Post # 1
so bees i need a bit of advice/ tips etc to help me give up smoking, and lose some goddamn weight!!!
i’ve been smoking for almost 8 years now, and i really want to give up, only problem is i cant say i hate smoking:( which i reralise is stupid, but i guess im just so used to it at this stage that i cant see myself giving up, i guess i dont really know how to.
also another issue is my weight, i weighed myself lastnight, im 5′ and 164lbs i realise this isnt much but honestly i just feel like shit all the time, i used to be around the 120mark and i was really fit at that and happy with my body…now, not so much:(
i know being overweight and smoking are bad for my health, but i honestly dont know how to motivate myself to get my ass in gear to actually do something about it.
so any advice/tips? have you been through this before?
if anyone wants to do this with me id be up for it, maybe if ive someone else going through the same thing they might guilt me into doing something
thanks in advance!!:)
Post # 3
My SIL went to the dr. and I think they put her on welbutrin? It was a mild anti depressent and it seems to have helped her. My other SIL did the gum thing like 12 times … this last time it stuck. My Pop brother died from hardening of the lungs and that seemed to cure him of it.
Post # 4
FI keeps teasing me about getting a perscription to stop. he doesnt smoke and i know my habit is kind of annoying so though he is joking im starting to think seriously about it. The thing that scares me about quitting is gaining weight…i always thought two went hand in hand but i think that is because people substitute smoking with food. maybe if we substituted exercise then we could knock out 2 birds with one stone?
Post # 5
wellbutrin didn’t help me quit smoking at all. does your fi smoke? it was much, much easier for me to quit when i had a partner to hold me accountable.
people will tell you to eat candy when you quit smoking, but eat baby carrots instead. they’re sweet and satisfy the oral fixation. keep peppermints around you too.
start exercising. you’ll soon realize how hard it is to exercise while you’re smoking, and that will help motivate you to quit. start doing whatever you can — even if it’s just walking a mile. gradually increase, but stay consistent. it really helps!
good luck! you can totally do this!!!
Post # 6
What about Chantix? My mom went on it when she had to quit and it’s really worked for her. I know nicotine stiffles the appetite, so you’ll just have to combat that with mind over matter. Start exercising, eating a small but healthy breakfast, and get some healthy living magazines (Self, Women’s Health, etc). I find those to be a nice little healthy boost when i read them–it really encourages me.
My mom only quit because she had to have surgery and her doctor said her bones wouldn’t heal unless she quit. She had a hard time with it–not because she cared about her health (very whatever about it) but because she LIKED having a cigarette.
Post # 7
Do you have a buddy you can join a gym with? It really makes all the difference. Most of my friends quit using the patch. It worked for me the first time I quit. I am hoping to stop after the honeymoon. I also love smoking. Bummer that it kills you.
Post # 8
Chantix really helped me. I smoked for about 10 years. I quit on 1/26/08… so coming up on three years! You have to really want to do it and psychologically prepare though. Chantix definitely won’t do all the work for you.
Exercise and quitting go hand in hand. I’m not a regular exerciser, but felt like exercise really helped me during the first few months that I quit.
I would suggest taking a look at quitnet website. Also, there is a book out there, that I think you can get online in PDF called “An Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” It is very short. It’s about quitting cold turkey, but it still helped me reformulate the way I thought about smoking.
Also, I’d look into counseling sessions/support groups. I went to counseling. Lots of hospitals offer these programs for free. Good Luck!
Post # 9
I quit almost 2 yrs ago (crazy!) and I actually lost weight. I started exercising more and really watching what I was eating. I was so scared to gain the weight that I really focused on getting healthy as opposed to really focusing on smoking.
Its not easy. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but it is SO worth it!!! You deserve to be healthy and happy. You can definitely do it!
Post # 10
just a quick update – i stopped smoking 11days ago, YAY!!!!
i know its not that long but i have to say i thought it would be another failed attempt, i guess this time i just got it into my head that i was giving up and thats that, and luckily for me it worked:) so for anyone else whos thinking of giving up, do it!! if i can do it anyone else can:) going from 20 a day to 0 is a pretty huge thing, use whatever helps….i went on the nicorette patch for one week and now im off it completely:)
oh! and i lost 3lbs last week, but i was very srict on myself, this week not so much haha so back to the drawing board again next monday:P
Post # 11
CONGRATS!!! 11 days is huge — you should be so proud of yourself!
keep taking it one day at a time!
Post # 12
11 Days is HUGE! I’m a light smoker – used to smoke a lot more, now I’m down to 2 a day. I’ve promised myself I’m going to quite after the wedding. Deadlines work for me, so hopefully this one will too. Hopefully between now and then I can ween down to 1 a day and eventually only 1 every few days.
Post # 13
When I quit smoking, my doctor put me on Wellbutrin for 4 months. It’s an anti depressant that helps smooth out the rough transition while quitting, and you are not able to drink while taking it, so that removes one tempting situation. It was still hard to quit, but the medication really helped and it takes away a lot of your appetite. I actually lost weight while quitting smoking. It will be a year and a half in July for me.
Post # 15
Wow, Miss Pandy! Congrats! I’ve never smoked, so I have no idea how hard it is, but my friends that have quit have all said it was the hardest thing they’ve ever done. You should be soooo proud of yourself!!!
Post # 16
Congrats on the quitting! I smoked for about 15 years off and on (started in high school because I was super cool). I got down to 2 a day like @MandaMack, then one then said to myself “this is lame, how hard can it be to stop smoking ONE cig a day?” then I stopped completely a few months back. My problem is I loved smoking. Still do, really. It’s still hard whenever something really stressful comes up, my first instinct is to go out and buy a pack of cigarettes. I would quit for a year or two then start up again after a break-up or something like that and each time I started up again it was JUST as hard to quit as the very first time.
So please know that there are going to be times when you are going to have to fight some major cravings down the line. Just stay strong and DON’T start again, even if you tell yourself it’ll be “just this one.” Because it won’t.