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Penitent, you were such a big help to me along with Mr. Ed. My wife is now 6 days into her quit and I couldn't be more proud. She had quit for almost 2 years before we got together and started again when she went through some rough patches with her family. Now that we have a place in a 55+ community, she's working hard to keep from smoking and has started working out. I asked her to get onto SSC, and she laughed and said she'll tell everyone that I'm not helping her. I'm sure if she feels the need, she'll be here looking for the people that got me through.
 
 
Take care, if you talk to any of our friends, let them know I'm still around.
 
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GOOFY!!!! I thought you were long gone!! Great to hear from you and to hear that you are still quit after all these years. Also pleased to hear that life is working out for you. I will be 13 years quit in May and while I can't quite believe it, I know that I will NEVER smoke again. The sands continue to drop through the hourglass and I have no intention of encouraging them to accelerate!! Continue to enjoy your new life and congratulations on a great quit!! All The Best, Penitent

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Hey Penitent!
 
Great to see that you're still hanging tough. I had a hard time getting back on the site as I forgot my e-mail I used to originally log on. I have remained smoke free all this time. I got divorced and remarried. My wife just quit smoking this week and I thought of this site. I remember how hard it was to quit for all of us in the beginning and now it's a breeze. 
 
Best of luck and Happy New Year!
 
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Amazing - 204 this morning too - 21 months on!!!

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204 today - that's ok 

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201 today! WHAT?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 
 

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203 this morning!
 
Still headed in the right direction.
 
It can be done!!
 
 
 
 

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208 today - Happy!!!
 
 
 

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I've come to believe the most attractive weight for each individual is the one each can maintain comfortably without having a stinking cancer causing, polluting, health hazard hanging from their lips. 
That's the real 'bottom' line! 

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Hmm. I just looked back and noticed that I  had lost 9 lbs after hitting peak weight at some point. I forgot about when I really topped out. I'm still back down from the peak weight, so now I'm wondering if the 10 extra lbs weren't already there before I quit. ...And I'd really love to be about 20 lbs less than now. Just not sure which part of that 20 is from the food orgy habit I got with the old roommie or from quitting. ...Oy! Clearly, I don't use a scale very often or keep very good records. 
 
Bottom line is that I ride the bike and do the yoga to be happy. I wish it resulted in a leaner me than I currently have, but if not, que sera. 

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Hey VIV,
 
If it makes you feel any better, I gained about 10 lbs. with my quit, and haven't really lost it. Unfortunately, I had already gained weight during a stint with a previous roommate who shared my love of both eating and smoking. (This had happened before my quit.) So even though I still like pedaling around, doing yoga, and doing some trots on the elliptical in the gym, I'm still a big girl.  
 
However, I'd say it's still a net positive for me. I'm a big girl who has a whole lot more energy and lung power for activities than I did before I quit. Like willis said, even if I never lose the weight, it was was worth it to lose the smoking. ...And in terms of the appearance issue, I'm finding that some of the boys out there are kind of warm for the softer form.  So it's all good in the end. 
 

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NEVER be Discouraged!  We can do well to remember these words - Thanks Pen :)  You didn't miss acknowledgements my way - It's cool that posts written here are timeless once recorded and how the timeless threads keep popping up as Roses noted :)  Thanks also Workin' and Willis for the cheers and good advice : ) You're doing great VIV to stick to NOPE first!!!! that's the main prize after all.  You can always try cycling on the stationary bikes at the gym if you haven't got on outdoor cycle plan yet - and walking is such a great way to get the blood pumping :) 
To lose my excess 'quit smoking' weight, I used a great book entitled (aptly): 'Drop Two Sizes' by Rachel Cosgrove.  It's a Women'sHealth book (sorry guys!).  I love it cuz it follows a very realistic lifestyle PLAN with excellent explanations of body metabolism, ideas to inspire yourself, exercises, menu suggestions and rewards - kind of like the quit smoking plan here. It suggests finding a workout buddy to compare notes, inspire fitness and workout or walk together.  It also doesn't use the scale at all - you just pull out your fave skinny jeans you want to wear soon, along with a picture of yourself the way you look on Day 1 of your fitness journey.  Each day is charted in the book with a journal to write your goals, how you may be feeling about your progress and all the things you can do to achieve them! I found it an eye opener to write my feelings regarding my weight, looks, concept of ageing, self worth etc.  But my best motivator was my DAY 1 picture, dated and taped on my mirror.  That kept me moving forward from a set starting point, instead of just saying -"I'll get on that shape up plan one day . . . uh  ..  ya . .  one day I'll get on that . . " which never comes without a plan (for me anyway). The goal is not to lose weight but to shape-ly up to the point you feel comfortable in your clothes -  and to find your healthy weight and lifestyle to maintain it.  It's great to strut your skinny jeans in a couple of months too :) and of course NEVER be Discouraged!  You quit smoking  - man - you can do anything you want after achieving that! 

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Willisv56, I totally agree a few pounds is a small price to pay. I actually lost more than that a couple of years back and remember the pleasure of reaching my goal. However, nothing can compare with me currently keeping this quit! If I can do this I must just be a little more committed to weight control. Thanks for your support. Penitent, Thanks to you for the encouragement about the cycling. I have heard of a place in the UK. that specialise in teaching people. Apparently they have special cycles and purpose built environment. Im sure its just a confidence issue so perhaps I may go and have a look next time I'm over. Viv

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Hi Eyja and apologies!!! I had noted your wonderful achievement but failed to acknowledge it here. You must be very happy to get back to your pre-quitting weight. Congratulations! Next goal?
 
VIV, I don't think it is too late to learn to ride a bike! That said, regular walking (30 minutes a day or an hour every other day) and a realistic review of your eating habits is all that is needed. The same determination that you have shown to beat smoking is all that is required to tackle this next task. It takes time, so do not be discouraged if results are not immediate. Keep at it!!
 
Willis, great to see that you are still doing okay.
 
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Hi VIV ! In my mind a few extra pounds is such a small price to pay for what you have achieved. But even that will go away as Eyja has shown. Eyja knows that I was given a puppy when I quit. He and I get quite a bit of exercise together and as it turns out he has become the light of my life. I guess what im trying to say is 14lbs means nothing in the grand scheme of things dontchathink? 

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