Gym Routine Back In Effect

One thing I learned from the 2007 quit is that exercise really makes it easier to stop smoking. A lot could be said about that: relating to mood, hormones, etc.

I’ve been getting myself psychologically ready for this quit. I’ve discussed in recent posts how depressed I get when I stop smoking. So, starting about a month ago, I put the gym routine back into effect.

I felt some guilt too…because, I felt bad about how I got out of my exercise routine. Geez, it’s so easy to get out of the good routines.

But, tonight I was actually doing some trap bar deadlifts. I only had 90 pounds on the bar. I’m going to ease back into this thing! And, I took some light dumbbells (25 pounds), and did a standing overhead press. One set of 8 and another set of 9.

Then, I used the pull up assist machine. I set it to 135 pounds and knocked out multiple sets of dips and pull ups. And, oh yea… I also did shrugs with the trap bar.

And, I drove away feeling great. Just as always.

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How Quickly Will This Site Recover?

First things first…earlier I was highlighting a few interesting old posts, and I certainly can’t exclude Gas In Yoga Class. That made me laugh.

Okay, as mentioned, this site has been off-line for about eight years. Why? And why revive it? Sure, I’ll answer both.

StopSmokingCigs started in 2007. It had pretty much a single purpose: to document my quit smoking effort with the drug Chantix. And, that’s what I did. If you are considering Chantix, you should most definitely use the site map link because there is an awful lot that will probably interest you…

So, that quit lasted for something like six or seven months…I don’t remember exactly. And, then I slipped-up. And, next thing you know I’ve spent the past eight years smoking again. So, after I relapsed, I guess my motivation for this blog died.

So, why restart it?
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I’m Trying To Get My Mind Ready For This Quit

Author Allen Carr

Author Allen Carr

Right now, I’m trying to get myself psychologically ready for this quit attempt. I think that may be pointless. I already know what to expect. There is going to be depression, mucus, misery and feelings of despair.

But, maybe anticipating this is a good thing! I supposed that’s what I mean when I talk about getting my mind ready.

I have Allen Carr’s book called The Easy Way To Stop Smoking. Here is something he says on page 81. He poses the question about quitting: “What Am I Giving Up?” This is what he says:
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From 2007 to 2015

Well, I’ve just restored this blog. It’s been eight years since it’s been online. It feels like yesterday in a way. I looked over my site map for StopSmokingCigs.com, and I was a little blown away by how much writing I did during that year! I’d forgotten about posts like Chantix erections; Chantix and orgasm; Day 34: Smoking, Insomnia, Reddit, and nearly 100 Days without smoking a cigarette.

On May 27, 2007 I made the first post to the blog:

Well, I’ve been struggling trying to quit smoking for a lot of years now, and, I’m right now on DAY 3 without the nicotine. I figured doing this blog might help to stay quit. Look at me coining expressions and murdering the language. Will this little blog help another smoker become an ex smoker? I hope so. Let me sit back and write some posts out…

During that year, I managed to quit smoking for around eight months. I got that ball rolling with Chantix. And, I documented the experience here. You can go back and read it. It was a really fun time. Other people and bloggers who were quitting found the site. A lot of comments were left. And, a true sense of community formed. I hope that this can happen again!

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Are Some People Unlucky?

Yes, I think they are… and, although this is a sort of unpopular belief, I actually think there’s no disputing it …. for one example (and not to be glib… I really mean it), the folks who die in car accidents before the age of twenty… yea, I think it’s safe to say that they are pretty unlucky.

Unlucky broken mirror

Unlucky broken mirror

I’m going to reveal something quite personal, and, I don’t doubt that it will strike a few people as strange.

But, here goes…

You see… I consider myself an unlucky man. Now, sometimes I pay insincere lip service–for the sake of being upbeat–and publicly say how lucky I am. I never mean that.

When I look back over the course of my life… when I see how many people close to me either died or are suffering lousy fates… when I think about the girl I loved who got away from me… when I think about my family… when I think about all my hard work and how it has gotten me nowhere… well, if I’m going to be honest with myself… I have to say that I am an unlucky man.

How does this relate to a quit smoking blog.

Because, I think this self-perception may be one of the fundamental reasons why I find myself getting pulled back to nicotine. I know when something goes wrong (as has recently been the case), and, I start thinking in the way outlined above, you can bet your ass my brain wants a nicotine fix.

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Is Chantix A Suicide Risk?

I thought it was sort of a big deal because this Chantix article was on the CBS website. It discusses whether Chantix is responsible for suicide attempts.

I thought the article concluded in a reasonable way:

For now the FDA says the benefits of quitting cigarettes far outweigh the possible risks of taking Chantix. But the agency is still warning that anyone who uses Chantix should be closely monitored.

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Tough Zerosmoke Article

I see the Chicago Tribune has a hard-hitting article about Zerosmoke. Dang, Chicago Tribune… don’t sugarcoat it! Seriously, walking around with magnets on my ears seems sort of fun… sort of Vulcan-like maybe. :)

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Smoking Cessation and the Holidays

Holiday Smoking PictureToday, I’ve been thinking about quitting smoking and going through the holiday season… see, it seems to me that a lot of cigarette quits are going to fail during the Christmas season because a lot of folks get depressed and down during this time of the year. I am finding out that I am feeling down. So, I did a few quick searches for smoking cessation and holidays etc. I didn’t find much except some advice to avoid holiday parties. It’s an interesting idea nonetheless.

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Merry Christmas

Hey Everybody,

This is just to say that if you celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas to you and thank you for reading along and adding your encouraging and interesting comments. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I wish you happiness in whatever holidays you do celebrate.

Life ain’t easy, that’s for damn sure, but, today is a good day of reflection for me, and, I wish everyone the best of luck in giving up their addictions… particularly the smoking. Damn, quitting cigarettes is not easy, but, it can be done… I know.

I wish everyone the best. That’s just the sort of mood I’m in at the moment. Time for me to give my cat his Christmas presents. Yeah, that’s the way my life is…. God bless……

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Bought a Tin of Skoal

Well, the thing about this blog is that I’ve tried pretty damn hard to provide an honest account of my cigarette-quitting attempt that began in May 2007 with a Chantix prescription.

And, one of the things I’ve learned is that being honest isn’t easy. It’s difficult. It’s often embarrassing. It’s often unflattering. And, when it comes to the topic of addiction, it often highlights just how weak you are…

But, it is rewarding, and, it’s the only way to go… otherwise I’m wasting my time typing in this box. And, I’m wasting your time.

So, today, I was driving around, and, it’s Christmas Eve, and, I was doing some last minute shopping. And, one of the things (not on my list) that I suddenly found myself compulsively compelled to pick-up was a tin of wintergreen Skoal. Yea. The chewing tobacco that you put between you lip and gum.

Yea.

I used to chaw that stuff when I was a real little kid. And a bit in high school before I started smoking cigarettes in earnest.

I knew that it was a step in the wrong direction this afternoon. Certainly. But, I picked it up. I liked the smell. It gave me a buzz. I chawed some more. And, now my stomach is sick.

I’m an idiot.

The end.

Merry Christmas.

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