Hello. I quit smoking cold turkey about six months ago. I do not crave one very often anymore, and I don't necessarily want to start up again, but in ways I do. For one, I've gained 20 lbs since then. It came on FAST. I didn't change anything, diet and exercise wise, it just piled on in a few weeks. Another thing is, I do not feel like myself. My main reason to quit was due to the fact that my husband doesn't smoke. I was tired of washing my hands and rinsing my mouth out after every cigarette just so he didn't have to smell it. For the record, that was my choice, not his. He said he could handle it, but I know how bad it smells if you are a non smoker and I didn't want to do that to him. I had personal reasons, too. The main one being I didn't want to cough anymore. The next was that I was getting into yoga. The last was I didn't want the smoke to age my skin anymore.
I've been really depressed since quitting. I think it is mostly because of the weight gain, it has made me feel uncomfortable in my own skin. I am very tempted to start up again to make all these negative feelings go away. I feel very hopeless right now.
For the record, I have tried changing my diet and exercising more, but that didn't help. I had my thyroid tested, too. My doctor said it must be my basal metabolic rate is really slow. He suggested that I reduce my calorie intake dramatically - and someone who has had weight issues my whole life, it has triggered a lot of badness. I've relapsed with bulimia, and feel so guilty about it that I go 24 hours without eating at times just so I don't feel tempted to purge. This unbalance is really messing with my system, but I don't know what to do anymore. I feel hopeless and I am desperate at this point.
I don't know what I am asking here, maybe just venting or looking for someone with a similar situation. Any advice would be appreciated.
The following user gives a hug of support to HIM: mabent (08-04-2013)
Hello - I really know how you are feeling right now, and I want to tell you that those feelings will gradually go away!!!! Please never give up and light another cigarette.
I stopped smoking forever 20 years ago. When I say 'forever' I mean that I had stopped a few times before that but always gave in because I weakened. As you know, it is a terrible, smelly, unhealthy, disgusting habit. I had friends who easily gave up cigarettes, but I was definitely not one of those!!!! I quit for the same reasons you did --I had a terrible cough (which disappeared after I had quit for only 1 week!); my children hated it; my husband had decided to quit at the same time.
Like you, I felt worse after I quit. I got a bad cold, gained 10 lbs. almost immediately, constantly had the urge to smoke, etc., etc. But also like you, I forced myself to not buy cigarettes. As time went by I noticed how terrible people's houses and clothes smelled who smoked. And, even though I loved the smell of the smoke when I walked by someone who had just lit a cigarette, I got so I didn't have the desire to "light up". It took me a very long time to not miss having a cigarette in my hand; but, I did manage to lose most of the weight I gained - some of it just gradually came off. I'm not obese by any means, but I would like to lose about 8 pounds. I do feel much healthier!!!!! I am especially glad I quit when I did because as rules about smoking in airplanes, stores, offices, continued to get worse, I can't imagine how I could have dealt with that!! When I smoked, the minute I found out that smoking wasn't allowed, I had the urge to "light up" right away!! Congratulations to you for being able to stop the addiction!!! You can be sure that every person who still smokes wishes he/she could break the habit!
Good luck! Mabent
You should try a "cleanse" for a day. My favorite is water and lemon. Also look into magnesium....it's the 4th mineral in our body and many of us are depleted from it. I started taking it and feel even better. When we are low on magnesium we tend to have anxiety, depression and so on...
... I apologize if two posts show from me ... my browser crashed =/
Just want to show a little support, HIM... Smoking cessation is a major life-change and it takes time for the body to return to it's natural balances... and it's different for everyone.
Have you considered seeing a support group (in person/if feasible) to work through the emotional aspect of these changes, and perhaps finding an appropriate specialist who may be able to prescribe something to aid with diet/energy/depression/negativity?
Keep looking forward with your hopes up - some of the things you mentioned in your post are very common after quitting smoking and there are ways to counter them.