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  1. mdjsunshine
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    Good morning everyone i am so happy to finally be back and i still am and always will be smoke free and i want to thank everyone here for helping me to quit smoking and stay quit.  this may not be exactly the proper place for this but i am starting a new and very important time in my life and i hope to be able to gain support through my friends to stick to my plan.  i have joined a weight loss program that is very strict and i have a great start - between july 1st and 9th i have lost 10 pounds !!!!  i am looking at this weight loss program exactly as i did here on sho - one minute, hour and day at a time and with god's guidance and help from my friends i plan on making this loss as permanent as my quitting smoking.  i have over 100 pounds to lose and i will achieve my goal in time.  it took years to put the weight on from not only eating the wrong food but because i am on so much medication for all of my many illnesses but i am setting all of my excuses aside and striving to reach my goal one day at a time.  i hope this post is allowed to stay on here because i may not be the only person striving to achieve this goal either from putting on weight from quitting smoking or any other personal reasons.  i hope and pray that you all have a great day and week ahead.

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  2. brieffree
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    Hi mdjsunshine

    I hear you loud! and clear! As a Non smoker we know that we can conquer other challenges, I wish you the best focus in your new healthy challenge! No matter what the best for you!
  3. linda, quit coach
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    Hi mdjsunshine,

    Thank you for sharing your new health challenge with us and congratulations for staying smoke-free! We are so happy to hear that you are taking different steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Keep going strong and continuing success!

    Best wishes and good luck on your weight loss journey!
  4. mdjsunshine
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    thanks to linda and brieffree for your support in this new journey i am taking.  so many people say that they gave up their quits because of the weight gain and i won't lie to you - most will see some weight gain but it is nothing to be ashamed of and in fact after you are more settled and at ease with your quits you could try by starting small with a little adjustment of your foods and maybe add a little exercise and see where i takes you.  i know i am not the only disabled wheelchair bound person in this group and at first i thought i can't exercise so hot can i ever lose weight and in fact it was an old sho member my dear friend sparky (i miss you still sparky) that showed me that there was a way for me to exercise in this chair.  he told me to take 2 soup cans and put one in each and and lower your arms down and bring them up to fold your arms high and when you got good at that change the cans to tomato cans or larger cans and guess what - it worked for me and it can for you too.  there are so many ways to get your body moving whether you are healthy or sick.  give it a try sometime and you might be surprised what happens.  no matter what or when never never give up or put your quit at risk - you are so worth every ounce of life you have in you and here is to living a longer and more healthy life smoke free and with a more healthy weight and toned up body.  good luck to everyone and if you have questions then here's the place to ask and i will try to answer and if i am not qualified to answer then i can surely point you in the right direction.  have a great rest of today and may the sun always shine on each and every one of you my dear friends.

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  5. mdjsunshine
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    well hello to everyone on this beautiful sunday morning/afternoon - one week gone and i am about to embark on a whole new week with endless possibilities.  for those of you that are new in your quits congratulations for making the most important choice in your life.  for others that have been around a while like me make each day that you are smoke free a joyous occasion.  last week i began a new journey in my life - i joined a weight loss program and am doing well.  quitting smoking more often than not brings on a most undesirable side effect of gaining some unwanted weight and as scary as this sounds it is one of the most common reasons for giving up your quit.  i have found that once you feel more  confident and safe in your quit then would be the time to address your weight gain issues.  as undaunting as this sounds it is no where as hard as quitting smoking but it is hard to get into it.  don't be afraid that taking 2 journeys at the same time will be overwhelming and starting thinking that you just can't do it because actually it is almost natural for the 2 journeys to go together.  during the planning stage and the first days of our quits we learn about how to break the habit of hand to mouth with the cigarettes so instead of the nasty white sticks why not try inserting some healthy foods like veggies or try eating low carb, higher fat and protein and you just might find yourself beginning to enjoy this new adventure.  i know i have more energy now that i am eating much more responsibly and although i am in my wheelchair i am finding more ways to make every day as fun filled as possible and challenging too with creating my menu for tomorrow the day before and if you don't think that's a toughy i suggest you try it - it is fun and time consuming - something that you would have done before as the old you would have been smoking but this new way is enjoyable and darn fun.  try it sometime and you will see what i mean.  well have a wonderful sunday and may the sun always shine on each and every one of you my dear friends.

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  6. jenna lee, quit coach
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    Hi mdjsunshine,

    Thank you for sharing your personal goals with us and for updating us on your progress! 

    Weight gain, although not guaranteed, can be a barrier for many who are trying to quit so your honesty and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Baby steps, tackling 1 thing at a time as to not overwhelm yourself with goals is very smart and has clearly been working for you: 10 lbs!!

    We continue to look forward to hearing from you and your positivity shines to our other members.

    Jenna Lee
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  7. mdjsunshine
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    thanks jenna lee for the positive affirmation.  who would have thought way back almost 6 years ago that a frightened of her own shadow woman would end up on sho after she quit smoking !!!  it sure has been a ride and i can't say i didn't enjoy myself all these years after wearing a few different hats but here i am once again with all the support i need right here in the wonderful place i found that helped me to become a butterfly and a smoke free one at that.  it was baby steps with my quit and it is once again baby steps but with all of you helping to move forward how can i go wrong.  same goes for the other members here - you need some help never be shy to post for help - sometimes it is the big difference between wanting to be smoke free and actually being smoke for life,

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  8. mdjsunshine
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    hi everyone i have wonderful news to share with you.  i lost 2 more pounds !!!!  i know i have a long way to go but i also did the day i first quit smoking and here i am now almost 6 years smoke free.  time and time again i hear people saying they tried to quit smoking but the minute they see one extra pound when they weigh themselves it is automatically due to not smoking so they plug a cigarette in their mouth and utter a "wow that was a close call - i almost gained weight"  when someone comes to this site looking for help and direction to try and quit smoking they are directed to the area of this wonderful place.  there are numerous articles and suggestions on how to plan ahead for your quit and there are also quite a number of suggestions on ways to keep your quit.  i know there are some low fat choices of different foods to help replace the hand to mouth habit that happens when we put the cigarettes to our mouths and pull it away to blow the smoke out or inhale it in.  after all is said and done it is exactly the same things i am doing with my weight loss journey.  for some the thought of doing two things that are both extremely hard to do at the same time is too hard to handle so they choose one or the other to work on and i am so glad they came here first to get their quit started and they feel comfortable with where they are in their quit.  now would be the best time t tackle those pesky pounds that appeared out of nowhere and get them handled and so another journey begins.  please think carefully when you do read this post because both of these things are detrimental to us and they can both be avoided and a happier and healthy person emerges from their bodies.  in ending this post may the sun always shine on each and every one of you and please never be afraid or shy to ask questions.

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  9. mdjsunshine
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    hello again to everyone and i for one and so happy that i have all of you to keep me on the straight path.  the lord shines and path for me to take and all of you whether you know it or not help me to stay and never stray.  we have had unbearable weather here for the past few days and in all of my 62 years of life i have never seen our thermometer go to 45 degrees !!!!!  that is like 114 degrees fahrenheit.  as colonel potter from mash would say "gees louise it is hot out here"  and he was surely right.  makes it very hard sticking to a diet let alone eat anything at all so i am hoping for better results next week.  i did lose one measly pound but it is better than gaining a pound.  thanks so much for allowing me to share my new adventure with all of you and i hope and pray you are all having a great day.

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  10. jenna lee, quit coach
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    mssunshine,

    Brilliant how you took what you learned from quitting smoking and are now applying it to making other healthy changing with your weight loss. 

    Here's to your continued progress moving forward,

    Jenna Lee
  11. smitty
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    Hi Sunshine, this to me is a very important topic and it is eventually affect every single person that makes the choice to put the cigarettes down for good, next to quitting weight gain is the second hardest thing to control, every single time I quit this has been my issue and ultimately the reason I started back to smoking. When I made the decision to quit this time I also made the decision that nothing was going to stop me, not even the weight gain, weight is a pretty sensitive issue for me mostly because of my knees and the fact that I am diabetic, but I made a decision that nothing was going to stop me, I can’t let it stop me even if it means going back on insulin, I was already quite a bit heavier then I wanted to be when I quit, but the social implications for continuing to smoke were one of my biggest factors in starting my quit this time, I can’t let it stand in my way, I am currently 290 Lbs but at this point I don’t care, I am quitting for me


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  12. susanm
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    Hi mdjsunshine, congratulations on your weight loss so far and for sharing your progress with us.

    I know I need to lose weight which I started thinking about before my quit day. Depression helped me put on an extra 20 pounds that I didn't need as I was already overweight. I am going back to the program I was using a couple of years ago. 

    Keep up the good work and please keep us posted.
  13. mdjsunshine
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    THANK YOU JENNA LEE FOR ALLOWING THIS THESE POSTS ON SHO AS I THINK WE ARE ALL BEGINNING TO SEE THE RELEVANCE OF QUITTING SMOKING, GAINING  WEIGHT AND THEN HAVING TO MAKE A CHOICE ABOUT WHICH ONE YOU WILL STICK TOO.  WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE A CHOICE ???  WE CAN QUIT SMOKING AND LOSE WEIGHT AT THE SAME TIME  IF WE GET THE SUPPORT AND INFORMATION WE SO DESPERATELY NEED.
  14. mdjsunshine
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    THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT SUSANM IT REALLY MEANS A LOT TO ME AND I WILL KEEP POSTING MY LOSSES AND I HOPE NOT BUT GAINS TOO.  WE ARE NOT PERFECT SO INTO EVERYONE'S DREAMS A LITTLE RAIN MUST FALL  BUT PLEASE LORD NOT TOO MANY GAINS :D  I HAVE A LIFE LONG BATTLE WITH ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND PARANOIA AND TAKE MEDICATIONS TO KEEP EVERYTHING IN CONTROL BUT THOSE MEDS COME AT A DEAR PRICE - WEIGHT GAIN BUT NOW THAT MY QUIT IS SOLID AND MY MENTAL HEALTH FOR THE MOST PART IS OKAY EVEN THOUGH I DO HAVE MY DOWN TIMES SO THIS IS NOW THE TIME TO BEGIN THIS NEW JOURNEY AND IT CAN BE AS NERVE WRACKING AS NOT SMOKING !!!.  YOU DO WHAT YOU KNOW WORKS FOR YOU AND COME HERE AND LET US ALL KNOW HOW YOU ARE DOING.  MAYBE WE CAN SHARE OUR GOOD TIMES OR LEAN ON EACH OTHER'S SHOULDER IN THE NOT SO GOOD TIMES.  IT REALLY IS A JOURNEY SUSANM AND I AM HAPPY TO HAVE COMPANY.  I HOPE AND PRAY YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL EVENING 
  15. mdjsunshine
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    WELL HELLO THERE SMITTY SO NICE TO SEE YOU HANGING AROUND THESE WALLS AGAIN - JUST LIKE THE OLD DAYS !!!  I TOTALLY AGREE THAT WEIGHT IS A VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC SINCE MOST OF US EITHER HAVE GONE THROUGH THE PROBLEM OR ARE GOING THROUGH IT NOW.  I AM THE GOING THROUGH IT NOW AND HAVE BEEN SINCE MY HEALTH WENT DOWN HILL.  TALKING ABOUT SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS WHEN PEOPLE SEE SOMEONE SMOKING THEY SHAKE THEIR FINGER AND SAY SMOKING IS GOING TO KILL YOU BUT THESE SAME PEOPLE ARE ALSO SAYING OH MY YOU ARE A BIT ON THE CHUNKY SIDE AND SHAKE THAT SAME FINGER.  DOESN'T SEEM LIKE WE WILL EVER PLEASE EVERYONE SO LET'S BEGIN TO PLEASE OURSELVES AND THEN SEE HOW MANY FINGERS ARE SHAKING.  SMITTY YOU AND I BOTH KNOW WE CAN DO THIS WEIGHT LOSS THING JUST AS WE DID THE SMOKING THING.  I AM RIGHT BESIDE YOU IF YOU NEED ME SO PLEASE NEVER FEEL ALONE.  SO GIVE OR TAKE A FEW POUNDS YOU AND I ARE IN THE SAME PLACE AND MAYBE WE DON'T HAVE THAT OLD SMOKE FREE MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB ON THE WEIGHT LOSS SIDE OF THINGS BUT I AM STILL WATCHING FOR YOU TO GET TO THE TOP OF THAT MOUNTAIN AND CARVE YOUR NAME IN THAT ROCK AND ONCE YOU HAVE DONE THAT THEN OFF WE GO TO OUR NEW JOURNEY.  I WANT TO COME UP WITH A NAME FOR OUR JOURNEY AND IT ISN'T JUST OUR JOURNEY BECAUSE ANYONE AND EVERYONE THAT HAS WEIGHT ISSUES TO DEAL WITH AS A RESULT OF QUITTING SMOKING OR WHATEVER THE PROBLEM MAY BE EVERYONE IS WELCOME.  MY PAIN LEVELS THESE DAYS IS THROUGH THE ROOF IN MY RIGHT HIP, KNEE AND WHOLE DARN LEG ACTUALLY AND I KID YOU NOT BUT YESTERDAY WHEN IT GOT TO BE 45 DEGREES - LIKE THE OLD 114 DEGREES I THOUGHT A SMOKE WOULD TAKE MY PAIN AWAY !!!  ONLY FOR THAT SPLIT SECOND MIND YOU BUT THAT DARN DEMON NEVER MISSES A CHANCE TO GET YOU AND BOOM THERE IS THAT WHITE STICK GOING IN OUR MOUTHS AGAIN.  STRANGE THING IS CIGARETTES NEVER TOOK MY PAIN AWAY BEFORE SO WHY WOULD THEY NOW - IT IS OLD THINKING - VERY OLD AND NEVER COMING BACK.  HAVE A WONDERFUL EVENING AND NIGHT DEAR FRIEND
  16. smitty
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    You know what sunshine, i have gotten to the point now where i don't really care what others think of me, how big i am, or if i am doing what they want, there was a time when i was so self conscience about what other people thought of me, but then there came a time when i just stopped caring, so im a few pounds overweight, there will be a time to address my weight, but now is not the time, right now i am just trying to keep my head above water, and trying to stay smokefree, in the beginning that was consuming all of my time, and to be honest with you, i don't know when the right time will be, i just don't want to end up like our dear friend sparky (God rest his soul) where it wasn't the cigarettes that killed him. but diabetes, i am hoping and praying that God will grant me the wisdom to address my weight before it is to late, right now i am just trying to keep my head above water, then i will address the weight
  17. mdjsunshine
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    OH MY DEAR SWEET FRIEND SMITTY I HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR AND PLEASE KNOW THAT YOU ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING AND I AM ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU AND ALWAYS WILL BE NO MATTER WHAT.  WHO THE HELL HAS THE RIGHT TO JUDGE ANY OF US FOR HOW WE LOOK, ACT OR DRESS.  THE QUITTING SMOKING THINGY RIGHT NOW IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN YOUR LIFE AND RIGHTLY SO IT SHOULD BE BECAUSE BEING FREE FROM THE NICOTINE IS ALLOWING US TO LIVE A LONGER AND HOPEFULLY A HEALTHIER LIFE.  I TOO MISS OUR BUDDY SPARKY AND ALWAYS WILL AND DON'T LAUGH BUT SOMETIMES I CAN FEEL HIM GIVE ME A KICK IN THE BEHIND AND SAY "GET IT RIGHT SUNSHINE"  I HAVE STRUGGLED SO HARD WITH MY DIABETES AND IT IS ONLY NOW SOME ALMOST 6 YEARS INTO MY QUIT SMOKING JOURNEY THAT I FEEL CAPABLE OF TAKING ON THIS NEW JOURNEY OF TACKLING MY WEIGHT SITUATION AND BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY THAT I AM SURE THAT BEING ABLE TO COME HERE AND POST ABOUT MY FEELINGS, WINS AND LOSSES IS WHAT IS KEEPING ME IN LINE.  I ASKED GOD TO SHINE A LIGHT FOR ME SO I WOULD KNOW THE RIGHT PATH TO CHOSE AND I CAN SEE THE PATH LAID OUT IN FRONT OF ME SO WELL THAT I KNOW THIS CHOICE AND THIS TIME I WILL MAKE IT THANKS TO GOD, MY ANGELS AND MY FRIENDS HERE THAT HELD MY HAND THROUGH MY QUITTING SMOKING AND NOW I AM HERE ONCE AGAIN HOLDING HANDS WITH MY FRIENDS AS I FOLLOW THIS PATH TO A HEALTHIER ME.  SMITTY PLEASE DON'T LET WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT YOU STOP YOU FROM ACHIEVING YOUR GOAL AND RIGHT NOW THAT GOAL IS QUITTING SMOKING AND GETTING YOUR DIABETES UNDER CONTROL.  THE TIME FOR WEIGHT LOSS WILL BE HERE FOR YOU WHEN YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR QUIT.  JUST REMEMBER THE SONG "ONE DAY AT A TIME SWEET JESUS" AND THIS IS HOW WE BOTH HAVE TO LOOK AT OUR JOURNEYS.  EVERYONE THAT IS HERE ON SHO IS DOING THE SAME THING AS WE ARE - TRYING TO QUIT SMOKING OR TRYING TO STAY QUIT SO ONCE AGAIN WE ARE ALL GATHERED TOGETHER IN ONE BIG FAMILY AND SHARING OUR GOOD TIMES AND BAD TIMES WITH EACH OTHERS AND DRAWING SUPPORT FROM ONE ANOTHER.  I STILL PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER AND NEVER FORGET THAT IT WAS ALL OF YOU TOGETHER THAT GOT ME TO WHERE I AM TODAY AND SMITTY IT WILL BE THE SAME FOR YOU - WE WILL HELP EACH OTHER GET TO WHERE WE WANT AND NEED TO BE SO WITH THAT BEING SAID MAY THE SUN ALWAYS SHINE ON EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU MY DEAR FRIENDS 
  18. mdjsunshine
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    HELLO EVERYONE I SAID AT THE BEGINNING OF MY NEW JOURNEY THAT COMING IN HERE AND POSTING JUST AS I DID WHEN I WAS TRYING SO DESPERATELY TO QUIT SMOKING WOULD REALLY HELP ME BECAUSE IT WOULD MAKE ME ACCOUNTABLE TO MORE THAN JUST ME.  WELL JULY IS OVER AND IT HAS BEEN A FULL 31 DAYS AND I AM VERY PROUD TO REPORT THAT I HAVE LOST A TOTAL OF 14  POUNDS !!!!!  I KNOW A LOT OF IT IS FLUID BUT IT STILL COUNTS WITH ME.  THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT HAS AT LEAST READ MY POST AND GAVE ME ENCOURAGEMENT - I AM FOREVER GREATFUL FOR IT AND NOW TO LEAP AHEAD INTO AUGUST.  I HOPE AND PRAY THAT EVERYONE WILL HAVE A WONDERFUL AND BLESSED AUGUST 
  19. brieffree
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    Hi sunshine

    Great News, Congrats double time! you have the Power!
  20. susanm
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    That is wonderful sunshine!!! You can do this!
  21. mdjsunshine
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    THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT BRIEFFREE AND SUSANM I CAN USE ALL I CAN GET.  STILL SITTING AT THE 14 POUND MARK BUT IT HAS BEEN A HARD AND BAD FEW DAYS WITH MY ILLNESS KICKING UP THEIR HEALS LIKE CRAZY.  I WILL NOT LET DOWN MY DEFENSE FOR ONE MOMENT BECAUSE JUST LIKE WITH QUITTING SMOKING THAT OLD DEMON IS LURKING RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER WAITING FOR ME IN MY MOMENT OF WEAKNESS AND THAT JUST WON'T HAPPEN AND SO I WILL PRESS FORWARD TO A NEW WEEK STARTING TOMORROW AND I HOPE AND PRAY THAT EVERYONE HAS A WONDERFUL AND BLESSED DAY AND WEEK AHEAD.
  22. jenna lee, quit coach
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    you too mdsunshine,

    You know we are all here rooting for your and your progress towards good health. You exhibit a great attitude in your writing regarding your willpower.

    Best,

    Jenna lee
  23. mdjsunshine
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    THANKS JENNA LEE FOR THE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE.  I CAN REMEMBER BACK TO THOSE BEGINNING DAYS, WEEKS, MONTHS AND EVEN YEARS TO ANOTHER OF OUR MERRY BAND OF QUITTERS WHEN SOMEONE ASKED ME HOW I COULD DO THIS QUIT THINGY SO EASILY AND I SAID "THAT'S EASY I AM TOO STUBBORN NOT TO SUCCEED" AND NOW THE NAME PENNY COMES TO MINE AS SHE TOLD ME I WAS NOT STUBBORN - I WAS JUST TENACIOUS !!!  THAT DAY I REMEMBER GOOGLING TENACIOUS TO SEE WHAT IT MEANT AND YUPPER I WAS RIGHT - I AM STUBBORN AS TE DAY IS LONG AND DARN PROUD OF IT TOO.  JENNA LEE JUST LIKE BACK IN MY NEWBIE DAYS I WOULD COME HERE FOR INSPIRATION AND SUPPORT AND WHAT THEY HECK I MAY HAVE EVEN BE FOUND LURKING AROUND THE WALLS AT MANY HOURS OF THE DAY AND NIGHT BUT IT WORKED FOR MY QUITTING SMOKING AND BY CRACKER IT IS GOING TO WORK FOR MY WEIGHT ISSUE TOO SO I WILL BE AROUND :D

  24. smitty
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    Jenna is right we are all here rooting for you, you talk about your illness, you know I think adds allot of extra stress because like you I am fighting, sometimes for my life, it's been a real hard couple of weeks for me battling with my diabetes, my vision started going blurry a couple of weeks ago and it scarred the heck out of me, doctor says that is is in fact my diabetes, the other day I could hardly see the computer screen to type my daily pledges out, it seems that my right eye is worse then my left, you know, we always fret over the small thing, "my vision is blurry", or "Im not losing wieght" or I had a bad craving today and I just barely made it through the day, the thing that we forget to remind ourselves is that we are all in this together, when you have a bad day, I can't stop but think, "how are you doing now, we share a common bond, and thats not going away any time soon, when brieffree said today that he was having bad cravings today, I could'nt help but wonder, hows he doing now, I will continue to fight on, that's a fact of my existence, and I think that it's great when we can stand up and fight this God forsaken addiction as a group, I think that it's so much easier when we fight as one, Good night all
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