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Eric101
Northern Sydney
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1/01/2013
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Getting started

Posted in Getting started 01 Jan 2013
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Hi all.

Well - here goes. Ive been smoking since I was about 15 years old (I'm 44 now) and I have turned a serious corner and really dont want the darn things anymore. A freind said that when I quit smoking, I'm "not giving anything up, but instead, I'm gaining". So I dont say "I'm giving up smoking anymore".  However, as any smoker will admit, cigarettes are a part of my life. Quitting means making changes in my personal day to day habits. Thats what bothers me the most. When I have morning tea, I dash out for a ciggie. When I have a cup of coffee, I have a ciggie. After I have a meal, I have a ciggie. When I'm bored, I have a ciggie..etc.  So this is my chanllenge. Finding new things to do with myself, and I hate having my daily routine dictated by a bad habit. Gues, I'm very disappointed in myself for getting so stuck into cigarettes.

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  • georgecjones January 16, 2013 | 21:29
    Eric I am 46 and had been smoking 30 years "pack a day, more when drinking" i gave up 322 days ago with the help of patches and self determination. The one thing that drove me to give up is the fact I would never ever put a cigarette in my mouth again. I will win enjoy a long life and the cigarettes lose. I honestly feel they should be made made illegal being so hard to give up.
    All the best.
  • julief, Western Sydney January 08, 2013 | 8:25
    Hi Eric - I'm the same. Certain activities throughout my day mean ciggie time. I like the idea of gaining something though. I think I will use this too! I've been told that rather than trying to stop a habit, we should try to replace it, so I might pick up the water bottle and have a skull everytime...
    Nice to know someone is the same as me....
  • anniepercy, Northern NSW January 04, 2013 | 5:18
    hi eric that is a really excellent approach i may adopt this
  • dr.feelgood, Western NSW January 02, 2013 | 5:54
    good for you

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