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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. JimHannoonen

    Kids and e-cigs

    Vaping is like, like something you would have seen in the Twilight Zone when they were in the future. Electric cigarettes. Pretty crazy.
  2. JimHannoonen

    Now that I don't smoke

    I can skip the cigarette after eating and go straight to the self-loathing. It's a real time saver.
  3. The minute I put out my last cigarette, I knew I would never smoke again.
  4. JimHannoonen

    how many attempts

    Over a 30 year stretch? Probably a dozen or so if I were to venture a guess. Other than one 2 year quit, none really lasted more than a few days. I never had the right mindset before now.
  5. JimHannoonen

    Now Don't Get Me Wrong...

  6. JimHannoonen

    Now Don't Get Me Wrong...

    Guys, let me be crystal clear. There is NO chance I'll ever smoke again. I don't wake up every morning wishing I had a cigarette. I'm sorry if it came across that way. I still love coffee and there's no way I'll ever stop drinking it (unless instructed to do so by my DR.), but it's just not the same is all.
  7. I love being a non-smoker. It's definitely the best thing I've ever done (definitely better than the Mexican tattoo, but that's another story.) Every single day, whether I think about it or not, I'm enjoying the benefits of not smoking. The extra money, smelling great, breathing better, etc. BUT....I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss my morning coffee and smokes. A year and a half later and still, mornings just aren't the same and my love for coffee just isn't what it used to be. As far back as I can remember, I always loved my coffee and smokes I know, I know, it's blasphemy, but it is what it is. Yes, I was a slave and yes, I had no choice, but it was something I loved and while I'll never smoke again, I'll always look back fondly on my morning ritual, as sad as that may seem. I know it may seem like I'm romancing the smoke and I'm sure to an extent I am, but it's really nothing more than a fond memory (albeit a disgusting one.) Anyway, that's that. NOPE
  8. JimHannoonen

    I still own an ashtray

    No ash trays here. Nothing related to smoking at all actually. I don't know anyone that smokes, so there's no reason. I keep a Bic lighter with my camping equipment, but that's it.
  9. JimHannoonen

    Time for a Bonfire !!

    11,000 cigarettes not smoked. Does not compute..... Does not compute..... *mind officially blown*
  10. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about smoking anymore. I just go about my days and live life like it's supposed to be lived. Last night, I was brushing my teeth and realized, I still spend extra time brushing the insides of my lower teeth, because they used to get so tobacco stained. Of course, since I got all that nasty nicotine mess scraped off my teeth a year and a half ago, it hasn't come back and I don't need to spend the extra time, but I still do. They say old habits die hard. As I lay in bed last night, I was thinking about how I had to get up early to take my dog to the vet today. Then I thought about how -when I smoked- I used to have to wake up 30 minutes to an hour early just so I could suck down a few smokes and start my day the right way. Funny how we arranged our lives to accommodate our habit. As I said, I don't think about smoking too much anymore, but when I do, I just have to smile. Not only is my health better, but my LIFE is so much better. I have more money and I smell amazing (hello, ladies). If you're struggling, please stick with it. I promise it will be worth it!
  11. I used to cough and clear my throat all the time and I would wheeze when I lay in bed. I smoked a pack a day for almost 30 years. Now the only time I cough is when I'm choking on food or my allergies are acting up. No more constant throat clearing or wheezing. Never really coughed up a lot of brown goo or anything.
  12. JimHannoonen

    What did you do about the odor?

    I never smoked indoors, so I can't speak to that. I didn't do anything with my car because I only drive it 1-2 times a months. After 1.5 years, it doesn't really smell, but it never really did anyway. That said, I would wash my hands about 30 times a day, change my shirt 2-3 times a day and would burn through gum like it was going out of style. And of course, I still stank. lol! So glad that monkey is off my back!
  13. JimHannoonen

    A choice to be made

    Welcome to the club, my friend. Yes, my life may be sunshine and rainbows now, but I struggled for a long time. You are no more addicted to nicotine than I -or anyone else here- was. We have all been through this. Commit to your quit. I mean really commit and you cannot fail.
  14. JimHannoonen

    A choice to be made

    You have one life, buddy. One. As much as you would like to believe there is a Heaven, you don't know. What if there isn't? You need to take advantage of the time you have here on this beautiful planet. Right here, right now. Stop smoking and start living, my friend
  15. JimHannoonen

    no gum or inhaler this time

    "Might" be the one? Either it is or it isn't. Your choice.

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