Not Trucking Related But Still Proud Of Myself - Quit Smoking

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icecold24k's Comment
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As the title says this is not trucking related at all. I read a post on here about smoking in the cab and it made me think of my situation. I am proud to say after many years of smoking I am smoke free. I actually quit smoking about 2 weeks ago and I refuse to look back. I noticed I was starting to get out of breath just doing the simplest of tasks and just always felt like crap. I decided I had to make a change and fast. So I started the process of quitting smoking.

I began by just setting small goals for myself and I refused to smoke inside the cab of my truck anymore. This made things difficult as I would have to find a place to stop and pull over just to have a smoke. This was a big hassle and I noticed I was smoking less and less by doing this. The quitting point came where I was stuck at a customer where I was loading liquid chocolate. We had some major storms roll through and they lost power and their ability to make and load our product. I was stuck there about 28 hours and during that time I actually ran out of cigarettes. I told myself now is the time to quit just don't buy anymore.

So here I am 2 weeks later and I am honestly starting to feel a whole lot better. I am not coughing as much I am noticing more smells and my food actually tastes a lot better.. So just a little motivation to anyone considering quitting. If I can do this trust me you can too.

Retired Army (soon)'s Comment
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Congrats. I hear it can be a challenge. Stay strong as I am sure you will. Not only healthier, but more green in your pocket.

Cwc's Comment
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I went back to vaping from smoking for years. I feel like I could probably quit soon. Before trucking school I had vaped for probably a year and a half. But on the bus ride from VA to IA my batteries died and I started smoking. Into a trainers truck whom smoked. A couple months back I finally went back to vaping after being disgusted with the smell after showering and putting on clothes that were in my smoked out truck.

What scares me about quiting vaping is that I still have days were I wake up and still want a cigarette and even reach for them (while still half out of it) to find my vape instead.

On the other side of that. I vape less than I smoke and sometimes go for hours without. Which is not something I did while smoking. I believe I can quit soon but I'm just not there yet.

But good on you!! That's awesome!

icecold24k's Comment
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Yes I completely agree 100% that morning one is the hardest one to shake. I still have the thoughts about it. I mean yes it is extremely hard. I wake up at time still in a fog and want to smoke then I remember oh crap I quit smoking. I just refuse to let this beat me.

PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations! It is tough to quit. I quit years ago, but for 10 years after going cold turkey, I still sometimes really wanted a cigarette.

Turtle's Comment
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Huge congratulations, Ice!

The hardest part is yet to come, but with motivation and determination you can do it!

I quit cold turkey 3 years ago after 31 years of smoking. The impact of how good you will feel will be massive. Your breathing, energy level, circulation, all will improve dramatically.

Good for you bud!

Harry H. [ navypoppop ]'s Comment
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I smoked for 25 years and Pall Mall non filters to boot. I quit cold turkey 30 years ago and never regretted it one time. Believe me I tried 3 or 4 times when getting ready for surgery and just to quit but still went back. Since I have been off, all your food tastes better, your body smells better, your clothes do not reek of cigarette smoke and look at all the money you are saving while getting healthier every day. It is extremely hard to stop as we all know nicotine is very addictive. Keep trying and try again until you no longer desire them. If in a truckstop just exercise, walk around the parking lot and when you wake up fight to not reach for that "death stick". There was just a news article on TV the other day that a user of vapes had his explode in his face. It seems the lithium ion battery was to blame. Maybe a sign from "up above"? Honestly fight hard and you will not regret it down the road. Good luck.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Quitting smoking was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Just keep at it, and one day you will wake up, and realize that you have not wanted a smoke in over a week, then a month, and so on. Don't worry if an occasional desire hits you, it still happens to me, and most likely, anyone who has ever smoked, and quit. All I have to do, is walk by someone who does smoke, though, and that desire goes away with a quickness. And cheddar combos help, too.

My reason for quitting, was being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. In an ironic twist, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. It forced me to take better care of myself.

Dave Reid's Comment
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Fantastic!!!

As the title says this is not trucking related at all. I read a post on here about smoking in the cab and it made me think of my situation. I am proud to say after many years of smoking I am smoke free. I actually quit smoking about 2 weeks ago and I refuse to look back. I noticed I was starting to get out of breath just doing the simplest of tasks and just always felt like crap. I decided I had to make a change and fast. So I started the process of quitting smoking.

I began by just setting small goals for myself and I refused to smoke inside the cab of my truck anymore. This made things difficult as I would have to find a place to stop and pull over just to have a smoke. This was a big hassle and I noticed I was smoking less and less by doing this. The quitting point came where I was stuck at a customer where I was loading liquid chocolate. We had some major storms roll through and they lost power and their ability to make and load our product. I was stuck there about 28 hours and during that time I actually ran out of cigarettes. I told myself now is the time to quit just don't buy anymore.

So here I am 2 weeks later and I am honestly starting to feel a whole lot better. I am not coughing as much I am noticing more smells and my food actually tastes a lot better.. So just a little motivation to anyone considering quitting. If I can do this trust me you can too.

icecold24k's Comment
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Thank you everyone for the encouragement and inspiration. I know I have a long road ahead of me and times will be tough. I just have to keep reminding myself of the reasons for quitting and all the money I will save can go for a really nice vacation someday.

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