Stopping smoking.

#1
Right, I must have stopped about two months ago.

When do I start feeling marvellously fit, able to run marathons without getting out of puff and be able to recognise a ladies perfume at 300 paces?
 
#4
I packed up just over 6 years ago after about 45 years on the weed, sense of smell returning took about 12 months but my breathing has never recovered. Hopefully you're younger and not smoked as long or it didn't affect you as much, I left the mob in '84 and never kept up with any fitness training.

Best of luck with your effort, the first 6 months I found the hardest.
 
#5
I gave up about 9 months ago now, (smoked for 30 years) I'm starting to notice things smelling and tasting more now, so I guess that will continue to improve, you'll already be noticing the extra cash in your bank account I'd have thought. I seem to have more "Puff" so my lungs must be starting to slowly recover.

One thing you wont notice is your appetite, if you're anything like the majority of people who give up you'll slowly start to eat more (smokes are an appetite depressant) You'll not notice this and then 6 month down the line you'll suddenly realise you've put on 10 kg's. Good luck with keeping off the fags, they reckon after 3 months you've cracked it so well done you're nearly there, watch out for the pies though........
 

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#6
My ex driver. Constantly smoked, ate them, drove anything you pointed him at, broadslid motorcycles in the snow for fun. Whatever hours I kept he kept.
He quit smoking. Ate the lamb of God, 2/3 bottles of wine a night. Now sits around 19 stone looks like Bubba. Now has fibromyalga, osteoporosis and enlarged heart. He also has permanent grumpiness and threatened to start up smoking again.
Then again had he carried on smoking God alone knows what shape he would be in.

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#8
My ex driver. Constantly smoked, ate them, drove anything you pointed him at, broadslid motorcycles in the snow for fun. Whatever hours I kept he kept.
He quit smoking. Ate the lamb of God, 2/3 bottles of wine a night. Now sits around 19 stone looks like Bubba. Now has fibromyalga, osteoporosis and enlarged heart. He also has permanent grumpiness and threatened to start up smoking again.
Then again had he carried on smoking God alone knows what shape he would be in.

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Did somebody organise a BATCO festival without putting up notices? Try taking off the fucking mittens before typing next time.
 
#10
I think I'm actually drinking less. Which is a good thing, because the most tempted I've been to spark up a fag has been when suffering a hangover.

Probably have put on a couple of pounds mind you, although I put that down to having used Haribo as a cigarette substitute for a couple of weeks.
 

TheresaMay

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#11
I quit years ago. The thing I noticed more than anything else, and almost immediately, was that getting up in the mornings was no longer a case of dragging myself out of bed and attempting to peel my eyes open. I had a definitive spring in my step. Then six months later I realised I was almost an entire stone heavier. I'd gone from 14st to 15st3lbs at my lowest point. Phys was starting to become a struggle as my knees were taking too much punishment. It became a Catch 22 as I needed to train hard to keep check on my weight, but my weight was preventing me from training because of constant injury.

Roll on to the start of this year, I took a long hard honest look at myself. Bottom line? Weight doesn't come from nowhere and guess what - I was eating too much shit my body didn't need. So I knocked that on the head too. 4 months later I've dropped from 15st (January) to 13st7lbs (April) so don't be put off by all these people who say you're gonna balloon up. After all, it's not like your body craves Mars Bars and Chicken McNuggets.

Oh, i also noticed I'd got more cash in my sky rocket too because I wasn't going to the all-night garage every night with yet another tenner I'd just ripped from the cash point. Sometimes I'd go days without drawing any cash.

So now I'm rich and thin.

Which is great because it makes my schlong look bigger.

Especially if you shave it too, for that professional 'porn look'.


I wish it were just a little bit bigger tho... Sigh.
 

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#12
Not massive mind. Just enough to make women 'agree' with me more, ya know?

Anyway biccies, good luck with it. The best bit is when you see someone at the counter a few years from now spend thirty-fourty quid in a single transaction for a number of packs of the beasties. And you gaze back in time, draw a deep breath and say "Fuckin, Ow much? Jeez they was only (insert lower price here) back when I quit..." And you give yourself a metaphorical pat on the back for sticking with it.

Then celebrate later by having a massive wank with your now much harder member. :)
 
#13
Not massive mind. Just enough to make women 'agree' with me more, ya know?

Anyway biccies, good luck with it. The best bit is when you see someone at the counter a few years from now spend thirty-fourty quid in a single transaction for a number of packs of the beasties. And you gaze back in time, draw a deep breath and say "Fuckin, Ow much? Jeez they was only (insert lower price here) back when I quit..." And you give yourself a metaphorical pat on the back for sticking with it.

Then celebrate later by having a massive wank with your now much harder member. :)
I'm one of those rare folks who will wholeheartedly state that I smoked because I enjoyed a fag, not due to nicotine addiction, not due to habit. I fecking like fags!

Just cottoned on to the fact that a day when I smoked forty was no longer a rarity. It had to stop.
 

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#14
For those people who enjoyed the after dinner fag or the 3 or 4 they'd go through during a long phone call, or those hangover moments, there's always the electric option. Same effect, better tasting and much, much healthier. I used to take one out on the lash with me during the earlier stages. Started off filling it with Marlboro liquid, then began using caramel, strawberry... And even Red Bull and Dr Pepper flavours. Worked a treat.
 
#15
For those people who enjoyed the after dinner fag or the 3 or 4 they'd go through during a long phone call, or those hangover moments, there's always the electric option. Same effect, better tasting and much, much healthier. I used to take one out on the lash with me during the earlier stages. Started off filling it with Marlboro liquid, then began using caramel, strawberry... And even Red Bull and Dr Pepper flavours. Worked a treat.
Tried them last year for a while, they are good. The draw back I found was that they tended to go flat, or you'd run out of the juice stuff at 2AM on a night when you had a toothache... I also blame the couple of months I "smoked" them on my breaking the 20-a-day barrier when I went back on the real fags.
 
#16
I'm one of those rare folks who will wholeheartedly state that I smoked because I enjoyed a fag, not due to nicotine addiction, not due to habit. I fecking like fags!

Just cottoned on to the fact that a day when I smoked forty was no longer a rarity. It had to stop.
I used to enjoy mine but I got a bad chest infection in Antigua, '07 world cup, after two weeks when I couldn't brearh, never mind smoke, I thought bollocks why bother. Didn't save much money, I was smoking duty free but it seemed to make sense.
 
#17
I'm one of those rare folks who will wholeheartedly state that I smoked because I enjoyed a fag, not due to nicotine addiction, not due to habit. I fecking like fags!

Just cottoned on to the fact that a day when I smoked forty was no longer a rarity. It had to stop.
I'm with you - I really love a good fag. An ex many years ago once said "when you smoke a fag, that fucker is SMOKED"

I've found it quite easy to stop for the past week though, as they are about 4 times the price they are in Spain, and I quite literally have no fucking money whatsoever.
 
#18
At the end of this month, i will have stopped for a year. I went cold turkey. No patches, gum, electric fags, nothing. It wasn't as hard as i thought to be honest, but it wasn't easy. Best thing i ever did. I've got the cold from hell at the moment and i'm gobbing up massive bits of flubber, but they're not black like they were before. I loved a fag, but i'm really glad i don't smoke anymore.
 
#19
I've been off the fags for 6 1/2 weeks now, also went cold turkey. I agree with the bit about getting up, I no longer have to crawl, coughing and spluttering to the back door for a smoke when the alarm rudely wakes me up. In fact most days I'm awake before the alarm now! I was putting on a fair bit of weight (7 kg in the first week!) but luckily I had surgery on my jaw so liquid diet has helped with that. Not sure whether physical is easier, I just notice my legs hurting more now as my chest doesn't so much -_-


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#20
Biccies - what started you of in the first place? Peer pressure? because the family did? or some other reason?
I've never smoked and I think it's probably because none of my family smoked,well apart from a Great Grandmother who went through 40 Capstan Full Strength a day.
 
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