First, congratulations on quitting smoking. I know how hard it is to quit, and I also know how easy it is to gain weight after quitting. I, too, have had a weight gain and am having trouble losing. Just remember that you are healthier by quitting, and taking one day at a time to lose weight is important. I have found so many resources on this site and have gotten support from all the great people on the site, even though I am more of a reader of these message boards than I am a writer on them. Good luck in your new journey to a healthy lifestyle.
Pounds lost: 23.0
Fitness Minutes: (225) Posts: 2 3/9/13 10:34 A
MJ thanks for writing to me yes I didn't say how much I have gained because I am very much embarrassed. I know that every one that has sign up for spark people wants to lose weight but like I said I have never been on a diet before and don't know how to go about it. When I meant my husband I was a smoker weighting 125 lb now little over a year I am weighting 162 lb I don't want my husband to know, he says that he loves me no matter what he is just happy that I am not smoking but some times I think that if I was smoking I would lose some of this weight. I have changed my food I do exercise don't drink as much water as they say we should but I do get in about 40 oz. in a day yesterday it was in the 40's so I walk almost 2 miles so what is going on why can't I drop the weight. Last week I got on line and bought three bottles of green coffee bean extract they don't seem to do any thing for me. I could say that I am very depress over this. Thanks for listening to me. Beth
Fitness Minutes: (7,421) Posts: 539 3/7/13 9:27 A
Beth. It sounds like you have bottomed out and are ready to make the necessary changes. You totally nailed the reasons why you gained. Women tend to gain after the age of 40 (menopause is a B****), quitting smoking, and the change in activity levels. Of course there is the other, happier reason. We tend to splurge on food when we are sharing them with people we love and a new relationship is rich ground for doing that.
You don't mention how much weight you gained but whether it is 25, 50, or 100 pounds it is making you unhappy so throw down the gauntlet and take charge! SparkPeople has all the tools. Take the time to set up your fitness and nutrition goals. Set up your own sparkpage and find your team and join in the fun of finding and giving inspiration at the Spark!
Beth go to your start page and get familiar with your food tracker and exercise tracker. They will help you see what you are really doing and where you need to work. It could be you don't know how many calories are in your food, what a portion size is, you could be eating too little, eating too much salt, drinking your calories, the possibilities are endless. The good news is the trackers can break it down in a way that makes sense.
Anyway welcome we are glad you are with us and will help anyway we can.
Objects in the mirror will get thinner than they now appear
MaryAlice from Alvin TX
current weight: 161.5
Fitness Minutes: (225) Posts: 2 3/6/13 11:41 A
Hi all not sure what I am doing or if I am doing it right but I do know that I need help losing weight. All my life I was a skinny girl never had to watch what I eat. Back in Aug of 2011 I meant a man fall into with him, in Oct 2011 I pack up all my belongings and moved down state with him in Jan of 2012 with his help I quit smoking. All my adult life I have worked but since I moved in with him I haven't had to work so you most know where I am going with this. Not working not smoking has put the weight on and I hate it now it is time to lose it and I can't. We got married in Aug of 2012 it was a nice wedding but I felt like a cow. I had to have a seamstress work on my dress two times before the wedding. In Jan of this year my husband went out and bought me a elliptical I am on that five times a week we gave up red meat all we eat is turkey, chicken and a little fish when it is nice out I do go for a walk but after all of this I can't lose weight What am I doing wrong. Two weeks ago I started using the exercise from spark people but still nothing. What do I do I can't deal with this weight gain I don't even like showing my naked body to my husband I get dressed for bed in the bathroom with the door closed and when I first moved in we would shower together but that will not happen until I lose this weight. I feel I have become depressed. Can any one help me. Thank You
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