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3/1/13 1:09 P


Quitting smoking isn't an easy thing. In some ways, I think losing weight is easier than quitting smoking for some people. I remember what Mark Twain once said about quitting smoking,"Quitting is easy. I've done it a thousand times". But that merely shows you how difficult quitting really is.

Are you on another forum for quitting smoking where the community isn't supportive ? It's true. I've always found the SP community to be extremely helpful. Have you joined any of the Spark Teams for quitting smoking ? If you look, I'll bet there is even a Spark Canadian team for quitting. Just take a look through the different Spark teams. There are lots you could join for support.

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3/1/13 12:03 P

I'm sorry you haven't gotten the support you hoped for on here. Quitting smoking is very hard. I quit cold turkey ten years ago (went from a pack and a half a day to nothing). I wasn't dieting when I quit, but when the urge for a cigarette hit I would clean. My house was spotless. My hubby came home and I was hand scrubbing the floors. He was wise and just walked away. Hang in there. You CAN do it.


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3/1/13 9:56 A

You need to give yourself a chance to change. I just celebrated an 18 year anniversary of not smoking after an 18 year habit. I had moved out of a shelter for abused women and on my own with a teenage daughter. I was eating healthy, fruits & veggies and I lost weight. Life situations happened and I gained it all back and more, but I haven't had one cigarette since the day I quit. In 2006 I learned I had Diabetes type 2. I am now losing a lb a week and working out 6 days a week. I have found SparkPeople community to be very caring and helpful but you have to let them in. You do that my becoming known to the community. As one Spark Friend said, your need to set up your own Spark page to let the community know about you what we can do to help. We are people like you just sharing our stories and hoping we help someone else who needs it. Maybe you are just having a bad day but don't give up! There are all kinds of motivational articles and stories on SparkPeople to help you not do just that! Check them out. Check out someone's Spark page. We are here but you have to be here too for us to help each other. Myrene

Edited by: LVHOPEJOY at: 3/1/2013 (09:58)

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3/1/13 9:49 A

Sending you a great big hug, a heap of encouragement, and every good wish that this will turn out to be the last time you'll ever need to lose weight, MD. You can do this! I did... and I'm here to say that even at age 58, it's entirely a worthwhile pursuit. You feel sooo much better, and so many aches and pains go away.

We're pulling for you more than you know and glad you spoke up about that feeling that you're not supported. You very much are! All the best to you, and remember to take things just one day - and sometimes, even just one MOMENT - at a time. emoticon

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3/1/13 4:16 A

I agree with Slimmer...Don't give up!!!! You are probably just having a down day...Go out, walk, and give a smile to everyone you meet!!! Let someone go in front of you at a grocery store line....Pray, meditate, then pray again...You are special, and have a lot to offer the world....Love yourself by doing the right thing!! Love your body by not smoking or overeating.Eat less and exercise more....Your self esteem and attitude will improve as you are taking better and better care of yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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3/1/13 1:47 A

Hi - I am sorry that you are finding this site unsupportive - I have found it to be totally the opposite. In order to get support in a site like this where everything is read only, (we can't see faces or hear voices) then you really need to indicate that support is needed. The best way is to be a regular participant on the message boards, whether it is in your various teams or on the Community Message Boards, and actually indicate that you need help. The other way is to have a SparkPage so that others can drop by. That is one of the best ways to get support and gain a load of friends in the process. Unfortunately, you don't have a SparkPage and haven't been a regular poster so that virtually makes it impossible for us help help you.

I hope you will have a wee re-think, and create a SparkPage, as well as participate on the message boards - you WILL be truly amazed :-)

Take care,

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2/28/13 7:12 P


I quit smoking "cold turkey" almost 9 months ago. The first few weeks were the hardest, but it soon got very easy!! I wish I would have quit years ago. I smoked a pack a day for more than 20 years. I did not rely on this site to keep me from picking up a smoke. But I have received a lot of praise from other members encouraging me to stay smoke free! I understand how stressful it is to quit smoking, but if you hang in there long enough you will be so happy!! I love the fact that I no longer smell like smoke, especially my hair. I am grateful that I can workout at the gym a lot longer without feeling like I am going to pass out. I love all the extra money in my bank account now that I am not buying cigarettes. I think its awesome that I can no longer stand the smell of cigarette smoke. Just hang in there, you can do this!! You will soon love yourself for making such a wise decision to quit smoking. I promise!!!!

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2/28/13 6:58 P

Sorry things aren't working out for ya. I've found that it's best not to rely on anyone else to 'push' me in any direction. It's not up to anyone else to worry about my health. They've got their own health to worry about. Can't just 'hire' someone to be a food/exercise/lifestyle police.
Others can tell you what you need to do, but if at the end of the day, you don't WANT to do it, it's not going to happen. I wish you luck on your journey.

Edited by: STARDUST2K4 at: 2/28/2013 (18:59)

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2/28/13 6:41 P

I'm from Canada, not sure what difference that makes - I'm not sure where anyone failed to support you? This is the first post of yours that I've seen?

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2/28/13 6:24 P


So sorry you are having a difficult time. I am really not too sure what you are asking for, but I do know that we have a lot of great and supportive members on our website. They may not give us the answers we want to hear, but they are here.

I hope you have a brighter day ahead.

Coach Nancy

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2/28/13 6:11 P

Okay people i am giving up - but on you - never on me. If i can quit smoking and my SHO community friends were there for me all along unlike this site. I thought that when a friend was in trouble you go to them and at least find out what the problem is. Sometimes we just need a push in the right direction to find the right path but it appears that there is not one of you that can take a minute to push me in the right direction. Maybe it is a Canada thing but i must be wrong because i have found out that you have people from canada and other countries in this site.
Maybe I am just upset and i really dont mean to be disrespectful but i am trying so hard and i really am feeling the stress as i feel the need to have a smoke. No one will ever make me stup that low as to have a cigarette again. So if no one answers this i will go away and you can count on one thing and that is I will tell everyone i know about your site. Thanks for listening

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