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Monday, September 17, 2012

I'm quit smoking as of 9/14/12 now my problem is im starving all the time. everytime i want a cigarette im reaching for food...yogurt, frozen yogurt,celery, chips etc. sometimes i want sweet and sometimes its salty and sometimes something that goes CRUNCH. I dont know what to do i need help im throwing off my calories all the time now. i need some advice on what i can do i dont want to smoke anymore and im using the patch to control the nicotine urges but it doesnt help with the rest. i used to smoke when i wanted to eat and the cigarette took away the want of food now with them gone the food cravings and urges are back. can anyone give me some ideas to help? emoticon

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JESSIEJACKS76 9/19/2012 11:30AM

    good job quiting!!

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DDHEART 9/19/2012 10:55AM

    Well everyone else pretty much said what I was going to say so I'll just congratulate you on making this move to eliminate what we know is a negative health's hard, no doubt about it but when you have kicked this you will be so much better for it! Keep sparking, you are surrounded by people who want to see you succeed!!

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ANNE1123 9/17/2012 1:07PM

    I've made beaded bracelets to keep my hands busy. I also did a lot of journaling in the beginning. I never wrote a Dear John letter to my cigarettes, but I have heard this works for french fries so it should work for cigarettes. As for eating, I gave myself permission to be a pig in the beginning. I know you don't want to hear that but I think you can actually stop eating a whole lot faster than you can stop smoking. I can go through a pack of cigarettes and skip meals, but I can't eat a bag of family size chips in one sitting. You stopped three days ago? Cut yourself some slack. Not smoking is better than any over eating you may be doing in the short term. For the first 30 days, just love yourself by not smoking and if that means being a slug or having a pint of Ben & Jerry's so be it. Anything is better than a carton of cancer sticks & coffin nails!
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RICHILA 9/17/2012 12:53PM

    My friends swear by sugarfeee gum and water to help distract them. But, basically you have to change your habits to avoid the cue and reward yourself when you do the right thing.
I really enjoyed this article on changing a habit.

Sorry, it won't let me link.

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PEBBLES706 9/17/2012 10:24AM

    I'm not sure if this will help you or not but when I quit smoking I would chew on plastic coffee stirers. I always had one in my mouth. Especially the hard plastic ones that you can get at a Stewards or 7-11 shop. sometimes with smoking and with food I think it's that "hand to mouth habit" that we have to break. Try it, there are no calories involved and it may help you. Good luck emoticon

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BEANIES_MOM 9/17/2012 9:06AM

    When I first quit smoking only a couple months ago I used water and super strong minty gum. I didn't do the patches cause I can't afford them I just stopped buying cigarettes and it was tough and even now I still want a cigarette every once in a while but I pick up a piece of gum instead. My go to gum is the Stride Spark kinetic mint. emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 9/17/2012 7:48AM

    Congratulations on quitting smoking! What a great thing to do for your health!!!! I think the advice offered by others is great... have you tried sucking on hard candy? Good luck!!! You CAN do this!!!

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08ESCAPE 9/17/2012 7:44AM

    I quit smoking 10 years ago... Try reaching for water instead of food. Also try keeping yourself busy. When I quit I had to change my daily routine to help break the habit of wanting a smoke. You can do it!! emoticon Don't give up on yourself!! emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 9/17/2012 7:34AM

    Gum may help. Take a walk or do something active. Clean out a drawer. Read something. Call someone. I'm hoping one of these suggestions may help. It will get easier the longer you go without a cigarette. Good luck.

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I am staying this time

Friday, September 14, 2012

i have been a member of spark since 2010. i have lost some weight but still have 100 to go. the first time i was doing everything right, then stresses of life really kicked in leaving me with no computer, so i strayed away. when i tried to come back i just wasn't motivated, so again i strayed. this time im back and im staying here! i need the spark and all that its has to offer great people, great teams, great help, wonderful staff etc. im ready to lose this weight and keep it off!

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SEAWILLOW 9/14/2012 12:18PM

    Thank you for an inspirational blog! emoticon

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SUZI219 9/14/2012 10:09AM

    emoticon welcome back (again emoticon ). emoticon stay strong and focused!

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FITMARY 9/14/2012 8:39AM

    Start-over!!! It's so good to get a fresh start. You have new motivation and new energy. I know that you gonna do it this time!
Just keep putting one foot after the other. Those baby steps really help me!

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WELLNESSME09 9/14/2012 7:55AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Good luck to you towards your goals ! emoticon

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I'm back

Friday, May 13, 2011

well with everything that's happened in my life i have so many changes to report. i went through a severe depression for months, my house burned down March 14, 2011. we lived from friend to friend for 2 months we were all spread out so i wasn't with my kids a lot man did i miss them. Every time we tried to get a new place we were turned down because of the fire until late in April a nice man decided to give us a chance. we now have a 3 bedroom apartment to live in. i'm staying there with 2 of my children and the 3rd visits on weekends he's staying with his aunt in order to finish school. 2 of my cats died in the fire and 2 survived. they lived at the vets office for 2 months(huge bill for that) of which one gave birth to 5 kittens 3 weeks ago.
The fire broke out in the kitchen and my daughter was able to escape and get help, my grandson who should have been at the bus stop was still in the house and no one knew it. one of the cats that died woke him up by clawing and screaming at the door which woke him up. he opened the bedroom door to find tons of smoke he ran to the window and opened it and leaned out to breathe and a fireman seen him as well as a police officer and they were able to get him out from the 2nd story bedroom, he had smoke inhalation and went to the hospital for the day. hes doing great now.
Theresa my oldest who always stayed with me is now living with her step-father along with her 2 kids i was made a grandmother again on 4-14-11 a baby boy 21 1/2 in and 8lb 1oz named Kiernan Anthony. hes now a moth old and so cute with strawberry blonde hair.
well as you can see its been a strange few months but in that time i found God. i goto church twice a week, take part in activities through church, take my children and grandson with me to church. the church has become a big part of my life now they even helped with replacing some furniture before i even became saved. so many things are still needed to make this place a home but we will get there eventually.
I try not to think about all that was lost like all my photos of the kids, 2 cats, things my grandmother had given me and made me. the whole house was a total loss, we all lost everything we owned one of the biggest heartbreaks is my 16yr old son lost his entire Lego Star Wars collection of ships. He had been collecting them since he was 6 i told him one day somehow i would replace them all.
the kids are taking the fire pretty hard and they all blame my daughter because they think it was something she did to accidentally start the fire when in fact it was an electrical problem that started it.

whew that's a lot to take in when i reread it. I came through it with God and i will continue to get through everything with Him.

Much Love!

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UP2ME_CC 5/15/2011 1:01PM

    Oh my goodness! You certainly have had more than your share of trials and tribulations, although I can tell that you are fighter and a survivor.
Glad you are back; I too just started back. This must be the month for rebirth.

Stay strong. emoticon

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Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

106 Smoke Free days so far and through everything the depression, the pain, the loneliness I have not given in to temptation!

I am hoping that now that the Holidays are over this sadness in my life will subside. Pray for me my friends I Love You All!

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    Congratulations on your smoke free days that's GREAT!!! You are in my prayers!! Happy New Year and God Bless!!!

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Massive Depression

Monday, November 22, 2010

65 Smoke Free Days!

Dear Friends i have fallen and can't get myself back up. The depression is deepening even with meds. It seems to be getting worse daily I just can't seem to get back up. I have not forgotten any of you but right now i must take care of my mental health.

I Love You All!!!

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TEJAS1291 11/23/2010 7:50PM

  Hi!! I saw from a friends feed that you were overwhelmed with depression,and I wanted to stop by and offer a little encouragement.I am on the Dealing with Depression team too!! There are SOOO many suffering with this right now.Do you have SAD?? Seasonal Affective Disorder,if you are not familiar with it,I can tell you some things that may help and pretty quickly too.The holiday season is always difficult for me,but for some reason this year,I have some issues over Thanksgiving,but that is strictly due to certain circumstances.I think the exercise and the eating right have paid off in a big way for me this year,and I am hoping for many more.I see you have a support system,but consider dropping in on DwD too.We have many members,who come mainly during the Holiday season,due to SAD.If you don't start feeling better soon,talk to your doc about how you feel.Things CAN be done to help you out of the pits. emoticon Donna By the way, congrats on the 65 smoke free days!! You can do it!! I am on 7 months now,after 32 years of being a smoker.

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SANDRA0011 11/23/2010 7:32PM

    Take care of yourself we will be here when you are ready to come back emoticon

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FATROCKSTAR 11/23/2010 7:13PM

    I hope thinks get better soon! Normandy emoticon

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NLS2013 11/23/2010 10:24AM

    Smoke-free for 65 days! Awesome! You can do this. Keep reaching out, too. Depression makes it difficult but it is the very thing we need!


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SPKM45 11/23/2010 10:04AM

    Take the time you need to focus on you. Keep your friends and family close to you, let their love and support embrace you. emoticon

What an awesome job you have done being smoke free! a huge accomplishment. emoticon

Take care and feel better soon!

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DDHEART 11/22/2010 9:35PM

    I hope that time and attention to you needs will help to get you past the worst of this what you need to do to take care of you. Now, a very hearty congrats for what you have accomplished so far with the smoking! I know right now you probably can't appreciate it....but you have done an amazing thing....not easy...lots of people would confirm that...and here you are smoke free for 65 days!!!! I'm proud of you and I think you have the capacity to break out of the depression and accomplish anything you put your mind to. emoticon

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LADYLUNACY 11/22/2010 9:03PM

    You will certainly be missed! But you are right, you need to take care of you first.

66 days of being smoke free is amazing! You are doing fantastic on that front.

I hope you stay safe and feel better as soon as you can.


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WANDAC2013 11/22/2010 8:21PM

    WOOHOO for going 66 days smoke free...been there and it's not easy, but you can do it!!!!

As for the depression, I've been there too....if you find yourself worsening---and it seems you currently do---please talk to your doctor...maybe you need an adjustment in meds or some therapy...just PLEASE take care of yourself! emoticon

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