Message posted by paleogirl on 20 August 2010 at 8:27pm - IP Logged
Just wanted to share with you all...
I stopped smoking on the 21st January after smoking for 20 years+ I am feeling great but will admit to a couple when I was in Corfu in May. I am doing exercise classes a few nights a week and almost keep up with the 20 and 30 year olds!!! Yes you do gain weight when you stop smoking but I have learned to be patient and appreciate that it will probably be next year before I start to get into real shape. If I can do it then anyone can. If you want help then think about the NHS groups in your area...I found it was good to talk to the other girls who were there although the group leader had obviously never had a cigarette in her life so was little help...we did get free patches etc
Message posted by tully on 20 August 2010 at 9:06pm - IP Logged
Well done Paleogirl. I gave up in April after having smoked for 45 years. It's not easy and as you say the weight goes up. I prefer to be a non smoker with a little extra weight than a smoker that was permantly out of breath. I found the nicotine lozengers helped me.
Message posted by Ray and Gisela on 20 August 2010 at 9:34pm - IP Logged
I too gave up over 30 years ago and it is now my worst nightmare that I have started smoking again.
I think the reason that ex-smokers are more anti smoking than folks who have never smoked is that they feel that if they can do it then anyone can. That's how I feel anyway! However - now I eat and drink too much. Hey Ho!
Message posted by Kaffy on 21 August 2010 at 12:27am - IP Logged
Congratulations. I need to join you. I do worry about weight gain because of health problems my weight is monitored. The person who monitors my weight wants me to stop smoking. Can I continue to diet and stop smoking at the same time?
Message posted by Graham T-A on 21 August 2010 at 6:43am - IP Logged
We stopped smoking about 25 years ago but my doctor said the effects would be there for many years and has only just this years changed my records to show me as a non smoker. The good news is that I always made myself invest every month what it would have cost us to smoke. I sometimes struggled to find this money but as a smoker I would have found it from somewhere, wouldn't I? This was at a time when investments and shares rose quite rapidly and after 17 years we bought our house in Corfu with this money, so when people tell me I'm lucky to have our house, with a ciggie hanging out of their mouths, I do feel the need to point out that it was a choice, either smoke or have the house in Corfu. It was this thought in my mind that kept me away from smoking for all these years although, of course, I wouldn't touch one now anyway as smokers seem to be treated like second rate citizens in recent years.
Message posted by Denis O on 21 August 2010 at 11:22am - IP Logged
Interesting story Graham. Certainly puts things into perspective.
I gave up on 9-3-09, coincidentlly, the day I had a mild heart attack. Certain death is a great motivator but it has to happen to you before you take notice of all the evidence.
Message posted by paleogirl on 21 August 2010 at 12:09pm - IP Logged
Kaffy I used the weight situation as my reason/excuse for not giving up earlier. The reality is I have tried to diet and exercise at the same time and this has meant I've not put on stones but lots and lots of pounds. But they will come off and with the exercise I walk tall because I am proud that I am trying to get fit.
Just had the nice man from Hydro Electric in to read the meter this morning- don't know him but I can tell he's a smoker-yuk!!!
Message posted by flynnmo on 21 August 2010 at 6:03pm - IP Logged
Well done paleogirl. I stopped on my birthday four years ago, after many failed attempts. I think I succeeded this time because I actually WANTED to stop. Previous attempts, I realised, were because I thought I should stop - a very different thing. I used to be quite offended when people said smokers smelled, but now I can smell smoke on people as soon as they walk into a room! Keep up the good work! Moyra
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