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Help! I Need Help! > Amber IS Quittting Smoking! Really! ... and she's doing it for the best reason possible!

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message 1: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments Hi guys. I mentioned on the "Right Now I'm..." thread that I am attempting to quit smoking. In an effort to keep myself on track, I've started this thread to post my angry rants and cries for help that are sure to arise in the next few weeks. I also didn't want to co-opt the other thread.

I would like to say that my primary motivation for quitting is my health, but I would be lying. Health is a concern, but it's a long-term motivator. My primary drives right now are more immediate: money and (sorry) vanity. I don't want to spend $40 a week on cigarettes, and I don't want to be a leather-faced crone with yellow teeth and a hacking smoker's cough before I'm 30.

So far, not so good, but I'm also allowing myself to finish my last pack before going "official." I'm looking into different options, because I don't think cold turkey is going to cut it-I have no willpower. The lovely Sarah Pi suggested acupuncture, which I am looking into. Also, I think my best option in the short-term is going to be a nicotine inhaler or something similar, since half of the battle is the ritual of smoking, rather than just the chemical dependence.

Feel free to completely ignore this thread, but knowing that I have to post something on progress every once in a while will definitely help motivate me, since I will have to be answerable to more than myself.

One of my biggest hurdles will be living with other smokers. Luckily, my husband has agreed to quit with me, so the only issue will be our roommate and he is not as much of an accidental-enabler, thank god.


message 2: by Barb (new)

Barb Try to find something to occupy your mind and hands ... my mom taught herself to knit when she quit cold turkey. Everyone we knew got sweaters (and everything else imaginable) for Christmas for a good few years.


message 3: by Komal (new)

Komal Mehta (komalm) Hey, I have a suggestion for you. Do you have any passionate hobby? If yes, like love for music, cooking, movies, dance, sketching, guitar, or anything you are passionate about, just go peruse that right at the time when you feel for a whiff. It will diverge your mind for next 15min, and you are set.

Good luck! and yes, keep posting your progress / non-progress, I'll always stand by!


message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I have a friend who replaced the tactile need with cinnamon sticks. While they don't address the nicotine fix, they fit right in your hand, you can hold them between your lips, etc.


message 5: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments Oh boy, Phil is going to pop in here any minute with a TWSS, but...

One of the hardest things to get over is the oral fixation.

I used to have a nervous tic in my mouth, where it would twitch oddly and I wouldn't even be aware that I was doing it. Smoking helped to get rid of that, so I'm a little freaked out that quitting will cause it to start up again.


message 6: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) It's a hard thing.


message 7: by Barb (new)

Barb Larry wrote: "It's a hard thing."

TWSS
(bait, but I'll nibble just the same)


message 8: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments Good luck, Amber. I will be here to cheer you on.

The only addiction I've ever had to quit was biting my nails, and that was sooooo hard. I feel for you, but you can do it!


message 9: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments Barb wrote: "Larry wrote: "It's a hard thing."

TWSS
(bait, but I'll nibble just the same)"


TWSS


message 10: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Hee. Yup. Nicotine addiction, coupled with strong behavioral cues for smoking, make it quadrupally difficult.

I've heard the patches help with stepping down the addiction. But you have to find some things to do instead of smoking with you encounter the cues. Something that you like.


message 11: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments Larry wrote: "Hee. Yup. Nicotine addiction, coupled with strong behavioral cues for smoking, make it quadrupally difficult.

I've heard the patches help with stepping down the addiction. But you have to f..."


I'm trying to resist the urge to eat rather than smoke. I don't usually eat when I'm not hungry, but I can see chocolate and I developing a difficult relationship in the next few weeks.


message 12: by Félix (last edited Jul 08, 2011 11:58AM) (new)

Félix (habitseven) Try using very small amounts of chocolate instead of smoking. Very small bits savored in your mouth for a few minutes until the smoking urge passes. I think the patch is important, too, in order to ease the addictive responses.

Be sure to praise yourself whenever you have the little bit of chocolate. Self talk is a critical part of the whole pattern breaking process.


message 13: by Janice (new)

Janice (jamasc) I quit smoking when I got really sick. I had an upper respitory inflammation and I was too sick to even think of smoking for 5 days. After the 5 days, I just kept going without the cigarettes.

I wouldn't recommend that method of quitting to anyone. I thought I was going to die.

What about the patch?


message 14: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments I'm thinking about the patch, nicorette gum, or some form of low-dose nicotine inhaler/electronic cigarette, just not sure which is the best option. I've been researching them all day, but I haven't come to a set conclusion yet.


message 15: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11604 comments Larry, Barb and J-9 were ready to step in for the TWSS.

Nice work, gang.

Now to find Jim and tell him to get cracking!


message 16: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments PS The title of the thread makes me want to ask "Why do you smoke thread?"


message 17: by ~Geektastic~ (last edited Jul 08, 2011 12:46PM) (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments Sarah Pi wrote: "PS The title of the thread makes me want to ask "Why do you smoke thread?""

I don't know why I inserted the word thread into what is obviously...a thread. But my brain is all muddled.

It's fixed now.


message 18: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Good luck, Amber. We're rooting for you.


message 19: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments This is awesome, Amber. You better quit smoking or we'll harass you mercilessly.

Love,

RA


message 20: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) We'll beat your butt.


message 21: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Larry wrote: "We'll beat your butt."

Is this a good spot for TWSS Phil?


message 22: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Good luck Amber - we are here for support, we will help whether you are doing well or not, so keep us posted.


message 23: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11604 comments Nice work, Jim. Gold star.


message 24: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments You guys are all fantastic! Thanks for the support, I can sense I am going to need it.


message 25: by Michael (new)

Michael Good luck, Amber. I'm keeping positive thoughts out there for you.

I know different personalities and all that, but I think cold turkey is the way to go. Yeah, you'll be miserable for a few day or so but then the nicotine is out of your system and you're on the downhill side. With nicotine gum/patches and stuff you're only delaying the inevitable and with e-cigarettes you're not breaking the psychological link. Three things that really helped me were Tootsie Pops, a rubber band on my wrist that I snapped whenever I wanted to smoke and one of those little pencils they use when they play golf that I kept in my pocket so I could putz with it.


message 26: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24070 comments Mod
I did it cold turkey. What made it much easier was that I had lost the taste for tobacco; cigarette prices and taxes were rising, which annoyed me no end; and none of my friends at that point smoked. At some point after that, maybe 5-6 months, I had one cigarette which I bummed off a friend of a friend. It was so harsh to inhale it after my months of no-smoking that it wasn't even an enjoyable experience. After that, I was done for good.


message 27: by Mary (new)

Mary (merrussell) I quit for love (sigh) my soon to be husband grew up with his Dad smoking and had a real aversion to it.
So I quit cold turkey. I had not smoked for long but I had a two pack a day habit.
We are rooting for you! Hang in there!


message 28: by Janice (new)

Janice (jamasc) The successful person falls down 10 times but gets up 11.


message 29: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Every time I quit, and I've quit successfully quite a few times, I brush my teeth when I have the urge to smoke. The delicious clean feeling persuades me to put off lighting up for a while every time, and the urge passes.


message 30: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11604 comments My wife quit for love (me) and didn't smoke for 15 years.

Last year she started again from pressure, pain and grief when her dying mother moved in with us. Now she smokes with her dad as a bonding thing.

Icky, icky, ick!


message 31: by Angela~twistedmind~ (last edited Jul 09, 2011 10:58AM) (new)

Angela~twistedmind~ (twistedmind) | 540 comments Good luck, Amber!! I'm a pack a day smoker and I'm ready to try to break the habit.....yet again. I've tried everything except the e-cigarettes. (my sister is currently trying those, and she says it is helping her ease away from the real thing). The patch? No. Gum? No. Cold turkey? Oh, God, please save us all!!!! I will never ever try cold turkey, again and I have nothing but respect for everyone who has been able to quit cold turkey. I even thought of the need to have something in my hand, so I'd sit with a straw cut to the length of a cigarette hoping that would help. I've try Chantix once, and while it worked to a certain point, I did not quit completely. I've got a new scrip for Chantix and I'm going to try it in combo with an e-cigarette. I've spoken with a counselor (while in the hospital) and he declared that I have a deep, strong psychological addiction to smoking after he asked the question, "How do you feel when you cannot have a cigarette?" and I calmly replied, "About like I feel right now. Like I wanna kick somebody's ass!" I get so sick of non-smokers saying stupid shit like "All you have to do is want to", "Just put them down", "Think of your family". Mother fuckers, don't you realize we have already thought of all of this?!?!?!?! Don't you realize we are disgusted with ourselves for not being able to "just put them down"?
I saw a tv program that stated to quit smoking is harder than quitting hard drugs. I'm prone to believing that.
It's great your hubby is willing to make the attempt with you. That will be a huge help. Maybe your roomy would be willing to smoke in another room or outside, even, in order to help you out. I have a big cheering section here at home so I'm hoping this next attempt will be the one that finally works.
Amber, we can doooo iiiiiit!!


message 32: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments Wow, I never realized how many people here have had to do this! We can definitely do it Angela, it will just take some time. I'm not doing too badly today; I've had two cigarettes from 10am to 3pm, much much better than usual and I haven't lost my cool. Being at work will be a different story, but if I can keep it up over the weekend, it will give me a head start.

I really like the idea of brushing my teeth instead of smoking Sally, gonna give it a shot over the weekend and see if it helps.

I've realized, when I posted in the cigarette warning label thread, that I am not a half-pack-a-day smoker. I think that was a fantasy I convinced myself was true; I've definitely reached a pack-a-day at this point and I never realized it until I had to keep track of every time I wanted one.

Thanks everyone!


message 33: by Janice (new)

Janice (jamasc) If you believe that to quit smoking is harder than quitting hard drugs, then it will be.

It is not an insurmountable task. I've been there, many TC'ers have, and lots of my friends have.


message 34: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24070 comments Mod
Phil wrote: "My wife quit for love (me) and didn't smoke for 15 years.

Last year she started again from pressure, pain and grief when her dying mother moved in with us. Now she smokes with her dad as a bondin..."


Oh noes, Phil. Not good.


message 35: by Emily (new)

Emily (azara3) | 18 comments I don't smoke or do drugs, but I c do have plenty of dirty little habits that I try to break. The way I deal is finding something productive to replace the habit with. Chew gum, suck on a peppermint, or get a bottle of water when your mouth feels empty or dry. And reward yourself every once in a while. Every week you haven't smoked, reward yourself with a movie or dinner out. It won't be 40 bucks' worth most likely, and you'll have another reason to stick with it.


message 36: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Did you quit yet, Amber? C'mon, get your shit together! Quit motherfucking now!

(I will be the bad cop, ladies and gentlemen...)


message 37: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24070 comments Mod
Ha ha, hee hee!

Did RA quit pissing off his porch yet? Surely that is killing a few innocent woodland creatures now and then.


message 38: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments Thanks RA, nothin' says lovin' like a swift kick in the ass!


message 39: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Is RA on a bender?


message 40: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) Good luck quitting, Amber. I've never been a smoker so I won't pretend to know what it's like to quit nicotine, but I have had a hell of a time trying to break my sugar habit, so I sympathize with the notion of doing something hard.


message 41: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Amber wrote: "Thanks RA, nothin' says lovin' like a swift kick in the ass!"

Don't you have a cigarette this morning! Don't you fucking dare!

(You're welcome!)

And no, Sallers. I've been more in the "have a beer while watching baseball" mood lately.


message 42: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Did RA quit pissing off his porch yet? Surely that is killing a few innocent woodland creatures now and then.

I did. Did I mention what happened? I was sleeping on the front porch a few months back and, at about 3AM, a cop knocked on my door. My first instinct was "HOLY FUCK, I'm about to get busted for pissing off my porch." But, instead, the cop was informing me a drunk driver hit my wife's parked van. So that's scared me off of porch-peeing.


message 43: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments Ha!


message 44: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments Sounds like a good move, RA.

Amber, good luck quitting cigarettes. It's a hard habit to break, but so worth doing.


message 45: by ms.petra (new)

ms.petra (mspetra) Good luck Amber! I have a sister who is quitting again and hopefully for the last time. She has tried everything, but this last round of bronchitis was finally a red flag for her. She used Chantix a couple of years ago (prescribed by her DR and paid for by insurance for the most part). She quit for at least 6 months and then started again. She tried the e-cigs over the winter and that didn't work. E-cigs just deliver the nicotine without lighting up - they don't wean you off. I have never been a smoker and I am thankful because both my sisters smoke and I watch their struggles with nicotine. When you feel like a smoke, pop on TC. There is always someone here to talk you through it. :)


message 46: by ~Geektastic~ (last edited Jul 10, 2011 01:24PM) (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments So far, cutting back significantly but haven't been able to make it more than 5 hours without one. I think I'm going to work out some frustration playing Dance Central, that usually distracts me for a while and makes me to winded to want to smoke.

http://youtu.be/AHIJ8lRmfYo

(Not me in the video, but you get the idea)


message 47: by ms.petra (new)

ms.petra (mspetra) if you lived close to me, I would suggest coming over and pulling weeds in my garden as a distraction ;)


message 48: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments ms.petra wrote: "if you lived close to me, I would suggest coming over and pulling weeds in my garden as a distraction ;)"

Lol, I would totally do that. Granted, I hope it's not as hot at your place as it is here. 98 degrees, 60% humidity.


message 49: by Lobstergirl, el principe (last edited Jul 10, 2011 05:08PM) (new)

Lobstergirl | 24070 comments Mod
RandomAnthony wrote: "Did RA quit pissing off his porch yet? Surely that is killing a few innocent woodland creatures now and then.

I did. Did I mention what happened? I was sleeping on the front porch a few month..."


Oh yeah. I forgot. You did tell that story. But you will relapse....porch-pissing is a VERY hard habit to break. Just ask Lyndon Johnson!


message 50: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) | 3207 comments Today is going to suck. I knew being in the office was going to be the worst part of all of this. I can't just do something to take my mind off of anything, and my work is so dull it doesn't work as a distraction. I'll be super proud of myself if I make it two hours.


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