Motivation to make healthy lifestyle changes after quitting

Hi Everybody,

I've noticed that when I quit smoking I get such a huge rush of motivation to start improving other aspects of my lifestyle by changing diet, exercise, stress management, etc. Does anybody else find this is the case? It's like none of these changes are appealing when I'm inhaling tons of poison everyday, but once that is gone I just love making other decisions that improve my well-being. It's so fun, such a freedom to be able to take care of ourselves like we deserve.

Thank you all for the support!

Jessy George

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  • I think quitting smoking is the biggest change anyone can make, especially if someone's been smoking since their teens. I'm only on day 1 and I feel like I have so much energy that I've been exercising and taking the dog out, doing the dishes, cooking, then doing the dishes again. Once I beat smoking I can beat anything :D

  • Hi Jessy

    I am approaching day 50 of my quit and I know exactly what you mean.

    Over the last three weeks I have completely changed my diet, My alcohol intake has dropped dramatically and I have started jogging.

    I just today signed up for the 10K run for life.

    It's all good.

  • Hi Jessy :D

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathiseing with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off whyquit.com and woofmang.com Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here OK

    Best Wishes

    Marg xxxxxxxx

    Hi Bob :D

    Good to hear from you again and well done on almost 50 days that's great

    Also well done signing up for that 10k run for life

    Love

    Marg xxxxxxxx

  • Ive not noticed that I have changed anything else in my life. I supossed I walk the dog a little further than before but other than that my life is exactly the same........Sorry no that isnt true I am getting bigger cos I have turned into a pig. Maybe in a few months I might change other things but at the moment dont feel motivated to do anything other than concentrate on staying off cigs. :D

  • Quite the opposite for me to be honest, I keep thinking that no matter how unhealthy my lifestyle is at the moment I must be more healthy than I was when I was smoking, I have stopped playing in my squash ladder, dropped out of my five-a-side team and have been to the chippie three times this week :eek:

    I keep thinking I am going to have to get back onto the fitness wagon, but I think subconciously my desire to do sport and eat healthily were in some way driven by a desire to make up for my bad smoking habit. Althouigh now I am turning into a proper fatlad I am going to have to do something or I will have to buy the next size up clothes soon :eek:

  • Hi Bettsnirvana :D

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathiseing with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off whyquit.com and woofmang.com Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here OK

    Best Wishes

    Marg xxxxxxxx

  • Hi Reiki :D

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathiseing with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off whyquit.com and woofmang.com Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here OK

    Love

    Marg xxxxxxxx

  • yup definitely!

    When I first gave up I tried to eat loads of fruit and Veg (Hard cos I hated them) and generally eat a lot healthier. I was kind of aiming to be a lot healthier generally. I took high potency multivits which also really helped and cut down on my 6 a day diet coke habit and eating chocolate .

    I think when you smoke uou just feel so darn unhealthy anyway, whats the point in eating well etc? I was so unmotivated, apathetic and frankly depressed when i smoked.

    Also i was definitely addicted to all stimulants as it were, chocolate ,diet coke, sugar , junk food even alcohol in a way, but just occasional binge drinking, etc. It was kind of a low blood sugar thing.

    Patrick Holfords book How to quit without feeling sh#t is really good for advice on how to eat, supplements to take etc.

  • i have to agree

    Sorry but i have to agree, i remember i had read the greeting several times before i joined, it is nice to be welcomed tho.

  • Hi Jim and Bev

    Sorry didn't mean to annoy anyone with the welcome post maybe I'll stop doing it at altogether

    Marg

  • Nic manages to welcome newbies, and impart the same information - read this link and that link - but each is customised and unique to each newbie. I'd like to think I did the same ... when I can be bothered.

    Don't drag me into this :eek:

    Fact is I have used the same phraseology many times, and just not really much different from having a stock welcome.

    The important thing IMHO is that Marg takes the trouble to welcome almost everyone, I don't do so any where near as much as I found it tiresome trying to come up something new to say. Maybe I should have had a set piece.

  • hi marg

    i think you do a great job, you welcome everyone to the site and that is great maybe tho we could all try and help out a bit more and come up with some original hello's. so that you don't have to welcome everyone yourself and we can all use our own way of welcoming newbies.

  • Hi Bev :D

    Just because I try and welcome most people to the forum doesn't mean you can't as well

    Margxxxxxxx

  • Hi Marg

    Can I just say that I think you do a fantastic job welcoming everyone and giving support to us all on this site.

    Thank you :)

    Love

    Carol xxxx

  • It is nice to be welcomed-thankyou!

  • thumbs down to criticism

    Im fairly new to this forum and want to say that Marg was the first and one of the few who did personally welcome me. Id rather see Marg's welcome post several times over than read one post criticising someones kindness. If we all could be so thoughtful.

    I think it would be a shame for pettiness to turn newbies or those with some time/experience that can/do offer support away from this forum. Lets look at the bigger picture here which is about saving and improving lives.

    mona

  • Hi Mona, Carol, Jude and Nic :D

    Thankyou all for yourr support it means such a lot to me

    You may notice I have changed my welcome post somewhat although I haven't changed the content at all and as long as it is useful to our new members I will continue to use it

    I must admit last night I was very tempted to not bother anymore just answer a few posts here and there

    But I reconsidered that and decided that as I have more time then many on here to try and help newcomers to the forum and also because I enjoy doing it I'm going to carry on doing just that

    Many heartfelt thanks to all four of you

    Love and a Hug each

    Marg xxxxxxxx

  • Marge, I hope you continue to greet everyone on the forum. I wish I had the time and patience to do what you do, but I'm afraid I only run through the forum fast now and very seldom do I post. I don't know what I would have done without your pats on the back to keep me going and I'm sure the majority of the peeps on here feels the same. I've also learned that at times there are comments on the forum that may seem hurtful, so I choose to ignor them. Hope you do too.

  • Hi Chrissie and Jody :D

    Thanks for the support and although at the time I thought about packing it in and just posting here and there

    I finally I decided to carry on for at least as long as it helps others

    I have more time than a lot of you to do this as I no longer work also as I enjoy trying to help others as I was helped why should I stop

    I was tired and irritable that evening anyway and normally don't take much notice of that sort of comment but I must admit I was very hurt and upset at the time

    So yes I'm here and here I'm staying and shall try to ignore any more hurtful comments

    Love and a hug each

    Marg xxxxxxxx

  • Motiviation to make healthy lifestyle changes.....

    Must admit the first day was a Sunday, got criminally drunk with the girls the night before, only had 5 fags left and after smoking those, forced myself to go running - really was a punishment as was the first outdoor run for ages and it was still 24 degrees at 4pm. Then went to the pub and drank a coke, bummed one last fag and that was game over.

    Day 2, first day at work, went running then met some colleagues for a pub meal. Left quickly as someone started smoking nearby.

    Day 3 - went to an italian, space cadet day.

    Have tried to do the right thing ever since, eat healthily and exercise, also to reward myself. Must admit drinking or at least binge drinking doesn't appeal at the moment. Too afraid I may give in. Last night had a little "dream" that might have given in with a friend then in a bizarre turn about was with some relatives who's bedroom door I knocked on as I was extinguishing another fag, all I wanted to know was how many ruddy cigs they'd given me. There's a reason why I don't remember my dreams; they're too bizarre.

    Was talking to my mum (never smoked) on Saturday and we were talking about her mum (my grandmother) who stopped smoking (before I started) apparently she put on 2 stone when she stopped smoking (forums like this and help that's available now would've been a pipe dream back then - no pun intended). I know that would've been hard for my grandmother and goes to prove her determination not to smoke again. I think that may've been when my grandmother started playing chess, one of those little handheld computer games.

    I think healthy lifestyle changes aren't only about going to the gym but also about the mental aspects of our lives, my grandmother would've used chess as a way of giving herself space to think, which she was able to have as a smoker by having a milky coffee, polo mint and a ciggy. She made her own dummy cigarette, that was her method. She always said she could start again any time she just chose not too.

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