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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Well, I think I have successfully quit smoking. It has been almost 5 weeks, and I have not smoked! I am happy about it, but sure do miss it. I have also successfully given up caffeine, and have faithfully gone to the gym twice a week and stayed loyal to my food plan for 5 weeks. I have lost 21 pounds, gained a day and one half of my life back (literally), and changed my eating habits. Believe it or not, I even added a little lean protein to my food plan, which I was so scared to do. I have a terrible eating disorder, and I am petrified of food when I am not suffering from compulsive overeating. I want to stay accountable, so I continue to track all of my food down to the condiments, and lo and behold, I am taking baby steps. Can't honestly say I am proud of myself yet (don't ask), but I can say I have made progress, and that is a good thing.

Thanks for caring enough to want to read this, and for being my support through this long and difficult journey one day at a time.

Hopeful and working hard, Lisa

P.S. - God bless and keep Tim Russert and his family. I am grateful to have witnessed a man like him in my lifetime - honest, brilliant, hard-working, caring, selfless, humble, funny and kind. What a great loss. Sundays will never be the same.

TIM RUSSERT 1950-2008
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    Its great that you are making so many healthy changes. You'll get stronger everyday you stick with your new way of life.
    4744 days ago
    Way to go! I know that getting over any addiction is very tough and you have done it! You should be very proud of yourself!
    4744 days ago
    Girl, you SO should be proud of yourself! It is hard enough to change your eating habits, quit smoking or quit caffiene alone but to accomplish all three at once! Absolutely fantastic job.

    4746 days ago
  • TRABB126
    4746 days ago
    Wow, when you set out to do something, you go at it full steam. I quit smoking twice and the second time took. The first time, I would dream that I had a pack of cigarettes and couldn't find anywhere to smoke them (where I wouldn't get caught!) The last time (almost 40 years ago), I would dream that I was sitting there smoking. I'd look at the cigarette and snuff it out in disgust. I knew I had beat it that time. I haven't given up caffeine yet. I went for years not using any and then about two years ago got hooked on good European coffees. The closest I get in the US is espresso. I only have one a day, but I just love it!

    Good luck, and keep up the great work!

    CMY (Carol)
    4747 days ago
  • CATHLEEN2008
    Whoa girl your awesome giving up s moking and caffiene at once?? big hooray for you !!!!
    4747 days ago
    5 weeks without nicotine is impressive! Giving up nicotine, caffeine, and going on a diet all at the same time must be very hard on you.

    If you have problems with compulsive eating, you might want to check out the Emotional Eaters team on SparkPeople, or look into Overeaters Anonymous. Sharing common experiences with other people might be helpful.

    I admire your courage!
    4748 days ago
  • RAVON27
    Well Hello to you too! I can't believe someone could actually start eating healthy quite caffeine and smoking all at the same time. Kudos to you! Giving up smoking must have been big. Now you can taste & smell foods again. I am so very proud of all your progress and know you can do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4748 days ago
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