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Gaining Weight!

I have just quit smoking for 16 days now.I changed my eating habits and lost 28 lbs before I quit.
I am already starting to gain even though I am still watching what I eat and I exercise at least 5 times a week.
Getting a little scared, both things are hard to do and I do not want to loose the results I have gained from either.
9 years ago 0 Sly 186 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Gaining Weight!

Thank you for the support and info on weight gain and quitting.
I am finding this site very helpfull.
There are so many amazing people fighting this nasty addiction and winning.
I sooo want to be a winner !
Today I was told that I smelled Nice.I haven't been told that in years and it felt really good. =)
Thanks again,
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at 8:00 PM CST tonight

Hi bizz
I too am taking it one day at a time.After 40 years of smoking I am now at 21 days.
I remember the first seven very clearly and promised myself that I will not go through that again.
Hang in there ,It does start to get better.
9 years ago 0 Sly 186 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Change is in the air!

I have been quit for almost a month now.It is getting easier but my Brain is getting tired of the fight.
I want to work at convincing my brain to think of me as a non smoker , instead of thinking I use to smoke when I did this and that..
I smoked for 40 years so I had managed to do it no matter what I was doing so I have a lot of retraining to do.
This will be my challenge for the Month.
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Change is in the air!

I was the same way when I left the gym and I also take my time when I leave as you do.I find when I drive If I take a Tic Tac when I start to drive it gets rid of my crave
and then I am good for the trip.
You also mentioned Breathing.I find that I have to remind myself to take deeper breaths as I Can now.I had been so use to having a heavy chest when Im smoked
that I forgot to breath correctly.
Thanks all for the feedback =)
9 years ago 0 Sly 186 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
day 4

Your almost there.Don't give in.I kept telling myself "if the first few days are the worst I can't give in because I do not want to do them over again "
I kept busy and kept moving to keep my mind off the crave,They really don't last that long if you can get your mind on something else.
Reminding myself of the positives helps too. " I smell like my perfume not smoke, My chest is not heavy,I am not coughing,I get longer hugs from my Grand children.
It can only get Better and it Does.
9 years ago 0 Sly 186 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
How long did it take for you to feel better?

My throat has been sore as well.Some times it feels like heartburn in my throat.I am told it is a healing process and it too will pass.
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Ahoy! I really wanna stop.......

Before I quit I had picked other dates to quit through out the years of smoking.
My reason for not following through with those past dates was always a stress thing.
The date would come and something stressful was happening or going to happen so
I would tell myself oh  just wait for a better time.
This time when I decided to stick with my quit date the stressers still entered  my life.
My Mother in law was told her cancer was back , and My Grand Daughter was born premature.
I sooo wanted a smoke  but convinced myself it wouldn't help anything and I am so glad I did.
My Grand Daughter is beautiful and doing fine and my Mother in law was miss diagnossed and has a clean
bill of health and has decided that if I can quit smoking she can to.
Everyones quits will be different.I really hated mine the first month.
The start of my second month I chose to think of myself as a non- smoker instead of some one trying to quit
and for me it is really making a difference to how I feel.
Life is good =)
 
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The fear of giving up smoking.................

I also say Wow ! Brentw1
Very well written.So many of your reasons to quit hit home with me.
I am almost at 50 days and have really been thinking about the receiving side of quitting as you put it.
The smell and smelling nice has really been noticable.
My other half is still smoking which bothers me some as I don't want to smell like his smokes either.
I definately prefer to take my car when we go out.
I am still dealing with some healing processes like sore throat etc.but overall I am feeling better.
Now that it is turning cold I really wont miss wasting time out in the cold.
I think I approach things calmer now than I did when I smoked,I was worried I would be the opposite as people have always said I need to slow down.
I am doing some research on foods that increase your metabolism as I am still trying to watch the weight gain thing.
I will find the right ones for me eventually
Thanks again for your writings
Strength to all in your quits
9 years ago 0 Sly 186 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Weekend Tips

I am a new quitter
For me I am not avoiding temptation.
I always sat on the front porch with my other half and we discussed our days as we smoked.The first week I didn't sit on the porch as my other half is still smoking.
I felt like I was giving up too much , so I sit on the porch,he sits a little farther away and I still get to enjoy his company.I do the same with my friends and work.
So instead of avoiding temptation I stare it down in my mind with the thoughts that I will grow old with my loved ones and I will breath strong and healthy all of those days.
I am giving up smoking not the good things I enjoy.They will be on there own this year when it is cold though.Lol
I have always been a busy person so distraction is fairly easy now( the first month was tough )I have work, Grand Children,Exercise, My dog, Reading and God knows there is always house work
and laundry =(
I have rewarded myself with a couple of new articles of clothing that have never been smoked in and go perfectly with the perfume that does not loose its smell now =)
My best rewards though are the longer bigger hugs from my Grand Children because I smell better.
 
Weekends scared me at first. When you are at work the environment keeps you busy.Weekends you are on your own. There are always things to do but when
you are not yourself in your quit you really need the motivation to do something.My kids helped to keep me on track.making sure I kept busy.
I am good now.The fact that I have come this far and I am feeling better about it is gfoing to keep me going.
N.O.P.E.