Hi There New To This Forum

Hello everybody.

i'm a 6 ft tall male smoker aged 49

I weigh 146kg and my BMi is 43.5.

i'm married with 3 children and have been with my wife for 28 years.

I had a very mild heart attack on 04/01/16 and at the time they fitted 2 stents in my coronary arteries. There is no weakness in my heart at all so feel very lucky to have had an early warning that was so mild. Within 3 days of the op i felt a different person all together ie: not as out of breath and generally feel like my body is working a lot better. i have lost 8 kgs since january which could have been more but i have slipped over the last 6 weeks with it being the holiday period. I have worked full time until july 2016 and now an almost full time carer for my mother in law.

The aim of me joining this community is to give and receive support from like minded people to enable all of us to be fitter and hopefully live longer.

My goals are to continue with the lifestyle change including getting more exercise and eating better with a mind to loosing weight over possibly a longer period but to keep the weight off.

The biggest regret of my life was starting smoking at 15. I kick myself every day for it. I have made myself a promise to quit smoking after loosing a good amount of weight. I know this sounds like an excuse to continue smoking but i really cannot sort out the weight and the smoking at the same time.

Anyway enough about me.

I hope everyone is as well as they can be.


3 Replies

  • Hi Shaun and welcome

    You have just joined a fantastic forum where no one is judged just encouraged and supported. We are all here for the same thing we give and receive advice as we need it.

    You have done well to loose 8kg just enjoy that feeling of success.

    I started on here too on the 19th May 2016 and am on week 14 of the 12 week plan re started it as I have a lot to loose. I have found it is a complete lifestyle change and it really works nothing is denied if you want to eat chocolate all day up to your calorie allowance that's your choice what the 12 week plan does is help you make better food choices and it is so far working for me.

    I don't know if you have spoken to your doctor about the smoking and weight issue which to confront first? My husband has been a smoker since he was 14 stupidly started with his mates at school he is now 59, I finally got him to go to the docs who put him on a course of patches and weekly visits for 6 weeks this is his last week, he is doing well as trying to stop alone over the years never worked.

    The admin team will be contacting you to point the way but if I can do this anyone can so good luck on your journey and shout out if help is needed.

    Bev 👍😊

  • Hi and welcome Shaun :)

    A year ago, when I decided enough was enough and that it was time to embark on a healthy lifestyle, I was 9st over my healthy weight (morbidly obese) and had been smoking for the better part of 40 years! To date, I've lost over 6 stone and haven't smoked another cigarette! In the past, I've done one, or the other, using the one that I wasn't dealing with, as a crutch. I'm not saying that this is the way it should be for everyone, or that my way is best, just that it is possible :)

    Take a look at the Pinned Posts section, to the right of your screen (bottom, if you're using a mobile) and have a look at the Welcome Newbies thread, it has a link to the NHS 12 week plan, which is a guide to healthy living, rather that a specific diet plan.

    Consider joining any, or all, of our challenges, as they're fun and motivating.

    Join us for the monday group weigh-in, which I have posted today, but which Lowcal will be posting in future. The latest thread can always be found in the events section, to the right of the home page.

    Wishing you all the very best :)

  • This is a good place to be . I was told to stop smoking first because that was worse than over weight. So I planed a day in advance and said that is the day to stop. The Erving before I had my last cigarette and got rid of lighters and that was the last one. I was a very heavy smoker 60 daily. I saved the money and went on holiday. That was 17 yrs ago. Yes I put weight on. Then after a little while I stared heathy eating. So good luck you can do it.

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