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Hi, its a very long time since I was last here ( decided not to post following a cetain incident, but the people involved appear not to be quite such prolific posters now)... I hope that everyone is still going strong and not struggling anymore.

I was wondering how people lost their post-quit weight and kept it off... I am nearly an entire year smoke-free now, but have had a real problem getting it off and keeping it off (despite weight watchers and careful eating).

does anyone else have this same problem??

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  • I think everyone who has quit smoking has a problem to answer your question. I never realised how much I smoked to stop myself eating which is a worry.

    Diet and exercise are the only things to lose weight, no miracle cure, no magic pill (unfortunately) and a lot of will power.

    All this from someone is trying to type and eat a Mars Bar at the same time!!

    Good luck sweetheart

  • Hi vicki,

    I do sympathise. I gave up smoking 10 months ago and have put on nearly a stone. I know that is because I used to have a ciggie with my tea and coffee breaks but now I have a biscuit!

    I smoked to stop myself eating quite frequently but now I find it very difficult to lose the weight. Partly because I feel that i am being so good by not smoking so having the odd biscuit is ok.

    I know I should do some more exercise and eat less but easier said than done.

  • Hi

    I'm not far enough into my quit to see how much of an effect not smoking will have. I'm hoping not much at all. 5lbs so far but I knew that was from substitution.

    Huge congrats to you on almost a year smoke free however, brilliant.

    It's sounds like your doing all the right things so I understand your frustration. Other than getting medical advice from your Practice Nurse (or similar) only thing I can suggest is up the exercise more and see what happens.

  • Hey, and thanks for the replies...

    sounds like I will have to accept some permanent weight gain :o I have compartment syndrome in my leg so heavy-duty exercise is out of the question until the dr decides what to do about it.

    Well done Jerry-Lee, your doing really good, not far behind me... and Pol, well done for deciding to quit.... Personally, I don't even think about the dreaded fags these day, other than to tell ( mainly healthcare Professionals) that I am a non-smoker

  • Even blokes struggle - I am 14 months in now (near as damn it) and have had to resolve myself to being 2 1/2 stone heavier.

    I'm quite lucky that I was actually underwieght before though.

    I have simply worked to make sure that the extra wieght is not carried as fat though, so although all my clothes are bigger I don't actually appear to have gained much.

  • Partly because I feel that i am being so good by not smoking so having the odd biscuit is ok.

    I laughed out loud. Exactly what I say. But I have much more than one biscuit.

    But, the disease is the smoking - must cure that.

  • I too have gained weight. I was very underweight when I stopped and have now gone from a size 6 to a 12, never been that size before that's a gain of 2st 4lbs. I don't think I am eating any more now than I used to but hope the gain stops now.

    Good luck with your quit.

    Jackie

  • I too have gained weight. I was very underweight when I stopped and have now gone from a size 6 to a 12, never been that size before that's a gain of 2st 4lbs. I don't think I am eating any more now than I used to but hope the gain stops now.

    Good luck with your quit.

    Jackie

    I have gained 2 st as well and only 9 months into the quit.

    I have just started Slimming World because I couldnt get the weight off on my own. It might be worth getting a kick start with a slimming club, I know they arent everyone's cup of tea and I wish I could do it without but have to be honest its kept me focus.

  • I'm 11 months in and still gaining... I was 9st when I stopped smoking and am now just under 11st... I have never been the bigger end of a size 12 before :(

    If I do weight watchers I lose it, but the second I eat ANYTHING I shouldn't it goes straight back on... I think its an age thing too on my part.

  • I read something somewhere about the main difference between people who are skinny minnies and those who are not is that the former spend about 2 hours more a day on their feet.

    Has anyone tried just upping their activity levels a bit? I have walked miles in the last 5 and a half weeks and don't seem to have put on weight yet. Plenty of time for that still though, I suppose

  • I'm sure you're right, and we all know that being active is essential, but I think theres more to it than that.

    I would be hard pushed to be any more active - When I'm not at work, I am father to a 3 year old and when I get some time to myself I am out on the bike doing miles on pedal power. I love being active now, I would have done anything to avoid exercise and the coughing and wheezing that went with it in the past!

    I'm fitter and leaner than I have been in years, and I eat properly too thanks to the wonderful Mrs StuartH... but I'm still 2 1/2 stone heavier.

    I honestly think that for a lot of people, when they quit - they simply become who they were meant to be.

    And anyway, carrying a little extra weight is a lot better than smoking.

  • I have always been quite a small person and never taken any notice of size but since putting on weight for the first time I am really confused with these sizes. Vicki you and some others I know say they are around 10-11 stone and a size 12, I am 8st 8lbs and am a size 12.

    Can I borrow your lungs for a while and I can go to an exercise class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Best wishes on your quit you are from 2008 like me there are still a few of us around.

    Jackie

  • I have always been quite a small person and never taken any notice of size but since putting on weight for the first time I am really confused with these sizes. Vicki you and some others I know say they are around 10-11 stone and a size 12, I am 8st 8lbs and am a size 12.

    Can I borrow your lungs for a while and I can go to an exercise class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Best wishes on your quit you are from 2008 like me there are still a few of us around.

    Jackie

    Hi Jackie, Im guessing its the confusion is down to height and shape.... I am not that tall, but I have feminine curves...I just buy clothes accordingly.

    You still sound tiny... 8st 8lbs, I wish I was that again... out of curiousity how tall are you??

  • I am 5ft 2 ins Vicki, wieghed 7st 11lbs most of my life and was told I was ok weight for my bone structure and size. I lost a lot of weight when I was sick one time down to 6st 4lbs, so was pleased to put some on, it can be very difficult to gain weight, but I did not expect to put on so much.

    Jackie

  • I am 5ft 2 ins Vicki, wieghed 7st 11lbs most of my life and was told I was ok weight for my bone structure and size. I lost a lot of weight when I was sick one time down to 6st 4lbs, so was pleased to put some on, it can be very difficult to gain weight, but I did not expect to put on so much.

    JackieBlimey, your diddy... I am just under 5.5 and was around nine stone when I gave up... I have been known to be around 8st when stressed, but look too skinny... 9 and a half is about right for me and my bone structure I think.

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  • Me too

    Bliming SPAM i have reported that post too.

    GOD I wish i could delete these when they come in and that be that.

    Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh its disgusting this one.

  • Luckily i hadn't had breakfast before i saw it :eek:

  • hehe sorry i just had to chuckle at that one the spam i mean makes you wonder really did any read what the first pic add had written on it :p

    ok i will rephrase that as im sure none of the guys read it :rolleyes: private lessons for string bass :p

  • thanks mods but I wish you had removed it 5 mins earlier. eeeewwww Just eaten. Can someone pass me the eye wash please I think it scarred my retina lol

  • hehe sorry i just had to chuckle at that one the spam i mean makes you wonder really did any read what the first pic add had written on it :p

    ok i will rephrase that as im sure none of the guys read it :rolleyes: private lessons for string bass :p

    Read it?, were there any words on it? :D

  • When I stopped I went back to my Slimming World class as I had free membership being on target. I did put on a stone but was half a stone underweight when I stopped so all good! I've enjoyed the odd sneaky chocolate to help me through but now am back on the healthy eating. And I'm in the gym - a lot (it's what stops me lighting up). I'm only a couple of weeks off the first year as a non-smoker - I'm 4lbs off my target weight - hopefully I can do it....:D

  • Hi Vicki and well done :) Regarding weight i must admit i've always been a skinny minni but since passing 30 & quitting smoking i've noticed i seem to put it on alot quicker aswell. Men say they like curvy woman...well this woman won't go along with that one!! Obviously i am eating more and my metabolism has slowed down a little bit, So the solution is; eat less exercise more right?? Easier said than done isn't it lol.

    I have normal healthy thyroid function so i decided to take kelp, acai berries which naturally improves weight loss and speeds up metabolism. Cut cake and stodge, things like that out for a bit, green tea is good also for detoxing. If you dont like exercise like me, then brute force and vanity normally does the trick, take a good hard look at myself in the mirror & go for it. For me exercise became quite addictive but worth it. Good luck. :)

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