07.06.2004 - So long, flavor country.
As most usual readers of this site know, I never make personal posts - though I'm going to make one today simply because I predict that the event is going to have a rather polar effect on updates to the site.
I have quit smoking.
I "enjoyed" my last cigarette the night of July 4th just before passing out from over-celebrating, and I've not had one since. I'd made up my mind about a month ago to quit smoking on July 5th for the following reasons:
- I'm tired of waking up with lungs full of phlegm.
- I'm tired of waking up with sore lungs and a sore throat.
- I'm tired of being winded from walking up a flight of stairs.
- I'm tired of not being able to comfortably sit through an entire movie without dieing for a smoke two thirds of the way through.
- I'm tried of going outside to smoke, especially when its cold or raining or both.
- I'm tired of getting the stink eye from non-smokers.
- I'm tired of having to go to the store at 11pm to buy smokes because I've run out.
- I'm tired of spending over $6 for two packs of smokes every other day.
- I'm tired of stinking of cigarette smoke.
- I'm tired of having erratic blood pressure problems because of smoking.
- I'm tired of having such a short temper, which I believe to be directly related to the blood pressure problems from the smoking.
- I'm tired of coughing all the time.
Most of all, I'm tired of it making Kate unhappy. Sure, she says she doesn't mind, but I know she does.
So, here I sit wearing a 21mg nicotine patch, armed with a sleeve of vaguely orange flavored nicotine gum for when the bad cravings come and enough hard candy to sink a small ship.
Why am I telling you all of this? Well, the way I see it, I'm either going to be adding stuff to the site at an incredible rate in a desperate attempt to occupy myself and keep from thinking about smoking a cigarette, or I'm going to be so constantly distracted by the want of a smoke that I'll end up drinking beer and playing video games all the time because I can't keep a thought in my head for more than five minutes. So if you notice an absence in updates, you'll know I'm downstairs drinking beer and having the crap beat out of me in Fight Night 2004 as part of a bid to keep myself smoke free.
Just think how many years longer you get to spend with your wife now!
I never smoked (quit the easy way), but here's a few things I heard/seen from those who have quit:
- sunflower seeds with the shells still on helps
- watch diet/excersize; many gain weight after quiting
- nicotine patches can give weird dreams, since you're "getting a buzz" still when sleeping
Posted by tomByrer on July 6, 2004 @ 4:09 pm
I used water as substitute. Everytime I wanted to have a smoke, i drank a bit water (out of a sports bottle to suck at). Doctors tell you all the time to drink *at least* 3 liters (? 3/4 gallons ?) a day, so it won't hurt.
Keep it up!
(Sorry for the measurment, as a european, I'm not used to non-metric measurements (besides screen sizes, that is) )
Posted by kronn on July 6, 2004 @ 4:45 pm
I've seen cancerous, emphysematous, and chronic bronchitis lungs, and it's a terrible end. You'll thank yourself as you age.
Posted by Graham on July 6, 2004 @ 5:21 pm
Posted by Henk de Boer on July 8, 2004 @ 4:48 am
Posted by Lisa Williams on July 8, 2004 @ 6:21 pm
Posted by Darren Heaphy on July 9, 2004 @ 3:53 pm
Posted by Mary Lou on July 10, 2004 @ 2:42 pm
Posted by Mom on July 13, 2004 @ 8:02 pm
We wish you all the success in quiting smoking!!!
Posted by Mibi on July 16, 2004 @ 10:45 pm
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on July 19, 2004 @ 7:22 pm
The worst part is the craving doesn't go away for years and you do have to be strong willed. Some tips. Get outside and walk or exercise in some form, it really helps. Change your coffee break habits. Steer clear of the pub and those after work drinks. (A smoke and a beer was always such a nice combo.) DON"T EAT to compensate for not doing something with your hands. The really great news is your sex life is going to be so much better!
Enjoy the fresh(er) air. Good luck and don't give in.
Posted by Zane on July 22, 2004 @ 9:39 am
Posted by Rick Mosher on August 2, 2004 @ 1:23 am
Right, sitting at a desk is just as unhealthy as inhaling cancer producing smoke.
Posted by Barclay on September 1, 2004 @ 5:41 pm
-Bags under eyes go dark all the time after years of smoking.
-It takes an average of seven times trying to quitt before acheiving success...so go easy on yourself!
-Coffee actually doesnèt give you energy; the cafeine stimualtes the adrenals, which means your body is running on adrenaline. (More than 2 cups a day) drinkers are literally exhausted. So, next quit stop: coffee.
Posted by Mike Motorbike on December 9, 2005 @ 11:04 pm
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