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12 days quit and eating everything in sight!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I've been quit for 12 days now and for the first 9-10 days I was fine, even lost 1.2 pounds my first week quit. emoticon
But the last 3 days......LOOK OUT!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Anything that isn't nailed down is going in my mouth! And not good food either like the first week, eating clean went out the window sometime Monday morning.
Now I know that I am supposed to concentrate on my quit but geez. It seems to me that I'm using the quit to eat which has got to stop.
Another problem is I'm not working out like I was. The car is a major trigger for me so I avoid it whenever possible, so no hopping in the car to go to the gym etc. Again another excuse as I see it. emoticon
I need a good kick in the rear because my motivation has just stopped. Looking back at some posts and articles here on emoticon and hoping I snap out of this funk soon.

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ANDREA0301 1/14/2011 12:23PM

    Wow, my daughter and I were just having this conversation last night. She, too, quit smoking January 1. So far, so good. However, getting in the car to go ANYWHERE is also her biggest trigger. Lighting a cigarette as she was pulling away from somewhere was as automatic as strapping on her seatbelt & checking the mirrors.

As soon as that "light up" habit is replaced with something else, the easier driving will become. I'm not sure avoidance is the best answer. How about make it:

1) key in ignition
2) seatbelt
3) mirrors

Just a thought. It's what I shared with my daughter last night.

You got this girl!!!


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GEMINISUE 1/13/2011 9:08AM

    have you tried sugar free gum, FIVE is very flavorful and you can cheew two sticks, for hours on end and still have flavor.

If you need the crunch, have celery, carrots, peppers etc, all julienned cut in bags you can have with you, and crunch away. Use spices on them, if desired, Also turkey, beef jerky, it's mostly the hand to mouth movement you need it was a habit and it is hard to break, the hands have to be kept busy,

Cut straws, or drinking straw and suck in and release.

Start crocheting or knitting and enjoy it. There are probably u tube to teach it if you don't know it,

Painting is another avenue you can take

Volunteer in a hospital, NO SMOKING there. or in most public buildings.
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You are doing this, You Can Continue! Were here for you blog away, send spark mail, leave comments, it will help other people to be encouraged on their journey here.

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DAWNETA 1/13/2011 3:18AM

    i quit smoking 4 years ago. and i thought i was never gonna get my head outta that darn fog. it will get easier. just keep thinking, "i don't wanna have to do this again." keep celery sticks and carrots around for munchies. or apples, i'm addicted to them. emoticon

replace that bad habit with a clean new one. I suggest going cold turkey to anyone. that way you don't have to learn to quit a new vice, like nicorette or whatever...

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FRUITYCHERRY 1/13/2011 3:02AM

    Exercise helps SO much!!!! I do other things in the car now, like chew gum!! And I keep lotion in the car to moisturize my hands at stop lights. You should focus on being smoke-free FIRST AND FOREMOST! Do some 30-day shred in your living room if you can't stand to get in the car to go to the gym!! You know you want to!

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NOMOREPIKELETS 1/12/2011 10:08PM

    Firstly, congrats on a huge achievement - you've got through hell week and nearly at the end of heck week, well done you!! There are all sorts of reasons a lot of us get right into eating in order to 'compensate' for not smoking ... smoking increased blood sugar levels and put our bodies and metabolism out of wack, for starters. In the early months of quitting I used to drink quite a lot of fruit juice to keep my blood sugar levels up, it also helped to cut back on the craves , and water is excellent as well. Lollies were my absolute downfall for a month or so, I just craved sugar!
There is quite a bit of info over at whyquit dot com as well, I found it took my mind off things and helped my brain to argue with logic and reason when my inner addict started throwing tantrums..
All the best, stick with it, you're doing great !! emoticon

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T-DOTMUM 1/12/2011 7:17PM

    Quitting is so hard! I'm not a smoker but I watched my mother try and try again--even after she had two strokes! So you are on the right track and you should pat yourself of the back. Do keep your eating under control, too. It's just as important. This is just gonna be a hellish, difficult time and you'll be cranky and miserable for a while but there is light at the end of the tunnel. My husband used Zyban and Nicorettes to quit--worked wonders! (He still chews the Nicorettes, though, 8 years later! But it's still better than smoking.)

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SUNDROP71 1/12/2011 6:23PM

  YOU are doing GREAT!This is a HUGE accomplishment and Prolly a HUGE adjustment! I mean what ARE we gonna do with ourselves if we are not polluting our lungs?????

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I think its AWESOME that you are aware of what is happening and taking steps to change it!

GIRL! 12 days QUIT! WHOOOOOO, Freakin'HOO!

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Take it one day at a time....I do not know if you use the trackers here, but it USUALLY helps me avoid crappy food, cause i just do not want to log it in.... emoticon

You will find your way.

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50ISFAB 1/12/2011 6:12PM

    I understand! I have either had something in my mouth or I have been planning my next snack the last three days (been snowed in). You mentioned "eating clean". I know that is a Jackie Warner term. Are you following her plan? If so, how is it going?

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5 days quit....the good, the bad and the ugly

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Well today is day 5 without smoking, not one! N.O.P.E
I can't say it's been extremely hard but it's been no cake walk either! Day three I really thought I was going to lose it, it was one constant crave from the time I woke up until about 8pm that night. I was happy that during that day I didn't have to be around anyone because I was afraid of what I may do emoticon
Day four was my first day back to work in two weeks and I was grateful for the distraction. I was so busy at work that I didn't think about smoking at all, that is until I got in the car to come home.
The car has always been an issue for me, it was the one place where I was alone to smoke and being a closet smoker this was my downfall. I had the car cleaned the day I quit so it wouldn't reek but it's still a physiological thing. But I am happy for the nicotrol inhaler that I can hold in my hand like a cigarette and that seems to do the trick.
Now for the ugly.....
I cannot stop stuffing my face! emoticon While I'm not eating junk like candy or chocolate, I am eating CONSTANTLY! I am trying my best to counter-act this with exercise, mostly the 30DS the eating does have to stop. Yesterday alone I went over my calories by 300 for the day, if I keep that up I'll gain 1.5 pounds each week!
This has always been a downfall for me, I quit, gain weight and then start smoking again. I know it shouldn't matter because smoking is alot worse than a little weight gain but it does.
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FRUITYCHERRY 1/5/2011 12:54PM

    I snacked for 2 straight months after quitting!!! Pick healthy stuff. Apples and carrots are my favorite. I also exercised a lot to help off-set the extra calories. I didn't gain, thank gosh!! I maintained for 2 months, when I finally decided to nip the snacking in the bud. Don't worry about that for now! NOT SMOKING is most important right now, just make good choices. Chew gum as a snack! This is something I still do, four months later! I have 5 packs of gum in my purse!! All different flavors! And a pack in the car. The car was an issue for me, too. I got a special flavor of gum for the car. I get in the car and pop a piece of gum right away. Funny, I still have to think about these things. 4 months later and it is a lot easier, but I still have cravings. I feel I have been successful because I plan ahead for such times.

I think you are through the painful part. Now you just have to re-train your brain....which I think is the hard part. We can do it together.

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SUNDROP71 1/5/2011 11:03AM

  Hang in there!

Do not quit, quitting, no matter what!

5 DAYS!!! WhoooooHOOOOO!

Cinnamon sticks!!! That def helped me during the first weeks!
(real ones!)

I am sooooo proud of you! keep it up girl, i am soooo rootin' for you!
I totally need to do this soon!
I smell!

Have a FABULOUS day and KEEP IT UP!

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VEGIE-GIRL 1/5/2011 8:51AM

    Great job on quitting! Some days, you just have to cut yourself some slack. emoticon

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COOPAH 1/5/2011 8:27AM

    Text a friend...sounds like your looking for something to do with your hands. My doc told me that for 20 years I constantly put something in my mouth aka cigarette, and that impulse was the hardest part to break. You aren't craving food, you're trying to replace that hand to mouth activity. Get your hands busy and your mind off it.

5 days, cold turkey is extremely tough. You're a bad azz!! Don't cave in, keep your mind focused and avoid entertaining any excuses. The hardest part is out the way, you quit, now you just have to figure out how to make your life work around it.

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SWEETPEA0214 1/5/2011 8:26AM

    I am so proud of you. Quitting is the hardest thing you'll ever do, but the sense of accomplishment lasts for years (well for me it's lasted over four years now). I am proud when I tell people I quit after a 29 year, two pack a day habit. And I won't lie to you, I did gain weight, 15 pounds of it, but that was my OWN fault. I ate candy like it was going out of style. Thousands of calories a day in candy. So find something healthy to substitute for the sweets and junk. Grapes are great as are sugar free popsicles. Red Hots are also awesome. There is a lot in a small box and if you eat them one at a time, you feel like you are "eating" a lot for fewer calories. And you are exercising, so that will help with the stress related to the quitting, the small weight gain (most people gain 5 pounds), and keeping busy.

Don't stress the weight gain right now. Get time under your belt. The health benefits are AWESOME!. Oh, and my trick for car smoking, I kept a pen in my hand at all times. I didn't "pretend" to smoke (that was a trigger for me in a previous attemp), but I just wanted something in my hand.


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AUNTB63 1/5/2011 8:13AM

    Good work on NOT smoking. When I was quitting (not there yet) I used a straw cut down to cigarette size especially in the car. I also found chewing gum (cinnamon worked best) and drinking water and tea helped to curb some of the "wanting to smoke" urges. I ate 5-6 small meals a day for a while, but that just triggered that "after eating" urge. So I went to grapes and raisins/crasins etc. Hope this helps.
Keep up the hard but good work............keep exercising especially for the "stress" your body feels.................I did a lot of walking. emoticon

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WEETOAST 1/5/2011 7:47AM

    Keep it up

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BAKES3000 1/5/2011 7:21AM

    Congratulations! You are doing an awesome job! Keep up the great committment! Bakes

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First day with no smokes

Saturday, January 01, 2011

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

That quote was given to me by my yoga instructor this morning while I was taking a 2 hour yoga class. I thought this was a perfect way to start the New Year and my first day smoke free. While I have alot of support here on spark and on Quitnet.com there is nobody in my 3D life that knows I smoke, well that changed today. After a very fulfilling yoga class the instructor invited us afterwards for some chia tea, pumpkin bread and friendship. As we were all conversing about our intentions for the new year or whatever we were feeling at that moment, I fessed up and told the group that today was my first day smoke free. I was overwhelmed by the support, congratulations and similar stories from these new friends. emoticon
I left the yoga studio with a new sense of pride and commitment to this quit, not realizing before this that I do need the support of 3D friends no matter how much online support I get.

I have also been juicing all day, with a great plan from my nutrionist, to help cleanse the toxins from my body. I thought for sure that I would be hungry and cranky, I mean who gives up food and cigs the same day but I actually believe now that it's helping the smoke cravings since I don't have that 'after meal' pang to have a cigarette. I will be sure to thank her later in an email.

All in all, day one has been relatively painless, just had to remind myself a couple of times that I don't smoke anymore when I've absentmindedly went looking for my pack. Duh! emoticon

Thank you all for your support, you are all wonderful

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PAINTER_LADY 1/1/2011 8:58PM

    WAY TO GO!!! I'm quitting too, tapering off with my last pack. I wish you continued success!

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    emoticon Keep your mind on other things like working out or reading an inspirational article.

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GEMINISUE 1/1/2011 4:58PM

    I am so proud of you! I'm here for you in any way I can help, I smoked from 1958-1982, so I know what it is like.

You are doing great, so glad you shared, this morning, that will help a lot!


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CITYGIRL27 1/1/2011 4:05PM

    The first few days will be the worst. Hang in there, and remember the big picture that you want to achieve! We are all supporting you in spirit!

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ANDREA0301 1/1/2011 4:01PM

    You've got this girl!!


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DRB13_1 1/1/2011 3:26PM

    so, so, so happy you are going smoke free!
Keep your hands busy.
Get through the first week and all the nicotine will be out of your body. The physical cravings will diminish, then it's just of matter of working on the mental/emotional cravings.

I know you can do it! Yoga will keep you centered! Pretend we are watching you emoticon

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FRUITYCHERRY 1/1/2011 3:19PM

    Good job coming clean with your 3D peeps! I imagine that will help you stay smoke-free.

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YUBYUB31 1/1/2011 3:18PM


I kicked the habit 4.5 years ago by deciding not to have the next cig now - if the craving gets bad I hope that helps.


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JASI27 1/1/2011 2:54PM

    i, too, am a smoker and have decided I will quit when I hit my goal weight. It is easy enough to hide from my virtual friends, but am so embarrassed in the real world. I use one of those electronic cigs and you can get them with no nicotine, so that is probably the route I will go when I quit because cold turkey would be too hard for me, but I applaud you!!! If you ever need support, feel free to scream my way, because I truly will understand!!! I have quit before and I know the pains and struggles!! Good luck and HOORAH!!!!! What a great choice!!! WooHoo Girl!!! U CAN DO THIS!!!!!
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SLHUDGINS 1/1/2011 2:52PM

    Be proud of yourself! You are in control of you and you can do both! :)

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Preparing for my new quit date 1.1.11

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I am quitting on 1.1.11 for the um-teenth time.
My reasons for quitting haven't changed;
I'm sick of being a slave to the nicodemon
I don't want to smell anymore
I want to be able to run without hacking up a lung
and the most important reason...
I am a closet smoker and cannot stand the lying and hiding I have to do in order to feed the monster!
The reasons for quitting never change but for some reason I lose sight of them somewhere along the way.
I want to make this quit the one that sticks, I have pull out all the stops to get ready for this one. I have my NRT lined up,I will be using yoga to help with stress, my nutrionist is helping me with a diet to help prevent or curb weight gain during my quit, one of the stupid reasons I've gone back in the past, and I've read a very helpful book to understand why I keep smoking when I hate it.
I look forward to taking this journey emoticon

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AUNTB63 12/30/2010 5:46PM

    FYI.....There is a Spark team...."No more smoking" just in case you are interested. I haven't made the commitment to stop, but I did look into this team and it could be of some help to you.
Best of luck to you. I know it could be the hardest thing you do for yourself, but well worth it.
I too have quit um-teenth times.................will try again soon. emoticon

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LIFEWITHLORRI 12/30/2010 1:34PM

    I just finished my last patch before Christmas. It is so very freeing not to be a slave to it any more. I still have a random thought of having one, but it is easily dismissed. If you believe in prayer, pray about it, I never could of done it on my own. emoticon

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SLHUDGINS 12/30/2010 12:34PM

    I quit last July. It wasn't a breeze, but it wasn't that bad either. Just keep asking yourself what you want more...a new healthy life style, more money, etc....I also used Chantix and din't have any problems with it at all. You can do it!!

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JAMIESTITES 12/30/2010 12:27PM

    I wish you the best. I've never been a smoker, a long time ago I tried it but did nothing for me ( Thank Goodness) But I read your plans and goals and it sounds like a GREAT plan emoticon A friend of my mothers passed away due to lung and cheek cancer and if she would've or could've stopped when the doctors told her she might be around still today. So whenever I hear of someone doing their BEST to quit I feel like they should be given encouragement and know without a doubt YOU CAN DO THIS!!! It will be hard but YOU CAN!
GOOD LUCK and may the new year hold the wonderful outcome that you want emoticon

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SUNDROP71 12/30/2010 12:11PM

  I am so inspired and excited for you! and I understand....

NOPE! Not One Puff Ever!

you can do this! and so can I....

May the force of knowledge and experience hold your head on!

Stay Strong, Stay mindful!


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GEMINISUE 12/30/2010 12:00PM

    Congratulations, on choosing to do this. When I quit, I used stirrer straws, to suck on
(the kind they put in drinks). I needed the draw in and the air coming out, and the hand to mouth) I also crochet to keep my hands busy, If I remember right, four single bed afghans, were made during that time frame. Enough that I got carpal tunnel symdrome, (so don't quite do that much) and had to get surgery on both wrist, due to repetitious movements, in the area.

All in all, it was my third try, and it was the one that lasted, it was also after having congestive heart failure.

So My Thoughts are With You

You Can do this!

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FITMARY 12/30/2010 11:57AM

    Go for it!

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FRUITYCHERRY 12/30/2010 11:48AM

    It has been almost 4 months since I quit. I still want to smoke every day, at some point in the day. Thing is, when I was a smoker I ALWAYS wanted to smoke! At least now I don't want to smoke as often! Hubby and I have saved around $1,000 in such a short time!!!!! I used 1 box of nicorette to get me through the first month. It helped me a lot.

I'll be checking in on you and your progress!!! I believe you can do this! Hold your head high and start thinking of yourself as a non-smoker!


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Setting my intentions for 2011

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ok so after being (mostly) sedentary for the last month, between work, school papers and finals and the holiday craziness there was no time for anything else, it is time to get back on track! There are certain changes I want to experience in 2011 and I know that some will be harder than others but they are all achievable.
1. Obtain my master's degree (I'm only 5 classes away)
2. Burn 3500 calories a week, with cardio and strength training 5-6 times a week
3. Challenge myself more both physically and mentally
4. Find balance with yoga practice
5. Be in the moment, trying not to obsess about the future or dwell on the past
6. Control negative thinking and be more confident in my abilities
7. Spend more time outdoors (may have to wait for spring for this one )
8. Eat clean (mostly vegan)
9. Meditate regularly
10. Make 2011 the best year I possibly can

At the beginning of each yoga class, our teacher invites us to make an intention for the class, what we would like to work on for that hour and a half or what feeling we would like to create. I find this idea better than setting a resolution for 2011. Have you created your intentions?
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RUTHANNE100 12/29/2010 8:34AM

    What a thoughtful blog! Thanks for sharing. I like your perspective on asking what our intentions are...and then naming them. So often, I think we just go through life and forget about going through it with a purpose, or with intention.

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FRUITYCHERRY 12/28/2010 5:07PM

    Wonderful! I have also been pondering my 2011 goals.

One thing I am looking forward to is FINALLY trying yoga!!!! I got a deal on groupon.com for 20 Bikram yoga classes for $35! I am nervous to try it. I have not worked out in a "class" setting since highschool AND I am a total newbie to yoga. Will everyone think I am so annoying in class? I was thinking of stopping in and talking to someone before my first try. Do you have any pointers or advice for a newbie? Any info would be GREATLY appreciated.

*wanting to achieve true bendiness in 2011*


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