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Hi,

I'm 22 years old, i was a smoker for 5 years.

I was a pack a day smoker + smoked weed ( a lot, I had money to spend and lots ). I quit smoking last april, its now december so about 8 months ago.

How did I quit? Cold Turkey. I had started to get very sick from smoking so much, all the time. My GPA had suffered and I was lonely. So one day i quit. The first 3 days to a week where hell. But it gradually got better . I picked up riding a bike to help me out. The first day i rode 2 miles. it took me probally 30minutes and I hurt so bad when i was done. I weighed about 140 lbs at the time. within 2 or 3 months i could ride 15 miles in a little over an hour ( in the mountains with some flats and downhills ) I was constantly hacking up stuff. It was pretty bad. Now 8 months later. I can ride a bike about 25 miles through the mountains in a hour and a half maybe a bit longer. I can climb hills very fast. My lungs still feel sore some mornings but nothing like they used to. ( mind you I worked out about every other day and did serious work out, no BS). I'm up to 180 lbs. I have no fat on me though and am actually pretty skinny. The easiest thing i ever did in my life was to make the choice to begin smoking. The hardest thing i ever did in my life was the past 8 months and giving up smoking ( cigs and weed ).

Just so people know. I still hack up stuff; I was a very heavy smoker for five years a pack a day - sometimes a eight to a quarter of weed a day.

Just so people know. If you give up smoking remember this - most people dont care. When your having a bad day - most people will probably try to make it worse. They will do anything to get to smoke again. People are like that - not all but i'd say most. It is harder to beat cigarettes then heroin. I have a friend who beat heroin but couldnt beat cigarettes ( and hes not on methadone ). The poorer you are; probably the easier to quit.

Good Luck

the reason I say the poorer you are; easier to quit is cause when you have money sometimes its easy to just blow it on crap; but when your poor and im poor right now financially you can't afford those bad habbits if you wanna pick yourself up out of the hole.

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  • one more thing... what got me through this whole ordeal; was the pain. You have to get high off the pain. I know that sounds wierd but its true. Trust me; when you quit yoru going to feel pain like you've never felt before. Like your lungs bleeding ( I mean if you completely quit all smoking ). Your body is going to go through a mega transition period and it will rewire everything. Your going to feel pain like you've never felt before and the only way you get through this is to get high off the pain ( thats why I recommend you hit the gym.. the pain is going to be worse hitting the gym, but you will recover quicker ). Thats why so many people fail at quitting smoking. Every cigarette you smoke numbs your pain; so in essence its going to numb your whole life. If you can get it in your brain though that in the long run by smoking your going to experience more pain then by quitting ( even though by quitting in the short run its going to hurt worse ) then you can quit.. most people cant do this - they are to weak - . :(:eek:

  • I'm sightly perturbed at the fact you seem to be implying quitting is mega painful for everyone. Surely this is the kind of shock tactic that puts people off? I'm sorry but your previous 2 posts sound like absoute claptrap - and referring to ones financial status is not only low its 'tres common'

  • Wow buddy, what you wrote sounds like absolutely craptastic!! I am not even sure about your intent here, but as far as the "Must Read" title you chose for your post? Here's the news: what you said is not that relevant ;)

    Listen up, after smoking 30 cigarettes a day for at least 16 years I quit cold turkey 4 months ago and never a single day I experienced the pain you describe - actually, scratch that: make it pain, at all. Lucky me, as I don't get off on pain, huh? :rolleyes:

    I hope that, on second thought, you realize just how utterly ridiculous your whole "you must get high off the pain to succeed" is...C'mon. Even you must know that no one who has even just a couple of functioning brain cells will ever believe you anyway ;)

    If you, on the other hand, were serious about the entire thing - then I'm so very sorry for you! for reasons you can't even begin to understand :D. Peace.

  • quitting is painful... i don't care how you put it.. if you tell people quitting is easy then they are going to be let down. its hard, its painful.. my whole experience was very painful, im not lieing; i have no reason to lie. The only way i got through it was to embrace the pain. I had to remember that i was stupid enough to start smoking, I was the one who forced pain on myself and i had to embrace it. Its how i got through; its how I succeded through the process and It worked for "me". See; what the previous two posters didn't even understand is everybody's posts on this board are experiences that they themselves had; and this was an experience i had. I don't really care if these two people didn't like my post because i'm used to haters. There will always be haters. This is how I did it. It worked for me. I recommend it to other people. If you don't like it; I dont care. Quitting is painful, especially in the short run; its more painful not to quit in the long run. Thats all I suggested.

  • Wow buddy, what you wrote sounds like absolutely craptastic!! I am not even sure about your intent here, but as far as the "Must Read" title you chose for your post? Here's the news: what you said is not that relevant ;)

    Listen up, after smoking 30 cigarettes a day for at least 16 years I quit cold turkey 4 months ago and never a single day I experienced the pain you describe - actually, scratch that: make it pain, at all. Lucky me, as I don't get off on pain, huh? :rolleyes:

    I hope that, on second thought, you realize just how utterly ridiculous your whole "you must get high off the pain to succeed" is...C'mon. Even you must know that no one who has even just a couple of functioning brain cells will ever believe you anyway ;)

    If you, on the other hand, were serious about the entire thing - then I'm so very sorry for you! for reasons you can't even begin to understand :D. Peace.

    Your Full of BS. You never experienced the pain I described because you never did what I did; because your different then me; accept it. I realize my statement you most get high on pain to succed was a bit far fetched; let me reiterate. What i ment to say is this; if you want to succeed my way; which by all means I feel 5000000% better; then you must go through pain; and its not hard to get high off pain once you can accept that fact that you induced pain on yourself in the first place by smoking. Accept it, my experience is different then yours; if you plan on exercising to get off cigarettes its gonna hurt, it should especially if you smoke a lot. Thats all I was saying and its true but in the long run ( over a year, its going to feel great and good but in the short run its going to hurt )

    I mean lets get real; if you smoked 30 cigarettes a day for 16 years you where getting high off harming your body and inducing pain; why not get high off quitting and experiencing a different pain where you are reparing your body? I think your reply to my statement was ill prepared. nuff said

  • and its not shock tactic.. nowhere was I trying to get people to continue smoking; i want people to quit; its good; cigarettes are terrible. Most people who quit smoking will NOT WANT TO DO WHAT I DID. They will want to take it easy and focus on other things. For very young people in college or coming out of college who want to quit; They will want to do exactly what I did IMHO because they are young enough to stand the pain that I described. A lot of young people mess up in college and start smoking and want to quit. Now when your 40 years old and you try to do what I did I think it may be dangerous because I pushed myself. Within 2 months I was riding up to 50 miles a day on a bike. I can now go over 100 miles in a day. This is in the mountains. This is pushing yourself; its incredibly painful but its a sure way to get your body back to its "former" self.

    Let me give you an example. One of the reasons I quit smoking was because it was causing "me" the worst constipation imaginable. I couldn't pass a bowl movement for weeks at a time. And it was very painful and I didnt like it. This is one of the reasons I quit. After the process I went through I'm so regular I go 2 or 3 or 4 times a day its amazing I feel great. To get to where I am at I had to experience a lot of pain, but if I didnt go through this painful process I would have experienced more pain in the long run. If you can't understand this then I think you have problems; because its a very easy concept to imagine.

    If a moderator sees this; please rename this post to how to quit coming out of college or something to that affect; I realize my title was hurried; thank you

  • your different then me; accept it

    Er...you have no freakin' idea how glad I am about that, pal :D

  • Oi! DON'T YOU DARE DISS MY MATE FRANCESCA!!!! Of course you are entitled to your own opinions but please keep disrespectful and derogatory comments to yourself!:mad:

  • you started it by calling my story craptastic. Basically you read my article and and took about 5 % of the paragraph and flamed me on it?

  • well I read it........

    now what...?

    ;)

  • you started it by calling my story craptastic.

    LMAO!

    Found that funny for some reason lol

  • speaking about pain and ignoring everything else

    Im going through my first big emotional pain now and all i can think of is how smoking got me through heart break, every single one since i was 12.

    these are trying times..

    I dont want to smoke, but its like my little yellow bear that i got when i was born it still smells soo good to be and holding it gives me comfort. (thank god u cant smoke a bear :cool:)

    Anyways i am badly off.. and might end up in a smokers home soon.. out of necessity so this is really gonna get difficult.

    Love to you all .. and thanks for all the replies.

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