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I Quit Smoking!!!!!

Discussion in 'RC-Help Lounge' started by Tony, Apr 8, 2014.

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  1. Tony

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    Wow, it has been 20 months and 18 days since I did an update to this thread! I can tell you a LOT has changed in that time. So lets get into it.

    Shortly after the last post, I ended up getting back in a truck and hated every mile. I have driven truck since 2001 and I'm just flat tired of it. Driving down the road, it is quite hard to refill your vape, and with all of the asshats on the road it is just easier to fire up a smoke and keep truckin. The wife an I did some talking and we both decided I needed to get out of a truck for good and about a year ago I did just that. I parked that truck, cleaned it out and have not even missed it. But it doesn't come without its challenges. But that is for another time.

    When I got out of a truck, I was still smoking and I found myself going through a pack just editing videos here at the desk. When you are vaping, it is common to fog out a room with vape, but I was doing this with cigarettes. Just straight chain smoking and at the end of every cigarette, I had the same thought... "That last puff was nasty as hell, why do I keep doing this????". So I found my vape stuff, wicked up a build, mixed some new juice and started the process all over again. Let me tell you, it was hard, very hard, to quit smoking that last time. Much harder than the first time I quit when I made this thread. But that challenge drove me to work harder at it.

    I was doing really good through Sept and Oct but then Nov came and we had a bunch of family over for turkey day and my sister brought this little gokart thing that we were tearing the hell out of the grass with. Lets just say, we had all had some 'adult beverages' and my sister and sister in law came up to the front porch in the kart and it was either me or my brother in law that was going to get into it. Well, it ended up being me. Huge mistake. We went driving around and got out on the road which was gravel, did some doughnuts and came hauling butt back to the house. I decided I wanted to go past my line of trees, kick the kart sideways and slide up into the yard and keep going. That is when the night went south, fast....

    I still remember everything that happened. The kart did exactly what I wanted it to do, it slid sideways, we did a little drift into the very shallow ditch and back up onto the yard sliding sideways the entire way, then something happened that I didn't expect. The tire rolled under, the wheel caught the grass and the kart was going over. When it dug in, the kart loaded then unloaded the suspension launching the kart into the air. It landed on the roll cage on the passenger side at which time my sister in law was ejected from the kart. Me, I was still in it taking the full 8 second ride. If flipped up onto the roof, onto the drivers side, back onto the wheels and then finally back on the passenger side with me in a very weird position. But all I could think about was, "where the hell is my sister in law?". She wasn't there and this happened so fast I didn't know where she went.

    I stood up and looked around and found her laying on the ground about 20 feet from where I stopped. She has a massive knot on her head where she hit the roll cage and she was holding her arm in great pain. We all talked about it later and found that when it was going over she had a hold on the roll cage and when it rolled, it caught her arm between the cage and the ground. I'm hurting pretty good at this time but my pain is not important, hers is. We get her back to the house and get her sweater off and the swelling in her arm is getting worse. It is later decided that she needs to go to the ER. So they leave and I'm not in a good way.

    The reason I tell that story is because after that crash, I smoked cigarettes, and I smoked a LOT of them. I'm talking over a pack in just a few hours while I was waiting to hear how she was doing. The end result ended up being something that I could not spell if I had to but it did break her arm and her hand. Yea, I feel like crap still to this day, but we still talk and laugh about it. But it has changed how I do things. If I'm going to drink and get into a go kart, I'm going to be by myself, or better yet, just not do it at all lol. It was stupid.

    Once I found out she was okay, the next day, I never picked up another cigarette. Not because it reminded me of something, but because I just flat am tired of smoking and blowing money on them. A carton a week, that is $60 a week, $240 a month just going up in smoke and making me cough my ass off every morning when I wake up and all throughout the day. I was tired of coughing, I was tired of the yellow fingers, I was tired of the smell and I was tired of wasting money. So the day after turkey day I quit smoking once again, and I have not picked one up since that day.

    It is right at 8 months later at the time of this post, and I still have not even touched a cigarette. If I walk outside and smell it it is horrible. Thanks to Leo, I do dabble in a cigar every now and then, but unless I'm on a live stream, it takes me 3 to 5 days to finish one. And I usually only fire one up when I'm stressed or I just want to sit out on the front porch with the wife. She still says she wants to quit, but she is smoking more and more. But I don't hound her too much about it. She doesn't smoke in the house so it's whatever.

    I am going through a 350ml bottle of juice in about two weeks though. I vape a LOT especially if I'm stressed out or working on something. But I'm not smoking and don't plan on ever smoking again other than the occasional cigar here and there. In fact, Leo is supposed to be sending me some flavored cigars lol. These could be a very bad thing, but I think I will still treat them the same way I do the ones I have now.

    So if you are thinking about quitting smoking, it is possible. If I can do it then I know you can. You just have to tell yourself that you want to quit, that you are tired of wasting money, the smell and everything else, and you MUST believe it! If you don't, then you will never quit. It will always be in the back of your mind that you want one. In the back of my mind I see all of the family members that have died because of them. It's working for me, now you just need to find what will work for you. And my house smells a LOT better now. Nothing worse than walking into a stagnant smoke smelling house every day...
     


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    Congrats on quitting. Your lungs will thank you. :) I can`t join you in quitting, because I never got started. But congrats again. :)
     
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    I wish every day that I never started. I have been smoking since I was 9 years old and it has only gotten worse though the years. Now that I have been off of them for over half a year, things are definitely easier, like breathing lol.
     
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