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Poster: Nic ' o Tien
Subject: RE: Starting Running After Smoking
been there, bro. Prepare yourself for pain. But you can do it.
This is what helped me quit (and get back into competitive running eventually).
-disclaimer: I quit from one day to the other after smoking up to a pack of cigarettes for years. No nicotine tabs or anything because I think they just continue feeding your addiction.-
a) admit your are addicted and powerless. If you are religious then pray. Hand it over to God to take care of this problem. Accept yourself fully. Find some faith and courage.
b) If you have cravings to smoke (weekends for me were the worst) then calm down. Like I wouuld literally close my eyes and count to 10, or meditate. Don't do the "eat chocolate -thing" which was recommended to me.
c)In your mind Focus more on a healthy, balanced lifestyle in which running is just one component than obsessing about quitting and transforming your addiction on to running.
For example, I started meditating in the morning and ran just every other day for 20 - 30 min first ( I come from a 90+ mile background in College). Also went swimming a lot.
I d say your lungs start feeling better after 3 weeks. You really feel things coming back easily which is a big motivator. But beating the addiction is hard at first (at least it was for me). I relapsed a couple of times - always by "treating" myself at the end of the week.
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