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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

i quit smoking 15 days ago and I have gained 5 lbs. I do not know what to do. Smoke until I lose the weight I want to lose or stay quit and hope I can stop this over eating. emoticonPlease let me hear from my Sparkpeople friends. I so do not want to start gaining this weight back.
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    My sister was pregnant with her first child when she quit... it helped that every time she lit up, she threw up--talk about aversion therapy! LOL She took up crossword puzzles--and every time she got that urge to light up, she'd do one and chew on her pencil instead! LOL Incidentally, she hasn't smoked since, and she had two more (all three are girls) and has twelve grandchildren now! LOL

    I think the whole point of any of these suggestions I've read, is that when you feel you need to have a cigarette, DO something that is going to distract you from the urge. Exercise works. Housework works. A phone call or writing a letter works. Crossword puzzles... LOL

    2116 days ago
    Smoking is a more urgent problem
    but I agrees with the folks who suggest you keep veggies on hand to satisfy.

    Stick with it. It is sooooo important for you
    2117 days ago
    I agree with the previous posters. You can do this. When you feel the need to smoke start chewing some sugarless gum instead. Use water, tea or other no cal things instead of food. I know it is hard but you can do it!
    2117 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I agree with all of the above suggestions.. I chewed on McDonalds straws to quit in the 70's.. no meds or classes to quit back then,, celery, carrots, lots of water,, when I wanted to light up, I jumped up out of that chair and walked around the block,, It worked!! I have been smoke free since 1979.

    2117 days ago
    When I quit smoking six years ago, I had an issue with weight gain the first couple of weeks. I found that I was putting food into my mouth when I would usually be lighting up. I refused to gain weight, so I changed a few things up. I started drinking a glass of water every time I found I wanted to eat. I drank A LOT of water! I also began eating carrots so satisfy the hand to mouth issue.

    Hang in there! They say 21 days makes a new habit, so push through the cravings and negative feelings. You can do this!

    2117 days ago
    Please don't start smoking again.... you will get control of the eating and your lungs are already healthier than they were 15 days ago. When you think you need to eat, drink something... water, hot tea, cold tea and go for a walk... or get out a journal or your computer and write, write, write.
    2117 days ago
    Do not start to smoke again - the health risks are to great. You have made it through 15 days so you know you can do this.

    Find something to keep you busy. Your mind and your hands. Exercise - can't smoke while doing that!

    Try to find healthy food replacements - chew on celery - carrot sticks etc - something that takes a while to eat but has very few calories.

    I know it is difficult - I did it many, many years ago when there wasn't as much help and support out there as there is now. I've seen some stop smoking groups on SP - make sure you join one - get support and get tips from others that have gone through what you are going through now.

    and remember - you can do this and you will do this!
    2117 days ago
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