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Old Thu, Dec-27-01, 13:03
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Plan: Atkins/PP/BFL
Stats: 400/223/200 Male 5 ft 11
BF:37%/17%/12%
Progress: 89%
Location: Ottawa, ON
Cool Wish me luck - My quitting diary

I'm on my first attempt ever to quit smoking. I've been smoking for only 4-5 years to replace addictions. But now I suspect it has an adverse effect on insulin resistance and may not be very helpful to my weight-loss.

I'v gone cold Turkey for 12 hours now, and so far so good.

Wa'il
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Old Thu, Dec-27-01, 13:53
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Plan: Modified Atkins
Stats: 147/128/118 Female 5'3''
BF:?/18/17
Progress: 66%
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
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I do wish you luck! You can do it.

What my sisters found helpful was (this is going to sound corny) putting up signs all around their houses that said "I am a non smoker." They kept seeing those signs reaffirming their committment to quit.

They also drank a lot of grapefruit juice to replenish vitamin C stores and counteract the cravings.

You CAN do it!
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Old Thu, Dec-27-01, 14:19
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Plan: Low Carb - Real Foods
Stats: 177/168.5/140 Female 5'5"
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Progress: 23%
Location: Manitoba
Default Yeah Tamarian!!!

Way to go!!!

I thought you were doing it Jan 1....I think it is great that you chose to quit sooner (You must have had some recent non-smoker pestering you )

You will do great, I know it!


Linnea
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Old Thu, Dec-27-01, 14:22
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Plan: Protein Power
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All the luck in the world, Wa'il. I second the "nonsmoker" ideas. I think that was the single most helpful thing in helping me quit. Convince yourself that you are a nonsmoker.

Sadly, convincing myself that I an nonfat has not had the same effect
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Old Thu, Dec-27-01, 14:36
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Plan: Atkins/PP/BFL
Stats: 400/223/200 Male 5 ft 11
BF:37%/17%/12%
Progress: 89%
Location: Ottawa, ON
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Bummer!

The cravings started quickly, and I thought great, the batle of wills has begun.

I started biting my nails, and all of a sudden, my left hand index was gushing with blood. I used to be a nail biter a few years ago, but stopped, probably around the same time I started smoking. I badaged my finger and freekd out and bough a pack

Well, the deed was done in less than a day. Next plan of action: I'll cut-down gradually in the next few days, and start using Nicorettes instead..

Thanks for the support guys. Hope I didn't let anyone down.

Linnea, you weren't pestering at all. In fact, meeting you was a real inspiration, as a low-carber at goal, and a recent quitter too.

Wa'il
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Old Thu, Dec-27-01, 14:50
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Plan: DANDR '92
Stats: 236/182/140 Female 165 cm
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Location: Eastern ON, Canada
Smile Wa'il

You've taken your first baby steps. Slips and falls are bound to happen. Look at it this way .. if you fall flat on your face, at least it means you were FACING FORWARD.

You might want to have a read over at Kickingash.com .. some of the articles are so excellent, especially the one about Understanding Your Smoking Rituals and Habits in Quitting Smoking. I'm not a smoker, but I have my own behavioural addiction that I'm struggling to overcome, and I found that I could relate to so many of these patterns.

Good luck to you my friend, you know you have my support 150%

Doreen
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Old Thu, Dec-27-01, 14:54
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Plan: Low Carb - Real Foods
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Default Poor guy!

Wa'il,

That sounds tramautic! I hope you are not emotionally scarred! --or physically for that matter.

Remember I told you about how many times I have quit. Keep trying and you'll get it.

And you haven't dissappointed us at all. It happens.

Linnea
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Old Thu, Dec-27-01, 14:55
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Plan: Atkins/PP/BFL
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Progress: 89%
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Thanks for the links Doreen, I'll check them out.

And you look great, love the new pic!

Wa'il
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Old Thu, Dec-27-01, 16:21
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Plan: South Beach
Stats: 170/139/130 Female 65 inches
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Progress: 78%
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I think the statistics show that it usually takes people 5 serious attempts at quitting before it clicks. Of course you didn't let anyone down, it is a learning experience. Another site you might try is www.quitnet.com They have a lot of good information, but my advice would be to avoid the forums at all costs. Lots of flame wars and such, and everyone having nicotine fits doesn't help that. Most unsupportive support group I've ever seen.
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Old Thu, Dec-27-01, 17:55
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Plan: Atkins/PP/Kiss
Stats: 160/120/110
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Progress: 80%
Location: homebase NY
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Stick with us! I'm doing really good so far, no nicotine cravings. I've smoked 30 years. Look at my response to Karen.
I've been making notes of what I've done so far if you want me share in detail, I don't wanna bore people with my personal experiments.
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Old Thu, Dec-27-01, 18:26
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Plan: Atkins Maintenance
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Progress: 99%
Location: Ontario, along the Rideau
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Open your mind to ALL the possibilities, Wa'il.

First I tried it "on my own" (about a thousand times). Then I went for hypnosis (now THERE'S a story). Did the gum thing (gag me with a spoon). After that, went the patch route. Quit for a YEAR - then like an idiot I went BACK!!!!

Went the patch route a second time. Don't need to hit me twice with the same stick. Been off the fags now for almost 7 years.

Never EVER thought I could EVER quit. I was HOOKED BAD. My day started like this: Feet hit floor, look for lighter and cigarette. Get glass of orange juice to wash down cigarette tar. Sit like that until 5 minutes before bus comes. Shower dress and leave for work. Ewwwe YUK. I was a mess.

Now I'm up at 5:30, exercise for 20-45 minutes, make a decent lunch, play with my dogs, shower, dress, play on the internet, water and feed my chickens, get ONE housekeeping chore done, and drive 45 minutes to work.

It's WORTH looking EVERYWHERE until you find YOUR "cure".
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Old Thu, Dec-27-01, 18:57
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Plan: Atkins/PP/BFL
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Progress: 89%
Location: Ottawa, ON
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Silly me!

The bleeding alarmed me, and I thought I better slow down, don't go cold turkey, your body is acting up.

Well, it turned out the bleeding wasn't due to nail biting, it was due to my sneakers! I just noticed while putting them on, that the plastic heel support was starting to get exposed, and it cut my left hand index in the same place (again).

So I'm going cold turkey again, and will have the nicorette gum at hand, if I feel like quiting my quiting again.

Thanks for sharing your valuable experiences everyone!

Wa'il
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Old Thu, Dec-27-01, 19:30
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Plan: Ketogenic
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Wa'il, do yourself a big favour and get the patch. It makes it much easier. Once your physical cravings are dealt with, all you have to deal with is what's going on in your head and eating like a total pig.

Well, that's what I'm doing!

Karen
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Old Thu, Dec-27-01, 19:38
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Plan: Atkins/PP/BFL
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Wa'il, do yourself a big favour and get the patch. It makes it much easier. Once your physical cravings are dealt with, all you have to deal with is what's going on in your head and eating like a total pig.


That's what I'm dealing with without the patch!

Wa'il
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Old Thu, Dec-27-01, 19:41
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If there was only a carb patch! Prozac will take care of everything else!

Karen
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