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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

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    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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    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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    Thanks guys. Getting a little easier now. I did have one smoke last night, well part of one. made me feel like crap. Goin for a ride now. Havent ridden since I stopped, Im hoping it will help clear my mind a little.

    Regards, Mike.

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    I smoked a pack a day for 15 years, I gained 45lbs when I quit smoking...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Call_me_Tom View Post
    I smoked a pack a day for 15 years, I gained 45lbs when I quit smoking...
    Just more motivation to get on the bike and eat right.

    Good job Mike but if you want to quit you gotta walk away completely... no cigarettes at all. No puffs, nothing. If you even take one drag you can fall back into it so fast its not funny. Good luck.

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    Nor Cal Mike, stop whatever you are doing right now and go and get or order online a little book called Alan Carr's "The Easy Way To Stop Smoking". I would be a happy man indeed if the only advise of mine on this forum that you heeded was this. Take it from an addict, you can thank me later. Dude I **** you not, go now! Quitting smoking is indeed easy!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    Nor Cal Mike, stop whatever you are doing right now and go and get or order online a little book called Alan Carr's "The Easy Way To Stop Smoking". I would be a happy man indeed if the only advise of mine on this forum that you heeded was this. Take it from an addict, you can thank me later. Dude I **** you not, go now! Quitting smoking is indeed easy!!!

    Easy Way To Stop Smoking Kit: Allen Carr: Books | chapters.indigo.ca
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    its not easy but i did it

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    Nor Cal Mike, stop whatever you are doing right now and go and get or order online a little book called Alan Carr's "The Easy Way To Stop Smoking". I would be a happy man indeed if the only advise of mine on this forum that you heeded was this. Take it from an addict, you can thank me later. Dude I **** you not, go now! Quitting smoking is indeed easy!!!
    Mike, read the book. Seriously.

    I smoked for 12 years. Quit for 3 days. Then I caved. I was going to buy a pack, but I read this book instead. Never went back.

    I want to make it clear the book does NOT gloom and doom you with health facts we already know. The book aims to separate the addiction (hardly any) from the habit (most of it), leaving you with a clear understanding of your situation and a feeling of “I GOT THIS”.

    I have been smoke free for 8 months and proudly counting. I went from being a slob to riding ~100 mountain miles per week, and counting. I introduced this book to 5 of my friends. All 5 of them are now non-smokers. All 5 of them are now also avid mountain bikers.

    Quitting smoking does so much more than you will find from the "quit smoking timeline" (you know you searched that). You will have a new outlook. You will respect your body so much more. Your health will be a priority.... not like it is when your a smoker, but really a priority. You will feel a
    sense of accomplishment that no other feat can produce. And it sticks with you, for a long time.

    Want to know the best feeling in the world? Telling someone you quit smoking, and knowing you mean it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by adan View Post
    its not easy but i did it
    You are obviously not paying attention here, it can be easy, and way to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Call_me_Tom View Post
    I smoked a pack a day for 15 years, I gained 45lbs when I quit smoking...
    I smoked for 30 years, did not gain an ounce, have not had even one craving, it's been 7 years.

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    You're gonna have to offset that craving, and better to do that with things organic. Everyone should drink water, so if the days become edge-y and begin to give odd things to crave - especially sugary things for a ' rush' get some Seltzer Water. It's flavorless yet it quenches.
    If you manage to keep moving forward, you've got it! If not, hit the harder stuff -- Club Soda -- and lastly go for the Tonic Water. Tonic Water is a bitter, bitter pill. This natural-remedy has been repeated many times by others, it just works. I'd smoked at one point, and quit it w/ this same adjustment. Have never looked back, and in fact am keeping a great natural diet and health.
    I’m all-in for others to succeed ridding vices and obstacles in their lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BustedBearing View Post
    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.
    This.

    Be sure to separate the addiction from the habit of smoking before bed, in the car, hanging around waiting, etc. If you've got a smartphone let that replace the boredom from waiting around, read the news. When you're done with US news, read international news.

    Each time I've tried to quit I've had to slowly separate and distance cigarettes from a part of my life ie my car, my workplace, my house, the sunlight, etc. The addiction will hit you for the first few days but the habit will affect you for a long time.

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    Quitting when I get the bike I ordered the other day. Getting on Amazon now and buying Allen Carr's book. A big portion of the cigarettes I smoke can be attributed to idle-hands and pure boredom. If I have to take a short ride at 3am to get my mind off a smoke, so be it.

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    Good move, Allen asks that you do not quit until you have completely read the book. I was ready to stop half way through reading it but made the commitment to follow his intructions. By the time I finsihed the book I was truly ready to quit, I threw away my remaining cigs and have not looked back. Your life is about to change, awesome for you to take the first steps.

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    I figure that my smoker lungs will only hold me back from getting the full enjoyment of the bike and the adventures it will come with. Plus, it will mean more money for bike and car parts

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    I started smoking during my first deployment back in 2005. I smoked a pack a day ever since. One day in mid 2010 I was in my truck at a stop light. In the car next to me was one of the most beautifl women I'd ever seen. She lifted a cigarette to her lips and I gaged. It completely repulsed me for some reason. I thought to my self "If it looks that ugly on her, imagine how I look". I didnt smoke again. Then came 4th of July this year. A couple too many drinks and the fireworks show did a number on me. I wont go into details on what all happened but I ended up in the VA hospital and was diagnosed with PTSD. I cursed them up and down and called them liars and to stay out of my s**t. Walked across the street to a gas station and bought some smokes. Been smoking a half a pack a day since then.


    I'm buying that book right now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 13MWZ View Post
    I started smoking during my first deployment back in 2005. I smoked a pack a day ever since. One day in mid 2010 I was in my truck at a stop light. In the car next to me was one of the most beautifl women I'd ever seen. She lifted a cigarette to her lips and I gaged. It completely repulsed me for some reason. I thought to my self "If it looks that ugly on her, imagine how I look". I didnt smoke again. Then came 4th of July this year. A couple too many drinks and the fireworks show did a number on me. I wont go into details on what all happened but I ended up in the VA hospital and was diagnosed with PTSD. I cursed them up and down and called them liars and to stay out of my s**t. Walked across the street to a gas station and bought some smokes. Been smoking a half a pack a day since then.


    I'm buying that book right now!
    I credit that book with saving my life. The men in my family died from smoking related illness. I read the book and have never fed the monster again. It really was easy.

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    Well, the book is here, now for the bike....

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    I hope everyone who posted on this that wants to quit can. I have a few thoughts and tips that may help.

    First some background. I just turned 46. Smoked 1 to 2 packs a day from 16 to 25. Then off and on for the next 20 years. My problem is I like to smoke. I can quit for extended periods of time, but sipping Jamesons in a bar has me searching for someone to mooch a ciggy off of because the two just go hand and hand so well. Last year a good friend of mine died from esophageal cancer. He smoked roughly 3 cigars a week. I decided I was never going to intentionally inhale smoke of any kind ever again. So far it's been a year and a half and things are going good. First I started running. I lost 30 lbs and got to 5k in 30 min, but my knees can't take it any more so last week I bought myself a birthday present, a Diamondback Overdrive Pro. I was hard core into mtn bikes 20 years ago so it was really, prodigal son sort of deal. I've manage to spend at least an hour on the bike everyday since I got it.

    Some stuff that helped me...

    You lose the physical cravings around 2 weeks from there it is psychological, which is infinitely harder.

    Since I like to smoke I really had to focus on the psychological aspects of quitting. I started chewing gum to get past the oral fixation. I open the pack of gum the same way I open a pack of cigs. I tap the pack on my wrist and tear open the cellophane the same way. I even tap the individual pieces of gum like I would a cig before lighting it.

    I drink water like a mad man. It helps leech out the toxins and helps the oral fixation.

    I picked things out really wanted that I wouldn't normally spend the money on and every time I wanted to buy a pack of cigs I would drop $5 in a can. That way I felt rewarded for putting up with the mental anguish.

    Because of what I do I had access cigs all the time as well. I made sure to tell everyone I knew, even peripheral acquaintances, I wanted to quit smoking. A strange byproduct of that was I really could tell those that cared by their empathy to my plight and ended up getting a few really good friends out of the deal.

    I tried very hard to not put myself into situations where I would want to smoke. I also limited my contact with those people that smoked.

    The last thing I want to say is, I know you can quit. The human constitution is an amazing thing. Much like riding on my mtn bike, my brain is the limiting factor. My bike can do amazing things. I am then reason why I don't. It is likely you will falter. If you do, pick yourself back up, dust yourself off and re commit to the process all over again. Never lose sight of the end goal of quitting smoking which will give you more stamina riding your mtn bike, make things taste and smell better, make your clothes smell better, and lower your odds of dying an early death significantly.

    Keep it up. We are all gunning for you.

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    Thanks for your $.02 Dickie. I definitely get the smoking and drinking thing. Even though my beer tastes significantly better without the cigarette flavor, having a drink in one hand and a smoke in the other just feels right. Indianapolis did just ban smoking in all public places so that's a bit of a booster but every one of my friends smoke which will make it difficult, especially over the winter when riding won't be a daily thing.

    For me, I smoke out of boredom and frustration. Keeping my hands and mind busy keeps me from smoking. I've noticed that after a day of not smoking the psychological dependency kicks. I think I'll need to find something for my left hand to do when my transmission isn't keeping the right busy; chain smoking while driving is something I've always done, any suggestions for that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mk3Jetta View Post
    I think I'll need to find something for my left hand to do when my transmission isn't keeping the right busy; chain smoking while driving is something I've always done, any suggestions for that?
    I do actually. I am in the car 30 hours a week. I would try books on tape. I found myself getting so into the story I would forget about wanting a cig.



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    Not a bad idea, if the local library has books on CD I'll give it a try. I was thinking more along the lines of a stress ball or grip strength trainer, but free is always better!

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    Mike,
    Hope your hangin' in there. Lots of really good advice here. Avoid your triggers, make the neccessary lifestyle changes. Don't worry about tomorrow... just don't smoke today. Drugs, Alcohol or Nicotine... one day at a time. It really does work.
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    I stumbled upon this 2 days ago on Saturday night. I bought Allen Carr's book, Easy way to quit smoking, started reading it Saturday night. I finished reading it Sunday. I quit just like that. Amazing. No B.S., the book makes it so clear. No panic attacks, jitters, fears etc. A chain smoker to a non smoker for life. Thank you. PS my first ride as a non smoker was out of this world incredible.

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    I stumbled upon this 2 days ago on Saturday night. I bought Allen Carr's book, Easy way to quit smoking, started reading it Saturday night. I finished reading it Sunday. I quit just like that. Amazing. No B.S., the book makes it so clear. No panic attacks, jitters, fears etc. A chain smoker to a non smoker for life. Thank you. PS my first ride as a non smoker was out of this world incredible.
    Congrats. I smoked for 21 years before the book. Everyday that passes that little monster inside gets a little weaker. Soon he will be dead and so will the thought of ever doing it again.
    Btw. You will heal no matter how long you smoked for. I can ride circles around people that have never smoked a day in their lives.

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    I'm already healing. I felt it instantly on my first ride. I have an 8 mile loop that i'm used to. My best time was an hour and 15 minutes. I did that same loop in 45 minutes for my first ride. I felt the benefits as soon as I hopped on my bike for my first ride. This is going to get better. I can't imagine what I'll be able to do in a few months time.

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    I quit again last week and watching these posts help me get through the day. Thanks

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    Well done OP and stay strong! I stopped smoking cold turkey over 6 months ago. Personally I found it really very easy - no cravings, absolutely no desire to smoke again.

    I found this forum very useful:

    http://forum.nosmokingday.org.uk/

    And if you are slipping, just check this for a serious dose of reality:

    http://whyquit.com/

    And particularly the timeline of benefits:

    http://whyquit.com/whyquit/a_benefits_time_table.html

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    I smoked 25 years before I read that book. I just celebrated my 2 year anniversary of being off of cigs. Good job and enjoy how incredible your life is about to be!

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    You cannot quit smoking at a very short span of time.It needs time and a lot of effort especially when you think of discouraging yourself of how hard it would take for you.Remember mark off each successful day on a calendar. Look at it when you feel tempted to smoke, and tell yourself that you don't want to start all over again.Always be positive and always keep in mind how things would go better after you succeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddmeyers View Post
    I'm already healing. I felt it instantly on my first ride. I have an 8 mile loop that i'm used to. My best time was an hour and 15 minutes. I did that same loop in 45 minutes for my first ride. I felt the benefits as soon as I hopped on my bike for my first ride. This is going to get better. I can't imagine what I'll be able to do in a few months time.
    So what is the latest? Still doing good? Let us know.

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    It's been over a week and i feel phenomenal. I can't believe how easy it was to quit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redfox1939 View Post
    You cannot quit smoking at a very short span of time.It needs time and a lot of effort especially when you think of discouraging yourself of how hard it would take for you.............
    I had a different experience. When I quit in 1998 after 15 years it happened quickly....now I'm figuring smoking is 90% mental. I had made up my mind enough was enough. I used the patch for 2 weeks.....then one night I had an attack and wanted a cigarette.....I couldn't leave my house because of the kids and the wife was at work. I tore my truck apart looking for a butt. I couldn't find one.

    I went back in the house and sat on the couch. Five minutes later the urge was gone. I told myself if I can get through that I can get through anything. I never wanted one again. Not even a single temptation after that. No more patch either. I could go in bars and have a drink and still not feel that urge after that one episode. I'm glad I didn't find one that night...... It was a most disgusting habit.

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    My experience, I couldn't wrap my mind around the idea of NEVER smoking again, after 20 years, it had become part of my identity. I told myself that I'll go get some smokes in an hour, and kept doing that till I HAD to get gas, then it was next time I get to the store, I'll get some then. After about a month of that, I no longer thought about buying them. It's been 5 years now, and I don't miss them at all. To anyone trying to quit, it's not as hard as it seems right now. Take it one day at a time, don't worry about tomorrow, just focus on getting through today. Don't expect instant increased lung capacity, it's going to take time. The coughing spell, it won't last long, just seems that way, I remember blowing stuff out that looked like it had been there for 15 years. Finally, hang in there, it's worth it!

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    Lots of great advice, i second the site whyquit.com it has a lot of information
    that will prepare you for the cravings , the physical reactions of your body and mind.
    And all the things you will face while your body starts healing and returning to its nicotine free state.

    Watching some videos on youtube from joel spitzer was very helpful for moral support , and getting past the 3 days is very important, after that it gets easier.

    8 days free from the addiction, and my rides feel better and better everytime.
    You can do it!

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    Easy, I spent on my bike what id spend on cigs in a year, so now I cant afford cigs. They are over $10/pack here in ny. Been almost 3 weeks and I feel great.

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    I wish everyone well. I've quit and re-started so many times now. It's hard every time, but I'm sick of that cycle, so I've quit for the final time a while back. I just don't like being around it anymore.

    I've gotten back into running and mountain biking and that helps me stay away. Never fool yourself into thinking you can just have one, which will lead to two...etc...

    I've quit just about every way short of hypnosis...cold turkey, patches, gum, wellbutrin, chantix....they all work but you need will power with any of them. Best bet is to save your money and just go cold turkey, fight it out for a few days then move on with life.

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    To everyone who has quit, great job. As for me, It's been an easy 4 weeks. My personal observations. I love the fact that I've got a bit of extra cash now. I sleep better and I have a lot easier time getting up in the morning. I'm generally in a better mood. My mountain biking skills have gone through the roof. When I push myself riding now, it only takes me 10 seconds to catch my breath instead of 2 minutes. Oh, I haven't gained a single pound. LIfe is good!

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    Hi, I searched for a recent thread on bikeforums.net but couldn't come up with anything - so I created an account here. I do love mountain biking, and I recently got a new Surly Troll :-)

    I'm 27 years old and I've been smoking since I was 19. In the last 5 years it has been between 15-20 cigarettes a day.

    I had my last cigarette this evening.

    I read Allen Carr's "Easyway to stop smoking", which I HIGHLY recommend!

    This might be against the rules on the forum, but I suggest looking for the book on torrents. The author is dead (from lung cancer) so he isn't getting anything from it anyway. It's of my opinion that information that can save a life should be free...

    Anyway, best of luck to everyone quitting! I will be posting here often :-)

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    I'd like to add that I've tried Chantix twice over the past three years. The first time I used Chantix I was smoke-free for ~8 months before starting up again. I tried Chantix a second time and had the worst 2 months of my life: I was extrememly suicidal, angry, depressed, and had terrible nightmares almost every night. I was smoke free for about 2 months 2 weeks before I picked up a pack again.

    I've also tried nicotine patches and gum. Never made it past a week using those methods.

    This time I'm quitting cold turkey, thanks to the help and inspiration of Allen carr's book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BustedBearing View Post
    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.

    I have to agree with this statement. If you REALLY wanted to quit, Just boot stomp whatever cigs you have left in your pack. Then walk away.

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    Hey Mike,

    Good on you for quitting! I've been quit for 12 years now after smoking for nearly 20 before that. The Big Tobacco companies want you to believe that quitting is impossible, but that's just another one of their lies.

    Nicotine is powerfully addictive. Your body has special neurological receptor sites that are specifically designed for nicotine. Nicotine is totally evil. It is toxic; it is a very powerful insecticide and a tiny amount of pure nicotine will kill a 200 lb. person very quickly and horribly.

    The good news is that you can quit. It's just difficult. I quit cold turkey. I had 10 days of misery. After that, I'd get these urges at regular intervals for the first three years or so. You absolutely have to remember that once your nicotine receptors have been activated, the drug (nicotine) will always have a powerful effect on you. You will forever be a recovering nicotine addict. Consequently, if you ever ingest any nicotine after you stop, you will be addicted again—as if you never quit in the first place.

    But you can quit. Remember that. Quitting smoking will not kill you, but not quitting certainly will. Certainly.

    There were two things that helped me finally decide to quit:

    1.) a very young co-worker of mine had developed chronic emphysema after a couple of decades of smoking (she started as a teenager). Her cubicle was next to mine. Sometimes the emphysema would get so bad that she would start gurgling like she was drowning in phlegm, and then she'd spasm into a 15-minute coughing fit that was a hellacious sounding watery death rattle. Frequently after that, she'd sneak outside for a smoke—even though she had told her family and her doctor that she didn't smoke any more. Her circulation finally got so bad that her nose turned blue and she had to go on oxygen. She wasn't even 40 years old. The last coughing fit I heard her have was terrible. So bad in fact that the secretary called 911. She went on permanent disability after that.

    2.) Shortly after that episode, my wife told me she was leaving at the end of the week if I didn't quit smoking. This was Monday. She said she was out by Friday. I didn't believe her. A friend of mine called and told me that my wife already had moved things over to their house and that she was going to move in at the end of the week. For the next two days, every time I went out to smoke (once an hour—I was a pack-and-a-half-a-day smoker), I really focused on just how awful the cigarettes really tasted and how much different smoking as an addict was compared to how "enjoyable" smoking had been when I was first stupid enough to start. After really focusing on the grotesque flavor of the smoke, I could actually feel how toxic each cigarette was. After two days I developed an involuntary gag reflex to each cigarette. I had my last cigarette that Thursday. I've been quit ever since.

    Just remember that you can quit smoking if you choose to. If you do not quit, you are guaranteed to die a slow, lingering, painful death. That's a much worse scenario than 10 days of discomfort.

    Good luck! You are the man!

    P.S. It is not hyperbole when I say that every single aspect of my life has gotten better since I quit smoking. Seriously. I have no regrets at all.
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    Congratulations. It really take a lot of determination to do it. I'm glad that you did it

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    As a smoker of 20+ years and ex-smoker of about 3 years, I can say the best way to quit is just to do it.

    Don't try and figure out an acceptable amount of cigarettes or think it is ok to smoke occasionally, or only when you drink, or only after sex, or blah blah blah because you can't do it.

    You need to quit and swear you will never go back or pick one up ever again.
    Anything else and you will be right back where you are now.

    I had been there before and quit one other time for a couple years thinking I could control it if I picked one up. Unfortunately, it just does not work that way.

    That being said, it will suck at first but after a while the cravings will be fewer and lighter.
    It took well over a year before I stopped completely having them.

    Just stick with it and eventually you will know it was the best choice you ever made.

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    Australian Tea Tree sticks. Basically toothpicks with tea tree oil in them. Handles the oral fixation on the times I have tried to quit. You can get them at nutrition stores.

    I still smoke, and I want to quit. But right now, I haven't picked up a bike yet, and I am the type of person that needs to do something to get away from the cravings, something to get addicted to. Plus, when I have quit before, the weight gain has killed me. And I am the type of person that hates to work out, just boring to me. I use to run a lot, Marine Corp got me in to that, but I have bad knees from skiing all my life, and I am only 31, so the impact on the knees after about half a mile causes me to stop running.

    I know it is all mind over matter, but replacing it with something has always helped me, like biking did when I was back in MN.

    Now to just do it again.

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    Don't take this the wrong way but you are a guy who has admittedly never quit successfully and are giving advice on quitting.

    Seriously, you are coming up with excuses on why you can't quit and until you stop doing that, you never will be able to quit.

    You just have to decide to do it then stick with it.

    I gained weight afterwards too.
    So then I had to stop making excuses for the weight gain and decide to get off my ass and do something about that too.

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    I used to smoke. One day I said 'wtf am I being a nicotine addict for? lol! I'm funding big tabacco by slowly killing myself!!'.

    I was only 13 at the time. NEVER smoked a puff of tabacco since. Quit dope a few years later.

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    Almost 2 years now since my last cigarette. Took me 5 months to completely get over the habit after quitting. I used the nicotine patch plan and it seemed to take the edge off most of the time. Alot of willpower helps though. If I could do it, ANYONE can. I smoked for 16 years and already notice a big difference.

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    I too was a long time smoker. I have been quit for 7-8 years now and I'm in the best shape of my life at the age of 45. The most shocking thing for me after I quit was that, as much as 5 years after quitting, I would hack up phlegm that tasted like dirty ashtray. That stuff hangs with you a long time. I hope this doesn't gross anybody out too bad, but I thought it might help somebody make up their mind.

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    Congrats on quitting. If I had to list the "Dumbest Things I Ever Did", starting smoking would be at the top of the list. If I had to list the "Smartest Things I Ever Did", quitting smoking after almost 20 years would be at the top. After 10 years of not smoking, the only advice I have is never quit quitting.
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    Congrats guys, keep after it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerry68 View Post
    Congrats on quitting. If I had to list the "Dumbest Things I Ever Did", starting smoking would be at the top of the list. If I had to list the "Smartest Things I Ever Did", quitting smoking after almost 20 years would be at the top. After 10 years of not smoking, the only advice I have is never quit quitting.
    Well Said !

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerry68 View Post
    Congrats on quitting. If I had to list the "Dumbest Things I Ever Did", starting smoking would be at the top of the list. If I had to list the "Smartest Things I Ever Did", quitting smoking after almost 20 years would be at the top. After 10 years of not smoking, the only advice I have is never quit quitting.
    Good point. Every time I didn't succeed, I learned something valuable that helped me the next time. I quit many times before I finally licked the habit.

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    I've never smoked. Well, I tried a cigarette behind a garage once when I was very young and said to myself, nope, I don't like that.

    Even though that's true, I have emphysema. I have a fairly rare disease where my body is attacking my lungs. Even though I've always been pretty healthy, I'm old enough that it has really started making a difference. I mention this because it doesn't matter what the emphysema is caused by, it's still the same in how it affects your body. So, my genetic emphysema affects my body just like it was caused by smoking.

    Not everyone that smokes gets emphysema, but about 95% of emphysema is caused by cigarettes.

    This past year it got to where I got out of breath tying my shoes. I went snowshoeing with my wife and daughter and going up a small incline I had to just stop and watch them continue on. I started getting headaches that would keep me awake the entire night screaming in pain. I would leave the house so as to not freak out my family.

    I can't imagine doing something to myself that might likely cause what I have. You want a reason to quit, quit for your own health, for the health of those around you, and for the health of those you care about.

    I started trying to get back into shape this year. I dug out my old racing bike and my rollers. I would spend 40 minutes getting ready and ride for 5 minutes. I closed my retail store at the beginning of the summer in order to spend as much time as I could getting healthier. To make it easier for my lungs to work, I've lost almost 50 pounds by cycling again. It has been a long road. In May of this year, I complained to my doctor who is a cyclist that while riding with a group, when we would come to even a small hill, it would be like I couldn't breathe. I could be at the front of the group and every single person would pass me and leave me way behind. He told me, I would never be able to ride with them.

    My lungs still don't work well, but I compensate today by being as healthy and in as good a shape as I can be in. I use several different inhalers and the doctors want me to start a plasma routine but it is very expensive and they aren't even sure it helps. I will log over 300 miles this week on my bike. It takes riding a lot of miles to be able to ride with the good riders around here, but I can now.

    Quit Smoking, emphysema SUCKS.
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    Alphazz, thanks for sharing. The snowshoeing story was touching. My 5 year old daughter is the center of my universe and I understand how you must have felt. Sorry you have to live with the disease.
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    After starting back up 3 months ago and stopped riding, I have had enough. So I working on day 2 no smoking. Hard but I can do it.

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    You sound just like me 2 years ago when I started taking riding more serious. I was 23 then also. Been smoking since 15. Eventually it clicks - you cant get better unless you quit smoking. Riding was the thing that saved my life. I tried quitting over and over again through the years but honestly didn't give a ****. I became so passionate about riding that I just quit cold turkey without even realizing it. I still have maybe 1 a month when I drink a little too much in one sitting. Don't worry too much about it. If you really want to quit you would have already. It will click sooner or later. Go on more group rides and see how hard it is to keep up with that shitty breathing.

    By the way I'm overweight too. At 5'9 I was 250 in 2007. Broke my back and lost 30 pounds. Got into riding and lost 20 pounds. Gained 10 back cus its the Freakin hollidays! I don't so it for the exercise. I do it cus its fun as hell!

    But yea, since quitting smoking I realized I get left alone a lot when out with friends. They all to out to smoke and ide rather not be around it to avoid temptation. I live in Athens, GA. Huge college party town. Hard to come across a non smoker. It's even gotten to the point where if I meet a girl and we hit it off and she goes out to smoke a cig I lose interest fast.

    You'll get there buddy. Good luck!


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    Almost 10 days no smoking and it feels great. I always forget how much smoking makes me forget about my bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmit450 View Post
    Almost 10 days no smoking and it feels great. I always forget how much smoking makes me forget about my bike
    Keep it up, almost over the initial cravings.


    I haven't smoked in 23 days and put 150 miles on the bike.

    Today was my longest ride to date, 16.7 miles. 2 laps. Stopped both laps at 6 miles to chat with a buddy that was resting. Quitting has been the best thing I have done. Everyday I can feel my body getting stronger and able to recover quicker.

    I used the nicotine gum, actually still do, but it helps curb the cravings. after a couple weeks it gets easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmit450 View Post
    Almost 10 days no smoking and it feels great. I always forget how much smoking makes me forget about my bike
    Congrats. Every day gets better and better. I'm coming up on the 4 month mark.

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    Nor Cal Mike, stop whatever you are doing right now and go and get or order online a little book called Alan Carr's "The Easy Way To Stop Smoking". I would be a happy man indeed if the only advise of mine on this forum that you heeded was this. Take it from an addict, you can thank me later. Dude I **** you not, go now! Quitting smoking is indeed easy!!!

    Easy Way To Stop Smoking Kit: Allen Carr: Books | chapters.indigo.ca
    I just want to thank Nor-Cal-Mike and Saddle Up. Without this thread I would have never heard about an amazing little book. I was less than 1/2 way through it when I just knew it was working.

    So after 39 years of at least 1 pack ( often more ) I have stopped. 17 days so far, since the first of the year and it has indeed been easy.

    Thank You to both of you.

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    Remember, when you "quit something", it is forever. It is a life style change. You can never do it again for the rest of your life. Don't try to fool yourself when you get the urge after X amount of time, then smoke and think you quit because you will have just started again. Then you have to start quitting all over again to get back to where you were.

    I quit smoking (cold turkey) many years ago. I said to myself I will see how long I can go without smoking (37 years now). If I were to smoke now after all this time I would have to go this far again, I would be so ashamed of myself if I did. Quitting is " one of the best things I ever did in my life". I have since used the same strategy for the last 8 years with drinking alcohol and 7 years with soda. The money, stomach, health, & brain cells I have saved!

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    I smoked a pack to 1 1/2 a day for 12 years. I had my last cigarette December 18th of 2010, although I did start chewing. Three days later we landed for an extended vacation in sunny Afghanistan. Every day that I could (4-5 times a week) I would do ~20 miles on an exercise bike.

    In November of 2011, I finished my first 50 mile race. In December I quit chewing. In June of 2012, I finished the Dirty Kanza, and in September I bikepacked the Vapor Trail in Colorado on a fatbike.

    I quit drinking December 9th, 2012, and on January 28th, 2013, three days before I turned 33, I signed up to race the Tour Divide in June.

    Never give up, stick with it, because the effort is SO worth the rewards! I'd say good luck, but luck ain't got nothin to do with it.

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    Interesting thread as I am an avid mountain biker and also own an electronic cigarette company here in Charlotte. While I am not a smoker I do have family members that used to smoke but I got them using our products and while the nicotine isn't the best thing for you giving up the tobacco by products in real cigs really makes me happy especially since its family. If any of you guys are interested in trying our products you can go to Electronic Cigarette | E Cigarettes | Purchase Electronic Cigarette | Buy Electronic Cigs Online and use discount code: MTBR and it will give you 25% off anything in our store. So again not trying to make a pathetic advertisement as there are better forumns to do that if I can help any of you or you family trying that would be great and hope you guys can overcome the addiction and enjoy many more miles on the bikes!!

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    Quitting Smoking

    2 months 14 days baby!!!!

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    Good for you. I"m coming up on 6 months, the 9th to be exact.

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    Right on everybody. 12 years here. Quit smoking and started Mtn biking at the same time.

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    I quit in September after the birth of my second daughter. I have also lost 20 lbs since Christmas. It's shameful how I used to accept being a fat, smoking slob as if that's who I truly was. It's sad how the lies we tell ourselves to to avoid being uncomfortable are the cause of our discomfort.

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    I quit smoking a long time ago. My 13 year old daughter asked me to and I did. She's 30 now. I tried to quit for many years by cutting back, using the gum, and any other technique that was available. None worked for me.
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    BUMP!
    100 days and counting, I'll never go back.

    Thanks everybody.

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    Good job!

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    Falling down is part of LIFE…Getting back up is LIVING…

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    Congrats!

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    Way to go. Life is good!

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