Scared of the weight gain

FinallyFree
FinallyFree

February 8th, 2005, 8:06 am #1

Hi all-
I have been quit for 1 month and 7 days. I have only gained 2-3 pounds. I have been very careful about what I eat and I have been walking 3 miles on my treadmill at least 3 times a week. My doctor told me that I was going to gain weight even though I am careful and exercising. I am so scared. I really really don't want to gain any weight.
I was thinking that if I was going to gain I would gain it by now.
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coryw42
coryw42

February 8th, 2005, 10:25 pm #3

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Joel
Joel

February 8th, 2005, 10:34 pm #4

From: coryw42 in response to Message 1 Sent: 2/8/2005 8:25 AM
It is so easy to grab something to eat in replacement of smoking. I am scared of gaining wait myself. I have to admit I made the mistake of eating jelly beans last week for two days straight and gave myself an awful stomach ache, won't do that again. I find that longer walks with my dog helps and more time with my home exercise equipment isn't hurting either. Everything will line itself back out in time.

Cory

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St8sy
St8sy

February 8th, 2005, 10:40 pm #5

You are doing much better than I did in that area!! I gained a lot of weight. I just kept telling myself that if I could quit smoking I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.....I am now walking, eating right and I can actually breath WITH my jeans buttoned!!!! You are being so careful and that is great.....getting rid of a deadly addiction is by far the most important thing you can do for yourself. Just remember if you do put on a few pounds....you can have fun losing it!!!! Great job joining the GREEN CLUB!!!!!
Stacy
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

February 8th, 2005, 10:58 pm #6

Hey FinallyFree,

2-3 pounds, heck that's great! Keep up the walking. Lets see, we save 6-7 minutes for each cig not puffed. That's around 2 hours a day you can now spend doing something else, like walking! Non-smokers like us just have more time, energy and lung capacity. BTW, did your doctor also tell you that cold turkey smoking cessation was too tough and suggest you use Nic Replacement or anti-depressants? Did your physician tell you you were a nicotine addict? Just curious.
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Starshinegrl Gold
Starshinegrl Gold

February 9th, 2005, 12:45 am #7

Hi, Nicky, 2-3 pounds?? I gain that every time I go and stay at my Mum's. You are doing the right thing: keep eating healthily, keep walking, read all the threads recommended to you and try to stop worrying about any weight gain ...

Oh, and before I forget:
Congratulations on joining the green club!!!
You are doing great.
Be proud of yourself!
Gitte
74 days and a bit
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Pindan Pearl
Pindan Pearl

February 9th, 2005, 8:51 am #8

Hi,

just to give my two cents worth: I am a slim person myself and I can totally relate that you don't have to be overweight to feel not "fat", but just that bit uncomfortable in your own skin. You feel slightly different, your clothes fit slightly differently, etc... But, 2 - 3 pounds or even kilos are a long way from having an actual weight problem.

I am a bit sad that someone told you you WILL put on weight. I don't think there is a single articel here at freedom that refers to this "inevitability theory".

The best advice I can give you right now is: put those scales away for a while. Concentrate on how you feel and not what the numbers say. If you feel you should address your weight, do so as a seperate issue. For now enjoy your quit, take it one day at a time and keep doing what you are doing. You seem to be doing just fine.

Heike 3 months, 3 weeks, 5 days, 9 hours, 51 minutes. 2723 cigarettes not smoked, saving AU$612.77.
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ThoraxPunk
ThoraxPunk

February 9th, 2005, 10:45 pm #9

Hi FF be proud. I gained about 2 to 3 pounds every month for the first three months but have since stabilized. The important thing is to TAKE CONTROL. By that I mean deal with the issues for what they are...separate ones. Smoking first, then the weight gain. If you try and handle too much at once it will be more difficult (at least for me it would have been).
Now that I am a bit further into my quit I am begining to get some sustained energy back and realizing my next issue is that all my pants did not fit anymore! Now I will focus on that and lose the weight. Heck, if you are off a drug that some say is more addictive than heroin, losing a little weight will be a breeze. It helps to have the knowledge of why we gain weight and come to the understanding that once your body has reversed the chemical effects of the years of smoking training, a new normal healthy equilibrium comes back. At that point you should be able to take the weight off with a diet/exercise program. Hang in there!
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