I need your support
Tommy - nothing much to add to what's already been said, but I think you have taken the biggest step in deciding to stop/cut down. I am sure that's the biggest hurdle to overcome. The rest shoud be easy in comparison.
Good luck and keep us posted as to your progress
Best of luck Tommy, we're all behind you! I've never been a smoker, so i've not had to quit, but i've given up chocolate (not the same I knoe, but a real challenge for me) and it is a struggle, but it is worth it. The benefits you'll get from being smoke free will far outweigh the losses, as i've been told, and seen myself in friends that have given up.
I stopped smoking after 13 years, cold turkey (good practice at the stubbornness required for IM!). Developed an alarming but temporary addiction to macadamia nuts (as the hand to mouth action had become so second nature...) and found that the thing that helped me with cravings was pretending to smoke! As in raising my hand to my lips and taking a deep breath, holding it and exhaling it slowly. After 13 years that action had been what I'd done every time I was stressed, or needed to think, or needed a break at work, so I carried on doing it, but just without a cigarette in my hand. Oddly enough, I found that the odd deep breath calmed me nearly as much as a ciggie.
Added up the amount of money I was saving (ignoring the fact that macadamia nuts are nearly as expensive as fags) and treated myself to random antiques on ebay).
Had my last cigarrette over six years ago. Don't miss the annual bout of bronchitis, that's for sure!
Well done Tommygun!
Good luck with the fags the benefits are fantastic both in health and finance!
I agree with others re the drinking - moderation rather than totally cutting it out as it might just keep you sane
Keep at it TG - you CAN do it!
This is not just about the smoking thing it also about losing 2 stone so I feel good about myself.
I keep putting off weighing myself but might over the weekend just so I have a point of reference.
Cut down on the ciggs today by chewing gum (sugar free)
Then had a small (portion wise) lunch of hosin beef and rice.
Then this evening did a 25 mile very hilly bike ride. Followed by a small baked potatoe
At least I'm not trying to give up diet coke ........that must be really hard
Good on you Tommy
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found that the thing that helped me with cravings was pretending to smoke! As in raising my hand to my lips and taking a deep breath, holding it and exhaling it slowly. After 13 years that action had been what I'd done every time I was stressed, or needed to think, or needed a break at work, so I carried on doing it, but just without a cigarette in my hand. Oddly enough, I found that the odd deep breath calmed me nearly as much as a ciggie.
Yep, that worked for me too. I used to borrow someone's packet of fags, take one out, tap it on the table, wave it around while I was talking...... it really helped make the craving go away.
Good luck mate
good luck Tommy
two stop smoking books I would recommend Allen Car's Easyway and Neil Casey's Nicotine Trick
I would not try both at once-it may prove too much. Focus on rhe fags first.
save your money Tommy- here is free download of Carr's book
Ok I am thinking that maybe I should do some sort of other exercise other than the normal Swim bike run stuff.
Should I do some sort of weights, I have heard mention of bells.
or can some one recommend a non expensive non gym ( I don't do gyms) excercise routine to help with the reduction/strengthening of the Beer gut.(I suppose it called core) I could do sit-up and pressups but I need some structure or I will do it for a couple of days then get bored.
Thanks in advanced
Oh Kettlebells are fab. I love them, cardio and weights.
Mr Shimms loves them too.
You dont need much room for them either.
Have a look on ebay, they do fairly cheap ones on there.
tell you what, if I send over that poster I want you to do *flutters eyelashes*, you can drop it off and I can take you down to our gym and you can have a go with ours to see if you like them before you buy?
Better get designing then.
*gets out crayons*
Tommy - I go to British Military Fitness classes in my local parks. There might be some near you. You can't help but be motivated there 'coz you don't have a choice! I love it and it's great for core training + v sociable. Plenty of lifting (of each other usually) and loads of press-ups.
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