Quiting smoking

Harlen
By Harlen Latest Reply 2012-06-27 16:40:26 -0500
Started 2011-05-22 18:26:40 -0500

Well all this is my 2nd day of no smoking its a mite stresful ok its a lot stresful
I will not have a smoke nomater what I have no smokes and I will not get any buy any not even bum any .I am going to quit RRRRRRRR
I have quit a lot of things in my life this is the harest thing by far .
This is not my first try but it will be my last I dont care if I am dieing for one I will not have one not even a puff !!!!!!!!
I know I am more set to do this this time then other times I want it more there is no going back .I dont wish to go thru these day's again
Wish me luck frends
Harlen


75 replies

kaiya2465
kaiya2465 2012-06-27 14:07:30 -0500 Report

Hey Harlen, I'm joining you…

Tigereyze209
Tigereyze209 2011-05-26 00:04:12 -0500 Report

Sir, I just had to offer you my congratulations, and approval for your choice to give up the smoking habit. No doubt, some days will be harder than others, but I pray you stick it out, and I think it is worth it.
Good luck and God bless, brother. I beleive you can do it.

PBARBIERI
PBARBIERI 2011-05-25 16:19:38 -0500 Report

GOOD LUCK HARLEN. I HAVE BEEN A SMOKER ON AND OFF SINCE I WAS 14. I QUIT ONCE FOR ALMOST 5 YEARS THEN MOVED IN MY WITH EX-SISTER-IN-LAW AND WAS SMOKING AGAIN AND NOW I HAVE A PROBLEM TRYING TO QUIT. THE TIME I DID QUIT I WENT THROUGH AT LEAST 10 LARGE BAGS OF SUNFLOWER SEEDS. BUT NOW I CAN'T DO THAT CAUSE THE SALT MAKES MY HANDS AND FEET SWELL. SO I HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER WAY TO QUIT. I WAS INFORMED TODAY THAT I CAN'T SMOKE IN MY GUARD SHACK ANYMORE CAUSE THE OTHER 3 OFFICERS THAT WORK THERE DON'T SMOKE AND COMPLAINED OF MY SMOKING. SAID IT INFRINGED ON THEIR RIGHTS, MY RIGHTS DON'T COUNT I GUESS. BUT IT WILL BE HEALTHIER FOR ME IN THE LONG RUN. SO PRAY FOR ME THAT THIS TIME I CAN QUIT FOR GOOD.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-06-15 16:47:23 -0500 Report

You can do it .just set your mined too it and work at it .
It isnt ez but I do feel better and not stressing over where I can and where I can not smoke
The suport here is great even if this place isnt for stop smoking lol
best wishes
Harlen

Pynetree
Pynetree 2011-05-25 09:23:08 -0500 Report

Oh Harlen, Good for you. It was so hard to quit. But you can do it… chew gum, drink water, brush your teeth, whatever…do something to take your mind off it…take up knitting…it keeps your hands occupied. I am proud of you for doing this!

PetiePal
PetiePal 2011-05-25 08:10:23 -0500 Report

Hang in there it will probably get worse. Good on you for quitting. Best thing my parents ever did before I was born. We always joke my sister (eldest) is 5'2". My brother is 5'9". I'm 6'4". Enough proof right there ;P

Armourer
Armourer 2011-05-24 13:06:21 -0500 Report

Been smoke free since 1975, and I was a two pack a day smoker. I cold turkeyed. It was hard, every time I had the urge to smoke I drank a glass of water (never went to the bathroom so much). The first week was hardest. Dude, you can do it!

jeffrey9127
jeffrey9127 2011-05-24 11:40:38 -0500 Report

Hello Harlen. Quitting smoking was one of the hardest things that I feel that I have ever done. But, like you, I was determined to stop smoking, and I succeeded. That was over 22 years ago. You sound like someone who is ready to stop smoking for good. Good luck, I know you can do this!

indymlb
indymlb 2011-05-24 11:25:32 -0500 Report

I quit 1 year ago, May 13. Having good support is key to being able to quit. I'm here for you! Feel free to send me an email if you need to vent your stress. One thing I found that helped me was exercise. I didn't smoke in the house so instead of going outside to smoke I went outside for a walk. And when you feel stressed and feel like you want a cig, take deep breaths & think about why you wanted to quit smoking. My sons would ask me almost every day if I smoked. I could always say "NO"! I couldn't let them down…they were my motivation. The money I spent on cigarettes went to my savings account every pay day. It's been nice having money to take on vacation, buy gifts, or splurge on something form myself! Hang in there…you CAN do it!

shorty31
shorty31 2011-05-24 08:15:38 -0500 Report

you hang in there big bro i know you can do it it will take time that a road that take one step at a time you have all ways been ther foe me so i know you have the strength like a big old grizzly bear soft on the ouside but the power to move mountains on the inside. i promise to check on you every week i love you.when you feel weak i'll help to carry you i mean this honest. through the thick and thin i will check on you.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-05-24 07:55:03 -0500 Report

I can tell you becoming a non smoker was the most difficult thing for me. I am so glad you are determined to never smoke again because it will take all the strength you can muster up to not pick up another ever. I found I had to eliminate everything I associated with smoking to help me stop. I rearranged my furniture because I would always sit in a certain place near the phone and TV. I also had to quit drinking coffee during that very difficult time because I always had a cigarette with my coffee. I threw out every ashtray and cigarette lighter. I didn't even associate or see anyone who smoked until I knew I could not want to grab a cigarette. It has been 15 yrs now and I never went back. I had tried to quit so many times, but until I became determined to become a non smoker for the rest of my life that is what worked for me. Best Wishes as I know you can do it. I always said that I know if I can quit anyone can.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-06-15 16:26:19 -0500 Report

It is and then some lol the best thing is I have no smokes and with out having any I cant smoke any lol

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-06-16 12:16:43 -0500 Report

I remember 8 months after I quit it was very cold out and I put on my winter jacket and low and behold was a pack of cigs in my pocket along with a lighter. I was so tempted even though they were sooooo stale. I threw out the cigs & the light. Just keep focused and you can do it. Good Luck.

roshy
roshy 2011-05-24 07:09:25 -0500 Report

BEST OF LUCK HARLEN!!!!

I had a discussion not too long ago about smoking!! and im sooo happy youve made the choice to stop!! i hope you reek all the benefits from you freedom of the tobacco!! its not an easy road but i wish you every success!!

Ive cut alot over the past number of weeks and it does get easier as time goes by!!

Please keep us updated on how you are doing!!

All my love and affection

Roshy!

Ms Julie
Ms Julie 2011-05-24 07:00:17 -0500 Report

Hi Harlen,
Good luck on quitting smoking . I quit 5 mo ago nd it was the hardest thing to do . I wont say that there re times i would love to have a puff or two but i know that if i do there i go again smoking. I take the money that i spent on cigs. nd put it in a jar nd hide it just to see what i spent on cigs a mo . Boy was i surprised at the end of that mo. Thats what started my savings acct nd now i add tp it each mo. Good Luck ! Best Wishes !
Julie

DJackwon
DJackwon 2011-05-24 00:12:18 -0500 Report

Good luck Harlan, you can do this because you are doing it for yourself and your health, not saying its easy, it isn't and I can't say I haven't itched for a puff or two. If it happens don't give up on yourself, just like our diabetes we have a few glitches at times. Pick yourself up and remember all the reasons you want to quit, and keep going. It does get easier in time and I do reccommend that you try to stay away from current smokers.

Lol when my sense of smell returned, I realized how potent the smell of smoke is on people's clothing is…and food tastes really good, especially fruits and veggies that I used to hate to eat! Thumbs up to you!

I used to be in the place that with everything on my plate making me not want to deal with another hardship…My PCP told me flat out, you want to live, you want to have a better chance of not having a stroke or heart attack, or perhaps lose a limb?..then quit. Of course I hemmed and hawed over it for a few minutes but she would not let me leave the office until I told her ok, I get it and will quit. Much to her surprise and mine…I did it.

Of course this was twelve years after having cancer and beating it and being told I needed to quit, I guess what I am saying is the diabetes was the last straw, I saw I was hurting myself and lessening the time I want to have with family and friends. The diabetes opened my eyes and I set my goals, lose weight, quit smoking, exercise, and test…I am stronger than I thought I was, I could quit, I plan to keep it that way.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-06-15 16:21:04 -0500 Report

Thank you
I am a privet man and dont go out much lol dont drink so the bar sean is out lol
Best wishes
Harlen

1cookie :)
1cookie :) 2011-05-24 00:00:52 -0500 Report

I quit smoking in 1980..had 1 oops after that but I'm still a non smoker. Try to keep your hands busy…and chew on a plastic straw if you have to to simulate smoking…without doing it. The hand/mouth thing is part of the problem too…

KEEP THEM BOTH OCCUPIED :) best of luck to you

MoeGig
MoeGig 2011-05-23 20:21:51 -0500 Report

Your attitude is exactly the right one you need to succeed. I quit 20 years ago and I had to stop all the things that I related to smoking e.g., coffee, drinking alcohol, etc. I also started running to clear the lungs. It was tough, one of the hardest things I did, but as you are, I was determined to be quit. Good luck. You can do it.

katseyes
katseyes 2011-05-23 18:25:42 -0500 Report

This is great Harlen ' U hang in there!! U can do it' keep ur faith and stick to ur words ' remind ur self everyday if u have to as 2 why u r quitting!!!! Im keeping my fingers crossed 4 ya lol… But i know u can do it and will. Have a Blessed Evening and Night!

slittle01
slittle01 2011-05-23 17:20:31 -0500 Report

I am with you. I also quit 2 days ago. Stay away from people that smoke. I quit 2 other times for 4 and 5 months at a time but whe I went out of town to visit family, I went out with them and started smoking again. I felt so bad about myself. I did that twice but those things are killing me and they stink. I'm not going back again. 1-800-quitnow helped me a lot. I got the lozenges and it is a tremendous help. Also, if the subject is not brought up, I forget that I should be wanting one and there is no problem. If someone mentions it is when I remember I should be wanting one. Put it out of your mind for as long a time as possible and it will help. Then, if someone brings it up, pop a lozenge. I'm using them now. Good luck. You can do it.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-23 15:42:43 -0500 Report

Best wishes for success. I went cold turkey after college. It was hard enough ad I had only smoked about 6 months.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-05-23 17:30:07 -0500 Report

I wish I was able to think that good at that age ,I was to dumb
Thank you and best wishes
Harlen

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-23 13:13:10 -0500 Report

Go! Go! Go! A friend of mine quit by chewing the cigarette! He got the nicotine, but could not stand the taste, so he stopped! 8 years and counting! Wish you the best. I know it taint easy! I know what you can do. Every time you get the urge, use an epi-pen, without the med. I had to epi-pen myself for the first time the other day. Trust me, I might just choose to see what happens next time and not use it. You can imagine the size of the needle when you have to jab it through your jeans into your thigh. It almost made me want to take up smoking!

nanaellen
nanaellen 2011-05-23 11:51:08 -0500 Report

I envy you Harlen!! I keep telling myself that I have to quit, but just not in the right frame of mind for THAT fight yet!! Wishing you all the success I cannot find!!! You go Harlen!!! Ellen :)

Harlen
Harlen 2011-05-23 13:03:17 -0500 Report

Thank you Ellen
It;s a jpb and if your not ready for a fight dont do it
This is my therd time and last
Best wishes
Harlen

granniesophie
granniesophie 2011-05-23 06:51:47 -0500 Report

Go Harlen, go!! You can do it!
I know it's hard, I did it cold turkey back in the late 90's and discovered chocolate instead (!) But I'm smoke-free now, and it's better for me and everyone around me.
Not a day goes by that I don't wish I had a cigarette, especially in stressful times (and if you recall, lots of stress in my life!) but I stay strong and move on.
You can do it to, I know you can.
I"M PROUD OF YOU AND I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT THIS TIME, FOR GOOD!!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-05-23 06:04:49 -0500 Report

I have no idea what you are going through, as I have never smoked, so have never been addicted.

But I'll do better than wish you luck, Harlen, I will pray for the Lord to give you help.

Blessings in your endeavor!
James

Harlen
Harlen 2011-05-23 06:52:27 -0500 Report

Thank you
I hope you never need to go thru something like this it sucks
Best wishes
Harlen

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-05-23 07:15:11 -0500 Report

I smoked cigars for a brief while when I worked in a factory on 2nd shift. I got those cigars from a vending machine. One night I smoked one right after the other for about 3 straight. After the 3rd cigar, I got rather "green around the gills" and had to throw up. That was all it took to break me of that! No more!

The way I looked at it, I was the sucker for smoking those cigars!

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-22 21:41:07 -0500 Report

I quit about a year and a half ago. It was by far the most difficult thing ever! I used e-Cigerates to quit. Still very tough. Hang on you will make it.

alanbossman
alanbossman 2011-05-22 21:13:04 -0500 Report

Hey Harlen wishing you good luck on quitting I know how hard it is, I quit over 20 years ago it was the hardest thing for me to do. Hang in there you can do this.
Alan

CaliKo
CaliKo 2011-05-22 19:10:12 -0500 Report

Good luck, Harlen. I had to quit 3 times before it stuck. It's so hard, but you can do it. It's the single best thing you can do for your health. And you don't have to be "without" on a plane, in a movie, at a party, … I hardly know anybody that still smokes. The first day is the worst, it gets a tiny bit easier each day, just don't drink (if you do) until you are sure you won't pick up a smoke. Keep lots of healthy things you can nibble on. And drink water.
Hugs

dietcherry
dietcherry 2011-05-22 18:51:48 -0500 Report

Good luck Harlen! Why did I think youd already quit? Are you using any smoking cessation tools? Take really deep breaths to calm and steady your nerves when you get the itch; concentrate on the money youre saving and what you will do with it instead and treat yourself to that something in the future; imagine the good health free of smoking that you soon will be enjoying.
We dont realize how bad it makes us feel until were free of it and we start feeling better pretty quickly! YOU CAN DO IT HARLEN!!!!

Harlen
Harlen 2011-05-23 06:23:21 -0500 Report

Chantex and I am still smoke free one more day down and the rest of my life to go
Thanks I will do it
Best wishes
Harlen

fantasyprincess
fantasyprincess 2011-05-22 19:43:16 -0500 Report

congratulations harlen. I try quitting every January 1 and have yet to succeed. I am going to join the arizona smokers helpline. After starting back I realized how much better I felt not smoking. You can do it man.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-05-23 06:25:30 -0500 Report

This is my thred day its a hard thing to give up after 35 years
I hope I can go 35 years smoke free .
You never lose till you give up and I am not going to give up
Thanks
Best wishes
Harlen

sue5050
sue5050 2011-05-22 21:57:52 -0500 Report

Yeah Good For You! Dont make the mistake I did and replace it with food. Instead ride a bike or some other exersize you like to do, like hiking or something. You can do it, I quit when I was twenty five and went from a 125 lb woman to 230lb in a few months. I am still fighting fat. Good Luck!

Harlen
Harlen 2011-05-23 06:28:31 -0500 Report

I am working on it I keep looking for something to put in my mouth lol and food just can not be one of the things lol The big tooth picks seam to help a little lol
Thank you
Best wishes
Harlen

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