Monday, February 07, 2011
I posted this thought on a message board today and thought it would make a good blog for me as well
I quit smoking after 30 years on Oct 9th 2009. After speaking to my doctor he told me that quitting smoking was way more important then loosing weight when it came to health matters (that was based on my health)and that he wouldn't worry about my weight until a year after I quit, giving my body time to adjust.
I had wanted to quit for a very long time only the fear of the cravings and all the horror stories you hear from others just made me back off and just dream of quitting instead of trying to.
One day I decided that it was time..I planned a quit date for 3 weeks ahead so I could plan my course of action. I read the easy way to quit smoking (it can be found on line) as well as joining a support group quitnow.com. I joined the chat and the forums all the time I was still smoking. I took what I needed that i felt would help me and left the rest.
To make a long story shorter I quit one week ahead of my quit date, using the theory from what I had read. DOn't fear the crave let it wash over you make it similar to a craving of another sort that you can't have at that moment. I did this cold turkey mind over matter and a little knowledge on how to trick my triggers and how to handle my cravings
It worked for me I believe because I took time to practise my quit first, It honestly was very easy for me. Even now when stressed I don't even crave a smoke!!!
I am taking the same approach with my 100 lb weight loss. I have just started and I realize I have a long road ahead of me but I won't fear it.
As others said food we need to survive without it we can't exist. I also believe each of us has different body chemistry and weight loss will be different for each of us. Most of us aren't doctors or scientists we are just people who eat, we don't understand how stress, calories in calories out, exercise, fat, protein, carbs work on our bodies. I believe if you take your time to learn even just about how these work we will be more ready to accept the challenge and not so quick to be disappointed in ourselves if we take a step back because we will understand that its a learning curve to change our habits from the past to new healthy habits of the present and the future.
I was bummed out yesterday because In two weeks I hadn't lost any weight., but thanks to the support of others here I realized I shouldn't be upset I am doing the right thing and I have made huge changes in my life so how can I be disapointed in that?