Tips on dealing with a Smoking slip-up

You might be thinking, what do I do if I smoke? Here are some tips I have found, in case you smoke. and what worked for me when I smoked New Years Day after being quit since November 19, 2007. Now I have 13 smoke free days instead of 50 something days. The number one tip I have for you is even if you blow your quit by smoking, (I smoked 7) whether its 1 or 100 do not give up on yourself, just start over. That’s what I did see Smoking Again, Kind of…,
for more details.

The first thing you should do is to tell yourself that you can stop, after all haven’t you been proving that all along? The worst thing you can do is think that you have screwed up completely and everything is lost. That can lead to having a full blown relapse and to keep on smoking.

  • Get rid of any cigarettes
  • Think of it as just a slip.
  • Do not feel bad and give up.
  • Use behavioral and mental coping skills. (Leave the situation, call a friend, list your reasons for quitting.)
  • Commit to quitting again right away.
  • Learn from your slip. Be better prepared next time.
  • Give your self some positive credit for catching it and stopping early.
  • It’s a choice – Living life on life’s terms.
  • Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional
  • Happiness is an inside job
  • You have no control over other people, places or things.
  • Your brain is not your friend-don’t go there alone
  • You have enough-You do enough-You are enough!
  • Learn to set boundaries – If you don’t put yourself and your health first who will?
  • Tears- They are important to cleanse your body and to share your true self with others.
  • Find support, Blog, Journal, Write Daily Goals, Learn to Laugh, Learn to connect with your feelings, Connect with others who understand.
  • Practice makes permanence There is no such thing as true perfection because we ALL make mistakes. That is what makes us human.
  • Listen ,Love and Learn about this powerful addiction to Nicotine.
  • Recovery from nicotine is Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual.
  • Trust the Process

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Quitting Smoking and Weight Gain

Smoke Free 8 days!

Today I would like to talk about weight gain since I quit smoking November 19, 2007 and relapsed, (had 7 cigs) New Years Day. My total weight gain in seven weeks has been a ton! When I quit smoking I weighed 142 lbs. I am 5’8″ so that wasn’t too bad. I still wore a size 8 or 10, mostly because of my belly. Menopause changes a body. I have been very lucky, up until I was 48 years old, I have been a size 8, never had to diet or exercise. So I have been very spoiled all my life. Now the bad news…I weigh 158 lbs. Ugggh! I can hardly look at that number. I have gained 16 lbs, a little over 2 lbs. a week. I have joined a gym but, with the holidays, have not been able to go regularly. I love walking Sonny but, the cold weather has slowed that down. At work I do nothing but sit at my desk all day. It’s not like I am chained to it, I could get up and run up and down five flights of stairs if I wanted to but, who would really WANT to do that? Okay, enough of the BUTS! Enough of the I CAN”T MAKE TIME! Enough of the EXCUSES! It’s time to get off my arse and get moving!

My eating habits have always been pretty good:

a.) Never eat after 7:00 p.m.
b.) Always leave the last bite on the plate, (or give it to Sonny).
c.) Control my portions by thinking of the size of the palm of hand and not put more than that.

The down side of my eating has been getting enough fruits and vegetables. I have changed that since I quit smoking, now I have at least two fruits a day. I have also added Lifesaver Mints, Pretzels, Werthers, and Peppermints to my diet also. The food, (if you want to call it that), that I have added, has helped me with the “habit” of reaching for something to put in my mouth. So far it has been working and highly recommend all of them.

Bottom line on weight gain. I read once that a person that quits smoking would have to gain 100 lbs. to do the same damage to their body that smoking does. Well, 16 lbs is nothing and I can lose that, but right now I am not going to “diet”, or freak out about it. I am going to the Goodwill and buying size 12 pants/jeans for $3.00 and will wear those until this passes. Then I will “re-gift” them to Goodwill for the next lady that needs a larger size, (not that a 12 is all that large by any means), while she is quitting smoking. Another bonus about weight gain, you should return to your pre-quitting weight by 6 months to 1 year after quitting.

So, I am going to hang in there and keep plugging along one day at a time, and ask my Higher Power to keep me smoke free today, and thank Him tonight for the Grace He gave me so I would not smoke. For that I am truly grateful.


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7 Days Smoke Free, again

It has become obvious to me that I need to do my writing first thing in the morning. By the afternoon I am not quite as sharp as I would like to be and seem to be in more of a hurry to write anything just to get it done.

Quit smoking or take Chantix?Today is my 7th or would have been 50th day smoke free. Unfortunately as I wrote about in Smoking Again, Kind of…,I smoked on New Years day after I had quit November 19th. I blame myself for quitting the Chantix too soon. I had been 18 days with out. Anyway, today I am doing very well thank you. I am taking only one and 1/2 Chantix because I can’t sleep at night, so when I get home from work at 5:00 or so I take the 1/2 instead of the whole one. In the morning I take 1mg tab and it is working quite well. I also have problems waking up in the morning. I was always an early bird until I quit. I guess my body isn’t waking me up for that Nicotine fix. Now I just keep hitting the snooze and really don’t care weather I get up or not. I have resorted to a friend calling me at 6:15 a.m. to wake me up. That is so unreal to me. For years I have been getting up at 5:00 or 5:30 a.m. even on the weekends. I associate this to my body healing from all the damage cigs has caused or the Chantix. When I was off the Chantix I could get up a little easier. That is something I have to check out.

Babbling is right today! Not much going on right now. I’ll probably write more later.


Smoking, Hard Choices we have to Make

Here I am at Day 1 as a non-smoker. That’s okay. I could have finished the pack I bought instead of only smoking two and throwing them out the car window. Actually, when I threw them out, I thought to myself, “I should have given them to a homeless person…” then I finished the thought with , “…so they can kill themselves.” After that, I was glad I threw them out the car window. I don’t wish this on anyone.

I had a Dr’s. appointment yesterday at 10:40 a.m. with my MD to discuss the results of my Bone Density Test. Well, being post-menopausal and a heavy smoker all my life and a caffeine addict to boot, you can guess that the results weren’t very good. My T-score was -2.5 on my lower lumbar in my spine. According to the Dr. that is not good for someone so young. On my hips it was a little better, only -1.3 which is Osteopenia. That means, not quite Osteoporosis. So he gave me Fosomax and told me to take 1200 mg of Calcium with Vitamin D. The good news is you can reverse the damage and rebuild the bone. Isn’t that cool?? If you want more information click here to go to the FORE web site.Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education

The wiki definition is: Osteoporosis is most common in women after the menopause, when it is called postmenopausal osteoporosis, but may develop in men and premenopausal women in the presence of particular hormonal disorders and other chronic diseases or as a result of smoking and medications, specifically glucocorticoids, when the disease is called steroid- or glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (SIOP or GIOP).

Meanwhile, back at the Dr’s. office He listened to my lungs and said they sounded 100% better than back in October. No wheezing, my lungs were clear! That’s not something I hear very often. I told him I had joined the gym and was exercising three times a week. He said that also helps the Osteo problems. So, I walked out of the Dr’s. office and threw my cigs out the window on my way back to work. I felt like a new woman. All of my reasons for quitting renewed. I suddenly wanted to live again. It turned out to be a great day. I am going to take the Chantix under the supervision of my Dr. It’s called following instructions. Not something I do very well. I always try to do it My Way!! I’ll talk later about why this delays me getting my false teeth this month!