100 lb. Club - should i start smoking again....

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01-15-2008, 04:28 PM
i was just wondering if any of you girls are smoking cigaretts or not? are they helping you to stay away from sweets ?!
i used to smoke until i found out that i'm pregnant(now my baby is 16 monts, i stopped breastfeeding too), than i quit...and now i don't know if is better to start smoking again or not.(just wanna mention that i used to smoke for about 8 years).

01-15-2008, 04:31 PM
I would say that's not one of the better ideas for losing weight! But, I'm guessing you know that already.

Good luck on whatever plan you choose.

01-15-2008, 04:31 PM
it is never good to smoke. I used to smoke myself and quit when I was pregnant with my third child and never started again. I smoked for about 10 years. It is hard to stay away from the snacks when you don't smoke and it did help me keep the pounds off but I would rather be chunky then to have lung cancer. don't start again----for your heath and your children's.

01-15-2008, 04:31 PM

01-15-2008, 04:32 PM
Smoking is NEVER a good idea.

I'm a smoker, and I know it's vile and deadly...if you've been able to quit, DO NOT start again.

And please give me any tips on quitting, lol.:^:

01-15-2008, 04:32 PM
Of course you shouldn't start smoking again!!!!!

Nooooooooooo! NOTHING is worth what you've gained by quitting!

I'm a smoker, and wish I was in your position at this point! I'm tackling one issue at a time.

01-15-2008, 04:33 PM
I smoke and I have tried to quit a couple times before. I say, since you've already quit, you shouldn't pick it up again! It will be so much harder to quit AGAIN if you pick it up now. I too am trying to get my eating under control before I try to quit smoking again.

01-15-2008, 04:37 PM
Is this a serious question? Come on now you know you shouldn't start smoking again. You just want to start again.

01-15-2008, 04:37 PM
smoking would not be a good thing to start up its not only expensive buyt very bad for your health. I got rid of the sweet craving by taking away the sweet . I didnt have anything sweet for a week other then the splenda i put in my morning coffee and i dont crave sweet at all any more . I snack on fruits or carrots throughout the day and that helps alot too ..

If you start smoking again you will not feel very healthy and if you cant breathe 100% you wont want to exercise

01-15-2008, 04:39 PM
i was just wondering if any of you girls are smoking cigaretts or not? are they helping you to stay away from sweets ?!
i used to smoke until i found out that i'm pregnant(now my baby is 16 monts, i stopped breastfeeding too), than i quit...and now i don't know if is better to start smoking again or not.(just wanna mention that i used to smoke for about 8 years).

It is never a good idea to pick up smoking for any reason. Congrats on the stopping before, why start up again?

01-15-2008, 04:45 PM
I didn't read the rest of the replies, I just wanted to post that smoking to lose weight is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. It's bad for your overall health, not to mention your skin, teeth, breath.

Do you want to expose your child to second hand smoke? If you stopped for her when you were pregnant, keep it up FOR her. For her chance to grow up in a nice-smelling, smoke-free house. For her chance to grow up with her mom around. For her chance to have her mom at her wedding, to have her mom hold her own baby.

My mom smokes and I hate it hate it hate it. I don't hate it because it smells bad, because it's annoying to have to find places to smoke, I hate it because my mom has had a terrible cough for years and I'm afraid I will lose her too early to cancer.

01-15-2008, 04:52 PM
Smoking doesn't just hurt you. It hurts other people. My child almost died because some guy decided to stand outside smoking in a parking lot as we were walking past. Would you want to be responsible for a baby having to be in the hospital for weeks, with IV's and oxygen, suffering, because you lit up outside and didn't realize someone with severe lung disease was catching a whiff of your smoke? The guy who did it never knew. You can't always tell by looking at someone how your smoke is going to affect them.

I think it would be healthier for you and everyone around you if you stayed overweight rather than smoked. But there is the option of doing neither.

01-15-2008, 04:58 PM
i guess i won't start to smoke again.
thank you all for your advice.

cassie 501107-i understand how hard is for you to stop smoking.
how i just said i used to smoke for 8 years in a row, every day;
i stoped smoking in the day that i found out that i'm pregnant...i did it for my baby...and my husband give me all his support, he quited with me....
so if you can find a friend you can probably quit smoking togheter easily...
or in the other hand just think about your health and money that you spend.
i have a friend that he wanted realy bad to stop smoking, so...what he did...was that he saved all his money that he use to spend on cigaretts and start buying him present... a parfume...a brand name sunglasses...:goodluck:

01-15-2008, 05:40 PM
You definitely should not start smoking (again).

My dad was a smoker for years when I was younger, but he quit years ago, and now both of my parents are doing it. I am so disappointed in them because at their stage in life (they're in their 50's) it seems like they should be trying to take better care of themselves, rather than picking up habits that they know are bad for them!

Also, my mom lost 65lbs on WW before becoming a smoker. Then she re-gained about 25-30lbs. Since picking up smoking, both of my parents have gained weight.

Besides all this, think about what you really want. Chances are you want to be healthy, rather than just "thin". I was pretty harsh on my parents, because I was so hurt that they could be so cavalier with their health (don't they want to meet my kids one day? don't they want to come to my wedding?), but as I told my mom: "GREAT! You'll be the skinniest person in the cancer ward."

01-15-2008, 05:53 PM
As someone who smoked for years, I am in the definitely don't camp. Smoking does really bad things to your body.

Also according to this study smoking doesn't aid in fat loss:

I know that it is small and was on mice, but it is really interesting.

01-15-2008, 06:03 PM

I like your friend's idea of rewards with the money he used to spend smoking. I have mini-rewards for weight loss (I'm a non-smoker). Also, for anyone who's trying to quit, one of my relatives who had tried numerous times for decades seems to be doing well with Chantix.

Your body's been through a lot with both the pregnancy & the quitting smoking. Don't worry about losing right away, just focus on the eating well & exercising. The rest will come eventually if you do that. Good luck & let us know how you're hanging in there.

01-15-2008, 07:12 PM
There is nothing positive about smoking, but there are a whole lot of negative things. I have premature aging and I will always have to be concerned about developing lung cancer... more so than the average person who has never smoked and not been exposed to long term second hand smoke. Did you know there is no foolproof way of detecting lung cancer? You can have it and no know until it is in the advanced stages. Why gamble with your life? Why take a chance of leaving your children early? I smoked for 25 years and was up to 1 1/2 packs a day. And, guess what? I was fat and a smoker!

01-15-2008, 07:37 PM
I am currently fat AND a smoker too....I really don't think smoking curbs appetite.
They go hand in hand. Eat, smoke, eat, smoke..and so on!

01-15-2008, 07:58 PM
I could show you a picture of my mother in law if that will help. She's a 50 year smoker. She weighs about 105. She looks like Skeletor. Do you want to look like Skeletor?

01-15-2008, 10:27 PM
And if the health concerns are not enough to deter anyone, which they should be!!!--think about the expense. A pack a day--for a month--how much money is that? And how many better things could you buy?

You might as well just put some money in a pile and set it on fire and watch it go up in smoke that way. :eek:


01-16-2008, 03:38 AM
Um Actually not trying too defend smoking or anything, but in a recent article I read that smoking actually curves the appitite,and burns an extra 200 calories a day!HOWEVER smoking is very bad for you...

For instance, Let's say you do start smoking again. And You walk 3 miles everyday now. If you start smoking again, those 3 miles will be harder because you won't be able to breath. So, yes it does burn extra calories,it does curve the appitite, but it also stops many people from excerising because they can't breath or move correctly. Stopping Excerise= what? Slow down on weight loss, so in the end you're further ahead chewing sugarless gum all day long then you are smoking a pack of cigs a day.

I see you've already made your desicion, and it's a very good one. You're trying to stop a bad habit now, you don't want to begin a new one! But I'm sure you already know that, and knew that when you posted it. You just wanted other peoples opioion, (NOT CRITISM)

I wish you luck on your diet,and I am glad that you're not going to smoke!

01-16-2008, 06:37 AM

Adding a destructive habit to obesity is definitely not a solution.

I smoked a pack a day for 15 years. I didn't start losing weight until I quit smoking and committed myself to a healthier overall lifestyle - not just a reduction in pounds.

01-16-2008, 06:39 AM
Oh, and here's a resource (http://www.quitnet.com/) for quitting smoking that really helped me - it's like the 3FC for quitters!

Here are my stats from that website.

Your Quit Date is: 1/5/2003 12:00:00 PM
Time Smoke-Free: 1836 days, 17 hours, 39 minutes and 52 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 36735
Lifetime Saved: 9 months, 10 days, 14 hours
Money Saved: $6,429.50

And add to that, over 30 lbs. gone. Hope this is encouraging!

01-16-2008, 10:40 AM
NO!!!!!!!! :nono::tantrum::no: ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! That is like trading one unhealthy thing for another one. You may not have high blood pressure or diabetes but you will have lung cancer. NO NO NO!!!!

01-16-2008, 03:42 PM
I just quit and have recently been thinking that maybe I picked the worst time to quit (while trying to lose weight). I decided that I want to be healthy, then I need to lose the weight and the smoking! It may seem like a good idea now, but think about what would happen if you lost all your weight and then ended up sick from smoking? You would've done all that work and you wouldn't be able to enjoy it because you are too sick! We are trying to be healthy, right? Then no smoking!!

01-16-2008, 04:58 PM
NO!! If you need some motivation see if The Bodies exhibit is coming to your area and Go! It is amazing all together...worth the $40 bucks. But they have a pretty pink set of ACTUAL lungs and then they have a smoker's lungs..sorry tmi..But they look like they have gross black MOLD growing all over the lungs..hardly any pink tissue was left. It really makes you feel creepy. I was not to surprised to see that they had placed a huge clear container box beside the moldly lungs, of which to place your cigarettes in. It was over half full. :p

01-16-2008, 05:38 PM
I don't smoke and will never smoke to lose weight. The main purpose of losing weight is to improve your overall health. It absolutely makes no sense to make yourself unhealthy by taking up smoking. Besides, smoking does not help you lose weight. The smokers who I know and work with are all very overweight except one.

01-17-2008, 04:41 AM
If you gave up once you would be crazy to start smoking again, even if you maintain or lose a 1lb a week it’s better than way than smoking, thing of your baby and that risk of cancer… I have an uncle who has lung cancer dx in November and has six months to live… been a smoker all his life!

01-17-2008, 01:50 PM
I have a MA degree in psychology--- during grad school we took a class on addictions and we learned that although people think that they should handle one addiction at a time and get over it, it's actually untrue.

The best way to get over multiple addictions (food and smoking) is to quit at the SAME time and handle them together. Oftentimes, our addictions are tied in with one another. Case in Point--- my mother stopped smoking the second she learned about 2ndhand smoke when we were kids. But before that when we'd go out to dinner, she would literally have a fork in one hand, cig in the other. She said that after quitting smoking, food and eating were less enjoyable b/c they were SOOOO linked in her head with going together.