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post #361 of 386
Mike still hasn't smoked since Aug 5th... He is still chewing.... YUK!!!!

He hardly ever uses his inhaler now.

One thing I noticed since he quit is that people who do smoke reek and stink of cigarette smoke! I never noticed it before since I was around it when Mike smoked. Our neighbor will come over and the stench of smoke and beer is overpowering sometimes.
post #362 of 386
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Its been a couple months since this has been updated, and since there's a new quitter on board, I'd love to hear how everyone is doing.

Personally, I've never been better (in the smoking department).

I've been quit for 7.5mos right now, and haven't thought about it in a while.

I am so glad to be a better role model for my kids now... I mean seriously, noone wants their kids to smoke but how can you say "don't smoke, its bad for you" when you are there smoking? It never seemed right.

Now I can full on tell them how bad it is, how hard it is to quit, etc. etc.

So how's everyone else doing.
post #363 of 386
Hi SnakeLady - thanks for posting this.

I've had zero slips and am going strong. It will be one year for me Feb 9 - coming up soon. I have no idea how I did it and am surprised I kept it up. I dont want to have to go thru a quit again it was so bad.

Made it on my first try. Astounding.
post #364 of 386
I am still a non smoker!!! I slipped a couple times last summer with a puff off a ciggy and it tasted yucky!!! ewwwwwwwie. I don't count those because it was so insignificant and I didn't pursue another puff or cigarette. I do crave them sometimes but it passes. I quit May 11. I was a very heavy smoker and I feel so much better.

Congratulations to everybody and Spudsmom for quitting smoking!!!
post #365 of 386
I haven't smoked in five months! Of course I can't even be tempted now that I'm pregnant.
post #366 of 386
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So we've had a couple ppl come up to the 1year mark, and some of us approaching it.....

Congrats to everyone....even if you just tried, or are currently trying to quit....

I'd like to see some updates


Me, I have not smoked since June 8 2009. I feel great, and have not slipped/wanted to/etc.... Sure, the odd time comes that I'll get a wiff of one that smells ok and I will think "it would be nice to have a smoke"....but that is all it is.... a thought.....not a craving.....

This is now the 2nd longest I've quit and I plan on and have been practicing on learning from my mistakes of previous quits. For me, I know that I cannot even have a puff.....so I haven't.

FINALLY I found something to release anger (that was my biggest difficulty)...and thats using a treadmill.

So yah, there's my update....I'd love to hear how others have been doing.

post #367 of 386
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I, of course, am still wondering about those who started this thread with me... I would really like to hear how everyone is doing.

Myself, I am approaching one year of being smoke-free

I don't think about it, it seldom bothers me if I'm around it and smell it, and I'm very glad I did it; even though the time I wasn't really into quitting. I'm glad I took the chance and got the prescription for Champix
post #368 of 386
In order to move into the apartment we want, we MUST quit! Each time we've said we were going to, I DID - and Gary didn't. After a couple of weeks, I always caved. Now there will be no excuses, or we're stuck in the mud with terrible neighbors spending more money than we would if we moved.
post #369 of 386
And yes.... we haven't picked a date yet, but I think Gary WILL do it. My health and the kitties' health might not have been enough of a motivator ( ) - but being able to change our circumstances AND knowing we NEED to do it for ourselves and our cats - I think that'll be the - what saying do you use for that? Not the last straw - but whatever it is that tips the scales.
post #370 of 386
Four days after my due date will be my one year mark! Maybe Dylan would be born then! That would be really cool, actually.
post #371 of 386
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And yes.... we haven't picked a date yet, but I think Gary WILL do it. My health and the kitties' health might not have been enough of a motivator ( ) - but being able to change our circumstances AND knowing we NEED to do it for ourselves and our cats - I think that'll be the - what saying do you use for that? Not the last straw - but whatever it is that tips the scales.
that would be the straw that breaks the camel's back. I hope so for both you and Gary. I also hope this will be your final quit too...... and just consider the other ones practice runs.... that is what I did. I will say I definitely learned from my previous quits, and there has been times where I have thought about having just one, but then I remember what happened the last time I had just one. ( it was not just one, it was a return to smoking)

Good luck to everyone no matter where on the road to quitting you are, even if you haven't totally decided to quit, but are just thinking about it. Take the time and read through this thread, you will see people who have struggled with life-threatening illnesses because of smoking, you will see people like me who struggled with side effects from the medication in order to quit smoking, and people who have quit fairly easily.

This is a very good thread to read.
post #372 of 386
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Four days after my due date will be my one year mark! Maybe Dylan would be born then! That would be really cool, actually.
when is your due date? I'm sorry I don't have signatures turned on so if you have that information in your signature that's why I can't see it.

And good for you, I hope you choose to remain smoke-free after Dylan makes his arrival. I quit when I was pregnant with my first daughter unfortunately I had some very stressful occurrences shortly after she was born and ended up starting again. though I never smoked in the house, which made it kind of okay for me because I wasn't subjecting my children/child at the time to secondhand smoke.

Oh I do have to add, I'm glad I quit when I did just because of the amount of legal changes that have happened since I quit. it was very good timing
post #373 of 386
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when is your due date? I'm sorry I don't have signatures turned on so if you have that information in your signature that's why I can't see it.

And good for you, I hope you choose to remain smoke-free after Dylan makes his arrival. I quit when I was pregnant with my first daughter unfortunately I had some very stressful occurrences shortly after she was born and ended up starting again. though I never smoked in the house, which made it kind of okay for me because I wasn't subjecting my children/child at the time to secondhand smoke.

Oh I do have to add, I'm glad I quit when I did just because of the amount of legal changes that have happened since I quit. it was very good timing
September 15 is my due date.
post #374 of 386
A baby is a definite motivator!

And Chris - about the legal changes - they sure do want to make it hard to enjoy smoking! I really had a problem with it when it was happening, but of course it's been a really good thing.
post #375 of 386
I quit cold turkey in 1978. It is not a problem for me now. In fact, the only problem I have is I think it smells bad and don't want to be around the smell. My motivator was I was in love and this man I have been married to since August '78 told me if I didn't quit he wouldn't marry me. It worked.
post #376 of 386
OH WOW!!!! I'm so glad to see this thread bumped! I'm also glad to say that I'm still a non-smoker...as of 1/26/10. So is my husband, and while he had the hardest time and is usually the weakest of the two of us, as far as will power goes. I'm really proud of him...I know it was more difficult for him to make the commitment.. Not to say that it was easy for me, by any means. As time has gone by, I feel the urge less and less. In fact, we got a new boss on Sat, and he's kind of a turd, totally by the book rules wise and doesn't seem to have customer service as his top priority (his budget is his #1). By Mon. I had the biggest urge to light up that I have had in a long time. I went out and found my best friend as she was finishing up her route and vented. She took my hands and made me promise that I wouldn't smoke. I promised but I really didn't need to. I DON'T want to smoke anymore...and I damn sure don't want to have to quit again.
post #377 of 386
I needed to add that I smoked for about 30 years. I hope that helps any one that thinks they have smoked too long to quit. It's never too late to quit. I love that I don't hack my lungs out in the am or after any exertion.I'm going to show you something that I have accomplished in the past week. Check out my next post...I have to find the link.
post #378 of 386
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erratic...e_Natural_Site

Ok! At the top left of that very flat rock formation you will see a stand of Ponderosa Pine Trees that look pretty small in the picture. My house is in among those trees. I walked 2 miles to the trail head from my house. That's the 'easy' part (not), the trail starts with a pretty good incline, figured I'd be doing darn good if I made it up to where the trail turned. Got there and decided that 'ROCK' was at the top of the hill and I could do that too. I had to stop a couple of times and catch my breath. Last year i went up that trail...after driving there, and had to sit down 3 times on the steepest part and pray that I would catch my breath and not die then and there. I hiked it and it didn't even hurt! YAY me!!!!
post #379 of 386
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I can't believe it has been a year already..... June 8 2009 was when I quit

How is everyone else doing????
post #380 of 386
It was a year for me last January and I've been lucky in that I've had no desire since then to have even one cigarette. Even through my separation from my husband a few months ago, my search and move to a new apartment and the stress that goes with those things, I didn't for a moment feel that I wanted to smoke so I'm very grateful for that.
post #381 of 386
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Another thread brought this to mind, soooooooooooooooooo.

How's all the group doing?

Our quitters, how long has it been?
To the ones who set a date, did you follow through?
To the ones thinking about it, are u gonna?

Its been 16mos, and I must say I am quite happy, proud, and due to some health issues last weekend I ended up with a pulmonary angiogram, which showed that I don't have lung cancer (it was a concern)
post #382 of 386
Hubby and I quit May 2009 and we are still going strong! We both get really strong cravings once in a while, but overall, we don't miss it one bit!
post #383 of 386
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Originally Posted by sillyitiliangrl View Post
Hubby and I quit May 2009 and we are still going strong! We both get really strong cravings once in a while, but overall, we don't miss it one bit!


You guys have a month longer than me, good for you

I can't help but wonder about everyone that quit around the same time I did, ya'll were there through my struggle, I hope that you are doing well
post #384 of 386
I'm still not smoking - January will be 2 years. In all honesty I have not had the desire for a cigarette since I quit, even when I'm around my friends who do still smoke.

It's good to know you don't have lung cancer Chris. I was in the hospital for COPD and the lady beside me had lung cancer. A nurse told me that one could get either COPD or cancer but not usually both from smoking.

I smoked for 49 years and am thrilled that I finally quit. I've already done the damage to my lungs as I have COPD which restricts my physical activity somewhat but thankfully not too much. It's never too late to quit.

Congratulations to all of you that have quit and are still not smoking.
post #385 of 386
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I'm still not smoking - January will be 2 years. In all honesty I have not had the desire for a cigarette since I quit, even when I'm around my friends who do still smoke.

It's good to know you don't have lung cancer Chris. I was in the hospital for COPD and the lady beside me had lung cancer. A nurse told me that one could get either COPD or cancer but not usually both from smoking.
Lung cancer, and COPD were about the only smoking related risks I was actually worried about, so while the chest pain incident a few weekends ago was a terrifying event for me, I had to look at the bonus in that the pulmonary angiogram showed no problems with my lungs, thankfully and that test is not something a doc just gives routinely, I "lucked" out because emerg thought I may have a pulmonary embolism. Ya'll know me well enough to know I have to try to find the positive in everything.

My g-ma had emphysema(sp), COPD, (for many years, tho I don't understand the difference) and finally lung cancer. She died umm, 2-3yrs ago now due to the cancer which ended up in her brain as well. I was still smoking at her funeral
post #386 of 386
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My g-ma had emphysema(sp), COPD, (for many years, tho I don't understand the difference) and finally lung cancer. She died umm, 2-3yrs ago now due to the cancer which ended up in her brain as well. I was still smoking at her funeral
My former family doctor insisted that the term COPD was related only to lung disorders from smoking while others will lump emphysema, asthma, and other lung ailments under the COPD umbrella.
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