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6/27/11 11:01 A

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How are you guys doing ?
With July right around the corner, I am looking forward to a fun weekend gathering of nic free folk from the east coast states. Summer is in Phoenixville PA and the big thrill is in Autumn, in the Catskill Mountains of NY.

Someone who still smokes is coming with me. She is ending her job this week (was fired) so will plan to let go of nicotine at the same time as the job. Two for one dumping of toxic situations.

I'm so proud of her already. Two weeks later she'll be surrounded by long time nic free folk who share their experience, strength and hope. A great boost to her new life, and a wonderful 12th step for me.

.....On the weight front,
I stopped my gain at 169.5 tops. Now I'm averaging 165.5 to 166.5 which is at least in the right direction if not far down the scale. Yet !~

the p tiger

Edited by: PASSIONATETIGER at: 6/27/2011 (11:03)
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5/15/11 11:53 A

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I agree, there are always 'reasons', aka excuses to justify compulsive behavior that harms us, and it's not the way to get it together at all.

That you haven't put any nicotine in any form in your body for 5 months is fabulous, congratulations! That you recognize all discipline takes practice and kindness, and never flows in a perfectly straight line, (okay, it's me saying this not you) is the way to success.

the p tiger

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5/13/11 10:55 P

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i have been gradually quitting for 5 years, completely tobacco free for 5 months. i could attribute my weight gain to being a full time grad student (but i'm finished now!), stress, financial status, quitting smoking, among other reasons. my life is slowly getting on track and hopefully my health will get back on track, too.

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5/5/11 11:10 A

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First, I want to let you all know that the World Service Conference here in Maryland this past weekend was a smashing success. I prepared for a decade to get to this point and feel very wonderful inside.

And that is not ruined, I might add, by the fact that I gained weight in the last months while preparing. I knew which folk would back out of helping in the hopes I'd fall on my face. I also knew I had a few stellar friends who I would be able to count on to come through. Finally, I was confident that I could pull off a great experience for everyone.

So the weight gain, though quite unwelcome, being higher than at any time in the last ten years, is temporary. I can take care of this, too. It's a first time that, after the initial dismay at losing food control, I accepted it. I was a young woman [in my late teens, early 20s] the last time I spun out , so I know I can slowly quiet the addictive behavior right out of my system.

Whether you are new to living nicotine free or just have some heavy life stress you aren't dealing really well with, by providing some TLC talk inside ourselves, we will pull back gently from self harm and find our way to WANTING only what is good for us.

I am 11 1/2 years nicotine free. I still work the 12 steps with my adopted NicA family. That means I also give my experience, strength and hope to others by staying committed to my personal pledge:

I will never abandon myself again.
in loving service,
the p tiger

Edited by: PASSIONATETIGER at: 5/5/2011 (11:14)
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5/5/11 10:43 A

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LCHARISMA96: I can so relate to what you are dealing with here! I quit smoking sept 15 2009 and quickly gained over 20 lbs!! I got so discouraged on many occasions as I struggled to get healthy and kept putting on the lbs! I didn't start smoking again...just kept hoping that my metabolism would kick in high gear and all my workout efforts would pay off! I am now a year and 7 months in and I still have to lose that weight. I workout religiously 5 to 6 days per week, I watch what I eat without stopping living..and the weight won't budge! I am 40, so that doesn't help either! I feel great though and that is the only thing that keeps me smoke free! I believe that I am in the best shape of my life! I am now running races (well my 1st one on May 22). I just wish the flab that covers my hard-earned muscles would just burn off already! I will never, ever smoke again that is a promise I made to myself when I quit. It is a hard battle especially when you battle weight gain as well. I hear ya, I am with ya and hang on..the weight will eventually come off! Just be the best of "you" that you can be and as long as you feel great and strong, that is reward in itself and just imagine how thankful your lungs/heart are that they can now function properly to sustain life!



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4/25/11 10:52 A

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I quit smoking in June of last year, started again in February and now have been quit for 6 weeks again. I have gained 25 pounds since last June. It is because I am eating too much and not exercising enough sure but I also think my metabolism has changed. I spent all last week watching my calories and working out and the scale didn't move at all. It's so frustrating but not enough to smoke again. I am not smoking, one day at a time and I hope I can lose the weight one day at at time too.

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4/5/11 5:26 P

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KARICKY,
You are so right about everything you said. That's why I use nicotine anonymous, so that my compulsive need to put something in there (my mouth) doesn't overtake my life in any form.

These are but symptoms of character traits. Sometimes we have good traits that we use very poorly, or ineffectively. Then there's always an opportunity to learn a better way. As Oprah says, When we know better, we do better.

Just for me, being in a fellowship has totally made the difference.

www.nicotine-anonymous.org

We each have to find our own way. My way wasn't working so I got out of ego and said, I'm doing what they do. I also promised myself that I'd never abandon myself again. Think about how you can shore up your skill sets and change any beliefs that no longer serve you.

in loving service,
the p tiger

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4/5/11 8:29 A

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Hi,

Like PassionateTiger, I too was a seasoned quitter & except for the very first time many, many years ago, it was the only time I gained weight. It is a myth that quitting smoking makes you gain weight, increased eating makes you gain weight! I did gain this time but it had to do w/alot of other stresses going on in my life, including giving up the nicotine & at the time I quit, I couldn't deal w/both so I decided that the weight issues would have to go on the backburner until I got the smoking under control. I'm coming up on 2yrs. & started taking the excess weight off over the last few months - going to the gym, walking, calisthenics. I wouldn't change a thing because I never ever thought I would successfully quit smoking & I have! I absolutely hated the extra weight but I also knew that it was something I could work on when I was ready.

I think that most people gain because of the obsessive need to 'satisfy' their oral fixations that the cigarettes always took care of. Something has to replace it, esp. in the first few months so food is a natural!!! Looking back, I can see why it is so important to have a plan in place prior to quitting! But I still think that quitting the cigarettes is far more important than gaining weight!!!

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4/4/11 4:13 P

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Nothing is off limits in my book. The thing about quitting smoking, the average body adjustment is a mere 5 - 7 lbs. I do know folks who barely add a pound. What happens most likely is that there are no programs in place of all the reasons and occasions we'd light up, so food is used instead. The quit didn't do it; not having enough constructive tools to problem solve discomfort and distress did.

I never thickened at that time. My weight did not change particularly at that time, but I was a seasoned quitter and had learned lots of stuff every time I picked up again. Each time was an opportunity to see what I didn't know or couldn't do by myself.

Folks around here know that I can only talk about what works for me. Over 11 years later, my body is thickening and I have gained weight to a point of discomfort. It has nothing to do with cigarettes or nicotine. It is of course, life and reverting to shutting myself up that sneaks back in.

I have been part of this family for 13 years, and I keep on attending, keep getting support, and keep paying it forward to others. That's just me. The process really helps. It never runs dry. I'm off to a meeting right now. You take good care and know that we can do together what we cannot do alone.

p tiger
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4/4/11 7:23 A

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I hate to waste a topic on a question, but I thought maybe it would get a quicker response than mailing one of the many team leaders.

It seems (at least for every single non smoker I ever met or talked to) that weight gain is a 'pretty-much" given outcome when one quits. The amount and time that it happens varies, but still it happens.

Dont know about the rest of you but I would love to hear from other "quitters" about the gain experience. How long they gained, how much they gained, what they tried to overcome the urge to eat, and most imprtat (to me anyway) who long it took them to loose their quit-weight. And yes, I know, these answers would not be the holy grail. But I think they could help some of us.

Along with that, I'm sure all quitters would like to share their weight-experiences as well as question those that have succeeded. I know I would have questions for some and want to share as well.

Anyone think this may be a good "sticky" topic??????

PS: See my goal weight? I hit that and maintained it for 2+ years until I decided to quit smoking a little over 7 months ago.

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