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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Alright time to pat myself on the back a little, then move on! I made a huge decision to finally stop smoking after 34 years, and on July 19 began that journey. So far, so good and it has been almost 3 weeks now and I am beginning to realize how wonderful it feels to be smoke free! It hasn't all been roses and champagne - but it gets better everyday.

Of course, the biggest deterrent to stopping was the fear of gaining weight. I always intended to lose a few pounds, then stop smoking - that way if there was a weight gain it wouldn't matter as much! Flash forward many years, and I was still making excuses for not quitting. Finally in June this year, the time had come to just do it - no more excuses. This bad habit was killing my joy, eating away at my finances and beginning to effect my health. I was tired of hiding in the back yard, and slinking around like a second class citizen. It was just time!

A few days into my "quit" I quickly realized that a support system was needed and that's when I found SparkPeople! What a great place to find information, support and people that can relate to what you are going through and offer encouragement and positive feedback. emoticon

Anyway, I decided the best approach for me was to focus on the not smoking, eat healthy food and snacks and at least try to maintain my current weight - but not worry about a gain. So far, so good...but it's now time to step it up. From reading other blogs and articles, it seems like the most successful people are the ones that plan, plan, plan - so in the coming week, I'll be setting goals and lay out a plan of attack to begin living healthier!!! Yahoo - I am ready! Finally!
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  • RONI122
    I love love love this! Congrats! Way to go! You got this now!
    1714 days ago
    Congratulations on your success!
    2872 days ago
    Wahoo, look at you rock that quit! I got a lot of support for my quit at Now I spend my spare time here, but you might want to checkout if you haven't already.

    Keep the quit!!!! Look at you go! emoticon

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    2873 days ago
    I'm so glad you made the decision to stop smoking..PLEASE stick with it.. !!! the benefits of not smoking are so worth it..Especially if you ever have to have a major have no idea how it affects you..
    Good luck!!!
    2873 days ago
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