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#1 Kate18

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:44 AM

Sailed through breaks at work today. Thought here and there, wistful moments, romanticizing smoking. Didn't go outdoors to the smoking area to be sure to avoid temptation to ask for a smoke.  Had small plate of nachos for dinner. Normally I'd relax outside on my patio with a cigarette. Instead I got out the yogurt and red grapes. On their own, it's a healthy snack. Thing is, I wasn't hungry. They were a substitution for smoking. Not good. I don't want to gain weight. One of things I have to do to get the swelling down in my legs is to drop 5-10 pounds, not gain them. 

 

Well, not many people find it easy to stay quit. I'm on my guard against cravings. Moment to moment I say, feeling that I want a cigarette does not mean that I have to act on that feeling. 

 

It's 6:40 in Seattle. I'm going to sleep early to avoid further triggers tonight. Sweet dreams, all.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:51 AM

Instead of going out for fag breaks at work i started going for a walk round the block. Could you do that? Kills two birds with one stone, keeps you away from the smokers and helps with the little extra youve eaten. But really grapes and yoghurt!! I wouldnt be worrying. As you say thats healthy.
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:59 AM

Hi Kate, going to bed is a great idea and one I did many a night in my first couple of months. I'm sure that if you ask your Dr. gaining a few pounds may not be ideal with your condition but it's better than smoking with that condition. Can you get sugar free candies to suck on? I had lemon drops for a while and they had nothing for calories and they last a long time. I don't know about you but I never smoked and anything at the same time including candy so maybe that will help? And don't forget to drink lots of water :)
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 03:18 AM

Sailed through breaks at work today. Thought here and there, wistful moments, romanticizing smoking. Didn't go outdoors to the smoking area to be sure to avoid temptation to ask for a smoke.  Had small plate of nachos for dinner. Normally I'd relax outside on my patio with a cigarette. Instead I got out the yogurt and red grapes. On their own, it's a healthy snack. Thing is, I wasn't hungry. They were a substitution for smoking. Not good. I don't want to gain weight. One of things I have to do to get the swelling down in my legs is to drop 5-10 pounds, not gain them. 

 

Well, not many people find it easy to stay quit. I'm on my guard against cravings. Moment to moment I say, feeling that I want a cigarette does not mean that I have to act on that feeling. 

 

It's 6:40 in Seattle. I'm going to sleep early to avoid further triggers tonight. Sweet dreams, all.

Kate, seriously? You are concerned about eating extra?  I thought you were concerned about losing your feet?  NOPE!


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:14 AM

Kate, just do whatever you need to do to add time to your timeline - since your last smoke. Read everything you can find here for suggestions; but nothing can make it easy - other than time. In the early months, I honestly did not believe I could function without being able to smoke as a “reward” or a way to “rest” or a way to “celebrate”. But in this case, “practice really does make perfect”. If you practice living enough days without a smoke, pretty soon, you won’t even think much about it. Trust the “old phartes”.
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:52 AM

Don't worry about the extra food right now, you can reevaluate that in a month or two... also, you could go for a post dinner walk...drizzle or clear, I love an evening walk in Seattle...exercise and fresh air...got to love that...whatever you do, don't smoke
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:01 PM

Just my opinion........Your quit should be your number 1 priority right now. Worrying about the eating might be reinforcing an excuse.

 

                                 Don't worry about the eating & take a walk as often as possible, if you are able. If not, there are tons of sitting in a chair workouts on YouTube that are fantastic!

 

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:44 PM

Not good. I don't want to gain weight. One of things I have to do to get the swelling down in my legs is to drop 5-10 pounds, not gain them. 

 

It's 6:40 in Seattle. I'm going to sleep early to avoid further triggers tonight. Sweet dreams, all.

I wish you best of luck, Kate.

 

I'm going out on a limb here and probably get smacked by Admin, but here goes:

 

I've scoured websites, and while I know the internet is no substitute for a medical degree,  on none of the sites referencing Buerger's disease did I see "drop 5 or 10 pounds" as part of the treatment.  Universally the one recommendation was "stop smoking".  Mild exercise is also recommended for Buerger's, and that can help with the weight.   Nobody's going to recommend gaining weight BUT...

 

It looks to me like you are looking for that loophole all of us addicts seek... this one being "I was told not to gain weight but to lose it.  Quitting smoking makes me gain weight".   So you can put yourself in danger of losing weight the hard way... by having limbs amputated.  Not good.  I know you haven't threatened to cave yet, but you are very early days.  Keep your priorities firm.

 

Therefore, I'm throwing in my vote for making quitting smoking your priority until it is solidly and permanently fixed in your life.  Eat as healthy as you can, if its gotta be candy make it sugar free.  Don't let yourself feel deprived, though, that can be overwhelming and the cause of tossing in the towel (and quit) on all the good you've done.

 

disclaimer:  I do realize we're all different, and have different doctors.  I just worry about you Kate... you've been here so long and there's always a 'reason' for you to go back to smoking.  This is too important now! :) , and my advice is given only in the most caring of perspectives.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 03:29 PM

Been eating extra myself. Smoke free for nearly a month and a half now. It's lent tomorrow so gonna stop eating crap for lent aswell. No crisps, chocolate, white bread or pastry.
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:22 PM

Kate, walks instead of smoking might be the solution. How about some other sport?
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:42 PM

Hey Kate,

 

If quitting it the most important thing you will do whatever it takes to keep your quit. You can always lose weight but can't gain a new lung, leg or foot.

 

I was the Nutty Butty queen and allowed myself to eat what-ever-the-f*ck-I-wanted to keep my quit.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:07 PM

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 

 

Let us reverse it.....

 

The Ugly.

 

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The Bad.

 

Continuing to smoke....

 

 

The Good.

 

 

Kate you can stay quit and save your life.

 

Relapse is not permissable!

 

I was diagnosed with borderline COPD three years ago, caused by smoking. Luckily I had quit over 10 years, so I never had to do the obvious..

 

You will feel great if you quit for 1 year. Just ask people here.

 

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:24 PM

Narrow your focus to just quitting smoking Kate18. You know it's the Top Priority in your life right now with nothing else even coming close. Just quit smoking - 1 hour, 1 day at a time until you have a solid quit built.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:32 PM

Kate..PM,D you sweetheart ...
How much do your two feet weigh...this is what I used to ask myself...
Yes losing your feet will make you lighter I'm sure...but...we kinda want to keep hold of our limbs...
The folks here will support you every part of your journey...
You have to believe you can and you will...
Losing weight is just.. Well pants...not up there fight now...I can hear your feet shouting...were first..
Concentrate on your quit..one step at a time...no over thinking..
You can do it..I'm rooting for you here..x
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:44 PM

Only you can keep your quit. Maintain the NOPE one day at a time. After the first 24 hours quitting for a day isn't that hard to face. So food is your substitute, chewy (gum) or hard candy to suck works well. Cellery sticks are awesome AND take more calories to digest and eat than they contain. Walnuts, almonds and strawberries are all antioxidants, brain food and appetite suppressants. Stay strong and keep your quit.
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:27 PM

You can do this, Kate!  Look at all the ex-smokers here and remember that many of us had moments (or hours or weeks) when we doubted our ability to go the distance and put down the cigarettes forever.  All sorts of "great" reasons to give in will pop up, so you have to keep your eyes on the final prize, which, among other things, will be to have given yourself the best possible chance at reversing or stopping the progression of this disease.  Look at the lovely Ollie for special inspiration since it sounds as if she was in a very similar situation and came out a winner.  We are all rooting for you.  



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:40 PM

I think it's good to have lots of healthy food around so that when you grab something it's healthy. I mean who cares how much lettuce or carrots you eat right? Issue here is only when you grab potato chips or chocolate. 

 

I get it. You're quitting smoking and it's hard. You want to put something in your mouth to sooth. That's fine. Just work on putting what's better in your mouth. I don't agree with people who say eat candy or whatever to stop smoking. It's not necessary and I think it would likely make quitting harder due to health consequences of it. That's just my take on it.

 

Do not focus on needing to eat. In case you haven't noticed, eating is something we all need to do. But focus on what you eat. And don't moan about eating a carrot or nuts or seeds or fruit or salad. When that's all you eat they tend to taste like a big chocolate bar because your tastebuds change.

 

Hope this info helps.


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