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NEARLY 2 MONTHS SMOKE FREE, AFTER 40+ YEARS!

PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:19 am
by skmrycp
:cloud9: Hi! Just wanted all of you to celebrate with me. My husband and I quit smoking just about 2 months ago (June 19, 2008). I smoked for over 40 years, and this is not my first try, of course, but I think this is the last time. I have been using the nicotine gum, and seem to be doing well on it. Though I did have to have my dr put me on some extra medication, due to a severe increase in my anxiety. I have a Major Depressive/Anxiety Disorder, so this is a BIG thing for me to get brave enough to do. :bouncy:
Thanks for listening.

Re: NEARLY 2 MONTHS SMOKE FREE, AFTER 40+ YEARS!

PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:58 am
by minniepauz
I am SO very proud of you!! I remember how scary it is just to decide to quit, much less to actually DO it!! Two months is WONDERFUL!!! You are definitely on your way and I hope you're feeling so good about yourself....your hubby too!!!

Wow....think of the money you're saving!! :) I actually bought myself a car after I quit because I was saving enough to afford the car payment. :)

It's been 3 yrs 5 mo. for me and I'm still so glad I'm a quitter!! :)

Re: NEARLY 2 MONTHS SMOKE FREE, AFTER 40+ YEARS!

PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 2:11 pm
by Kris
:cheer: YAY!! Good for you! I'm proud of you also! Its a major accomplishment! I, unfortunately, still smoke and I beat myself every day for it. I hate it... it makes me feel terrible and yet I have yet to find the gumption to finally quit for good. I did quit for ten years and then a few years here and there.... but always made the mistake of picking one up again. Usually when I am out with friends who smoke... or am under deadlines at work and give myself the 'excuse' Take a big bow............ you deserve it!! :flower:

Re: NEARLY 2 MONTHS SMOKE FREE, AFTER 40+ YEARS!

PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:04 pm
by skmrycp
Thanks, Kris! Don't give up. I keep hearing that it takes us more than one try, and what is the saying: "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again"? I'm not a Lit major, so I have no idea who said it. But it sure does apply! Don't beat yourself up, Kris, just enjoy it for now, try again later. After all, if you did it once, you can do it again. And Dee,thanks for your kudos, also. When I first found this website, you were a big encouragement to me, so thanks for sharing your experiences, as well.

Re: NEARLY 2 MONTHS SMOKE FREE, AFTER 40+ YEARS!

PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:49 pm
by Kris
Thanks SKM! I did set a quit date of September 13th! I am taking a 'girls long week end' to Atlantic City in two weeks and thought it would be fruitless to try to quit before then....... in trying to be realistic... I set it for right after, on my Dad's birthday! I have high hopes! Keep up the good work.... there is a website for people trying to quit and who have quit.....Just to have the comradery of others in the same situation. http://www.becomeanex.org. Its such a struggle................ I have hugh respect for those who make it!! YAY for you!

Re: NEARLY 2 MONTHS SMOKE FREE, AFTER 40+ YEARS!

PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:03 pm
by minniepauz
Kris....you're making an effort, you're thinking about it and you're taking the steps to make it happen, so you're doing GREAT!!!! I love that website! I was so happy when I saw the tv ads for that site.

Have you guys seen those hilarious ads the "ex" site put on about how hard it is to do normal things once you quit? Like driving a car or drinking a cup of coffee? LOL I just roll on the floor! Thank GOD they finally are using a sense of humor along with the encouragement and support! We've found out a long time ago that the humor can take us a long, long way in dealing with tough stuff!

Kris.....you'll be very happy with yourself once you quit and you'll wonder "why did I make it so hard". :) The one thing that kept me at the "quitting" part was....I kept telling myself "quitting (actually NOT smoking) wasn't nearly as tough as it would be if I had emphysema or cancer". I swear, it's a fact!! Find something that works for you, Kris. Something so truthful that you cannot deny it and use it as a shield. You'll make it!!

Re: NEARLY 2 MONTHS SMOKE FREE, AFTER 40+ YEARS!

PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:36 pm
by gorgeousfluffpot
Well done you !!!! And keep at it. Just a tip ... never tell peop that you have 'given up' smoking (which always leads to a discussion about how hard it is, etc.). Instead, just tell people "I don't smoke" - it's much more affirmative and actually closes down any discussion of smoking which can start reminding you of it.I gave up years ago, after a 20-a-day habit. Actually, I was smoking Marlborough, which are strong, and then went on to the French Disque Bleu. Don't know if you Americans have ever had them, but they are really strong and stink out the place, typical Gauloises cigarettes. I gave up after I left my office for lunch and returned to find a petition on my desk, signed by every other person in the office (most of whom were smokers)!!! And even they couldn't stand the stink!
Drink plenty of water, keeps your mouth nice and fresh. If you get the urge to smoke, brush your teeth with minty toothpaste which really takes away the urge. Eat plenty of apples, keeps the saliva in your mouth occupied. And I bet you are finding that you can TASTE stuff again, really get the benefit of subtle spices in food, it's like your taste buds get awakened.
Anyway, two months down the line, you are clearly now a non-smoker. Well done again!!!

**emphasis by Dee**

Re: NEARLY 2 MONTHS SMOKE FREE, AFTER 40+ YEARS!

PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:00 pm
by Kris
Thank you both for the encouragment!! I really, really want to be smoke free.... wanted to do it before I turned 50 last january.... but again, I excused myself from quitting. I am keeping to my quit date of Sept. 13th.... and I am going to try hard to make myself accountable. (and it doesn't hurt that I have told you all that I will do it this time!!)
Thats a great idea gorgeous, to just say "I don't smoke" other than having to go into a long conversation about quitting, etc.
Dee.... I have high respect for you that you have quit for so long......... I know how hard it is to 'stay' quit also, obviously, I have not been successful thus far. Yes, I do love the commercials that have on quitting and how much it changes things in your life...... Have you seen the commercials where all the hundreds of people lay down in the street in front of a cigarette company and one person holds up a sign that says... "have you ever thought of taking a day off" ...... all the lives it would save!
Well.... thank you again for the support. I'm going to give this my best shot :flower: