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Any smokers in here? How has it effected your weight loss and exercise goals? If you were once a smoker and then quit, can you really tell the difference (easier to workout and such)?

Thu. Aug 24, 12:41am

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YES, YES, YES..... you will taste things differently, you will smell things differently, and more importantly you will feel healthier and much happier if you can kick the habit.... I'm such a "reformed" smoker.... Funny it's been 25 years but I will never forget the new sensations and senses when I quit....... It was also easier to workout and breathe....... Watch that hand mouth replacement taht some go thorugh (Myself included) I ate more to satisfy that need.... What I didn't realize at the time was to better prepare myself for that...... Good luck...

Thursday, August 24, 2006, 1:15 AM

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I cannot describe how different my senses are as a non-smoker. I quit over 10 years ago and like the previous poster said it is still very vivid in my mind how I felt as the world blossomed into color and sensation around me. The sheer nuances of food were overwhelming! One nice thing was that i could really begin to appreciate that veggies had 'flavor' - they previously had almost no taste to me at all. Suddenly red peppers were sweet, spinach was slightly bitter and artichokes were tangy. And smells.... wow - I never knew cucumbers smelled so 'clean'! I did not go through the hand-to-mouth thing, instead I gained all my weight later - ah well... I am however one of the few ex-smokers I know who did not gain weight upon quitting, so it's something to be vigilant about.

Also, once I began exercising after quitting I coughed up crap for weeks, so don't overdo it - let you body clean itself out. I am thankful that I was able to regain my pre-smoking lung capacity (it had greatly diminished).

Thursday, August 24, 2006, 1:58 AM

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I quit several months ago and started exercising and eating right at the same time. I had quit before and blamed my weight gain on quitting smoking. I will be honest, I think that my metabolism needed a few months to straighten out but I have lost weight since quitting. It hasn't been easy but it is SO worth it!
I am able to run without wheezing, it's no longer painful to work out! Also, once you make that decision to start living a healthy lifestyle other things will fall into place health-wise I think.
Good luck! Life as a non-smoker is great!

Thursday, August 24, 2006, 11:48 AM

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Awesome to all of you who quit smoking!

Thursday, August 24, 2006, 12:11 PM

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Gosh I really want to, but I've quit so many times and started again! All my friends smoke so it's difficult plus it feels so good...ahh! But of course the fact that I can barely run 2 feet without gasping for breath is a major downfall...I think I might go throw my pack away right now...

Thursday, August 24, 2006, 12:23 PM

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My husband quit when he moved to be with me. I've never smoked, but from what he said the hardest thing about quitting was the habit, not the addiction.

He couldn't quit for good until he changed everything. Moving to a new place, hanging out with new people, eating at new places, and having a different schedule finally let him drop the habit for good.

(I think it helps that I told him I refused to live with a smoker, so it was the cigs, or me.) Kind of a nice ego boost that I beat the deathsticks on his priority list :D

Thursday, August 24, 2006, 12:48 PM

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1:58 poster to the 12:23 poster - yeah all my friends smoked too, but they were super kewl and considerate of my decision to quit. They never offered, didn't let me bum, cheerfully went outside to smoke when we were hanging out at my place (no small feat since winters were brutal where I lived) and refused to smoke in my car even though I said it was OK. Sometimes it was frustrating when I just wanted '1' and no one would give into me, but it was the right thing since I wouldn't go buy a pack and it kept me from bumming yet another and another until I was smoking again. I am extremely grateful to them for their supprt because I cannot imagine what my health would be like today - I can guarantee it wouldn't be nearly as good as it is now. I am soooo thankful that I am not going to be an 'old smoker'.

Thursday, August 24, 2006, 1:09 PM

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I quit and replaced working out with my smoking habit. Every time I wanted to smoke, I did anything, walk a block, something physical. I ended up kicking the habit and losing weight, which I think is everyone's goal.

Friday, August 25, 2006, 2:38 PM

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I hate to say this but I didn't really notice a difference. I didn't lose or gain any weight, exercise wasn't easier and I didn't get crabby or cranky when I couldn't smoke. I was a light smoker 5 or less a day so I am sure that has something to do with it, I also never replaced eating with smoking so I'm sure that also contributes to the no weight gain. I do however feel better because I don't smell like smoke all the time and the big one is last winter I wasn't always raspy and coughing. I always blamed it on a cold but I knew it was from the smoking. Quitting also gave me the confidence to try other things...too many to mention...I felt like if I could quit I could do anything! Good luck to everyone trying or thinking about trying to kick the habit!

Saturday, August 26, 2006, 9:29 AM

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