Monday, August 25, 2008

I want to break free: Have you ever quit smoking before?

posted by Free Press Houston @ 10:01 AM


Man- I am sick of being a smoker. I have reached the apex of hating smoking yet continuing to subject myself to feeling like dog shit. I woke up last night with a fever and a possible ear infection. Have a success story? Gimme some inspirado!

6 Comments:

At August 25, 2008 at 10:18 AM , Blogger j.d. said...

i quit 4 weeks and 2 days ago. it's the 4th or 5th time i've gone longer than a month, but this time feels very different. i also quit alcohol and caffeine (save for the occasional coffee, i was drinking 8 cups a day), and i recommend that for at least the first month or so. those associations can be very strong and your chances of success increase a lot if you do it all at once.

changing such a self-destructive habit is very liberating and empowering. the only catch is you have to be willing to do a shit load of self-analysis; don't just focus on quitting - take a long look at when and why you started, and think of what your life was like then versus what it is now. there's probably a bunch of old shit that needs to be dealt with appropriately. do that, and the habit breaks itself - no need to worry about curbing cravings and supplementing substances.

shift the mere desire to quit into a solid intention to be well and take care of yourself, and wonderful things can happen. that positive energy carries over into all other aspects of life.

all the best!

 
At August 25, 2008 at 10:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know it sounds cliché, but I tried the patch and it really worked. The main reasons it worked for me was that I was given the nicotine I needed to get through the day, but also I read the information that came with it that tells you important reasons why you absolutely shouldn't smoke while on the patch. So all in all it worked out. The other thing you have to do is less socializing in bar atmospheres and less drinking, if you do, because that is a trigger that cause you to desire cigarettes more. You also have to stop rewarding yourself with a cigarette after doing certain things like eating etc. Once you break those main habits, it becomes easier. Also try doing something else in its place. Try focusing more time into a personal hobby like art or music etc.

 
At August 25, 2008 at 10:36 AM , Anonymous james said...

Alcohol and cigs are like cookies and milk to me..maybe better of to engage in neither..

 
At August 25, 2008 at 1:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I broke up with my g/f at the same time - I was miserable for about 30 days, but after that I was fine.

 
At August 25, 2008 at 5:27 PM , Anonymous vaginitarian said...

Body:
I really don't have much of an inspiring story but that overall, I just got tired of feeling the way you do right now. mostly a lot of coughing and wheezing. so i quit. well, the hardest thing that i thought would affect me the most is that i used to be a social smoker, whereas I only smoked whenever I drank alcohol. Well, after I stopped doing both, it actually made it a lot easier to not smoke cigarettes anymore. Then one day, I went out and got trashed and off all places, I went to the Proletariat because for some reason or another, that place and Rudyard's upstairs does not have ANY ventilation whatsoever. So whenever I went to either one of those places, it would be engulfed with cigarette smoke and to be honest with you, it really made me sick to smell that concentration of cigarettes in just one small area. And then at one moment whenever I thought that I WOULD like to have a smoke, it would occur to me of how I felt and how it smells and overall, you can somewhat actually see it killing people, little by little. And from that point on, I did not care for a cigarette because of how it made me feel. Somewhere down the line, I did bum a cigarette from someone and took one drag and there I was again, coughing and wheezing and that just sealed the deal for me. I never picked up another cigarette again. And to this day, I don't plan on it. It is not an easy task especially if you have friends who give them away to you, like the Camel rep or someone else like that but you can do it. I'm sure anybody can for that matter but don't beat yourself up too bad and as the saying goes, "it takes 28 days to kick a habit." If you are a busy body, that usually can help keep your mind off it and sooner or later, a month will pass, then a few more, then a year and so on. But if you want to do anything at the moment, just don't give in, and go thru the withdrawals - - because it can make you bitchy, but it's TOTALLY worth it! Besides, if you are like any of the other people who smoke the other stuff, most of them will tell you that whoever came up with those commercials who say smoking weed has more toxins and tar and whatever else is in that joint compared to a cig is totally full of shit!! i never said that i quit smoking but i did quit cigarettes and needless to say, you won't find me coughing and wheezing like i was before. but all that's in the past now and i may have outgrown a lot of those habits but good luck to you!!

 
At August 26, 2008 at 9:39 AM , Anonymous Baba said...

Peace Up!

Hittin' bottom is a good start. Now ya got somethin' to push off on..
I was a pack/pack and a half a day man. I used to run track,wrestled, and played football and other sports requiring GOOD cardio - response.
One day, after indulging my new horrible habit for a year or three, I ran for a bus -
and had the vague idea of what a squirrel must feel when a hawk swoops it completely by surprise!
A sudden tightening in the chest and stomach...

 

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