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First step (Read 478 times)

patarch1


New Haven 08

    Hi, I am new to this forum and I guess the first step towards quitting is realizing there is a problem. The situation: I smoke one cigarette in the morning, spend 10-12 hrs at work without smoking and then hell breaks loose and I smoke 5 or 6 at night. That is the Monday to Friday situation. Weekends depend on the activity, if I am hanging out with other people, there is no smoking at all, If I am by myself, I smoke like a chimney. Aside from smoking, I run, whitewater kayak every other weekend and bike. Last thing, I never finish a pack because I am disgussed every couple days end throw the rest away.... I tried the nicotine gum, it makes my throat itch and almost burn after a coupe minutes. Does anyone have a similar smoking pattern? To be continued. Thanks Patarch1

    200 mile bike trip in three days with sleeping gear and change.

    Get the Saturday running club back up.

    Run below 8 minutes per mile for 6 miles.

     

      patarch, Good idea joining the group. Welcome! Hopefully reading around our forums will help you figure out some new quitting strategies. I, for one, am here for support and cheering if and when you decide to give it a try. Maybe for now, try to reduce a little? Baby steps can help until you make the decision to stop.

      Call me Ray (not Ishmael)


      My legs are killing me

        Welcome fellow CT'er! I did pretty much the same thing. Very light smoker so I was able to rationalize it. The AM smoke was definately part of my routine. I broke that by changing my morning routine. I woke up later, so I didn't have time to have a cig (felt good sleeping in too) and didn't drink coffee (big trigger) . I do chew the gum mostly because I like to keep my mouth busy and if it bothers your throat why not try regular gum just to keep youself busy. If you really need help get Chantix. I used that and it really does make the cravings go away. Good luck and keep us posted.
        patarch1


        New Haven 08

          Hi and long live the warm days in CT, The morning hot beverages are definitely triggers. I am thinking of making a list of all he situations I feel the need for a smoke and try to rationalize it to quit it. Nothing better than an open office Big grin spreadsheet to be motivated. Patarch

          200 mile bike trip in three days with sleeping gear and change.

          Get the Saturday running club back up.

          Run below 8 minutes per mile for 6 miles.

           


          Gotta TRI

            Welcome Patarch, Obie, and Sully pretty much summed it up. We are here to help and support any and all who choose to visit this site. There isn't anything that at least someone here hasn't gone through in trying to quit. and pretty much all methods have been tossed around and discussed at some point. Most of us have tried them all. ( Chantix was the one that worked for me as well ) Ask questions, post often, and we'll all be here to help in any way we can. Good luck! Andy
            2010 Dec. California International Marathon 2011 Jan. Disney Marathon
            patarch1


            New Haven 08

              Hello and thanks for the supportive messages. I was playing tag on sunday with brats aging from 7 to 16 and this was the last motivation I needed. I was IT too often and I decided I had to stop asap. So there I am, after a long consultation with a doctor. Last night, 10pm marks the time and day I decided to stop.I am on a 14mg patch and already avoided the last cigarette of the day and the morning ones.It will not be easy but if I can win at tag or at least be chased instead of chasing, this will be great. Patarch1

              200 mile bike trip in three days with sleeping gear and change.

              Get the Saturday running club back up.

              Run below 8 minutes per mile for 6 miles.

               


              Gotta TRI

                Hello Patarch1, Good to hear from you again and glad to hear you are still trying. I have had success with the patch before so good luck to you. It's always rough starting but once you get going with it it gets easier. Post often and we;ll help the best we can. Andy
                2010 Dec. California International Marathon 2011 Jan. Disney Marathon


                Ex-Smoker turned Runner!

                  Using the patch is how I finally quit... bad sleep but it did it's job! good luck and we're here if you need us!
                  -Jen
                  2010 Goals! Get back into running after having my son miles miles miles!
                  patarch1


                  New Haven 08

                    Thanks for the comments, The patch definitely has a new and soothing effect. Being in the car without smokes is totally new too. I started commuting with a non-smoker and it should help. It will help with the gas bills too Smile

                    200 mile bike trip in three days with sleeping gear and change.

                    Get the Saturday running club back up.

                    Run below 8 minutes per mile for 6 miles.

                     

                      patarch, one minute at a time. Nice nice job.

                      Call me Ray (not Ishmael)

                      patarch1


                      New Haven 08

                        Good Monday morning to all, Well, the weekend passed without a failure. This time of the week is the hardest and the organic lollypops were definitely helping. The result is that I was able to log my first weekend smoke free. I cannot wait for the next weekend. Patarch1

                        200 mile bike trip in three days with sleeping gear and change.

                        Get the Saturday running club back up.

                        Run below 8 minutes per mile for 6 miles.

                         


                        Gotta TRI

                          Awesome job! Keep it up! Question- organic lollipops? Please, tell me more.
                          2010 Dec. California International Marathon 2011 Jan. Disney Marathon
                          patarch1


                          New Haven 08

                            These are lollipops my girlfriend got at Trader Joes, I have 20 or so in the car and at home so each time I think too much about the smokes I grap a lollipop.... I should check the spelling of lollipops Roll eyes patarch1

                            200 mile bike trip in three days with sleeping gear and change.

                            Get the Saturday running club back up.

                            Run below 8 minutes per mile for 6 miles.

                             

                              Great job, patarch. The physical craving is supposed to break at two weeks. You're halfway there!

                              Call me Ray (not Ishmael)


                              Ex-Smoker turned Runner!

                                I would chew gum a lot for the first few weeks/months. Then my dentist told me to quit the gum! Sad your doing great! It's just going to get easier and better from here!
                                -Jen
                                2010 Goals! Get back into running after having my son miles miles miles!
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