A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Quitting Smoking  

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8/21/2006 9:40 am

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8/21/2006 9:40 am

A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Quitting Smoking


Of course, I'm puffing on a cigarrette as I write this, which is probably not terribly surprising. I'm at least trying to clean up my act, though, and quitting smoking on a regular basis is only a small part of it. Weight loss, dental affairs, eye surgery, and so on are all in the mix, though it's something of an open question as to whether I can actually get eye surgery. In short, I'm trying to beautify myself for the occasion.

My strategy for quitting smoking essentially consists of doing Kegel exercises whenever I get a nicotine fit. After a couple of days it's become clear that it's still largely going to be a matter of force of will, and that I'd probably be more successful with lollipops or pacifiers as a substitute for the oral fix, and maybe even nicotine patches. Still, I'm going to give it a shot. Nicotine fits are frequent enough reminders that if I manage to get in the habit of doing Kegel exercises when they happen, I will be very well-exercised.

One of the more surprising discoveries was that there doesn't seem to be a remotely consistent curriculum of Kegel exercises out there. For instance, one site recommends simply holding a squeeze for 3-5 seconds, then increasing the number of repetitions to 20 for a full set, then doing up to 3 sets per day. Unsurprisingly, this is not much of a workout for me. Another site has a broad variety of exercises with different durations of hold, alternating between repetitions of quick squeezes and long holds, and gradual tightening in way that appear to require almost implausible levels of control. For instance, progressive tightening over the course of 3 minutes is far beyond the two or three distinct levels of pressure I can manage. That site's Kegel curriculum is considerably more challenging, to say the least, though I am starting at its intermediate level. Almost all of them seem to be of the simple repetitions variety, but there are a few with more exotic exercises out there, and those are the ones that look like they'd be useful to try, particularly for the purposes of enhanced control.

Sadly, Kegel exercises don't appear to be quite as covert as sometimes advertised. The first giveaway is that it requires a small conscious effort to avoid holding one's breath and sucking in one's gut. The second is that not only the penis, but also surrounding muscles tend to move in tandem with the effort. The third is simply coordination, namely that the effort tends to interrupt other motion. Fortunately, it appears two of the three can be dealt with given sufficient practice, and the remaining one concealed when sitting.

It remains unclear whether anything will come of this. I'm much better at dieting or otherwise modifying preexisting behavior than developing new habits or getting rid of old ones.

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