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Earth_First Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-09-09 08:00 AM
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Day 1
I've taken the oath to myself: it's time.

I spent the weekend reading the experiences from those who have taken Chantix. To be honest with you I couldn't believe what I was reading. It went from the good, the bad, and the ugly, leaving me with almost a sort of anxiety that was described by it former users before I even began the medication!

I need this. I need this not only for myself, but for my family. My partner of 5 years and my daughter of 10 years of age. I need this not only for my health, but for the health of others who have succumbed to the tobacco companies; who filter hundreds of thousands of dollars into interests that are well beyond that of my own. I used to run long-distance. I used to love running, I still do. I want to run again 5K, 10K, 21K a full marathon!

I need this. WE need this. Let's DO this!
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-09-09 10:43 AM
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1. You can do it!!!
just take deep breaths when the cravings hit and have some Orange Juice handy

:hi:
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Earth_First Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-09-09 11:44 AM
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2. Thank You!
halfway through day one already!
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Earth_First Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-09-09 04:30 PM
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3. I opened a second savings account today...
Part of the motivation behind my quit is the financial implications behind smoking. It's become damn expensive! So as a way to track my progress, I've decided to transfer the $10.12 (pack and a half a day) to this account.

Not sure if this would work for anyone else, however it's all about tailored solutions during your quit.

Good luck to everyone out there!
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-09 02:15 AM
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4. Keep up the good work. nt
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a la izquierda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-09 07:17 AM
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5. I hope you're still doing well!
I'm at day 4.5. Cold. Turkey. I feel fine...well, I've got the cough and the sinusy crap, but otherwise, fine.

My first two and a half days sucked, because I was at altitude and was an anxious mess. I can't sleep at altitude and my body doesn't physically function right (think digestion...), so I really felt bad. But I survived that.

I haven't told my husband yet. When I get back to the US, I will open up a CD, with the remainder of my IRA and add $25 per week, until I've gone 1 year.

Good luck and wish me luck. It's easy for me now because in Mexico, only one person I'm friends with smokes. When I get home, my three best girlfriends all smoke. Two are trying to quit too...so, we'll have to form a little support group.
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MrMickeysMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-04-09 10:32 PM
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6. I'm a respiratory therapist, and yes, I used to smoke...
Been in my field for quite a while, and I primarily do pulmonary function testing now, plus take care of a number of long term patients with long term problems (on ventilators, etc.)

I don't know if I can tell you anything that will make you feel better, but I can be objective with telling you what I see based on 35 years, and maybe give you a tip, or a, "hang in there", or "atta boy/girl".

But I will tell you that you can change for the good, and offer support. You can kick ass again by changing that behavior. Yes, you will.

:hi: MMM
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