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Smoking... :-/distinctHead
Apr 9, 2002 4:59 PM
Not only the gut, but I have to quit smoking now and was wondering if there are any cyclists out there who had 'the habit' and could offer me some advice. I'm 20 years old... so it's not too late to fix my lungs right up :). Thanx lotz, eric
Smoking not neccessarily badliu02bhs
Apr 9, 2002 6:25 PM
Dude, I know Division I level swimmers who smoke weed. And the thing is, they still have a good lung capacity. Go figure? But then there is of course Ozzy Osborne. I don't know if anyone watches his reality show on MTV, but drugs definitely effected him.
As for the advice, just stop smoking, it's not that addictive.
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re: Smoking... :-/distinctHead
Apr 9, 2002 6:37 PM
I was talking about cigz ;)
re: Smoking... :-/brider
Apr 10, 2002 6:30 AM
You first need to make the decision that you want to quit, then pick a date and do it. Have a friend keep you accountable. There are things you can take to help fight the cravings, but realize that the nicotine is out of your system after 48 hours. After that time, the only cravings you're feeling are mental. And remember this, if you EVER start back up again, it means you DIDN'T QUIT. Quitting is for life.
re: Smoking... :-/mixinbeatz
Apr 10, 2002 9:22 AM
Here is the advise that worked for me. Quit on a nice sunny day, start the day with a long ride, schedule something fun in the afternoon where you can be outside. Enjoy the smell of the air, realize that the smell of the air is much better than the air in a smokey bar. Start to hate the smell of cigs, notice how nasty they are and how crappy they make your clothes stink. Seriously, you have to focus on how nasty they are. This helped me dramatically in quitting. Last night after the Tuesday night race(in which I just missed the win by a bike length) I went down and had a beer with the fellas at the local pub. When I got home I stinked, at that point I told myself that "gosh I am glad I don't smoke anymore,".

*note. If booze makes you smoke, lay off it till you have the confidence that you are not going to smoke when you drink.
A little slice of Hell...Crankist
Apr 10, 2002 11:54 AM
Who said "not that addictive"? Horseshit. You are in for Hell. Each day is new battle when you will forget why you stopped, and think about smoking again. This is normal, but you need not cave. Try nicorette, try anything - except smoking (and Skoal). Pick a quit date a few months out and think about it a lot. If your efforts fail (the odds are WAY against a first-try sucess), then start over. There is no rosy picture that is accurate. But millions of people have done it. If I could, you can too. It's worth it.
Have Fun, Mike
re: Smoking... :-/riney
Apr 10, 2002 11:56 AM
Try the pill...Zyban/Wellbutrin worked for once I got through the isomnia (2 days worth). Pick a day, ween yourself off slowly, stay away from your crutches. I had to stop going out with my buds to the bar for about three weeks. It took me two weeks to break the physical addiction to the nic...but about two months to break the psychological dependence on having something to do with my hands and the two hours of free time I had when I stopped taking smoke breaks. The weight gain is normal but should be controllable with all the time you have to ride your bike now. GOOD LUCK
Apr 10, 2002 12:46 PM
If I was asked to describe quiting in one word, I would say torture. I smoked for a number of years and than started to get more serious about cycling and my health so I just decided to quit. You have to be serious about quiting to actually do it. I found that the patch helped some. The only downside to the patch is that it really f##ks you up. Not only does it burn the shit out of your skin it made me want to puke all over myself. I think it will just take a little time to get used to that huge dose of nicotine. Now that I have quit, I find it to be the most disgusting habit. The most dificult thing is going out with your friends when they all smoke. Anyway, I think that I am just rambling now.
1.) Get the patch
2.) Have some willpower
3.) Think about how much better you will smell smokefree!!

And the Moral is .....liu02bhs
Apr 10, 2002 4:11 PM
And the moral kids, is that don't even start smoking. It is bad for you. Just look at all the TRUTH commercial. The TRUTH is contagious.

Anyways, I don't think smoking is as hard as people put it out to be. For example, right now, I don't smoke, but I can't quit drinking soda.

WTF, smoking more like ...

WTF, I'm just being extremely stupid now.
from an ex-smoker turned cyclistdwolf
Apr 10, 2002 6:44 PM
I've always led an active lifestyle that was crimped by smoking. The following made me quit cold turkey without a single craving. Very weird as I smoked a pack a day for years. One night I couldn't get an erection trying to make love with my wife. Ok, once - no big deal. Same thing happened 3 weeks later. I did not like this a bit. After researching this I found that 95 percent of the time, stress is the culprit. The rest has to do with your circulatory system which smoking destroys. Sex or smoking, I didn't have to think long about that one. I quit drinking to quit smoking and started riding. For me it was like turning a light switch, no craving, an extra 5 bucks a day in my pocket, the list goes on and on. And yes, sex has never been better. Prior to this I have tried every which way to quit. I got away with smoking through my late 20's and through my 30's. Mortality begins to rear its head in your 40's. No sex after 40? Quit now pal, you don't want to go there.
Let me ask you a questionJames Curry
Apr 11, 2002 11:54 AM
How much do you smoke? Pack a day? I did that w/Reds for like my senior Yr. in high school. You can do it-you can quit, and here's how:

put all you butts out and then put them back in the pack. Everytime you finish a pack, place all of the butts into a ball jar and place that by your bed with the lid closed.

Wake up every morning and smell that jar first thing, and Dude, trust me you will quit real fast.

But you have to do the jar thing. O.K.
re: Smoking... :-/distinctHead
Apr 12, 2002 3:30 PM
I've been smoking a pack a day for about a year now... I cut back from around 2 packs a day since 7th grade... about 7 or so years ago...