And another thing....

Saturday, March 03, 2012

While I was thinking of all the stumbling blocks to any weight loss (how many can I think of -lol) It dawned on me that I QUIT smoking 4 years ago!!! How could I forget that? My heart and mind have given it up, but the body has it ingrained in it's mechanics, like a robot. I pick up the cig, I take a puff, I put it down or at least lower it. Then I put it to my mouth again and take a puff and lower it again. It's what I do when I eat what I call 'munchies'. It's what I want whenever I want something to munch on. It has nothing to do with hunger. Anything I eat a little at a time, hand to mouth, hand to mouth. Popcorn, peanuts, MMs, etc. Every time I walk out onto the porch, I think of sitting on the step and lighting up. I find it hard to read a good book now, because it paired so well with the cig. Coffee is not as good as it used to be. I get bored sitting for long periods of time without smoking - I just doze off now. I guess it'll never go away. I didn't really want to quit. Just couldn't imagine myself without lighting up. But I had a bout with bronchitis and thought I'd never get another breath, so I was forced, in a word. I was angry that I had to put down the only thing that I viewed pleasurable in my life and resented it terribly. Most quitters I know still want one, but we hang in there because it has made our lives better even if we don't want to admit it (speak for myself -lol). So, There's no substitute for smoking, just grin and bear it. And I have a weird side-effect, too. Within 2 weeks of quitting, my tastebuds went on strike. I can no longer stand anything sour- pickles, mustard, salad dressings, cottage cheese without adding some sweetener. Even apples are sour to me and oranges. No one understands it, so what to do? Just keep trying and not smoking. That's all. Good luck, y'all.
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    As a person who has lost many relatives to lung cancer, I congratulate you. The loss you feel now is real, but it is small compared to losing your life to lung cancer. Think of quitting smoking as a gift to the people who love you.

    This suggestion is based on my own experience but it might work for you: If you can avoid anything sweet for about three weeks (a tough proposition) those fruits will taste sweet again.

    You conquered cigarettes. You can conquer poor eating habits too. You have already proven that you have the strength of character necessary to accomplish a goal.
    2917 days ago
    oh, yeah. I blame my depression on losing my closest companion - the cig. emoticon
    2917 days ago
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