Moonbeam, congrats!!! I quit smoking about 1 1/2 years ago and managed to add 70 lbs with it! I am struggling but I also have a major thyroid issue that is also hindering. Well I'm hanging in there but have only lost 2 lbs in a month.
I will use this templete myself as I continue my journey
Only 2 lbs a month is the best way - slow and steady wins the race..... It took me 18 months to lose 55lbs..and I found that is the reason I have kept it off - simply because it gave me time to create new "Habits".. I guess this site is not the place to discuss it as it is so Off Topic but you are welcome to join us at Walking with Attitude ..we have a weight loss discussion section -I'm the forum moderator there so we'd love to help you and encourage you...then you can have your before and after photo's here on the Gallery
GO GIRLS! I'm a quitter too!
I quit drinking 15 1/2 yrs. ago. ( Put on another pack a day, smoking!)
I quit smoking 2 1/2 yrs ago. (Put on 30 lbs. since!)
How does one go from never having a weight problem or having to watch what I eat...
to: DIET = Deprivation!
Note: I don't grasp the concept of "Moderation"!
I quit smoking many many years ago ( thank goodness) after I watched my Dad die of emphysema...but I put on weight too.
I used to think Diet =Deprivation..I NEVER EVER use the word "diet" or think of it as a diet... I have just made permanent changes that I can comfortably live with..... It was only when I got rid of that idea that I actually looked at it as a journey and simply changed my eating habits... I eat more now than ever .I just eat differently...I cook differently .............At first people tried to make me feel like I was deprived when I said no thanks to Hot chips & a chocolate donut etc.... But now as I see them overweight and unwell & diabetic I know I am not deprived!! They are - deprived of feeling alive and well -Even Ian's diabetes has been reversed..his doctor is wrapt.
His recent surgery was not "health" Issues but an injury.
You too should check out walkingwithattitude.comif you want motivation and support to lose weight the right way and for good!
Nicmaysy ( a few posts above) is a member at Walking with attitude and at the moment we are team mates on the same Walking challenge ( even though we have never met) and she is an inspiration to us there - she is doing so well.
Weight can age you terribly! I FEEL 20 years younger... probably because i gave up all white flour, refined sugar, and junk food... - fruit and vegatables are the basis of our daily eating plus from every food group....so I feel so alive now I feel like I wasted 20years being fat.
..and Blinkey Baby... I DON"T know how to up load embellishments ..I think I stuffed it up when I tried before..maybe someone else can explain that! I'd love the 50's dance stuff..thanks