(Closed) Quitting smoking or losing weight — which is harder? Anyone done both?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t smoke anywhere near a pack a day (maybe 1/4 of a pack)– I was able to lose weight for the wedding, but not able to quit smoking.  Hoping I’ll be relaxed and focused enough to quit after the wedding.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Regardless of who has it harder, you both are going to face a challenge of changing your daily routine and habits. My best advice is before you reach your start date is to sit down and make a plan of the changes you want to try and implement and you will make them. For you it may mean packing breakfast and lunch for work. doing your cooking and shopping on sunday so you have all your meals preportioned. buying a subscription to a weightloss tool (WW, Jenny, Myfooddiary.com, etc) for him it maybe buying lollipops in bulk or stashing nicotine gum in his glove box or listing things that will distract him when he feels the urge for a cig.

You both should try exercise to curb the cravings and get healthier. Vow to walk for a half hour each night after dinner and reconnect and share the challenges and positives of making yourselves healthier. Good quote: “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail”

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I quit smoking using Chantix three years ago.  I still think about smoking all the time.  It is very deeply psychologically addicting.  Medications help, but they aren’t magic, you still have to do the work.  There is so much psychological stuff that goes into smoking and being a smoker.  I really had to reformulate the way I thought about cigarettes and even life, to some extent.  It’s possible that people who are emotional eaters could have similar issues with food… I don’t know.  But quitting smoking is the hardest thing I have ever had to do.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve quit smoking and lost 40 lbs.. and quiting smoking was definately harder. I quit smoking about three years ago and I still crave smokes when I’m bored or stressed.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’ve done both… quit smoking & lost like 30 lbs.  They’re both hard, but I feel like they’re harder in different ways.  I’ve known people that have had lots of success with Chantix, but don’t have any personal experience with it.

I definitely like the idea of doing something physical together… both because it’ll help you, and it will encourage him to stop smoking.  (It’s a lot harder to jog a mile if you’re smoking every day)  What about C25k?  It’s a great way to get both of your bodies worked up to good cardiovascular excersise.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

quitting smoking was much, much harder than losing weight for me. he will be cranky and craving a lot of sweets, which might make you cranky and wanting the sweets too.

i used wellbutrin but it wasn’t super helpful; i basically did it cold turkey. it’s great to have a support system — i wasn’t able to quit until i quit with my fi. to limit the sweets, he should start eating a lot of baby carrots and hard candies — those saved me while i was quitting.

he will continue to crave a cigarette every once in awhile, but i don’t know how long it will last. for me, it’s been 2 years and i still have a few cravings; it might be a lifelong thing. with support though, it’s possible to ignore the craving.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Neva: This may be different than most smokers, because I was more of a casual smoker for about 3 years. Although, I unknowingly smoked some reeeeally old, stale, OLD. cigarettes. They made me INCREDIBLY ill, and now, I can’t even stand the smell of smoke. I can be around it, and it doesn’t bother me as far as “wanting it” but, I dont’ want to be around it, because the smell makes me want to vomit.

Soo…. maybe if something like that happened to your hubby, he’d forever be grossed out by them! heh. But, Honestly, I am NO expert and was never “addicted” to smoking.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

First of all kudos to both of you for deciding to make such positive life changes.  I was a smoker for about 7 years and it took several tries to make quitting stick.  I honestly think (although, I have never had more than maybe 10 pounds to lose) that losing weight may be harder.  With smoking, the craving went away for me after a couple of months, but food will always be around and you will always have to eat.  There is no quitting food cold turkey LOL.  I believe that both are achievable and with determination you will both be healthier and happier!  Good Luck

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

So about 3 years ago I decided to change my life.. I don’t know if I ever actually shared this on here before, but I used to weigh 327lbs. I also smoked a pack (and more on Friday and Saturday nights) a day. I started with cutting out smoking first. I did it with chantix.  Then I began to excercise and diet and ended up losing 145lbs in about 2 years. They were both extremely hard. I have gained back a little bit of the weight and still struggle with it (in the middle of the 30 day shred :), but I can honestly say that every single day after every single meal I still want to smoke. I actually miss smoking a ton.  So it’s been harder to keep from smoking than to keep from eating IMO.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve done both and to me it’s kind of apples and oranges.  Smoking was a lot harder for the first couple of weeks, but then got easier.  Losing weight and keeping it off is more of a lifetime struggle.  I can lose 10 pounds, gain 3 back and not get thrown off course but with smoking it’s more of an all of nothing proposition, which makes it harder.  But in a way losing weight is harder because there is always going to be food around.  

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Neva: I just noticed your question about a former smoker being in the same mental place as a non-smoker.  For me I usually don’t have a problem being around people that smoke.  My best friend smokes and I’ll stand outside with her while she’s smoking, ride in her car with her, no problem.  However, if I’m quite a few drinks in a cigarette sounds really good sometimes.  And I know some people will say this means I haven’t quit but maybe 3 times a year I will smoke a cigarette when I’m drinking.  I usually don’t finish it because it makes me feel lightheaded and gross though. 

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Neva

My entire family and a lot of my friends smoke.  I can be around them.  I like the smell of a burning cig, but the smell that sticks on your clothes actually repulses me.  I didn’t realize how awful it was while I was smoking.  But I don’t think most ex-smokers will ever be like non-smokers.  You still sort of want to smoke, you still associate smoking with certain things…the psychological stuff is still there.  I don’t think I will ever think about cigs the way someone who never smoked does.

There is a book that is available on the web (quick, quick read) called An Easy Way to Stop Smoking.  It’s geared toward people who quit cold turkey, but it really, really helped me even tho I used Chantix.  I also used quitnet website and went to counseling.  Lots of hospitals etc. offer it for free.

EDIT- I couldn’t be around my fam and friends at first.  I didn’t want to chance it.  I also didnt drink alcohol or coffee for two weeks. I also can’t say I ate more, but I ate a lot of sugar free popsicles.  I did gain 5 pounds, but I think that’s just b/c smoking speeds your metabolism.  This should be good for you guys.  Exercise is important when you quit smoking.  When I quit, I wasn’t a regular exerciser, but still found it helped.  You guys can do this together.

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