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Re: Quitting smoking
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2012, 10:19:37 am »
Hi sdjeff
How things going? Hope you are staying strong! I gave tobacco up myself about 15 years ago. I have already saved a small fortune since I gave up the wacky Backy a few months ago. And tobacco is not cheap either, so you will save yourself lots of money,  I bought myself a new Buddha statue the other week, just as a reward. Peace and Love  :pray:

Thanks, Lonelytiger.

It's day 8 and I'm doing pretty well. My friends are respecting my boundaries and smoking outside when they are here, although that might have something to do with the fact that I got rid of all of the ash trays.  :teehee:

A girl whose a non-smoker has expressed more interest in me but she told me she's waiting to make sure it'll stick. All the same definitely a good thing. My doctor also said I may be able to go off of my inhalers if I'm still off it at the 6 month mark. It's nice to already be able to pick something up off the floor and not be winded from it.

I have the "ex-smokers flu" right now. My body is purging itself of toxins and while I was hoping this wouldn't happen It's good motivation not to start up again. Don't want to go through it again. Also massive insomnia.

All in all my mindset is positive. Treating this mainly as a Buddhist exercise. After I pay my parents back on some debt, I'm starting a website I've been meaning to start for the last year and buy some Buddhist books on my list as a reward.

I'm quitting for me. Not for anyone else. The benefits are enormous and I'm seeing that now.

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Re: Quitting smoking
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2012, 12:51:01 pm »
wow, such a positive post. keep it up! and all the best!  ;D
Be well,
Melanie

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Re: Quitting smoking
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2012, 03:20:38 pm »

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A girl whose a non-smoker has expressed more interest in me but she told me she's waiting to make sure it'll stick. All the same definitely a good thing. My doctor also said I may be able to go off of my inhalers if I'm still off it at the 6 month mark. It's nice to already be able to pick something up off the floor and not be winded from it.

I have the "ex-smokers flu" right now. My body is purging itself of toxins and while I was hoping this wouldn't happen It's good motivation not to start up again. Don't want to go through it again. Also massive insomnia.

All in all my mindset is positive. Treating this mainly as a Buddhist exercise. After I pay my parents back on some debt, I'm starting a website I've been meaning to start for the last year and buy some Buddhist books on my list as a reward.

I'm quitting for me. Not for anyone else. The benefits are enormous and I'm seeing that now.

 :D
[/quote] sdjeff congrats making 8 days! I was lucky I didn't find it too hard to give up. And felt so much better for doing so, I have never looked back. My health improved so much, hardly get any colds, started running again, sense of smell returned and my appetite also returned, probably too much as I did gain a little weight lol 

Sounds like you are already having some good things happen, Girl interest, coming off inhaler, which can't be a bad thing. What I've always disliked about having a vice is when you run out of that thing and the way it used to make me feel, nothing now has this grip on me and that makes me feel so good. Buddhism is a good way of helping you through so many things, I know It's helped me so much and still is. I have been suffering with a lot of physical pain over the past 5 years, Which I look at now as a cleansing of my past Kama, and it helps me cope with the pain a lot better, so I can smile rather than get angry, which never helps.

I have always enjoyed the rewards of giving up bad habits and addictions, I only have one now and that's coffee, and I'm working on that now, but am not too worried as this is a lesser evil.

Anyway I wish you all the best, and enjoy the rewards.

Peace and respect  :pray: Gerry

   
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Re: Quitting smoking
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2012, 03:42:50 pm »

I have always enjoyed the rewards of giving up bad habits and addictions, I only have one now and that's coffee, and I'm working on that now, but am not too worried as this is a lesser evil.

Anyway I wish you all the best, and enjoy the rewards.
   

I can only agree. I gave up smoking mainly because I was not happy with myself, being made to buy the stuff, or go outside to smoke when it was cold or raining (living in the UK, that is often!), or having to have one there and then.... Basically because the little thing was running my life and I thought one day, BUT I AM RUNNING MY LIFE! So giving up was relatively easy as my whole mindset had changed. I do not miss it the least bit and enjoy said rewards!

On the coffee front....  :coffee: disagree... lots!!! I have cut down over the years, but am soooo not going to give up those 2 very yummy cups of coffee I have every single day! Without fail. :cheesy:

I had weak moments though, when I really wanted a cigarette and I learned to become a master of occupying my time with other things, just to take my mind off it... it worked!

So you have a lot of support here from people who can at least relate to what it is like to give up this vice. Use it if you have to, I am sure we can give you some words of advice if need be.

And well done for coming this far already  :cheer:
Be well,
Melanie

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Re: Quitting smoking
« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2012, 05:50:46 am »
Two cups of coffee is not a vice in my books, I am now down to 3 or 4 a day which is a lot better than the near 30 mugs I used to drink daily.  ;D  Peace and Respect  :pray:
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Re: Quitting smoking
« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2012, 08:55:13 am »
Hi sdjeff
How things going? Hope you are staying strong! I gave tobacco up myself about 15 years ago. I have already saved a small fortune since I gave up the wacky Backy a few months ago. And tobacco is not cheap either, so you will save yourself lots of money,  I bought myself a new Buddha statue the other week, just as a reward. Peace and Love  :pray:

Thanks, Lonelytiger.

It's day 8 and I'm doing pretty well. My friends are respecting my boundaries and smoking outside when they are here, although that might have something to do with the fact that I got rid of all of the ash trays.  :teehee:

A girl whose a non-smoker has expressed more interest in me but she told me she's waiting to make sure it'll stick. All the same definitely a good thing. My doctor also said I may be able to go off of my inhalers if I'm still off it at the 6 month mark. It's nice to already be able to pick something up off the floor and not be winded from it.

I have the "ex-smokers flu" right now. My body is purging itself of toxins and while I was hoping this wouldn't happen It's good motivation not to start up again. Don't want to go through it again. Also massive insomnia.

All in all my mindset is positive. Treating this mainly as a Buddhist exercise. After I pay my parents back on some debt, I'm starting a website I've been meaning to start for the last year and buy some Buddhist books on my list as a reward.

I'm quitting for me. Not for anyone else. The benefits are enormous and I'm seeing that now.

 :D

TOTALLY well said, Jeff, and great job so far.

Detox "flu" is annoying, for sure, but it's actually a Good Thing.  Your body is starting to heal. 

Keep up the hard work!

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Re: Quitting smoking
« Reply #21 on: April 08, 2014, 12:06:30 pm »
A few things that helped me a lot when I quit smoking:

I took up a fitness program.  Seeing the impact smoking had on my physical performance helped me keep my resolve strong.

When I had a craving for a cigarette, I did some deep breathing and visualized the breath cleaning out my body and mind.

I kept my mala with me and kept me hands and mind busy reciting and counting mantra.

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Re: Quitting smoking
« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2014, 05:06:30 am »
Great thread.  I've been smoking for about the last 15 years, and I've been telling myself every day for the last few months that I need to quit smoking.  I actually did quit about 6 years ago for about 8 months, but ended up starting again when my uncle died.  I've gotten to the point where I don't even enjoy it anymore, and haven't in some time.  For some reason, I can't find enough will power to actually quit; I keep finding excuses.  This is all the more weird, considering that, I gave up cold turkey: marijuana, meth, cocaine, and alcohol.  Tobacco, and nicotine, seem to have a much stronger hold, and are more addictive than anything else, it seems.  Keep up the good work, and keep posting-I like the inspiration.  :)
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