What with all the deaths in the family (hubpages family) positive proof that atheists burn for eternity and joy at Mr Obama's shocking inability (sarcasm - he is a politician so I was not expecting much) to change so much as a light bulb in the White house, I wanted to share something positive for a change.
After 36 years, I have manage to quit smoking. I am now 10 weeks nicotine free. Sadly, I am also 25 pounds heavier.
Still - I am satisfied and had expected to put some weight on. Maybe not that much, but - I am now going to work on getting rid of that. So - new toy !!!
A mountain bike. A Merida TFS XC 700. I am a bit out of touch with bikes so do not know if they are cool or boring, but I don't care. Here she is:
Congratulations on being able to quit smoking! Don't worry about the weight. Obviously when you set your mind on something, you do it. I have no doubt that the weight will start melting off soon. Congrats again :-)
Bikes are so much fun - I'm considering trying to ride in the snow, I hear it's not as stupid as it sounds. The only bad thing about riding a bike is when you have to stop - it's addictive! And without smoker's lungs, you'll even be able to make it up a hill or two.
I am 3 years a non smoker and am very thankful that I was able to quit for good this time. It will get easier and you feel so much better with every passing week and yes, the weight will come off especially with a cool looking mountain bike to ride. Don't forget your helmet.
Congrats Mark! I know how hard it is. One thing that may help is to drink lots of water when you feel the pull to go back. Smoking can be very dehydrating and hydration helps you lose weight. Good luck with it
Cold turkey. I looked into those patches and what not - they do not work. After 6 months when you come off the patches - the statistics show exactly the same success rates as people who quit cold turkey.
F******* government and pharmacy companies!!
You try finding any statistics for longer than 6 months.
Mark, congrats on quitting. It's been 6 weeks for me...about the same time I joined HubPages.
The wife and I have also been thinking about getting bikes, so I think your plan is great! Be ever vigilant on the smoking, as I've found out the hard way it's too easy to start back. Quit for three years once, and started again.
Congratulations Mark! Are you working on the coffee habit next? I'm working on the cola habit now and next comes the smoking. Had to do it this way, cola's are the bigger addiction for me. Been looking at bikes a lot lately, want to get back into it. Yours is an inspiration!
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