I see that our original thread was closed because of length. I hope the old members see this as a continuation of our discussions. Mary Annie-I really hope you find this as I was unable to get back to you! For all the Chantix users-good luck, it worked for us!
Don't worry Beau, I found this. I don't get it, what's the point of having these boards if groups of people cannot benefit from them? Am I missing the point or what? Anyway, I hope alot of people can be helped by seeing what our experiences were, good and bad. Time to hit the treadmill to work off those 10 unwanted pounds! (That's the bad!!!!!!!!!!!!) ~ Mary
Hi,Casino (we don't have a real name for you!)
Glad you both are doing well too-I'm working on my 10lb. gain also. I give myself two months to get rid of it!!
But, not having to think about smoking is worth the pounds, for sure. Isn't life more simple this way? Not to mention healthier! I do still think about it, a crave now and then,...but I will not go back to being an addict!!
Stay well everyone!
Welcome back Casino and Hi again Beau!
So basically, besides a few cravings here and there and an extra 10 pounds, we're all doing great and are alot healthier now that we're smoke free. I'd say that that should be inspiration to anyone to quit smoking - don't you agree? Looking back, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Sure it was hard for the first couple of months but nothing we couldn't handle. Hang in there everyone... ~ Mary
Hope you guys still check this board once in a while. Well, I'm still a non smoker, but sad to say a fat one! I sure am having a heck of a time losing those unwanted pounds and may have gained a couple more. I've been watching my diet and walking on my treadmill to no avail. How are you all doing? Any of you struggling like me? Please let me know - perhaps we can give each other some pointers (guess you wouldn't want mine!!!)
Maybe we should move over to the weight loss board??? Any suggestions...
Five small meals a day instead of the traditional three,and portion control I lost 67 lbs this way. Of course I went to the gym as well.
Example: breakfast a slice of low cal bread toasted with a tsp of honey and half a banana, Mid morn snack 1 oz of part skim cheese and five low fat triscuits, lunch 1 cup of lettuce and 1 chicken breast cut into salad tsp of clear dressing, mid afternoon snack fruit and a handful of nuts, dinner depending on the type of meat either 6 oz of chicken or fish, 4 oz of beef or pork, 1/2 cup of carb of your choice and 1/2 cup of cooked veggie or 1 cup of raw veggie butter 1 table spoon 2x a day. use salt sparingly and only 24 oz of a caffeinated beverage a day. Only eat beef or pork once a week and pasta once a week. Baked potato should be of medium or small size.
Wow Liamsmom!! Congratulations. I have gained too much weight since quitting smoking, so I started a diet 2 weeks ago. I don't know if we are allowed to name diet types, but I have been on one similar to this and it is suppose to regulate our metabolism and sugar. I know the other diet always worked for me so we will see how this one goes. So far, 4 pounds in two weeks. A little slow for me, but I am older and now smoke free, so it may be harder. I am all for tips on dieting. I am not much for exercising mainly because I don't have time. I do try to park further away when shopping so I have to walk further. I hope little things like that help. Keep the tips coming!
Hi Mary Annie and All-
I have gained weight-about 12 pounds-and that is not good! I've always been a little heavy, so I know what to do to lose, but right now not the motivation. Still smoke-free but , I tell you, I've had some monster craves recently-and my last cig was about 170 days ago. So, I'm concentrating on dealing with that and if it means I eat a bit too much, so be it. I did join a diet club, but I haven't really followed as I should. Vacation next week so I'll wait til I get back. Mary Annie-glad you are doing so well-
Hi Beau and everyone,
Yup, I know exactly what you're saying but not smoking is definitely worth a few extra pounds. I was walking alot on the treadmill but was putting on muscle and not losing an inch so decided to cut back a bit and see what happens. I've never been much of an eater and am still a bit fleshy (as my Grandma used to say). I can't eat the 5 small meals a day everyone says you're supposed to. I snack on nuts and string cheese and am trying to cut out a can of soda everyday and drink juice instead. The problem with that is that the citrus in juice gives me cold sores so my lips are now covered with 4 cold sores. I'm laughing as I am writing this - I could just go on and on. Guess I'm just one wierd duck!!!!!!! Anyway Beau, have a great vacation and keep in touch.
Hey Simonsez, how's it going? I'm anxious to hear how you're doing...
Hi Mary Annie!!
It's been a while...just looking over the posts....still have the weight gain but still smoke-free since October 29,2007!! No real craves, just thoughts-guess they will always be there. I've read so much about Chantix and some negatives-glad it worked for me and had no issues. Hope all is well!
All is great here. Still smoke free and darn proud of it! I read over these boards once in a while and can't understand some of the difficulties people have with the Chantix when it worked so well for us and alot of my friends. I also still fight the weight issue but I can still fit into my clothes, even if they are a bit snug! Maybe we should move over to the weight loss boards???
It's always nice hearing from you - hope everyone else is doing as well as we are...
Just checking in to see how everyone has been doing. Still smoke free after 10 months now.
It does seem that everyone is learning how to deall with the weight gain now. I put on about 10-12 lbs since I quit, but it seems like it has leveled off now. Since the fat doesn't want to come off I'm trying to turn it into some muscles instead LOL. I've been riding my bike alot this summer and finally put 200 miles on it yesterday. I'm going to try and ride 100 more before the weather changes here.
I even bought the Wii Fit to start working out indoors. At least now I won't have an excuse during the winter months. This is my 5th day with the wii fit and I'm loving it. I'm using muscles that I haven't used before. It's amazing how that thing works.
Well enough of me now, how is everyone else doing?
Hi, Cheryl and MaryAnnie and anyone else caring to respond to this thread....it will be a year old soon!! Glad to hear all smoke-free to date. It will be nice to hit the 1 year mark.
I guess I've gained about 15 pounds and not happy about it. Think my metobolism is in the gutter-I do try to lose and then give up when nothing happens. I do exercise but I guess not enough. Keep in touch periodically-good to hear from you. Congrats on the great quit too!!