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bill

I quit smoking and put all the weight I'd worked so hard to lose back on. I'm feeling pretty awful about it.

Glenn Kenny

I'm here to tell you, Bill, you can do it. Two key things: focus on the long game (if you will) and (not unrelated) don't try to do too much at once.

This shot is from summer 2009, right before I quit smoking, and I'm about 300 pounds in it. In the weight scheme of things, I'm glad I quit smoking before I quit drinking, because the not-smoking weight gain was all but unnoticeable considering the bulk I was already carrying from being addicted to Knob Creek and Stella Artois boilermakers. Once I quit drinking in early 2010, and the phrase "self-care" entered my vocabulary, I was able to really get to work. I now hover around 230-240, depending on the state of my M&M addiction, and hope to make 220 by May of next year. Being realistic really helps.

Glenn Kenny

Also (and I cannot emphasize this enough): DO NOT START SMOKING AGAIN. CLOSE those nicotine receptors DOWN.

bill

"...don't try to do too much at once."

Yeah, not much danger of that happening, apparently.

There are various things that factor into this whole scenario, ones that should concern me, but I'm actually doing quite well in all areas -- so far -- other than just looking, as you say, like a fat fuck. But this shit has to be nipped in the bud, and quick-like. Not in the sense that I expect immediate results, I know better than that now, but I mean I need to buckle down thoroughly.

Anyway, thank you very much for your encouragement, and I do take your advice to heart. Your success has been very inspiring (and infuriating!). Interestingly, about the smoking -- it's been about four months now, and in that time, three days have included smoking to some degree. I consider that pretty good. One of those three days involved a bachelor party, and since, as you know, I no longer imbibe myself, I was wondering how I'd get through the night being the only non-drinker there (while I was the only NON-drinker, there was a guy who barely drank, and thank God for that). But anyway, so I made the basically moronic decision to smoke. I got lucky in that the next day, I had no desire to continue. Not because I felt ill, but because I just didn't have the urge. Which is good. The more difficult part has been telling myself that I can't use that experience as an excuse, because that's how you start smoking again for the rest of your life.

Anyway. With the weight gain, going back to cigarettes would just make me feel like a total waste. Guilt is a strong motivator.

Andy

Never heard of Preston Miller, but I'll check the guy's track record...

brendan oleary

hip hip hip hip

bstrong

Check the guy's rock record.

The Siren

You are unnervingly plausible in that collar, Glenn.

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