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|08-04-2011, 08:34 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2011
Yes, you can too.
Today is my third anniversary since my last cigarette. I want everybody who is trying to quit that if that is truly your desire and you really want it you will be able to stop for good. When I first began I was mad at the people who would write posts like this because they were successful and I was just starting. Well, don’t be mad because one day you can write something like this.
Three years ago I was a overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, didn’t eat right, a little depressed, no exercise, and smoked. I was a smoker of 33 years. I didn’t enjoy it anymore. I felt sickly when I smoked and always had a headache. Four months prior to my quit date I was smoking one day, took two days off, smoked another day, back and forth. It was a battle. I would go to the extreme of buying a pack, smoking one, then destroying the rest. It got expensive. The final straw was I got test results back from my blood work at the MD’s office. Classic beginnings of cardiac problems along with high blood pressure. My choice was to go on smoking and go through illness or quit. I chose to quit.
The first thing I did was I went to the website, becomeanex.org. It was brand new and there was only like 50 people so it was like a group. Now there’s thousands. I learned about triggers which I knew nothing about. It was a start and lasted 30 days before it became boring. In short I began to identify everything I did, everywhere I was, what I drank, ate, sex, whatever the situation, I identified everything that caused a trigger for me to light up. With that in mind I change behavior as much as possible. I used to sit on my porch to smoke so I stopped sitting on the porch. Talking on the phone in areas I’d light up, I changed where I talked on the phone. Drinking...cigarettes and alcohol are a match made in heaven, so I stopped drinking. I began to take walks. There is a park near my house and I walked around once (1 1/2 miles) and nearly dropped dead the first time. I changed my diet and used this website: USDA's MyPlate - Home page where I developed a whole new way of eating. I went to this website: The President's Challenge logged in and began a exercise program.
In order to quit I had to change myself and began a whole new healthy way of living. It worked. One month became two, three, four, and when I got to one year I was like WOW, holy ****, I did it.
Now I don’t get me wrong. Cravings were abundant in the beginning. Everyday, multiple times a day. There’s where the work was. Getting through those cravings. They lasted 20 minutes or so and over time they decreased little by little. To deal with them I would just find something to occupy the little time they took to distract my mind. Eventually the only thing that I knew for sure is the craving would pass. They did.
Every now and then I still get a craving. Usually during a stressful event and sometimes just to enjoy a smoke. They pass in 20 seconds and its not an issue at all. When I go by people who are smoking I can’t believe how horrible they smell and just say to myself thank God I don’t do it anymore. It really is gross.
If your just beginning try these websites and find in deep within every fiber of your being to make the commitment it takes. Let go of the, “I’m trying”, “just a drag”, and the, “I’ll have one today and start for real tomorrow”. Get rid of everything, stand up, and go to battle. In 30 days, 60 days, 90 days you will really feel good. You’ll also have a little extra cash around.
Now I walk 3 miles a day, no high blood pressure, normal weight and body fat, I eat right and still enjoy heavy foods in small portions. I can breathe and smell everything.
You can too.
Become An EX Smoker, Learn to Quit Smoking, Stop Smoking Cigarettes
USDA's MyPlate - Home page
The President's Challenge
PS Try to stay away from cigarette replacements, aides, and medications. Its all illusions and waste of your money.
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