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:
They are cool. With the economy in a shambles more people are riding. I hope you do a hub on your experiences in the saddle. By the way, that looks like the ideal bike.
Thanks. It is last years model - but I am looking forward to getting back in the saddle. I used to be obsessed with cycling - now I am old and fat.
The hell with a bike, do a cage fight! It will get you in shape!
Cool. I wouldn't know if it a good bike or not either then again I was super happy to cruz around on my hot pink huffy! Congrats on the 10 weeks.
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 gave up 10 years ago, after smoking 20-30 a day since I was 18 years old. Based on my experience in giving up, the first 10 years are the most difficult
But seriously, congratulations and keep going! The weight will come off again once your metabolism readjusts. Mine did.
I started when I was 12 and smoked for 36 years. It feels good to be free. But I need something to replace it and a mountain bike was voted it.
Not going to try riding in deep snow though.
Deep snow, where in the south of France? at the beach?
Congrats Mark good for you, 10 weeks without is great. I'm rooting for you.
Should start snowing any day now.
see mark, you inspired me. I read your thread and hopped on the treadmill. although it's balmy, 81 degrees here.
keep up the great work! your wife must be thrilled for you!
Congratulations! It's a very difficult thing to do. Think of all that money you will save and all the health benefits of being a non-smoker!
Good for you Mark, quitting your smoking like that. So proud of ya! And dang boy you better be riding that bike everywhere and stylin' it. That bike is hot!
congrats! that has to feel good. the bike looks awesome~~
keep up the good work! nice to see a worthy thread here in the forums.
Congratulations! I gave up smoking a long, long time ago! I just replaced one bad habit with another! LOL!
Enjoy the bike, I know I like mine. I just wish there was less traffic to ride it in!
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.
LOL Thanks guys.
@ Marine - a cage fight? Not a chance - last time I got in a ring was the last time I wanted to. You need to be already in shape for that stuff.
I will stick with the bike thanks.
Very true, it's hard to fight when smoking! It is a hell of a rush though, unlike any other. Closest I have came to it was skydiving. Maybe you will inspire me to stop smoking. lol
Great stuff well done, I quite smoking over 9 years ago and have never smoked since, although I have replaced it with drink it just goes to show that addiction is rife!!
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
Hey Mark so how did you quit smoking? the patch? the gum? cold turkey? just wondering...you should know that about me lol
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.
Thanks. Same to you. Figured I was spending about E200 a month on smoking - so the bike represents 4 months of not smoking.
I am over halfway there. Yes - I have had to keep away from bars for the duration. Only just starting to feel OK in a bar again.
Congrats, Mr. Knowles!! I watched a couple of family members quit smoking and watched how difficult that process is. You are a determined sort, and I'm very happy for your success.
So what did you name her? (The bike.)
Yes, pharma companies run a terrible money racquet. I've been through some pretty heavy meds myself, which put me in a similar position as anyone quitting smoking, and it's pure, unadulterated hell.
Hoping you have innumerable pleasant vistas and outings on the new girl. [snicker.]
Thanks. Yes = big pharma/government inc got you by the balls every way you look.
No name as yet - we are not well enough acquainted. I will take her for a ride tomorrow and see how she treats me. I suspect it will be "that F****** B*****" until I lose some of the weight.
Hate Bi*** is a pet name I use for people and things. I add other suffixes and prefixes which help clarify which is which.
Hope she's gentle on you. Make sure you have a wide seat. Those banana seats kill your blood flow between the legs. Not something new you need in your life!
congrats on quitting smoking - looks like the next step is finding healthier snacking alternatives?
sweet bike though, im jealous
It looks like an awfully hard, flat seat, that's just the metal part right? You still need the seat cover?
That's lovely. Well Done.
Would have liked to see you on her.
Keep it up.
@ TMinut - That is the entire seat. They are more comfortable than they look. I hope. It has been a while....
Hmm...get some body lotion. Maybe some padded bike shorts. Getting chapped down there is a pain in the...
There's a lovely thought lol thanks for that Liam
Padded bike shorts are a great idea! Congratulations on quitting smoking - I quit over 10 years ago and it was one of the best things I ever did for myself.
Trust me. Padded bike shorts and a decent saddle (fi'z:ik arione) were the only extras I was willing to pay for.
Worth every penny..........
I need to get my bike from my parents and get new tires. I haven't ridden my bike in years! I miss it
good job, mark!
don't forget a helmet - heads on concrete have the same effect as does a watermelon. nasty.
Wow, congrats and the new bicycle will surely be a good company for you to keep healthy and stay fit!
I love to hear good news for once! Sick of hearing sooo many bad news lately.
Congrats on quitting after so long as a smoker (not easy).
And if that bike doesn't work out for you, you'd look 'the man' on something like this.
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!
Quitting smoking - Congratulations.
The bike - Congratulations (It's always nice to get back doing what we once loved)
The weight gain - Oh well (I've known several people who quit smoking, gain weight, and then get themselves thinner than before when they do lose it.)
Seriously - it is really nice to think about something positive for a change.
Obama anti-christ/government bailouts/end times a comin.....
F*** that s***
I quit smoking and bought a new bike. What coffee habit?
That trike looks good though.........
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