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10/5/10 1:33 P

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Guys,
Hearken, don't despair!

The anxiety you were 'smoking down' rises up so you are trying to 'eat it down' to make it go away. We only know substitution of pushing away from discomfort. But there are new and healthy ways to deal with anxiety and you can use them, too.

When I quit, the first thing was to learn how to breathe through the rising anxiety with the same long, deep breaths that only used to come with the poison stick mixture.

Cravings come whether we feed them or not! By not feeding them, the frequency and severity do abate. This first phase of living nicotine free is what drove me into the rooms of Nicotine Anonymous. Thankfully, I immersed myself into the program and have finally learned how to live nicotine free from any delivery system.

See if getting out of isolation and into a program of recovery doesn't provide you, too, with all the support and tools you need to live free and clean.

www.nicotine-anonymous.org (international)
www.nicamar.homestead.com (my region)

You CAN do this. We can do together what we cannot do alone.

the p tiger

Edited by: PASSIONATETIGER at: 10/5/2010 (13:36)
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10/3/10 9:26 A

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I'm so glad I found this thread. I thought I was losing my mind. I quit a few weeks ago and have steadily gained about a pound a week. It just won't stop so I decided to go and buy more fruits and veggies to keep for when I decide to pick. Today is my weigh in day so we will see. I'm going to take Anna to CCD class then back to weigh in and play on the wii for a bit.

Keep strong it will come back off. Stubborn pounds...better than smoking for sure. I feel so much better and sleep so much better too. I am planning to start jogging.

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10/3/10 6:58 A

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I quit a month ago for 2 weeks and started putting on weight and eating like crazy so I started smoking again (a pack a day for a week now). I still ant to quit SO badly but when I try again I get terrible anxiety and moods while the first time went pretty smoothly. HELP!

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9/30/10 9:07 P

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Hey, I gained 5 lbs in the last few weeks because I was eating out of control as I moved out of my home where I lived for 17 years. Fortunately I have already taken the 5 back off! Easy does it. Not smoking is way more important than 5 lbs.

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9/24/10 10:32 A

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I too gained a small amount of weight when I quit smoking, but what I found was that it didn't stay on. My eating habits improved after a month or two and I dropped the 5 pounds or so that I gained. I like to look at it this way. If I quit smoking and gain a few pounds it is worth it. In the end I am MUCH healthier and have the potential to be far healthier than if I stayed a smoker.

This journey we are on is not just about weight loss, but also about living healthier lifestyles. What better way to treat our bodies than to quit smoking, give up the bad habits we have and move into the future with healthier habits.

Wouldn't it be great if only we could replace our smoking addiction with something healthy ...then we could say and mean, "I am craving broccoli so bad. If I don't have some right now I am going to go nuts. Maybe I will just go to the store and buy some." LOL, I doubt this is reality, but what if?

JUST BELIEVE and anything can happen!

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9/23/10 9:50 P

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Well, I quit 3 weeks ago and I have gained 10. I am now, however, starting to pay attention again to what I am eating, and I have started getting up early to exercise (just 10 mins so far, but better than nothing) and I figure it will only get better from here.

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7/23/10 2:33 P

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Not to worry about the 5 lbs. What some people do is give themselves permission to turn to food and they rack up weight gains by transferring one behavior for another.

Five to seven is often the normal shift. And it comes back off later. So just keeping your weight regulated where it is would be my advice and this stability will serve you well. The rest of your weight can come off down the road. This is vital for you.

Best wishes to you and your husband. There are tons of good substitutes to turn to that support your living without using.

the p tiger

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7/21/10 10:59 P

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Agreeing with Geninisky, quitting does cause a shift in metabolism so we must shift with it AND cravings can be mild and mimic hunger... that need for a little something and those little somethings add up. Think of your body making the change from consistent nicotine to nothing... it may take a while for the body to recover and find a new normal. A little gain is normal and can be lost, but if you find you are packing on the lbs and don't have energy you may want to have your thyroid checked... when I quit I developed Hypo- thyroid and although it doesn't make you gain, it makes it almost impossible to loose any unless you get it balanced out. Once my thyroid levels were normal the weight began to drop.

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7/21/10 7:05 P

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When I quit smoking, I also, joined WW so I wouldn't gain the weight. Well after gaining 20 while on WW and not smoking, i called my Dr. He sais that smoking increases your metabolism and Not smoking will decrease it significantly. Somehow Ihad to make up the difference. Meaning work harder that I thought. I also was not drinking as much coffee as I always smoked while drinking coffee. Again andother simulant gone. What a mess I was. I had to workout, walk 2x's/day just to keep the same weight. Eventually it all satarted to work itself out but the beginning was a workout nightmare. Stick with it and talk to your leader and see if you should lower your daily points.
Stay strong...
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7/21/10 7:05 P

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Give yourself time! I've quit several times, and every time I gained weight. I have sworn for the last year I was going to wait until I lost another 20 pounds, then I would quit, as I just couldn't bear to put back on any weight right now. But one day I just decided enough is enough. So what if I gain some weight back. It's not the end of the world, AND the weight can come back off. In the long run, the cigarettes are going to get you before the weight does. You body goes through alot of changes when you quit smoking, and it is really hard to try to focus on quitting AND losing weight. Just keep doing what you're doing. If you feel like you need to munch when you'd normally smoke, make sure it's something healthy (or as low cal as possible - I actually used SF gummy worms for a few weeks), and drink lots and lots of water. It quit Memorial Day weekend and I've gained a few pounds, too, but they seem to have tapered off and I'm now maintaining. Hopefully in another week or two, I'll be back to losing.

*~Danielle~*

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7/21/10 6:53 P

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My husband and I both quit 3 weeks ago...I have smoked for about 15 years and at the end smoking nearly a pack per day. I will be 40 next month, yikes!
I am surprisingly doing ok not smoking...I think the fact that there are no cigs in the house has been most helpful. I do occasionally want one, but all in all feel much better, and I am NOT going back!
However, I had also been attempting to lose weight prior to quitting, and in fact that was what motivated me to quit, I wanted to be able to run w/o getting short of breath. I had been following weight watchers for 6 weeks and had been doing well, losing 1-2 lb a week consistently...I want to lose about 30 pounds. Well, I have gained 5 pounds back! I am so discouraged...and I really think my eating is in control as well as going to the gym 4-5 times a week! I am "picking" a bit more...but honestly I don't think enough to gain weight!
Any advice???? Thanks!

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