By davidvermont Latest Reply 2010-12-01 15:05:05 -0600
Started 2010-09-03 15:02:51 -0500

Five years ago I went through the very difficult process of quitting smoking.
Then I recently made the stupid mistake of trying to smoke just one or two a day.
The one or two led to four or five led to nine or ten, until I was quickly back to one and a half packs. Tonight I will quit again. My wife and daughter are going to a hotel for the weekend to avoid being around me. I am going to synagogue (a rare occurance for me) to seek whatever help I can get. Please wish me luck.

15 replies

davidvermont 2010-11-30 15:47:44 -0600 Report

I am on a health "Jihad": In the last 13 weeks I have quit smoking and lost 30 pounds. It's been tough but not nearly as tough as what so many others must endure.

CaliKo 2010-11-30 15:56:16 -0600 Report

Good for you!
I'm a slow learner, I had to quit three times before it stuck. Smoke-free for 20 years now.
And kudos for losing weight at the same time, that is impressive. Your numbers are going to be so good at your next checkup!

davidvermont 2010-11-30 16:04:28 -0600 Report

My numbers have already improved dramatically. I'm sure the nonsmoking has helped but I've also cut way back on caloric intake, portion sizes and sodium. My A1c went from 7.9 to 7.0 and I've almost elimenated the need for short acting insulin. Congratulations on the 20 years. I should have done this a long time ago. But I truly loved smoking and have told my doctor that if he ever tells me I have a terminal disease, I'll probably go back to it.

CaliKo 2010-11-30 16:19:19 -0600 Report

Ah, something to look forward to in case of a terminal disease… I think I like how your mind works.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-09-04 13:32:46 -0500 Report

After 35 years of smoking I finally quit 2 years ago using Chantix. I still want one and think about it once in a while. I know if I smoke one I would never stop. I'm praying for you. I know how hard it is. ( My family would have had to leave for about 2 weeks for me to stop being gumpy!) : 0

bigfella1998 2010-09-04 04:27:58 -0500 Report

Be strong! I once quit for SEVEN YEARS, then bummed a smoke from a friend and was hooked again! I smoked for three years before quitting for good 25 years ago. It it tough to do but the rewards for persevering are worth the effort. Keep us up to date on your success!

bicker68 2010-09-04 03:14:11 -0500 Report

Great for you! What I would do to be able to quit smoking. I am a 1 pack a day smoker and have smoked for 32 years. I have quit drinking caffiene, soda pop, and am now mainly just drinking water and have to have my milk once or twice a day. What was your secret to quiting smoking that might help me??? could use your advice please, it would be appericated. I've tried Chantix and the patches and lozenges, but was allergic to all of them.

Debra Austin
Debra Austin 2010-11-30 16:54:29 -0600 Report

I quit smoking using patches, right after learning my mother-in-law had lung cancer. It was really hard but, seeing her like that helped alot it seemed like everywhere,i looked someone had lung cancer.I think my fear of cancer is what really helped.I hope you find what you need to succeed.

Guardianstone 2010-09-04 02:37:35 -0500 Report

Dear Davidvermont;
good for you. I quit, smoking, sugar, caffene, and drink all at the same time. I was fairly good. stayed off all but caffene. That was a bear. I only ate sugar when artifical sweetener wasn't available. Doctors still had to put me in the hospital a month and a half before I was due. I couldn't get my bp down. They thought I would stroke out. I had to spend an extra 3wks before being sent home. That lasted about 12 mos for caffene, sugar 8 months more and cigarettes 3yrs.
The next time 7yrs, then so far 6yrs.
I tried to quit when I had 2 strokes. When DAVE (hubby) had his CVA I was told he would die if he smoked. Have wanted one every day, but will not allow it.
Go with your God, keep healthy, and keep smiling. It makes people nervous.
Guardian stone

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-09-03 22:48:49 -0500 Report

Happy day davidvermont,
I will not wish you luck but I will stand on the wall in the name of Jesus for you concerning this journey that you are about to go on. Remember that God says that you have not because you ask not. Call out His name let Him know the true desires of your heart, He is always listening. 1 day @ a time 1 step @ a time. I will leave you w/this I quit 10/15/2000 smoking & drinking hard alcohol same day same time. Remember that God is not looking @ the situations that we are in (4 He is w/us) He is looking @ how we react to the situations. Be blessed & know that you are favored in the name of Jesus.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.
Mama Dee

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