Smoking... It's not good.

Needing moral support.

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29/11/2011 at 19:09
Hi guys,

Been lurking for a while, but thought its about time I post.

Basically, decided to start losing weight in March this year. Hit me target last week, having lost 5 stone. In the process, I've developed a love for running. Started as a means of burning calories, then upping the miles and loving the feeling of challenging myself.

Well, anyway, I've kept smoking throughout... Even training for my first half. Now started training for a spring marathon and need to quit.

Got my last six cancer sticks in my pocket, bought nicotine lozenges and ready to do this...
29/11/2011 at 19:13
5 stone?  That's awesome, well done.  If you can do that, you definitely have the strength to quit the cancer sticks!
29/11/2011 at 20:26

5 stones since March is amazing! Well done, and as soon as you stop smoking you are bound to find your running improves loads!

chuck the last six in the bin and start now. After the first few days it is only about willpower, if you want to quit you can! Avoid situations that you associate with smoking - eg if you normally have a few beers and smoke, don't have the beers in the first place and then it is easier to not smoke

29/11/2011 at 20:33

Well done BoDuke  !!

You'll get added motivation when you find the running easier and your times get faster as a result of not smoking!

29/11/2011 at 20:35
Thanks folks.

The little voice in my head it going 'you'll put the weight back on'. Got to ignore it...

Works gonna be the major issue. Those few minutes away from it are priceless, but needs must. I don't even like it any more.
29/11/2011 at 20:40

I've been running and smoking for around 2 years, I've smoked for around 5 years...  I've quit a couple of times before, lasting once for 2 months and another time for 3 weeks...     I recently quit again (last Friday), and I hope that's it now, it's just when partying/drinking its the hardest.   it's on your mind a lot for the first 3 days but after that I find it quite easy (as long as im not drinking booze), obviously depends on how long you've been smoking though, good luck anyway.  

I found this the other day :

Quite interesting, I liked where it says after 3-6 months your lung capacity goes up by 10%... that must be good for running!

29/11/2011 at 21:16
Hi Adrinik,

Been smoking since Uni, so 19 years now. Stopped a couple of times for a few months.

Good luck with your attempt. 10% improvement is amazing. Got to help with speed and everything. And it saves a massive amount of money, which can only help.

Going to have to watch the booze too.

Like all addictions, it's about going round and round a wheel, trying, relapse and trying again. This one has to be it now.

Good to have someone to quit with!

29/11/2011 at 21:19
Thanks Saffy. Can't wait for better running for minimum effort...
29/11/2011 at 21:22

Good on you Bo

I gave up around twenty years ago, having a 30 a day hibit at age 18 (started when I was 11).  My motivation then was falling pregnany with my first born. My motivations since then has been the moral high ground and emotional blackmail I can use against my now teens should they ever feel brave enough to be found smoking by me!

Seriously though, if you can nail running, you can most definitely knock this for six.  You just need to apply the same deterination and stubborness and try not to be too much of a grumpy git when the cold turkey kicks in. 

Best of luck to you and huge congrats on the weight loss and running to date! 

29/11/2011 at 21:33
I stopped on the 15th December last year and haven't looked back...........first week is hard, finding things to occupy your mind and hands is tough.....every time i fancied a fag i did 20 press ups (ok looked odd at the bus stop but hey). Stick at it.
29/11/2011 at 22:30

When I ran the 2008 Great North Run, I was still smoking 30 a day. Packed in the following April and haven't had a ciggie since.  I guess it was running (and my fitness in general) that was the thing that kept me focussed on staying off them. I had been smoking for 25 years and it was just the right time to stop.

Well done for taking the first step. Expect 3-4 days of discomfort and then it will get easier.

I think you seem to have found something that you love doing that can help the smokefree journey to be less of a problem. You can easily make running your new addiction. It's a no brainer.

Take it 1 hour at a time and build on every passing day

Good luck.

(go easy on the lozenges - they help, but they are not easy to kick)

29/11/2011 at 23:10
Keep up with the fag quiting. I found the patches the easiest (cheapest i found was in Wilko's), but don't wear them in bed as you won't sleep! WIllpower is needed as well. The first week is tough, so make sure you don;t have any temptations - good luck
30/11/2011 at 08:00
Day One: Ok, willpower feels strong. Down the pub later with a few friends, first test.

Hoping it helps with the stinking cold I've got from my 17 month old...
30/11/2011 at 08:56
at least you can't smoke inside the pub, and it is cold to stand outside now for a smoke!
30/11/2011 at 09:11
Totally, would be freezing bits off that I need.
30/11/2011 at 10:57

The patches worked for me. Lots of deals and discounts on them now so they cost less than the smoking they replace. I just bought loads of the step 1 patches and then cut them in half after a few weeks to simulate the step 2 which were sold at the same price.

They work but I always found that the real test came several months down the line when I thought I was safely quit and on the straight and narrow.

30/11/2011 at 16:05

Both times I've quit I've used patches and strong sugar-free mints, the mints help with the need to put something in your mouth and a strong mint taste stops you feeling so hungry.  The running will help stop any weight gain too.  Like Muttley I chopped the big patches in half after a few weeks as it's much cheaper!!

Good luck, hope that your trip to the pub is fun and you can enjoy without worrying about the fags the whole time.

30/11/2011 at 17:28
When I'm out of lozenges I'll move over to patches and cut them up, hadnt thought of that one. Thanks for the tip. Nearly got tempted to order a massive pizza at lunch, which would have been very bad indeed...
02/12/2011 at 20:04
96 hours. Three days to first major target... Having bad, life threatening smelly habit!!!
02/12/2011 at 20:16
well done, if you can get through the first through days you can keep it up
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