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Big Matt

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Re: Need help kickin' a bad habit
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2008, 01:51:08 PM »
Well done pard!  Keep it steady and you'll be fine.  Eye on the prize is the way.

You're right about the cost savings too.  I rewarded myself after the first month and bought me a nice watch I had wanted for a long time with some of the savings. 
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Horse Pen

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Re: Need help kickin' a bad habit
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2009, 02:27:06 AM »
Howdy boys and thanks for the encouragement. I ain't gonna say it's been easy but in 4 more days I will have been tobacco free for a whole month. My last cigarette was on January 15th of 2008. It is getting easier as time goes by. I'm feeling pretty good about the situation.
 I think I'll get some reloading scales and a case trimmer. ;D

Hats off to y'all,
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Re: Need help kickin' a bad habit
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2009, 03:14:21 AM »
Horse Pen -

You're doin' good  :hail: .  The first few days are the hardest.    Keep yer eye on the prize...  More $$$ fer guns and stuff, the rest you can spend on foolish things...  :laugh:
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Re: Need help kickin' a bad habit
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2009, 07:18:24 AM »
 Sounds great.
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Re: Need help kickin' a bad habit
« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2009, 09:41:16 AM »
Pard, if you made it for a full year (and you did), you've got the l'il bugger whupped.  Your brain might keep playing little tricks on you for a while yet, but if you just ignore 'em they rapidly get fewer and farther between.

I smoked from 1962 until 2005, up to as many as 3 packs per day.  It took me six tries over 12 years to finally succeed, during which I gained over 100 lbs. The thing that worked for me was simple dogged determination.  Every time I fell off the cart (so to speak), I picked myself up, dusted myself off, captured my lessons learned, and jumped back on.  Once I was smoke-free for a full year I went back to Weight Watchers and took off 60 of those extra pounds.  Still got a ways to go, though.

My brain still plays little tricks on me from time to time, in the form of crazy impulses to have "just one", but its much weaker now.

Regards, best wishes, and GOOD LUCK!!!

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Re: Need help kickin' a bad habit
« Reply #20 on: August 19, 2009, 11:46:13 AM »
Hope and pray you made it there pard. I have been trying to quit myself since January. I tried Chantix and was able to quit for 2 months, but the mood swings were too much. Need to get myself pyched up for another go here.
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Re: Need help kickin' a bad habit
« Reply #21 on: August 19, 2009, 02:08:12 PM »
Hang in there guys -

Make the "No Holds Barred & Damn the Torpedoes - Full speed ahead" commitment to yourself.

Ya can't fib to yourself, now can ya?  Can ya?
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Singing Bear

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Re: Need help kickin' a bad habit
« Reply #22 on: August 19, 2009, 09:21:04 PM »
Hope and pray you made it there pard. I have been trying to quit myself since January. I tried Chantix and was able to quit for 2 months, but the mood swings were too much. Need to get myself pyched up for another go here.

I've been off the smokes for 3 years 5 months.  In retrospect, it's way easier to quit when doing it solo.  When I quit, it was a mutual decision with the wife.  Both of us were up to 2 packs a day and our daughter was starting to wonder why she couldn't come outside to "take a break" with us.  :o   That got us going, but I have to admit we were at each other's throats at times.  I don't mean just being annoyed at her or her at me.  All out yelling and screaming.  Thank God for Melanie, our 5 yr. old at the time.  She kept our sanity in check and we never got around to the really nasty stuff.   

Well, I kept to it, but he wife did end up cheating.  She eventually gave it up for good a couple months later. 

There are some OTC stuff out there that can help with the mood swings.  A good B complex can work and it was suggested to me to try SamE.  Kinda pricey, but can be found at Costco at around 50% off the regular price.  I went with the B complex and still taking it along with my regular daily Centrum.  Made a big difference for me, but your mileage may vary.   Good luck!  :)

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Re: Need help kickin' a bad habit
« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2009, 09:18:10 PM »
Ya know pards there's something that works better than anything and that's the help of the Lord. I started smoking in 1962. In 69 I switched from cigarettes to a pipe. Aug 7, '07 I suffered a anuerism on my aorta and ended up in the hospital. I smoked my last pipe that morning just before I was admitted. I was on a wireless monitor and asked the nurse if I could go outside. I wanted a smoke. She said no, that if I left the floor the monitor would go off like I had died cause it would lose the signal from the transmitter and they would have to go find me. So I went back to my room & prayed, "Lord, I can't do this by myself. You're going to have to help me." I never climbed the walls, yelled at my wife or had the heebie jeebies, any of that stuff. I can't say I never wanted another pipe, because I do, a couple times a year. I got rid of all my pipes & accessories, and pipe tobacco, except for two pipes, one of which my wife bought me when we were on our honeymoon. The other was in my guncart and I forgot that it was there. The other day I was doing some paperwork at my desk and opened the drawer and took out the pipe & put it in my mouth. That's as far as it's gone or will go.

If you really want to quit and ask Him, He'll help you & take away the desire.

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Re: Need help kickin' a bad habit
« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2009, 05:19:20 AM »
Yep hang in there pard!!
You can do it. I had smoked all my life from about 12 years old.(from the hills ya know) I ran heavy equiptment and thought I had to have a cigg. hanging from the lip all day and all night.

Got to the point were I could wake up feeling ok grab a cigg and after smoking it felt like poop. At work one day bout 10 years ago I threw the pack in my pocket along with the two packs in my dinner bucket out the window and aint looked back.
I do still crave them.LOTS but I have the will power to not do it.

Now if somehow I could get the wife to quit.She could quit eating easer that quitting smokes.!!

You bout got er whipped now, hang in there ;)


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Re: Need help kickin' a bad habit
« Reply #25 on: January 03, 2011, 07:09:30 PM »
Horse Pen, how ya doin with the quittin pard? Hope you were successful. I'm going to relate my quittin story to you. From age 12-21 I smoked cigarettes. Then at the urging of my fiance (now my better half) who is an RN I switched to a pipe & smoked them for 40 years. I knew I should quit but I really enjoyed a pipe, specially first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee, after a meal or while sitting here at this confuser contraption.

Then while standing at my desk in my home office I collapsed. I was able to crawl to our bedroom across the hall & pull myself up on the bed. My legs wouldn't work & I was having severe chest pains. My wife called for help & got me to the hospital. After running some tests they found that I did not have a heart attack but couldn't figure out what was wrong so they admitted me to a cardiac unit for more extensive testing. When I was in the CCU I was hooked up to a wireless monitor.

I went out to the nurses station & asked the nurse if I could go outside. I didn't tell her but I was wanting a pipe pretty bad. She said no & I asked why not since I was wireless & she said that the antennas in the ceiling wouldn't pick up my signal once I left the floor. Back to my room I went & got down on my knees and said in prayer, "Lord, I know that tobacco will kill me & I need to quit. But I also know I don't have the strength to do it on my own. I need your strength to do it & I'm asking you to take away the desire to smoke right now. Lord I thank you because I know you will. Amen.

That was Aug. 7, 2007 & I have not smoked since 4:30 that afternoon. Two days later they found that I had an aneurism on the decending side of my aorta. Had it ruptured I would have been dead before I hit the floor. They transferred me to another hospital where a specialist could do the surgery I needed & I'm ok now.

I'm not going to lie to you and that's what I'd be doing if I told you I never wanted another pipe. In fact I want one right now. But that desire will wain when I go on to another subject. Never once did I have the wall climbing heebie jeebie withdrawal some people go through when they try to quit.

You don't need all those drugs to quit. STAY AWAY FROM CHANTAX!! I don't why the FDA even approved that stuff with all its bad side affects anyway. All you need is faith & the power & strength of almighty God & you will be able to quit & stay quit. Just lean on Jesus. :hail: 

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Re: Need help kickin' a bad habit
« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2011, 09:09:04 AM »
Horse Pen, I went to a free class when I quit, couple of things that helped me a lot:
1. change your habits from things you usually do when you smoke, like if ya read the paper, go read it somewhere else just to break the surroundings.
2. If weather permits, walk, get outside and breathe the fresh air.
3. Tell yourself you're doing this for your body's sake, remember health is a gift from God not to be taken lightly.
4. this one's rough, go online, I'm sure you can find pictures of cancerous organs, you get a mental picture of that and it helps.
4. when you do get a craving, tell yourself you're going to wait 5 more minutes before you do something about it. you'll be surprised how often it will pass in that time.
good luck, I wish you the best, by the way, smell your fresh clothes, kinda nice ain't it?