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Mutiny of the Bootay..

Saturday, November 06, 2010

I'm pretty sure a conversation took place recently, and it went something like this...

[Battalion Cmd. Lt. Col. Brain]
Alright troops, we need to kick our efforts into high gear and secure the loss of further weight in Operation SlimDown. Pass the word and make it happen.

[Capt. Metabolism]
Are you on crack? She quit smoking, and I'm slowing down. There's only so much I can do.

[1st Sgt. Willpower]
Bullcrap. Quit yer whining, Sir, and get with the program.

[Capt. Metabolism]
What was that 1st Sgt?

[1st Sgt. Willpower]
Nothing, Sir.

You get the gist. The Brain may really be in charge, but the Metabolism stands between it and Willpower on making things happen.

I gained a little this week. Nothing major, and I'm not completely off the rails (oh yea, then why am I posting this??) but I am antsy about it.

I've read all the material out there - the average smoker who quits smoking may (usually?) gain between 5-10 lbs. Smoking increases your heartbeat, which increases your metabolism. Not by leaps and bounds of course, but it does have its effect. Also, smoking (for me) always took place outside - whether on breaks at work (I'd walk down 3 flights of stairs to get to the smoking area, then back up 3 flights, 2-3 times a day) or at home (this meant pacing around, usually, just passing time).

I'm active though. More active than I've ever been in my life. I'm hoping this will offset the drop in heartrate and missed opportunities to move even a little. I try to get in a couple of breaks at work, outside, but I'm finding without craving that smoke on break, I'm breezing right by breaktime. Maybe I need to set a reminder in Outlook to get up and MOVE!

I told Bill that if I started gaining significantly, I'd pick up the smokes again to stop it. He gave me The Look, and well.. I changed it to a maybe. I know in the long run I'm doing something very very good, so I won't cave over a few pounds.

There, I put it in writing. That'll make it harder to renege.
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    Congrats on quitting smoking! I should have my husban come comment for you. He'd gladly gain a few pounds to not feel as crappy as he did while smoking! Your body will thank you. :)

    Definately set your outlook to remind you to take breaks!

    Congrats and good luck!
    3867 days ago
  • MRSBENNETT2 don't wanna start smoking again if you gain a few pounds! You've done so well and are so far already on your journey to good health, it would be such a shame to go backwards. You can do it! Maybe you could take the money you would've spent on cigarettes and put it towards something fitness-oriented that would help you with the minor weight gain you might a few sessions with a good personal trainer?

    3868 days ago
    Candy, I quit smoking 8 years ago and I do miss it occasionally but I am here to say that it can be done! You can do it. I believe in you!!!! When I quit I remember I went on a cleaning spree and cleaned everything. I mean everyting. staying busy helped me. I also replaced the time I smoked with a new activity. Like instead of smoking on my lunch, I sat in the room and talked to someone different instead of going outside. Things like that. You can do it!!!xoxoxo Tricia
    P.s.s.s. The dialog cracked me up competely! gave me a much needed laugh. hahaha
    3869 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/8/2010 8:55:07 PM
    OMG Candy, don't ever think that smoking is better than weight gain. Been there, done that. Not fun! Just up your exercise a bit and change it out. You'll be fine and so much more happier in the long run.

    Love your mind conversation!
    3870 days ago
    Congrats to you for setting a goal to quit smoking and to lose weight~ all for a healthier YOU! emoticon

    Transforming your life and changing habits you have had for a while can be a daunting task. I recommend baby steps. Instead of taking that "smoke break" take a mediation break, or do some stretches or I believe there is even a spark video on exercising at your desk by Coach Nicole. Sugar free chewing gum is another way to keep your mouth occupied. I use two different flavors to liven things up. And of course there is always brushing your teeth for that fresh mint feeling is another way to postpone eating or reducing potentially bad food choices. Best of luck to you as you take it one day at a time.
    3870 days ago
  • GAYLEP67
    I like Anne's suggestion of sugarless gum break time. How about setting an Outlook reminder to take your bottle of water for a walk? Take it down and back up the stairs and then drink it! You'll get some movement in and your water too (not that you're lacking in it!).

    You can do it Candy...if anyone can, YOU can!

    3870 days ago
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    I think setting the reminder to get up and move is a good one. And give your body time to adjust. How long have you been off the smokes? It takes time. Do you have a smart phone to access SP while you take those breaks? We can shore you up while you are at work and remind you to not go back there. Trading a few lbs. For the nasty health effects is not worth it, and you know it. Girl, that's the fear talking. Remember, you gotta RAWR! No moving backward here . We 'll figure this out together. Hugs! C
    3871 days ago
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    This was too funny!! I am so proud of you making such an effort at two VERY hard things at once!! Losing weight and quitting smoking at the same time is no easy feat!! I have to say after watching my dad die less than a year ago of lung cancer I REALLY hope you stick to your goal. This big strong man was reduced to skin on bones and crying non stop of the pain. It will be in my head forever! I know you have heard these things a million times so I won't go on but I will certainly be cheering you on!!! I wish you the best on BOTH of your challenges with the scales and the smokes!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3871 days ago
    Hang in there! And work in short exercise stints. I've heard that helps with the cravings!
    PS - I had the back fill problem this week! I think it's cleared through now tho!
    3871 days ago
    First - Love the conversation with your 'others'. Second - Under no circumstances whatsoever are you to pick up another cancer laden tobacco stick. (Want me to tell you how I really feel?) Seriously, you know you are doing the right thing and your body is so happy for it. It will be a period of adjustment but you can do it. If it takes setting reminders to get up and move - DO IT! Set a challenge at work to climb so many steps each day and increase the amount each week. Make your body crave it as much as it once did the cigs. emoticon
    3871 days ago
    So, how about changing your smoke break time to sugarless gum break time? This way you walk the 3 flights up and down. Then pace while you chew.

    I pace when I talk on the phone and lately all my phone buddies, like mom and with dementia and the other is recovering from being hospitalized since June, two old friends one is needed my her ill father and the other is trying to move back to NY and get a job, and then there is my two friend I have here in Mahopac NY, one is a full time teacher and the other is the one with the recovering son I blog about, have gone astray for important and understandable reasons. And the rest of my friends I either text or e-mail mostly. So, I don't pace as much. It is funny you should mention that you stop one bad habit and lost another because of it. Because I thought about how by me talking less on the phone keeps me in my chair or couch more often. Who knew? Maybe I will start talking to the telemarketers!! LOL emoticon With my luck they will also stop calling!!!!!

    Good Luck! emoticon

    Anne emoticon
    3871 days ago
    A good way to raise your metabolism? Lift weights! It will streamline you and get your motor running! Just start small and build gradually.And remember, weight lifting will also help you keep your bones good and strong.

    3871 days ago
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