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Giving up smoking is totally worth it!

  1. Mark Knowles profile image61
    Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago

    This is for a few of those who have quit recently - or want to - you know who you are.

    OK - 8th month - went for a mountain bike ride this afternoon - and for the first time - really felt the benefit of quitting. I live in a really, really hilly area of France - and I did not have to stop going up this bastard of a hill because I couldn't breathe.

    That is the first time I have really felt it was worth it.OK -I am now 35 pounds heavier than I was - but still - I could breathe!

    Stick with it guys. big_smile

    1. Origin profile image60
      Originposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Congrats with that! Any pictures of the countryside?

      1. Mark Knowles profile image61
        Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        http://www.panoramio.com/photos/original/10394760.jpg

        big_smile

        1. sajal.mark profile image61
          sajal.markposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Superb. Keep up the bike riding smile

    2. Madison22 profile image60
      Madison22posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Mark, I am so happy for you. You are truly inspiring me to do this. I am having a difficut time quitting.  Last month I quit for 3 weeks and I gave in. But, I am not going to give up!  I am going to continue to try until I stop smoking and I am shooting for sooner then later. I too want to breathe the mountain fresh air.

  2. Faybe Bay profile image83
    Faybe Bayposted 6 years ago

    Wow! So there is life after quitting! I have a bit more hope. I haven't been able to write like I used to. I guess that will pass. It's been 5 weeks now, and I have already gained 8 pounds. I know you will take off the weight if you keep riding that  mountain bike! Great picture, and a great idea for a forum.

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
      Stevennix2001posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      hi, hows it going?

    2. Mark Knowles profile image61
      Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Yes - there is life after quitting. 6 months of hell which included a lot of illness and an extra 35 lbs - but today was the first time I honestly felt it was worth it. big_smile

      1. Faybe Bay profile image83
        Faybe Bayposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I felt it was worth it when I decided not to put cigarettes on a credit card! But now it's been a bunch of anxiety attacks in a row.
        Now for all those diet hubs I was going to write when I got here. I can tell you how to lose 35 pounds, and it won't be start smoking! big_smile

        @ Stevennix, I am better than I have been. I have to write a hub today and start a blog.

        Apparently weight loss after quitting smoking would be a smoking hot topic!

        1. Mark Knowles profile image61
          Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this
          1. Faybe Bay profile image83
            Faybe Bayposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            lol lol lol lol

      2. alternate poet profile image77
        alternate poetposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I have almost given up - I have been at it over one year now which may seem like a cop out but - I am down to under twenty per week from forty per day for around 40 years.

        I completely stopped for around 3 years once before and I was ill for the whole time, including pneumonia, constant chest and throat bugs; I put on over 20 kilos (still have 5 of them) and felt worse rather than better.

        This time round (20 years later) I have reached the point where the occasional cigarette tastes like s**t and makes me feel dizzy and uncomfortable, consequently I am smoking less and less each week now, and expect I will not bother anymore after next week.

        I resist the urge to lecture young people about their smoking - not starting just seems so easy from where I am.

  3. ngureco profile image85
    ngurecoposted 6 years ago

    That’s a good achievement if you have stayed away from them for 8 months. I wonder how life must have been for you in the first 8 days without them.

  4. Cagsil profile image61
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    Congrats Mark! smile

  5. luvpassion profile image60
    luvpassionposted 6 years ago

    Good Job Mr. Knowles, giving up habits is so very hard...I know. Did you throw them away or use a regiment?

    1. Mark Knowles profile image61
      Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Cold turkey. big_smile

  6. Misha profile image75
    Mishaposted 6 years ago

    But hauling those extra 35 pounds around is not much fun though tongue

    1. Mark Knowles profile image61
      Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Nope - hence the mountain bike. big_smile

      One thing at a time.

      1. Misha profile image75
        Mishaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Oh, you mean it's easier to haul it using mountain bike? I have to look into this. wink

        1. Mark Knowles profile image61
          Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          LOL No - I am hoping there will be less to haul of I mountain bike.

          1. Misha profile image75
            Mishaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Shoot, looks like I have to go back to a trusted wheelbarrow sad

            1. frogdropping profile image85
              frogdroppingposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              What on earth are you putting in the wheelbarrow?

              1. Misha profile image75
                Mishaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Extra 35 pounds, for easier hauling around lol

                How was your dentist visit?

                1. frogdropping profile image85
                  frogdroppingposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  lol You aren't a big guy. You're spot on. Men should look like a few parties are under their belts. Or over them. I love a big guy. I have one and he's all the better for it.

                  Dentist was fine. I was surprised I managed to get there, wait AND let the dentist do what was needed, though he did a lot less than I'd envisaged. You know how fear works - always  considers the worst case scenario and runs with it neutral

                  1. Misha profile image75
                    Mishaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    LOL I am - sort of, pretty much like Mark, though I started a few years earlier. Moobs and all that stuff... That's why I am poking fun at him. smile

                    I always was around 75-85 kilos before I quit, and nowadays I am around 100 LOL

                    And I love it you love big guys, may be I should just leave my tummy alone wink

                    Glad to hear about your dentist went smooth, congrats! smile

  7. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago

    it's great to see that happy smiley face Mark! what a great achievement. I'm sure this thread will help inspire others!

    that pic is just gorgeous. big_smile

  8. Origin profile image60
    Originposted 6 years ago

    Nice countryside, I bet the air is really refreshing as well. When I go up north into the country it's great to breathe in the fresh air. You can totally tell the difference, especially since I live in a heavly populated suburbia. big_smile

  9. cupid51 profile image48
    cupid51posted 6 years ago

    That's a really lovely place! anybody living there would not need any medication! mad

  10. TLMinut profile image59
    TLMinutposted 6 years ago

    Awesome, wonderful, and incredible, Mark! CONGRATULATIONS!

    I'm not sure I could handle getting fat to give up smoking, I was fat once for a while and don't ever want to do that again. Of course, I've had four kids so maybe I'm already a pro at it and can just do it again (losing weight and quitting smoking).

    Once the kids stop harassing you to quit, the grandkids start... right now I can't even imagine being able to ride a bike up a mountain!

  11. Rafini profile image85
    Rafiniposted 6 years ago

    Congrats Mark!  It certainly is totally worth it to quit smoking.  I quit almost 2 months ago and the improvements in taste and smell are enough to make you wonder why you ever smoked in the first place!  And the energy too!  Totally worth it not to be puffing on paper filled with valueless nothing every day. big_smile

  12. lorlie6 profile image84
    lorlie6posted 6 years ago

    You are rock stars!  I am shame faced at my 'failure' but will be at it again...I refuse to let the tobacco companies win. mad

    1. Rafini profile image85
      Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      No Shame!  And don't think of it as failure either - rather think of any improvement as a step in the right direction. smile

  13. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 6 years ago

    Good inspiration Mark!  I've cut back, but haven't quit like I really want to - just too much going on.  Hopefully the Cali sun will help smile

    Sorry to hear you had health issues in the last 6 months.  Last time I quit for a long time, I got bronchitis several times.  Weird that I don't get it while smoking.

    The weight will come off - you and your bike will make friends!

    1. Rafini profile image85
      Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Best to quit when life isn't too stressful....but remember, anything is better than nothing!  smile

  14. frogdropping profile image85
    frogdroppingposted 6 years ago

    Wow - how great is that?! I will get there. I'm on the verge. Got an appointment booked. Am probably going cold turkey but my sister wants I at least have some support (it's the medical half of her wink) to have a better chance of success.

    I'm so happy to see that such a confirmed smoker as you managed to get through the horrible journey that giving up smoking in. Huge congrats to your healthier lifestyle. I certainly remember the week you stopped ... and the teeth ... then dealing with the weight gain ... you made it! big_smile

    1. megs78 profile image61
      megs78posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      froggy, go with the patch! increase your chances of quitting.  thats how i did it.  it was still hell, it was horrible, it was depressing,etc, but its been 5 years and i have never looked back.  but use something as a support, its comforting to have something.  the patch worked wonders for me and i was able to get rid of that after 2 months.  good luck!

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    Linda Myshrallposted 6 years ago

    Congratulations!

    It sure is nice not to have that noose around your neck, isn't it?

    Have you had any smoking dreams yet?  The kind where you wake up freaked out because you think you smoked?  It's been more than 17 years, and I still have those dreams... I can't believe how realistic they are.

    Anyway, you're kickin' rump and takin' names.

    1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image89
      mistyhorizon2003posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Blimey, I have those dreams too and I have been 'stopped' for 17 months now, but thankfully my only weight gain has been about 7 pounds, which I actually needed as I was a bit too thin really.

  16. TLMinut profile image59
    TLMinutposted 6 years ago

    frog, I have a friend like that that loves big guys - she considers skinny guys suspect (are they really men?); built guys great to look at but probably gay to pay so much attention to themselves; big, cuddly teddy bear guys are what she considers real men!

  17. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    Hopefully, this kid will stop one of these days

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3ldTfAR3aM

  18. wyanjen profile image87
    wyanjenposted 6 years ago

    You know it...
    I just light up a Marlboro.

    tongue

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    Tilecleaninghubposted 6 years ago

    Wow that picture is breaking my heart.  DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT!!!!!  Last time I went hiking I got ankle swelling and pain from being too old to hike.  Wanna go back and give it another try

  20. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago

    sounds like your body is telling you it's time to stop for good.
    you're not enjoying it. just do it. you know you can.
    good luck.

  21. Mark Knowles profile image61
    Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago

    Thanks for the laughs guys - and those of you still trying - go for it. It was hell and I was sick as a dog for a while there, but - I had been a smoker for 35 years and it is a shock to take them away.

    I do feel it was worth it - even with the extra weight and wanted to share that feeling.

  22. Jewels profile image80
    Jewelsposted 6 years ago

    Yeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Mark!

    1. michifus profile image86
      michifusposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Well done. Its been three weeks for me now. Cant say I am feeling the benefit yet. Its been a slog, and the past 20 days feels like a year.!

      Well done Mark for making it - a supreme effort!!!!!

  23. frogdropping profile image85
    frogdroppingposted 6 years ago

    I have an appointment. I don't think my sister trusts me to go cold turkey - my usual method of quitting anything. I imagine I'm going to be patched up and pilled out neutral

    Not going to be adding to my waist though. I've got my water ready, just need celery. I like the weight I am. I'm determined not to give any room to unwanted pounds. I'll eat while walking if I have to big_smile

    By the way Mark - I was out hill walking and thought your picture looked very similar to some of the scenery found on the Yorkshire Moors. Beautiful place you live.

    Oh and do you wear a cycle helmut? My eldest son cycles everywhere. He was almost killed recently. Came away with a suspected rib fracture or two but otherwise ok. I know a helmut won't save much but I figured a helmut was better than nothing.

    He complains about it but he is wearing it now smile

    1. michifus profile image86
      michifusposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You in the UK now? going to try Champix?

      I'm on the pills and they do work and reduce the cravings, and I have not felt the need to ram every remotely edible thing in my gob.  A problem when I try cold turkey. I'm still trying to shift the weight from last years 3 month cold turkey attempt.

      God knows what it will be like giving up the pills, but that's next months problem wink

      1. spryte profile image88
        spryteposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Michifus - I'm on the American version...Chantix and I've been wondering the same thing.  Since they produce a smaller amount of dopamine...do you need to ease off of them by going back to the lower dosage?  I didn't think to ask my doctor...but I'll be seeing her before it's time to stop taking the medication.

        1. michifus profile image86
          michifusposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Let me know what she says. I get them from the chemist as they don't prescribe them here,  so I don't know. The packet seems to suggest that you just stop. However I cant see Pfizer being that bothered about you after you stop buying their pills so would prefer a medical answer smile

          I may go down to a half dose for the last week, I certainly cant afford to stay on them. They are more expensive than smoking!

          1. spryte profile image88
            spryteposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            For me they are a bit less...$ 170.00 for the prescription for a month vs $ 260.00 in cigarettes (on average).  Still...I'm not sure why they aren't at least partially covered by insurance.  Rather ridiculous if you ask me.

            1. michifus profile image86
              michifusposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              True - you would think your medical company would be happy that you are giving up smoking! They cost €122 for 28 days here, so €34 more than 20 cigarettes a day. It still represents excellent value, though.

  24. kirstenblog profile image79
    kirstenblogposted 6 years ago

    I have been thinking about just this topic lately, as I want to have kids at some point soon and know that their chances of being healthy are increased if I quit soon (like before I get pregnant).

    If/when I take that big step you all can expect me around the forums a lot arguing with the believers and atheists, the liberals and the conservatives. Nothing like a good slanging match to vent the frustration at wanting a smoke I reckon tongue

    Was that one of your strategies Mark? Those believers do get you wound up don't they lol wink

  25. Haunty profile image84
    Hauntyposted 6 years ago

    My friend sent this in a funny mail today. A ceiling mural in a smoking lounge:
    http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/8365/att00004a.jpg

  26. Mark Knowles profile image61
    Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago

    kirsten - there may be something to that. I got banned about 3 times during that horrible 6 months.  I won't go into details but I had a pretty bad tooth/jaw infection and trapped nerve that was extremely painful for about 6 weeks.

    haunty - scary

    frog - go for it - I really suggest you don't worry about a few extra pounds though. It is really hard not to put weight on. sad

    Everyone else -= thanks - and you can do it of you want to.

    1. Haunty profile image84
      Hauntyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Oh, I'm sorry. But not to worry, Mark Knowleses don't get scared that easily. smile

  27. spryte profile image88
    spryteposted 6 years ago

    smile Mark...big hugs sent your way!

    Two months now here but I didn't have the willpower (or won't-power) to go cold turkey.  I'm using Chantix and it's really helped a lot. 

    I cheated a bit the first month.  It took a while for me to accept that having a cigarette was doing nothing to satisfy a craving and was merely a habit (thanks to the Chantix).

    I've gained about 5 pounds (mindless munching out of boredom) so this weekend my husband and I are joining a health club.  Note...my husband has not gained an ounce since we've met and is a non-smoker...but he will suffer all the same! It was his constant nagging that contributed to my quitting...and I love him for caring so much.

    Good luck with your non-smoking ways and biking!  I'm looking forward to being able to say the same thing in 6 more  months!

  28. frogdropping profile image85
    frogdroppingposted 6 years ago

    Ahhh well you see megs I got a bit bored waiting for the appointment, which is/was next week. My Simões is coming here in four weeks and he smokes like a mill chimney. Thought I'd better get a shuffle on at this stopping lark. Besides which I'm broke and this will save me £40+ a week.

    I'll be fine *checks immediate vicinity* yep, all good here. No one maimed or hiding from me and I'm definitely not chewing the sofa legs. Yet wink

    And thankyou!

  29. shazwellyn profile image83
    shazwellynposted 6 years ago

    You have a lot to be proud of Mark!  I gave up 17 years ago... had a period of stress and started again ... it was as if I hadnt given up!  Couldnt believe it!  Anyway, have kicked it again 18 months ago and still find it a struggle.  Craving ciggies - it is always a struggle (well for me, anyway - addictive personality,, Im afraid sad)

    Well done Mark!

    p.s. missed you mate! *wink*

    1. Mark Knowles profile image61
      Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Good for you. And you frog. smile

      1. shazwellyn profile image83
        shazwellynposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        The point that I am making is that it is a life long committment... and, in my experience, you never truly get over the addiction ... keep strong mate!

        1. Mark Knowles profile image61
          Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I know. SUX!  - I could smoke one right this minute. I have had to curtail some of my usual activities. I turned down a free trip to the Rugby in Marseilles last weekend with some friends. 3 hours in a car with 4 smokers and drinking all afternoon? I would have come back smoking. sad

          1. shazwellyn profile image83
            shazwellynposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Yes.. I know how you feel... I only have to look at sunforges smoking smily in the hubsacademy am Im thinking... ummm... would love a drag!  It really is terrible! smile

            1. Mark Knowles profile image61
              Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Horrible. I am sure it will get better at some point - well it already has. I can now sit on the seafront and drink a coffee without wanting to murder the smoker at the next table. But - I am not ready for the rugby with 4 smokers yet. sad

              1. shazwellyn profile image83
                shazwellynposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Sometimes you go without thinking about it for months.. then... it grabs you!  Just know it is normal smile

  30. Wendi M profile image84
    Wendi Mposted 6 years ago

    Congratulations Mark!

    I'm making my way to 4 years of not smoking and I have never felt better!!

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    sandra rinckposted 6 years ago

    Today I am feeling the pinch.  I cannot tell if I am wanting one because I am in a bad mood or if not having one is the reason I am in a bad mood. 

    Either way, it SUX! I will probably spend the rest of the day pacing and thinking about how much I hate that this is even part of my life, really I just want to put my fist in the wall but it's likely that I would only hurt my hand and not even dent the wall.

    1. shazwellyn profile image83
      shazwellynposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I have been fancing one so bad, lately, that I have rubbed by tongue behind my teeth during sleeping!  My tongue is 'white' raw with rubbing!  owww!

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        sandra rinckposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I hear ya, I have actually been doing the same.  Though my tongue is not white, it is raw at the tip from bitting it along with my lips and cheeks.  Waaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!http://canuckjihad.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/crybaby.png?w=300&h=425

        1. shazwellyn profile image83
          shazwellynposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Addiction leads to sub conscious self harm!  *boo hoo*

 
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