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5/11/09 5:42 A

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emoticon My name is Marie I am 53 years old I have been getting ready to quit for 2 weeks now. I put my patch on last night and so far so good. I ususally want one a soon as I wake up. I am hoping it will be easier this time b/c I really want to stop. Wish me luck and good luck to everyone else. Marie P.S. I have been in an exercise routine for a little over a month so that is why I decided to do them both at the same time and get it over with I may kill myself, but when I wanna eat or smoke gonna work out or clean.

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My first short term goal is to lose 20 pound's.

Alway's remember we are striving for procress not perfection.


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SMYLIE74's Photo SMYLIE74 Posts: 1
5/10/09 9:26 P

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Hi my name is Heidi and tomorrow is my official quit day. I have smoked for 19 years. I began smoking of course b/c it was cool but also b/c my parents smoked. I have 2 girls and don't want to lead by example for them. Wish me luck I am going to need it, going the old cold turkey route. Good luck to all of you in my shoes and congrats to all of you who have walked in my shoes and continue to be smoke free. emoticon emoticon

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5/10/09 11:05 A

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Hi! My name's Kelly. Today is day 4 of no smoking for me. I'm going through some pretty bad physical withdrawals right now that at the end of day 2. My throat feels very raw, my chest hurts, I'm getting headaches and bodyaches...just over all a "blah" feeling. I'm hoping this goes away soon!

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150lbs - New DVD Player

140lbs - swimsuit

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5/8/09 6:04 P

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Grandma's really not the (incredible hulk) she is just quitting smoking. Hi to all - I'm Ruth and I have quit smoking. Its only been a few weeks but so far so good. I have used cigs to control my temper for some 40 years. About 3years ago I quit smoking in the house, and would only go out to the garage when I needed too. I would only have a puff or two at a time so less than 2 pkgs would last me about a week. So when I decided to quit all together *I put my husband, 30 yr daughter, and grandchildren 13,11 and 8 on notice* They should all be on their best behavior so grandma doesn't become the (INCREDIBLE HULK). I also bought some Commit Lozenge's for the really rough spots. So far so good although how I can quit smoking then come down with bronchitis is beyond me. Anyway to every one struggling with quitting remember not to be so hard on yourself. if you should slip - and just continue on with your program. So whats a little bump here and there. Good Luck to all of us -- Ruth

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5/7/09 6:12 P

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Hi! I'm Melissa and I have smoked off and on since I was 13. I was able to quit when I got pregnant in 1989, but started again about 10 years ago. I have finally decided that this nasty habit has to go. I have gotten winded while exercising quicker lately. Today is my First day of being smoke free for the rest of my life. Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated.

"Good things come to those who believe. Better things come to those who wait. And the BEST things come to those who don't give up." - anonymous NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!!

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5/7/09 11:03 A

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emoticon Welcome new members! It does get easier - today is day 14 for me and I can breathe easier, I have more energy - not quite getting in all the time I should for the cardio for bootcamp but being able to walk for more than 2 minutes at a stretch is amazing to me!

When all your desires are distilled, you will cast just two votes: to love more and to be happy.

Hafiz

Do not allow anyone to cause you to doubt your ability to succeed. Ernest Holmes

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SUSRSMIT Posts: 1
5/7/09 8:57 A

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My name is Susan and I am sick today with a runny nose and head congestion. I have been for a couple of days, yet I have continued to smoke. Every time I have a cigarette, my symptoms flare up and my chest hurts. I have wanted to quit smoking for some time now but have never TRULY put forth the effort. I just put on a Nicoderm patch. Today is the day that I stop paying to kill myself. I have 3 daughters, and I don't want to pass this awful habit onto them. I certainly don't want to hurt them with my secondhand smoke. I hope to turn to this site for support when I have a craving.

RUMOR56 Posts: 58
5/6/09 7:24 P

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hey everyone and congrats. i don't really mark each day as a non smoker. all i know is its been about two weeks. i don't want to concentrate on when my last cigarrette was so i don't keep track. my breathing is easier but i already gained back 7 pounds. i havent changed eating or exercise routines since i quit. except i now exercise more. so it is frusturating. i quit three times but started smoking when i gained around 10 pounds. of coarse the weight never came off even though i went back to smoking. so the moral of the story is... don't start smoking again because of weight gain because smoking doesn't make you lose what you gain.

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5/5/09 4:31 P

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Hi, I'm Cryssi. I'm 34 and have been smoking since I was 13. I started on Chantix two weeks ago after many failed attempts to quit various ways. Tomorrow is my official quit day. I want to quit and have done so many other things to improve my quality of life over the last few years, this is the last thing. I know my children, 4 of them, will be the ones who benefit the most for it, too.

~Cryssi~

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UKANNIE's Photo UKANNIE Posts: 1,089
5/5/09 9:01 A

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Hi i'm Anne from Chester UK,ive been a 20 a day smoker for nearly 40 years,give or take a few odd quits(when pregnant or ill)I always started again.But not this time.I am now a NON SMOKER since
Four months, two days, 4 hours, 0 minutes and 33 seconds. 2443 cigarettes not smoked, saving 769.39. Life saved: 1 week, 1 day, 11 hours, 35 minutes.
Thank God and Kickbutts!

It can be done.We can do it!! emoticon emoticon

Ten months, one week, one day, 3 hours, 19 minutes and 7 seconds. 6242 cigarettes not smoked, saving 1,966.47. Life saved: 3 weeks, 16 hours, 10 minutes.

Thank God and Kickbutts!

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5/4/09 4:31 P

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Hello team!
I have been smoking for over 20 years. I quit 10 yrs ago when I was pregnant and breast feeding (total of 19 months smoke free) but went right back to smoking. I am now on day 45 smoke free and plan to stay that way this time. Though the weight gain sucks, it seems to be alot easier this go round. I have zero cravings even going cold turkey. Think it's because I am finally quitting for ME and not for someone else. It feels great!

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5/3/09 3:43 A

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I'm Rose..new to this team. I also made my quit date 3/13/09. Fri the 13th..Joined the I can quit program thru my health insurance carrier. Have cheated...sneaked less than 3 packs since 3/13. If I hadn't made a decision to cut down/quit..would have smoked OVER 10 cartons by now.

3rd edition..page 312
Sober today only by the grace of God....3/26/89.
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BSCHAUER1 Posts: 4
5/2/09 9:10 A

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Dear All, I am Bi and just signed up to Sparkpeople today. Very excited about the whole outfit! I am 30, German, but lived in NZ for 4 years (married to a wonderful kiwi!) and have been working in Vietnam since Jan 08 on an avian influenza project. My smoking habit has become worse since coming to VN as work and general life has been very demanding. But now, things have settled down and we are enjoying our life here tremendously. So now it's the time to 1) start up exercise again, 2) pick up old leisures (music, creative stuff, reading) and 3) stop smoking. Let's see how it goes! All the best

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5/1/09 8:01 P

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Way to go to everyone...I quit smoking on friday march 13th. I had an accident 2 days ago and picked back up telling myself it was better than food oh was I wrong... My friend turned me on to this site for weight loss and I found all of you. I'm now about 6 hours into quitting again and know that I can do it I just need ideas for stressful times... thank you all for being here J:)

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4/29/09 1:01 P

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emoticon Welcome newbies- I am on Day 6 of being smoke free, using patches. It does get easier each day! The support from this team is GREAT! It is making this quit so much better than the times I tried before.
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When all your desires are distilled, you will cast just two votes: to love more and to be happy.

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Do not allow anyone to cause you to doubt your ability to succeed. Ernest Holmes

Including yourself. Pam Young



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4/29/09 12:05 P

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Hey I'm Beka and I quit smoking on April 13th. Great job and congrats to all of you who have made the decision to quit! It gets easier every day that I don't smoke and I'm so glad I got past the hard part which, for me, is the first week. Hallelujah!!

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SOLONGTINIK Posts: 4
4/22/09 9:28 P

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hi! im a newbie! been an on and off quitter..

i hope u guys can help me out


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AJARBOUR Posts: 1
4/22/09 5:06 P

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My name is Amy. I am 35 years old, just started back to school and found this website today. I decided to join to lose some weight and felt this site would be helpful in my goals. I saw there was a stop smoking group so I decided to check it out. I have been smoking regularly for 17 years now. I have quit once for about 5 months, then started again. I really want to quit for good now. If I had known how hard it was to quit, I never would have started. It seems that no matter what I try, nothing sticks, and I've tried a lot of things. If there is anything anyone can suggest to help me and my boyfriend quit, without killing each other in the process, I would greatly appreciate it.

LOKI3981 Posts: 3
4/21/09 4:08 P

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Hi, I'm Meg and I JUST joined the board today. I have been smoke free for:

3 Weeks
4 Days
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I've saved $112 and gained 1 day, 14 hours and 40 minutes of my life back. I'm using Niccorette to quit and have had good success with it. Good luck everyone, we CAN do it!!!


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4/21/09 12:48 P

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Welcome to all! I've only been here for about 3 weeks, but I've found that it's a very supportive team. Congrats on making the choice to quit! We can do this!

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Goal 1: Set a quit date.

Goal 2: Quit smoking again.

Goal 3: Drink 8 glasses of water/day.

Goal 4: Get exercise at least 30 minutes per 3 days a week.


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4/19/09 2:20 P

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Hi everybody! I'm Suzanne & my husband and I quit smoking 3 weeks ago. I had been smoking for about 20 years and have tried to quit a number of times before, only to start again for one reason or another.
I have tried pills, patches, and gum--this time I am going on sheer willpower and actually doing pretty well. I convinced myself that this would be a battle between my cravings and my willpower. I told everyone I know "I lost 40 pounds through sheer determination, I can do this". So now my battle with nicotine is internally about determination and saving face because I do not want to have to tell anyone that I started again or that I was not strong enough to do it.

Congratulations to all & good luck on the path!

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4/19/09 5:26 A

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Aloha Everyone,

I just joined this site a few days ago. So far I absolutely love it!

I just finished my LAST cigarette, and tomorrow, Sunday April 18th 2009 is my quit date. I am very excited and motivated this time around. I really want to quit. NO MORE EXCUSES!

Best regards,
Tracy

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RHAIYNEBOW Posts: 10
4/17/09 2:01 P

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Hi all ! I have been a smoker for about 13 years now. My husband quit about 5 years ago and not a day has gone by since that I have not heard about it! I have two girls that are 10 and 7, so they are getting the point where I hear it everyday from them too. It's a surround sound moment of "Mommy, STOP SMOKING!". So, here I am. I want to be around to see them grow up, get married and have kids of their own. Plus I want to be the type of Mom that can tell her kids that I practice what I preach. Quit date is officially 4/18/09. I have the patch at home and ready to go and I started Zyban last night. I will definitely be looking to all of you for support and encouragement, so THANK YOU ahead of time :)

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4/16/09 3:37 P

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Hi I'm Gloria I have smoked since high school. Hubby quit over 20 yrs ago and has been after me ever since. Right now I have passed the "ought to" stage and am on to the "want to". I have tried in the past-most recently a couple of weeks ago I went 18 hours and caved. I saw a couple of ideas on Whyquit.com that I think will help. I will definitely be going back there and also to cognitivequit.com.

When all your desires are distilled, you will cast just two votes: to love more and to be happy.

Hafiz

Do not allow anyone to cause you to doubt your ability to succeed. Ernest Holmes

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LZUKOWSKI Posts: 13
4/16/09 11:54 A

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Hi. My name is Linda and I joined this site in an attempt to not put on a ton of weight while I quit smoking, and if I am lucky even lose some! This is my 8th time trying to quit. The longest run I have had was 6 weeks. My husband is trying to quit with me, but one of the hardest things is when he grumbles about wanting a smoke. We decided together that at our late 40's we wanted to change our life style to a healthier one so we can live long enough to see some grand kids and maybe even enjoy them! There is a history of lung cancer on my side of the family, and my mother got it at 47 the first time, eventually dying from it at 52. I fear if I do not quit now, there won't be a lot of time left for me, so wish me more luck this time than I have had in the past.

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4/16/09 7:29 A

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Been smoking since I was 14. Trying to kick it!


Best your own best friend. Take real good care of yourself!

The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.

- Steve Young



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4/15/09 9:20 P

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Hi everyone. I'm new here. I have been quit for 56 days. Yay me! I have quit many times before, my longest quit being 14 months. That time I gained 30 pounds. So far, I haven't really gained much a couple of pounds only, but I need to lose, and I want to make my life all around healthy. I quit smoking, now I need to lose weight. So here I am!

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MKTGIRL09's Photo MKTGIRL09 Posts: 93
4/14/09 1:02 P

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Hello everyone. I have been an ex-smoker for 9 days now! I used a quit called an educated cold turkey. You can check it out on whyquit.com. It's very interesting all the stuff I didn't understand or even know about smoking and how to quits. In joining this group, I hope to offer people support and encouragment and information to help them make their quit successful!



Whatever you are, be a good one. - Abraham Lincoln
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2FAT4ME44 Posts: 1
4/14/09 8:27 A

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Hello everyone. It's my first day with Spark and I am very impressed with the site and it's members. I officially quit smoking August 5,2007 but I have cheated a few times.I have also gained 50 pounds replacing cigarettes with food. Stress is always my trigger and my life has an abundant supply.Staying busy and focused on others helps me the most but I think this site will increase my chances for success dramatically. Thanks for being there.

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D-BREEZE's Photo D-BREEZE Posts: 5
4/12/09 3:41 P

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Hi everyone! I've quit smoking since 3 weeks ago, and it's going quite well. From the very first day, I have no STRESS or URGE of wanting to puff that ill thing again. Hope it remains that way. emoticon

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4/11/09 2:08 P

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I am with you. I am so happy that I have cut back and is looking for the date when I can put myself on the 'I quit' thread emoticon

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4/11/09 7:02 A

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I've been a member of SP for awhile and a member of this team for the same amount of time.
This is, however the 1st time I've introduced myself.
I have been a non-smoker since Jan 1st, 2007. Wow! That's a long time!
I smoked for the better part of 20 years until my (final) quit date. I did it with the help of Chantix (it REALLY helped me).
I have been through a really rough relationship break up, a subsequent move, serious financial hardship, a career change, et al. AND I HAVE NOT SMOKED!
If I can do it, oh me of continuous vacillation, ANYONE here can do it.
Hugs & thank you for joining me in this new non-smoking world!!
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4/10/09 1:47 A

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Hi,

I'm not new to SP, but new to this team. My quit date was March 14th. I'm using Chantix again, and it's working beautifully. I had an 18 month quit until last fall and stupidly picked them up again.
It really is true, we can't have one puff! Won't make that mistake again!

Wt. loss is another goal, but 2nd priority just now. I have a few minor side effects from the Chantix, but manageable - G.I. and sleep problems. I also have to modify diet and exercise due to diabetes and RA, but life is good.

I loved being free of smoking and want that back!!

:O) Roberta
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4/9/09 12:49 P

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Ok, here I am - the new kid on the block!

Started my prescription of Chantix this morning - should be 100% smoke free in 7 days.

Nervous, afraid but ready!

Hoping this works & I can meet/exceed this goal I've set for myself. Looking forward to the interaction here.

Marty


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Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be. ~


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Greatings all! I am officially smoke free as of Sunday 04/05/09. I took my last puff that morning. Actually, 2 of my coworkers and I decided to quit for good and to do it together. Only one was able to commit at this time, and by far it feels different than any of my other attempts at quitting. We are not going cold turkey, using the patch. Today has been a great day! No cravings. Yesterday was pretty hard, that's when I stumbled across this group. So glad I joined. I still can't belive I'm on my 4th day. This is amazing! I'm looking living a healthy life.

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4/7/09 7:12 P

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Hi all! I am new and I have wanted to quit smoking for a long time. Today I reached my goal of smoking less than a pack of cigs per day. I know this might not be momentous to some, but to me it is an AWESOME breakthrough. Here's to smoking even less tomorrow! I said NOPE today 12 times! I feel I am on track and I know that with time things will begin to change for me for the better. Looking forward to being healthy! Thanks for this great forum!

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Hello all-
I posted on a few other boards within this team, but I hadn't yet introduced myself!

I'm Megan, I'm 31, and I've been smoking for 12 years. My quit date is this Friday evening. I've quit once before for 2 months. I want to become a non-smoker for many reasons: the cost is becoming prohibitive, I have sinus problems, I notice my pores are becoming larger, and I want to be healthier.

I do fear that quitting might trigger a migraine or two, which I've had problems with recently. I'll just deal with it if the time comes, right?

I've already spoken to my doctor about possible pharmaceutical help with smoking cessation, but he doesn't want to prescribe anything.

Now my husband wants us to take a trip out of town this weekend to see some friends, one of whom smokes. *sigh* It's going to be hard no matter what, so I should just suck it up, right? I'll just take some needlework or hand sewing stuff in the car to keep my hands busy.


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Goal 1: Set a quit date.

Goal 2: Quit smoking again.

Goal 3: Drink 8 glasses of water/day.

Goal 4: Get exercise at least 30 minutes per 3 days a week.


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4/7/09 9:20 A

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Hello everyone. I'm new to this team. I have been losing some weight here with Spark People, so I hope quitting smoking won't affect this weight loss too much. I have an appointment with my doctor today for a consultation on quitting smoking. My husband says he might try with me, but either way, I am going to quit once again. I've quit a few times before, but never managed to "keep the quit," so I hope this time I will! I am 32 years old, and sadly, my main motivation in quitting is so my skin doesn't get old and wrinkly too fast. :P But at least something motivates me. I'm also looking forward to having more energy, being able to exercise better, and not waking up with sinus problems or a sore throat. I'm anxious about quitting again, but I am looking forward to feeling better. The only thing that makes me truly anxious about quitting is that I might possibly gain weight again. But I suppose if that happens, it would still be better than being a smoker!

Making progress one day at a time!


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4/6/09 10:21 P

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Hello. I am on day one of quitting smoking. I am not sure which attempt this is but the longest I have stopped is 3 months. I am using the patch. So far so good, but usually its day 3-4 that seem the hardest for me. My mom has lung cancer stage 4, and I have a baby, and tired on the control or expense and health risks. I have a pair of baby footprints that say Mommy whatever you do i will follow." emoticon

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4/6/09 10:07 P

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I smoked for 14 years and quit last summer, at the age of 33, on July 20th. I quit cold turkey the night before going to the beach with 2 girlfriends. It was the hardest thing ever! I haven't had a puff since. Not one. That doesn't mean I don't want one. But I just blow bubbles. It sounds crazy but it helps. I just keep blowing bubbles. Good luck everyone! You can do it!

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I have been smoking for 22 years and I'm trying to quit again for the ??? time. I want to be able to walk around again without having my heart race & breathing heavy. I want to be able to run around the yard with my kids. This will not be easy, I know. My husband still smokes, my stepson smokes & my friend & neighbor smokes. It is constantly around me. I haven't gone a full day yet but I have only had 3 in the last 3 days. I am trying hard but I'm not receiving any support from friends or family. Hoping I can get what I need here.

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4/6/09 2:55 P

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Hi All,
I have been a smoker for over 50 years... yes 50!!
I'm going on the .05 mg of Chantix for a month to take the edge off and thinking, if I get the urge to smoke, I might try going on a mild patch since I'm afraid to stay on the Chantix for too long. What do you think of that idea? Do you think it would be defeating the purpose for going on Chantix and getting nicotine out of my system and then going on a patch and adding some. Any ideas?


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4/6/09 2:30 P

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I've been a member of this forum forever but stopped using the Spark site altogether for over a year because I stopped doing anything healthy for myself. I've had several long quits during my lifetime....the major one being when I was in "baby-having" mode. I've run marathons while being a smoker. I thought I was made of iron and smoking just didn't affect me. HA now I have beginning emphysema and I can barely walk without feeling light-headed & short of breath (all in 6 months time). I am 53. Seasonal allergies have kicked in. I have to quit. I'm on day 3.

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4/5/09 6:36 P

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hello, my name is jeannette. this is my 2nd day smoke free. this is a tough one to get started and to quit. first no smoking in the house, 2nd no smoking in the car, 3rd no smoking at a break from yard work to celebrate the good job i just finished, this is the real big one for me, no smoking after eating. emoticon emoticon emoticon iam gona do it, iam gona do it

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4/4/09 1:06 P

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Hi, my name is Marie and I'm tired of "trying" to quit smoking, this time I'm going to "just do it." I have to admit, I'm scared to death. I feel like I'm falling and will never reach safe ground. Cigarettes have been my best friend for many years. But a deceitful, lying, controlling friend. I am going to break the tie tomorrow. Tomorrow I will become a Non-Smoker.

Thanks for listenning, You'll probably be seeing a lot of me from now on!

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Hi! I'm new to this site. My quit smoking date was March 1, 2009. Except for one lapse during a family emergency I have remained smoke free! I have smoked for a total of about 15 years of my life off and on. I have a nicotine addiction and unlike some people can't even take a puff without picking it back up.

I can tell you the more days that go by when you are smoke free the better you feel and the easier it is. Recently at work (I am a nursing supervisor) I had one of those twelve hour shifts full of one emergency after another. On the way home I realized that during the whole time I had not once thought of smoking. That was a miracle to me!
I love not stinking, having sweet breath, not having to be tied to my next smoking opportunity, not thinking about smoking, not having to always bring cigs and lighters with me everywhere I go. I love the freedom of being able to knit and quilt and write again without interrupting my task with a smoke break. It's nice being free! Hang in there, it only gets better!

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4/3/09 6:14 P

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hi all, my name is josh. i am 39, from vermont. i quit smoking cold turkey almost 7 weeks ago. i smoked since i was fourteen, so that is 25 years of behavior that i am unravelling. it's hard, but soooo worth it!!

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4/3/09 5:42 P

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Good news. My boyfriend just came home and announced he's trying to quit smoking, too. I never thought this would happen. If we can make our apartment a smoke-free zone, I think my chances of quitting will increase dramatically. I think the recent increase on cigarette prices here ($1 a pack!) is the motivation he needed. This is a big motivation for me, too, but the health aspects are an even bigger concern. Keep us in your thoughts-hopefully we won't be at each others throats tomorrow!

I do my best at everything else. Why should taking care of myself be any different?


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I have vowed that I will not buy another pack of cigarettes. I have a few left for tonight, so tomorrow might be the toughest day of my life. I've worked on quitting before, got down to a few cigarettes a day a couple times, but never actually quit. I have many worries. I get a little stressed at the idea of not smoking, but I know I can't keep breaking down and buying another pack. Every day, I go 8+ hours without smoking at work, and have huge cravings as soon as the last bell rings. I'm going to spend the night preparing-making lists of reasons to quit, things to do instead of smoking, making my car a smoke-free place etc. I might be on here tomorrow a number of times looking for support or something to do. Any advice for the next few days will be much appreciated. Wish me luck!

I do my best at everything else. Why should taking care of myself be any different?


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Hi All,
I am new to the forum but unfortunately not new to smoking. I turned 50 a few weeks ago and vowed to make this "THE YEAR OF ME". I am not stuck on myself or anything, it's just that I have devoted most of my life to my H, kids, career, family and friends and have never concentrated on just me and what I need to do to make me a happier, healthier person.
I have been smoking it seems forever and really need to give it up..So I am dedicating this year to me!
I smoke more out of habit but am afraid if I quit-- like other posters-- I will gain weight, which I am also working on. In the times that I have quit which has been at most 18 days, I also struggle with concentration and keeping busy. Also, I drive to work--32 miles one way--so that is definitely a challenge..Any tips will be much appreciated. And Thank You All for your support. So glad that I found Sparkpeople!!

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