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Today I woke up with a purpose, and going into  the day I starting feeling sorry for myself and for the way I look. This feeling came about suddenly, and as Hurricane Fay was zigzaging across the coast, so was my heart and mind, I stop smoking six months ago after smoking for nearly thirty-four years,I've gain about twenty to twenty-five pounds. About a year ago I had lost over thirty some thing pounds and now I'm just about where I started from since I stop smoking, It was really making me depress and wanting to give up on everything, until I found this website, I thought for sure that no one will understand being beyond forty and how hard things seems to not work and to get back on track. This site is my "Motivation" to see that I do have a life to live and a reason to live it, It will take me believing in myself and to know that what will manifest on the outside will come from within.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Aug 24, 2008
    • Welcome to the place where you’ll find lots of understanding. This is a wonderful site. Enjoy getting to know everyone, reading their posts and sharing your ideas.
      Cynthia



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      Sandra Chaplin wrote Aug 24, 2008
    • Thank you Chocoatier for your warm welcome, and I look forward to hearing more from you.



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      Ladybrett wrote Aug 24, 2008
    • You know SammyJO, I say f__k ‘em.
      Take your days one at a time and LIVE for you.
      We all battle this on some level. Shake off the stuff others lay on you and go for it for you!
      I say this ‘out loud’ because I need to hear it too.
      You are NOT smoking and that is really good.



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      Yana Berlin wrote Aug 24, 2008
    • Dear SmmyJo,

      First of all CONGRATULATION, quitting smoking after so many years is almost impossible, gaining the weight and loosing it all plus is incredible. YOU GO GIRL

      A mother, grandmother and a great grandmother, you should be soooo proud. Yes, getting older some times could be depressing,  but life’s experiences made us stronger, wiser and more determined to live our best life.  

      How did you loose the 30 lbs? I’m looking for an easy way out to loose my 20lbs.

      Hope to see lots of you on our space.

      All the best,
      Yana

      p.s. note if you respond within your own post  no one is getting a notification. If you want to respond to a person, click on their picture and you can write on their wall or send them a test message.



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      Sandra Chaplin wrote Aug 24, 2008
    • Thank you Yana for letting me know about responding in my own post, being on a site to blog is fairly new to me and it's so interesting to respond and recieve response I welcome the corrections.



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      Leeann wrote Aug 24, 2008
    • Sammy, I am really proud of you for giving up smoking. My mom is dying from a really bad illness. She smoked when I was little . Four years ago The Dr found a tumor in my lung and a cloudy spot in the other lung. While running all there test. They found tumors in my ovaries. I was told I had ovarian cancer. I went in to sugery for 4 hours. My Dr came out to greet my husband and told him my ovaries tested negative for ovarian cancer. He told my husband , I am really lucky. My test all said I had cancer. I have to get tested still, until I meet 5 years.  I have a ct every year for my lungs. I thank god everyday for being here. Keep your head up. Be really proud of yourself . We have one body. Enjoy it . smiles to you from me.



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      Katrina wrote Aug 27, 2008
    • Quitting smoking is the best thing I ever did, and also one of the hardest things. I think that quitting can cause depression, weight gain, etc, because it is such an extreme lifestyle adjustment. I did gain about 10lbs, but I replaced smoking with exercise because I was trying to make sure that I didn’t use the weight gain as an excuse to relapse  back to smoking. That was almost nine years ago. Hang in there and find some new challenges! You have successfully proven that you can conquer such difficult challenges. The sky is the limit, the weight gain is temporary and your life will be better, and longer because of your ability to kick such a serious addiction.
      A million congratulations to you!



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      Katrina wrote Aug 27, 2008
    • p.s. Fantastic site, Yana!



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      Sandra Chaplin wrote Aug 29, 2008
    • Katrina thanks for the comment, It's been six months since I've quit and after gaining the weight the first thing I thought about was starting back, because I was so fustrated.
      I thought about why I quit and the benefit with it and that keeps me going, I love to walk and hope this will keep me motivated lose the extra pounds.
      And I totally agree with Yana site, it is absolutely fantastic. Look to here more from you!



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      Angelina Peterson wrote Aug 31, 2008
    • CONGRATULATIONS on quitting smoking!!!!!
      My husbend quit in January and in August started back up again.(he put on 25 pounds)
      I see how very very hard it is to quit. Keep up the great Work :) I am proud of you



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      Sandra Chaplin wrote Aug 31, 2008
    • Sunshine9 tell your husband that i'm going into my seveth month and as I approach each month the craving come and stronger. But I thank about the benefits of having fresh air to breath, my car don't stank, and my senses are more keener than ever.
      Tell him that these are things i'm reminded of every time I have that craving to light up. As i've said in my other blog that I have eight grandchildren and a great grand and I do want to see how they live their life, and if it's heading in the wrong direction, I want to tell them that they don't want to head down that road.
      Sunshin9 thank you for your comments and tell your husband he can do it.



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