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Facing the hurdle I have been avoiding the longest - Choosing not to smoke

Saturday, November 10, 2012

I am ready to face the hurdle of not smoking.

I have been a smoker for almost 30 years. I always dreaded the conversation with the doctor which was always the same. You really need to ... should...or have to quit smoking. At my follow up appointment in October the conversation was still there, but this time it was different. It was "I know you can do this. Look what you have done already." So I set my mind to it and a few weeks ago I picked a date to quit. 11/12/12. This is my birthday and I can't think of a better present to give myself than to end smoking for good.

I made a plan to wean myself and I have been sticking with it. I know this will more than likely stall my weight loss in the short term, but I am OK with that. Per a Spark people article on gaining weight while quitting smoking, I have been lowering my calories to the bottom of my range and upping calories burned. This should keep me close to where I am now as my metabolism adjusts.

I am ready to cross this off of my to do list for a healthy life.
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    2277 days ago
  • SUSANS706
    You can do this!! I quit cold turkey over 3 years ago, after many, many tries. Yes, I replaced it with food, yes I am still dealing with those pounds. Part of that reason is my age. I so wish I had quit so many years before. I am so happy that I have quit, and have saved over $6000!! according to my quit meter!!! I love working out now, I have even started running a bit!!! The first 3 weeks were the roughest, I really missed smoking. Now I can't not even imagine picking one up!!! The weight can be worked on, quit smoking first!! The very best birthday present you can give yourself!!!!! Happy belated birthday!! Thanks for commenting on my blog.
    2282 days ago
  • DOVEN5
    You go girl! You can do this!! And also Happy Happy Birthday!
    2288 days ago
    I think this is an amazing choice! I hope you are having a good quit day. emoticon emoticon
    2289 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    Look for every article you can find on smoking here on SP. I was a social smoker. Today, I don't see how I could every live a healthy lifestyle smoking! I'm an athlete and runner at 62...and I want to stay that way. Stay strong, focused, and know you're healthier for quitting!
    2289 days ago
    First of all, Happy ALMOST Birthday! You CAN do this and you HAVE come so far. I can speak first hand. I haven't had a cigarette since Jan. of 2000 -- and to be honest, I can't believe I ever smoked. I certainly have never missed it.

    A month after my Dad passeda way, my Mom was in a car accident. The airbag deployed and cracked a few ribs and her xray showed a spot on her left lung. They watched it and it was growing ... and eventually, she had the upper lobe of her left lung removed. She never smoked ... but the rest of us all had at some point or another. When they found that spot on her xray, I quit cold turkey and never smoked again. I didn't even finish the pack I had.

    I applaud you ... and will support you, my friend!

    2289 days ago
    Excellent choice!
    2290 days ago
    I watched my dear Mom struggle with quitting and although it took her several tries, she eventually did it. Never the less, because of smoking, surviving Polio and radiation for breast cancer, she eventually developed COPD. Her last few years of life were a struggle. So I cheer everytime I hear someone decides to quit smoking. I realize it is so very hard as addictive as it is, but it is such an awesome gift you can give yourself! Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

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    2290 days ago
    Excellent! emoticon

    And Happy Birthday! emoticon
    2290 days ago
    You are beyond awesome!! You have already accomplished so much in your new healthy lifestyle, and I am confident this will be another amazing feat to add to your list! What a great birthday present to yourself! emoticon emoticon
    2290 days ago
    good luck! I am not ready to face that hurdle yet...but intend to soon.
    2290 days ago
    That is so wonderful for you and it will make you feel better. Good Luck and dont give up you can do this. We are all behind you. Take it one day at a time if that is too long one minute at a time will do. Dont give up on you, because you can do it
    2290 days ago
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