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#1 Oct 07 2010 at 11:22 AM Rating: Excellent
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Smoking.

Three weeks ago now. I can taste food again, it's pretty sweet.

I do get the urge to punch a baby a few times a day.
#2 Oct 07 2010 at 11:24 AM Rating: Decent
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Congratulations. That's a great accomplishment. Seriously.
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Punching babies is a natural impulse, I think it gets a bad rap these days. (No I am not serious).

But I lol'd
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crushgroove wrote:
Smoking.

Three weeks ago now. I can taste food again, it's pretty sweet.

I do get the urge to punch a baby a few times a day.


FFXIV provides a plethora of cute marmots for you to slaughter :-)
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Nice work, keep it up! I really can't be bothered at the moment, and that upsets me.
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#6 Oct 07 2010 at 11:29 AM Rating: Excellent
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I know XIV is bad, but don't give up on all the things you like?!........wait what?

Congrats though. /highfive
#7 Oct 07 2010 at 11:31 AM Rating: Good
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crushgroove wrote:
Smoking.

Three weeks ago now. I can taste food again, it's pretty sweet.

I do get the urge to punch a baby a few times a day.


Now you can't hang with the cool kids though :( *Fonzie pose*
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ChrisMattern wrote:
crushgroove wrote:
Smoking.

Three weeks ago now. I can taste food again, it's pretty sweet.

I do get the urge to punch a baby a few times a day.


FFXIV provides a plethora of cute marmots for you to slaughter :-)


Or to be gang-raped by, depending on the marmot.
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#10 Oct 07 2010 at 11:34 AM Rating: Good
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Wint wrote:
ChrisMattern wrote:
crushgroove wrote:
Smoking.

Three weeks ago now. I can taste food again, it's pretty sweet.

I do get the urge to punch a baby a few times a day.


FFXIV provides a plethora of cute marmots for you to slaughter :-)


Or to be gang-raped by, depending on the marmot.


That gave me.. A very bad mental image. Thanks for that. :P
#11 Oct 07 2010 at 11:36 AM Rating: Good
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Wint wrote:
ChrisMattern wrote:
crushgroove wrote:
Smoking.

Three weeks ago now. I can taste food again, it's pretty sweet.

I do get the urge to punch a baby a few times a day.


FFXIV provides a plethora of cute marmots for you to slaughter :-)


Or to be gang-raped by, depending on the marmot.


That gave me.. A very bad mental image. Thanks for that. :P


Yeah... I donlt actually want to sleep now, just in case...
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#12 Oct 07 2010 at 11:37 AM Rating: Good
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hehe ffxi got me to quit smoking as we werent allowed to smoke in our dorms in college
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#13 Oct 07 2010 at 11:37 AM Rating: Good
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Grats man, I have been quit for about three years now myself. Enjoy the fresh air.
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#14 Oct 07 2010 at 11:42 AM Rating: Excellent
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Wint wrote:
ChrisMattern wrote:
crushgroove wrote:
Smoking.

Three weeks ago now. I can taste food again, it's pretty sweet.

I do get the urge to punch a baby a few times a day.


FFXIV provides a plethora of cute marmots for you to slaughter :-)


Or to be gang-raped by, depending on the marmot.


...so that's how I got that Marmot Pelt +3...

And grats on the smoking halt. When he was quitting, my brother said he used to drive down our street and imagine aiming his car at the kids playing street hockey. So he started taking the long way into our neighborhood, on a more deserted street, just to be on the safe side.

Edited, Oct 7th 2010 1:48pm by Vorkosigan
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Can you give us your account?


Fail, It's called reading. unless you mean his smoking account?
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Fail, It's called reading. unless you mean his smoking account?



Understanding topic fail! To the OP, good job, keep it up!
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#17 Oct 07 2010 at 11:48 AM Rating: Excellent
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In all seriousness though great for you man, glad you're sticking with it. Quitting smoking was the hardest thing I ever had to do. I had smoked for about 6-7 years before my wife got pregnant with our first, and from that point on it was no smoking in our house. Very very difficult, but now even the thought of having a smoke is repulsive.

What I'm trying to say is hang in there, it does in fact get easier.
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#18 Oct 07 2010 at 11:50 AM Rating: Excellent
Much respect OP, that's hard to do! But as hard as it is to quit in the first place, it's even harder to stick with it and not relapse, so be sure to stay tough! Best of luck to you in the future, you are saving yourself from so many health problems down the road.
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#19 Oct 07 2010 at 11:52 AM Rating: Good
I agree, it does get easier. Apparently the physical addiction is over in 3 days, but the psychological dependency can linger for a long time. I smoked for 12 years, and haven't had one in almost 9 years now. There were times in the first couple years when I though "mmm a smoke sounds good", but now its never a thought. Good luck!



~Edit~

As I typed that, I was wondering.. why the **** aren't the fish biting?

"You do not have bait or a lure equipped." doh.. at least it only took 5 casts to realize.

Edited, Oct 7th 2010 1:53pm by mattkujata
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#20 Oct 07 2010 at 11:54 AM Rating: Good
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Well done! My dad gave up smoking after 50+ years of it, if he can anyone can but yes it is hard. So long as you WANT to quit, nothing can really stop you.

Hope you keep it up xxx
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Smoking.

Three weeks ago now. I can taste food again, it's pretty sweet.

I do get the urge to punch a baby a few times a day.


Congratulation man keep up the good work, I to just recently quit. Also your over the two week hump now it's only going to get easier :).
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mattkujata wrote:

"You do not have bait or a lure equipped." doh.. at least it only took 5 casts to realize.


I like the FFXI message better: "You can't fish without bait on the hook". So much philosophical wisdom in that statement. And, of course, "You can't fish without a pole in your hands." So much potential innuendo in that one...


Edited, Oct 7th 2010 2:09pm by ChrisMattern
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The imps in this game slightly resemble babies, if you play as a Pug....

Then of course there are sheep, especially the little lost poofball ones... punch them, lots!


Oh and congrats, I've tried to quit like 5 times... It seems something bad happens everytime I quit and I cave in and start again.
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#24 Oct 07 2010 at 2:39 PM Rating: Decent
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I quit 2-3 months ago. Feel a lot better but I have this permanent itch in my lungs. It's distracting, I want to tear my chest out.
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Congratulations! Wonderful accomplishment!
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#26 Oct 07 2010 at 2:44 PM Rating: Excellent
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Best of luck to you in the future, you are saving yourself from so many health problems down the road.


Not to mention saving money too. Stick with it!
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Congrats. Just don't give into temptation. I've quit three times now. The first time I made it a year, and then went out drinking with some friends and started up again. Last time I quit when my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer, and started back about three months later, shortly after she passed away.

I've been quit this time since March, and I intend to stay quit. Incidentally I quit drinking so much since then too. I went from drinking a gallon of whiskey per week, to rarely drinking at all.
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#28 Oct 08 2010 at 9:22 AM Rating: Decent
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Don't mind the bank link, just use the calculator. I have two of them. This one and another that doesn't show interest but lets me calculate a percentage of the savings into a "new shinies" purchase fund (like a new car). While I didn't permantly quit, my Sister has using this and I do use a similar one for alchohol (I still drink but only at the pub once a week, the calc shows me... er my wife how much I save by staying home and playing XIV ^.^)

http://www.communitybankofbroward.com/calc_quit_smoke_save_calc.aspx
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#29 Oct 08 2010 at 9:26 AM Rating: Decent
At nearly 7 bucks a pack, i am soon to be with you OP. Wish me luck.
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Congrats, OP!

Here's a word of advice: NEVER EVER EVER EVER go back to it.

Quitting becomes so much harder. I actually quit for 4 weeks a couple months ago, and decided a single cigarette couldn't hurt. Now I'm smoking twice as much as I used to, and can't seem to quit for more than a day.

I'll be quitting this weekend, though. I figure being at home with no work for two days will give me a head start on not killing someone by the time Monday comes around.
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Congrats to the OP! I don't smoke, but my mom does. Been trying to get her to quit ever since my grandfather died of lung cancer, but she's not having any of it. People sure do get stuck in their ways...

Incidentally, I'm trying to break my caffiene addiction. I know that sounds paltry compared to smoking/drinking, but I drink wayyyyy too much soda, and get fierce headaches/cravings if I don't have any for a few hours. Soda's getting expensive.
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Incidentally, I'm trying to break my caffiene addiction. I know that sounds paltry compared to smoking/drinking, but I drink wayyyyy too much soda, and get fierce headaches/cravings if I don't have any for a few hours. Soda's getting expensive.


Switch to Coffee or tea, at least there's a process in making them that will deter an instant can pop. And depending on who you listen to, a cup or two a day is good for you.
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At nearly 7 bucks a pack, i am soon to be with you OP. Wish me luck.


$7? Thats really cheap compared to England! I am paying £6.50 for 20 Marlboro Golds which according to Google is just over $10!

I haven't made an attempt to stop smoking because I know I still enjoy it and would probably pick it back up as soon as something stressful kicked off at work. Given how expensive they are becoming however, I might find a financial reason to quit if not for my health!
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Grats OP!!! Hang in there, it's worth it. I've tried several times in the past, and it does get harder and harder to quit every single time. My quitting attempts have lasted anywhere from a couple hours to 6 months, but I always come back to it (usually, out of sheer boredom brought on the banality of day to day life, not triggered by any traumatic event).

My most recent quitting effort started a month ago and it's going well so far. Relapses happen, just don't let them become a return to the habit.

Best motivation I ever saw actually came from a friend who got some information from a hypnotist (yes, it sounds ridiculously, but if you were ever hopelessly addicted to a drug you'd understand the desperation). His "doctor" handed him a single page document that chronologically listed by the minute, hour, day, week, month, year the physiological effects that quitting smoking has on your body. From heart rate to blood pressure to circulation to sense of smell / taste to lung tissue regeneration it was pretty amazing.

Not dying from lung cancer is a pretty good motivator too.

Or you could just move to NYC with me, where cigarettes are $12 - $13 / pack. That's downright inspirational.


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Congrats to the OP! I don't smoke, but my mom does. Been trying to get her to quit ever since my grandfather died of lung cancer, but she's not having any of it. People sure do get stuck in their ways...

Incidentally, I'm trying to break my caffiene addiction. I know that sounds paltry compared to smoking/drinking, but I drink wayyyyy too much soda, and get fierce headaches/cravings if I don't have any for a few hours. Soda's getting expensive.


Exact same thing here. My grandfather died of lung cancer after having smoked most of his life. What's worse is my mother is a nurse and takes care of people like that. She says she will quit, but she always finds another "reason" to keep smoking.

I think if people really take a step back and ask themselves why they do it, they won't find a good reason.

To the OP:
Awesome job. Keep it up, you'll be glad you did.
Same goes to everyone else trying. You'll find you're stronger than you think when you really give it your all.
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I quit a couple times, once for over a year. Then I realized I actually enjoy it. I'm not a pack a day addicted type, but I do enjoy stepping outside and burning one every once in a while. I'm liking it even more now that my cousin talked me into getting off of Marlboro's and trying the 100% natural tobacco cigs. Slightly more expensive, but they don't make my allergies act up or make my mouth taste like ***, plus they burn twice as long. A pack of those last me forever now. Once in a while I'll bum a Marlby from a friend or wife and I can taste all the chemicals they add to them. Suspiciously, I've never seen them on the racks either. Whenever you ask for them they always have to dig them out of a drawer or cupboard, but most places do have them. I wonder how much Phillip Morris pays to make places hide those things.

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If you have children, I'm sure they will thank you. My father died at the age of 46 from Lung Cancer.
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Wint wrote:
ChrisMattern wrote:
crushgroove wrote:
Smoking.

Three weeks ago now. I can taste food again, it's pretty sweet.

I do get the urge to punch a baby a few times a day.


FFXIV provides a plethora of cute marmots for you to slaughter :-)


Or to be gang-raped by, depending on the marmot.


One time I was gang raped by a group of babies.

It...

Was....

Awesome!!!!!
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You'll be bac-- oh, smoking?

..You'll be back. :P
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Then of course there are sheep, especially the little lost poofball ones... punch them, lots!


Why would you do this :<

I have some friends who smoke, it makes me sad watching them smoke themselves away. Good job and good luck to you!
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Congratulations, I also quit smoking awhile ago. If I could do it (at two packs a day) anyone can. It took me around 7 times trying to actually quit, but I do view it as one of the best things I ever did for myself.

Have you developed the super human ability (like I did and still have >.< ) of being able to smell someone smoking a cigarette from a mile away?

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It's the thought that I could "just have one" that always un-quits me. Advice: don't get drunk around your smoker friends. *sigh*

Seriously man, hats off to you!

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Incidentally, I'm trying to break my caffiene addiction. I know that sounds paltry compared to smoking/drinking, but I drink wayyyyy too much soda, and get fierce headaches/cravings if I don't have any for a few hours. Soda's getting expensive.


I think giving up caffeine is worse. When I went without smoking, it made me nervous, and agitated. When I go a day without caffeine the headache is unbearable. I guess that's the difference. I can go a day or so without thinking about caffeine, and then the unbearable pain kicks in. When I smoked, I couldn't go more than a few hours without the fix, but the withdrawal while not fun, was at least manageable.





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Duresthar wrote:
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Then of course there are sheep, especially the little lost poofball ones... punch them, lots!


Why would you do this :<


They make my Wife's dog (I only claim it when it's behaving) bark like mad... almost as bad as the vaccum or lawnmower... or the printer.
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