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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-06-2004, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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About the weight thing

FTR - I totally agree with the sentiment that it is better to gain a few pounds then continue to smoke and risk so much more of your health.

With that said, I can't believe how much my thighs and my ass have expanded since I quit. I kid you not. I'm seriously concerned about this. Click here to enlarge

What type of exercise is good for those areas? Not to sound like a lazy fuck, but I have never really exercised. Click here to enlarge I know zilch about weight control and fitness. I am scared. Seriously, I need help. I can't afford to buy new jeans every time I gain another 5 pounds. Granted, I think I needed a *few* pounds back that smoking may have robbed me of, but I'm afraid this will go beyond that and I won't be able to get a handle on it.

Should I just walk? Climb stairs? Have more sex? What!!

It's a boy! Anthony Michael, born at 1:24 pm on March 7, 2012! 7lb 14 oz, 20" long

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Pilates Click here to enlarge, oh and my belly has already expanded after the fooking holidays I'm not looking foreward to what I look like after I quit smoking Click here to enlarge, I know it's better to be fat than smoke, but fuck I don't want to grow out of my clothes Click here to enlarge.
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Oh and why does it have to go to all one area??? I'd like some in my boobs, please. thanks. Click here to enlarge

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Pierced-what the heck are Pilates? I keep seeing/hearing this term and no clue what it (they) are.

I've been using my treadmill since New Years Eve. I started off going half a mile and last night I did 3/4 mile Click here to enlarge I still get out of breath.

I'm also doing 3 sets of 20 situps everynight and stretching. Other than that, I'm trying to stay away from candy and eat helthier in general.

Alot of weight did go to my boobs.
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I'm one of those freaks whose weight goes immediately to the waist. Click here to enlarge

I quit smoking last April, just about two/three weeks after we moved from Florida to Indiana. In just 6 short months, I managed to gain 30 pounds... partially because I quit smoking and partially because I wasn't surfing all the time.

This time around, I'm going to be training for the 3-Day walk so I hope that it helps to keep my weight gain under control. I'm not so much concerned at this point about losing weight, but I definitely do NOT want to gain more than I already have.
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Me too Salty me too Click here to enlarge. I wind up looking three months pregnant with a 10 lb weight gain.
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It's been almost 3 months and I've gained 10lbs.Click here to enlarge I am used to being very thin and now I am not even close as I was "healthy" before I quit. I started aerobics, we will see. I usually get good results from exercise. I don't know where the weight has come from either, I'm not pigging out.Click here to enlarge
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I am doing my WATP (Walk Away the Pounds) workouts. I did these 5 days per week last year until I had my surgery. They are awesome for toning your ass and hip areas. There is a series of them for the abs too. I HATE exercise, but I can do these daily without feeling tortured because they're easy, low-impact and quick.

I am training for the 3day too as well as working on losing the last 60 lbs. I'm terrified of gaining back ANY of what I've lost so far, but I'd rather not be a smoker. I start back to WW tomorrow night which I hope will help too. I've been eating like a horse since the 1st, and I need to stop Click here to enlarge.

Walking will also be one of my daily routines. Before the surgery, I was doing WATP in the afternoon while DD's naps and walking 2-3 miles at night after the kids were in bed. I plan to start doing that again but probably not until it warms up at least a little.
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http://www.metabolism.com/news/2001-05-24/
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How Smoking Affects Metabolism
by Astrid Matthysse, Metabolism.com Staff


I have smoked for about 25 years and recently stopped. Now I am fighting weight gain. What can I expect and what can I do to keep the weight gain to a minimum? What is it that happens to the metabolism that causes the weight to go on so fast?

Congratulations on your wise decision to stop smoking. More Americans die from smoking-related diseases than from AIDS, drug abuse, car accidents and murder - combined. You have taken a big step towards better health for yourself as well as for those around you.

Nicotine, one of the components of cigarette smoke, increases energy expenditure by stimulating the central nervous system. Once this drug is removed from a person's system, energy expenditure returns to normal. This difference is not very significant and the person should adjust to it in a short period of time. Smoking also appears to ease feelings of hunger. Smokers can usually overcome hunger signals by lighting up. Consequently, weight gain is often experienced soon after a person quits smoking. The average weight gain for people who quit smoking is less than 10 pounds. Being aware of the problem will help in avoiding or minimizing the weight gain. It is often necessary to adjust eating habits and physical activity to maintain weight during and after quitting.

Smoking cessation, however, lengthens life expectancy by an average of 2-4 years and is well worth the effort. Here are some guidelines to help you avoid the weight gain:


* Eat three balanced meals every day.
* Choose plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, avoiding high-fat and high sugar items.
* Avoid skipping meals. It leads to hunger and a tendency to snack on high-calorie foods.
* Keep fresh fruit and cut-up raw vegetables handy and choose them when the need for snacking arises.
* Keep busy to keep your thoughts away from food. Choose an activity that you enjoy (except eating) and do it more often, especially if you feel the urge to smoke or eat.
* Increase your physical activity: join a gym, walk more, use the stairs.
* Initially, stay away from other smokers and situations that led you to smoke (or eat).
* Join a support group.

Never let the fear of weight gain keep you from accomplishing your goal. With a little effort and determination you will succeed in achieving both goals: quit smoking and avoid putting on weight. Your health depends on it.
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It is possible that smoking helps some women suppress appetite and eating by adding the reinforcing effect of an increase in energy. Nicotine increases the body's expenditure of energy, or its metabolism. When male smokers engage in light physical activity, metabolism is enhanced. Women smokers, however, experience no metabolic enhancement from light activity.
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Each time a smoker used tobacco, the nicotine prompted a brief boost in metabolism of 5 to 7 percent for about a half hour. A pack-a-day smoker was likely to boost at-rest metabolism throughout the day, even though the effects were brief, because he or she used nicotine so continuously. A smoker using caffeine boosted metabolism even more, since the effects of the two substances (caffeine and nicotine) were additive.
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The use of nicotine replacement in cessation can forestall weight gain. Also, exercise and dietary changes can influence success in quitting smoking and can help a smoker avoid gaining an undue amount of weight. Even so, quitting smoking and dieting at the same time might not be the best approach.
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It took a few months for my weight to level out, but it gave me something to focus on (exercise, eating better)
Of course now all that is out of the window since I gotta feed the baby and all...
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The link for those last few quotes... http://www.nap.edu/books/0309064090/html/145.html
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I don't think there is anyway to 'lose' weight from certain areas, but you can definitely tone up those areas. If you create lean muscle mass, it takes up less room than fat, and your metabolism will increase, and therefore you'll burn more calories (and you can eat more without gaining Click here to enlarge).

There are all kinds of things you can do to target those muscle groups, tat. PM me I can give you tons of ideas. Click here to enlarge

Oh, and btw, congrats on sticking to your guns and not smoking!! Click here to enlarge
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I've decided that I'm not going to try to keep from gaining right now. It is much more important to me to be smoke free. My quit date was 1/1/04 and my worry about diet and exercise date will be 1/21/04.

One step at a time for me. It's about all I can handle. If I try to do more right now then I won't do any.
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* Keep busy to keep your thoughts away from food. Choose an activity that you enjoy (except eating) and do it more often, especially if you feel the urge to smoke or eat.
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