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What A Day To Be A Quitter

  1. Dale Mazurek profile image72
    Dale Mazurekposted 7 years ago

    Well today has been day one of my quit smoking campaign.

    Does it suck?  Oh yah

    That doesnt matter though.  I am determined to quit and Im not letting anything stand in my way.

    Hopefully each day gets better even though I think its only going to get worse for a few days

    Dale

    1. Origin profile image61
      Originposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good luck to you big_smile

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      kimberlyslyricsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Dale, you can do this, and even better, then live longer and be here making us happy.  So if you can't do it for you right now, do it for us

      kiss

      1. Dale Mazurek profile image72
        Dale Mazurekposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you my very good friend.

        With the help of all the hubbers and their support I am just finishing up my 11th day as a non smoker.

        Dale

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    Quitting is so easy, I know, I did it a thousand times. big_smile best of luck to ya Dale.

    1. SummerSteward profile image60
      SummerStewardposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      haha, you mean you took breaks?

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      Madame Xposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      lol

      Seriously though . . . I quit a number of years ago and I did it by identifying the times I most craved a cigarette. Like after a meal, or after sex, or first thing in the morning. And then I girded myself to be the most disciplined at those particular times. I absolutely refused to smoke then. As a result I didn't feel the craving as much at other times. It was pure hell. But by admitting to myself that that's exactly what it was, I could overcome it.

      Good luck to you Dale. I'll say a prayer for you smile

      1. Dale Mazurek profile image72
        Dale Mazurekposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        You are so right.  I finished supper about an hour ago and dam I wanted a cigarette after that.  I fought the feeling for about 5 minutes and now is all good.

        Thanks for the encouragement

        Dale

  3. Ohma profile image76
    Ohmaposted 7 years ago

    Good luck Dale! you will make it I know you will.

  4. earnestshub profile image87
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    Go Dale! smile

  5. Dale Mazurek profile image72
    Dale Mazurekposted 7 years ago

    I will try and keep everyone updated on a daily basis until it just doesnt matter anymore.

    Thanks everyone

    Dale

  6. emievil profile image78
    emievilposted 7 years ago

    I thought you were talking about something else!

    Good luck Dale. Know you can do it smile

  7. Ladybird33 profile image48
    Ladybird33posted 7 years ago

    Dale, you CAN DO it!  The first few days will suck but it's so worth it.  I mean it, people have no idea how bad smoking is for their mind and bodies.  Good luck and I wish you the best in this journey!

  8. Rafini profile image88
    Rafiniposted 7 years ago

    Good luck, Dale! 

    It's not as difficult as everyone thinks it is.  I quit almost 6 weeks ago and have only had one major desire for a cigarette (just a couple days ago when I was majorly stressed & the desire passed when the stress did)

    You can do it!!

  9. rebekahELLE profile image88
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    you can do it Dale. hey, maybe talk to mark knowles. he might be able to give you some tips on how he did it. {I hope he's still smoke free.}

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      Justine76posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      big_smile  or Lorlie6  http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Tobacco-Diaries

      quitting sucks, but it gets better!!!

  10. TheGlassSpider profile image74
    TheGlassSpiderposted 7 years ago

    You can do it, Dale!! If I can do it, I promise you can too!! (Free of cigs since last November!!) Hang in there!

  11. Misha profile image78
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    Good luck buddy! I know you can do it - I did smile

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    china manposted 7 years ago

    Keep this running Dale, you are gonna need all the support you can get!  The first hours, days even maybe a month is carried on by willpower and common sense because it is in front of you to do battle with.  Later the insidious little bastard creeps up on you unexpectedly and that is the hardest to deal with, when 'no' and 'why not' get finely balanced.

    I wish you the absolute best of luck and willpower.

    I gave up around 13 months, one week and 3 days ago, I still stumble a little, usually managing a few days before grabbing a quick puff of poison that now tastes disgusting and requires me to change my clothes, wash my face and brush my teeth before 'she' gets near me.

    I am down from 40 per day for over 40 years to maybe 10 per week - and I am not going to stop quitting until I actually stop smoking.  Do not underestimate how hard it is going to be, but don't get frightened by it - just grind it down.

    Go Dale!! - I am definitely with you.

  13. Dale Mazurek profile image72
    Dale Mazurekposted 7 years ago

    Once again thank you to everyone.  I am almost at the end of my first day.  Now I hope I can sleep

    Dale

    1. Rafini profile image88
      Rafiniposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Oh yeah!  Lay OFF the caffeine!!!   Guess we shoulda told ya that this morning, huh?

      1. Friendlyword profile image60
        Friendlywordposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        If you can get by not smoking after you eat, during coffee breaks, and while you're drinking alcohol; it wont be so hard to stop.  Tackle those hard things first, and after a week or two you wont have that serious urge to smoke. I never used patches or gum, but they might help you.

  14. Cagsil profile image61
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    Good luck. smile

  15. PackSecure profile image59
    PackSecureposted 7 years ago

    Good luck in your tough challenge.

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    sandra rinckposted 7 years ago

    You can do it! You made an excellent decision.  big_smile

  17. KCC Big Country profile image88
    KCC Big Countryposted 7 years ago

    You can do it Dale.  Take one minute at a time.  In no time at all you'll be saying it's been 10 years since you quit.  smile

  18. Dale Mazurek profile image72
    Dale Mazurekposted 7 years ago

    Well just made it through my first night.  I thought I would have problems sleeping but actually slept great.

    Now another full day to get through.

    Well here I come day 2

    Dale

    1. deosfluviatilis profile image69
      deosfluviatilisposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Wow! Congratulations, that is so fantastic!

      It's the number one best thing you can do for your health. A couple more days and it will start to get easier. Keep it up!

    2. Mark Knowles profile image59
      Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good for you Dale. They say the first day is the worst - but they are lying. wink

      You can do it. big_smile

    3. alternate poet profile image68
      alternate poetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      So - how has your day gone Dale ?

  19. Dale Mazurek profile image72
    Dale Mazurekposted 7 years ago

    A great big thanks for all the encouragement

  20. Ultimate Hubber profile image71
    Ultimate Hubberposted 7 years ago

    Someday I will quit it too maybe. tongue

    You can become an inspiration for others like me by quitting it for good. Best of luck!

    1. GoGranny profile image75
      GoGrannyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I am thinking the same thing UH. I know I must do it. My life at 52 is most likely more than half over...I shouldn't be trying to speed up my end by continuing to smoke....I know, I know!

  21. jayjay40 profile image79
    jayjay40posted 7 years ago

    Good luck Dale, keep busy and drink plenty of water. Keep focused on the thrill of being a non-smoker. Thinking of you

  22. Jane@CM profile image59
    Jane@CMposted 7 years ago

    Good luck Dale - I am there with you! It sucks! Its hard!

  23. Dale Mazurek profile image72
    Dale Mazurekposted 7 years ago

    In my eyes there are no other options.  Quitting will be the only measure of success.

    It is cool to have all the support here though

    Dale

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      sandra rinckposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Beware.  My hardest day was about three weeks later.  Like Mark said.  They say the first day is the hardest... they lied!

      Just get mad at them!  My girlfriend quit about 7 years ago.  She wrote a break up letter to them.  I wrote one too, 

      http://www.facebook.com/sandrarinck?v=a … 5405531625

      And sometimes when I was feeling like I was going to lose I just got even more mad at them.  I took every snippet of advice.  Some were good some were bad but the 'just stay in bed until the craziness passes' was good advice.

      Go out and get some exercise was bad advice, at least it was for me.  I think it had something to do with getting my heart rated up that made exercising a no no while going through withdrawals. 

      Anyways, if you feel like just running off at the mouth because you are feeling agitated, everyone will understand.  I hope anyways.  big_smile

  24. KCC Big Country profile image88
    KCC Big Countryposted 7 years ago

    See, 1 day down already!  Day 2 is going to be better than the first.  Every single day will be better.  Good luck to you on your continued success!

  25. Daniel Carter profile image79
    Daniel Carterposted 7 years ago

    Tough stuff, Dale. But totally with you on quitting. I watched a couple of family members get through the quitting phase, and I have a son-in-law who is trying to quit. You've got MUCHO support. Sending all the good stuff your way.
    smile

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    Kathryn LJposted 7 years ago

    Thinking of you Dale.  It's tough quitting the dreaded weed but you will feel better and will have loads more money!  I quit 3 years ago, after being a committed smoker for all of my adult life.  I loved smoking but I loved the way I felt after a few months of not smoking, even more.  Put the money you would have spent in a jar and treat yourself to something nice each week.  It's really hard quitting and you deserve a treat.  In a few months time, you'll wonder why you ever started.  You can do it!!!

  27. Lily Rose profile image87
    Lily Roseposted 7 years ago

    Congratulations, Dale!  You can do it!  I quit cold turkey in 1999 and haven't picked up a cigarette since...

    1. alternate poet profile image68
      alternate poetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      So you are a smoker who hasn't had a cigarette for 11 years big_smile

      I once quit for four years - then somebody handed me one in a moment of celebration and red wine - and I was immediately back on 40 per day again !  I have also given up (again) over one year ago.

  28. Shadesbreath profile image85
    Shadesbreathposted 7 years ago

    Hang in there, man.  You can do it.  I kicked my tobacco habit of 17 years.  Haven't looked back in the 13 years since.  It's totally do-able.  It sucks ass, but it's doable.  Stick through it, it's TOTALLY worth it.

  29. AEvans profile image78
    AEvansposted 7 years ago

    You can do it! smile

  30. Zsuzsy Bee profile image91
    Zsuzsy Beeposted 7 years ago

    Go Dale go...sending you all the good vibes

  31. Anolinde profile image86
    Anolindeposted 7 years ago

    Wow, Dale.  Grats on getting through the first day!  I quit cold turkey myself 4 years ago when I found out I was pregnant.  It was easy then because I had a good reason to quit.  Good luck!  You can do it!

  32. earnestshub profile image87
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    Wishing you the best here Dale. A tough road and the right one. All the best and may your force be with you. smile

  33. alternate poet profile image68
    alternate poetposted 7 years ago

    So - how are you getting on Dale?  In my experience, ,about now you should have started getting periods of highs and confidence interspersed with occasional black holes like a kind of depression. Whatever is happening with you hang in there - things change pretty quick smile

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    kimberlyslyricsposted 7 years ago

    Good Luck Dale

    We're all behind you [or in front]

    You can do it!

    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/3091768_f520.jpg

    1. alternate poet profile image68
      alternate poetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      If this is his prize and he has only quit three days, what do I get for over one year pant !! pant !!  pant !!

    2. Dale Mazurek profile image72
      Dale Mazurekposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      All I can say is OMG

    3. Greek One profile image73
      Greek Oneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      who's that?

      ..and why does she have so much excess hair?

  35. Dale Mazurek profile image72
    Dale Mazurekposted 7 years ago

    Well its day six and I am happy to report I havent had a single smoke.

    Is it hard?  Your dam right it is hard but honestly at day six so far its not as bad as i thought it would be.

    Every couple of hours I have an intense period of craving.  After a few minutes that goes away and all is good.

    Get this, day six and I havent even been grumpy yet.

    The only downfall is I am eating a lot of sunflower seeds.

    i have been told day one is the worst, been there done that, I have been told day 3 is the worst, been there done that.  I have been told day nine is the worst. 

    It does seem to be getting easier every day though. 

    Doesnt matter though because failure isnt an option.

    Dale

    1. FranyaBlue profile image82
      FranyaBlueposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      'failure isn't an option' used to be my motto when I was giving up and It worked for me.

      Well done so far and good luck!

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      china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      congrats, a harder milestone than a million page views!!!

      If you haven't been grumpy yet then work on keeping up the wave of optimism as long as possible, the longer you have quit when any downer comes the stronger you can be.  I would wish for you that it never comes but I have my doubts smile

      The other thing I found the most help is to keep active, do more sporty type things than you did before even if it just getting out of the house for a walk a few times per day. Weight gain can be an issue, but I would worry about that when you are an established smoker who hasn't smoked for two months.

      Good luck!

  36. hoodieweather profile image59
    hoodieweatherposted 7 years ago

    Congrats to you so far!

  37. jayjay40 profile image79
    jayjay40posted 7 years ago

    Well done Dale, I knew you could do it

  38. goldenpath profile image74
    goldenpathposted 7 years ago

    Give yourself a reason to concentrate or think of something else.  Try shaving off one eyebrow.  That should definitely take your mind off of it for a while.  If that don't do it just force yourself into watching a marathon of Brady Bunch.  Better not - that'll drive you to drink! smile

  39. alternate poet profile image68
    alternate poetposted 7 years ago

    Still hanging in there Dale ?

 
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