I found starting on a Monday helped.
I found starting on a Monday helped.
Some effective tips quite smoking:
Makeup your mind and stick to your goals,
Do consult your doctor and follow his advice,
Keep your teeth clean,
Make your quit day special,
Put money you would spend on cigarettes in a saving box and plan for a treat tomorrow,
Avoid going to places where you might find smokers,
Do exercise regularly.
Next time you buy a pack of fags, imagine yourself in a few decades being a skinny old grey fuck pulling around a little trolley of an iv drip of Warfarin or whatever the fuck so your heart doesn't seize solid because you've smoked for 50 years. Or a coughing, disgusting, hideous wheezing crumpled dude in a wheelchair breathing out of a trach hole in your throat.
Oh and by the way, you'll still be out there smoking, killing that nicotine urge for a few minutes every morning. You'll be inhaling that poison until your fucking deathbed. That's what I saw every morning when I sat in the hospital courtyard drawing or writing in my notebook. And people would look at me or walk past quickly, looking sorry for me cos they could see the scars on my arm and guess which ward i'd come from. But I would get up, shake out my legs and walk off to the cafe for breakfast, while those crumpled sacks of shit finished their last drag and shuffled back inside.
Seriously, think if you want to end up like that next time you're craving some delicious cancerous poison smoke.
Last edited by Al Simmons; August 30 2011 at 09:19:06 AM.
because if you don't smoke you won't get old
you heard it here first
i had to stop smoking because the woman i wanted would not open her womanly parts to me unless I stopped.
No better motivation I tell ya...
just posting to say '2 weeks and counting' \o/
very oddly i found joining a new EvE corp (yes some people in FHC still play eve) the day i quit helps... as every time i log in the "in VETO for 'x' days" on the log in screen is also basically spelling out how long i've lasted.
I was going to try to quit because I found about 40 old packs and worked out how much I could have saved...
Then I got a pay rise and it all went out the window with everyday drinking/pubbing.
so 3 and a bit weeks which is good. but really i'm posting because i thought 'noticeable changes after a short period of time' might be of some help for others looking for motivation to start/hang in there. I signed up for a marathon (which is may next year), and started trying to run a couple of months ago but after it my throat was fucking raw and lungs felt like shit... was really debilitating and what was a fairly short run kind of finished me off for the rest of the afternoon. was a major part in just deciding to quit smoking tbh, and didn't try running again for a while.
I went on a run this morning, same route etc... after a cool shower am sitting here typing, my throat feels fine and i feel just pretty damn good. the only thing that's changed between now and a couple of months ago is the smoking and in a way i'm kind of horrified how much difference it's made. I mean fuck... i didn't really realise how much smoking shits all over your general health. Anyway, i'm still a fucking terrible runner and have a long way to go but at least i feel it's possible now and doesn't leave me virtually crippled for hours after.
as an aside, i tried quitting for financial reason before and it really didn't work. Mainly because as soon as my financial situation changed the whole reason to not smoke dissapeared and before i knew it i'd started up again. much as xenosis describes. I really do think you reason has to be in some way rooted in yourself... if your reason is someone else (girlfriend) and they leave, then you'll just end up smoking again. same with money etc... the only thing that is going to be with you 24/7 is yourself and that's got to be your motivation. in that vein i can only really think of 'personal health' but perhaps there's other self centered motivations too.
I quit smoking for good back in January but then again the way I quit smoking was to substitute it with chewing tobacco which is a bit nastier really. The only difference is now I don't have to go outside to kill myself once an hour. 20+ years of smoking cigarettes, now how do I quit the dipping? Fuck.
Congrats on the 3 and a bit weeks, keep it up. I'm at just over 9 weeks now. Not done any running or anything yet to really see what difference it has made to my health but I certainly am less likely to balk at the idea of walking up the stairs to the office, and the other day I was running late, had to run to catch the train and wasn't a horrible wheezing mess immediately afterwards which was nice.
Last edited by Smuggo; September 30 2011 at 12:44:37 PM. Reason: Got mah weeks wrong
3 months and counting (cold turkey). The last couple of weeks have been super fucking hard and I don't get it. I guess I've been more stressed than usual, but I had expected the need to have disappeared by now.
Why do I still crave a cig after 3 months of not smoking? Is it because I smoke weed with tobacco? I always roast the tobacco first to remove the nicotine and I've smoked weed maybe 5-10 times in the last 3 months.
Also: I still have chest pain from the lung infection that made me quit in the first place
My answer would be 'because your brain is a massive dick', gj on the 3 months regardless \o/. I know what you mean though, I finished my first month a few days ago, was at a house party at 5am pretty drunk physically holding a cigarette i'd rolled in front of my eyes and arguing with myself in my head and by all accounts after a month it's not the nicotine talking anymore just your own brain. Nearly everyone was asleep so coulda had a cheeky smoke and none of my m8's would have been any the wiser. was doubly hard because was the first party since about the age of 15 where i couldn't take drugs either due to needing to pass drugs tests now >_< so pretty chuffed that i'm still a legit non-smoker.
Also does anyone else find themselves offerining to roll other peoples cigs and joints now? am doing it all the time, fuck knows why.
Did you smoke rollups when you did smoke? Cause I did and the rolling action seems to come with its own set of compulsions. I'm constantly rolling little bits of paper and shit into tubes in the office and at home. Stopped taking the pills I got from the doctor as I kinda felt I didn't need them and I feel okay. Still think about smoking but haven't felt any compulsion to buy fags or ponce from people etc...
Worst is the coughing, this week has been particularly bad with all kinds of exotic lung butter coming up. Pretty unpleasant but the fact it's leaving my body finally makes me pretty glad I quit.
surprised you're still coughing stuff up 8-9 weeks in, isn't that just supposed to last a couple of weeks?
Also you may put on weight as some people replace the compulsive motion with eating...
do the same with ciggies. If you're on a pack a day or whatever, put what you'd have spent in that jar. If you're on 10 "premium" ciggies a day (marlborough or whatever) that's £4 a day = £120 a month. Nearly double that for 20 a day.
Then go buy yourself something nice like a PS3 or a 24 inch monitor etc.
Hello? Oh, hello! I'm sorry it's a very bad line. No, no no... but that's not possible, she was sealed in to the Seventh Obelisk after the prayer meeting. Well, no, I get that it's important... an Egyptian Goddess loose on the Orient Express. In Space. Give us a mo....
... don't worry about a thing, your Majesty; we're on our way.