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    Quitting Smoking

    I hope this is the right place for this thread. So I started riding MTB about 3 months ago mainly to lose some weight and now its much more then that. Ive been smoking cigarettes for about 9 years now (I'm 23 turning 24 on 9/5) and after 3 months of riding Ive lost 15lbs and gained alot of leg endurance/strength. But now I feel my lungs holding me back from longer or more intense rides. My current best is a 10.5 mile track in 56 mins. I would like to be able to drop this time down by a few minutes as this track is almost completly flat. And please remember I'm still about 40lbs over weight. But my question is what have other smokers done to quit the cigarettes? Over the last 6 weeks I've really worked to limit my smoking to no more then one per hour and none for atleast an hour before and after a ride. I would like to be pretty much done withs smoking by the end of Sept. Patches / gums are a no go for me, to expensive. Im trying to save money to put more into my bike.

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    Pretty simple. If you want it, just quit.

    Prepare to feel bad for a couple of days but provided you have been and will keep exercising that time may be reduced. Two to three weeks and you'll be able to notice differences, for the best!

    It's all in your head. Mind beats body.

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    Thanks for the reply.
    Ive tried the mind over matter thing and while it helped (couple days no smoking max). My accesablilty to buying them is ridiculous. Im a delivery guy so Im in or near places that sell cigarettes several times a day. And I think the stress involved with my job dosent help much. I quit once for a month by switching to chewing tabacco. Helped the lungs but that didnt last.

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    I tried that mind over body deal on the 12 of december of 2010. I was having my morning smoke when I decided it was going to be my last. I have not smoked a single cigarrette since and will not for the rest of my life. No patches, no laser, no therapy no nothing but plain and simple will. I took up mountain biking 3 months after that day. I smoked for 12 years of my life (15-27).

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nor-Cal-Mike View Post
    Ive tried the mind over matter thing

    Regards, Mike.




    If you don't mind, it don't matter. It is that simple. Free yourself from the addiction. Turn you're back on the slavery to nicotine. I quit cold turkey after more than 30 years of that crap. If I can do it you can. Don't make excuses, there are none. Just quit, today.

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    Well the quitting cold turkey thing may be the way to go. I guess my will power has just been lacking. I guess I need to go buy a package of pencils. (oral fixation solver) Wish me luck for the next 96 hours.

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    Oh BTW I just piched my last pack of smokes out the window (into an approved waste recepticle) and it felt different then the times Ive tried before. Felt like this time it's for good.

    Thanks, Mike.

    P.S. more stories/ self modivation advice are appreciated.

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    Good for you. Just think about the money you'll save, how much easier you will breath and how much longer you are likely to live.

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    Your on the right track!

    I don't know what happened to me about a year ago,I just realized one day that I really didn't need to smoke(after about 15 years of 1 pack a day) It was right about the time I became a self employed painter.I knew I didn't want to running outside every 15 minutes and smelling like smoke in a customers house.Being that I was the only one to do all the monotonous work I forced myself to get into the zone and focus only on what I was doing at that moment,just like you do when your focusing on your ride.After a while of turning off everything but what I was doing I learned that I could actually control my craving.

    There are so many ways to quit and you just need to find the one that works for you.Don't beat yourself up if you give in and don't kid yourself either.Never give up and keep on it till it becomes reality.I hope others will share how they did it and you find something that works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nor-Cal-Mike View Post
    ...I would like to be pretty much done withs smoking by the end of Sept. Patches / gums are a no go for me, to expensive. Im trying to save money to put more into my bike..
    Make a preemptive strike and spend all your money on bike parts so you won't have any money left for cigarettes

    Don't know what kind of delivery guy you are, but I can relate to dealing with city traffic. I drive a 18-wheeler. It is indeed stressful. I couldn't possibly do what UPS and FedEx guys do, driving all day long around big cities.

    I smoked daily between 2004 and 2008-ish. I remember I heard on radio that tax revenue from tobacco sales being wasted on politicians/bureaucrats' pet projects in Ohio or some other state. I happened to be in that particular state at the moment, contemplating purchasing a carton. Never bought that carton, and I basically quit afterwards on the basis that I don't want to voluntarily pay extra taxes.

    A cup of strong coffee and regular gum worked wonders for me when I had craving. YMMV.

    Good luck to you.

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    Just take into account that it is quite normal to have some kind of relapse either cause of a stressful moment or that old "one puff won't harm".

    No harm done. Just try to identify you've relapsed and retake the no-smoking policy asap.

    You didn't need patches, gums and other nicotinized paraphernalia to start smoking so you sure don't need to stop.

    And do not bargain with yourself for a smoke.

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    On a recent 48 hour road trip I knew I was going to slip...and I did.After about half way through the pack I was getting ill so I pulled into a truck stop and went in search of something else.I came out with a bag of Jacklinks and made it the rest of the way (maybe a little slip here and there).Beef jerky was so great because it satisfied the oral thing and gave me something to do.It also helped me stay awake and keep hunger at bay.

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    Yeah Im a UPS/FedEx type delivery driver, although I'm not in a big city I still pass a store that sells smokes about every hour. My biggest issuse will probably be dealing with those times inbetween stops (some times as long as 20 mins) But I think Ill be ok at home as long as my bike is working.

    Regards, Mike.

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    Everyone has addictions. Substitute the one you have for cigarettes with something better. I could recommend reading a book in those in between stops. Start by something you enjoy and in no time you'll see how much you'll be reading in those little intervals...

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    I think habit substitution is a great idea but I dont think cracking open a book while drivig is a great idea. For the last few hours (yes Ive been driving this whole time) Ive been doing some core excersizes. Helps kill time and fat. Win Win.

    Regards, Mike.

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    New question here.

    Just a little rant here. Anyone ever watch that show called "Intervention" why didn't they ever do an episode about a cigarette smoker? Ive heard it's eaiser to quit using crack then stop smoking cigarettes.

    Just a thought, Mike.

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    I quit using Chantix. Had smoked for 6 years (1 to 2 packs a day). Tried cold turkey and was not able to do it. The Chantix worked but was not fun at all. The stuff messes with your head and stomach (vivid dreams and sour stomach). Been smoke free for 3 years and I work in casinos so the temptation is there all day every day.

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    I smoked for probably 15 years. Hated it. Then I discovered I was going to be a dad and wanted to be a healthy role model mountain biking and training and it became my addiction.

    The absolute opposite of a vicious cycle. The more I rode, the better shape I got in which meant I could ride longer and get in better shape.

    6 years smoke free, regularly riding 75k xc rides and enjoying life. This year did a couple xc marathons. For me patches helped. However I strongly recommend googling Allen Carr and getting a copy of his book. It will change a lot of the thought processes and challenge you to see you things differently. You arent't going to 'quit' anything - rather you are going to gain a whole bunch of things
    Good luck! It will be so worth it!

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    Mike, i smoked for 20yrs,i quit cigs with the help of an electronic cigarette,or also known as a personal vaporize,you can get it with or without nicotine.Its a step in the right direction,and at least your not smoking cigs,and all the chemicals in them.

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    I have tried the electronic cigarette in the past with no sucess. It just wasn't "the real thing" enough for my brain at the time. So far so good, getting ready for bed now we'll see how tomorrow goes.

    I will look into that book.

    My mom used Chantix to quit. It worked, kinda.

    Regards, Mike.

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    Alomost 48 hours so far. Its hard real hardbut Im starting to gain my sense of smell again. Things are tasting different. Hackin up some nasty shiz. Starting to feel the difference in breathing. Thanks fot the modivation.

    Regards, Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nor-Cal-Mike View Post
    Alomost 48 hours so far. Its hard real hardbut Im starting to gain my sense of smell again. Things are tasting different. Hackin up some nasty shiz. Starting to feel the difference in breathing. Thanks fot the modivation.

    Regards, Mike.



    Nice going, you are almost there. Keep it up, it gets easier.

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    Smoked for 11 years, went cold turkey one day and used that day to get back into cycling. I had the shakes and cold sweats for two weeks (started on the fourth day of quitting )and I vowed to myself that I'd never smoke again and put myself through the withdrawal symptoms again. That was 8? years ago.

    Took two years of consistent riding to get to the point where I felt that my lungs were getting close to top efficiency. Doing the one cigarette thing a day won't do it - just quit and be done. I didn't use any patches, gums, etc as I didn't want to trade one addiction for another.

    I avoided all social settings and just went hermit style, me and my bike and that was it!

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    Hey Mike -- you da man! Congratulations!

    I've heard that quitting cigarettes is the toughest thing to do. But hang in there -- you will and are doing it.

    The rewards -- health, long life, financial, professional, and social will make it all worth it. You are in our prayers.

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