|From: Joanne - Gold (Original Message)||
Sent: 3/6/2002 3:38 PM
Weight Gain concerns following smoking cessation often lead us to the most visual and common forms of Junkie Thinking / Nicodemon's Lies . I like to call it "illogical thought process" caused from addiction. When an ex-smoker brings up this issue it always concerns us because most of us are programmed to keep extra body weight at bay for health reasons. The average smoker would have to gain about one hundred pounds to add additional work on the heart in comparison to the workload caused from smoking. Here again - the understanding and proper perspective is what pulls us through. If we break our legs while snow skiing and end up off our feet during recovery, we do have a choice to alter our diets accordingly - preventing the least amount of weight gain. What if we do not heed to eating appropriately during this temporary down time, and notice a few extra pounds? We certainly don't head to the nearest ski resort and jump off a cliff.
In general, when it comes to healing and health issues we follow the proper course of treatment and take necessary precautions. Not only for recovery, but in preventive measures. When quitting smoking we take the same route. Getting off smoking/nicotine is one of the most important health decisions we will ever make. We must embrace our quits and do everything we can to Prevent Relapse. Quitting smoking begins our recovery process from nicotine addiction, understanding how to stay off, is what sets us free. There simply isn't a reason that justifies relapse.
Working our way through a killer addiction isn't easy for some of us but our lives are worth the TEMPORARY challenges. With weight gain concerns, Joel likes to point out a realistic point, "quitting smoking doesn't make us gain a considerable amount of weight, eating does". We make the choices folks!
When it comes to The Law of Addiction , no loopholes exist. When it comes to nicotine addiction there is a key to discovering and living out the inner contents of being free and in control - the way we were meant to be.....
We must never take another puff...no matter what - one day at a time.
.........and while you are at it....watch those bites!
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