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  1. #21

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    2 packs per day here till I quit. By the way Saturday made a month for me.
    Goal reached 2-14-2011
    Body Fat: 7.8%
    Lost 78 lbs, 19 inches from waist

  2. #22

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    congratulations Tommy!!!! one month! you got it beat. AND......no weight gain. That is so impressive.
    Bren
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    218/150 calling it goal!
    3/30/03

  3. #23

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    Hey Bren,

    I'm smoking about a pack a day...have been consistent at that since I started 15 years ago...... Im smoking up these last few days...gunna miss it some, but I wont miss smelling like an ashtray!!!! I know there are others on this bored lurking who want to join us but are scared.....JUST DO IT, YOU WONT BE SORRY!!!!
    Restarted Atkins September 3, 2010

    302/229/220 M/38

    My goal is simple....3 lbs off a week until I hit 220 lbs

    YOU REALLY ARE WHAT YOU EAT AND THIS WOE PROVES IT!

    STARTING PANTS SIZE 44 CURRENT PANTS SIZE 36
    STARTING SHIRT SIZE XXL CURRENT SHIRT SIZE XL

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    When smokers quit, within twenty minutes of smoking that last cigarette the body begins a series of changes.

    At 20 minutes after quitting:

    blood pressure decreases
    pulse rate drops
    body temperature of hands and feet increases

    At 8 hours:

    carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
    oxygen level in blood increases to normal

    At 24 hours:

    chance of a heart attack decreases

    At 48 hours:

    nerve endings start regrowing
    ability to smell and taste is enhanced

    The first year after quitting:

    At 2 weeks to 3 months:

    circulation improves
    walking becomes easier
    lung function increases

    1 to 9 months:

    coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases

    1 year:

    excess risk of coronary heart disease is decreased to half that of a smoker

    Long-term Benefits of Quitting

    At 5 years:


    from 5 to 15 years after quitting, stroke risk is reduced to that of people who have never smoked.

    At 10 years:

    risk of lung cancer drops to as little as one-half that of continuing smokers

    risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases
    risk of ulcer decreases

    At 15 years:
    risk of coronary heart disease is now similar to that of people who have never smoked
    risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who have never smoked
    Goal reached 2-14-2011
    Body Fat: 7.8%
    Lost 78 lbs, 19 inches from waist

  5. #25

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    I'm at 2 3/4 years quit, so I'm more than half-way to those awesome 5 year health benefits. Woohoo!!!
    ~ Elleth

    40/f 5'5" Start 10/18/2003 - 180/133.0/125

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    I am printing that out Tommy.....Thanks! Here I thought I was cold all the time due to weight loss (well......could be AGE too!!!).

    Man in Blue...........yikes, I just figured it out, I have been smoking for 32 years. Started when I was 16.

    AND ALL YOU LURKERS................Think about it, read what Tommy wrote.
    Bren
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    218/150 calling it goal!
    3/30/03

  7. #27

    Default I am quitting TOO!

    You are not alone! I am going to quit too! I have been on Atkins for 3 months on the first of January and think that quitting my awful smoking is the next stage. I need lots of support. I am really excited to be thin and smoke free.

    Count me in!

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    I quit on christmas eve but I still want to join you guys!!!!! I was doing ok until today OMG the word craving does not cut it, I made my mom take my car keys so I could not drive to the store. (it got to the point were I was willing to check the trash for old dumped out ashtrays) To bad garbage gets picked up on Mondays
    Did Atkins last year lost alot of weight in under 3 months had an accident gained it all back.

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    Come one come all!!! The more the merrier!! Today is it! Enjoy those nasty old butts! Just think how dam good we are going to feel! I do not know about you guys but I have spent the last 30+ years of my life with no control what so ever. This year I got in complete control of my eating and tomorrow I will be in complete control of smoking!!! I am feeling really good and optomistic about this!!!!!
    Bren
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    218/150 calling it goal!
    3/30/03

  10. #30

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    I quit two days ago, and best of luck to all of us trying to go smoke free in 2004. It's very hard but if we stay focused and have support we can make it.

    FWIW: I smoked like a chimney for the week leading up to my quitting day. Dunno why that is, but it seems to happen to alot of people. I also couldn't throw any packs out. I needed to actually finish all the cigs I had bought. Go figure.

    Best of luck to all!!

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