29 Nov 2017
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I want to congratulate you for being smoke free for over 5 weeks. Way to go! You are one strong cookie!
I never struggled with my weight until I quit smoking about 13 months ago. I did gain weight. However, my eating habits did not change. So smoking really was responsible for keeping my weight down. Yuck, that's scary to me. I would rather be overweight than still a smoker. I have been struggling to lose weight, but it took a toll and I wasn't happy, so I am taking a break. At this point in my life, I just don't care enough. My biggest goal was to quit smoking, and I did that. And I intend to stay a non-smoker. So if I am heavier than I was before, oh well. And like one of my sisters said, I am getting older, so it is not as easy to lose the weight. It's not just because I quit smoking.
You said you are a runner. Give yourself a chance. When the weather gets better, you can start running again, and you may be pleasantly surprised about the results. But regardless, just know this. Your weight does not define you. You are important no matter what. And you deserve to be able to live a smoke free life.
I wish the best for you, qb16. Value yourself, because you are valuable. Relax, because life will play out and as always, things will change. Make sure they change for the better. And above all else, stay smoke free. You will be much happier that way.