Just quit smoking... Page 17

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  • Ziz0u 6 Feb 2012 10:59:09 8,386 posts
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    Congrats L_Franko!

    I'm down from 20 to 5 cigs a day. Struggling to stop completely, but happy with my progress.

    I'm eating like a pig though =/
  • Psychotext 6 Feb 2012 11:31:06 54,244 posts
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    On the bright side, exercising (to keep the weight off from all the extra food) will also help you quit.
  • Ziz0u 6 Feb 2012 11:58:11 8,386 posts
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    I do go to the gym a couple of times a week, and have definitely noticed a change in how long I can go on the treadmill before my lungs give in.
  • L_Franko Moderator 6 Feb 2012 12:10:00 9,694 posts
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    Apples are what's helping me get through the worst of the cravings but inbetween that my crisp intake of has been on the up I've noticed.
  • Ziz0u 6 Feb 2012 12:34:45 8,386 posts
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    I have been enjoying grapes lately :)

    I really just need to man-up and try cut down even further. Perhaps to 2 a day. One in the morning and one before bed.
  • Jono62 6 Feb 2012 12:47:40 14,129 posts
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    L_Franko wrote:
    Apples are what's helping me get through the worst of the cravings but inbetween that my crisp intake of has been on the up I've noticed.
    Mine too. Going to quit those cold turkey next week.
  • Fab4 6 Feb 2012 12:59:07 6,083 posts
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    You want to try a fruit that is harder to eat ;) Like an orange.
  • Ziz0u 6 Feb 2012 13:39:34 8,386 posts
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    One smoke seems to equal a kg of grapes haha, so you may be right :)
  • Pinky_Floyd 11 Feb 2012 11:42:36 7,906 posts
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    Day 3 of champix and already I can tell that its binding to the nicotine receptors in my brain as I'm smoking but without the hit and enjoyment of the nicotine. From tomorrow on should be even worse as I go on to two tabs per day. I will he 40 next Thurs so that is my quit day.

    Wish me luck chaps and all advice and tips are very welcome!
  • Jono62 11 Feb 2012 11:45:58 14,129 posts
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    Good luck mate.

    Stock up on food!
  • Pinky_Floyd 11 Feb 2012 12:11:26 7,906 posts
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    Jono62 wrote:
    Good luck mate.

    Stock up on food!
    Yup, necessary evil :)
  • MightyMetalMonkey 13 Feb 2012 13:20:58 600 posts
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    I quit smoking at 4pm Saturday 4th February (about 8 days ago)
    I did so after reading the Allen Carr Book - 'the easy way to stop smoking'.

    I was sceptical, but dang if it doesn't work.

    It's a book about stopping smoking written by someone who himself used to smoke 100 a day - he knows exactly what it is like. And he tells you to keep smoking whilst you read the book (Even telling you to light up at specific points...)

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Allen-Carrs-Easy-Stop-Smoking/dp/014103940X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1329139120&sr=1-1
  • L_Franko Moderator 13 Feb 2012 13:26:16 9,694 posts
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    Good luck guys!

    I've not smoked a ciggy for two weeks as of about 10ish tonight \0/
  • freakybun 21 Feb 2012 09:54:26 601 posts
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    Pinky_Floyd wrote:
    Wish me luck chaps and all advice and tips are very welcome!
    Hows it going so far?

    I'm 3 days in now, we stopped on Sunday.

    I bought one of those electronic cigarettes because my attempt at cold Turkey failed massively at new year.

    To all of us..... keep up the good work.. we'll all live longer healthier lives.
  • Ziz0u 21 Feb 2012 10:20:14 8,386 posts
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    @Pinky_Floyd

    I'm on Champix as well.

    It definitely works, but I am struggling to quit completely. I am still smoking 5 ciggies a day. By this stage (almost finished my first month of maintainence) I shouldn't be smoking... I can't afford to stay on the drug indefintely, so I need to get serious and cut down even more!
  • Fab4 25 Mar 2012 17:10:04 6,083 posts
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    I just realised that today I will have been off the ciggies for exactly one year :D
  • the-dude 29 Mar 2012 19:47:37 4,591 posts
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    Well done Fab4.

    I haven't had a ciggy since 8:20am Tuesday morning, it was one left over in a pack, and they are expensive can't let it go to waste :)

    Giving it a good try, using patches so will see how goes.
  • smoothpete 9 Aug 2012 10:53:05 31,521 posts
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    First day of not smoking today, and day 11 of taking Champix. Do you reckon I should read the Alan Carr book too? I thought the idea was you carried on smoking while reading it.
  • Deckard1 9 Aug 2012 10:56:19 28,096 posts
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    Just don't have a cigarette. That's what worked for me. It gets built up too much with all these fucking cures and stuff. All you've got to remember is all you're doing is not having a cigarette. Fuck it, just don't have one. I've been off them 8 months now, the first month was a killer but fuck it, just don't have a cigarette.
  • Load_2.0 9 Aug 2012 10:58:41 19,303 posts
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    Just to let you all know I am off for a fag in the backyard right now.
  • Load_2.0 9 Aug 2012 10:59:00 19,303 posts
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    And a ciggie stright after.
  • damagedinc 9 Aug 2012 11:37:33 775 posts
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    Almost four months now. Best way to quit for me was to get back down the gym and be more active. Just dont want them anymore. Now i can feel the physical improvement makes you realise how bad they are
  • Razz 9 Aug 2012 11:45:18 61,224 posts
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    @L_Franko How the quitting smoking working out for you?

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  • Fab4 9 Aug 2012 11:56:21 6,083 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    First day of not smoking today, and day 11 of taking Champix. Do you reckon I should read the Alan Carr book too? I thought the idea was you carried on smoking while reading it.
    Carr's book allows you to smoke while reading it...all the way up to the last page if you want. In fact I think it encourages you to finish one at the end...bit hazy.

    But if you are on Champix then smoking probably isnt a good idea. Read the book though. It helps condition the brain to help you stop.

    Edit: I'm now 16 months off them and I can't remember what it was like to smoke.

    Edited by Fab4 at 11:57:24 09-08-2012
  • L_Franko Moderator 9 Aug 2012 11:57:08 9,694 posts
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    I was hoping no one would ask :(

    On the plus side I have cut down in a big way.
  • Razz 9 Aug 2012 12:03:14 61,224 posts
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    Hey it's a start! During the week, I only smoke one rolly a day before bed to knock me out. The weekends tend to be variedat most I'll have 3-4 on a saturday if I'm with mates. Everything in moderation and all that.

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  • L_Franko Moderator 9 Aug 2012 12:06:06 9,694 posts
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    I do find that I can go longer now before getting the craving which is cool. Main time for a cig is at the pub on the weekends.
  • Stickman 9 Aug 2012 12:07:19 29,666 posts
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    I did it using Alan Carr's book. Smoked all the way through reading it (20 a day) and haven't had one since. Ten years now.

    I am the highly suggestible type though.

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  • johnson81 9 Aug 2012 12:29:02 377 posts
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    After trying quit through willpower, patches etc and failing miserably I ended up using Niquitin tablets. Using these I found it so easy to quit that I didn't even really notice that I had stopped smoking.

    Minor side effects like hiccups and burning sensation were a small price to pay for the cash saved and health benefits. I thought the biggest tests would be when out at the pub but I quit a day before the 2010 Carling Cup final and have not had a cigarette since. I've been tempted occasionally but only in stressful situations.

    The hardest thing about quitting was breaking the routine of getting up, smoking. Driving to work, smoking. Eating dinner, smoking. Once you're able to break these habits it becomes a lot easier.
  • Razz 9 Aug 2012 13:11:00 61,224 posts
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    When I've quit in the past, the hardest part (besides from the routines) is the dreaming.

    o_O

    I smoked without a break for 8 years, and during that time I didn't dream (or remember my dreams) once. The first time I quit my dreams were so vivid that I was scared to sleep! I started smoking again after month as I couldn't deal with it anymore. The dreams stopped shortly after, so nowadays I just smoke to get sleep, it blasts my brain enough that I don't dream or have particularly memorable dreams.

    Yes yes, I know I'm a freak.

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