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About sgt.barney

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    Easy Peasy
  • Birthday 11/17/2011

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    Greater Cincinnati Area
  • Quit Date
    17 Nov 2011

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  1. Retirement approaches...maybe.

    Sarge calls "shenanigans" You will be SORRY BEYOND BELIEF to retire on a mere "10 times annual income" Source: Sarge retired at age 39. (Currently 48.5 years old - call it a decade into the game). The suggested long-term withdrawal rate is for retirees 4% of The Nest Egg ( or less ) to not outlive your money. This implies you'd need 25 times withdrawal (what you want for "annual income") to retire without destroying your principal and reaching Broke. Sarge would suggest that the suggested number is bollocks, and if you don't want to outlive your money you'd better not withdraw more than 3% a year - meaning you'd need a METRIC **** TONNE more than a mere "10 times". We live on about 2% of our assets. Do. The. Math. EZPS
  2. Jennet - new to quit train

    Crying is acceptable. Smoking is not. EZPZ
  3. high Cholesterol

    The Docs gave The Sarge a year to 'sort things out' ... so no Statins. He wouldn't take them if prescribed - nasty fuckers with no actual benefit. He did, sadly, have to go on Blood Pressure meds. While "greatly.reduced" ... he's still above the "normal" threshold - even during training season. Bummer. EZPZ
  4. high Cholesterol

    Start running. Distance. Big. Miles. Seriously. Sarge went from "off the charts" high levels (triglycerides over 500, LDL over 250) to "below normal" when he started training for Marathons. HDL("good" Cholesterol) bumped from abysmal 15-18 to over 60+ He's convinced it has *nothing* to do with diet and *everything* to do with how much *strenuous* cardio exercise you get. EZPZ
  5. Please say it’ll get better..

    The only way Out is Through. Do you want Out or not? EZPZ
  6. Crashed

    Any old excuse will do for an addict... all the while maintaining the notional "no excuses" ... without really meaning it and offering up excuses anyway. EZPZ
  7. Why are you still smoking ?????

    Dumbass. Sarge believes "DumbAssery" just might be the word ... EZPZ
  8. How Did They Quit?

    Sarge said he'd quit when they got to a Buck. Then he "couldn't afford them" at Two Dollars. Completely bypassed $3.00 but *swore* he'd never pay 4 bucks a pack. When he finally quit, they were $5.50 a pack (locally, Midwest - Ohio, U.S.) Price doesn't matter to a Junkie. Price. Does. Not. Matter. Ultimately, it was Health Scare. High blood pressure + High Cholesterol + High blood sugar + (a number of other minor issues all diagnosed at the same time) that made Sarge make some dramatic lifestyle changes ... only one of which was quitting smoking. EZPZ
  9. Fatty McFat Buffet Pants

    Sarge lost 36 pounds in the first six months after his quit, later down 64. Now he bounces up and down 25 pounds depending on season (training or off season) but still down huge from pre-quit. He attributes it mostly to the Marathon Training Plan he started the week he quit, and the subsequent 6 years of logging anwhere between 0 (off season) and 70 miles (peak - 3 weeks before race) of running a week. Besides the cardio-vascular benefits, and weight loss, running is a great quit tool. It's a 100% effective Crave Squasher. Want a smoke? Hop on a treadmill for 20 minutes at your 5k race pace. You'll be sucking wind so hard you don't want a smoke for at least the next 4 hours. Repeat as necessary. Maybe you oughta make some more changes, and get into an exercise groove. It only hurts 'til the pain goes away ... EZPZ
  10. Sarge says again: it is as easy or as hard as you choose to make it. Make your choice on how you handle your discomfort. Live with it. Nobody particularly cares what you're "real tired of". Least of all your quit. It doesn't give a shit. EZPZ
  11. Quitting is as easy or as hard as you choose to make it. It is, indeed, a choice. Mind over matter, folks: if you don't mind, it don't matter. Embrace The Suck, don't fight it. EZPZ
  12. The MQ once told The Sarge ...

    It was some long forgotten spat at The Other Place when The MQ proclaimed (paraphrased, of course) : "Oh yeah?!? Well when you have *A Six Year Quit* then maybe we can talk. Until then, bugger the hell off..." Sarge is traveling on Friday and won't have a chance to post on the actual six-year but he's here to say, with gusto: "Neener-neener ... Sarge got his Six ... Howdaya like dem apples ?" EZPZ (But he can't remember, for the life of him, what the quibbling was about at the time).

    You *can* but you *won't* Sarge can't put it any simpler than that. EZPZ
  14. I made it!!!!!

    That's how it starts. Now ... Two more ... EZPZ

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