giving up

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Tommygun2    pirate
15/06/2010 at 23:31


I'm 45 smoke and drink too much but have decided enought is enough and have decided to give both up in the vain hope that I may lose some wieght and run better and generally feel better about my self

Any support will be welcome and I ill try and keep you up dated on a day to day basis as how I'm getting on.

So it begins

16/06/2010 at 01:46

Good luck Tommy, it won't be easy but the results will be worth it.  Mr TT and I gave up booze, counted calories and exercised every day for 10 weeks a couple of years ago and the results were incredible.  Stupidly we didn't keep it up (but our eating habits improved dramatically after doing it) and we are having to go through it again but we both looked (and felt) so good at the end of it.

Hope you find the willpower you need and the support you are looking for here.

16/06/2010 at 06:00
Well done on taking the first step, Tommy.
16/06/2010 at 08:05

Best of luck with giving up. I've given both up , only I did them a different times.

Apart from NRT I found the four D's really useful for giving up smoking.

Delay, put off having the next fag for a minute then keep putting it off. Cravings don't last more than 5 minutes.
Distract, take your mind off the smokes do something, anything whatever it takes.
Deep Breathing, concentrate on taking a deep breath. Really concentrate, notice everything about the breath where you feel it first, how far down you feel the breath going etc.
Drink, water is good orange juice is better. It makes fag smoke taste really horrible.

Depending on how much alcohol you drink stopping cold turkey is potentially harmful. If you're a heavy drinker it may be worth getting medical support as there is a real risk of fitting during withdrawal.

Edited: 16/06/2010 at 08:06
16/06/2010 at 08:19
Good luck Tommy.  If you want to come over into beginners, there's a nice thread "giving up the booze".
16/06/2010 at 08:30

Sound's like you have decided @ the age of 45 to stop enjoying life.

Good Luck!

16/06/2010 at 08:33
Well done. Its going to be hard to start with and you will feel like a bag of horse manure for
a few days. But be strong, be determined and take each day as it comes.Update your progress
here or write your thoughts in a diary. Hard work starts now. But it gets easier as time progresses. Good luck.
16/06/2010 at 09:18

Good luck Tommy.

Great decision, no ciggies will do you a world of good.  

16/06/2010 at 09:28

Good luck Tommy.  Scotty and I are fag free for nearly a year now.  I haven't persuaded him to give up the booze yet, but I'm on the wagon at the moment.  

Giving up the fags will hugely improve your endurane and you will start to feel better almost immediately.  I have been tempted but I know I wouldn't enjoy it if I did smoke again and the urge passes.  

And I find giving up the booze makes a huge difference. I stopped for 9 weeks at the beginning of the year and saw massive improvements in my times - PB'd at 10 miles in 3 consecutive races and knocked more than 20 minutes off my 20 mile time.  On top of that people kept telling me how well I looked!  

Unfortunately I promptly got injured and started drinking again because I couldn't run!   I'm at just over 2 weeks without the booze at the moment and the improvements are starting to come again.

16/06/2010 at 10:04
Good luck Tommy - you know my feelings on the subject . You'll feel massively better for giving up fags. xx
16/06/2010 at 10:20
PS - you're not giving up - you're gaining
16/06/2010 at 10:28
Good luck Tommy
Tommygun2    pirate
16/06/2010 at 10:38

Right I'm looking into all the becoming a non-smoker stuff (as DS said It not giving up).

Patches, inhaler things, micro tabs and drugs like champix.

I not sure I can do this cold turkey  I have read Allan Carr's easyway before and stopped for a year so maybe I need to re -read it

As to the drinking bit I often, well once a or twice a year stop drinking for a month at a time so that should be a bit easier to do. But I think I just need to cut down rather than stop. Maybe just go to the pub once a week.

16/06/2010 at 10:43

Good luck Tommy,

I gave up the booze in Feb and have lost 1/2 stone.  It depends how much you drink.  I found the first 3 days the hardest.  After that, Shandys and Becks Blue seemed to be a good alternative to the beer for me.

16/06/2010 at 10:44

giving up the fags is the easier bit - giving up the beer is harder - to do the 2 together is insane in my books!!

I gave up smoking over 20 years ago - no regrets at all but I won't give up the beer. your comment "But I think I just need to cut down rather than stop." is the key - just take it steadier with the odd binge if it suits. I have a drink 365 days a year bar the (very) odd day when it's just not possible (travel, hospital etc) and don't worry about it as I drink in moderation (bar the odd heavy night). it's part of my lifestyle

good luck

16/06/2010 at 10:48

Hi Tommy

Didn't realise you smoked.  Well done on making the decision and good luck.

Iron Pingu    pirate
16/06/2010 at 11:09

The Alan Carr book really helped me, though it was another couple of years after reading it that I stopped smoking completely.

I remember when I smoked I couldn't possibly imagine being a non smoker.  It's been about 4 years, now since my last fag and I can't believe I used to smoke, nasty habit! 

Best of luck with it, and remember, if you give in and have a puff, don't give up on yourself, keep trying, you'll get there in the end

16/06/2010 at 11:14
My dad smoke and drank for years. Then one day he decided to give up smoking cold
turkey style. Only it made him drank more and turn into a alcoholic.
Then he decided to give up drinking. But he found that hard and started smoking again.
I always wonder why my dad is never happy.
16/06/2010 at 15:02

Oh well done Tommy

You can do it!!!!

remember, small steps, take one day at a time and dont get down if you have the odd slip, just keep moving forward

16/06/2010 at 15:16

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

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