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Saturday, January 01, 2011

These numbers have great meaning for me for that is the day I quit smoking. NINE years ago today. And every year thereafter I've vowed to lose weight. I've always been overweight but when I stopped smoking, I gained 50-60 lbs. Have put on a few more since then all to the tune of a whopping 257, I believe I was at last weight-in. That's pretty pathetic being as I'm 5'0" tall... 4'11½" actually. I start, I stop... I lose motivation. And so I start again with a different approach, one focused on motivation.

In my months at another website for quitting smoking, I learned one can never have "just one". In fact, "just one" doesn't exist. The thought comes that this food thing (for me anyway) is an addiction, just like cigarettes are an addiction. Any time I diet for a while and lose it, it's always because I ate something that I shouldn't have. It sets off bells that say "eat me" and I'm off on another eating binge. I believe I need to treat some foods as drugs and just say NO. A little bit isn't better, at least until the addiction is broken. Or is it ever broken??

Monday I get into the serious stuff with food. Exercise can come in 5 minute doses with increasing amounts later.

Wish me success.
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    Sending you good thoughts, Vicki! Hi there, stranger :)
    I definitely hear you on the 'just one' thoughts (and on having gained lots of weight when I quit). That was good for about 40-50 lbs for me, on top of a very sedentary lifestyle. Funny, with smoking - there are a lot of parallels but then there's this important difference that you pointed out.

    3846 days ago
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