One would really think with all my good walking and good eating (good meaning healthier) I'd maybe lose half a pound over the past week instead of weighing the *exact* same amount as I did this time last week. I've never really had to watch what I eat, and I still refuse to actually "diet," but I am trying to really add lots of healthier foods (fruits, vegetables, even grilled fish for goodness sake). I have much to learn, and this was one of the few things that was easier as a smoker (not that it was healthier, mind you, just sayin', is all, as Bay would say).
Losing a Pound or 15 to 20 as Smoker Me:
Quit smoking briefly. Gain 15 to 20 pounds. Cry. Hard. Be bewildered. Find an excuse to smoke, typically involving alcohol, even better in a casino, promise myself I'll quit as soon as I get home from the lure of the smoky and drinky casinos but don't, and voila, I'm back to my normal "Maggie weight" within a month or three. Go, me!
Losing a Pound or 15 to 20 as Non-smoker Me:
Quit smoking briefly (OK, this time almost 7 months). Gain 15 to 20 pounds (the last 10 pounds or so of it after going off the Chantix, I think). Cry. Hard. Be bewildered. Be unable to justify taking up smoking again as a solution to any problem, extra pounds included. Realize that I might have to actually eat better than the attempts that still involved Taco Bell a few nights a week. Continue the walking thing that I started when I quit smoking, even adding a little jog to it once every three weeks or so and be amazed at my lung function and stamina as a non-smoker but be unable to continue because something is wrong with my ankle or leg or something over there in that lower right quadrant of my body that I can't get the doctors to take seriously (asshats - different topic, different day). Eat relatively healthy most of the week, including such items as broccoli, tilapia, tomatoes, lean beef, several green peppers, flax seed (whole), flax seed (ground), tomatillos, cilantro, barley, oatmeal, mango, bananas, and other things that seem healthy, some of which weren't even in my vocabulary a month ago. Try not to say the D word because it's not really a "diet" but a wonderful and healthy new way of life and blah, blah. Try not to worry too much about it but yet (because I am me, and we know how I are, or whatever) track *everything* on FitDay (after calculating recipes in other places just to be certain) to even get a general idea of how many calories and fat and fiber and carbs and sodium (blood pressure issue) I'm even getting because I've never been on a
At least my blood pressure is scoring much lower to the point that it doesn't even look dangerous anymore. Go reduced sodium living! (and probably also due in part to less stress compared to my hell weeks and previous funk now that people around me aren't being such jackasses - for the record, this did not ever include Tom or the kitties - who are people, too, ya know).