Walker G. Firstly, Congrats On Stopping. You Seriously Are A Better Person For It And Your Family Will Appreciate It More Than You think.
I Smoked For 30 Years. Sometimes Up To 40 cigarettes A Day (dending On What I Was Doing). I Tried To Stop 6-7 Times, But I Had More Excuses Not To Stop Than I Can Remember. What Hit The Nail On The Head For Me Was I Bought A Packet At A Service Station On It's Own ( Usually I Would Get Them With Something else), And When The attendant told me the price I instantly thought of my children's education which was financially awkward. At That instance I said no and haven't had any since. Even though we don't sometimes want to admit it, I Guess that deep down there are more important things than yourself. I haven't had a craving in the eighteen months That I have stopped.
I Do MMA And All The Bells And Whistles That Go With It, Resistance Training, Regular Walking, Map My Fitness And Started This App, But I can't Run - Smokers lungs.
After All That Story, Being A Christian Actually Makes All The Difference. I'm not doing it alone. I Want To Stress That Everyone Has A Testimony, And This Is Mine.
Gunther (who Does autopsies), Said That If You Have Smoked More Than 3 Years, Your Lungs Will Not Fully Recover. The Longer You Have Smoked, The Less Recovery. So Let That Be A Stern Warning To Those Who Do, Have Started, Think It's Cool And who don't Smoke.
Hi Walker, firstly, congrats to you for deciding to stop smoking. I know it is hard, but with will power you can do it, and stick to it. I started smoking when I joined the Navy, when I was16. Most of the time I smoked 20-25 a day, but, sometimes, often if we were ashore, and drinking heaps, I would easy go through two packs in a night. So, it was from 16, until 39 years of age I smoked. The last 10 or so, I used to smoke outside, so my first kids weren't affected with it. Bit hard in Can erra though, when it was commonly below zero in winter. The last couple years I started cutting down, to only a few each day ( unless drinking) and then , to one or two smokes. To then one pet day, then stopped. The last time I had any was Christmas party 2000. 13 and a half years ago and no smokes.
I don't know the technicality of repairing breathing capacity, but, I know you can get enough back to do sports. I started playing field hockey again , in 2003; after 27 years of not doing so. I am now the fastest guy on my team , and play a striker forward. I can run very fast, very often and play a whole ,70 minute game, no probs. It was hard to not have a smoke when drinking, or after dinner, etc, but, you get over that in a few months. The rest is mind over body. Take charge of yourself, and, in no time, you will be winning, and permanently a non smoker. All the very best and God bless you In your endeavour.
Congrats on no longer smoking Walker!
I am 43 now and have been smoking since I was 18 on and off ! About a half pack a day. Some days a little more depending on various things.
I quit smoking for all 3 of my pregnancies with ease!
Started up again due to some stressful times ... andddd then quit again for my kids for about 5 months.
I worked at a place where EVERYONE smoked and my will power was zilch!
I again was sucked back in due to my own weakness!
I have almost a year under my belt smoke free! Oct 30th to be exact!
I finally gave it up cold turkey because I was tired of feeling so blah!!
I don't have a smokers cough or voice. I was feeling run down all the time!
Made a trip to the emergency room the afternoon of Oct 30th of 2012... thought I was having a heart attack. It turned out to be stress/anxiety/ panic...... due to..... Smoking!! Every time I lit up... I thought about what I was doing to my body .. my kids... cancer... I worked my self into a fit!
I walked out of the ER that night and never touched another cig ever!!
My husband, kids & family are proud of me and that feels good! But most of all I'm proud of me!!
Keep on keeping on Walker ... it gets easier and you will feel Amazing!! :) :)
My uncle says he still misses smoking and it's been years since he quit. On the other hand, I've been quit for almost 2 years and I have not missed it once. I think, for me, the difference is mentality. What reasons did you quit? Did you quit cuz you actually wanted to stop smoking or did you quit to avoid the consequences?
I read a book called The Easy Way to Stop Smoking and it helped me get my head around some simple facts in a way that changed my attitude just enough to actually make it way easier to quit.
I would recommend that book to anyone who had ever smoked even if they've quit, especially if they still have cravings.
I was a pack a day, on again off again smoker for 10 years and the weird thing is I never really considered myself a "Smoker"
I never bought cartons, just single packs, always thinking i will quit... Ridiculous. There were days I would chain smoke for hours...
It's never too late, I feel much better now. I don't get sick like I used to.
Hi Walker, glad you liked my previous response. It was indeed intended to motivate you, and encourage you and is truly my self testimony. I can't remember for certain how long it was before I never even thought about having a smoke. I'm sure it wasn't long but. Since whenever it was, I have never wanted one. Not one, ever. Even when at a party, if dudes are smoking, at a bbq, or whatever, no way Jose. Every single thing about smokes sickens you after a while, and there's no way known you can let yourself go back to them, and as I said, you end up not even wanting to go back. Again, all the best with staying quitting. God bless you.
You never truly quit smoking. It's an addiction, there is no such thing as an ex-addict there is only a recovering addict. Everyday is a fight to not return to that addiction. I smoked for 4 years and quit when I found out I was pregnant. Quitting was always easy for me, I could stop as the drop off a hat but staying stopped is what's hard, especially since my financee smokes. He's smoked for many years and has tried stopping several times. He was supposed to stop when our son was born last October. I know how hard it is for anyone who smokes or smoked. Good luck with staying quit!
My quitting at the moment I wanted has been for 2 years now because of my son. The medical professional I am referring to is a doctor of TCM, acupuncture and a previous rehab physician. The reason he says there is no such thing as a fully recovered addict is because of the association your brain makes with the substance you were addicted to. For instance, if a recovering alcoholic is put under stress that person has fight to not drink which is what they would have done before seeking guidance for their addiction. Just as smoking, if you are a social smoker and have decided to quit, going out for just a drink would be difficult because you would have the urge to smoke. It's a never ending battle to not relapse especially a habit your brain automatically associates with another habit or a familiar task. I know it's difficult for me to be in a car without wanting a cigarette or being stressed out and having to distract myself so that I do not relapse and smoke a cigarette or two.
Also, we don't smoke inside. He does go outside and he doesn't smoke in front of me because he knows the difficulty of quitting and staying quit. He has tried quitting 2 times since I was pregnant and he is currently in the process of quitting for good.