Quitting smoking is a major accomplishment. You have stopped for 5 weeks which shows great strength. Have you tried journaling here for yourself? It might help you to vent your emotions. Be kind to yourself. You can end the binge cycle and get back on track. We have all fallen off the track and binged. Try to do one nice thing for yourself today!
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7/26/13 5:17 A
Congratulations for quitting smoking !! That is a HUGE health benefit !! Don't beat yourself up because you've gained some weight. That has happened to every single member of spark. We'll all experts at yo yo dieting. Well, that was the past. you can't change the past, but you can influence and change the future.
What is different about the last couple of weeks ? Have you been under any unusual stress ? Are you having any problems at home, work, school or your relationship ? Something triggered that binge. So, if you want to stop the binge from continuing, you need to be proactive. You need to sit down and write out what's been going on with your life. Have there been issues ? The binge could be a reaction to quitting smoking. Since you're not smoking, your body may have been looking for other ways to reduce or vent stress. Many people do smoke when they are stressed out.
Are you eating enough ? Some times binges occur when a person tries to be "good" about eating. They deprive themselves of foods they'd like to eat in an effort to jump start a diet. If you cut your caloric intake too drastically that too could have caused a binge.
These are just a few thoughts. Binging is a complex disorder with no easy solution. Personally, I think you should give yourself MORE credit for quitting smoking, that really is huge. And well, plenty of people have gained weight because they stopped smoking. Don't forget that the chemicals in cigarettes suppress a person's appetite. That is no way to lose weight.
As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Give yourself credit for all the positive things you do for yourself and don't beat yourself up because you're not perfect. you don't have to be perfect to be healthy.
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7/25/13 9:43 P
I think it's awesome that you quit smoking!!! Congratulations! Please, please don't give into the temptation to start smoking again. It's not worth it. You can do this. Try not to be too stressed about the weight gain since you quit. Your body will adjust to the lack of nicotine and your healthy eating and exercise will eventually start to pay off. Until you get to the point where you can "see" results on the outside, focus and all the good you are doing for your insides. Believe me, they are smiling and thanking you!
Don't feel too bad about the three day binge. I've been very naughty the last three days too. But as the saying goes, "Tomorrow is another day", let's get back on the wagon tomorrow and finish the week strong and proud! -Erica
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160 7/25/13 9:37 P
I am interested to know if you are tracking your food. It sounds like you are since you know you are eating 1,600 calories. Are you covering all your nutritional bases - protein, fiber, and calcium as examples? Protein and fiber can help you feel satisfied and full. Also, with all the exercise you are getting, 1,600 calories might not be enough. As confusing as it sounds, getting too few calories can hurt your weight loss efforts just like eating too much can. Your body will kick into conservation mode and horde all the calories you eat. Putting your exercise in the fitness goals should help SparkPeople set your goal calorie range. Best of luck on your journey!
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251 7/25/13 8:35 P
Cliff notes history here...gained 10 pounds in one month back last fall,,,couldn't get it off with diet or exercise(ok...diet was just OK, not great, same with exercise).
Quit smoking 5 weeks ago (yay), gained 10 pounds WITH good diet and exercise(been going to boot camp 2x/week and biking 10-30k outside. Diet was decent, not perfect but approx 1600/day) Now have been on a 3 day food bender, (whole other issue, I know). No matter what/how much I eat, I cannot get satisfied.
So depressed,,,not just with gaining 10 pounds in 4 weeks, but the binging, and now I really want to smoke again,,,til now the cravings have actually been tolerable.
Ya, ya,,,healthy snacks, exercise, blah blah....been there done that.
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