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Frustration and Venting from an Ex Smoker

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Although it was something I never talked about here on Spark , I was a smoker. It was a bad unhealthy habit and it wasn't something I was proud of. So, after years of talking about quitting, I did quit 6 months ago, actually it was 6 months on April 9th.
While I am glad and proud of myself for quitting, I am frustrated about the weight I have gained since quitting. I had been in maintenance for over a year with no problems keeping that up but after quitting, starting in December I started gaining weight and I have put on 12-15 pounds. I have kept up with my workout schedule and have pretty much stayed in my nutritional ranges . But, I am afraid to get on the scale because it just upsets me.
I don't regret quitting at all but it just seems so unfair that after working so hard to get back in shape and then quitting a bad habit, this happens. I do understand from what I have read and heard that everyone who quits does gain some weight and it usually takes about a year for the metabolism to reset. But, with summer approaching I am a little anxious because I know most of my shorts are not going to fit. Ugh!!
I am just going to keep pushing myself and hoping that this weight comes back off but if anyone has any suggestions or tips or experience with this please let me know. Thanks!

Ok, I am done venting now!

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    You can do this. I know you can. Just remember how much more healthy you are!
    4036 days ago
  • SUNNYH99
    I am so proud of your successfully quitting smoking cigarettes! Nicotine is said to be a paradoxical drug, making it hard to quit: it is a mild stimulant that picks you up when fatigued or overwhelmed, AND a mild sedative that calms you down when your nerves are jangled or you're overstimulated and wired. Needless to say, too much just feels awful, but each cigarette tends to reinforce its psychological associations to feeling better, at least for a while. You can read about this here:

    Just as recovery specialists suggest making no "major changes' in the first year of giving up alcohol or other addictive substances, it seems wise to suggest giving yourself a break now to continue implementing the healthy eating and exercise habits you've been doing so successfully since before quitting cigarettes. All in due time, your body will reward your efforts. The withdrawal has probably bumped up the craving for relief that food tends to promise, if not actually provide.

    emoticon Sunny
    4038 days ago
    I'm still trying to quit and I have heard that too but if you stick with your program, you'll be able to make your scale a friend again...Think about switching your workout more often, along with varying the intensity...Don't give up, summer isn't here yet emoticon
    4038 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/17/2010 10:59:27 PM
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