Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New Ways to Quit Smoking

I was looking around on the WEB the other day for any new and interesting ways to quit smoking and found a site called and it was all about the most successful way to quit smoking. Yup, you guessed it COLD TURKEY!. Its a good site, you should check it out.
I mentioned in another post that I came to the realization that I would never smoke cigarettes again. Well, most experts suggest not to think that way. They suggest getting through 1 day at a time, 1 hour at a time etc.. Well here is what I say, DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU and don't listen to experts. Here is the reality, did you make a decision to quit or not! Don't bargain, Don't leave an escape hatch. If you do you will fail to quit smoking cigarettes. Get your head straight and you will succeed.

I'm am going to make a list of all the ways to quit smoking that I find on the Web a post them here someday. There is so much crap out there though but I still may do it.

I'm leaving myself a note here for a future post on ways to quit smoking "perceptions"

And I will post about smoking and money later!

Also, Although I went Cold Turkey I did take an herb pill daily and I know it helped.
when I get the time I will put up a link the their site.

Stay Strong

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

About Me

I was a 30 year smoker. I have tried to find the easiest ways to quit smoking and I wasn't surprised to find that there were not any easy ways to quit smoking. The way to quit smoking for me is going to be Cold Turkey.

How to Quit Smoking for 30 Days

That's right 30 days!!!!!! In my first post, said "I quit smoking today". That was the date of my first post but my actual quit date was January 10. I want to talk about day 1. On the first day I expected the worst cravings, feely shitty etc.. but the first day of quit smoking wasn't that bad until my first HUGE craving. When I quit smoking cold turkey I knew it was the only ways to quit smoking successfully. I also kind of knew what to expect since I had quit smoking many times before. WRONG! This first day was different, the big craving hit me at 2:00 in a grocery store. OH My Gawd!!! It hit me then and there like a ton of bricks; I CAN NEVER SMOKE ANOTHER CIGARETTE AGAIN IN MY LIFE. That big bad craving turned into something much more hideous; I had lost a partner in my life of 30 years and that partner is never coming back. I was craving and I was mourning the loss of a partner and it hurt. That feeling lasted about an hour
and slowly subsided. Why was this first day different from previous quit smoking attempts and why did I have that big moment of truth. Well, in my previous attempts I always had an "out" in the back of my mind. I always let myself have that one "just in case". In previous attempts I couldn't bare the thought of being a non smoker. Going on vacation without a cigarette, watching a ballgame without a cigarette, driving without a cigarette, having beers with my buddies without a cigarette... it goes on and on. I couldn't handle the thought of life without my partner, so in previous attempts I left the door open just a little to ease my mind. Yep, sure enough, eventually I would slip back through that door and be smoking again.
This time was different though, I looked the monster in the eye and told him no more, as much as it hurts me now, our partnership is over. Goodbye! Forever! Ouch that hurt!
Ok, with that out of the way I got a little stronger each day and my resolve had hardened and I knew I had won. Today is 1 month and I am proud of myself, Ha, I'm also 6 lbs heavier, but that's a story for another day.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Jump Off a Door Handle ?

Today I feel like I would like to "jump off a door handle"
but before that I need to find more ways to quit smoking. I know
I have tried most of the ways to quit smoking but I need to explore
some of the ways to quit smoking that I have not tried. I will update this later.
Who knows.
If you are visiting this blog be patient. I have a lot to add yet.

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The Ways to Quit Smoking for Me

One of the largest reasons that a smoker loses in their attempt/s to stop smoking is
largely mental. How would I know? I have tried stopping smoking
8 times before. I have used most of the ways to quit smoking and could not quit.
I have used the Patch, the Gum, Zyban, Chantix, and several other “craving buster”
merchandise. The fact is, many of these items do help. However, if you can’t
stop the psychological handle that smoking has on you than you will lose at quitting.

Why are there so many items sold that are made to reduce the physical
symptoms of withdrawal and only a some that address the psychological addiction?
The answer is simply cash. I am not going to spend a lot of time explaining this
to you because that is not the point of this article. Just take my word for it. There are
so many ways to quit smoking and products available to aid the process that a
very important detail often gets lost in the mix. That detail is your DECISION to
quit. There is all the bull out there stating that “YOU have to really WANT to quit”
in order to have success. No smoker wants to stop smoking(unless you are sick) hell, we like to smoke. Smoking is very enjoyable! When you decide to quit, you are
consciously electing to trade one of your little pleasures for improved health and a lasting
life. Of course, there are a lot more pluses to quit smoking but your life is the most important. Once you have decided to stop, it is now time to pick one of the ways to quit
smoking and set your stop date(Anywhere from 10 to 14 days is sufficient time
to get ready to quit). I shouldn’t recommend a product or certain ways to
quit smoking because I have not had success with them. How did I stop? I used a simple
supplement (an herb I bought) and did it cold turkey. I am sure that for me (and probably
most others) that cold turkey is one of the best ways to quit smoking. I will explain this better in another article

Ok, back to the purpose of this post, The psychological grip of smoking on smokers.
Docters will tell you that the physical withdrawal from nicotine is why it is so hard to
Quit. There is a lot truth to this and we all know that nicotine is addicting. But how long are you addicted? The unfortunate answer is a long time, not hours days or weeks, but years. The experts say that after you quit the nicotine has been removed
from your body in about 4 days and your physical withdrawal symptoms will have stopped. After the physical withdrawal you should be ready for years of psychological withdrawal (cravings). When I quit cold turkey my worst cravings were in the 3rd week, long after the physical withdrawal. After week 3 things did start to improve
quite a bit. I understand that I will have cravings for years. I also understand that they will begin to lose intensity and will occur less often. Time is with us.

When the day comes that you choose to live a longer and healthy life, don’t stress about the physical withdrawal(It doesn’t last but a few days) but ready your mind for the War that’s about to be fought there. This is the most important thing you must do before quitting smoking it will make all the difference in the World.
THE BATTLE EVEN STARTS! Understand this and you will quit for good. Believe me
I have tried all the ways to quit smoking and winning the war in your mind is the key
to quit smoking forever. Keep in mind that quitting smoking is not a negotiation. Do not
negotiate for that one puff! Or that one cigarette under any circumstance. Make sure your
mind (that wants a smoke) those thoughts will not be tolerated. You want the cravings, you deserve the cravings for the damage you have done to your body. That’s right!, you
deserve it. It’s a small price to pay now, if you don’t pay it now, the price keeps going up
until you finally pay the ultimate price (your life).
Now go do it, check out my blog for more info the different ways to quit smoking and their pluses and minuses.

Monday, February 2, 2009

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