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08-11-2009, 08:51 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by woof Quote
Hmmm...

“Anybody with a little guts and the desire to apply himself can make it, he can make anything he wants to make of himself.”
~ Willie Shoemaker

or...

“Out of need springs desire, and out of desire springs the energy and the will to win.”
Denis Waitley

or...

“Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.”
~ Wilfred Peterson

That gets it pretty well for me...

MJB DIGITAL, do it! I am at five years quit. I was tired of being a slave. I am now free. I cannot ell you how many ways in which my life has changed for the better.

Please see www.quitnet.com. it's not for everyone, but in th early days it helped keep me positive.

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That's a lotta LBA!
i smoke a pack a week, my savings are about 500 bucks a year, if anything.

ive had friends spend more in a single day on alchohol at a club :ugh:

plus, having a desire to quit smoking and failing
and not wanting to quit smoking, are two different things.

08-11-2009, 08:53 PM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by MJB DIGITAL Quote
I had five bucks left. I was out of cigs. I was also out of film.....I found myself at the camera shop rather than the gas station.

hmmmmm

Time to quit, I guess.

How can you call yourself an American? Do you know how much the government is counting on YOU? How will they fund SCHIP if you quit? Or all the other BS they use the tobacco tax for? Do your part. Smoke more. Obama's counting on you after all.

All kidding aside, I quit over 15 years ago. Was a 3 pack a dayer. Got a filter kit called " Kick the habit". Cost me 21 bucks back then. After I finished all the steps in 21 days I smoked 1 pack of Marlboro Red. Haven't had one since. But the desire is still there.
Doctors told me to stop when I started having an arythmia. Still didn't quit. As has been said you won't really quit til you really WANT to quit.

Good luck

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08-11-2009, 09:17 PM   #18
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A lame excuse graphicgr8s!
You can ALWAYS spend your savings on anything else (including that lens you thought you couldn't afford), and it will still contribute to kickstarting the economy again...
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Not sure if i quoted every1 that i wanted to.dont really know well how to mulitquote

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Well, Mitchell, you've got your priorities straight!
The ciggies aren't giving you the satisfaction that cam gear does...
May be the first signs....

Yep, Wheatfield's got it right, though it is explainable, just not accepted or appreciated by smokers much.

The psychology of craving that next cigarette goes beyond the physical addiction - the factors surrounding why smokers smoke, as well as changing smoker's attitude towards their habit, need to be addressed before any meaningful success in quitting is possible. A shift in thinking, counselling, pharmacological aids (nicotine patches or medications like zyban or champix or whatever they're called elsewhere) and even avoiding the places/people/settings that trigger the psychological 'need' to smoke all go a log way in helping smokers quit for good.

I digress, I apologise - just an area of interest for me...
All the best in that Mitchell!
I don't love the cigs, I'm simply addicted. I started when I was 20 after too long of partying. I was independent since 17 (with the closest parent two states away) and they kinda fell into my lap. I quit for a couple of years, but a small heartbreak made them easy for me to take up again...

Now the camera gear...well shit, I don't love that either. It's a tool for my job...but I NEED it more than I need anything if I'm going to have a career. So....I'm getting a couple of K7's. Did I mention that I don't really like C*n*n ergonomics?

QuoteOriginally posted by Gooshin Quote
no, dont apologize

although i will disagree about the patch...

i quit smoking for 5 months once by use of "fake" cigarettes (tasted like dried up onions)

by fulfiling my mental desire to smoke, while absolutely eliminating nicotine intake, i lost the urge in about 2 weeks. Then it was smooth sailing.

However at some point i just "felt" like smoking again, so i did. I never took steps to psychologically eliminate my desire to smoke, and that is the hardest part.
Damn right dont apologize. Give it to me hard....like you are giving a hard photo critique. Do it because it is necessary for growth.

QuoteOriginally posted by Venturi Quote
I quit the first week of May this year. The price per pack on a carton reached $5.20 at the smoke shops and that was the "nail in the coffin" for me.

My wife and I both got on the patch and it worked; some days better than others...

I had wanted to end the habit for some time but the math was the kicker for me: $5.20 per day equates to one roll of 36exp HP5 or Neopan400 shot and developed per day. That's a no brainer.
There we go!! Film is what ended me up at the camera shop instead of the gas station! I just borrowed a nikon f5 from a friend of mine. As my dad puts it, "It's easy to run a lot of money through that thing."

QuoteOriginally posted by photolady Quote
I quit 25 days ago. I started out using the patch then it got to be more annoying than cigs did. I stopped using the patch 7 days ago and still have not picked up a cigarette and smoked.

I tried this several times over the last 35 years and nothing seemed to work until I decided, I didn't want to smoke anymore. I was tired of having to use medicine so I could breathe and there was this annoying scratchy throat I had, I could only talk for about 20 minutes before I had to stop so I could clear my throat. No I don't even have the scratchy frog voice anymore either.
I want to direct you to that above quote, because you are at 25 days, that mentions something I have not heard. "You need to want to be a non-smoker, rather than wanting to quit smoking." That's just probably the best support I have heard yet.

QuoteOriginally posted by J.Scott Quote
I smoked everything - even tobacco! - for 20 years; from 17 until 37. The thought of seeing myself as a non-smoker was working heavily on my mind for a few months up to the day I quit. It wasn't about the money but more about my health. At the time I was watching my Dads health deteriorate due to a lifetime of smoking, and that was a huge incentive in itself. On his deathbed he said to me,"If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself!" We both knew it wasn't original, but certainly was poignant. No patch, or herbal cigs for me - I just quit; the proverbial cold-turkey. Eighteen years later I am a born-again, non-smoker. Life is great and although it was difficult I never looked back or was tempted to start up again. This winter, while in Cuba, I brought back a few packs of Monte Cristo's and gave them all away. The urges and temptations will eventually go away - hang in there.
Yeah I have family dead and family dying. We are close so it hurts...I'm there with ya...

QuoteOriginally posted by woof Quote
Hmmm...

“Anybody with a little guts and the desire to apply himself can make it, he can make anything he wants to make of himself.”
~ Willie Shoemaker

or...

“Out of need springs desire, and out of desire springs the energy and the will to win.”
Denis Waitley

or...

“Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.”
~ Wilfred Peterson

That gets it pretty well for me...

MJB DIGITAL, do it! I am at five years quit. I was tired of being a slave. I am now free. I cannot ell you how many ways in which my life has changed for the better.

Please see www.quitnet.com. it's not for everyone, but in th early days it helped keep me positive.

woof!

Time Smoke-Free: 2095 days, 12 hours, 2 minutes and 13 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 41910
Lifetime Saved: 10 months, 20 days, 3 hours
Money Saved: $10,475.00
^^^^^^
That's a lotta LBA!
OK

I have the page open in a different tab already!!! I'm there and thanks for the quotes I love em!!

QuoteOriginally posted by KungPOW Quote
Thats the best way to explain it I have ever read.

I quit 14 years ago. Fell off the wagon a couple times during the process, but eventually I did it.

I'm still a complete caffeine junky though...

Good Luck MJB! Keep trying until you do quit. For some people it will take more then one try.

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So, What film did you buy?

I bought a BUNCH of cheeap fuji color 200 for less than two bucks a roll. But since I love my dad's nikon N2020 and the nikon F5 that I borrowed, I'm already on the last roll....after this I'm going to have over ten rolls to pick up if you include what I already have waiting.
Luckily the camera shop (creve couer camera, if you are in st. louis) noticed my additction (to film) and told me to start just getting the negs scanned instead of printed...saves some bucks....

QuoteOriginally posted by Gooshin Quote
i smoke a pack a week, my savings are about 500 bucks a year, if anything.

ive had friends spend more in a single day on alchohol at a club :ugh:

plus, having a desire to quit smoking and failing
and not wanting to quit smoking, are two different things.
And damnit, I have the desire to quit. I also have the desire to remember what it is like to be a nonsmoker.

QuoteOriginally posted by graphicgr8s Quote
How can you call yourself an American? Do you know how much the government is counting on YOU? How will they fund SCHIP if you quit? Or all the other BS they use the tobacco tax for? Do your part. Smoke more. Obama's counting on you after all.

All kidding aside, I quit over 15 years ago. Was a 3 pack a dayer. Got a filter kit called " Kick the habit". Cost me 21 bucks back then. After I finished all the steps in 21 days I smoked 1 pack of Marlboro Red. Haven't had one since. But the desire is still there.
Doctors told me to stop when I started having an arythmia. Still didn't quit. As has been said you won't really quit til you really WANT to quit.

Good luck
How many filters did the kit come with? Was there some GND's? I really want a ten stop ND but the ONE SHOT i want to do with it can't justify the cost...

what, I'm not allowed to joke?

"The desire is still there.", you said. I think that might be a lifetime deal by now. I wonder if it will be something similar to how AA folks say that they are never really healed from alcoholism. That they are always a 'recovering' alcoholic....

something to think about.

p.s. I feel like your avatar looks.





Guys (and gals) thanks for the support in this thread. I have been trying to quit smoking for a long time now. I was a black belt who almost made it to the olympics. I was a commercial alaskan fisherman. I was raised in the country and put in some good hard work....

I feel so debilitated after almost ten years of smoking. It's embarrassing and terrible for my health...and WILL kill me!!!

I'm down from a pack a day last week. I had four, three days ago. I had three yesterday. I had SIX today but today also had a Motley Crue concert! I didn't drink at the concert but I did break down and smoke.

My boss, colleagues, clients and friends (including you guys) are behind me.

I CAN DO IT!!!

Thanks Guys.

Everyone in this thread, I want you to call me Mitch.


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QuoteOriginally posted by MJB DIGITAL Quote
I also have the desire to remember what it is like to be a nonsmoker.
That was what allowed me to quit.
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I had a friend who tried the patches but he couldn't keep them lit...
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And I saw a fellow who complained that he couldn't use patches anymore. He'd been putting patches on daily but after a few weeks couldn't keep going with it.

When enquired 'why?' he said there was simply no room left on his body to put it. Intrigued, I asked to see where he'd been putting his patches on and found hundreds of these patches all over him.

I asked why there were all these patches on and he replied, 'well I was only following instructions - put a new patch on everyday, but nobody told me I should be taking the old one off...'
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Did he take showers with em on?

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I tried the patches. They didn't work for me. I had it down to about 5 a day using Wellbutrin and then had a some family issues this summer that kicked the stress into the stratosphere. I'm a back to a pack a day. I wish I knew what would work.

I think the part about wanting to be a non smoker is probably correct. The truth is I enjoy smoking. I want to quit, but maybe just not enough.
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Did he take showers with em on?
Yep. And he didn't complain until he just couldn't fit any more on.
I did find myself wondering how he relieved itch on his body...
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I tried the patches. They didn't work for me. I had it down to about 5 a day using Wellbutrin and then had a some family issues this summer that kicked the stress into the stratosphere. I'm a back to a pack a day. I wish I knew what would work.

I think the part about wanting to be a non smoker is probably correct. The truth is I enjoy smoking. I want to quit, but maybe just not enough.
you should try joining a martial arts club and telling the instructor/master/grandmaster that you want to quit.

dont know if that sounds weird but the martial arts is kinda like a miracle drug...
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you should try joining a martial arts club and telling the instructor/master/grandmaster that you want to quit.

dont know if that sounds weird but the martial arts is kinda like a miracle drug...
Actually exercise is the miracle drug.

It is well know that quitting causes depression-like symptoms in smokers.

Scientists at Dundee University have discovered that smoking causes physical changes in the brain which stop it being flooded with the body's natural stress-busting hormone, serotonin.

It is well known that generally seratonin improves mood and also that
exercise improves seratonin uptake.

Folks suffereing from mild depression are often "prescribed" exercise by their analysts because it does improve depression to an extent.

Exrecise IS the answer. Thought I must admit that I am now adicted to exercise - heh.

When I quit, I started swimming. It was taking me 50 minutes to swim 1000 yards. I am now swimming 2000 yards (a pool mile) in 32 minutes. Actually, that's my average 2000 yard time over three miles. At one point I tried for a best time and got a 25 minute pool mile. I think that's a 200% improvement over time.

FWIW. Seems you alreadu know this. Just trying to support what you already know.

woof!
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Well Mitch if you had 6 yesterday you're still not on the road to quitting. You haven't made it one day. Man I use to work out when I smoked. Would have 250 up in the air on my bench and a cig in my mouth. Now that's bad. Even when I was smoking and i was diving (snorkeling mostly) I could still get down about 50 feet on a freedive and there wasn't any of my buddies that could keep up with me in an 8 hour day diving. After I quit it really didn't improve but I still think I stopped it from getting bad. I need to get back into diving/spearfishing.

What is GND?
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I have been 2 years now without cigatettes. I admit that it wasn't easy and money wasn't an issue either as one of my co-workers lived near to the Mohawk Reservation and got them $15 a carton. I think if I could do it then anybody can. I smoked for 35 years.
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After over 40 years smoking, I quit a little over 2 years ago using Chantix which worked quite well except for the emotional side effects. Be really careful if you use this stuff and have someone else monitor your moods. I was a boiling pit of anger which is NOT me normally.

On the bright side, after 1 year without a cigarette, I bought a K100D Super with the money I didn't spend on cigarettes. This year, since Wolf was having the clearance sale, for 2 years without a cigarette I bought a K10D, a K100D Super for my wife so she would quit borrowing mine, a DA 50-200 and a tri-pod plus other goodies with the money I didn't spend on cigarettes. Granted the knowledge that I was smoking up at least 1 new camera every year didn't help me quit but that same knowledge sure does help me stay quit. Every time I get the urge for a smoke, I just pick up my K10D and hold it. Works like a charm.
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