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Day Five of my evolution~can't stop eating

Friday, July 23, 2010

Ok so today it has been 5 days since my last cigarette. emoticon
I am pretty proud of myself, up to this point I haven't had any major cravings that I couldn't handle but something happened today. It was either because I didn't put the patch on fast enough or just the fact that I'm off from work today and you know what they say about idle hands, but whatever it is, I can't stop eating!!!!
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I have been feeding the craving for cigarettes with food! emoticon emoticon

I realize that it's boredom, so I don't think I'll be taking any days off from work for a while unless I have specific plans.
I did get up yesterday and started my day with a run and ended the day with an hour long yoga class followed by meditation which I am very happy about. I realized just now that I didn't have any major cravings yesterday (at least not that I can remember) and it has to be due to the exercise.
I ordered a 3 dvd set of Jillian Michael's workouts, No More trouble zones, 30 day shred and Yoga Meltdown. I am looking forward to when they arrive, I've heard so many good things about her and her workouts. I've never seen Biggest Loser on tv so I am just going on reviews I've seen here and on Amazon. I am hopeful that with those dvd's and the workout program that I already do at least I won't gain too much from all this eating. emoticon
For now I am combating the cravings with cinnamon gum and willpower.
Until next time ~ Namaste

  
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KSMGLASS 7/23/2010 10:23PM

    Hang in there emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 7/23/2010 6:40PM

    The exercise probably really did help. I get times when I eat like that but I did it when I was smoking too so I can't blame it on not smoking. But it probably helps a lot to have some structure to your day. My hardest times are when I'm in the car driving long distances. That's when the cravings hit the hardest.

Don't give up. You can do it!!

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THATGIRLY 7/23/2010 4:47PM

    The first couple of weeks after I quit, I'd go exercise every time I had a craving. Even if it was just a quick walk around the block. It really helped me a lot. When I'm exercising I don't want to eat or smoke, so it was a good way of dealing with both the cigarette, and the secondary food cravings that came from denying myself cigarettes.

Stay strong!

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JENN26POINT2 7/23/2010 4:45PM

    I've quit smoking twice before. If you idle hands want something to do, and your mouth wants to eat but you don't want the calories, try crunching on ice. that might help. :)

Congrats on quitting smoking. You won't regret it!

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Day Three of my evolution and my body is fighting me

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I am on day three of my quit, all is going well. A few cravings, especially when I drive, but nothing I canít handle. The problem is my energy is completely zapped out of me, I donít feel like doing anything. I havenít been to the gym, when I usually go twice a week at least and havenít gone to yoga class even though itís been on my calendar twice this week! I feel horrible for missing class so I sit here and get down on myself which of course leads to a craving for a cigarette. I'm trying to give myself some slack since I am working on my quit but I am my worst enemy!
As if zapping my energy wasnít bad enough I have developed, what my fellow quitters refer to as quitulence (aka gas).
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This little episode wouldn't be so bad if I were in my house alone all day but at work? In a yoga class? I'd be mortified!
These past few days also haven't been so great for the diet, not truly horrible but completely on track either. I have aloud myself a slip here and there to help fight the urge to smoke, not a great substitute at all and I'll have to figure out a plan for those moment s in the future. emoticon
I'm not exactly sure how but quitting has not only zapped my energy it has also zapped my memory! I am forgetting just about everything, I went to register for fall college classes and completely forgot my student id # (it's my social security #)!
I am determined to end this week on a more positive note, go to the two yoga classes left on my calendar and do my normal workout routine tomorrow morning.
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KSMGLASS 7/21/2010 9:27PM

    Hang in there, emoticon! Like the others said, it will get better. Allow your body to acclimate itself. Definitely go to your Yoga classes, they will really help! Good luck you are doing a emoticon job!

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THATGIRLY 7/21/2010 7:41PM

    I had the memory thing too - it gets better, I promise!

I poured all that nervous wanting to smoke energy into exercise, and found it really energizing. Doesn't matter what you do though, just find something that works for you!

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LINDAKAY228 7/21/2010 6:38PM

    It will get better. I've been there and I know. Just take it one step at a time. Try to get out to the yoga because it really will help your mindset. We're here supporting you every step of the way!

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CRYSTALANGEL28 7/21/2010 6:23PM

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Take one small step at a time & I'm sure you will achieve your goal & you're energy will return.

take care.HUGSxx

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Day One of My Evolution

Monday, July 19, 2010

Blogging is quite new to me to say the least, I mean Iím a financial analyst give me a spreadsheet and numbers and Iím in my comfort zone but pouring out my feelings in a journal that others can see, well no, that isnít me. Everyone I speak to in my 3D life or my 2D life says that journaling helps ease the mind and calm the soul so here I am.

Today I quit smoking (again), I canít even count how many times Iíve done it before but itís been about a hand full of attempts really only one serious go at it that lasted about 9 months. I actually blew that quit over a happy occasion and not a stressful one. What does that say about my life that I have to share a happy moment with a cigarette!

I have plenty of tool to help me with this quit and Iím determined to make this one the last one. One of my tools is using yoga and meditation to help reduce stress and becauseÖwell I really love yoga! I am fairly new to the whole yoga scene but it was definitely love at first pose! I have committed to taking 4-5 yoga classes a week sounds like a lot but the absolute high I get after those classes is better than anything Iíve ever experienced.

Another pitfall of quitting smoking is the weight gain, I know you have to gain A LOT of weight to do the same damage to your heart as smoking but lets face it, who wants to see the scale go up for any reason?? Me neither! That is why I joined sparkpeople, I know that with all the fantastic support I have found here and the tools to stay on track that I can maintain and maybe even lose some weight.

I have tried in the past to run a 5K but smoking has always prevented me from accomplishing that goal, well no more. I will run a 5K before this year is over! You heard it here first friends.
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KSMGLASS 7/20/2010 10:02PM

    emoticonon quitting the habit! I did it almost 20 yrs ago, and have to tell you I probably quit 20x before I actually quit. It was the best thing I could have done and know you will succeed this time too. Don't worry about the initial weight gain. Just don't subsitute chocolates or goodies for your cig break. Think fruits and veggies and take up a hobbie to keep those hands busy and the mind. I know you can do it and wish you the best! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 7/20/2010 10:34AM

    I didn't really gain weight when I quit smoking and just stayed with my healthy eating plan. So maybe it won't be as bad as you think. But even if you gain a bit at first, if you stay consistent you can lose back the little bit you gain. Plus the benefits of yoga and running can help offset the weight gain through the aerobic activity of running and the peace of mind through yoga.

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DAISYDAY25 7/19/2010 8:01PM

  Good luck in both things

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CASSANDRAM1980 7/19/2010 7:11PM

    Good luck with both of your endeavors. Sounds like you are ready to make some positive changes in your life. There is a training schedule here on spark people for running a 5K if you are interested check it out!

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POSEY440 7/19/2010 6:50PM

    WOW that is no easy feat. I hope you are a runner. I cannot do it, You will probably have to work up to this. Many on this site have done it though. You sound very positive, and the stopping of smoking is really great keep that up. Take it slow one day at a time, and keep coming back no matter what for support. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELLEBE725 7/19/2010 6:42PM

    I wish you the best of luck in your journey ... Be healthy! emoticon

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CHINAGAL 7/19/2010 6:41PM

    emoticon Quitting may be the best thing you've ever done for yourself. SP may be the second best. emoticon

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