Stop Smoking NOW, or DIE!

United States
March 19, 2009 12:10pm CST
Like any smoker hasn't heard that a hundred times from their doctor. But this time I'm pretty sure the cardiologist meant it. I was told I am the healthiest 30 year old female smoker my cardiologist has ever seen. So of course that makes me question why quitting smoking NOW, after doing it for over 12 years, makes a difference. Then I get bombarded with the statistics of how quitting now increases this, reduces that, eliminates this, and blah blah blah. But then the doctor went on to tell me that while I was healthy the stress smoking is putting on my heart combined with the intensity of the workouts I do could cause me to have a heart attack because while working out my heart rate spikes to 190 beats per minute and smoking causes the heart to beat more times the the heart of a person who doesn't smoke. So it looks like my options are to either quit smoking or stop doing high intensity workouts. I don't think I'm strong enough to do either. If I stop smoking I'm going to eat more. I know this from every time I stopped smoking while I was pregnant and gained 80 pounds. I need your help here guys. Have any of you been able to kick the habit without gaining a million pounds, and how did you do it?
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@bellaofchaos (11549)
• United States
19 Mar 09
I have always quit cold turkey and I just take up another hobby or something else..Try crafts.. LOL!!!! I think that if you try and find a substitute other than food you'll be fine like everytime you think about smoking you go over to the ddr mat and do a set of ddr, or take up putting everything in the attic on ebay already that should keep you busy for a while so that you can kick the habit LOL!!!
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@sid556 (30989)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Great idea! When I quit before, I started macramaing again. Oh my Gd! You can not tie knots and smoke at the same time. I made wall hangings and curtains and lampshades and plant hangers ...etc. Anything that you use your hands and mind with will work!
@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
20 Mar 09
I will give you the name of a book to read. Not only will you stop smoking but you won't change that habit for an eating habit. Please read the book from start to finish, take as long as you like to read it because by the time you finish the book you will be a non smoker. The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr. And yes, the operative word is "Easy".
• United States
20 Mar 09
I love to read. I will start that book this evening and let you know if I've completely quit by the time I'm done. It's going to be hard because I tend to smoke more when I read. lol But I am currently on the same pack of smokes I got 3 days ago and I still have 12 left in it. Thanks for the help. You rock.
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@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
20 Mar 09
You might want to buy another pack and put off finishing the book for a day if you are reading quickly. You will be encouraged not to cut down while reading, in fact you will be prompted to smoke more...there is a reason for this. He sounds a bit repetitive in parts and also dull and boring but the whole thing is actually a process that works. Good luck, let me know how you go. I kicked a 50 - 60 a day habit, cold turkey with no cravings or hardship.
@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
27 Mar 09
You know I'm proud of you. I'm so glad to have been of help. WooHoo...a non smoker in our midst!
@p1kef1sh (45638)
20 Mar 09
Reaching my current weight has not been without its sacrifices Cyn. I stopped smoking when I was 19 and told by my rowing coach that I could either smoke and watch from the sidelines; or not smoke and be on the crew. I chose the latter, then gave up rowing. However, through careful nurturing, concentrating on the good, the bad and the downright ugly, I have managed to allow myself to become the slob that you know and love today. If I had your body, and I wish that I did (Siiiigh), then I would want to keep slim and trim too. What can I say. Suffer Babe. You're worth it. XXXX
• United States
20 Mar 09
What is it about you guys on the other side of the pond? Both you and scoop have managed to say exactly what I needed to hear to keep me motivated. I'm 3 days into this pack of smokes and I have 12 left. The 6 pounds I lost last week haven't reappeared yet. Slow and steady wins the race right? Well unless you are rowing ;) And I don't know where you get off saying you are a slob. I once dated a guy who was 5'9" tall and had a 60" waist. Seriously, I could wrap myself around him like a hula hoop and all that was sticking over my ankles was my head. So trust me, you are far from being a slob. And if you had my body that bra wouldn't fit you any longer and you too would be saving pennies you find on the street for implants.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
20 Mar 09
We just love you Cyn. e're funny that way! I have some man boobs that you can have for free! LOL.
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
20 Mar 09
I quit smoking for almost a year a while back and then stupidly picked it back up.. When I quit I only gained about 5 or 10 pounds. I did drink lots of iced water and I used sugarless mints and also sunflower seeds. There is no getting around some weight gain. I also walked a lot and excersised. I think you'll be ok as long as you are aware and watch what types of foods you eat. When my mom quit, she did not gain tons of weight either but back then she was also very active and did not replace the cigs with really fattening foods. good luck. It is really a tough thing to do. I've been cutting back in hopes of quitting myself. I can't afford it but I enjoy it and it is so very hard to do but it can be done. Best of luck to you on it!
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
22 Mar 09
You are doing great!! I hope I can do as well. So far, I am succeeding in cutting back but it is a struggle for sure. I guess it helps that there is very few places that I'm able to smoke. I just moved to a new place and I refuse to smoke in it at all...even the cheat smokes that I did in my old place when my daughter was not around. Prices are going up again next month so it is almost a nessecity to quit at this point.
@daneg33 (1131)
• Canada
20 Mar 09
I have only quit one time, but then I started again. I think the main thing is to find support online - there are many quit smoking sites. Everytime you feel like having a smoke, then you go online and talk to people. Don't replace the smoke with food. Find other things to do. The first week or so is the hardest. You might see your doctor and check out what he/she can prescribe, there are many new things on the market that will help. I should quit too... now you got me thinking.
@daneg33 (1131)
• Canada
20 Mar 09
Good for you... keep it up!
@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
19 Mar 09
I took a smoke cessation class, I decided to do the one on one with the person teaching the class. I gained more insight, and was able to ask more questions, with doing it one on one. It only lasted 4 weeks (once a week for $50.00), but was well worth it. I stopped several times cold turkey, only to start up again. I quit smoking 8/23/2007. And have not had any interest of smoking again, sure I think of it once in a great while, but there is no need for it. I did it this time with the generic gum to quit smoking. And I did not gain weight, they teach you different ways to handle stress, etc. Good luck
• United States
20 Mar 09
That may be something I look into. It seems a bit costly though. But the stress management will probably break me of my oral fixation. Thanks MaryLynn.
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• United States
20 Mar 09
Some classes have more sessions. I thought it was expensive too, until I took the one on one classes. To me they were well worth the money. They give you all kinds of paper work, etc. Sites on the internet etc. Message me and I will send you a link to an article I wrote when I quit. Good luck to you.
@mummymo (23707)
19 Mar 09
Your timing is great Cyn as I have now stopped smoking for 10 1/2 weeks and not been eating any more or put on any weight! I have been going to start a discussion but want to wait til I have made it to 12 weeks. I had no confidence I would be able to stop ,none at all but i knew I wanted to , and that made it the right time. I have a smoking cessation adviser at my local pharmacy whom I see every week to have my carbon monoxide measured - after the first week my Carbon Monoxide levels went from 27 to 2 and have been down to 1 every time since! I have been following the recommended Nicotine Replacement Therapy, 4 weeks on 2 different strengths - and am just over halfway through my last strength of patches, I was also prescribed a Nicorette inhalator to puff on whenever I needed to - this was really useful after meals especially in my case. Get help sweety and if you feel the time is right then go for it - it can be done. The biggest plus for me is that when my daughters Asthma played up the other week I didn't feel guilty that smoke clinging to my clothes etc aggravated her breathing problems! I knew it could be NOTHING to do with me! xxx
@bbsr13 (4198)
• India
19 Mar 09
Hello! Everybody says smoking is injurious to health.But I say it is not injurious to health.I have been smoking for the last fifty years.But so far have no problem.The functioning of my heart is quite normal.I eat normal vegetarian diets everyday,sleep well,do little exercise and labor hard in office and at home and never I have felt tired or nervous.So how can I admit that it is injurious to my health and on that pretext I would quit smoking.Now I am in my seventies and hope to complte the century.thanx.
@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Mar 09
Emphysema and then dying of a heart attack - now that would be my mother. :-( Lung cancer, that was my grandmother, my uncle Mike, my friend's dad, my mom's best friend. On the other hand, some people do get lucky for whatever reason and beat the odds. Guess you're one of the lucky ones.
• Taiwan
20 Mar 09
I don't think it's easy to give up smoking. The brother of my hubby has smoked for at least ten years.Now he is preparing to be dad and his wife is also persuading him not to smoke anymore,but... I can't understand why they are so intrested in smoking.Can they shift their attention to others things when they want to smoke? The dangerouse of smoking is known by everyone,but some of them would rather give up their health even life!Suppose you will be punished by government when you want to smoke.I don't know whether it will be effective!
@luvmysons (497)
• United States
20 Mar 09
My husband is a smoker and he tried quitting and I never saw him eat so much. But then he tried to quit with the pill and he was doing so well and wasnt putting on weight. Maybe you should as your doctor about the pill. He had to stop because he had a reaction to it that made him break out in a rash but I know so many people that quit with the pill and didnt put on a lot of weight. It doesnt hurt to ask about it. Good Luck and stay healthy
@Archie0 (4667)
20 Mar 09
Smoking is obviously bad for health.. eitherpeople should stop smoking or they shoud die.. because if they dont stop smoking they will get additcted to it and wil obviously die 1day.. so stop it npe i iknw it becums difficult at times to stop immediately but at the same time it can also be controlled.. it can take you to cause mny deseaces so i think they should stop it
• United States
20 Mar 09
Yes but I know plenty of people who DO NOT smoke who die younger than pack a day smokers. But you are right, smoking increases the chances of getting a lot of diseases and most are heart related.
• China
20 Mar 09
Hi there, I am not a smoker until now. However, my father smokes a lot and I suceeded in persuading him to quit smoking. The method I took is very simple, I took him to see the doctor. The doctor showed him the picture of his lung and told him smoking would cause a lot of diseases and could make him die in several years. Then he quit smoking without a murmur. About you my friend, quitting smoking is a must if you want to enjoy a healthy life. So just quit it and control your diet. I think you can make it. Good luck.
• United States
20 Mar 09
I love how you sound so confident in my abilities. Thanks xuan. I'll give it a shot.
@ajithlal (14614)
• India
20 Mar 09
Well sweetheart, I would say you quit smoking. There is nothing good in it. There are lots of habits you can start instead of smoking. Well You won't eat more when you stop smoking. It is just the mind thing. It is mind playing trick. Say to yourself you have full control of your mind. Well why not try bubble gum or something things when you want to eat more. I would say cut down your food to 8 or 10 times a day, if you still want to eat. Try to eat in smaller portions. Try to drink a glass of water just 10 minutes before you start eating. I have good weight. I cann't resist taking snacks, but what I am doing is trying to cut it as far as possible. Instead of cutting down the food completely, I take it in smaller portions in larger parts like 8 to 10 times. I am sure you can kick your habit of smoking without gaining weight.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Certainly exercising. I have heard of people said they gained lots of weight after qutting smoking. I suggested them to exercise, drink tones of water everyday.
@venchaul (541)
• China
20 Mar 09
I never smoke at all. I believe you can do it! Good luck!
@sinokirin (902)
• China
20 Mar 09
I think smoking is bad to your health altough you are the healthiest 30 years old female smoker. i never smoke and dont like it, but i acknowledge it would work on when you feel anxious,i mean it might act as tranquillizers. I had heard that someone would eat more snack if he wanna give up smoke, and it is right. My uncle want to stop smoking, but then he has the habit to eat seeds and other snacks,he told me,“i cant stop my hands if there no smoking in my mouth” ,the same problem is. so painful i felt in his words. i think any bad habit you want to kick off should rely on your persistence and faith, except that there are no another way. Hope you would more heathy.