Post # 1
So i am in week two of training for a 5k at the end of October. I have been smoking for almost ten years…..i hate it, i hate the way it smells, i hate the way it looks i hate everything about it! But my mornings always start the same, coffee and a smoke! SO does not and he hates it, he’s never mean about it but i know he wants me to quit. So when i started running short runs it wasn’t to bad but now i’m seeing that i cannot run long distance…because i can’t frickin breathe…..it’s totally stupid, common sense would tell you to knock it off and quit. So, what has worked for everyone else? I really don’t want to take any Rx drugs because i’ve seen the side effects on my brother and he just picked it right back up after he was done being a crazy butt for a month because of the meds. I know it would make SO very proud if I could do this, but I need some encouragement and help!
Post # 3
@MrsFarm0619: try to rebuild your habits. don’t try to quit all at once, but try to cut back one cigarette a day? I try and limit myself to a certain number, and then make myself ration them out.
I’ve tried quitting twice and I just didn’t want it enough– I’m going to keep an eye on this thread, though, because I want to start running now that it’s getting cooler out, so something’s going to have to give.
Post # 4
What worked for several people I know is cold turkey. They threw out all of their cigarettes and forced tgemselves to run to the store to get more. They would always get guilty on the run and not buy them.
Post # 5
You smoke by habit, not just addition. I agree with PP – cut out one cigarette a day. I used the nicotine gum as a replacement, because I couldn’t manage to just not smoke. But I started with the after-meal cigarettes, and when I finished eating and would ordinarily have smoked, I chewed a piece of the gum. The hardest one of those was the first one of the day. But finally I chewed gum in the place of that, too. After that, I didn’t buy them – I was down to bumming them, which helped me cut down because I felt guilty for asking. The hardest were the last ones, the smokes I bummed when I was out with friends or at a party, but finally I quit those, too. (I had to chew the mint-flavored gum, because the standard flavor was nasty, and it never stopped being weird to chew mint-flavored gum with my morning coffee, or with my beer at parties. But I did it.) I went from a pack a day to one cigarette per week like that.
I have to say that about the time I bummed my last cigarette, I was taking Wellbutrin for anxiety, and that helped me over the last edge of quitting smoking, so I can’t pretend I did it without that. But I had been down to smoking one cigarette a week for about 4 months when I went on the Wellbutrin, so I was able to make significant progress with just the gum.
I finally weaned myself from the nic gum to Orbit after another year. My doctor said to ignore the warnings to only chew the gum for a couple of months – that chewing it was better than going back to smoking, so just chew it as long as I needed to. Now I barely chew any gum at all anymore.
Post # 6
The ONLY thing that’s worked for me is just plain ol’ will power. The bottom line was that I wanted to quit MORE than I wanted to smoke.
There are some support groups online that helped me a ton. http://www.quitsmokingmessageboard.com/ was a saving grace for me. There are lots of people on there that are newly quit, as well as long term quitters who have years under their belt. Their motto is NOPE- Not One Puff Ever. Every time you have a cigarette, you’re reintroducing nicotine into your system, so rationing out your smokes is torture. I tried that many times, but if you look at it chemically, you’re forcing yourself to go through withdrawls over and over again, instead of completely cutting out the nicotine, forcing your body to rid itself of the toxins, and gradually the cravings become few and far between. Grantid, the addiction to cigs aren’t all chemical, but you’ll find what works best for you by trying out different methods (I chewed a lot of gum, drank lots of water, and went on long walks to help with my cravings).
All you have to do is tell yourself you’re done. Make a list of all of the reasons you want to quit, and remind yourself of them any time you have a craving. Read about all of the benefits that are happening to your body as it slowly rids itself of all of the cigarette toxins. Talk to people about it. And feel free to cry and freak out sometimes- It’s a tough journey! You’re going to have to relearn how to live your life without smokes (which was the hardest part for me).
You can do it! 🙂
Also, for what it’s worth, I think I should tell you that I was quit for 1.5 years until I picked them back up 3 months ago. It was a huge mistake that I totally regret- I didn’t have my support system in place when I needed it the most and I caved. I will be quitting again now that the wedding is over and I can focus on getting myself healthy again. If I can do it, you can do it. 😉
Post # 7
Not me, but my husband. He smoked for 15 years and managed to kick it this year with an e-cigarette and I’m so freaking proud of him. It took about 2 months of gradually switching from high to medium to low nicotine cartridges but he hasn’t had a cig since April! He tried cold turkey multiple times, as well as the gum/patches, and it just didn’t work for him so he gave this a shot and it worked.
Post # 8
Thanks bees!!!!! Running to the store is an awesome idea…..the only place i buy them is a small town liquor store….which is exactly three miles to and from….there’s my 5k and after running is when i don’t even crave them.
Post # 9
@misspeanut: My FH quit the same way! He tried cold turkey and it just never worked. He got cranky and irritable and hard to be around. With the e-cigarette, he would take one hit when he really needed it and be done, versus going outside to smoke a whole cigarette. It didn’t take him very long to completely quit.
Post # 10
don’t “cut down” you will just be in a constant state of withdrawel and it will only make things harder. going cold turkey is the best option if you can do it. its what i did and i haven’t looked back (almost 3 years ago). the thing that helped me stick with it the most was that book called how to quit smoking the easy way by alan carr- i highly reccomend it!