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Treepeo Sep 24, 2017 (01:02 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 Up Sep 24, 2017 (09:27 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 Up Sep 19, 2017 (07:57 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!

Treepeo Sep 19, 2017 (06:58 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 Coach Sep 19, 2017 (02:59 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 Up Sep 19, 2017 (01:46 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, Moderator Sep 17, 2017 (09:02 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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Treepeo Sep 17, 2017 (08:55 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 Up Sep 17, 2017 (03:36 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 Up Sep 15, 2017 (02:08 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!

Treepeo Sep 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 Up Sep 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 Coach Jun 06, 2016 (07:32 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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doneit Nov 08, 2015 (06:42 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

doneit Nov 08, 2015 (05:50 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

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