Hi folks, I've been lurking around this forum for the last 5+ weeks or so, garnering support and advice from your posts - thanks for all that.
I'm having a really hard time with the weight I've gained since quitting. I've always been a thin person - I did a lot of ballet training when I was younger. Now, I run a LOT and I eat very healthily, but since I quit I seem to have piled on the pounds.
I know this may sound vain all things considered, but I feel so incredibly uncomfortable in my own skin right now and it is really getting me down. I feel incredibly depressed. I just don't feel myself at all. I have continued to do all the good things people advise - exercising every day, drinking lots of water, cut out carbohydrates, 90% fruit and vegetables, but I just seem to be getting bigger and bigger.
I smoked between 5-10 per day for 17 years (I'm in my late 30's now)... Can anyone recommend any alternative therapies to help deal with this? I do wonder if some kind of hormonal change triggered by quitting, could be the issue? I've searched the internet high and low but always seem to find the same limited advice again and again.
What's everyone else's experience with weight? Do you know when it's supposed to normalise again?
Thanks for your feedback!