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Thursday, November 07, 2013

I am gaining instead of losing. I quit smoking 8 weeks ago and have gained 6 pounds! I loved to eat before but food tastes so much better now. I am snacking when I use to smoke and I can't think of how to stop. It is getting better by degrees. I have cut down on the endless eating and now am only allowing myself 2 snacks a day but my intake at meals has gone up tremendously. I am very happy being a non-smoker and wouldn't go back to it for anything but this weight gain has got to stop and I have to reverse the gaining to losses. while it's hard to work on the quit and diet at the same time I just want to hold my weight at this point and go from here for now. But I know if I don't be careful I could be in for a big weight gain. That's why spark People is so important to me now. I am encouraged by seeing all you Spark people who are doing so well! I know that soon I'll be able to join your ranks and be successful at losing weight again.

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BOOKAPHILE 11/7/2013 6:22PM

    Congratulations on quitting smoking!
Tracking is KEY. You won't know where the problem areas are unless you record your intake. Taking a drink of water and a walk before allowing a snack has helped me.
Hang in there. We're your cheering section!

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MEEMOM33 11/7/2013 2:24PM


I had the same problem and refused to light up again. I snacked on crunchy veggies, mostly baby carrots because of the low calories. The trick is to not use dips, sauces, etc. Also, I counted every single thing that went in my mouth. One teaspoon of sugar, a piece of gum,,,everything!!! The other thing that helped me was exercise, just moderate exercise, sometimes up to three times a day I would get on my treadmill or just go for a one mile walk. I'm not sure if any of this will work for you because everybody is different, but it worked for me. I have been under my "smoking weight" by about 10 pounds. Good luck!!!

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It's a delicate balance

Monday, October 21, 2013

I'm trying to do two things at once. And that is to quit smoking and take off weight.
It's a struggle and I am just holding my own. I have a tendency to excuse my eating saying I need the snacks since I quit the ciggaretts But I also know if just used a little more will power I could go back to my old habit of not eating between meals. But it seems now it is taking everything I have just to quit smoking. I am on my 5th week of no smoking and doing well with that but my hunger has increased and I am substituting food for ciggaretts. I know now is the hardest time. But I just can't afford to gain any more weight!
In the meantime I am just hanging in there!

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PATTIEMCD 10/21/2013 2:45PM

    Good for you not smoking for over a month ! I quit for 2 months a while back, gained 8 lbs. because I was snacking on the wrong stuff ! I know people who have quit permanently and didn't gain any weight because they kept eating/snacking wisely. One day i will be ready again to quit this expensive habit and spend that money on smaller sized clothes, purses, shoes....hahaha

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Back Again!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Hi, I am back at Spark People after a two year absence. Just like everyone else I am battling my weight. I had my weight down to a reasonable goal but now I have quit smoking and it's on the rise again. So I am hoping for some support and to make new friends.

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NIKO27 10/14/2013 8:53PM


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MONNEYPENNY1967 10/14/2013 6:11PM

  I have similar problem, lost weight and 1 1/2 years later have put back on half of it again.Working towards losing this weight before Christmas.I found not smoking usually means eating more to fill in time.

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