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Posted on Sat, Aug 16, 2008 10:30

We all have some habits that we know are bad choices for us. We indulge them for too long and it is not good for us, but we just keep doing it. There comes a time when we just have to give them up. So I am giving up sex! ROFLMAO... Just kidding. This is actually my last day of smoking. I figured a full moon is as good a day(night) as any, so I am working on my last pack of ciggies, and tomorrow will start a new phase, smoke free... I have smoked off and on for the last 19 years. Quit back in 2005 for 11 months, and then started back again out of boredom and foolishness. Thought I would start a blog, and document my trials and tribulations as I pass through these initial crital weeks. Smoking is a bad habit. Nasty, foul and stinky. But I will say that I enjoy sitting on the front porch in the evenings, with a drink and a smoke, listening to the world go by...


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Posted on Fri, Sep 05, 2008 16:41

I've been taking the Wellbutrin (Zyban) for almost 2 months now. I do find that my desire to smoke, and eat, has lessened dramatically. I go for hours without thinking about it. I'm hoping to be smoke free soon. It is part of my master plan that I have recently drawn up.


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Posted on Fri, Sep 05, 2008 16:10

Well here I am at Day 20 !!! I am gonna go get a big cigar to celebrate. Just kidding. Maybe in a couple months, cause I still feel those little urges creeping into my soul every now and then. James, I am deliberately slowing down on the postings because even though it is major triumph for me, it really isn't that blogworthy. Hoping that Trish, CB and Ready are hanging there too with their desire to be less smokey too!!! Kitten, I got a chuckle out of the stomp and flush technique. LOL But alas, I feel to feeble at this point to risk the temptation. I do still have an old peanut can filled with old butts that I pull out and sniff in moments of weakness. I thought of watering them down as Opti suggested, but that was a little over the top for my tastes and/or sense of smell. :o) On the bubble thing, just do a search for "Zorbs Smokey Mountains" and you should find them. They are located in Pigeon Forge, which is sorta near DollyWorld and Gatlinburg, TN. It is probably about 3.5 hours north of Atlanta and maybe 2 hours from Ashville, NC(near Queenie). Ashville, NC or Knoxville, TN would probably be the closest airports. Gatlinburg is quite the tourist trap, so there are lots of hotels and such nearby. We have talked about it off and on for a long time, maybe in the spring we will actually plan something!


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Posted on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 19:02

Hi Rob- As a hardened smoker I have to admit that I worried about you relapsing because we hadn't heard from you between August 25th and Sept 1st. Please don't get me wrong dude I wasn't doubting your integrity or your convictions. It's just that there is a very very tiny little part of me that is a hard-core cynic who has seen it far too many times; people who quit and relapse. People who have never smoked can't know what you're up against. I've known a few recovering herion addicts who've told me that it's harder to quit nicotine. Needless to say I was relieved when you posted that you were still smoke free! I'm happy for you, man! So to you, and Trish, and CB, I wish you all continued success in kicking this disgusting addiction's arse! I am currently researching Chantrix. I've heard mostly positive things about it. James.


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Posted on Wed, Sep 03, 2008 19:13

well I had to check back in a see how you were faring. Good tolearn that you are sticking with it. Im all for going Zorbing next spring,,i think we should do it. And I really need something to look forward to after this bleak year of death and destruction. Bubbles it is..so says I,,,where is this place again ?


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Posted on Mon, Sep 01, 2008 19:18

Day 16 is almost gone now... Last week was kinda odd. I had a couple really hard days, worse even than the previous week. I just had to get up from my desk and walk around a bit. I think that may be one of the "habit" parts of smoking. It was not so much getting up and going to smoke a cigarette as it was just getting up and taking a short break. Still hanging in there, and hoping the worst of the physical addiction is over now!!!


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Posted on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 19:12

Hey Robtest! Good for you! It sounds like you're doing okay so far, haven't gone berserk and ripped anyone's head off yet lol! I've tried the patches, they itched like crazy and left big red marks for days afterwards, my doctor told me I was allergic to them lol! Tried the gum, it bothered the heck out of my stomach, tried hypnotherapy and couldn't be hypnotized lol! So I'll have to give it some thought as to what I'll do when the time comes. I've taken up biking with my son every other day for now until I build up endurance. Do about 15 km's in an hour but don't smoke for about 2 hrs. before heading out. It definitely holds me back, so I need to quit too. Am currently doing an extensive cleanse so after that finishes, I will give this quitting another go too. Best of luck and keep us posted!


What is love? Love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone but still getting weak knees when they walk into a room and smile at you. :)

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Posted on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 11:01

Well into Day9 now. Back at work, and it is a rainy day and a Monday all rolled into one. Trip home to eastTN went well. Did the birthday thing for the nephew and niece. Traffic was not too bad despite it being "race weekend" (Bristol 500 for you NASCAR fans). I altered my ride home a bit for some variety. Got home to discover that the storm had dropped a limb on my cable, so I am without TV. Damn I miss my weather channel for background noise... After my last "expired 2006" patch was gone, I forgot to get new ones before I went to TN, so have been doing the cold turkey thing. Want one really bad, kinda cranky, wish my damn TV worked, only 2:00pm and I want to go home and take a nap! Good Lord... Yes, we need to pick a weekend this coming spring and go ride the bubbles. I keep thinking I am going to get a wild hair and go up there this year, but fall is fast approaching and my on-call schedule gets in the way. I may have to ride by and check it out once it gets a little cooler and I pull the convertible back out.


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Posted on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 03:30

How is it going Rob???? I heard we are having a MM Zorb party there this spring???

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Posted on Sun, Aug 24, 2008 23:37

so how was the trip ????? I do hope you are doing well on this quest. Both my parents ( both now dead from cancer) smoked their whole lives,,until cancer and heart disease wrecked them beyond repair. I can not stand to be around cig smokers, the msoke triggers my asthma ( which I contracted in part due to their smoking) and the smell makes me retch. BUT I want you to join us at the Zorbing festival next spring...so PLEASE stay on track ! Your lungs will thank you !


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Posted on Wed, Aug 20, 2008 18:30

Quoting iwanttobehugged: Rob... Is that "smokin" during sex..or really smoking during sex? LOL

Well, it has been awhile. I guess it would be dependant on how stressed and/or frustrated or lack there of I was! But honestly, really "smoking during sex" is a little too far down the S&M trail for me! ROFLMAO... Hey benmatchrts! feel free to post words, feelings and opinions here if you want. It's not like I would block your profile or anything ! So day4 comes to a close here. Urges seem to be stronger now. Commercials on tv is definitely a strong trigger! Deep breathing, tequila and handful of bran flakes fight it off for now. I am on my last 2006 patch, so will probably go get some from the drugstore in a bit. Pondering getting another 2 week supply but only using a week of it. Tomorrow I head home to visit family in east TN for the weekend. Driving to and from will be very tough triggers, but none of them smoke, so will be somewhat easier. I already warned my sister and told her to use the keywords "alright cigarette boy" if I get grumpy and out of hand. LOL


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Posted on Mon, Aug 18, 2008 16:39

Rob, I am so proud of you. And Trish! You go girl!


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Posted on Mon, Aug 18, 2008 16:18

Gratz Trish! Yes, they say that 21 is the magic number... It takes roughly 2 weeks for the nicotine to be fully eliminated from your body. CB, I tried Zyban a couple years ago. I was in the lucky small percentage that has the side effect of it making ciggies taste like hell. But unfortunately, I was also in the percentage that couldn't sleep. I could only get 3-4 hours of sleep a night, so stopped using it. In the quit smoking class I took at my HMO in 2005, we learned that 90% of people who smoke 1 cigarette after quitting return to smoking... Of course, the corollary to that theory is that 100% of people who never smoke that first cigarette never return to smoking. I really like those odds!!! LOL I made it home from work and I am mostly through Day2 now. And for those that ponder, YES, I want one really bad... On my way home, I reached over to turn up the radio, only to realize that I had subconciously cracked my windows for the ride home. LOL, good lord... My nicotine patch seems to be working somewhat I guess. They expired in 2006, but I will use the last couple before going to spend $50 for another 2 week supply. Even though expensive, that is still cheaper than $4 a pack that I was spending almost every day. VivaChau, I am aware of the dangers of substituting one addiction for another, but the methodology we learned in my HMO stop smoking class was to take a little time to work on the habit, then work on fighting the nicotine addiction. It makes the stopping cycle last a little longer, but seems to work pretty well. Ready, I had mentioned those "favorite" ciggies. Mine seem to have been: First thing, fire one up and go for my "morning constitutional". A couple in traffic on the way to work, one after lunch, and a couple on the way home in traffic. That seems to be when my cravings have been the strongest thus far. But time will tell. Friends, I want to thank you for all your support... Hopefully I can make it to the point that I only smoke during sex! ROFLMAO... TTFN, Rob


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Posted on Mon, Aug 18, 2008 11:48

Hanging out here is my worse habit these days. lol. I smoked and quit on and off for years several times. Smoke for five; quit for five. Done it several times. Haven't smoked in about five years again now and really don't miss it very often. I find sucking on a cinnamon stick is a good way to handle the urges to smoke rather than actually lighting up. Good luck to you folks.


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Posted on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 07:47

Rob, good luck, truly is a tough habit to break, and one that I have broken many times, ha. I am currently taking Zyban as I want to be smoke free once again. So maybe I will ride on your coat tails with this one.


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Posted on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 01:10

Good for you Rob, Ad years to your life and become more kissable. _Honey

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Posted on Sat, Aug 16, 2008 15:48

Go for it Rob I will support you in your quest to give up the dreaded weed Anytime yiu feel you starting to stray get in touch Try this one get an airtight jar and collect all your old cigarette buts and put them in jar. Add a little water then seal the jar and give it a shake. Everytime you get the urge to light up, open the jar take a big sniff and remember that is how your breath smells


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Posted on Sat, Aug 16, 2008 15:37

When I read you were giving up sex, for a minute, I thought you'd gone nuts! Hope you can quit smoking ;)


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Posted on Sat, Aug 16, 2008 15:10

ummmm...blick ! ok I hate smoking... so I will wish you well, butt, I cant stand to even talk about it ! I 'll wish you well, from afar ps, we found the owner of the ferret. And I got $ 50 ! ( hey,,,its college tutition and book time here in darcyland,,every little bit helps!)


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Posted on Sat, Aug 16, 2008 14:35

GOOD LUCK ROB!! I quit 21 years ago. I enjoyed having a cigarette while getting ready to go out. Music loud, cigarette, and a cocktail.... Besides stinky, foul and nasty... it's the simple fact it kills you that made me quit. Wishing you the best~ I know it's not easy. YOU can do it!


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