Welcome and boy o boy, you have a road ahead of you. I quit smoking 12 years ago and had a relapse when I was taking a drug for 3 months that causes an increase in compulsive behavours and I had to quit all over again. I did it with Ziban as well but for me, I had no bad side effects - when I tried the patch I almost went insane!. Because I have a lot of chronic medical conditions I suffered from depression because of that. Ziban wasn't covered when taken for smoking sessation but when taken as Wellbutrin (exact same drug) for depression, it's covered. I've been on the Ziban/Welbutrin for the 12 years so having to quit the 2nd time wasn't too hard. That's not to say I don't still want a drag but after a few mins. the craving is gone. One of my biggest problems after quitting was I missed putting smokes in my mouth and started putting extra food in my mouth and gained about 30 lbs! Exercise and diet are very important and you really need to do both when you quit the smoking so you won't gain too much weight. I've learned that although I have the same lofty goals as you, I have to set smaller more achievable ones so I won't get frustrated and quit. If you set a smaller goal and achieve it, you can then move on to another level of your goal until you reach the greater one. You might start with a goal to research and get medical assistance to quit smoking while you lose 10 lbs. in 6 weeks, and while you do whatever for exercise. I don't have even an eg. there because I don't know what you are capable of but it could be to walk for 15 mins. a day for a week or a month and then 30 mins for a week or a month or swimming or working out in a gym, etc. Good luck on your journey and check out the various Spark Teams. You can join as many as you want and there are bound to be lots that have something for you.
Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada
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Lost 48 lbs. in 2012 & 13 but gained 30 back!
Pounds lost: 19.2
Fitness Minutes: (21,738) Posts: 2,671 3/2/14 10:26 A
Welcome. After having smoked for 35 years, I quit 15 years ago. It took over 2 years of trying and failing before I finally went on Zyban. I didn't like the side effects of the med but with their support web site and tips I made it. The best tip was to get some cinnamon sticks and inhale through one every time you get a craving just like you were smoking a cigarette. Seems that smokers don't breath deeply unless they have a cigarette to puff on. The cinnamon stick makes you breath. Just taking a few deep breaths helps, too, but not as much as the cinnamon stick. Of course now-a-days there are e-cigarettes that don't have nicotine in them that would give you the same benefit.
The eating healthier and exercising is like the smoking. As long as you don't give up, you'll get there eventually. Little steps add up to big results.
Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habit - Charles Givens
Pounds lost: 9.0
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