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Start Smoking to Stay Skinny?

Updated on October 17, 2012

The Revelation

Today I had a revelation.

I was sitting at work, knee deep in some complicated reporting, when I suddenly felt so hungry. It was one of those moments where you just want to drop everything you are doing and eat. Now.

I considered my options: I brought an apple and some carrots from home. I have oatmeal I keep in my desk- plain and organic that I sweeten with Stevia. I have coconut milk yogurt and Odwalla Superfood in the fridge. All things that I love and enjoy on a regular basis. But this was not going to do it for me.

Despite these options, I had this insane urge to walk down to the vending machine and get something else. Something chocolatey and gooey. Or carby. Or salty and crunchy and cheesy. Anything not healthy.

I avoided this walk and instead had my apple with some Odwalla and tea, and as I sipped considered how if I had walked down to the vending machine, I would have eaten something nasty, felt like crap, and then ate the apple, tea and juice anyways.

I NEVER used to eat like this. Never used to have these insane junk food cravings. Food was food. I enjoyed it when I was hungry, but now it has become my focus. Over the past year and a half, and despite my overall healthy eating habits, I have become one of those diet obsessed, food obsessed people. I exercise regularily. Yet I have packed on 30 pounds.

And then it hit me. Such an obvious revelation that I felt immediately "special" for not realizing it sooner. A year and a half ago, I quit smoking. Cold turkey. Not even a single cheat since my quit date.

I have felt great about not smoking...but I am getting chubby! None of my clothes are fitting me anymore. I want to eat all the time. I don't feel like myself.

I found myself wondering, should I start smoking again? Just long enough to lose the weight?

What????? Is being skinny that important????

Although having an easy out is tempting for me, I think I will take this knowledge gained from my revelation and instead cut down the hand to mouth time (that would be the time spent stuffing my face.) and instead focus on being healthy and eating the right amount of food. If I can quit smoking, I can control my eating...right? If you have had this experience, please share your story with me! I will also post my updates here as I begin the journey to quit overeating.


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    • krazikat profile imageAUTHOR

      Ophelia Madden 

      7 years ago from Pacific Northwest


      I agree! And it seems more people are growing "intolerant" to more foods! I believe that all the processing and chemicals in almost everything is definately impacting this...also asthma, seasonal allergies, etc. It is crazy out there...and I definately do not need to add cigarettes back to hat also just tastes better now to me then it has in years...I am sure that did nto help!

    • DeborahFantasia profile image


      7 years ago from Italy

      I have been EXACTLY where you are. I have quite smoking over a couple years ago and have also packed on some pounds. I also enjoy eating and find it hard to make healthy choices.

      I have found that just like smoking is a mind over matter issue, so is eating. A lot of today's foods contain ingredients that actually make you crave them more.

      So if you're finding yourself craving something specific, I would bet it's because of that.

      I don't think smoking is a good "weight loss plan" though.

      Good luck on your weight loss goals :)

    • krazikat profile imageAUTHOR

      Ophelia Madden 

      7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thanks for reading and responding...I am listening! I will not pick up the pack again - instead, I invested in a giant pack of gum...I think that now that I am armed with the knowledge, I can lose the weight...and then I will feel even better being skinny AND smoke free!!!! Thanks for the feedback!

    • Nickels-and-Sense profile image


      7 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      Listen to breakfastpop! I know its difficult. I smoked for nearly twenty years myself, but I haven't for over two years now and sure feel much healthier. I've put on a few pounds, but nothing drastic. The key is realizing you have gained some weight, it is the first step in losing it, or at the very least not gaining much more.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      7 years ago

      Don't do it!!! I know it's tempting because I have been there. I too quit cold turkey and ate too much. After a while you will get a grip on things. I have a suggestion, just eat satisfying real food in smaller amounts . You'll be satisfied and you'll lose weight. Hang tough!

    • krazikat profile imageAUTHOR

      Ophelia Madden 

      7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thanks Alma! You are so right- smoking is pointless! I started smoking when I was 14, and I guess my body was just so used to having that hand-to-mouth action for all those years and I just didn't pay attention like I should have when I quit...and I can't believe it took me so long to realize this was the problem!

    • Alma Cabase profile image

      Alma Cabase 

      7 years ago from Philippines


      I am not a previous smoker like you but there is only one way to stop overeating and that is discipline. I am pretty sure you can do it considering you restrained yourself from smoking which is far addictive than food. You can also try to eat healthier stuffs like vegetables and fruits. You can eat a lot of fruits without worrying about calories. Having a motivation is also a must. I was slightly chubby when I was 16 and I started to realize how important it is to be slim (to atleast get a prom date). And now I have learned the secret of staying in shape.

      I hope my suggestions are of use to you. Good luck!

      PS: Don't even think of smoking again. Not to offend the smokers, but it's the most pointless habit one can have. Burning your lungs and money..

      Take care.




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