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#74547 - 09/03/01 11:53 AM smoking
kaisan Offline

Registered: 09/03/01
Posts: 2
Hi all,
I have been smoking sigarets for about ten years now, iam now 25 years of age and starting again with karate after i did nothing with my body for about 2 years (work) before this 2 years i did for about 2 years a semi-contact style named Sankudo here in the netherlands, this sumer i wantid to continue again with sankudo but my old teacher (Jan bloem) doesn't train sankudo here any more. Now i found a new dojo, it's named "Kaikido" a fullcontact style karate which is must harder for my feeling, but there comes more out of it then semicontact (read self defence etc..)
During training i sometimes can't get no air, then i must stop whatever it is what i do at that moment and sit for a few minutes to get some air into my lungs/body. I blame this for 98% to my smoking, and i am realy sick of it, it makes my training realy hard, it feels like it is stopping me to push my self forward with my training.
As i type this post iam smoking, the thought of stopping with smoking has crossed my mind for about 2 month's now day in, day out, i want to stop with smoking and clean my body of all wrong stuff in my system so i can breath air again constant during my training.

Iam hoping that you can provide me with some tips or hints on how i can master this beast "smoking"
Iam ready to go on this hard road, but i will in the end prevail, and never ever smoke again.

In my best english,

#74548 - 09/06/01 04:21 PM Re: smoking
Brewer Offline

Registered: 01/15/01
Posts: 468
Loc: Arizona,U.S.
Hello Kaisan,
When I quit,I would repaeatedly tell myself over and over again that I was not going to smoke.I would do this every morning as a ritual to waking up.Everytime the urge or thought of smoking came up, I would repeat to myself over and over again that I was not going to smoke and that I would not smoke.And after awhile I started to learn to stay away from the smokers,because being around them only made it harder for me to quit.After awhile I started smelling how I probably use to smell to other people and was wondering what was the matter with me in the first place and apologized to everyone who use to have to put up with it.If you have the desire you can do it!Repeat after me,I CAN DO IT!I CAN DO IT! I CAN DO IT! (GO FOT IT)
Your Brother in the Arts

#74549 - 01/04/02 10:50 AM Re: smoking
BruceLee Offline

Registered: 01/02/02
Posts: 8
Loc: New York City, NY, USA
I myself have never been a smoker. However, I did have a similar addiction to junk food and sweets. A technique which I found extremely effective was writing down on a piece of paper all of the reasons that I wanted to stop eating junk food. Write down on the paper all of your reasons for not smoking, even the most obvious (ie. "I don't want to smell bad, I want to improve my performace, I dont want cancer, etc). Whenever you feel like buying a cigarrette or smoking one, read the list over to yourself, and then ask yourself if you really want one. Remember, just simply trying to remember the reasons wont help, LOOK AT THE LIST AND READ IT OVER EVERY TIME AND EVEN ONCE EVERY MORNING. Good luck my friend. Email me and tell me how you do.

#74550 - 07/16/02 05:45 PM Re: smoking
NAUMatt Offline

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 68
Loc: Flagstaff, AZ, USA
This is pretty much going along with what everyone else has said, but when you're brain is telling you how HORRIBLE it is to not have a cigarrette, focus on your body, your lungs, and how much they are THANKING you for not putting the stick in your mouth. Once you begin slowing down, you'll notice the little changes in your body. While the most obvious is lung-capacity, my balance improved, and my muscles always feel looser for having more oxygen in them. Good luck, bro
peace and love

#74551 - 08/13/02 11:59 AM Re: smoking
raggedclaws Offline

Registered: 08/13/02
Posts: 6
Loc: new york, ny, usa
if quitting all at once it too big a step for you (as it was for me), you can try what my doctor suggested i try. cut down slowly, one cigarette at a time. i gave myself a year to quit smoking (i was a pack-a-day smoker for 10 years), so in january (it was a new year's resolution), i started limiting my daily intake to 12 cigarettes a day. it wasn't too hard, i just put myself on a schedule and stuck to it. every month, i cut this down by one until i was free. it works, and it's very easy! as you add more and more healthy hobbies and activities, smoking becomes less and less important. sometimes, in the latter six months, i would forget i was smoker!

#74552 - 09/19/02 04:02 AM Re: smoking
Solja Offline

Registered: 09/15/02
Posts: 4
Loc: tallahassee
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worked for me

#74553 - 10/29/02 07:50 AM Re: smoking
Kateda Offline

Registered: 10/28/02
Posts: 2
Loc: London, UK
After smoking for 7 years, and spending 6 months commited to intensive training in a martial art with a huge focus on breathing, I tried NRT, I tried cutting down, I tried cold turkey and I couldn't quit smoking. A training partner recommended 'The Easy Way To Quit Smoking' a book by Allen Carr, and I rather skeptically decided to read it. I finished it in 2 days and I haven't smoked since. All it takes is positivity and a tiny bit of determination. Quitting smoking is actually easier than you ever though possible.

#74554 - 11/01/02 11:31 AM Re: smoking
judderman Offline

Registered: 08/06/01
Posts: 1400
Loc: UK
I used NRT, books, willpower alone, all failed.

I then took a course of Zyban.

Did the trick fantastically.

Haven't smoked since june 2001 and I never miss it, even around other smokers.

In fact I tried a cigarette a little while ago. It was disgusting.

Good luck with your quiting.

#74555 - 01/18/03 08:16 PM Re: smoking
gojuwarrior1 Offline
tougher than you

Registered: 12/24/02
Posts: 1178
Loc: East Coast, USA
i was in ma when i was 13,and trained for about 2-3 years,then i got started smoking weed and cigs,it took me away from the arts for 4 years,it destroyed my life as a martial artist,even though i still had a strong passion for the arts,the freinds and partying were to much,so i gave up weed and partying cold,and then about a year later i gave up cigs cold.What im trying to say is all it does for u is ruins your training and health,i have been done cigs for about 2 and a half years, and ive been training very hard to get were im at,my brother QUIT!now or u will not succeed in the arts.i know u can do it,if u can do ma u have great will power..........good luck and let us know how u are doing

p.s. i am still coughing up tar to this day!

#74556 - 01/23/03 08:36 PM Re: smoking
USTCtkd Offline

Registered: 01/11/03
Posts: 8
Loc: New England
Try start on that for one week before your quit date. Then just quit, normal course is 12 week. I used it for 4 weeks then,decided I no longer needed it and that was 5 years ago, haven't wanted to smoke since, in fact I think it smells disgusting.

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