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I have always been heavy since 9th grade. I had always been in a size 14. (Sometimes they just fit a little more snug!)
Two years ago, I found that I my body was wanting to fit into a size 16. I went on the Adkins Diet and dropped 26 pounds and fit into a size 10 (and some 8's) with no exercise! I enjoyed the Adkins because you never have to starve yourself or go hungry and the pounds just dropped off rapidly every week. But with everything good, there is something bad. The Adkins diet means you can barely ever eat at a public restaraunt with your family, and every time I did, all I could eat was a salad. I'm not a rabbit and I don't like carrots and lettuce. The Adkins diet is also very hard to get started. Because your body is breaking the sugar/carb addiction for the first 48 hours, you have no energy at all and your cravings are very strong. If you cheat on day 7, you start that withdraw process all over.

After stopping the Adkins diet, I gained about 10 pounds back over the next 2 years. Considering I ate my normal cheesesteak subs and milkshakes and Pizza Hut pizza's, 10 pounds over 2 years is nothing!

Then, this past summer, I got fed up with my family and co-workers nagging me about my smoking. I never smoked inside the home and my clothing did not smell of it. I decided to try that Chantix that seems to be the miracle drug for smokers. Everyone told me that they only needed the drug for 5 days up to 2 weeks before they quit smoking. Nobody needed a second month of it and everyone quit smoking! FOUR months of taking Chantix and I was still smoking a half a pack a day from my original one whole pack a day. Meanwhile, the withdrawl symptoms were very strong, my weight gain was terrible and I have had the attitude from hell. I decided that I was going to have to quit smoking and just deal with the rest of the withdrawl symptoms because the pill just wasn't helping.

I quit smoking 6 weeks ago but the cravings were still very frequent and strong. Depressed about my body, I can't go on any depression medications because they will cause me to gain weight!

I have come to the conclusion that I must try to do something about my body if I want to continue being a non-smoker, which is why I joined SparkPeople. I have only been a member for 4 days and I know things will get better with dedication. My first goals are to consume the 8 glasses of water every day and to try to stick to an exercise program, and to at least log every food that I eat. Just keeping track of my food thru the holidays and my Caribbean Cruise next week should keep me from going hog wild. After the holidays, I will kick in the caloric intake goal.

So far, in the first 4 days, I am succeeding at my goal but I am finding myself hungry all day with cravings for chocolate. Thinking about SP thru the day has been a great distraction to my smoking cravings. I would love to eventually trade my smoking addiction for an exercise addiction! But walking 2 miles in 30 minutes yesterday morning in the dark in 25 degrees was very much a forced action. I'm sure it will get easier.

Member Since: 12/2/2007

Fitness Minutes: 3,965

My Goals:
Current goals until New Years:
Drink 8 - 8oz. glasses of water.
Follow the exercise plan on this site.
Keep an honest log of the food I eat.

My Program:
My first goal will be to finish the 8 - 8oz. glasses of water. - Every Day! I have never drank water and my body won't know how to react.

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    Hello. Just wanting to stop by and check in. I have been going up and down with the same 4 pounds for awhile. Time to get going and move it out of the 90's. I hope you are doing well.

    Blessings, Susan

    4149 days ago
    Hi Tammy I see you have lost some more. Great job. How are you doing besides. I hope all is well.

    4176 days ago
    Hi Tammy. Just thought I would drop a line to see how your doing. Look at you go, you are doing great. Keep up the good work.
    4181 days ago
    Hi Tammy, keep loosing those pounds. I want to share with you that I am under 200 now. So keep going so I don't catch you. LOL. Hope all is well with you.

    4198 days ago
    Keep up the good work Tammy!
    4210 days ago
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