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Old 08-21-2006, 06:10 PM   #1
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I have tried to quit smoking three times this week. Gosh darn it!! I can't seem to do it!

I am ashamed of myself.

I've quit before. What I used to do was walk. I walked all the time. I woke up and took a walk before showering for work. I walked all over the office, I walked on my lunch hour, I walked before dinner, after dinner, before bed. I actually lost weight when I quit - even though I was eating more.

I can barely walk now. I bet that's what's keeping on these stupid cancer sticks.

I have tried so hard. I want to quit. I am so afraid of getting lung cancer or some other nasty thing since my immune system is compromised by this stupid Lyme.

I use the patch and wellbutrin (zyban). Why isn't it working this time?

I need to keep trying I guess.

Just so darned upset at myself.

 
Old 08-21-2006, 06:20 PM   #2
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i hear ya..keep trying..im trying right now cause i just had a major stomach ache that scared me away from the butts. hope i can pull this one off!!

 
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Old 08-21-2006, 06:24 PM   #3
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Well it's not easy that's why. You're giving up something that is extremely addictive. Give yourself some credit here. It's not easy, but you have the sense to stop. Give yourself certain period of time, say like 60 days to struggle through it.

Also Congratulations! What a great thing your'e doing. You'll make it.

 
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Hi 6Blues. It is very hard to quit. Don't be so hard on yourself! You WILL make it. Keep trying until you do.

Since you cannot walk, instead focus on all the benefits your body will reap when you stop. Tell yourself you are stronger than it is and you are worth quitting it!

 
Old 08-21-2006, 08:22 PM   #5
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Hi Blues....try not to be so hard on yourself...I smoked too when I was soooooo deathly ill...like we all know it is a pacifier...the doc that treated me for lyme told me....NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO QUIT...not that he was pro smoking...but he knew i had soooo much to deal with....sides we both thought I was dying anyway...BUT....I didn't die and I ran into this man about 3 years ago...he told me about A.S. cigs'...very very low in CHEMICALS....if you read about chemicals in cig's you will find there are about 5,000 or more....scarey to read..you can do a search on it....anyway so I started smoking the A.S. lights then went to A.S. ultra lights...wow I sweated out some nasty stuff when I switched....Sooooooo....then I could only smoke outside and that kind of takes away from the pleasure of sitting at the computer with a cup of coffee....so I got bored with it and gave it up after sitting out in the snow whenever I wanted one...think it was January or February...see didn't even pay any attention to when I stopped it just started tasting nasty and no more pleasure....sides it got really expensive....

So long story short....maybe switch to a very low chemical type cig...that right there will help you alot....

ONe step at a time .....
Hugs to you ...................

 
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You haven't failed to quit smoking you just haven't succeded yet.

 
Old 08-22-2006, 05:38 AM   #7
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Hi Bluesy:

Have you talked to Dr. E about this? I think you might find her thoughts on it interesting...

 
Old 08-22-2006, 07:13 AM   #8
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Oh - thanks guys!! I really need to hear encouraging words! I appreciate that you understand.

I have not mentioned my attemtps to Dr. E, partly because I can't remember to talk to her about it and partly out of shame.

At the very least, I have reduced the number of ciggarettes I smoke.

I'll let you know how I do.

Thanks!

 
Old 08-22-2006, 03:45 PM   #9
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I stopped smoking almost 2 years ago and I havent had a single cigarette since. My Chiropractor does this accupressure thing that hits certain pressure points in your ear that controls the nicotine addiction. Lots of people think its crap and honestly at first so did I but it works. I was never able to stop smoking cold turkey for more than a few hours and when I went to him I stopped and never had any cravings. Maybe you should she if anyone in your area does this. Its worth a try.

 
Old 08-22-2006, 07:47 PM   #10
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Mickie
You are a fighter and have been through this whole horrible battle. but you are stronger and your will to win over the lyme will get you past the cigarettes. I have faith in you. From what I know of others who have quite, it is a battle but you have recognized the enemy, cigarette and you will win. Just as I know you will beat lyme. You show your strength in your post. I don't smoke so I can't tell you how, but you are a fighter and will succeed even without the walking. Maybe you can substitute something for walking that will take your mind off. And God can help you refocus, just ask for his help.
Prayers....Marsha

 
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