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I did something today I never thought I could do...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Valkman, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I quit smoking. I've been taking Chantix for about 8 days and that helps but oh this is tough! In a few hours it'll be one day and then on to tomorrow!

    Since I quit drinking long ago I guess the only thing to do now is become a sex-a-holic!

  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member


    The chills, cramps, and cravings will eventually go away. It will be like YOU NEVER STARTED in the first place...eventually. I quit in 2001 and I never looked back.
  3. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    Congrats Valkman!!!
  4. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Congratulations! My Dad went to lung cancer please find the grit to stick it out!
  5. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    my brother in law started Chantix 4 months ago. He has had absolutely no cravings. He has started biking 25 miles 4 times a week.....all from a guy who would smoke 1-2 packs a day depending on stress levels.
  6. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I still have cravings but Chantix does help. Mostly it's my brain screaming at me to go light one up!
  7. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Hang in there friend! You can do it! now, if I could only convince my little brother....... [beer]
  8. RouteClearance

    RouteClearance Monkey+++ Site Supporter

    Took me over a week to detox off of nicotine back in '03, I could not afford any type of patches or prescription drugs to ease the withdraw symptoms. Had to do it the old fashioned way, "Cold Turkey".

    After all the symptoms of withdraw subsided, I have not wanted a smoke ever since. I do occasionally think about my past habit and I become very nauseous just by thinking about smoking.

    The hard part afterwards is putting up with all the smokers and their dirty little habbit because you will be able to smell cigarette smoke with an increased sense of smell, I can go into someone elses house and can smell the "smell" that tells you that smokers live there. It will also be a bit hard on your nose when you stand next to someone that has just had a smoke during their break and comes back to work.

    Just stick with it and you will thank yourself for doing so for the rest of your life.
  9. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Thanks for support guys - reading these posts gets me through the day.
  10. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    I smoked for 15 years. Got up to 2 packs a day. I was working overseas when they first started banning smoking on airplanes and all the stories about second hand smoke were just starting to make news. I had 12 hour plane rides and my youngest daughter was about a year old. I decided it was time to give it up. It was the best thing I ever did. I look back now and can't believe how hooked I was.
    And like RC says your sense of smell comes back and you won't believe how bad old cigarette smoke smells. I could smell the stench from my parents house when I got out of the car in the driveway!

    Hang in there V man it will be well worth it in the end.
  11. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I'm hanging - it's Day 3!
  12. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    Keep it up Valkman!!!

    Like Tango, I lost my dad to lung cancer. That was a year ago this past June.
  13. NVBeav

    NVBeav Monkey+++

    I used "Smoke Away", the herbal stuff. It'll be 10 years on Dec 10, 2009.
  14. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    I used a 4 week program called SmokeEnders. It basically weaned you off of them and broke a lot of the phsycological crutches at the same time.

    One thing it stressed was the 3 rule. It is documented that a vast majotity of those who start up again do so on the 3rd day, in th 3rd month, or in the 3rd year. I had my closet call and worst longings in the 3rd month after I quit. Don't know why it is but it's true.

    April next year will be 15 years. One of my greatest accomplishments in life.
  15. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Day 4 - Sucks to be me but no coughing! I come back to read all the posts again and I say thanks for the support!
  16. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    bear down:
    Go for a walk,
    you can Do it man. pick up a piece of rope see how many different knots you can tie, or a left over scrap knife scale and whittle a gnome to hand down to a little person somewhere ( keep the paws busy)
    Just stay away from that dang tablesaw
    hang tough.:) We're all pulling for ya!
  17. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Way to go, Don!!!! [bow]

    Did you know Connie & her husband quit this year also? If she can do it, anyone can! ;)

    Plenty of support and good thoughts headed your way!
  18. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I didn't know that, haven't been over there for a while. But thanks Connie and Tango!
  19. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Keep it up Valk, my step dad died last year from lung and brain cancer. You can make it through this, besides we need you around to arm the populace once we run out of bullets. You can do it bud, stay strong.
  20. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Good for you, V!

    I'm cheering for you!
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