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Facing the hurdle I have been avoiding the longest - Choosing not to smoke

Saturday, November 10, 2012

I am ready to face the hurdle of not smoking.

I have been a smoker for almost 30 years. I always dreaded the conversation with the doctor which was always the same. You really need to ... should...or have to quit smoking. At my follow up appointment in October the conversation was still there, but this time it was different. It was "I know you can do this. Look what you have done already." So I set my mind to it and a few weeks ago I picked a date to quit. 11/12/12. This is my birthday and I can't think of a better present to give myself than to end smoking for good.

I made a plan to wean myself and I have been sticking with it. I know this will more than likely stall my weight loss in the short term, but I am OK with that. Per a Spark people article on gaining weight while quitting smoking, I have been lowering my calories to the bottom of my range and upping calories burned. This should keep me close to where I am now as my metabolism adjusts.

I am ready to cross this off of my to do list for a healthy life.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WHISPERINGPINE9 11/24/2012 7:52AM

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SUSANS706 11/18/2012 3:52PM

    You can do this!! I quit cold turkey over 3 years ago, after many, many tries. Yes, I replaced it with food, yes I am still dealing with those pounds. Part of that reason is my age. I so wish I had quit so many years before. I am so happy that I have quit, and have saved over $6000!! according to my quit meter!!! I love working out now, I have even started running a bit!!! The first 3 weeks were the roughest, I really missed smoking. Now I can't not even imagine picking one up!!! The weight can be worked on, quit smoking first!! The very best birthday present you can give yourself!!!!! Happy belated birthday!! Thanks for commenting on my blog.

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DOVEN5 11/12/2012 8:39PM

    You go girl! You can do this!! And also Happy Happy Birthday!

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KLSMOMMY 11/12/2012 11:47AM

    I think this is an amazing choice! I hope you are having a good quit day. emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 11/11/2012 4:36PM

    Look for every article you can find on smoking here on SP. I was a social smoker. Today, I don't see how I could every live a healthy lifestyle smoking! I'm an athlete and runner at 62...and I want to stay that way. Stay strong, focused, and know you're healthier for quitting!

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SPARKABELLA13 11/11/2012 3:50PM

    First of all, Happy ALMOST Birthday! You CAN do this and you HAVE come so far. I can speak first hand. I haven't had a cigarette since Jan. of 2000 -- and to be honest, I can't believe I ever smoked. I certainly have never missed it.

A month after my Dad passeda way, my Mom was in a car accident. The airbag deployed and cracked a few ribs and her xray showed a spot on her left lung. They watched it and it was growing ... and eventually, she had the upper lobe of her left lung removed. She never smoked ... but the rest of us all had at some point or another. When they found that spot on her xray, I quit cold turkey and never smoked again. I didn't even finish the pack I had.

I applaud you ... and will support you, my friend!


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DEBBYFROMMT 11/11/2012 12:02PM

    Excellent choice!

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BEBOP4ME 11/11/2012 7:06AM

    I watched my dear Mom struggle with quitting and although it took her several tries, she eventually did it. Never the less, because of smoking, surviving Polio and radiation for breast cancer, she eventually developed COPD. Her last few years of life were a struggle. So I cheer everytime I hear someone decides to quit smoking. I realize it is so very hard as addictive as it is, but it is such an awesome gift you can give yourself! Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

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LAHUDSONCHEF 11/11/2012 1:03AM

    Excellent! emoticon

And Happy Birthday! emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 11/11/2012 12:46AM

    You are beyond awesome!! You have already accomplished so much in your new healthy lifestyle, and I am confident this will be another amazing feat to add to your list! What a great birthday present to yourself! emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYL1 11/11/2012 12:03AM

  good luck! I am not ready to face that hurdle yet...but intend to soon.

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YOBOELI 11/10/2012 11:50PM

    That is so wonderful for you and it will make you feel better. Good Luck and dont give up you can do this. We are all behind you. Take it one day at a time if that is too long one minute at a time will do. Dont give up on you, because you can do it

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