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Needs help quitting smoking......

From: alleycat1324
Posted: Oct-31 11:27 PM (1 of 52)

I am trying to quit smoking and it's only been 2 days but I am really struggling.  Does anyone have any advice on how to get through the cravings? 
I am trying to quit smoking and it's only been 2 days but I am really struggling.  Does anyone have any advice on how to get through the cravings? 

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From: Massivelobes
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Nov-01 01:21 AM via the iPhone app (2 of 52)

Been off for 8months now, I did the gum and read Allen Carter's book "the easy way to stop smoking"
Been off for 8months now, I did the gum and read Allen Carter's book "the easy way to stop smoking"

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From: NEED 2 LOSE2011
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Nov-01 07:43 AM (3 of 52)

HEY ALLEYCAT1324

ONE WORD CHANTIX I STOPPED SMOKING 11 MONTHS AGO JOINED THE Y AND HAVE LOST 30 LBS I AM HERE IF YOU WANT TO TALK ITS VERY HARD BUT SOOOOOOOOOO WORTH IT :)
HEY ALLEYCAT1324

ONE WORD CHANTIX I STOPPED SMOKING 11 MONTHS AGO JOINED THE Y AND HAVE LOST 30 LBS I AM HERE IF YOU WANT TO TALK ITS VERY HARD BUT SOOOOOOOOOO WORTH IT :)

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From: RunningTheRace
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Nov-04 03:17 PM (4 of 52)

The Gum, Definitely... It has worked for me. Also you can try to do something to take your mind off of it. Smoking can be a habit. Like for myself my trigger is after eating. I would have to smoke right after eating. Instead of doing my normal thing of watching tv and smoking right after eating I changed it. I started cleaning or talked on the phone just to distract myself. Find your trigger moments and change the routine.
The Gum, Definitely... It has worked for me. Also you can try to do something to take your mind off of it. Smoking can be a habit. Like for myself my trigger is after eating. I would have to smoke right after eating. Instead of doing my normal thing of watching tv and smoking right after eating I changed it. I started cleaning or talked on the phone just to distract myself. Find your trigger moments and change the routine.

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From: scorpie
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Nov-06 12:56 AM (5 of 52)

Hello alleycat1324   
   Im going on over 16months without smoking,I took the advise my sister gave me and it is still working for me, when you get the cravings just remember that the craving only lasts 2 minutes and its gone. I know its tough but you can do it. Good luck.
   scorpie
Hello alleycat1324   
   Im going on over 16months without smoking,I took the advise my sister gave me and it is still working for me, when you get the cravings just remember that the craving only lasts 2 minutes and its gone. I know its tough but you can do it. Good luck.
   scorpie

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From: redriverII
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Nov-06 07:20 AM (6 of 52)

Good Luck and discipline.  They say that stopping smoking is the greatest single thing you can do for your health.  So you have to ask yourself what do I want?  It's all about you,  it really is,  because you are going to get what you want.  It's just the way the universe is set up.  What do you want?  The cravings stop after 2 minutes or so.  Can you fight for two minutes?   Can you fight for your life for two minutes x 12 per day?  X's 10,  x's 8,  x's 6 per day,  because that's how the withdrawl works.  Eventually you only have to fight once or twice a year.  You ever see an alley cat fight?  I had a cat chase me out of an alley, and I'm 5'11'' 240 lbs.  You can do this.  So can I. 

Life can sometimes seem like the school yard bully.  If you are going to get beat up and ridiculed you might as well slap the SOB back,  and once you fight back the world gets the message you don't take gruff from anybody.  The bullies go elsewhere.  Sometimes you just gotta be the Alleycat.  Bon Chance.
Good Luck and discipline.  They say that stopping smoking is the greatest single thing you can do for your health.  So you have to ask yourself what do I want?  It's all about you,  it really is,  because you are going to get what you want.  It's just the way the universe is set up.  What do you want?  The cravings stop after 2 minutes or so.  Can you fight for two minutes?   Can you fight for your life for two minutes x 12 per day?  X's 10,  x's 8,  x's 6 per day,  because that's how the withdrawl works.  Eventually you only have to fight once or twice a year.  You ever see an alley cat fight?  I had a cat chase me out of an alley, and I'm 5'11'' 240 lbs.  You can do this.  So can I. 

Life can sometimes seem like the school yard bully.  If you are going to get beat up and ridiculed you might as well slap the SOB back,  and once you fight back the world gets the message you don't take gruff from anybody.  The bullies go elsewhere.  Sometimes you just gotta be the Alleycat.  Bon Chance.

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From: jamahsan
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Nov-23 05:06 AM (7 of 52)

First off... AWESOME, this will be the best thing you can do for yourself!!! 

I used an electronic cigarette to help me quit. I bought it through Awesome Vapor, and it worked great. I bought the high level of nicotine first and then with each new liquid purchase I dropped the nicotine level, until I was down to none. I then limited my use of the "E" cig, and I don't use anything anymore. It was incredibly helpful when I hung out with my friends who smoke, especially if we were having drinks. 

I am a year and a half off cigs, and my lungs are SO happy!! 
First off... AWESOME, this will be the best thing you can do for yourself!!! 

I used an electronic cigarette to help me quit. I bought it through Awesome Vapor, and it worked great. I bought the high level of nicotine first and then with each new liquid purchase I dropped the nicotine level, until I was down to none. I then limited my use of the "E" cig, and I don't use anything anymore. It was incredibly helpful when I hung out with my friends who smoke, especially if we were having drinks. 

I am a year and a half off cigs, and my lungs are SO happy!! 

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From: Sally502
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Nov-24 11:07 AM (8 of 52)

There's a remedy of cream or tartar mixed in orange juice that was really helpful for a friend of mine.  It's tough with OJ and the sugar load, though, you'll have to figure that in your calories and carb load.

I don't recall the exact amounts, but you should be able to find it with a search.  Maybe you'll find only half a serving works or something.

Good Luck!
There's a remedy of cream or tartar mixed in orange juice that was really helpful for a friend of mine.  It's tough with OJ and the sugar load, though, you'll have to figure that in your calories and carb load.

I don't recall the exact amounts, but you should be able to find it with a search.  Maybe you'll find only half a serving works or something.

Good Luck!

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From: Doc O
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Nov-27 10:55 AM (9 of 52)

I quit over and over again all through the 1990s. Got hooked in High School because we were bored and wanted to be bad ass. Moving to a new house helped my I think (that wasn't the reason we moved) because it gave me the chance to set up a different routine. I had always wanted to play guitar and so during those times when I used to smoke I strummed and learned to play. I still play pretty badly after 7 years but am so happy I quit and never have cravings. When I smell smoke now it makes me want to puke and I hate walking through clouds of it by doors at work. They don't do anything for you except shorten your life and people are increasingly intolerant of smokers so its bad socially as well as for your health. I did try the gum but its so strong it gave me a great nicotine buzz that was a bit too pleasurable for me, be careful with that stuff. Peace and happiness and good luck to you.
I quit over and over again all through the 1990s. Got hooked in High School because we were bored and wanted to be bad ass. Moving to a new house helped my I think (that wasn't the reason we moved) because it gave me the chance to set up a different routine. I had always wanted to play guitar and so during those times when I used to smoke I strummed and learned to play. I still play pretty badly after 7 years but am so happy I quit and never have cravings. When I smell smoke now it makes me want to puke and I hate walking through clouds of it by doors at work. They don't do anything for you except shorten your life and people are increasingly intolerant of smokers so its bad socially as well as for your health. I did try the gum but its so strong it gave me a great nicotine buzz that was a bit too pleasurable for me, be careful with that stuff. Peace and happiness and good luck to you.

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From: Paul745
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Nov-28 11:14 PM (10 of 52)

Hi I quit 7 years ago Cold turkey after getting pnemonia. One thing I found that really helped with the cravings (and this may sound strange) was to blow bubbles. Get yourself one of those small bottles (like wedding favors) and whenever a craving hits grab the bubbles. The psychology here is, the hand to mouth action (raising the cig) the blowing action (exhaling the smoke) and then watching the bubbles gives your mind another focus other than the craving. Hope it helps, It did for me. Good luck and stay strong.
Hi I quit 7 years ago Cold turkey after getting pnemonia. One thing I found that really helped with the cravings (and this may sound strange) was to blow bubbles. Get yourself one of those small bottles (like wedding favors) and whenever a craving hits grab the bubbles. The psychology here is, the hand to mouth action (raising the cig) the blowing action (exhaling the smoke) and then watching the bubbles gives your mind another focus other than the craving. Hope it helps, It did for me. Good luck and stay strong.

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From: horsemom2012
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Nov-30 09:58 PM (11 of 52)

Congrats on making the decision, you will not regret it. When I quit 17 yrs ago at age 36. I tried replacing the habit with healthy alternatives. I started going a aerobic classes, rollerblading with a friend, crocheting and knitting classes and I chugged ice water when I got the urge for one. I also kept in mind that if I let myself have even one I would be a smoker again and unto this day I have not lit up and do not miss it at all now. Best to you, I know you can!
Congrats on making the decision, you will not regret it. When I quit 17 yrs ago at age 36. I tried replacing the habit with healthy alternatives. I started going a aerobic classes, rollerblading with a friend, crocheting and knitting classes and I chugged ice water when I got the urge for one. I also kept in mind that if I let myself have even one I would be a smoker again and unto this day I have not lit up and do not miss it at all now. Best to you, I know you can!

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From: jlnoble
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Dec-02 10:52 AM (12 of 52)

I too am trying to quit smoking.  I have done all the pills, patches, gums, etc.  Nothing seems to be helping me.  If anyone has any suggestions please help.  Many tell me that I need a good support group.  This I don't have.  My kids are always asking me to quit which you would think would be the best incentive.  How do you manage stress as a smoker so you don't turn to the cigarette?
I too am trying to quit smoking.  I have done all the pills, patches, gums, etc.  Nothing seems to be helping me.  If anyone has any suggestions please help.  Many tell me that I need a good support group.  This I don't have.  My kids are always asking me to quit which you would think would be the best incentive.  How do you manage stress as a smoker so you don't turn to the cigarette?

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From: Sharyn66
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Dec-03 09:34 AM (13 of 52)

Change your habits that used to want to make you smoke - like if you had a cig with your coffee in the morning - switch to tea and have your coffee later on in the day - if you liked a glass of wine and a cig after supper - stop drinking wine for a while. I quit 2 years ago and now I am ready to drop the 30 lbs I gained doing it - I don't regret gaining the weight for losing the smokes because I feel I'm much healthier regardless. Good luck - if you like add me as a buddy - I don't mind talking you through it.
Change your habits that used to want to make you smoke - like if you had a cig with your coffee in the morning - switch to tea and have your coffee later on in the day - if you liked a glass of wine and a cig after supper - stop drinking wine for a while. I quit 2 years ago and now I am ready to drop the 30 lbs I gained doing it - I don't regret gaining the weight for losing the smokes because I feel I'm much healthier regardless. Good luck - if you like add me as a buddy - I don't mind talking you through it.

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From: Sharyn66
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Dec-03 09:35 AM (14 of 52)

Oh yes almost forgot water, lots of water to wash the nicotine out of your body - will get the cravings down to just a habit in about 2 weeks.
Oh yes almost forgot water, lots of water to wash the nicotine out of your body - will get the cravings down to just a habit in about 2 weeks.

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From: me2040
To: Admin Katie
Posted: Jan-08 10:11 PM (15 of 52)

I remembered the heaviness and burn and fight for breathe. That was a deterrent. For me the greatest grace came in form of a cashier at gas station. I was familiar with her and shared that I was either going to smoke,drink too much coffee,eat or do something crazy with my teenager. She asked how long it had beenand I replied 2 days. She said her studies had given her the knowledge that after 3 it is all in your head. I blew off some steam in conversation with her and walked out with coffee.  Sundays are always the hardest. I have been home with my child all wkd. and am tired but also know there is only one more day off. My mind has a chance to wander more. Now I just laugh to myself whenever I get cravings on Sunday night. Good luck, avoid gas stations, places you bought them. Change things up whenever you get that urge. It is so worth it. You are worth it.
I remembered the heaviness and burn and fight for breathe. That was a deterrent. For me the greatest grace came in form of a cashier at gas station. I was familiar with her and shared that I was either going to smoke,drink too much coffee,eat or do something crazy with my teenager. She asked how long it had beenand I replied 2 days. She said her studies had given her the knowledge that after 3 it is all in your head. I blew off some steam in conversation with her and walked out with coffee.  Sundays are always the hardest. I have been home with my child all wkd. and am tired but also know there is only one more day off. My mind has a chance to wander more. Now I just laugh to myself whenever I get cravings on Sunday night. Good luck, avoid gas stations, places you bought them. Change things up whenever you get that urge. It is so worth it. You are worth it.

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From: me2040
To: Admin Katie
Posted: Jan-08 10:11 PM (16 of 52)

I remembered the heaviness and burn and fight for breathe. That was a deterrent. For me the greatest grace came in form of a cashier at gas station. I was familiar with her and shared that I was either going to smoke,drink too much coffee,eat or do something crazy with my teenager. She asked how long it had beenand I replied 2 days. She said her studies had given her the knowledge that after 3 it is all in your head. I blew off some steam in conversation with her and walked out with coffee.  Sundays are always the hardest. I have been home with my child all wkd. and am tired but also know there is only one more day off. My mind has a chance to wander more. Now I just laugh to myself whenever I get cravings on Sunday night. Good luck, avoid gas stations, places you bought them. Change things up whenever you get that urge. It is so worth it. You are worth it.
I remembered the heaviness and burn and fight for breathe. That was a deterrent. For me the greatest grace came in form of a cashier at gas station. I was familiar with her and shared that I was either going to smoke,drink too much coffee,eat or do something crazy with my teenager. She asked how long it had beenand I replied 2 days. She said her studies had given her the knowledge that after 3 it is all in your head. I blew off some steam in conversation with her and walked out with coffee.  Sundays are always the hardest. I have been home with my child all wkd. and am tired but also know there is only one more day off. My mind has a chance to wander more. Now I just laugh to myself whenever I get cravings on Sunday night. Good luck, avoid gas stations, places you bought them. Change things up whenever you get that urge. It is so worth it. You are worth it.

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From: madargo
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Jan-09 01:10 AM via the Mobile app (17 of 52)

I know it's been a while since you posted, but quitting smoking takes effort for years to come. I quit almost five years ago. I was the type of person who thought I'd never quit. I had smoked for over half my life at the time. I used the patch. Had to be nicoderm, the cheap ones made it worse! I also went into it knowing I would miss it for years to come. I used silly putty as my "fix" to get thru the cravings since I did not want to use any sort of food or candy as an alternative. Every time I would usually smoke, I played with silly putty instead. Worked like a charm. Hope this helps! I had tried quitting a few times before but this combination did the trick. So stick to it, it's so worth it.
I know it's been a while since you posted, but quitting smoking takes effort for years to come. I quit almost five years ago. I was the type of person who thought I'd never quit. I had smoked for over half my life at the time. I used the patch. Had to be nicoderm, the cheap ones made it worse! I also went into it knowing I would miss it for years to come. I used silly putty as my "fix" to get thru the cravings since I did not want to use any sort of food or candy as an alternative. Every time I would usually smoke, I played with silly putty instead. Worked like a charm. Hope this helps! I had tried quitting a few times before but this combination did the trick. So stick to it, it's so worth it.

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From: Jack1948
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Jan-09 08:29 AM (18 of 52)

the Lords strength to you....
the Lords strength to you....

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From: Blaine2012
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Jan-10 07:45 AM (19 of 52)

I quit smoking 10-15-10.  I had tried 3-4 times over the previous  5 years with no luck.  I actually had a bad cold and realized how bad my breathing was.  I thought to myslef this is the way it will be on a normal basis if I don't quit smoking.  I did not use any medicine or products to help quit smoking.  I did grab a piece of gum when I really had the urge to smoke.  The hardest time for me was when we gathered with friends and we were having an alocoholic drink.  I just made my mind up that I was not going to smoke and after about the 4th time getting together it did not seem to be a problem.  Rarely, I still think about having  cigarette.  Then I tell myself - do you really want to stink, it is not a pleasant sight to watch someone smoke,the cost is a waste of money, it is not an accetpable habit like it use to be, I know my family and some firends don't like it, I feel much better and do not cough at night and I have NOT had a cold or illness since I quit.  Smoking to me was something I enjoyed and took time to relax.  I did gain weight after somoking probably 10 # but now I am going to take it off and then some!!!  Believe me YOU and others will be PROUD of the accomplishment to QUIT smoking. Buy some gum or some type of hard candy to help you thru the difficult times and you are on your way.....
I quit smoking 10-15-10.  I had tried 3-4 times over the previous  5 years with no luck.  I actually had a bad cold and realized how bad my breathing was.  I thought to myslef this is the way it will be on a normal basis if I don't quit smoking.  I did not use any medicine or products to help quit smoking.  I did grab a piece of gum when I really had the urge to smoke.  The hardest time for me was when we gathered with friends and we were having an alocoholic drink.  I just made my mind up that I was not going to smoke and after about the 4th time getting together it did not seem to be a problem.  Rarely, I still think about having  cigarette.  Then I tell myself - do you really want to stink, it is not a pleasant sight to watch someone smoke,the cost is a waste of money, it is not an accetpable habit like it use to be, I know my family and some firends don't like it, I feel much better and do not cough at night and I have NOT had a cold or illness since I quit.  Smoking to me was something I enjoyed and took time to relax.  I did gain weight after somoking probably 10 # but now I am going to take it off and then some!!!  Believe me YOU and others will be PROUD of the accomplishment to QUIT smoking. Buy some gum or some type of hard candy to help you thru the difficult times and you are on your way.....

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From: 2BelowZero
To: aboytez
Posted: Jan-15 09:42 PM (20 of 52)

I quit smoking on the New Year Day and I did not have a hard time quitting until I noticed that I was eating everything I could, but that did not discourage me what I on the fifth day I went to the smokers
outlet and bought me a dissposible e-cigarette, the lady told me to try it and then if it works then I 
should comeback and purchase the rechargeable one. Well I did and believe it or not it worked it has made quitting easier for me. I have saved $95.00 so far and I bought the dissposible for $6.99 and the rechargeble was $11.99 and I do not think about smoking or have the craving it will use the 
e-cigarette very seldom if I feel asthough I want to smoke. I think that you should give it a try what can you lose. I am fighting two demons at one time and the smoking demon is really losing. I pick it  up sometimes in the afternoon or at night , like iI said try it.
 
I quit smoking on the New Year Day and I did not have a hard time quitting until I noticed that I was eating everything I could, but that did not discourage me what I on the fifth day I went to the smokers
outlet and bought me a dissposible e-cigarette, the lady told me to try it and then if it works then I 
should comeback and purchase the rechargeable one. Well I did and believe it or not it worked it has made quitting easier for me. I have saved $95.00 so far and I bought the dissposible for $6.99 and the rechargeble was $11.99 and I do not think about smoking or have the craving it will use the 
e-cigarette very seldom if I feel asthough I want to smoke. I think that you should give it a try what can you lose. I am fighting two demons at one time and the smoking demon is really losing. I pick it  up sometimes in the afternoon or at night , like iI said try it.
 

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From: Wendylouhoo
To: alleycat1324
Posted: Jan-16 11:49 AM (21 of 52)

First of all it's been since October that you posted this so I wanted to check in and see how you were doing. I've been on the patch for 4 weeks now myself and I'm so happy that I decided to give up smoking. I can breathe better already and feel my body becoming stronger everyday. One thing I do along with the patch is puff on a cinnamon stick. I know it sounds silly, but it fills the void in between my fingers and gives you the whole hand to mouth fixation. I hope you are doing well. Wendy
First of all it's been since October that you posted this so I wanted to check in and see how you were doing. I've been on the patch for 4 weeks now myself and I'm so happy that I decided to give up smoking. I can breathe better already and feel my body becoming stronger everyday. One thing I do along with the patch is puff on a cinnamon stick. I know it sounds silly, but it fills the void in between my fingers and gives you the whole hand to mouth fixation. I hope you are doing well. Wendy

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