jenkie5's Journal, 18 July 2012

Yesterday marked my one-year anniversary since my last cigarette.

It was amazingly easy, considering I smoked for decades. It took two days to switch from cigarettes to e-cigs (water vapor!) with low nicotine (8 mg). In fact, a whole carton of cigarettes underwent a somewhat pagan ritual of shredding before being thrown away. Within one month, I was down to NO nicotine and switched to food-grade vegetable glycerine with food-grade flavoring (the stuff that's in cakes).

My favorite flavor was double chocolate brownie mixed with Wilton's vegetable glycerine and distilled water, which turned out to be an added benefit since I'm diabetic and shouldn't eat brownies. I soon discovered cinnamon roll and chocolate peppermint... oh, and caramel macchiato. (I found it easier to get completely away from flavors associated with tobacco and menthol.)

No patches, no pills, no withdrawals, and especially significant is there was no anticipated weight gain after quitting.

I wish this process of weight loss and a healthier lifestyle were as simple. Imagine this: two days to get used to adapting to better food choices and a month to reach your ideal weight (with no patches, pills, or withdrawals)! If only... in an ideal world, huh?

Like my husband says, "It took years to gain the weight. It will just take time to take it off." This is the mantra I repeat in my head whenever I get discouraged.

I hope you are all finding your personal milestones and mantras to keep on you track. If not, I guess I can consider renting out my husband, but only if you promise to return him!

Diet Calendar Entries for 18 July 2012:
495 kcal Fat: 12.21g | Prot: 29.72g | Carb: 70.43g.   Breakfast: Callifornia Ambrosia Pancakes (yum!), hot lemon drink. Lunch: spicy vegetable soup. Dinner: organic avocado, shredded lettuce, organic red tomato, Kraft shredded cheddar (over chili), Spicy Chili (Whole Foods) (served on top of veggies). Snacks/Other: organic Rainier cherries, Lipton Tea & Honey To Go - Peach Apricot, organic Fuji apple (pocket snack), Emerald cocoa almonds, Arctic Zero Cookies & Cream. more...
1575 kcal Activities & Exercise: Walking (moderate) - 3/mph - 45 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours, Resting - 15 hours and 15 minutes. more...
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Good work! Keep going... It is a long road, but worth it! 
18 Jul 12 by member: Heidijoy
Thank you, Heidi! I'm lucky to have found such a supportive friend! 
18 Jul 12 by member: jenkie5
Congratulations! That is a significant accomplishment, and a major step towards better health. No wonder why you are motivated to change your diet as well. You will get there. :) 
21 Jul 12 by member: yduj57

     
 

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