Pounds coming back on after quitting smoking

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Posted: 06 Jul 2012, 17:18
Over a 6 week period by making small lifestyle changes I had lost 13 pounds. In a rash moment of "craziness" talking I decided that the cigarette in my hand was my last one forever. And I haven't smoked since. Some of the pounds have already crept back on and I am concerned that they will continue to do so. I thought that quitting smoking would make me feel better and help me work out harder, but now I feel like the opposite has happened. I feel worse about myself! GRRRRRR! Just can't win.

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Posted: 06 Jul 2012, 18:26
The benefits of not smoking will pay off big time. Keep doing what you are doing and it will fall into place. Working out will help curb the nicotine cravings as well as the food cravings.

You've taken on quite a challenge to tackle both weight loss and ditching the cigs. I commend you! Hang tough! It WILL all be worth it.

Besides, if you don't continue you'll feel even worse and just have to start over some other day. Look how far you've come.

Keep healthy snacks on hand such as carrots and apples.

I quit 3 years ago after smoking for nearly 40. I wish you all the very best.
I am not on a diet - I have changed the way I eat.

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Posted: 06 Jul 2012, 19:26

It doesn't look like you're heavy to begin with, but if you're really concerned about gainging some unwanted weight just ensure you're not eating too many calories in a day. Also try eating every 2-3 hours to ensure your metabolism stays high and it'll help with the hand to mouth fixation. But, be extra careful that these are not large portions.
Also cravings usually last up to fifteen minutes. So create a list of things to do that take about fifteen minutes. I.E. Chores around the house, Running/Walking anything that's productive and when you get the cravings mark something off your list.
If you have any questions or need more support don't hesitate to ask... Keep up the great work!

In Good Health,

Chris Cayo
Health Coach
C: 503-999-8384

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