This IS HR - I know I'll be a better, stronger rider when I can breathe with a fuller capacity.
No advice except to say you're right. You WILL be a better stronger rider.
You'll also be more efficient. No more wasting time smoking. It's a big fat waste of time and effort when you could be in the saddle or around your horse. Think of the money you're saving. You could buy a fabulous bridle just with the money saved in a few weeks (depending on how much you smoked). Or - a nice saddle pad. Every time you want a smoke just put that money away. Get a doggone piggy bank if you need to. Stick it in a conspicuous area in your home. Want a smoke? Put money in thy purse! Watch that piggy bank fill up! Yeeha - soon it will be time to spend it on something for your horse!
Good, then you will be like the rest of us, that can tell if someone smokes, because we can smell them and all that is theirs.
Smokers can't smell, I think.
Seriously, even if you after all don't make it this time, just keep trying when you feel like it.
It is a serious addiction. I know plenty of people that decided one day to just put them down and never again picked one, but it is very hard to do that.
I knew a girl that had a very nice horse, that really liked her and when she went to college and came back a few weeks later, that horse would not have anything to do with her.
The only difference, she had started smoking.
I quit years ago, and it took me multiple tries to do that. Finally, I quit by doing 3 quitting programs together: the herbs that I ordered from TV commercial, free support group from my health insurance and nicotine gum/patches. I didn't do it cold turkey, but decreased to 3-5 cigarettes per day and then quit.
I tried to do cold turkey and lasted only for a week or a month, but then picket it up again. They say that you have to stay off cigarettes for 6 months to claim that you are a FORMER smoker. Everything else is considered a "TRY". They say that it takes about 17 tires to quit smoking and only 10% of smokers can do it.
The urge of smoking NEVER goes away, it becomes less urgent and if you do not see cigarettes you don't think about them. I can pick up the cigarette now and enjoy it, so I try to stay away from people and places with cigarettes.
And you will be stronger rider and you'll have more TIME if you quit.
also, you will need to break the habit, which takes about 6 months to do + you have to break a nicotine addiction. And nicotine is a natural anti-depressant + appetite suppressant. So it’s not easy to do.
also you will cough less, aka smokers cough = better riding.
I have Nicorette in my car but have not been using it. I unfortunately enjoy my morning coffee and cigarette but HATE how I can't breathe, cough, don't have enough money, worry about smelling like smoke around non-smokers . . .
I am a wuss and don't think I can cold turkey it but I know I can definitely cut down until the day I can just stop. Last time I tried to stop cold I cried all day. Tried the patches, didn't help at all. The gum did as it made me sick to stomach so I didn't want to put anything in my mouth but then I switched jobs where my barn owner was a smoker. The BO just quit New Years. My turn now.
We need to keep this thread alive like the weight loss threads so we can give each other support.
Ohhhh, to get around a hunter course and not be huffing and puffing at the end . . . that would be great!
'10 Dolce Latte G - Thoroughbred Mare (chestnut at that!)
'12 Genever - KWPN/Thoroughbred Mare
I'm embarassed to say I'm about a pack/day smoker.
Wow, I'd rather tell anyone my weight, personal secrets etc but to admit to the horse world that you're a smoker is mortifying.
I'm down to about a half pack a day. Was doing a pack+ a day.
Funny...different perspective - in the horse world I know a LOT of smokers. In fact, I had a kid from Holland tell me "yup, I could tell you were a horse person when I saw you with coffee in one hand and a cig in the other".
And yup - that's when I'll iss it the most...with my coffee. Or with a night cap...but you can't smoke in restaurants on PA anymore...so that will no longer be an issue.