As of right now, I am just under 14 months smoke free. Let me tell you, I feel amazing! Well, other than the weight I gained. I have gained a total of 35 pounds since I smoked my last cigarette. Please, do not let this discourage you if you are currently reading this and thinking about quitting smoking.
I did not think that I would gain the weight, I was busy. I didn’t even realize the increase in the junk that I was eating, until recently when I looked back at the things that I craved instead of a smoke. I was a mom of a 4 year old, and a newborn baby, who thought I would gain weight being that busy? Not me! But I did. The fact that it was winter time, did not help either. Once the summer time came, I started to stress eat because we were getting ready to move, and packing. All of these times I personally would have had a smoke, I was choosing to have chips, chocolate, donuts, iced caps, pop, you name it… I had it. Recently I have really taken a look at my lifestyle and the lifestyle of my family and we have started to make some changes, which is what struck me to write this post.
There are many other things that you could do to keep your hands and/or mouth busy while you are kicking the habit of smoking. If you feel that you need to eat something sweet, or keep your hands busy, why not try to chew on some sugar free gum? or you could eat some sugar free candies. They still give you a little sweetness, and that ‘junk’ factor, but much better for you. There are always carrot sticks, celery sticks or you could slice up an apple even. I have heard some people say that brushing their teeth more helped them to kick that urge to have a smoke. When you feel like having a smoke (if you have the time) you can go for a short walk around the block, or up and down your stairs a few times (if you have them). These are just a few little tips that I wish I would have taken when I was quitting smoking, and thought that I would pass them along.
Although quitting CAN cause you to gain weight, if you stay aware, and put the extra effort in, you can avoid it!