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7/6/12 11:38 A

I keep telling myself I will wait until tomorrow or payday or Monday. I just can't seem to drop the food and commit. I am logging my food everyday. I am logging my exercise (what little there is). I just can't commit to doing the necessarily stuff to lose.

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7/6/12 8:15 A

Today was tomorrow yesterday, funny how time can slip away . . ."
Ozzy Osbourne

We have today to treasure. Today is the new day. Don't waste it, be thankful for it. As we rest our heads on our pillows at night, that is when to say, tomorrow is a new day, and we can wake up refreshed and eager to make today better than yesterday. While we are in the presence of Today, don't let a slip-up hold you back from continuing to do good. Do your very best Today, and do not give up!


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7/4/12 2:23 A

I know how frustrating it is when you gain weight after quitting smoking. Ughgg. I've gained 20 pounds in last year since I stopped smoking. Just wanna cry. The thing is tho you should be proud that u quit and pat yourself on the back. Wake up everyday and look in the mirror. Say, "I can do this! I can lose weight and I'm already a beautiful person. I am not my weight.

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7/4/12 2:21 A

I know how frustrating it is when you gain weight after quitting smoking. Ughgg. I've gained 20 pounds in last year since I stopped smoking. Just wanna cry. The thing is tho you should be proud that u quit and pat yourself on the back. Wake up everyday and look in the mirror. Say, "I can do this! I can lose weight and I'm already a beautiful person. I am not my weight.

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6/30/12 9:16 A

One day at a time. Sometimes, one hour at a time.


6/30/12 8:45 A

Yesterday will never come again. Focus on the moments we are blessed with. If tomorrow, next month, next year comes, who do you want to be? Make choices today to be that person.

MAUREENV2 Posts: 3,853
6/30/12 7:28 A

Truer words were never spoken. You can do it today- one day at a time. You inspire me to do it too- today- one day at a time.

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6/29/12 12:01 A

With dedication and determination you will get back on track
You can achieve
One day at a time

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
6/28/12 11:32 P

First, I will say congratulations on not gaining more weight back, especially under the pressures of giving up smoking. Secondly, congratulations on giving up smoking! I have seen loved ones try to quit, and while they've been successful, they have gained far more than 15 pounds.
Another thing you might want to consider, if to not play the "tomorrow" game. You can do something RIGHT NOW. Make today your 'tomorrow'

Hang in there! You can do it!

KARIN1972 Posts: 357
6/28/12 10:32 A

CONGRATULATIONS! Not only for losing weight but also for quitting smoking. And CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN for picking yourself back up - THAT is where it counts the most! Each time we fall down we learn a little more about ourselves - what is working, what is not working, what are the triggers, what can we do different next time? THIS is what causes a continuous flow of improvement and how we better ourselves. If we never fell down we would most likely stay stagnant and never stretch ourselves to do better.

You go girl!

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6/28/12 9:56 A

Stay motivated!

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6/28/12 9:38 A

Don't beat yourself up. We have all felt that way.

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6/28/12 8:54 A

Try not to buy those things that aren't good to snack on and keep a good supply of fresh fruits and ready-to-munch-on veggies---celery with peanut butter and raisins is healthy and it gives you protein. Just keep recording what you eat in your nutrition tracker. Also, the idea of journaling when you crave junk foods is a good idea, as you can possibly find a "trigger" that makes you want to snack.

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6/28/12 7:04 A

That's the best way to approach it.

June 26th was my 5 year anniversary quitting smoking.
I spring cleaned my entire house.
I kept every one of my smoke breaks at work for months - I walked during them and drank water but that gave me my break and I didn't feel at such a loss. It also helped with some of the weight gain since I took up cooking new meals and shopping also! rofl I only gained 20 over all but it was soooo worth it.

What is 20 pounds that you can loose over time compared to the time it adds to your life when you quite smoking? Not to mention the money you save from not buying the cigarettes. That is considerable now days!

I breath better. I feel better. My endurance is so much better. I'm not smoking my money away.

You can do this!!!


6/27/12 5:35 P

Thank you all for being so supportive.I have made the commitment to start journalling during the hours that I usually start over eating at night. I will make an entry as often as I can until I get through the night. I know that when I start seeing results again will be back my wellness mode.

As for today I choose not to over eat.


EMILYB80 Posts: 6
6/27/12 4:01 P

you can do this! I promise you! I bet you always hear about gaining weight when quitting smoking. it doesn't have to be that way! u can make a diff outcome. just stick to sugar free candies . take it 5 mins at a time if you have to. but don't eat from the stress!

i started my weight loss goal 1 month after i quit smoking. I am now down 25 pounds. It was very very difficult but it is possible.

keep up the good work!

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6/27/12 2:53 P

Don't get discouraged. Last year I worked hard and lost 15 lbs. Then in my quest for health and fitness I decided to slowly wean myself off a medication. A known side effect of the meds was increased metabolism/weight loss. So I slowly put on the 15lbs I'd I lost plus 20 more. It is very discouraging. But I have decided that I can do this. And I've been tracking every day - (no skipping) and walking or working out every day and I'm down 11 lbs. It seems like a very long road ahead, but I'm determined. Keep the faith.

JOJO9906 Posts: 13
6/27/12 1:41 P

I was in the same boat as you. I had lost 13 lbs. and then I thought that if I quit smoking I would be able to exercise better and lose more, so I quit. Then, not too long after that, I gained back those 13 lbs. and 10 more on top of that! I was at a loss because I didn't use snacking to replace the smoking...I used exercise. I was told that my metabolism probably slowed because of the lack of nicotine. But I was also told that it was more healthy to be a little heavier but not smoke. I tried everything to take the weight off, but nothing worked. Sadly, I started smoking again because I was that desperate, and still can't get any weight off. I've talked to a lot of people that had weight gain issues after quitting smoking. Don't give up and be like me. Just find something healthy to replace the snacking that is replacing the smoking. Good luck to you!

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6/27/12 1:40 P


Don't beat yourself up because you regained some of the weight. As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". So, instead of telling yourself how bad you are for regaining 15 pounds. Put a positive spin and tell yourself how proud you are of yourself for keeping 40+ pounds off !!! that's a positive !

Quitting smoking isn't easy. but, by doing so, you're going to live a longer more productive life. I'm going to encourage you to do exactly what new members would do. start with some simple changes you can stick with. Don't try to change everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Start with the simple things first. Example, if you haven't been eating your fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you haven't been drinking your water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you haven't been exercising, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

That's how you regain your healthy habits. You start by making simple changes and go from there.

So, give yourself credit for the positive things you do for yourself and don't beat yourself up if you aren't perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

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6/27/12 1:38 P


None of us are failures no matter how many times we have had to restart this journey. We are just learners.

One of the most important lessons I have learned on this journey is that PERFECTION HAS NO ROLE IN LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. I like further add that we cannot allow ourselves this all-or-nothing mentality. In other words, if I don't have an hour to work out in, I won't do anything. Just because I had a not so healthy breakfast or lunch doesn't mean I can't have a healthy dinner. Every minute of every day allows us to make healthy choices!

I hope this helps and I wish you all the best on your own journey to a healthier you!

Coach Nancy

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,185
6/27/12 1:27 P

First, congradulations on two things...losing 54 pounds and quitting smoking.

Your body is adjusting to no tar and nicotine. Whether you eat celery or fast food, your body is still adjusting. Most times, one of those adjustments is weight gain. It's easy for me to say take it with a gain of salt, but do. When I quit (with nicotine patch), I had to change a lot of my habits and routines and build new ones to fill the void that quitting left me with. Also, many people notice their taste of smell and taste improves.

Stick with the exercise. Walk, jog, gym, Tae Bo, whichever is your fancy. For me it is walking. Eating healthier will come.

6/27/12 1:02 P

I started my weight loss journey in June of 2011. Starting at 224 pounds I made it to 170 pounds. In the 90 days ago I quit smoking. That's when it all started to unravel. I have gained 15 pounds back. I am back to my old tricks. When I overeat I keep telling myself I will do better tomorrow. I wake up in the morning disgusted with myself then when evening rolls around this little voice in my head speaks up again. I am so frustrated. One thing I have not given up on is exercise. I walk and/or jog everyday, I go to the gym and I also practice Tae Bo. I am now back in to XL workout wear. I am hoping I can come to sparks in the evening and find some support instead of eating.

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