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Author Topic: A New Experiment  (Read 1325 times)

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Offline MoltenStorm

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A New Experiment
« on: July 17, 2007, 02:20:18 AM »
... I didn't think I was going to say this so soon, but...


I think I'm going to try my hand at quitting smoking.

*pauses while the universal gasp reaction passes*

Yep. I've smoked for 4 years now, and it started as something to do with my hands as I get fidgety (wonders if that's even a word) when standing around waiting for something or someone. So... I figured it's been long enough. Plus, they're too damned expensive now. They used to be $2.98 a pack, and since Texas passed that nifty little tax increase at the beginning of this year, the price has jumped to $4.21 a pack.

Wish me luck!

Oh, and if I'm a complete and utter bitch in any of my posts for the next couple of days, I'm asking your pardon in advance. :)
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Offline sweetasmeli

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Re: A New Experiment
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2007, 05:54:40 AM »
I always suggest to folk who are trying to give up smoking to each day put in a jar all the cash you would have spent on ciggies and watch it mount up. After every 2 weeks or month, take that cash and spend it on something you want...anything but ciggies of course! :D Or keep saving it towards something big you've wanted but could never afford! Depending on how much you used to smoke, it could add up amazingly quickly.

Good luck! ;) And if you get cranky, don't worry...we always have the ignore button. ;D

Melia :)
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Offline carousel

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Re: A New Experiment
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2007, 06:33:43 AM »
Good luck with giving up.  It's hard, but you feel so much better when the cravings subside.

OK, so you're a Little cranky.  They probably deserve it. 

I gave up a few months ago and although I've smoked a few cigarettes, I've decided that this is it.  No more.

Melia is right about putting money in the jar, it soon mounts up.  I'm saving up for that Chinchilla Fur Jacket, I've had my eye on.


Offline bocker3

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Re: A New Experiment
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2007, 07:24:09 AM »
Best of Luck!  You will be amazed by how much better you will be feeling in a few weeks (not to mention how much better you will smell!!).

Do NOT get discouraged if you put on a few pounds -- you can deal with those after being smoke free for a few months.  When I quit in 1993, my doc told me that I would have to gain about 100 lbs to have the same bad health effects from weight that smoking gave me.  Of course, I had to test him and put on a good 50 lbs, but I was able to lose them all (and few extra) down the road.

Stick with it -- I'll be cheering for you.

Mike
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Offline rkeat25

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Re: A New Experiment
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2007, 07:31:28 AM »
Good luck - it's hard, but if it's something that you really want to do and are ready for then I'm sure that you'll be up to the challenge.  I once did the math on my smoking habit and the amount of money spent is astounding! 

Best
~ronnie

Offline bear60

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Re: A New Experiment
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2007, 09:33:10 AM »
One needs all the help one can get when attempting life altering changes.  Dont be afraid to seek help.
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Offline redhotmuslbear

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Re: A New Experiment
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2007, 10:44:51 AM »
Walk.  Be active.  Moving will help keep your mind and body from dwelling on cravings.

Shame I'm not closer to assist with the oral fixation.

Cheers,
David

P.S.  A nancy with a fag is never fabulous.
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Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: A New Experiment
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2007, 11:22:43 AM »
They used to be $2.98 a pack, and since Texas passed that nifty little tax increase at the beginning of this year, the price has jumped to $4.21 a pack.

Wish me luck!

Luck, strength, etc., etc.! I keep hearing friends and other people here in New York say the cost is like $7 or something. Yikes. I haven't smoked in eons. For about 3 years in the 90's I was a weekend social smoker: Read: I never bought my own cigarettes. I love the cash-in-a-jar idea!

 


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