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About JimHannoonen

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    Sacramento, California
  • Interests
    Tennis, mountain biking, kayaking, triathlon, Corgis.
  • Quit Date
    Feb. 9 2017

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  1. You poisoned your body for 40 years. You can't just expect to be over it in a month or two. I knew I was past the addiction fairly quickly. I never really craved a smoke after I quit and I knew I'd never smoke again, so that helped. I did, however, deal with pretty bad mood swings and a short temper for many months. Jesus bless my sweet girlfriend for putting up with me through it all. It was around the 9 month mark that I finally felt normal. You have to remember that this is a process. You have to be determined to put in the work and stay strong and focused. Bottom line- If you are 100% committed, you can't fail.
  2. Oh haaaaaaay! Yes, I quit with Chantix and initially, it was all sunshine and rainbows. It made one of the hardest things I'd ever do not so bad at all. I took it for a few weeks, set my quit date and that was that. I can't say that I wouldn't have been able to quit without it, but it helped a lot. My issues started when I weaned myself off of the Chantix. I didn't have that chemical crutch anymore and had to deal with the reality that I couldn't smoke and that was hard for me. The mood swings and everything else that typically comes with quitting showed up. It was a rough patch, but I never smoked. Never even considered it. Not once. After about the 9 month mark, I finally felt normal again. It was a rough road, but of course, it was worth it. I got nauseous a time or two, but making sure I had food in my belly before I took it solved that problem. At the end of the day, whether you stay quit or not is up to YOU. Chantix will help, but It's a decision YOU have to make and stick with NO MATTER WHAT. If you're committed, you won't smoke. If you're not committed, you will. It really is as easy as that. I smoked for 30 years and was as addicted as anyone and here I am 2.5 year later, smoke free. If I can do it, you can do it. Stay strong, stick to your guns and you got it.
  3. "A goal without a plan is just a dream" Someone said that once.. You have to have a plan. You wouldn't just hop in a boat and attempt to sail to Thailand would you? No, you would plan the trip. Map it out and pack supplies, etc. Quitting smoking is the same. Benjamin Franklin supposedly once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail."
  4. I had a craving as well... For a cheeseburger and fries. Don't think I need to tell you how that ended up.
  5. And then there's this... Man jailed for nine years and six months for smoking in plane toilet https://metro.co.uk/2017/05/25/man-jailed-for-nine-years-and-six-months-for-smoking-in-plane-toilet-6663266/
  6. I was as addicted as anyone, but never even considered smoking in an airplane bathroom. I mean, they make it pretty clear that it's not allowed, so that's that. At least for me. I'd either chew nicotine gum or just deal with the cravings. You can be damn sure the first thing I did was go out and smoke the minute I got off that plane though.
  7. Great show, btw. Loveed it! That said, there are millions of people that genuinely enjoy smoking. I mean, we all did at some point, right?
  8. So yeah, I smoked for 30 years. I never smoked in the house, which meant I was either in the front or back yard smoking. Never really thought about how it was for my neighbors that didn't smoke. So now here I am, 2+ years quit and I have a neighbor that smokes and I'll be damned if I don't have a conniption every time I smell it. I purposely (and passively aggressively) shut the windows harder than I need to so they're sure to hear it. I sometimes will even say a bit too loudly "GOD! It f***ing stinks out here!" so I know they hear me. Thing is, they're pretty cool neighbors and I really shouldn't be such an ass. But I am an ass. It angers me to no end that they couldn't care less that they're polluting MY house with smoke from THEIR disgusting habit. I would never lecture someone about quitting smoking. That's not my business, but man, I'm a big baby when it comes to other people's smoke. Me, of all people... I guess the only thing worse than a smoke is an ex-smoker. That is all
  9. I would say no. The whole point is to rid yourself of nicotine. Not string yourself along. Smoke until your quite date and then don't smoke. Stick with what your Dr. recommends.
  10. It's a machine you inhale and exhale through as hard as you can. When I was heavy into triathlon, I had great lung capacity, but I'd "retired" from triathlon for a while before I decided to quit smoking, so the better than average lung capacity I had was long gone.
  11. I had a lung test performed at the doctor when he prescribed my Chantix (I was still smoking at the time) and the results were pathetic. Not wheezing when going to bed and not having to clear my throat all the time after a few days was cool, but the real eye opener was when I went back to the Dr. six (smoke free) weeks later, my lung capacity was somewhere around, 200% better.
  12. It's just the way things are today. I took a long hiatus from riding motorcycles and now that I'm regularly riding again -and I'm hyper-aware of everything- I notice damn near everyone is talking/texting nowadays. They good news is that you can spot these idiots a mile away, so they're pretty easy to avoid. I don't really like to wish harm on anyone, but I often find myself wishing these selfish douchebags end up in a ditch.
  13. I had pretty bad brain fog for a few months and a general sense of irritability and grumpiness for long after that. I'd say around the 9 month mark was when I realized I felt "normal". 2 years later, it's all just a blur -like it never happened. Stick with it and know that it will get better and will all be worth it.
  14. Well, I had a dream that a coworker and I were hanging out in a bar in a casino smoking. I woke up with that familiar guilty feeling only to realize it was a dream and all is well. It's so strange that -after being quit for over two years and having no desire to smoke- I still have the occasional smoking dream. What a crazy addiction.

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