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Offline jupiter

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Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« on: July 17, 2006, 06:35:03 PM »
Hi All,
just writing to tell you that i have stopped smoking for good!! I feel fabulous and excited.
the method i s\used was the easy way to stop smoking by alan carr. I deffinatly recomend it.

Offline angelofdreams

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2006, 06:56:07 PM »
good luck keeping it that way,
i wish i could say i stopped,
To live would be a awefully big adventure

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2006, 11:27:53 PM »
Jupiter: That is superb news. Congratulations.

Your lungs are saying OUI! OUI! MERCI BEAUCOUP! MERCI BEAUCOUP!  :D   (just curious: how long were you smoking?)

Offline otherplaces

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2006, 12:08:18 AM »

Jupiter,

Congratulations!! I can only imagine how great this must feel. I hope I'm not far behind you.

brian

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2006, 03:57:22 AM »


Congratulations  !!

This is what you can expect:

Time since quitting Beneficial health changes that take place:

 
20 minutes
 Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal.
 
8 hours
 Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by half, oxygen levels return to normal.
 
24 hours
 Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body.
Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.
 
48 hours
 There is no nicotine left in the body.
Ability to taste and smell is greatly improved.
 
72 hours
 Breathing becomes easier.
Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.
 
2 - 12 weeks
 Circulation improves.
 
3 - 9 months
 Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function is increased by up to 10%.
 
1 year 
 Risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.
 
10 years
 Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker.
 
15 years
 Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.





Good luck------Ray
 

Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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Offline MoltenStorm

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2006, 04:03:11 AM »
CONGRATULATIONS!!
"Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Love is never boastful nor conceited. It is never rude or selfish. It does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people's sins, but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, adaptation in A Walk To Remember

CD4: 555 / 29% / Undetectable - 7 Nov 2006
CD4: 555 / 29% / Undetectable - 5 Feb 2007

Offline sweetasmeli

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2006, 04:05:11 AM »
That IS fabulous news! Well done you!

Melia :)

PS: Ray (JRE) - Interesting facts you listed above ;)
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Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2006, 04:40:11 AM »
Congratulations! I quit 3 months ago. It was allot easier then I thought. At the same time I starting to exercise an hour a day. My heart rate was over 80 3 mos ago. Now it's down to 60! blood presure has decreased to 118/80 from 160/130.... If you are determined and strong minded, ANYTHING is possible. Congratulations. AWESOME stuff!!!
Positive since 1985

Offline angels4kelly

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2006, 07:36:53 AM »
CONGRATULATIONS, JUPITER!

I also quit 7 months ago and I can say that I definitely feel SO much better!
Thanks for that list of facts, Ray.

Peace,
Kelly
POSITIVE SINCE-10/1990
CD4-610
CD4%-29.3
VL-UNDETECTABLE
VIREAD,VIRACEPT, EPZICOM

MOST RECENT...
10/9/2006
CD4's-714
CD4%-30%
VL-Undetectable
DIAGNOSES POSITIVE 10/90
SAME MEDS, VIREAD, VIRAMUNE, EPZICOM.

SHOOT FOR THE MOON! YOU MAY MISS,
BUT YOU'LL LAND IN THE STARS :)

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knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
 
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Offline David_CA

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2006, 08:12:28 AM »
Congratulations!  ;D  I quit smoking about 15.5 years ago and haven't smoked once since quitting.  To me, the secret to quitting isn't whether or not you use the patch, cold turkey, tapering down, etc.  The secret is being determined to quit without the option to start back.  Once this decision is made, the rest isn't so hard.  It may seem a bit difficult at times, but remember, don't give yourself the option to smoke.  It gets easy as time goes on.

David
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
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Offline nvgreene

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2006, 12:09:19 PM »
I give you props for quitting man, I am doing the same myself. Yesterday was my first day, and on top of trying to deal with that my doc told me that I am going on meds. So the way I figger it, if I made it through that ordeal without smoking, then it's golden to go that I can make it this time!!
07/08/05

Offline frenchpat

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2006, 02:43:27 PM »
Congratulations!

and a tip that helped me quit for good 20 years ago after several short-lived attempts: consider yourself a non- smoker, not someone who is in the process of giving up.
Don't count the days. Smoking? It's just not you. When asked for a light don't say sorry I just quit, but sorry I don't smoke, I have no use for a lighter...
Seems ludicrous perhaps but it made the quitting very easy for me and I never looked back. Hope it helps you as well.

Pat
People have the power - Patti Smith

Offline David_CA

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2006, 03:36:24 PM »
Congratulations!

and a tip that helped me quit for good 20 years ago after several short-lived attempts: consider yourself a non- smoker, not someone who is in the process of giving up.
Don't count the days. Smoking? It's just not you. When asked for a light don't say sorry I just quit, but sorry I don't smoke, I have no use for a lighter...
Seems ludicrous perhaps but it made the quitting very easy for me and I never looked back. Hope it helps you as well.

Pat

Pat,
I think you've got it right.  I just never thought of it in so few words!  I didn't give myself the option to smoke because I was a non-smoker.  That is what got me through it (along with a couple other tricks).

David
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
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Offline jkinatl2

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2006, 03:38:19 PM »
Wow, congrats. I hear its remarkably difficult, and have great admiration for those who succeed (or even try).

:)

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Offline DCGuy511

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2006, 08:16:53 PM »
Congrats!!!

That is wonderful news.  It is the hardest thing I've ever tried to do.  Take one day at a time and pat yourself on the back a lot.

Steve
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Offline Eldon

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2006, 11:08:27 PM »
Congradulations!

Offline purplerain

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2006, 04:33:11 PM »
CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I 2 hope I am not 2 far behind

JAG

Offline lydgate

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2006, 06:17:06 PM »
That IS fabulous news, congratulations! I'm a little envious too, I must confess, since I've quit trying to quit. My trouble: I associate cigarettes with cocktails and with writing; it's almost as if it's hard-wired into my brain. My worry: some cute guy I'm kissing will stop and say, Sorry, your mouth is like an ashtray. Jay
Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

George Eliot, Middlemarch, final paragraph

Offline CalvinC

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Re: Fabulous news... stopped smoking
« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2006, 07:09:37 PM »

jay, it's easy to quite smoking: just resituate your oral needs. If you come to toronto, I'll show you how.

heh heh

 


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