is the reason that I LOVE the anonymity of TVF). I did stop on occasion(s) for a few days here and there, but never really seriously. I quit for a month a few years back, but didn't take it seriously enough. In short, despite paying lip-service to the idea, I never really tried to quit.

 

Does this sound like your story?

 

The big decision for me came as I was cycling. I cycle every morning for 20 KM, and ironically I started because I thought that I needed some cardio due to smoking. I got back home and I was panting like a dog in a heatwave. And it hurt; it was that awful 'lung burn' or 'chest burn' (you know exactly what I mean!). And it sucked. I was gasping for breath, trying to suck as much oxygen into my lungs as I could, but the amount I was inhaling was tiny. I didn't have a medical problem or feel a need to go to the hospital, but I knew that I simply was not taking enough air in, and I knew why.

 

The more that I thought about that morning, the more I realized that I needed to stop smoking. At our age, if we don't stop now, we never will and given a choice between being a smoker for the rest of my life or a non-smoker, I choose non-smoker.

 

I needed a hook. Around five months ago, the government here announced that they were going to raise the price/tax of smokes significantly. That was it! I knew that the price was going to go up on a Monday, so I only bought smokes until that Sunday evening, and when I went to bed that night, I broke all the smokes and washed then hid the ashtrays.

 

I don't really know what to say about my first week; it was not fun. I did use the 'money jar' to help; I recommend that if you have an 'inner cheapness' like I do. The thing is that you have to decide to do it, then just do it. Yes, easy to say and difficult to do, but there it is;

 

do you want to die a smoker or a non-smoker?

 

Ironically, after a month or so, I asked at the 7-11 how much my brand of smokes was (I wanted to feel smug) and they told me it hadn't changed. Bloody hell!

 

Okay, that is my story, snairc.

 

I recommend that you take the decision and quit. If I can do it, you can do it. 

 

Your call, dude.

 

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13 hours ago, Samui Bodoh said:

 

I needed a hook. Around five months ago, the government here announced that they were going to raise the price of smokes significantly. That was it! I knew that the price was going to go up on a Monday, so I only bought smokes until that Sunday evening, and when I went to bed that night, I broke all the smokes and washed then hid the ashtrays.

 

 

My cold turkey method ( over 30 years ago ) was going hunting in the backblocks of NSW, Australia with one pack of cigarettes. The nearest shop was about 150 km away. Too ####ing ridiculous I should drive that distance for an addiction.

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3 minutes ago, Lacessit said:

My cold turkey method ( over 30 years ago ) was going hunting in the backblocks of NSW, Australia with one pack of cigarettes. The nearest shop was about 150 km away. Too ####ing ridiculous I should drive that distance for an addiction.

At one time or another, I would have driven.

 

I don't know whether to laugh or cry...

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6 hours ago, Samui Bodoh said:

Hi Again Mentalcolonization.

 

Have a look at a post from a previous thread (below). Look at page 5, post #63 from a user named Madgee. I don't know anything about Madgee, how he is doing, or anything else.

 

I just though he wrote a very good post and that it might be relevant to you.

 

Cheers

 

 

 

Thanks . Maybe it's time for me to join the race . I will put more effort 

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It has been eight years for me now. All it took was a helicopter ride to a heart hospital.
I messed about with cigars for about a month, but soon figured that was not helping much.

Decision finally made it was not really too hard. I remember my grandmother and father struggling for years. That memory may have helped, along with chewing a ton of gum. :smile:
If I had quit sooner maybe I would have avoided the subsequent MI that resulted in a triple bypass in addition to the stent placed the first time.
In any event, good luck to all engaged in quitting now!
 

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About 15 years smoke free for me !!
I particularly liked the OP’s money jar which is a constant reminder of how much money you are saving.

Another incentive is: think of something you want to buy ( for example, someone mentioned a 30k coffee machine ) work out how many days smoke free you will have saved the money and stick a big reminder on a wall calendar.
Then when you feel the urge take a look at the calendar:
20 days more to buy that new putter.
or
2 months till I buy that garden recliner
Etc etc

Give yourself something to aim for.
Treat yourself for your strong willpower .

Good luck guys, keep strong !!

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7 minutes ago, Andrew Dwyer said:


20 days more to buy that new putter.
 

You have the yips?

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You have the yips?

Lol

Not a golfer myself but thought it might register with some as a good incentive .

p.s. had to google “ yips” [emoji2]

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3 minutes ago, Andrew Dwyer said:


Lol

Not a golfer myself but thought it might register with some as a good incentive .

p.s. had to google “ yips” emoji2.png

Been playing golf for 60 years now. Greatest game ever. Only sport I know where performance-enhancing drugs are useless.

It's a habit of golfers suffering the yips to buy a new putter every month or so. Doesn't work, but hope springs eternal.:smile:

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10 hours ago, Lacessit said:

Been playing golf for 60 years now. Greatest game ever. Only sport I know where performance-enhancing drugs are useless.

It's a habit of golfers suffering the yips to buy a new putter every month or so. Doesn't work, but hope springs eternal.:smile:

Hmm...

 

Whenever I have played golf, a long, cool G&T was required at the nineteenth hole!

 

To stay on topic, I am determined to quit the foul weed, but the one thing that might thwart me is chasing a little white ball across a green. Stay away from golf courses; they are a public health menace!

 

:cheesy::cheesy::cheesy::cheesy::cheesy:

 

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On 2/23/2018 at 7:01 PM, Lacessit said:

My cold turkey method ( over 30 years ago ) was going hunting in the backblocks of NSW, Australia with one pack of cigarettes. The nearest shop was about 150 km away. Too ####ing ridiculous I should drive that distance for an addiction.

 

On 2/23/2018 at 7:05 PM, Samui Bodoh said:

At one time or another, I would have driven.

 

I don't know whether to laugh or cry...

I would have driven and cussed myself both ways while puffing away, but, not for smoking, for not bringing more in the 1st place.

I started smoking at 11 and still smoke today at 58. For me it seems not so much a habit as a void filler. When I'm busy and doing something that interests me in an environment that smoking is not allowed I never think about it. As soon as that stops, I'm off for a smoke.

I started because it was cool (James Dean, The Marlboro Man, etc.) but now I just don't know what else to do to fill those voids. I play computer games but even those have lulls in the action or become redundant and I lose interest.

Having some e cigarettes sent over from the states so will give those a shot as they'll at least fill the mechanics part of the voids.

Congrats on quitting by the way. :wai:

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