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11/15/09 1:55 P

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for me, i smoke/d when i am/was bored or stressed. i do the same thing with eating. the munchies became/become a huge hurdle when smoking is removed as an optional "boredom filler" activity. when you take one activity away, you fill it with another, right? so, instead of filling smoke time with eating, what can you fill that time with? for me, it's become bejeweled blitz on facebook. is that productive, no, but does it keep me occupied, yes.

what can you fill your time with? preferably something that keeps your hands busy. laundry? dishes? crossword puzzle? computer game? knitting? piano playing? scribbling your name over and over? something. anything. you pick.

that said, i can't say with confidence that i'm an ex-smoker yet either. i'm like the pot calling the kettle black. *sigh* i suck. emoticon

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10/26/09 2:26 P

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Exercise? Wouldn't it be neat if every time you thought you wanted a cigarette, you did a few crunches or squats! (Okay... that's so much easier said than done!)
I used to smoke, but I quit due to a severe upper respiratory infection... I had trouble breathing, much less smoking... and I didn't have much appetite, so I guess I was lucky. I was sick for three months, and by the time I was well enough to smoke, cigarettes were just nasty!

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10/26/09 9:02 A

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Karla, in my experience, and I can only go by that, the "urge" to smoke may take a long time to go away. Sometimes months or even years. Kinda like the "urge to eat sweets or other high carb foods". The real difference is, we need food to live. We don't need the butts. Hence, we need NEVER BUY the butts. Sometime the "urge" hits at odd times, even when you haven't smoked for a long time.
That brings me to another tool. Never buy them once you quit. Not for you, not for someone else. I did get into a couple of squabbles with people because I refused to pick them up butts while I was "on my way".
All that being said, the ADDICTION part, the part where your BODY is demanding the drug, is gone within a week of of no longer putting nicotine into your body. It's the mental and physical habit that toughest to kick.

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10/21/09 9:07 P

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My Sister is using the patch to quit. after you take the patch off do you have the craving to smoke? Is that why you are eating more? I stopped smkoing 20 yrs ago it wasnt easy They have alot more things today to help. i chewwed gum like a cow.I tried to stay away from things like coffee,talking on the phone,going to a bar. Anything where i wanted to have a smoke. Good luck.
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10/21/09 9:41 A

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I am an ex smoker (2 1/2 packs a day). I quit cold turkey 26 years ago with a prayer and determination. One of the things I did,when I wanted to smoke, was make my self talk positive. Instead of saying to myself "you can't do that" I would say, "you don't do that anymore"
With that, if you feel the need to put something in your mouth either make it non edible or eat something you're not crazy about and is low in calories, usually some type of crunchy raw veg.
The other thing is to work at being around people who do not smoke and avoid areas where people do. Do no allow people to smoke in your space (home, car etc.) BE FIRM about this, people will adjust.



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10/19/09 9:00 P

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I quit almost 3 years ago. I wish I had a magic wand to take your food cravings away. I did use the patch on occasion which helped. and the gum. What about the new prescription pill they came out with?
I still get cravings for cigs at times then I remember how it ruined my teeth, and so many other things. you know carrot stick, veggies. Take a walk.
Pleas never take one puff again, you won't stop. I haven't no matter how much I have wanted one. Talking about it makes me want one. But I won't.
You need to have munchies around, low carb/low sugar.
It's hard but in the end I rarely cough, don't stink. I stay away from people who smoke, it's not allowed in my home. I really wish I had more to help you. Just ask I should remember.
I am proud of you!!!!
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Any ideas on curbing the munchies when you are quitting smoking? Obviously having ANY history of smoking shows someone who doesn't have the most control. I haven't actually smoked in 2 months, but now I'm getting off of the nicotine replacement, and I'm eating like a COW! HELP! Any ideas will help a lot!

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