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About JimHannoonen

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

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  1. I don't light up because I don't smoke. Simple as that, really.
  2. You're lucky. My Dad died (from lung cancer) at the ripe old age of 56. Smoked 2-4 packs a day since he was 13. Smoked until the day they put him in the hospital to die.
  3. Just got back from a week in Moab, UT with a couple buddies. This was our second trip. The last one was back in 2016 and I was still a smoker. It was so nice to be out on the bikes and not worry about when we were going to stop so I could have a smoke. No carrying around old butts in my backpack (is there anything that smells worse?) No telling the guys to "Hang on a sec" while I finished my smoke. It's amazing how much better everything is without smokes.
  4. JimHannoonen

    Ugh. Back to day 0.

    Why did you smoke? Were you drunk? Were you hanging out with smokers and just bummed one? Did you cave and drive to the store to buy a pack? What triggered this and what can you do different next time to avoid having to start over again (and again and again)?
  5. JimHannoonen

    The Reason my Quit is Sticky.

    I decided I wasn't going to smoke anymore and committed to it. Just like when you commit to someone in a marriage. A commitment is a commitment. It really is as easy as that.
  6. JimHannoonen

    Lord have mercy

    Do this. Take a handful of your wife's cigarette butts, put them in an empty jar and seal it. Every time you get a craving, open up that jar and take a big old whiff. Yeah, that's what your mouth tasted like. Do this every time. I guarantee you won't want to smoke.
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    How Did I Do It?

    They did and it was amazing!
  8. JimHannoonen

    How Did I Do It?

    So my girlfriend and I went to a concert last week in San Francisco (Jamiroquai, if you must know). This is the first, big indoor concert I've been to since I quit. Let's just say there was no lack of smoking at the venue. Pot, cigarettes, you name it. It was pretty disgusting, but whatever, it was a concert, so I didn't really care. Well, I didn't care until the next morning, that is. I woke up coughing like I had emphysema. I couldn't believe it. What's worse is my EYES WERE BURNING! So much so that I couldn't even wear my contact lenses. I seriously thought I got pink eye, they were so red and sore. Three days this went on. Three days of discomfort from one night of inhaling smoke... I swear, I don't know how on earth I smoked for 30 years. That is all. NOPE!
  9. JimHannoonen

    How to do a triathlon when you're a smoker

    ha! I went on to do 5 more after that one, all with the same nicotine safety measures in place. No more triathlon for this guy. I'm officially retired.
  10. First thing you do is wake up extra early (because 4:30am isn't early enough), so you'll have time to suck down 2-3 smokes with your coffee before you have to leave to go to the race start (because there's nothing better than coffee and smokes). Of course, you need to make sure you bring one or two smokes and some matches with you, because once you get to the race start, you're going to hide way back in the bushes and quickly suck down a couple more smokes before the gun goes off. You know it's going to be a few hours until you can have another smoke and you start to get anxious, but you don't stress too much about it because you're about to embark on an adventure you've spent the past 6 months training for. Start gun goes off and you're swimming with 2,000 of your closest friends. 2.4 miles later, you're out of the water and running to your bike. It's only been a couple hours since you last smoked, so you're not really having a hard time. 5 minutes later, you're on your bicycle and are heading out to spend the next 6+ hours on the bike. Luckily, you were smart and planned ahead and put a bunch of nicotine gum in the little bag on your bike so you can get your fix. You don't mind that it's blazing hot, humid and windy. You don't care that the gum upsets your stomach and makes you want to vomit off the side of your bike. You're getting your fix and all is well. 112 miles later, you get off your bike and run into the changing tent so you can start your marathon. A marathon.... Not only are you so excited that you survived the first two legs of the race, but you know you're going to get your fix soon. By now, as miserable an exhausted as you are physically, all you can think about is how close you are to having a smoke. You know it'll be soon because the day before you stashed a few smokes and some matches along the run course SO YOU COULD STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF A MARATHON AND HAVE A CIGARETTE!!! At the end of the day -14 hours later- you cross the finish line and cry like you never have before. You couldn't be more proud of your accomplishment. All that hard work paid off and you are now an Ironman and always will be. You're also excited to finish because now you can smoke again. A few minutes later you go out and have a few smokes, hobble back to the hotel and call it a day. It just blows my mind that I actually went through all this. That I was SO addicted that I smoked during one of the most grueling athletic events there is.Who knows how much faster my race time would have been if I wasn't a smoker. Who knows how much stronger I would have been mentally if I wasn't thinking about smoking all day. I can't tell you how happy I am to never have to plan around my addiction again. NOPE
  11. JimHannoonen

    I Don't Have to Lie Anymore

    I always felt guilty about smoking, so I think I felt it necessary to lie about it.
  12. Remember back when you were a smoker and you would go to the doctor or dentist and they would ask if you smoked and -without a doubt- you would fib about how much you really smoked? "Yeah, I smoke, but only a few a day". Now that I think about it, the only time I was actually truthful with my doc tor about how much I smoked was when I went to get a prescription for Chantix. I think it made quitting seem like more of a big deal if I was quitting a pack a day habit, rather than just a few a day. A bigger accomplishment. Anyway, I was at the optometrist the other day and the tech asked if I smoked and it was so cool to just answer no. No lies, no fibbing. Just, no. It was pretty awesome. That is all.
  13. JimHannoonen

    Quit Smoking Experiment

    *mic drop*
  14. It's a pretty rough town is all. #8 on the list of 10 most dangerous cities in the US.

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