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Old 04-05-2013, 09:01 AM
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So after years of smoking i made a promise to TRY to stop smoking, i have this wonderful electronic cigarette ( you fill it up with flavored liquid it has a trace of nicotine in it) but I'm finding it so hard to fight temptation to pick up this wonderful 50 pack of ciggies. I can go all day without a fag until i eat something, even socializing drinking doesn't bother me, but when Ive had a meal the cravings are so bad, and to be honest this when in the past Ive surrendered to the little demons. I was actually not a heavy smoker compared to some but i did love a fag when i was driving, socializing, drinking, eating, and relaxing in the bath with a glass of wine lol. As i said none of the above ( except one) bother me i can continue without picking up a fag it really doesn't bother me, BUT after i eat its killing me.
Has any one gone through a stage where they just cannot fight this craving, or give me ideas, Ive tried everything guys.

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Old 04-06-2013, 12:53 AM
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Hi Louiseb,

I was a 20 cigs a day man and on new years eve 2010 I knew I was leaving South Africa for Australia and I wanted to stop so I threw the box away and I haven't touched one since.

The truth is I struggled mostly with the common times everyone smokes. After meals, while having drinks, coffee etc..

The cravings only last a few minutes.. buy some chewing gum, lollies etc and just fight it.. You have no idea how powerful your willpower can be if you dont give in..

21 days to break a habit.. It gets easier and I must say, now I wish I had never smoked at all.

I see how bad it is for you in every aspect...

Be strong and beat the habit!

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Old 04-06-2013, 03:11 AM
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So after years of smoking i made a promise to TRY to stop smoking, i have this wonderful electronic cigarette ( you fill it up with flavored liquid it has a trace of nicotine in it) but I'm finding it so hard to fight temptation to pick up this wonderful 50 pack of ciggies. I can go all day without a fag until i eat something, even socializing drinking doesn't bother me, but when Ive had a meal the cravings are so bad, and to be honest this when in the past Ive surrendered to the little demons. I was actually not a heavy smoker compared to some but i did love a fag when i was driving, socializing, drinking, eating, and relaxing in the bath with a glass of wine lol. As i said none of the above ( except one) bother me i can continue without picking up a fag it really doesn't bother me, BUT after i eat its killing me.
Has any one gone through a stage where they just cannot fight this craving, or give me ideas, Ive tried everything guys.

Louiseb
My man and I quit after finishing up the duty frees after arriving in Australia early last year. We smoked them and just quit. He wanted to - he had always had an easy time quitting. Me, I had never quit, I think my first and only attempt lasted about 6 hours. I didn't even really want to! I did it for him.

We stayed "fairly quit" (meaning the occasional bum off his sister when she came by) for about 6 months until I got employed again - we bought one packed and it was game over. We smoked again for a few months and by the time we realized we wanted to quit again we were about to go to The Netherlands for 2 weeks for my mum's wedding; we were going to stay with my mum and stepdad mostly, two chain smokers. We weren't gonna quit just before that.

So we quit again in January. The problem this time is - I was finally ready, I was actually enjoying quitting. But now he doesn't really want to anymore.

We have the "quitting together" problem! I mean, I realize we're lucky to be together, but quitting together? Bad idea! There's always one of us who does it more for the other, not to mention we have very opposite quitting "styles" - I get really sensitive and he gets extremely grumpy. Imagine that combination, LOL! Usually our fire/ice combo works perfectly in love and life, but when we're quitting... not so much

So after five days of not smoking we now have a packet again.

But I've figured it out. You have to want it. I don't think I ever wanted it before. What also helps us is we've joined Anytime Fitness together and go in 3 times a week, that keeps ME off it because I FEEL so SO much difference between smoking and not smoking when I work out. And trust me, I'm not a sporty person... but I've come to enjoy getting better at weights and cardio and then as soon as I smoke... BAM. Horrible at it again.

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Hi Louise i quit cold turkey 18 years ago by sucking on Menthols everytime i felt like a smoke. I smoked 40 a day and 16mg for 10 years, so a very heavy smoker and even worse when i drank alcohol. I tried many things including hypnosis but the only thing that worked was long walks after meals and many Menthols. To prepare for quitting i set a date one month in the future and then started smoking outside only (it is annoying). I set a walking challenge which was a mountain walking trail and did it whilst still smoking (nearly killed me) with a non smoking friend and she was fine. Then did this 1 month after quitting and what a difference. I avoided pubs, clubs and smokers who were smoking. I know that even if i were to have 1 smoke today that i would be hooked again, so fight the urge to have "just one". I put the same amount of money in a jar every day at first i rewarded myself at the end of the week with a gift to me and then further down the track it paid for an overseas holiday, good reward for just not smoking. Hope this has given you some ideas and i now have a lot of non smoking friends as a bonus.

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Im sitting here with a fag in my hand no I just stumped it out lol. I can relate to you guys believe me, the thing is I know that by sucking lollies ( sweets) im going to gain weight and that's something I don't want to do, so I thought ok I,ll join a gym but ive done it before and what a waste of money I always seem to busy to go. I have tried after I have a meal I go in the garden and de weed, I don't have no more weeds to pull lol. The thing is I WANT to give up not just because of the cost ( OMG 27 dollars here for a packet appose to 4 euros a packet) but because I know its not good for me or my partner who doesn't smoke and never has. I just cannot get past the point of after a meal not having a fag, its killing me. I did say ok I,ll just have one after a meal and slowly I will cut them off Nahhh this doesn't work for me before I know it im smoking 20 a day again.
Nelly I can relate to you and your problem of quitting as both you an I are in the same boat lol I will stop for a few days and then BAM im back at it.
Ausieboy great idea the menthols but as I said I don't want to gain weight lol, but I could start again the idea of the long walks, drinking and socializing doesn't bother me even people smoking around me. I don't want to be one of those anti smokers lol.
Winikd they do say 21 days to quit any habit but I carnt get passed 21 hours lol.

Heres my promise to you guys I will try one of each suggestion made by you all and I will keep this updated as the day and the cravings progress. So the lollies are coming out again, the walking is going into my daily regime and maybe a new membership to the gym when I have time lol.
thanks guys and please keep the encouragement flowing this way.

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Putting on weight after stopping smoking is going to happen... It just does because you eat to kill off the cravings but if you gym and you are active not only will it help you stop smoking but you can also stop yourself from putting on that much...

I put on about 5 KG's and then I managed to lose it. Rather then thinking of the weight, think about how bad it is for you to smoke. I bet the extra weight which can be lost out weighs the damage to your body.


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Wait till you start coughing up the black crap (i actually got sick quitting initally), i don't know if you have kids or not but can you imagine what is happening to their lungs. Most smokers are underweight because of the smoking. I have even heard overweight young girls start smoking to loose weight. I am very proud of my 21 year old daughter who gave up smoking this year. I quit for my daughters health more than my own. Yes i am one of those anti smoker nuts LOL

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Going through the same thing.

Alan Carrs book helped.........for a while.

I can go a weekend without one but come monday morning & the reliance on coffee to survive the day at work in a stressful job, any thought of quitting loses its place on the priorities list.

It's almost like in order to quit smoking I'd need to quit coffee, drinking & work & even then there'd still be an excuse

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Old 04-14-2013, 08:35 AM
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HA Allan carrs book, im reading 50 shades of grey, and still fighting the battle to stop, well i must confess usually i was smoking 20 a day ahhhh. i was having palpitations and chest pains so i said sod this for a lark, i got my e cigarrete and i said i was going to fess up ive only had about 4 ciggie in 1 week so i aint doing bad, and the only reason i had 4 ciggies was because whilst i was waiting for the e cig to charge i had a quick puff on one or two. Im doing well all considered, stress and emotions running up and down lol.

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