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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. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The day before I quit, I took a bunch of old butts and put them in a clean mayonnaise jar and set it on my desk. Whenever I got a craving, I'd unscrew the lid and take a big whiff. I only needed to do that a few times.
  9. Same reason millions of people die from smoking. He didn't want to quit. He loved smoking and didn't care that it would kill him.
  10. And to answer your question. No, the cravings will never go away if you smoke two cigarettes every 5 weeks.
  11. So it's like this. You either smoke or you don't smoke. If you've committed to not smoking, you won't smoke. That's it. You'll deal with the cravings, the lack of energy, the mood swings and the frustration and everything else that goes along with it. Sorry, but if you were committed, you wouldn't have smoked those two cigarettes. You need to get your sh*t together, get your head on straight and decide if you're going to smoke or not. You are no more addicted to smoking than anyone else and it's no harder for you than it was for any of us. I struggled for 9 months. It sucked and sometimes I hated it, but I committed to not smoking, so I never did (and never will again). Who cares if no one is supporting you? You're not quitting for them. You're quitting for YOU! So what if you get fat. You'll lose the weight. This isn't a time for vanity. You need to make a decision and stick with it. Either you smoke or you don't smoke. End of story.
  12. You do not remember correctly. I quit on Feb 9 2017 and haven't touched a cigarette since. I didn't "fall off the wagon". Thanks though.
  13. It’s been 2 years since I’ve had a smoke.That’s roughly 15,000 cigarettes not smoked. That number blows my mind. 2 years since I decided that living is more important than choosing to slowly kill myself. 2 years since I decided it was more important to grow old with the one that I love than to put something in my mouth and light it on fire. It seems so long ago and far away that I hardly remember what it was like to be a smoker and sometimes even forget that I was. 2 years of freedom It makes me mad that my old man, who was a hell of a lot tougher than I am, couldn’t quit. He’d give it up for lent every year (and what a miserable 40 days that was), but he’d start right back up every time. It makes me sad that he chose smoking over me and my brothers and sisters. Cigarettes were more important than living to see his children and grandchildren grow old. He smoked up to his final days and took his last breath at the age of 56. I think he would have been a cool old man, but I’ll never know. **** cigarettes
  14. Good to see you back on the wagon! Stick with it!
  15. As some of you may know, we recently lost our two senior Corgis within a month of each other. As devastating as that was, I never once even thought about smoking. Well, we decided our house was a bit too quiet, so say hello to Cooper. While she is the most adorable thing I've ever seen, I've never been driven want to smoke (or drink) until we got her. She is an absolute terror (but I love her anyway.) NOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPE

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