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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. Pineapple has no place on a pizza. Nor do chicken and/or bbq sauce. Blasphemer!
  2. The girlfriend and I have switched to a vegan diet and -while it takes a lot of planning to eat properly- we're creating dishes and experiencing things we wouldn't otherwise. I've always had a super sniffer/taster anyway (even when I smoked) and it's even better now, so we're really enjoying our meals, rather than just eating the same old crap (literally). Our change to vegan is mainly for health reason. I'm no meat nazi by any means. It's just what works for us. I feel better now than I have in years!
  3. And for the record, three days from now is NOT"as soon as possible". I'm not sure who you're trying to fool (other than yourself). As soon as possible would have been the second you put out that stanky butt you smoked. You're making excuses. We've all done it. Now either you want to quit or you don't. If you do, you won't smoke again. If you don't, you will. It really is that simple.
  4. Why wait to quit again? If the feeling you get after finishing a smoke is shitty, you'd think you'd want to not smoke. Just sayin'...
  5. Had a couple guys come to the house today to do some warranty work on our whole house fan and I'll be damned if I've smelled anything more rank. They were both either heavy smokers or had just finished smoking before they came in. I smell smoke here and there when outdoors and it's gross and all, but I haven't had a smoker in my house before (other than me when I smoked). I just can't get over how bad the funk is. They smelled like walking ash trays. I don't know how my non-smoking girlfriend put up with me for so long. /rant
  6. Took a holiday to NYC last week and saw this on the wall of a convenience store. I thought smokes were expensive here in CA. What's crazy is that there are a LOT of people that smoke there. I can't see how they afford it!
  7. I remember one time, I must've been around five or six years old, my Dad was lying on the couch in our living room. I climbed up on top of him and we just lay there on the couch for what seemed like an hour while he blew smoke rings. It was awesome. I didn't get to hang out with my old man much when I was a kid, so this was quality time I'll never forget. What's funny is that I knew my Dad smoked a lot when I was a kid, but I was chatting with my (older) sister just last week and she told me he smoked 4 packs a day and that there was rarely a time when he was awake that he wasn't smoking. Crazy the things you remember/don't remember from your childhood.
  8. I've taken to collecting pocket knives. I've amassed quite a collection over the past couple years.
  9. I didn't want to wheeze anymore I didn't want to stink anymore I didn't want to waste my money anymore I didn't want to waste my time anymore I didn't want to be a slave anymore My Dad smoked 4 packs a day for over 40 years and died at the age of 56. When I realized I was closing in on 50, I had to stop. I told my girlfriend (and myself) when I quit that I would never smoke again. That's all the motivation I need.
  10. I don't have a single friend that smokes, so I don't really have anyone to lecture. That said, if I was in your situation, I would say something. Probably something along the lines of "Dude, you sound like sh*t. Have you considered quitting smoking?" and see where it goes from there. If he was interested, I'd turn into a preacher. If he wasn't, I'd say "You're funeral,. dude" and carry on fishing.
  11. Gaining a sh*t to on weight. I pretty much got to buy a whole new wardrobe because I'm so fat now.
  12. I think you're just more sensitive to it now that you're a non-smoker. I rarely used to notice cigarette smoke back when I smoked. Now I smell it everywhere. I can smell it when on my motorcycle on the freeway. It's pretty gross.
  13. You can also tell her that you're a quit smoking celebrity and are known nationwide. She must do as you say.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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