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07-21-2002 03:00 PM  16 years agoPost 21
rcpilotsteve

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That part kinda bites.
I have weighed a maximum of 165lbs since I was 13. Now after I quit, 192 buddy but it's fun. Another thing I noticed is that food tasted real bad for awhile

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07-21-2002 03:26 PM  16 years agoPost 22
Wildcat Fuels

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Stay Quit!
I have stopped and started several times and the one thing I will say is that this time I will never go back. I feel better than I have in years, yes, I picked up some weight, but now I can breath to jog some too. The only way to quit is to quit, I tried the patches, just smoking two or three a day and so on. When I actually put them down and walked away, knowing, that was it, it was much easier. This time I even stopped counting how long its been......I think thats a good sign.

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07-21-2002 06:08 PM  16 years agoPost 23
Waldo

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Don't worry you can still eat, you just have to get active walk, jog, bike ride or lift weitghts all of these activities will raise your metabolism and you'll feel better faster. Any body that sits on a couch all day and does nothing will have a slow metabolism, the metabolic slow down you experience after quiting smoking is temporary, but as long as you stay inactive your metabolism will to. Next time your cravings get so bad you can't stand it just do 20 pushups and the next time do 40 ab crunches and so on.

[b]Bill[/b]

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07-21-2002 06:12 PM  16 years agoPost 24
Kurt64

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Thanks for the encouragement everyone. Day 2 seems a little tougher than day one for some reason....I dont know why.
The thought of weight gain doesn't really bother me. I can always lose the added weight, but I can't grow new lungs. No matter what I have to go through, it will all be worth it in the end. I just keep telling myself that to help make it easier. Another thing that helps is that I have already survived the first day....If I can do it for one day, then I can do it for two, then three, etc...one day at a time.
Thanks again everyone!

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07-21-2002 07:05 PM  16 years agoPost 25
Dirt Flier

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Orinda Ca

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To me the first three days are total hell. But it gets better. I dont know if you drink, but thats my downfall every time. One beer and I'm ready to kill for a smoke. Good luck!

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07-21-2002 07:14 PM  16 years agoPost 26
greenmeanie

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connecticut

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keep it up
just think of all us non smokers that will appreciate not having to smell your second hand smoke
and dosnt throwing cigarette butts out car windows considered polluting? when ever i go for a walk down the road or a drive in the car i always see someone whipping one out the window! isnt there ashtrays in cars?

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07-21-2002 07:16 PM  16 years agoPost 27
Kurt64

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Hey Dirt Flier...That is one area that I lucked out in. Having a beer (or 2...or 3...) does not bother me at all. I did have to give up my morning coffee though....I miss my morning coffee!

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07-21-2002 07:19 PM  16 years agoPost 28
greenmeanie

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connecticut

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re read the post
damn guys cigarettes are a drug!
the way you guys describe it it gets you addicted. i never tried smoking and dont care too. it sure does sound like it will be a hard run but keep it up. keep busy and dont think about it.

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07-21-2002 07:29 PM  16 years agoPost 29
Kurt64

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If Nicotene wasn't a drug, it would be easy to quit. Then there would be no need for encouragement like I am receiving here and elsewhere. Believe me....I am not doing this to up my post count...LOL. Everything everyone said here DOES help. I went to the club this morning to do some flying and had a great time. Then a smoker showed up....It was amaizing....he lit up a cig and I could smell it from over 200 ft away. To me, they still smell good, but not good enough to fire one up myself.
What it comes down to is ----I am thankful for, and in need of the support that I have recieved from everyone. No non smoker can ever know what it is like to try to quit unless they have gone through a drug addiction withdrawl of some kind. The secret to quiting smoking is to never start in the first place.....that is the only easy way.

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07-21-2002 08:02 PM  16 years agoPost 30
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07-21-2002 08:16 PM  16 years agoPost 31
bstrawn

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01/01/97
New years day, woke up with one hell of a hang over and only one smoke left. I got out of bed and fired it up. My girlfriend at the time (wife now) could not stand cigarette smoke. I made a resolution then to stop, and I did.

I think that nicotine is like heroin (only more addictive), seems like each time I get into a high stress situation, I begin to crave the nicotine.

After quitting, I do remember that food tasted different and that I began to be able to smell again.

Hang in there.

Bernie

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07-21-2002 09:28 PM  16 years agoPost 32
flawless1

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Fort Wayne IN.

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Keep it up
It has been two months for me now and getting easier by the day. Unlike some of you the it still smells good to me. Take one day at a time, and just tell you self when you get the urge NO!!!!! Remember it is mind over matter. If I can quit any one can. I know it is hard but coming from someone that knows what you are going thourgh keep it up. It will be worth it in the long run.


Keep it up
Doug

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07-21-2002 11:03 PM  16 years agoPost 33
Jeff

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Pampa, Texas

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Kurt! Hang Tough!!
Beat these dang things! A Fury or two a year is a great incentive, but for YOU TO BE AROUND!!! is a lot more incentive for US!

So quit FOR US!! We want to see you around long after a Fury or two are toast....

Just post here every day you don't smoke....before long you will have the longest thread in RR history!! Now THAT is a goal!

Do it for US!!!

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07-22-2002 12:19 AM  16 years agoPost 34
heliman41

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Valparaiso IN. USA

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Speaking of cig butts did ya all know in IN its up to a $10,000 fine if you get caught throwing a hot butt out an auto window? Can you imagine if that was really enforced, yikes! Im sure glad I dont smoke anymore. Should I turn in the next person I see doing that? Hmmmm...maybe I could tell em buy me a Fury and Ill keep silent!!!!

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07-22-2002 02:27 PM  16 years agoPost 35
Michel-Henri

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A reflexion on cravings
Hey Kurt,

Took the same decision 7 years ago after smoking for some 15 years.
I am still a free (from nicotine) man and never look back.

One suggestion that might help: When you are going thru those moments of withdrawal and urge to light up 'just this one last cigarette that can't hurt', remember that the craving sensation will last for only 5-6 minutes and then it will go away.

Knowing that had helped me a lot.
Hang in there Man, anf it WILL be an achievement that you will be proud of.

Michel-Henri

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07-22-2002 02:48 PM  16 years agoPost 36
Kurt64

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Salladasburg, PA

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I am now on day 3....If I can make it this far, I can make it the rest of the way. Thanks

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07-22-2002 03:45 PM  16 years agoPost 37
ycwoon

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Taiwan for now / Born in Malaysia

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keep it up
Stay away from alcohol and coffee for the time being. Also sleep early, late nights encourage smoking. If you have kids, the most rewarding remark you will one days is, dad you smell great. Give me another kiss! It happened to me and that kep me going!!

A few pounds gained so what, think of the years you will gain and spend the extra years flying helicopter.

I used to smoke a pack+ a day for 15yrs. I quit for so many time, and each time it got easier. I am smoke free for 16mths now. The previous period for me is 3yrs +.

Oh, and don't say, just this one puff..sometimes that puff will lead to two...and then to a stick a day and then a pack and you are back to where you start from..been there done that and live to regret that moment..

Keep it up, save the smoke money for upgrades and fuel!!

YC

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07-22-2002 04:01 PM  16 years agoPost 38
Shodon

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Charlotte, NC

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Smoking
Hang in there. It will be two years this December 23 since I buried my mother. Cause of death, lung cancer yes she was a smoker. Trust me its not work it to die that way. Save you money and buy heli parts instead!

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07-22-2002 05:57 PM  16 years agoPost 39
Michel-Henri

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YC,

I second what you wrote there about the 'just one puff'.
a very central issue to successfull self-esteem while striving...

QUOTE]Oh, and don't say, just this one puff..sometimes that puff will lead to two...and then to a stick a day and then a pack and you are back to where you start from..been there done that and live to regret that moment.. [/QUOTE]

May the rotory lords be with you
Michel-Henri

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07-22-2002 07:01 PM  16 years agoPost 40
shaggy

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USA

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Proud of you...
Just wanted to say "Keep with it!" I quit almost 6 years ago and it is the best thing I could have ever done. I feel like a new man and that is no exaggeration. You will not believe how it will change your life. Food will taste different/better, your breathing will change, no more coughing for no reason, more money in your wallet, etc...

The best thing you can do is don't ever buy another pack of cigarettes again. If you can do that, you will make it. I have slipped a few times, bumming off of other people but when I was by myself and got the urge, I didn't have any laying around to tempt me.

Also, do whatever it takes. I quit by not ever buying another pack. My wife quit by using Nicorette because she didn't have the will-power to quit by herself. But it worked for her and that is all that matters!

There is a link to a website that shows you what happens to your body from the time you quit smoking. It is pretty amazing. It explains how your body reacts and also tells you how much you have decreased your chances of different types of cancer and heart disease as times goes by. I will see if I can't find it for you. It is very encouraging, especially when you are going through a bad time. It definately keeps you focused on why you are quitting.

Don't give up and when it gets tough, remember you are doing this to get your life back. There were times right after I quit that I was taking it every 5 minutes at a time. Then it went to every 30 minutes and then to a couple of hours... Before long, it was a couple of days, weeks, and now I don't even look back. I am new man!!

Good luck, you can do it!

Brooks

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