This is a great thread. I'm in the same boat as some others. I quit smoking cigarettes last April 2 after 25 years. When my taste buds came back to life I was in awe of how awesome food tasted and gave myself the remainder of 2013 to enjoy what I had been missing out on.
I put on 25 guilt-free pounds, but when Jan 1 came along I knew that the other shoe had fallen and had to follow through on my commitment to myself, which was to get back into shape and get back to a better weight.
It's only been a week or so for me so I'm still fumbling through this. I've cut out butter, margarine, cream, and soda and am using MyFitnessPal to help with portion control and counting calories. Also incorporated some exercise but am starting out slow with that. It's been so long that burning 250 measly calories just about knocks me on my butt!
Anyways thanks to everyone who have shared their secrets and their success stories. I'll be following this thread intently!
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