Weight Loss Support - I'M QUITTING! (smoking that is...)

04-17-2005, 10:58 AM
For various reasons I've decided to nix my disgusting habit :smoking: for good. I've been smoking 1-2 packs a day for about 8 years, so it ain't gonna be no cake walk. I did actually quit once (many years ago) and lasted for a few months before, like a total moron, I started sneaking a few cigarettes back in here and there. Didn't take long until I was right back to the old chimney-stack self :(

The reason I'm posting this here is because I'm deathly afraid that I'm going to gain weight when I quit. :yikes: From what I've read lately it's quite common and not always the smoker's fault as your metabolism does slow down a bit (or, more accurately, returns to its normal non-nicotine raised level).

The main reason why I started exercising, lifting, and really trying hard to reach my final goal is because I figured if I could at least lose some weight before I quit, then if I gain some back it won't be a huge deal to me. And I thought it would be a good idea to get my fitness routine well established before the big day. I'm gonna do it this time darnit!

So I'm wondering... have any of you out there quit while trying to slim down? Did you experience a weight gain if so? Any ex-smokers have any advice or tips? Any smokers want to join in the misery, ehm, I mean challenge, and quit with me :devil: ?

Any input would be appreciated!

04-17-2005, 11:54 AM
My dear, Luciole,

CONGRATULATIONS on your decision to quit smoking!!!

As to weight gain during quitting . . . I will admit that I've never smoked but I can offer weight-loss support.

Your idea to exercise to raise your metabolism is a great one. Smoking (nicotine) does raise your metabolism slightly but exercise will raise it more. I believe that research has shown that it's not the lack of nicotine that causes the weight gains in former smokers but the need to, literally, have something in their mouths that has become a habit. Suggestion: Try sugarless gums & candies. Also, breaking your meals into 5-6 mini ones a day instead of 2-3 large ones with an emphasis on items that require extra chewing (raw vegies being an excellent chose) might help also.

I sincerely wish you the best of luck and, again, congratulations on your decision to quit smoking.

04-17-2005, 12:37 PM
Hey Luciole! :wave: Congratulations on your 90 pound weight loss, and now, your decision to quit smoking! You don't have to gain weight when you quit, as long as you don't replace smoking with eating.

On 1/3/05, I decided I was going to quit smoking and lose the weight no matter what it took. For me, it has taken strictly following a reduced calorie diet and exercise. I visit the weighty matters forum at quitnet and many there are able to keep from gaining by increasing their exercise. To lose weight after quitting though, it takes a combination of diet and exercise.

To deal with my nicotine addiction, I found the patch very helpful. There was really only one day of slight discomfort when I took it off and I didn't notice any dramatic slowdown of weight loss when I was finally nicotine free.

The main thing I want to tell you is how wonderful I feel now after being quit almost four months. I can't even describe how good it feels - it's such a freedom. I can't imagine ever smoking one of those nasty things again, ever.

Please let me know if I can help in any way. Let us know how you're doing!


04-18-2005, 01:04 AM
Thank you both for your support! It means the world :)

I figured I'd come out and declare my intentions here so that I have something to be held accountable to. I'm so mad at myself for constantly finding excuses for why I can't quit. My quit day is Friday the 22nd *gulp* I picked then because I have a long weekend and the last time I quit I found it helpful to just sleep whenever I couldn't stand not having a cigarette anymore. I also don't want to subject my co-workers to the "queen of mean" that I became for about 3 days. After about 3 days I was much better, but the first few days were pure H-E-double hockey sticks.

Anyhow, it's great to have your support and suggestions! Also, Diana, it's really a huge comfort to hear that you are successfully keeping the weight off after quitting. At your suggestion I might try the patch. It's so darn expensive though :(

For the past few weeks I've not been smoking in my car (I read it's good to break the association of smoking at common places/times before you quit) and I stocked up on chewing gum.

I'm open for anything that might help hehe :)

Thanks a ton!

PS: Diana-- Congratulations on quitting successfully!!!!

04-18-2005, 09:10 AM
Luciole -

Gotta hurry and get ready for work, but I bought most of my patches at Walmart where they were less expensive and worked just as well. And remember, they're still A LOT less than cigarettes! ;) I never would have made it without patches. Nicotine withdrawal was so intense for me. Some people however, just want to face it head on and get through it without prolonging it. I guess you just have to figure out what works for you. Gotta run.


mom of 3
04-18-2005, 03:08 PM
I wish you the best of luck on quitting!! I'm sure you can do it! My 65 year old mother just quit after smoking for 47 years!!! Before she quit she had also lost some weight and told me the other day that she put a few pounds back on because of the snacking she was doing when she wanted a cigarette. I reminded her of when her brother quit smoking and he would always carry a pocket full of sugar-free candies to suck on when the urge struck!! We were shopping on Sunday and she was buying a few things and said to me "Hey, now that I quit smoking you can't believe the money I'm saving, I can afford to buy a few new things!" Yay Mom!! :D

Let us know how it goes for you!

04-18-2005, 04:26 PM
I quit smoking (and drinking, they sorta go hand in hand) at the same time I decided to finally lose the weight. I did not have a weight gain at all, in fact I continue to lose. By not smoking you have a LOT more energy for EXERCISE, which helps enormously.

Also, there's a great book called "The Heart of Addiction" which talks a fair bit about replacing one addiction with another, resulting in never really beating your REAL issues. I found it easier to address smokes, alcohol & food all at once; in the past I tried one or two but just wound up compensating by eating, smoking or drinking more, and never really getting to the heart of anything.

As for metabolic slowdown, if it happens at all I suspect you can counter it be exercising, particularly strength training, which speeds things up. BUT, it may make it harder to lose (a slowdown), but as dear old Dr. Phil would say, you have to play the hand you're dealt. Sadly, that means that those of us with slow metabolisms have to work harder to lose weight. It does NOT mean that we can't do it.

Best of luck to you!

Flower Power
04-18-2005, 09:48 PM
Congrads on your great weight loss Luciole. You can quit smoking and continue to lose or maintain. I quit after a 35 year habit and have lost 50 pounds since then. They are right you will have alot more energy for exercising and everything. The world looks better when you aren't looking thru a cloud of smoke. I used www.quitnet.com too. Great people there and several different forums to help you. You can do this. One day at a time. Cindi

04-18-2005, 11:25 PM
Wow thanks!

It's so great to hear about successes. I was reading so much negative information (regarding the correlation between quitting and weight gain) on the net that I was starting to feel doomed to accept it. It definitely didn't help that my one co-worker who's in her early 30's quit and packed on 30lbs after doing so. Basically everyone I know who's quit then gained weight so it's very comforting just to know that it can be done with gaining. When I know something can be done, I'm a lot more likely to believe that I can do it myself :)

I think my whole fear of regaining circles around the fact that I felt so out of control of my weight when I was heavy. I have this secret, nagging, nightmare inside me that someday I'll start regaining (without cause) and not be able to do anything about it. I think I've been viewing quitting smoking like that :(

DayByDay-- I thought about what you said and you're right on. It's not like I'm flat-out broke... if I can afford to spend money on cigarettes I guess I can afford AT LEAST one box of the patch. I'll head over to my local Wal-Mart and stock up. Secretly, I think I'm hesitant to spend money on cessation aids because I don't really believe that I'll be successful, deep down inside, and don't want to "waste" the money. But that shouldn't be an issue. I will be successful! So I think I'll take your advice there and give the patch a try :)

Mom of 3-- The money! Omg yes. I think of all the money that I can save if I quit and it's a large reason why I am quitting. I'm trying to tell myself, to keep motivated, that once I quit I may spend $20 a week on new clothes as I lose or maintain weight :)

Suechef-- Thanks for sharing your story and congrats to you! I'll see if I can find the book at the library :) I had never thought about having more energy after quitting! I like to go for hikes and I've been looking forward to breathing easier on the trail, but I hadn't considered that I'd have more energy overall!

Flower Power-- Thanks for you story too (and congrats to you)! I'll check out the link that you supplied; I tried to find some smoking cessation forums on my own but wasn't too successful. Hehe, maybe it's because I'm always typing here :^:

Thanks everyone! Hearing of all the successes does a ton for my morale. It's seems like I just have to stay in control of my eating and I can enjoy the best of both healthy worlds :)

04-19-2005, 10:28 AM
It might be worth noting that people don't gain weight "because they quit smoking" - they gain it because they replace cigarettes with food.

You might also consider that by allowing fear of weight gain to overwhelm you, you are simply putting off what you don't want to do anyway! (I mean, I know you want to quit, but legitimate fear of weight gain allows you to postpone quitting).

Losing weight, quitting smoking - both are really hard work. But both CAN BE DONE, and I have no doubt you can do it if you want to enough. And just consider the alternative...


04-19-2005, 10:32 AM
I'm going to try and be as positive as I can...I think it's awesome that you quit. I know how hard it is since I quit 9 months ago. I was smoking 2-2.5 packs a day for 20 yrs (only the last 3 were in that amount though).
I'm going to be honest.. I packed on some weight and it's been REALLY hard to curb my eating because I have replaced cigg time with food.
Just keep frozen grapes in the freezer and grab one each time you have a craving. Also there is a site (hope its ok to do this) called quitnet. Worked awesome for me.

Good luck.. it's not easy but it's so important.

mom of 3
04-19-2005, 10:45 AM
My dad who is 75 also decided to quit since mom had and its been a couple of weeks for him. I'm so proud of them both. ;) Boy they are really going to be rolling in the dough now! I guess I know where to go when I need some cash :lol:

I think it would be a really neat idea to put all the money you are saving in an account for a year and see what the total is at the end, or maybe something like whenever you get a really strong urge put the amount of money a pack of cigarettes would have cost you in a jar or something. Maybe that could be kind of motivational.

04-19-2005, 07:57 PM
Hey congrats on your decision to quit! You can definatly do this. I quit smoking 5 years ago(before trying to lose weight).

Anyhow my #1 tip is to go to quitnet.com. they are a smokequit support board that saved my life. There is also a forum on weightloss and quitting smoking on quitnet.

#2 if you wanna smoke, go walk grab some grapes. do somthing else for 15 minutes. usually the craving will pass in that time. not one puff is my motto.

I also heard welbutrin can be very helpful. somthing you may want to research.
You wanna quit buddy? feel free to bmail anytime if you need to.

04-20-2005, 02:04 AM
You guys are so nice!

I'm a bit short on time but I wanted to pop in and at least say thanks for the on-going tips and encouragement! I have definitely been postponing quitting for the semi-legitimate reason (in my head) of weight gain. I feel like I've done my best to set myself up for overall success here... so now's the time to do it!

nhmommy--I just wanted to say that I really appreciate your honesty! It doesn't turn me off from quitting to hear that you gained a few pounds :) I can deal with a few if I must!

Thanks everyone :) I'll post an update in a week or so to let ya'll know how it's going!

04-20-2005, 06:09 PM
Luciole, I came over when I saw your thread title and wanted to wish you the best. I had smoked since I was 16 years old. I smoked almost 14 years. I quit about 9 years ago and I have to say to this day.....I could still smoke one. BUT I DON'T DARE! I quit when my mom said she wanted to quit with me. She bought the patches (which I highly recommend!!!) and we started our journey. I quit, she didn't. Today she is on oxygen part time. It should be all the time, but she won't quit smoking so she can take oxygen during the day! Her health is horrible. I have to say that even though I am now dealing with the weight gain, I made the right choice. Being overweight is not attractive, but neither is carrying around an oxygen tank. As a former smoker, I wish I had know then what I know now. I didn't think I of all people would gain weight! Everyone else does! HAHA! I would have made much more healthy decisions about what I ate. Like the others said, keep grapes on hand, sugar free candy and gum, Lots of water and sugar free drinks such as crystal light, raw veggies and some sugar free popsicles! I will be summer so that taste really good. Get those things right off the bat and have them handy. And WOW! A 90 pound loss! If you can do that, you can quit smoking. You already have that under your belt! You seem like a determined person, or you never would have been able to lose that much weight. YOU CAN DO IT! Remember..........and oxygen tank is not ever going to be the latest style!
Keep us updated on your success!!!!! I am cheering you on!

04-21-2005, 12:30 PM
I quit smoking 19 months ago using the patch! I highly recommend it, too. I have "tried" quitting a few times over the nearly 40 years that I smoked. At one time, I had smoked 2-3 packs a day. :o The last 15 years, I smoked a pack a day. After my Mother developed double breast cancer, my Dad was dealing with bladder cancer and now my Mother is dealing with the after-effects of colon cancer................well, my point is, I realized I was playing with fire....literally! :devil: Five years ago, I found the quitnet too and it IS a fantastic place for support. I go there still from time to time. I must admit, I did turn to food to replace cigarettes. Most of my life, I have not had weight issues. But, being post menopausal and in my 50's, the weight started coming even before I quit smoking. My doctor said he would rather see an extra 25 pounds on me tho, than, for me to smoke. He is right. I don't expect to be back at 120 pounds again; but, 140 would be cool !

I will check back and see how you're doing tomorrow! PM me if you want! I will gladly cheer you on your road to better health and energy! :D


04-21-2005, 01:18 PM
Thank you both! I'm sorry to hear that you, among so many others, have to see your family suffer because of the consequences of smoking. It's great to hear from people who have quit though--those who have quit successfully without gaining weight, and those who have quit successfully with weight gains alike. From all the responses that I've had, I have the feeling that if you are largely already in control of your eating and activity habits when you quit smoking, then it seems you'll have a better chance of not gaining weight. Since I've been maintaining my weight around 150-155 for over two years I'm really hoping that I'll be able to continue to do so.

Everyone's suggestions have really meant a lot and I've taken a lot of store in your advice. So many of you have recommended the patch that I actually went out and bought my first box at walmart today. It wasn't even that bad as far as price ($25 for two weeks).

Tomorrow is the big day and I have sugar free gum at the ready! I also bought a few bags of frozen raspberries as their low cal and a great treat if I go nutty. I'm going to try really hard to NOT replace the cigarettes with food though, even if it's good food, because I'm afraid eventually I'll start replacing the good food with bad food and gain weight ;) We'll see how it goes! Tealeaf started a weekly weigh-in thread in success stories so that will help keep me honest.

Thanks again everyone :grouphug:

04-21-2005, 03:38 PM
Good Luck Luci! You can do it!!! Your eating habits are already good, like you said, so I have full confidence that will have no problem! I am keeping my fingers crossed! So glad you got the patch. I know it will help tremendously!!! Just find something to keep your hands busy (besides food!).
YOU GO!!!!!!! I am cheering for you! :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

karen joy
04-21-2005, 03:49 PM
:D Good for you! I recently quit about 2 months and counting, and I had been smoking for literally half of my life about as much as you per day. I miss it I really do have times that I am consumed with thoughts of it. But the first week is the hardest. I could not sleep, I felt miserable and boy was I crancky! I went cold turkey because I read that if you completely deprive yourself of the niccotine you will have overcome the addiction in fewer days...14 to be exact! So I did it and those 14 days were a nightmare...i will not lie. But I stuck to my diet and exercised even more to distract myself from the urge. If you are determined to quit YOU CAN DO IT! ;) but remember if you smoke another cig, you will have to start all over again! :o :bravo: for trying!

04-21-2005, 04:12 PM
I'm watching this thread closely because I'm a smoker. I have been thinking about quitting but I've quit before and I KNOW how hard it is. I'm like the earlier poster that said she still could smoke one and the one that said she thinks about them alot. When I did quit - that is ALL I could think about was ciggies.

I wish you the best of luck in your quitting journey and I will send you some really good "cigs are nasty" karma in hopes that you won't think about them that much.

04-21-2005, 05:01 PM
Where i live they will give you the patches for free you have to call and they will send you a form to fill out and one for your doc to fill out ,i am waiting on my patches to come in .I have smoked for around 20 years.its time i QUIT!

04-22-2005, 10:33 AM
Well, I've got a patch stuck to my left shoulder, a piece of spearmint "Extra" gum in my chompers", and I am officially 3 hrs quit!

Of course, out of ALL the days in the year, today is the day that my boyfriend and I had to drop off his truck for inspection. So, I'm giving him a ride back home (while he's smoking away in the passenger seat argh!) and he says "Hey let's stop and get breakfast". Great idea honey. Yes, let's stop and get breakfast so that I can face both of my biggest nightmares--eating healthy AND not smoking--at the same time while you puff away across the booth from me in between bites of your cream chip beef. But, I'm really proud of myself. I said "Okay" and we stopped and I didn't smoke or even consider it (I'm determined this time) AND despite all temptation I stuck to my diet and ordered a fruit cup, 2 pieces of dry wheat toast, and an egg beater omlette with green peppers and mushrooms. Perfect breakfast! I'm so proud of myself. I know if I stick it out I can stay in control of my weight during this. I just can't use food as a reward.

Thank you all for the ongoing support :grouphug:. I really respect those of you who have already had the strength to quit or have supported your loved ones in doing so :)

Lovtolaff--All I wanted to say that if you're thinking about quitting and worried about the weight gain, you might as well just go ahead and quit smoking now because the fear will never go away :( I've been maintaining 150-155 for two years after taking two years to lose weight (so "dieting" 4 years now) and it's still a huge fear for me. It always has been. I used to think that I'd lose down to a certain weight and then it won't be as scarey to quit. In a way, after being in control of my weight for so long, I think it's scarier. I'm afraid I'll gain weight and people who complimented my loss will be thinking, "Wow, she's really packing on the pounds now". Just food for thought: If you really want to quit, quit now, while you're motivated for it. The fact that you're dieting and already monitoring your food and activity levels may actually help you resist packing on pounds :)

Kimmie--Best of luck to you in quitting! After 20 years I'm sure it will be very hard but you can always take comfort in knowing that there's someone else suffering right along with you--me! Thanks for mentioning the free patch from the doc thing... I'll have to call my practioner and see if I qualify for anything similar :) Be strong!!!

Thanks everyone! I changed my signature today to officially reflect my new smoke free status!


04-22-2005, 02:12 PM
I am sooooooooooo proud of you!! Keep up the positive attitude, it will take you far........even when the Nicodemom rears his ugly head and trie to convince you that ONE won't hurt! Yes, it will!

Have you checked out the quitnet yet? And get plenty of water!

I'm rooting for you!


04-22-2005, 10:53 PM
Luciole, you go girl! I haven't been here for a few days and was so happy to hear that you have started a new chapter in your life - smoke free.

You're doing great! Keep us posted on how it's going and let us know if we can help in any way.

I agree with the others - quitnet.com is a great place to go, especially the weighty matters forum.


04-23-2005, 01:17 AM
Yes, we are SOOOO proud of you! Please, please, please, keep us informed of how you are doing. You have a fan club cheering for you now and we want to know! YEAAAAA!!!!!

04-24-2005, 08:08 PM
Just thought I'd check back and see how you're doing! I hope you'll check in soon!


04-25-2005, 04:22 AM
Hi everyone!

I'm sorry I was trying to lay low; I didn't want to monopolize bandwidth with a day by day blow of my quitting experience :dizzy: Sorry if I left some of you in the dark :) I did go to quitnet, especially a lot on the first day.

I'm doing good... In a few hours I'll be a full 3 days quit. Haven't smoked, haven't puffed, have not even touched a cigarette. I'm quite proud as my boyfriend's been home all weekend and still smokes. Obviously it's hard and I miss them often, but I have to admit that I definitely think the patch is helping with the withdrawal symptoms... so I thank those of you who pushed me towards it. And, since I wasn't an absolute monster, my boyfriend thanks you too ;)

On the weight control issue, I'm doing okay I think. I has been very hard not to overeat but I just keep telling myself that if I can get through the next month or two on my normal eating patterns then I'll learn to live like that without cigarettes. I haven't really allowed myself any extra food when boredom/frustration struck, although I am consuming close to 100 calories in gum a day hehe. I've also tried some of the other "no munchies" tricks that I've seen posted on this board... For instance the other day we had company and everyone was smoking and I was going nuts for something and kept thinking about what I could grab to munch on. Finally though, I decided to paint my nails (a tip I saw on a recent thread). By the time that that was done my food craving had passed.

So, it's day by day for sure--watching the waistline and not caving in to smoking--but I think I'm off to a good start :)

Thank you all for the encouragement and inspiration :) It's definitely helped.

04-25-2005, 08:56 AM
Yea!!!! You are doing so good! It is very hard, but it is soooo worth it. We are all pulling for you and thinking about you often. Thanks for the update!!!
Yeaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You made my day already!

04-26-2005, 01:32 AM
I am so excited for you, Luciole! And I'm happy that quitnet is helping. Stay glued to that site for while. It will help you so much!

Keep us posted?