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TreepeoSep 24, 2017 @ 1:02 PM
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Hi Smobered Up,
 
Yes, I weighed myself today and yikes, I have put on way more weight than I thought I had.  But oh well.  Today my journey to lose some weight begins.
 
I never buy pop at home, but I find it does come with value meals at so many fast food places.  So I am going to cut it out completely.  I am also going to cut out alcohol.  Those two things alone should make a difference.  I am also going to bump up my intake of veggies and fruit.  I have a healthy appetite, I always have, and I love my meat and potatoes.  So realistically, that is never going to change.  But that's okay.  I might try eating some raw veggies or fruit just before my dinner, so that I can reduce my portion sizes.  
 
I'm so glad you suggested this lb a week plan, Smobered Up.  Now that I feel confident in my quit, I am ready for a new challenge.  And while I can now climb stairs without getting breathless, the extra weight I am carrying can make me feel sluggish.  So I really need to address this issue. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 269
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,725
Amount Saved: $807.00
Life Gained:
Days: 37 Hrs: 3 Mins: 1 Seconds: 31

Smobered UpSep 24, 2017 @ 9:27 AM
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Good morning all
 
It's check in day for some of us who are ready to take on a different challenge. This week a had no thoughts of smoking so I'm pretty sure I'm ready for this.  As a matter of fact, this site reminds me that I am now a non smoker and reinforces my resolve to remain so.  
I have read through the threads and see that there are many who are in a good place with their quits and I am sure it is because they are sharing their journeys being supported and in support of others.  
I call this weight gain  from quitting smoking a "side effect" that will go away just as the craves did with my quit. LOL  Well the food cravings are in check now , so hopefully some adjustments to lifestyle will slowly bring us back to an even healthier state.  Quitting smoking has given me the ability to attack life with a renewed strength and perseverance.  For the first time in many years, I can tackle a set of stairs without stopping half way up to catch my breath.  I can walk and ride my bike and talk and chew gum all at the same time now LMAO......it may not seem like much to most of you, but for me it is nothing short of a miracle. I am convinced that I have extended my life expectancy by a lot more than what my meter says.   I am convinced that if I had continued my steady diet of 50 cigarettes a day, that I would indeed be dead now.   
Nuff said.......
Today I am reporting a weight drop of 1.2 lbs.  yahooody!!!
I have increased my dog walking time to 1/2 hour
I have eliminated white flour products  in exchange for whole grain stuff.  There's lot's of good wholegrain stuff out there including whole grain pasta. yum.
I did not monitor my intake so that's not bad for minimum effort.  This week, sugar is my target.  No sugar in coffee or added to cereal, blah blah blah.  
 
I bought a pedometer that also measure calories burned.  I don't know how accurate it is but it is psychological reinforcement to my cause. 
 
Treepeo and other members, welcoming any input and comments from you about anything.  
 
Your quitter pal,
Smobered Up ....soon to be "Lightened Up".
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety. 
 
 
 
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 344
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,600
Amount Saved: $3,870.00
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 18

The buck stops HERE!

Smobered UpSep 19, 2017 @ 7:57 PM
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Hi Treepeo....
 
Glad that you have a scale now.  You can make yourself a "lose meter" in a notebook and watch the "pounds off"  add up.  Just like watching our smoke free days add up........
 
I so agree with making certain that one's quit is secure before they join this thread.  As I refresher, I am copy and pasting those words......just as a reminder.
 
I strongly recommend that if you don't have a good handle on your quit to wait until you do.  You must protect your quit with every bit of strength and resolve that you have. You don't need the distraction and more self denial of a diet.  However, you are more than welcome to share your point of view and any handy, dandy tips that you may have for those of us who are on this mission.
 
Looking forward to more pledgers getting on board because that would mean a confident lot of non smokers are on a new mission.  It also keeps us on this site to remain supportive for all those who are just starting their "quit smoking" journey.  I call this multi-tasking for  the benefit of everyone. LOL  See you Sunday or sooner.  This is a less intense thread because we are feeling empowered about our quits.
 
Your quitter and loser pal,
 
Smobered Up....soon to be Lightened Up.
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.
 
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 339
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,475
Amount Saved: $3,813.75
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 4 Mins: 57 Seconds: 31

The buck stops HERE!

TreepeoSep 19, 2017 @ 6:58 PM
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Hi Smobered Up,
 
Thank you so much for posting those charts, because I really had no idea what range of weight I should be aiming for.  Now I know.  Also, I bought a scale today.  So that we're on the same page, I will wait and weigh myself on Sunday, and then each Sunday thereafter.  And we can either celebrate, or commiserate, with each other, depending on how it goes from week to week.  So this week is a freebie for me.
 
I think that Paul raised some really valid points.  People have to have a firm grip on their quit smoking routine before trying to change anything else.  And other changes, like quitting alcohol, can also have an effect on how we feel.  That's important to remember, because sometimes we try to rush things in our newfound attempt to get healthier, and then we blow it for ourselves. 
 
Now that I truly act and feel like a non-smoker, I am ready to tackle the extra pounds I have put on.  Next week, I am going to try an experiment.  I am going to cut out all pop drinks, and also alcohol, and see if that makes an immediate difference.  And |I am going to try to start bumping up my veggies and fruit intake.  We'll see how it goes.
 
I have to say, I'm excited about this.  Another challenge - woohoo! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 264
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,600
Amount Saved: $792.00
Life Gained:
Days: 36 Hrs: 11 Mins: 19 Seconds: 23

Paul, Quit CoachSep 19, 2017 @ 2:59 PM
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Good afternoon everyone and thank you Smobered. It is so great to see you back in our community and posting again.  

It's also nice to see you setting realistic goals. That's important for all of us, and in everything we do. We would encourage all of you to consider a few things in regards to weight loss and quitting tobacco:

A. Quitting does not need to result in weight gain for everyone but most smokers who quit gain a few pounds and usually lose some if not all of it after a few months. People who are able to exercise as part of their quit plan might be pleasantly surprised by their results.

B. From a health standpoint: it is best to concentrate on your smoking and deal with the weight issue later. Focus on quitting and staying smoke-free and take small steps to help manage your weight when you are ready (Eat Right ON, Smoking and Nutrition, 2017).

C. You can consult with your health care professional for additional support around making more than one behavioural change at a time (ie. dieting). Note: Your withdrawal might not all be related to cutting back or quitting smoking if you have made another behavioural change at the same time.

D. If dieting/fasting from food or quitting coffee/alcohol at the same time, be aware that you might experience more heightened withdrawal symptoms. It is not advised to stop more than one behavioural change at a time unless under the direction of health care professional/doctor advice.

Have a great smoke free day Smobered, and the same goes for everyone out there.

Paul

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Smobered UpSep 19, 2017 @ 1:46 PM
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Hi pound pledgers......here is my first visual aid for anybody thinking about signing on for this challenge.  I am posting a weight chart that has realistic numbers. For example, the weight chart in my dr's office shows that I should weigh no more than 121 lbs.  As an adult, I have NEVER weighed 121 lbs but have weighed at my best 135 lbs.  What a difference a frame makes.......put that to music, because it was music to my ears when I see that ideally, I can shoot for a more realistic goal for a person with a LARGE FRAME of up to143 lbs. .  At this point though, I am baby stepping with a commitment of 1 lb per week for 30 weeks and if I pull that off, I will shoot for the ideal.
Hope you find these helpful.......I've copied and pasted these in my documents for easy access later down the road for when this thread has hundreds of quitters who have aced their quit and want to shed some of excess baggage that they acquired on their journey to smobriety. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stay Smober!


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 339
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,475
Amount Saved: $3,813.75
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 4 Mins: 11 Seconds: 28

The buck stops HERE!

Efram, ModeratorSep 17, 2017 @ 9:02 PM
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Hi All,

Thank you to Smobered Up for the bump! It's great to see you back here, and congrats on nearly 1 year smoke-free! Glad that you're ready to take on the next challenge! There are definitely some skills you can learn from quitting smoking that can be applied to getting healthier in other ways. 

Treepeo, nice perspective: "everything takes time." There's no quick way to make lifestyle changes that actually stick. I'm sure the weight will come off too: having the lung capacity to climb a flight of stairs can only help! 

I'd be remiss now if I didn't give a quick Run to Quit reminder: registration for our Fall Training Programs is open until the end of September! If you're interested in learning to replace the unhealthy habit of smoking with the healthier habit of running (or walking), please click on the Run to Quit link on the SHO homepage! 

Regards,
Efram

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TreepeoSep 17, 2017 @ 8:55 PM
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Hi Smobered Up,
 
I don't think you are being wimpy at all.  I have always heard that it is much better to lose weight slowly.  That way, you are more likely to keep it off.  So I think you have come up with a great plan.  And it is better to do something, than nothing at all.
 
I don't have a scale because I have never been in the habit of weighing myself.  But I will buy one when I get a chance, and will join you on this journey.  Just like when I quit smoking, I think we are stronger when we stand together.  And I am ready for another challenge. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 263
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,575
Amount Saved: $789.00
Life Gained:
Days: 36 Hrs: 4 Mins: 59 Seconds: 7

Smobered UpSep 17, 2017 @ 3:36 PM
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Hi Treepeo and Pound Pledgers, whoever you are! 
 
I am starting a new health regimen today and have weighed in and started a journal to keep track of my progress.  I call it my Lose Meter. LOL  My goal is to lose 30 lbs in 30 weeks........I know .......I'm being wimpy......but I also know this.  If I exceed my expectations, well then, it's a bonus. If I don't make it one week......it's only a pound and not worth throwing myself off a scale and eating  a banana split because I'm a failure. I am also pledging to increase my doggy walk to 1/2 hour a day and to squeeze in an extra Tai Chi class here and there when time permits. 
 
So there is my commitment to myself and I hope that I have the same success that I have finally had with my quit.  I feel empowered now that I am approaching a year of smobriety.    
 
Anybody out there want to commit to their good health by pledging a pound this week?  One week at time......no pressure here.  It's just nice to have company when one is on a longish journey.  
 
My weigh ins and check ins are Sunday.  If you decide to join in....you can choose any check in day you want. 
 
I strongly recommend that if you don't have a good handle on your quit to wait until you do.  You must protect your quit with every bit of strength and resolve that you have. You don't need the distraction and more self denial of a diet.  However, you are more than welcome to share your point of view and any handy, dandy tips that you may have for those of us who are on this mission. 
 
Talk soon! 
 
 
Your loser pal,
 Smobered Up. (soon to be "Lightened Up")
 
I am and addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety. 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 337
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,425
Amount Saved: $3,791.25
Life Gained:
Days: 41 Hrs: 22 Mins: 27 Seconds: 42

The buck stops HERE!

Smobered UpSep 15, 2017 @ 2:08 PM
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Hi Treepeo!
Nice to meet you too!  Thanks for the encouraging words.  I'm currently working on a low glycemic diet plan.  No, I'm not diabetic, but my research tells me that sugar and white flour are the enemy of good health.  I'll post some links once i get organized and sort out the best ones.
Need to start walking again too.   I do Tai Chi a couple of times a week and that has helped me immeasurably.  If anyone wants info about classes in your area, let me know.  I'd be happy to share any info. 
 
 
Your quitter pal,
Smobered Up.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2013
Smoke-Free Days: 1431
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 35,775
Amount Saved: $16,098.75
Life Gained:
Days: 177 Hrs: 17 Mins: 38 Seconds: 39

The buck stops HERE!

TreepeoSep 14, 2017 @ 11:04 PM
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Hi Smobered Up,
 
Nice to meet you, and good for you for quitting again!  That's great!
 
I quit about 8 months ago and have now put on some unwanted weight.  But I am not going to worry about it, because I would rather have a pot belly than smoke.  And I'm sure the weight will come off eventually.  Everything takes time.
 
Since I quit, I am not gasping for air when I do a flight of stairs, which is truly amazing.  I have lost my smoker's cough, and now cough for normal reasons.  And I found that I breathed easier during the really hot, humid days of summer.  Those reasons alone are enough to keep me on the straight and narrow! 
 
You made the right decision to quit again, Smobered Up, especially as you now have to use an inhaler.  We can't get rid of our COPD but at least by quitting smoking, we are giving ourselves a fighting chance, and not making it worse.
 
If I figure out a good way to lose some weight, I'll let you know. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 260
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,500
Amount Saved: $780.00
Life Gained:
Days: 35 Hrs: 19 Mins: 22 Seconds: 10

Smobered UpSep 14, 2017 @ 10:12 PM
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Hi Mamamia......not sure if you remember me but I was one of the originals for this pound pledge program.  I looked at my stats and saw that I haven't been here for a long time......The bad news is, I started to smoke again about 2 1/2 years ago because of all the weight that I had gained.....the good news is I lost 53 lbs........the bad news is I had several episodes of what I thought was asthma......good news is it wasn't......bad news is that my COPD had worsenend and the doc said time to go on inhaler and quit or I am going to continually go downhill until I gasp my last breath.......good news is I actually QUIT Oct 15/16 and have been smoke free for almost one year.  The bad news is that I have regained 49 lbs.  Ughhhh.  Anywy, I have had some wild cravings of late so I've decided to come back and get some inspiration to stay clean and smober.  It's been so long that I can't find any of my old threads so looks like I'm going to start fresh.  I fixed my stats and will take re-introduce myself on the other threads.  Looking forward to bumping into some of my old friends here.  I don't see very many familiar names anymore but that could be a good sign.  See ya soon......I'll be pledging and sharing on this thread as I continue my smoke free journey and start my new weigh loss journey.. 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/23/2013
Smoke-Free Days: 1423
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 35,575
Amount Saved: $16,008.75
Life Gained:
Days: 176 Hrs: 15 Mins: 49 Seconds: 55

The buck stops HERE!

Jennifer, Quit CoachJun 06, 2016 @ 7:32 PM
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bump for Kay2 .... Hi Kay - while not that active at this time - there is some great info here!



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doneitNov 08, 2015 @ 6:42 AM
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Mia, good morning, If you find that sleeping is hard ...go outside...at five am. At Latitude 45 degrees, if you look up to the south right you can see .. the moon, right to it is Venus the brighter one and right to that is mars. if you look to the east you will see the constellation of Orion, upside down, the three stars in the middle are Orion's belt. Neat eh? I learned to navigate with the stars, before we had GPS. Take care of you, believe in your self experience life. keep the quit, enjoy.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 7/22/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 109
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 2,725
Amount Saved: $1,117.25
Life Gained:
Days: 20 Hrs: 20 Mins: 23 Seconds: 22

life, love and luck

doneitNov 08, 2015 @ 5:50 AM
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Mia, it is called "the best recipes ever" from Canadian Living, on cbc or on the web, I prefer to watch Kari do it as it shows how to do it much better than a recipe sheet, to see how it is done, works for me and she is attractive too for an old man like me:) eat well all the meals they do are proven to be great, I know I prepared many with success, awesome meals. err.. yeah keep the quit, you are doing well not smoking now you can taste these meals. try them, enjoy them, my gift to you. take care and keep on helping, it is cathartic to help others when you are down, I know, I am very down, but I need and feel it too.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 7/22/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 109
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 2,725
Amount Saved: $1,117.25
Life Gained:
Days: 20 Hrs: 20 Mins: 13 Seconds: 27

life, love and luck

mamamiaNov 07, 2015 @ 5:44 PM
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I spent a lot of time here in the pound pledge and I have done so well for myself i am almost at my goal weight !!!
 
You are right doneit, some fat is needed and good for you !! I followed a high proteins low carb diet and it worked great for me ,,, that looks like a good recipe donit and I will check out CBC for sure !!
 
The weight gain we experience with quitting is often cause by a drop in metabolism but also we tend to replace the hand to mouth with bad food choices, the good news most quitters have reported the the gain was temporary and have lost the gain 
 
All the best everyone and never let the fear of weight stop you from quitting 
 
Mia


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/22/2011
Smoke-Free Days: 1416
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 19,824
Amount Saved: $8,722.56
Life Gained:
Days: 154 Hrs: 13 Mins: 16 Seconds: 49

moving forward one day at a time

doneitNov 07, 2015 @ 2:41 PM
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Hi again, Do not buy low fat things, it is full of sugar, check the labels, fat is good for you, good for the brain and tastes better. sugar is not good for you. Bacon is good, pork and chicken fat is good, sugar is not, use stevia sweetener. I can help you.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 7/22/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 108
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 2,700
Amount Saved: $1,107.00
Life Gained:
Days: 20 Hrs: 17 Mins: 20 Seconds: 7

life, love and luck

doneitNov 07, 2015 @ 1:19 PM
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Hi everyone, ...I hope that I am not doing any thing wrong but I had a wonderful meal idea from the best recipes ever on CBC and you can look them up on line too. I know I can not give you a link here but here goes... one can of kidney beans, one can of flaked tuna in water, drain the beans and tuna, three cloves of diced garlic, cucumber diced, one cup of frozen corn, mixed together. Make a separate bowl of olive oil half a cup, add two table spoons of sesame oil, half teaspoon of cumin, quarter to one cup lemon juice, pinch of pepper and salt, and fresh mint leaves a good helping of it. stir in the liquids on the rest and let it marinate for a couple of hours in the refig...it is wonderful, cool and very healthy and filling, I made it yesterday and my wife loved it...it is the sesame oil and garlic that gives it a taste and it is full of protein and no fats. check out the best recipes ever on the web or on CBC each week day. take care be healthy.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 7/22/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 108
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 2,700
Amount Saved: $1,107.00
Life Gained:
Days: 20 Hrs: 17 Mins: 4 Seconds: 24

life, love and luck

Paul, Quit CoachNov 07, 2015 @ 12:50 PM
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Hi everyone,
 
This long-time thread has been very helpful and has been a tremendous source of inspiration for many people who are trying to keep the weight off, especially after they quit smoking.
 
Please take some time, read through it, and add any ideas or thoughts you might have in this regard.
 
Here is a recipe from back in February. Although it was part of a Valentine's 'heart' issue, we can never spend too much time protecting our hearts and bodies. Being smoke free is the most important part, at least to begin our back to good health 'journey'. 

[EDIT] It seems like you need to click on the 'Your Heart' tab for the recipe to display, as it automatically lands on another landing page.
 
 
Have a great smoke free day.
Paul

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mamamiaSep 11, 2015 @ 12:17 AM
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Hi Jeyan ,  I really should be sleeping a this time ,  my mind is in overdrive , i thought about this last message you wrote while i was at work tonight and i repeated it to myself  "I know that I will never smoke again!!! I want to live a healthier life!!! Nothing can replace this!!"  thanks for the help , the encouragement and support on top of everything the last thing i need would be to smoke again ,,,
Check your inbox , i'll send you a message if i can get in there ,, thanks
 
petityaya ,,, yup the metabolism apparently does slow down ,,, mine took a double dip when i quit , i quit smoking and drinking coffee , it is no wonder my body went for one heck of a roller coaster ride ,,, 
 
I am following a high protein low carb diet and it sure works great ,,, blew it out of he waters this week with a lot of binge eating ,, but i will get back on track next week ,,, looking forward to Saturday going to take a road trip get away for a bit , first week of school is all done and my son seems very happy with all his classes and teachers ,,,
 
Night all ...Mia


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/22/2011
Smoke-Free Days: 1359
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 19,026
Amount Saved: $8,371.44
Life Gained:
Days: 148 Hrs: 6 Mins: 8 Seconds: 22

moving forward one day at a time

JeyanSep 10, 2015 @ 1:13 PM
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Hi Mia,
 
Some great attitude from you through this tough time.  I too have gone through these in the past year, and I am still hanging in there...  I know that I will never smoke again!!! I want to live a healthier life!!! Nothing can replace this!!
 
Hang in there!!! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/16/2014
Smoke-Free Days: 298
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 2,980
Amount Saved: $1,788.00
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 7 Mins: 39 Seconds: 11

petityayaSep 10, 2015 @ 11:20 AM
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Good morning Mia ~
Yes, I have been noticing that activity is much easier now that I am breathing more freely. I went for a long walk yesterday and, despite the heat and humidity, I felt great. What an awesome feeling!
I feel as though I have gained a couple of pounds, mainly feeling bloated/puffy. I am not going to concern myself with this for the time being, as my metabolism is likely slowing down at the moment. It is far more important for me to focus on remaining smoke-free! 
Have a beautiful smoke-free day, my friend.
petityaya  


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/4/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 37
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 740
Amount Saved: $74.00
Life Gained:
Days: 5 Hrs: 3 Mins: 47 Seconds: 41

mamamiaSep 10, 2015 @ 10:31 AM
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Thank you Jeyan I needed that this morning thank you ,, good to see you here and doing so well ,, only two months left till you celebrate your one year smoke free ,, proud of you buddy !!! I probably gained a few yesterday , got some tough news to deal with on top of dealing with my oldest who's going through separation and my little sister who's having a meltdown ,, comfort foods are good for the taste but ........ life sure can be unfair ,,, but i guess better food then a cigarette for now ,,,,,
 
Wendy thank you ,, not many left in my life from the times we all connected here a few years back , but you my darlin are a keeper , thanks for your love and support ,,, friends always and BTW you to will be celebrating in November !!!!!!!! not only were we able to keep the weight down but we kept the quit 
 
Sparky that old bike of yours took us on some pretty bumping trails , we rode bikes like pros without hesitation , we traveled many paths that many would not even think of taking , but mine needs new wheels, and new paths to be found maybe not this year but i will be riding again ,, i hope the old bike doesn't let you down , because once broken often can't be fixed...
 
petityaya , i read some place on here you did get a new bike ,, i bet you will notice how much easier it is to ride with stronger lungs ,,, Not everyone gains weight from quitting , looks like you may be a lucky one ,,, exercises are good regardless 
 
to all who fear quitting in case of weight gain , i have said it before and i will say it again ,, your health is worth it the weight will go away ,,, 
 
All the best to everyone ,,  love Mia


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/22/2011
Smoke-Free Days: 1358
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 19,012
Amount Saved: $8,365.28
Life Gained:
Days: 148 Hrs: 4 Mins: 38 Seconds: 19

moving forward one day at a time

JeyanSep 10, 2015 @ 9:09 AM
Posts: 511
Joined: Nov 24, 2014 (9:56 AM)

Age: 39
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Working
Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
Congrats Mia!!! Keep up the great work!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/16/2014
Smoke-Free Days: 298
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 2,980
Amount Saved: $1,788.00
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 7 Mins: 4 Seconds: 37

WavylocksSep 09, 2015 @ 7:22 AM
Posts: 1839
Joined: Nov 08, 2012 (10:16 AM)

Age: 55
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: florist
Hobbies: gardening, Zumba, walking my dog, grooming my cats
Just dropped in to say hello and see if there was any celebrations that I would like to be a part of when I noticed my BFF Mia posted her fantastic weight loss of 61 pounds!!  Once again you are a inspiration to me my friend,,, proving that you have determination beyond what is "normal",,,You possess a wonderful gift,,,!!!!!!!!   I am so proud of you and grateful that you are in my life as a dear friend, support and motivator! [[Let me know when you make your first million!!!!!]] 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/1/2012
Smoke-Free Days: 1042
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 20,840
Amount Saved: $10,003.20
Life Gained:
Days: 127 Hrs: 3 Mins: 50 Seconds: 55

Breathe,,,,

sparky2Sep 08, 2015 @ 1:23 PM
Posts: 4226
Joined: Aug 15, 2011 (8:38 AM)

Age: 59
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Being a child of the universe and exploring what it has to offer
Hobbies: Travelling, music, writing, being outdoors and giving a hand up to someone who is down
Before going to buy a bike one has to stop and look at what they intend to use the bike for. Is it mostly for city riding on bike paths or streets or do you need a heavy duty mountain bike for crashing through the bush. If you first identity what you need then it makes it easier to shop. Just don't let yourself be talked into buying a bunch of stuff you don't need or will never use. Doing some research first really helps when you hit the marketplace. I still ride my old 30 year old 12 speed touring bike and friends say you need a new one but I find it suits my needs just fine.
 
 Also check Kijiji and sights like that as you would be surprised at the number of bikes, many rarely used as people buy them thinking they will get in shape and then never use them. I bought one for my daughter last year at a garage sale which was really cheap and needed a bit of repair but was basically brand new.  
 
 I know many of us think if I quit I will gain weight and I would be lying if I were to say this is not the case. Most people do gain weight when they start and some even end their quit over the fact they have gained. Yes both being overweight and smoking can cause health issues but now that I have quit I would rather carry a few extra pounds then to be smoking again.
 
 Also the weight gain is within your control.  At first it may take some time to get active again. I know for me the first four months I did not change my lifestyle that much as I was doing all I could to secure my quit. I then got active again and as mentioned I was able to lose 40 lbs. It did not happen overnight but with time and staying focused I did lose little by little.
 
 I have said this before and that is you can choose to stop smoking and to lose weight or you can keep smoking and increase your chance at getting cancer. You have a very good possibility of losing weight with the latter plan but believe me that is not the way you want to lose.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/19/2010
Smoke-Free Days: 1754
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 43,850
Amount Saved: $17,540.00
Life Gained:
Days: 326 Hrs: 19 Mins: 54 Seconds: 11

It's hard to fail, but it's worse to not even try

petityayaSep 05, 2015 @ 5:20 PM
Posts: 692
Joined: Aug 07, 2015 (11:54 AM)
Mia~
Yeah, I hear you re: the price of bikes! I t has been some time since I've looked at bikes and yikes...was a little taken aback. Yesterday ended up being a little expensive (after purchasing 2 bikes) but I figure that this will be a great tool for me to help me remain smoke-free, increase my fitness level and maintain my weight.
 
Well, so far so good. Like I said, everything still fits (for now) but time will tell. I do feel a little bloated/puffy, but this too shall pass. 
 
Sounds like you have a great evening ahead. Enjoy!
 
As far as the last weekend before school starting..." It's the most wonderful time of the year...lalala".
 
*NOPE*
Hugs, petityaya 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/4/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 32
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 640
Amount Saved: $64.00
Life Gained:
Days: 4 Hrs: 12 Mins: 6 Seconds: 13

mamamiaSep 05, 2015 @ 3:33 PM
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Age: 50
Gender: Female
Occupation: self employed / custodian / Scout leader
Hobbies: looking for humor,
Thanks petityaya !! much appreciated ,,, my son bought himself a new helmet today and i was checking out the bikes ,,, i need a new one as well , with the season almost done i think i will wait for next summer,,, I can't seem to justify spending 300 to 400 on a bike right now ,,, and those are on sale !!!!  I can't believe the price of them now ,,
 
Wow some doctors huh , i guess in all fairness he was trying to give you not only the benefit of quitting but some unwanted side effect that could happen , lucky for you ,,, you are able to maintain your weight ,,, 
 
Well I am off to enjoy this sunshine , meeting friends for a boat ride , a meal and possibly a movie tonight,, looking forward to it ,,, 
 
Last weekend before school starts Yeahhhhhhhh 
 
Keep the quit peeps and never quit quitting ,,,, with much love regards Mia


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/22/2011
Smoke-Free Days: 1353
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 18,942
Amount Saved: $8,334.48
Life Gained:
Days: 147 Hrs: 16 Mins: 5 Seconds: 49

moving forward one day at a time

petityayaSep 04, 2015 @ 3:57 PM
Posts: 692
Joined: Aug 07, 2015 (11:54 AM)
Well done Mia!
Funny thing... Dr. in emergency room @ local hospital was telling me, "You know, you will gain at least 10-15 pounds", to which I replied that I was more concerned with remaining smoke-free and the rest will fall into place.
Well, my husband cycles/walks daily. His mountain bike just seized up, toast! Today, while shopping for a replacement for him, purchased a bike for myself and have decided to start cycling with my husband. So, am hoping that this might help maintain my metabolism and keep the possible weight gain in check.
I  have always been slender, in the past I think that was a deterrent (of sorts) with regard to becoming smoke-free, as I didn't want to gain a lot of weight. Now, I have only been smoke-free for a short time here, plus I never weigh myself, but I will say that everything still fits...down the road? Who knows, but I will endeavor to remain relatively fit. Having said that, I maintain that being smoke-free is ultimately of far more importance...
petityaya 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/4/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 31
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 620
Amount Saved: $62.00
Life Gained:
Days: 4 Hrs: 8 Mins: 36 Seconds: 29

mamamiaSep 04, 2015 @ 12:44 PM
Posts: 6398
Joined: Dec 25, 2011 (10:09 AM)

Age: 50
Gender: Female
Occupation: self employed / custodian / Scout leader
Hobbies: looking for humor,
Hello quitter friends ,,, I thought I would drop by here and finally say after a long long time working at this I have gained weight when I quit smoking , shamefully i gained a lot by my own doing , replacing the hand to mouth with unhealthy choices ,,, i had some weight to lose previously as well ,, so the battle for me has been a constant chore ,,,
 
Creating Pound pledge for quitters was my biggest motivation , I had a goal in mind and that was for some day have reached my goal weight , and having my fellow quitters join in with me on our journey to remain smoke free and healthy ,,, 
 
As of this morning I am very proud to say I have lost 61 pounds !!! Its taken a lot of courage to get me to this point ,,, i would often pledge lost one , lost two , kept to myself a lot , but joined in Kishu and others as we joined force in challenges. A few weeks ago , i faced my hardest demon and that was to be honest with Sparky and we talked about the challenges of weight lost , and without even knowing it he was a huge inspiration to me ,,, his own lost of 40 pounds after he quit smoking plus the tips and encouragement he gave me,,, him along my best friend Wavylocks they have inspired me so much ,,, 
 
I would have normally felt ashame to even admit such a lost , but 61 pounds was and is something to be proud of ,,,, I have a few more to go and once again I would like to pull pound pledge up ,,, and say don't let a few pounds gained stop you from keeping the quit ,,, the body will adjust and you will lose ,,, share your thoughts and together lets motivate each other ,,, I want to be your motivation ,,, 
 
Big hugs Mia


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/22/2011
Smoke-Free Days: 1352
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 18,928
Amount Saved: $8,328.32
Life Gained:
Days: 147 Hrs: 13 Mins: 10 Seconds: 17

moving forward one day at a time

KamalexJul 13, 2015 @ 9:08 PM
Posts: 146
Joined: Mar 13, 2015 (8:32 PM)

Age: 42
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Social worker
Hobbies: knitting, reading, cake decorating
Jeyan you should go for it! It's a lot of fun. There are tons of runs through the summer. Your local Running Room will have a list or you could just google it. Let me know if you do, we can exchange training ideas!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 3/10/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 125
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,500
Amount Saved: $750.00
Life Gained:
Days: 11 Hrs: 8 Mins: 44 Seconds: 25

Kamalex

JeyanJul 07, 2015 @ 9:34 AM
Posts: 511
Joined: Nov 24, 2014 (9:56 AM)

Age: 39
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Working
Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
Great Kamalex!  I also want to run one of those one day. :)

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/16/2014
Smoke-Free Days: 233
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 2,330
Amount Saved: $1,398.00
Life Gained:
Days: 33 Hrs: 2 Mins: 0 Seconds: 35

KamalexJul 06, 2015 @ 11:02 PM
Posts: 146
Joined: Mar 13, 2015 (8:32 PM)

Age: 42
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Social worker
Hobbies: knitting, reading, cake decorating
Hi everyone! Sorry for my sporadic participation on this forum but I'm still plugging away at it. Kishu, congrats on the 1 1/2 pound loss! I'm so impressed; you must be feeling a difference now? Don't think I've lost any weight but I did my first 5km race on the weekend and came in at 29 minutes. I'm no speedy Gonzales but I beat my best time so I was thrilled. Happy smoke free Monday!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 3/10/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 118
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,416
Amount Saved: $708.00
Life Gained:
Days: 10 Hrs: 17 Mins: 44 Seconds: 42

Kamalex

JeyanJul 02, 2015 @ 10:11 AM
Posts: 511
Joined: Nov 24, 2014 (9:56 AM)

Age: 39
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Working
Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
Good job Kishu!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/16/2014
Smoke-Free Days: 228
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 2,280
Amount Saved: $1,368.00
Life Gained:
Days: 32 Hrs: 9 Mins: 5 Seconds: 12

KishuJun 22, 2015 @ 11:28 PM
Posts: 2335
Joined: Oct 08, 2013 (4:42 PM)

Age: 68
Gender: Female
Occupation: Contractor
Hobbies: Aerobics, Yoga, Spanish, Scuba
Hey there Pledgenicks...
Well 2 weeks later I figure I've lost 1 1/2 pounds more.  Didn't want to report last week because I wasn't so sure about 3/4 of a pound but with 1 1/2 pounds down I'm thinking that's reportable.
The problem is that I celebrated tonight with about 1/2 a container (a small container), of PC salted caramel ice cream.......it was soooo yummy..... promise I'll be back on track tomorrow.
Sorry Jayan... better ice cream  than cigarettes...


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/13/2013
Smoke-Free Days: 617
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 9,255
Amount Saved: $3,007.88
Life Gained:
Days: 90 Hrs: 9 Mins: 31 Seconds: 48

Each cigarette NOT smoked is cause for celebration

KamalexJun 18, 2015 @ 10:42 PM
Posts: 146
Joined: Mar 13, 2015 (8:32 PM)

Age: 42
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Social worker
Hobbies: knitting, reading, cake decorating
So I just logged on to say hello & that I'm sticking with this thing! Funnily enough, since i started focussing more on diet and exercise I have thought less & less about smoking. Anyhow, as I said, I logged in to say hi, and what do I see?!!!!! I'm at day 100!!! Pretty happy about that. Still working on getting rid of the extra pounds but that will come. Hope everyone is doing well and having a great summer!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 3/10/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 100
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,200
Amount Saved: $600.00
Life Gained:
Days: 9 Hrs: 2 Mins: 42 Seconds: 54

Kamalex

JeyanJun 08, 2015 @ 9:39 AM
Posts: 511
Joined: Nov 24, 2014 (9:56 AM)

Age: 39
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Working
Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
Hi Mia,
 
Great advice here!  Yes those ice cream and especially the fat and the sugar in them is bad for anyone, and people should cut down on consuming too much of any of these processed food for sure.
 
I truly enjoy this thread here and read every little posting, which has helped me a lot in becoming the person I wanted to become.
 
The pointer tot he Reset your body site lead me to understanding more about food, calories, sugar, etc.  Now I know how bad this artificial sugar is for our body and how much sugar is added to all of these processed food which is really really bad for our body. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/16/2014
Smoke-Free Days: 204
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 2,040
Amount Saved: $1,224.00
Life Gained:
Days: 28 Hrs: 23 Mins: 21 Seconds: 52

mamamiaJun 08, 2015 @ 6:11 AM
Posts: 6398
Joined: Dec 25, 2011 (10:09 AM)

Age: 50
Gender: Female
Occupation: self employed / custodian / Scout leader
Hobbies: looking for humor,
Kamalex , Kishu , and the gang wow good to see everyone stay active !!! 
 
Went to camp this weekend what a fantastic weekend !!!!! and after the few drinks and all the food we ate I was afraid to get on the scale but yay for me stayed the same so still down my original two !!!!  
 
I bought myself a yonanas , if you love ice cream this is the best !!! taste like soft ice cream ,, it's an appliance that turns fruits into a soft like ice cream or frozen yogurt ,,, I put two bananas and 5 strawberries and oh oh oh sooooo good ,,, check them out ,, at Canadian tire this week for only 59.99$  and with the warm weather here I much prefer a yonana then the fatty ice cream ,,, My son is also in love with it ,, makes me happy because he loves his ice cream ,,, 
 
You all have a fabulous day ,,, On this Monday I pledge to lose another two pounds this week !!!!
 
Hugs Mia 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/22/2011
Smoke-Free Days: 1264
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 17,696
Amount Saved: $7,786.24
Life Gained:
Days: 137 Hrs: 22 Mins: 3 Seconds: 24

moving forward one day at a time

KamalexJun 07, 2015 @ 11:17 PM
Posts: 146
Joined: Mar 13, 2015 (8:32 PM)

Age: 42
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Social worker
Hobbies: knitting, reading, cake decorating
Hey all, everyone is doing so well! Mia, 4 pounds & Kishu another 2 pounds?!?! Fantastic. I didn't weigh in this week. Had 2 retirement parties, school BBQ and work BBQ all this week. There was no way I lost. But I'm still jogging and doing yoga. Yoga is helping me in ways I never would have expected. My mood is better, I feel more relaxed, more energized. I just love it!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 3/10/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 89
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,068
Amount Saved: $534.00
Life Gained:
Days: 8 Hrs: 2 Mins: 56 Seconds: 5

Kamalex

KishuJun 07, 2015 @ 11:27 AM
Posts: 2335
Joined: Oct 08, 2013 (4:42 PM)

Age: 68
Gender: Female
Occupation: Contractor
Hobbies: Aerobics, Yoga, Spanish, Scuba
Soooo my fellow Pledgers... lost 2 whole pounds this week.  I'm starting to feel a bit more like my old self.  That's not to say that I've lost as much as I need to but at least I'm going in the right direction.  I think keeping that white food at a distance is making a difference as well as staying with my fitness routine.
Sounds like a lot of us are now on a healthier road.  Jeyan... a headstand and a handstand?   I'm super impressed... I'm working on doing a bridge on my hands and feet.  I think it's called something else in yoga terms like a wheel maybe...  in gymnastic terms it was called a back bend.  Mia you're really on a roll... keep it happening.  Kamalex, you seem to have found what's gonna work for you as well Jim, like your workout tips... do you have this posted on your wall for inspiration???


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/13/2013
Smoke-Free Days: 602
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 9,030
Amount Saved: $2,934.75
Life Gained:
Days: 88 Hrs: 3 Mins: 6 Seconds: 44

Each cigarette NOT smoked is cause for celebration

mamamiaJun 05, 2015 @ 12:10 PM
Posts: 6398
Joined: Dec 25, 2011 (10:09 AM)

Age: 50
Gender: Female
Occupation: self employed / custodian / Scout leader
Hobbies: looking for humor,
Thanks Jim ,,,, yeah 4 pounds gone ,,, more like two because I was probably retaining water from the beer over the previous weekend ,,,, How's everyone else doing ? I'm off to the camp for the weekend I can't wait to get there ... Need to find a diet drink ???? You all have a fabulous weekend ,,, stay strong and healthy Mia

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/22/2011
Smoke-Free Days: 1261
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 17,654
Amount Saved: $7,767.76
Life Gained:
Days: 137 Hrs: 14 Mins: 51 Seconds: 16

moving forward one day at a time

buttingout2014Jun 04, 2015 @ 2:10 PM
Posts: 1325
Joined: Feb 03, 2014 (10:19 AM)

Age: 46
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: PC Technician
Hobbies: Staying Healthy!
Mia;
 
4lbs???    CONGRATULATIONS!!! 
 
...I'm so jealous!!
 
WAY TO GO!
 
 
Your smoke-free friend, Jim


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/27/2014
Smoke-Free Days: 493
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 12,325
Amount Saved: $5,423.00
Life Gained:
Days: 73 Hrs: 13 Mins: 53 Seconds: 22

Online Resources: http://tinyurl.com/quit2014

mamamiaJun 04, 2015 @ 11:52 AM
Posts: 6398
Joined: Dec 25, 2011 (10:09 AM)

Age: 50
Gender: Female
Occupation: self employed / custodian / Scout leader
Hobbies: looking for humor,
pssssst... I lost the two pounds I gained over the last weekend but according to the scale this morning I also lost an extra 2 pounds .... :) makes Mia happy

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/22/2011
Smoke-Free Days: 1260
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 17,640
Amount Saved: $7,761.60
Life Gained:
Days: 137 Hrs: 12 Mins: 12 Seconds: 10

moving forward one day at a time

sparky2Jun 01, 2015 @ 3:36 PM
Posts: 4226
Joined: Aug 15, 2011 (8:38 AM)

Age: 59
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Being a child of the universe and exploring what it has to offer
Hobbies: Travelling, music, writing, being outdoors and giving a hand up to someone who is down
We know that for many people who quit smoking that it is just the start to going about making changes in our lives to become more healthy. We decide to start to exercise (some for the first time in a long time) we say we will eat healthier and put away the junk food and we vow to lose weight. However these changes take some time to put into effect. It is not overnight that for many of us these changes will take place. Patience is needed as we adjust. To quickly and we may lose interest and stop.
 
 The best one can do is to do as you did when quitting smoking. Get educated and learn about all the different changes you want to make. Exercise but do so with a plan that you can follow. To many times I hear people going I gave up smoking one week and started to use all those machines in my basement and got hurt or could not do half the exercises. Talk to the experts and talk to your doctor and make up a plan that works for you. Do not just grab a DVD and try and copy every move they do unless you know you can do it.
 
 Eating healthy again learn about foods. What is good for you and how much you should eat of each food. What you thought was good may not be as healthy as you thought it was. Set up a diet you can follow as if you just do the bash and crash method then you could be setting yourself up for failure.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/19/2010
Smoke-Free Days: 1655
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 41,375
Amount Saved: $16,550.00
Life Gained:
Days: 308 Hrs: 9 Mins: 43 Seconds: 49

It's hard to fail, but it's worse to not even try

JeyanJun 01, 2015 @ 12:37 PM
Posts: 511
Joined: Nov 24, 2014 (9:56 AM)

Age: 39
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Working
Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
Hi Jim,
 
I like your posting we just need to change our lifestyle accordingly and be more persistent and dedicated to this plan.  In fact, I stayed away from drinking alcohol ever since I quit smoking, and started to take walks, and now I can run after 6 months.  I also drink 5L's water daily to clense my body of all the accumulated chemicals in my body.  I also eat mostly home made meals daily, at least I try.  I also do yoga by myself and can now do headstand and hand stand after trying for 6 months.
 
I learned a lot about life and got lots of motivation from this site here.  I also learned a lot about the importantance of patience, forgiveness, and self-realisation from all of you here.  I learned a lot about our body and good health from you guys and the reset your body here.   I also learned that we need to slow down and take it easy on us and let us enjoy this earth peacefully while we are here.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/16/2014
Smoke-Free Days: 197
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,970
Amount Saved: $1,182.00
Life Gained:
Days: 27 Hrs: 23 Mins: 58 Seconds: 16

mamamiaJun 01, 2015 @ 11:32 AM
Posts: 6398
Joined: Dec 25, 2011 (10:09 AM)

Age: 50
Gender: Female
Occupation: self employed / custodian / Scout leader
Hobbies: looking for humor,
I hear you butting out !!! The nice weather also opens up all the chip stands , poutines , pogo's and burgers !!😏 ,,,,, I was just telling Hawksfan this morning how the beer might have been good this weekend but right away my scaled jumped up 2 pounds !!! I'm not overly concern is know that will be gone but so unfair how some people can eat and drink whatever they want and not gain an once while some of only need to look at food and you can be sure our clothes are shrinking !!!!,,,,, kamalex way to go on taking a me day ,,, and posting here I was thinking of you last night and thought hope that girl is doing well,,,,, anyways there was a recent survey that showed women who carry a few extra pounds live longer the the men who point it out to them 😜 ,,,let's keep on keeping guys we can do anything we set our minds to,,,, Hugs Mia 🌹

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/22/2011
Smoke-Free Days: 1257
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 17,598
Amount Saved: $7,743.12
Life Gained:
Days: 137 Hrs: 4 Mins: 18 Seconds: 46

moving forward one day at a time

buttingout2014Jun 01, 2015 @ 10:19 AM
Posts: 1325
Joined: Feb 03, 2014 (10:19 AM)

Age: 46
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: PC Technician
Hobbies: Staying Healthy!
It's nice to hear about everyone else's successes in losing some of the newly gained pounds...
Unfortunately, it seems that the warmer weather has encouraged the occassional habit of indulging a Corona or two in the evenings, so I haven't faired quite so well.
 
Somehow, I need to convince myself to get on the treadmill and start exercising again.  (Why did this seem so much easier in the cold, nasty weather?) 
 
Oh well - time to refer to this chart again for some ideas and motivation:
 
 
 
Your muffin-topped smoke-free friend, Jim


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/27/2014
Smoke-Free Days: 490
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 12,250
Amount Saved: $5,390.00
Life Gained:
Days: 73 Hrs: 2 Mins: 34 Seconds: 56

Online Resources: http://tinyurl.com/quit2014

KamalexJun 01, 2015 @ 9:09 AM
Posts: 146
Joined: Mar 13, 2015 (8:32 PM)

Age: 42
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Social worker
Hobbies: knitting, reading, cake decorating
Hi everyone! I'm still in this thing. Congrats Kishu on your 1 pound loss!!! I'm slogging along, eating pretty well and exercising more. Still need to up the exercise. I read that we should be getting 2.5 hours low instensity and 1.5 hrs high intensity exercise every week. Can't say I'm there. Day by day, right? It's a cool, rainy day here in Montreal, perfect for jogging. I've taken a "mental health" day (which translates into: it's Monday morning, I'm sleepy and I need some precious me time). Just a few months ago, I'd have spent the day huddled under shelter smoking cig after cig. Not today! Gonna clean the house, go for a jog, prepare some meals for the week and just chill. It's so nice to be free.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 3/10/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 83
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 996
Amount Saved: $498.00
Life Gained:
Days: 7 Hrs: 12 Mins: 39 Seconds: 29

Kamalex

mamamiaMay 31, 2015 @ 7:46 PM
Posts: 6398
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Age: 50
Gender: Female
Occupation: self employed / custodian / Scout leader
Hobbies: looking for humor,
Kishuuuu !!  Way to go on a pound lost ,,, you have just inspired me to not give up!! 
 
I was just sitting here going through my cyber world, and thought,  give it up Mia, what good does it do to you,, I open Smokers helpline and here on the top is our pound pledge club , with Kishu celebrating her one pound lost ,,, Well my friend I join you and pledge to lose two pounds this week,,, we can do this !!!  WE did quit smoking we had the determination and will power so no matter how good those darn butter tarts are WE WILL SAY NO TO SUGAR !!!  
 
This for my buddy Hawks and Paul the moderator GO HAWKS GO !! 
 
your friend and quitter Pal Mia


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/22/2011
Smoke-Free Days: 1256
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 17,584
Amount Saved: $7,736.96
Life Gained:
Days: 137 Hrs: 2 Mins: 35 Seconds: 35

moving forward one day at a time

KishuMay 31, 2015 @ 6:42 PM
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Joined: Oct 08, 2013 (4:42 PM)

Age: 68
Gender: Female
Occupation: Contractor
Hobbies: Aerobics, Yoga, Spanish, Scuba
I guess the sound of road traffic and other loud noises are the reason why I have a bit of a midriff bulge.  Living in a city does that I guess.
 
On another note, I'm pleased to announce that I've lost 1 more pound this week.  It has NOT been easy 'cause I've been trying to stay away from all that white food.  Boy do we ever get addicted to that stuff.... I'm missing those butter tarts.....
 
Then again if we can stop smoking which is one of the toughest things I've had to do, surely we can shed a few pounds.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/13/2013
Smoke-Free Days: 595
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,925
Amount Saved: $2,900.63
Life Gained:
Days: 87 Hrs: 3 Mins: 35 Seconds: 53

Each cigarette NOT smoked is cause for celebration

KishuMay 28, 2015 @ 8:35 PM
Posts: 2335
Joined: Oct 08, 2013 (4:42 PM)

Age: 68
Gender: Female
Occupation: Contractor
Hobbies: Aerobics, Yoga, Spanish, Scuba
Here's a little food for thought...
 
Road traffic noise is linked to a significantly heightened risk of developing a midriff bulge in people age 60 and under, according to research published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/13/2013
Smoke-Free Days: 592
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,880
Amount Saved: $2,886.00
Life Gained:
Days: 86 Hrs: 17 Mins: 20 Seconds: 31

Each cigarette NOT smoked is cause for celebration

mamamiaMay 27, 2015 @ 5:30 PM
Posts: 6398
Joined: Dec 25, 2011 (10:09 AM)

Age: 50
Gender: Female
Occupation: self employed / custodian / Scout leader
Hobbies: looking for humor,
Final Try CONGRATS on still being smoke free !!! so good to see you ,,, NOPE no more buttertarts in the pound pledge
 
Jim. Jeylan,,, wow is it ever hard to lay off the bread huh !!!   I manage to get some water in me but not the recommended amount :( ...i'll get there I expect to reach my goal weight by end of august ,,, once I have reached that goal I will proudly tell you all how much I have lost in total and the battles I went through
 
it's one day at a time just like quitting,,, we didn't gain 10/20/30/or more pounds over night therefore you won't lose it over night , but perseverance , determination and some will power and off you are on a healthy road ...
 
Kishu you are right lower carbs does work, Kamelex, Gertie hope all is going well for you's two...
 
Hugs to all and a good night ...GO HAWKS GO !!!!   They have to win the next one ...........


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/22/2011
Smoke-Free Days: 1252
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 17,528
Amount Saved: $7,712.32
Life Gained:
Days: 136 Hrs: 15 Mins: 52 Seconds: 24

moving forward one day at a time

KishuMay 26, 2015 @ 11:59 AM
Posts: 2335
Joined: Oct 08, 2013 (4:42 PM)

Age: 68
Gender: Female
Occupation: Contractor
Hobbies: Aerobics, Yoga, Spanish, Scuba
Hi fellow Pound Pledgers....
 
It's all the white stuff that we eat that's a problem.... ie. sugar, flour, rice, potatoes, pasta.... all those carbs.  If we can keep them under control and maintain a good water intake, things would get better... especially with an exercise regime.  That being said, it isn't easy to do.  I think Jeyan is right we're super addicted to that stuff.  This past week I managed to keep things at a reasonable level until I indulged in some super yummy brownies on Sunday.... what can I say!!!
However I think I'm down 1 pound from last week so that's a plus.... or minus depending on how you look at it.
Best of luck to all in dealing with this extra poundage!!!


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/13/2013
Smoke-Free Days: 590
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,850
Amount Saved: $2,876.25
Life Gained:
Days: 86 Hrs: 9 Mins: 3 Seconds: 42

Each cigarette NOT smoked is cause for celebration

JeyanMay 26, 2015 @ 9:19 AM
Posts: 511
Joined: Nov 24, 2014 (9:56 AM)

Age: 39
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Working
Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
Hello Jim,
 
You're not alone.. I too had a piece of cake and tortillas... Man looks like our body is also addicted to the bread, flour, and rice.. because I started to go crazy after the second day, and was very hungry and craving for burger, pizza, sub, rice, etc.....  Lesson learned is we need to control our intake of these things  as well and to not become addicted to them.
 
But since last friday most of my meals have been salads, fruits, yogurt, chicken, and chick peas... not sure if chick peas is considered part of the bread family?? 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/16/2014
Smoke-Free Days: 191
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,910
Amount Saved: $1,146.00
Life Gained:
Days: 27 Hrs: 3 Mins: 5 Seconds: 32

buttingout2014May 26, 2015 @ 8:15 AM
Posts: 1325
Joined: Feb 03, 2014 (10:19 AM)

Age: 46
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: PC Technician
Hobbies: Staying Healthy!
The "No-Bread" thing WORKS!! 
I know this from the last time I tried it...
Unfortunately, I've failed this challenge and I need to pick a date to start again.
 
A co-worker brought meatball subs to the office yesterday, and I caved.
They smelled SOOOO good! 
 
So it looks like I'm in the same boat as Mia...
Going to need to refocus, and hit the floor running to give it another kick at the can again.
As for the water, I've been continuing to give that a go.  We've got a tankless water cooler here at the office, and another at home.  It's nice, fresh cold water and it tastes great, so I have an endless supply at home and at the office.
 
With a teenager at home, I do laundry almost daily. Since we have a 4-level side-split, it seems that I'm always up and down the stairs retrieving another basket.   
 
Coffee isn't a huge deal for me: Definitely less of a crutch since I quit smoking.  I'll generally have ONE coffee in the morning, and then the only other coffee I may drink is when a client sporadically brings me a cup in the afternoon.
 
That brand new treadmill in my basement is going to last FOREVER - cuz I still haven't gotten into the habit of using it! 
Please give me the strength and determination to exercise!!! 
 
 
Your smoke-free friend, Jim


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/27/2014
Smoke-Free Days: 484
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 12,100
Amount Saved: $5,324.00
Life Gained:
Days: 72 Hrs: 4 Mins: 48 Seconds: 26

Online Resources: http://tinyurl.com/quit2014

Final TryMay 24, 2015 @ 2:57 AM
Posts: 449
Joined: May 19, 2014 (12:18 PM)

Age: 58
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Retired or Simply Tired
Hobbies: Breathing, My Garden
Helllooooooo,, Mia and Kishu ,, Huggs, so happy to see that you have some boys, joining in on the pound pledge now, finally :) I am with you on the "sticking with the No Bread, thing" ,, I have been having such a hard time taking of the extra pounds, also,, maintaining is not what I had in mind ! And no,, Kishu, I have been a good girl, staying away frrom the buttertarts, also , heehee. So nice to see that all of you are still supporting the new quitters and showing everyone how to do a proper quit, you are all such huge inspirations. :) Huggs to all and still N.O.P.E. ,,,,, K.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 5/1/2014
Smoke-Free Days: 388
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 11,640
Amount Saved: $2,095.20
Life Gained:
Days: 53 Hrs: 10 Mins: 13 Seconds: 15

Transwoman ! Making Life Better ! :)

mamamiaMay 22, 2015 @ 8:55 PM
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Joined: Dec 25, 2011 (10:09 AM)

Age: 50
Gender: Female
Occupation: self employed / custodian / Scout leader
Hobbies: looking for humor,
You boys have  a lot more will power then I do !!!  It always amazes me at how strong and determine I was quitting cold turkey never looking back on smoking yet here I am wanting to lose just a few pounds and I can't stick to NO BREAD CHALLENGE !!!
 
Home made bread, and mouth watering equaled to a failed challenged for Mia,
 
Wish I could say yeahhhhhh  I'll just do the water challenge , but NOPE I can't seem to drink 8 glasses of water a day , 8 glasses of wine Nooooo problem , water NO CAN DO
 
So what other challenge should I take on, forget exercising I do flights and flights of stairs daily ,  if I had my pedometer on I probably blow the ten thousand steps daily ,,,
 
Jeyan good to have you here with us ,,, and Buttingout Thank you for re-posting the link,, I'll go take a look and see what i can challenge myself with ,,, I should try challenging myself to go to bed before midnight everyday and get some rest, I think I average 4 to 5 hour sleep a night ,,, But I love my coffee, shhhh doctor's order was to stay off that stuff..........
 
You all have a fabulous night , never take anyone or anything for granted , here today gone tomorrow ,,, life is journey not a race , enjoy every moment you have with the ones you love ...
 
Hugs Mia


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/22/2011
Smoke-Free Days: 1247
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 17,458
Amount Saved: $7,681.52
Life Gained:
Days: 136 Hrs: 3 Mins: 9 Seconds: 14

moving forward one day at a time

buttingout2014May 22, 2015 @ 2:02 PM
Posts: 1325
Joined: Feb 03, 2014 (10:19 AM)

Age: 46
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: PC Technician
Hobbies: Staying Healthy!
Woohoo!!!
 
...I'm glad to have company on this new adventure, Jeyan
I'm also (loosely) incorporating the water challenge into this journey as well, since both have worked really well for me in the past!!
 
Now, I just need to get off my butt and include some additional exercise into the routine, and I'll be all set. 
 
 
Your smoke-free buddy, Jim


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/27/2014
Smoke-Free Days: 480
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 12,000
Amount Saved: $5,280.00
Life Gained:
Days: 71 Hrs: 15 Mins: 21 Seconds: 30

Online Resources: http://tinyurl.com/quit2014

JeyanMay 22, 2015 @ 10:49 AM
Posts: 511
Joined: Nov 24, 2014 (9:56 AM)

Age: 39
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Working
Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
Hi Jim,
 
I also started my no bread challenge today with you.  


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/16/2014
Smoke-Free Days: 187
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,870
Amount Saved: $1,122.00
Life Gained:
Days: 26 Hrs: 13 Mins: 41 Seconds: 48

gertie456May 22, 2015 @ 10:42 AM
Posts: 352
Joined: Jan 23, 2013 (10:40 PM)

Age: 59
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Hi  mamamia,  I was taking Irish drumming lessons,  but that has finished for the summer.,  Now I have taken up walking with sticks,  or as it is known, golfing.   And I try to remember to continue with the squats. 
Good luck to all of you that have made this pound pledge.  Have a wonderful weekend. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/3/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 139
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,807
Amount Saved: $993.85
Life Gained:
Days: 19 Hrs: 4 Mins: 40 Seconds: 47

One Day at a Time

KamalexMay 21, 2015 @ 8:53 PM
Posts: 146
Joined: Mar 13, 2015 (8:32 PM)

Age: 42
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Social worker
Hobbies: knitting, reading, cake decorating
This is great! I'm pledging along with you all! 1 pound a week seems reasonable. My knees seem to have recovered pretty quickly but I'm going to stick to walking and yoga for a while. I was reading up on knee pain in running and, this should have been really obvious but, the fact that I'm carrying an extra 15 pounds is going to have an impact on my knees. Plus, it's time to accept that I'm not 20 anymore. The body needs a little more prep time than it used to! Silly me. Will need to lose a bit before I try again. Jim, thanks for the links. I'm going to take a look now. Good luck all with whatever challenge you've chosen!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 3/10/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 72
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 864
Amount Saved: $432.00
Life Gained:
Days: 6 Hrs: 13 Mins: 53 Seconds: 5

Kamalex

buttingout2014May 21, 2015 @ 8:15 AM
Posts: 1325
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Age: 46
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: PC Technician
Hobbies: Staying Healthy!
So nice to see all of these familiar names stepping up to the POUND PLEDGE section of our support group!!
 
As Doover has pointed out, most of us are struggling in one way or another with our inner-demons, so there's only one thing to do: Fight harder!!
 
As mentioned, I'm starting things off with the "No Bread Challenge" after my excessive celebrating these past couple weeks in Jamaica.
All of the RESET YOUR BODY Challenges can be found on my custom page:
 
This particular challenge that I'm starting this week can be found here:
 
 
It's NOT going to be easy.  ...But quitting smoking wasn't easy either - and just look at how much better we all feel now!!! 
Some of us feel that we have a couple pounds to lose, while others (like me) feel like they've gained a ton. Either way, just take it ONE day at a time, one challenge at a time.
We can do this!!
...We quit smoking, so there's basically NOTHING that we can't do.
 
 
Your non-smoking friend, Jim


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/27/2014
Smoke-Free Days: 479
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 11,975
Amount Saved: $5,269.00
Life Gained:
Days: 71 Hrs: 10 Mins: 55 Seconds: 12

Online Resources: http://tinyurl.com/quit2014

dooverMay 21, 2015 @ 7:47 AM
Posts: 14
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Age: 55
Gender: Female
Occupation: In the field of Social Work
Hobbies: Riding my mortocycle, nature walks, snorkelling
Hi I am loving all this focus on healthy eating and exercising. I struggle with this. like quitting smoking right. I have been doing this for years, and I have to talk to my inner demons on this still all the time. I may want to not do the exercise, or I may want to eat something off the guide... I lost 180 pounds and the goal is to enjoy life.... The things I am doing here have given my life back to me. I will keep peeking in here best of luck.... I know it is time for me to add 5he smoking... should have. done it ages ago. I tried several tim3s... aArmed with knowledge about maddiction I c an battle against it fairly. .. I am 3xc rsing right now on my stationary bike,You are all great motivation!

New Beginnings

mamamiaMay 19, 2015 @ 10:50 PM
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Joined: Dec 25, 2011 (10:09 AM)

Age: 50
Gender: Female
Occupation: self employed / custodian / Scout leader
Hobbies: looking for humor,
Kishu you are right when we started this we would pledge to lose one or two pounds a week , ( which is a healthy amount to lose ) and we did do well , i to had lost a few back then ,, i have since continued to lose , but have lost inches as well ,,, So i join you Kishu and pledge to lose one pound this week
 
Jim so good to have you back ,,, i want to join you with the no bread one week challenge,, i read your post earlier and decided i can do this to ,, even after coming home with a fresh home made bread given to me ,,,  can you re-post here that link ? 
 
Kamalex and Gertie , any and all exercises are great !!! Kamalex watch those knees girls , and Gertie how are the guitar lessons going ?
 
Hawks my friend , i know you are keeping up with the 30 minute . 30 day outdoor challenge that's awesome ,,  well  looks like the Hawks are winning tonight so I'll give you my cheer GO HAWKS GO !!!
 
Happy healthy eating and exercising everyone 
 
All the best your friend and quitter Pal Mia
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/22/2011
Smoke-Free Days: 1244
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 17,416
Amount Saved: $7,663.04
Life Gained:
Days: 135 Hrs: 19 Mins: 30 Seconds: 32

moving forward one day at a time