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You can lose the weight, quit smoking and reduce the stress in your life! SparkPeople will support you through all of this. First, I found a great smoking cessation website that also has message boards for support:
I've posted the link a few times now because I can not stress enough how much this has helped me quit (after a 16 year, pack a day habit). It really helped me to understand what was happening in my body - why I was feeling depressed, angry, emotional, hungry, dizzy etc. Knowledge is power, once you can recognise what is happening you can do something about it or savour the sensations as temporary feelings associated with clearing your body of nicotine.
I can honestly say that I'm a lot less stressed now that I'm a non-smoker. Think about it. You spend a lot of your day either smoking or thinking about how you will have your next one. If you are shopping, working, on transport or in company and can't smoke you get agitated and anxious. The extra money you will have will also ease your financial burdens. Good nutrition and cutting down on caffeine and sugar will also help you to beat stress. You could try joining teams and challenges such as
The Official Stress Busting Challenge
Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge
The most important thing to know is that all three can be done. You can turn your life around if you want to. PM me any time with any questions you have or even if you just want to let off steam!
Edited by: SKINICOOK at: 9/22/2012 (16:33)
Thanks. I did yoga last night and it helped clear my mind some. I will check out that website. I need all the resources I can to be successful.
Namaste and welcome. It sounds like you need some deep slow cleansing breaths! Do what I call (smoking) air. Inhale as if you're dragging a cigarette but only take in oxygen. These slower deep breaths will ease the tension in your body.
Another suggestion: Picture a blackboard. Picture two lines of words printed on it. Inhale as you read the top line (I AM) and slowly exhale as you read the bottom line (RELAXED) then pause for the period at the end of this statement. Between the two ways to breath you will find relief, I promise you.
And my humble opinion is this. Just stabilize in the 160s. Forget about the last 30 pounds for right now. Enjoy the success you can claim. Some of your stress is self imposed. I know. I used to wind myself up tighter than a coiled spring.
And finally, get the tools and support that nicotine-anonymous.org has to offer. Smoking or not, it's a long range lifesaver. I have 12 years and 10 months nicotine free and am still a very active member.
Edited by: PASSIONATETIGER at: 9/20/2012 (16:53)
With grace and self esteem, honor the Passionate Tiger in You. Refresh your personal high regard (daily) in order to live happy, joyous and free.
I wrote a long complicated introduction on the main introduction page with hopes I could cut and paste it here. Ugh. iPads. I am 38 years old. Lost 80 pounds so far. Struggling with severe stress. Son attempted suicide, diagnosed bipolar 1 can't work, my income is not enough to struggle by and I have a deep seeded belief that I cannot possisibly actually lose this last 30ish pounds and be a normal weight. I have been obese since 18. Weigh 167 now. Up four pounds in two weeks from stress stress stress. Hoping to find some support on sparkpeople. And in top of it all I'm trying unsuccessfully to give up a pack a day habit. Wearing the patch but still sneaking a few a day.