Thanks everyone. It is NOT a matter of controling portions. THAT is NOT the problem. Nicotine addiction wasn't a problem for me. It was and is THE HABIT.
The Mayo program is GREAT! It really is a "dry out tank" for smokers. The very first day a blood draw for nicotine and cotinine levels to determine the amount of nicotine support you need. They use the entire arsenal availabe for smoking cessation that yuo want and can tolerate. Patches are the main stay, depending on your blood draw results what dosage you are given. (Don't have to take any nicotine supplement you don't want to take). Then they also offer Chantix or Wellbutrin (Zyban) and any other mixture you want: gum, lozenges, puffer, nasal spray ... I forget what all is available.
You are kept busy from 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM. (Only 10 people at a time). Breakfast, counseling, classes on nutrition, lunch, exercise, history of tobacco, group sessions, private sessions, supper. Breathalyzer 3 x a day for the nicotine level and after any trip outside once you graduate to that privilege. The first 3 days no release from the in-house program, then an outside walk W/a staff memeber, then some free time to leave the facitlity for set time periods w/non-smoking friends or family. And finally graduation.
I am 5' 4". I'm 66 years old. I have a small bone structure. 120 lbs is about
the limit that I feel good.
The problem is that I find myself grazing constantly and I'm not even realizing it until the stuff is sliding down my throat. I'm thinking I'm hungry almost constantly altho we all know I'm not. It isn't just the hand to mouth bit because I'm using the puffer constantly unless I'm in public (it looks like you are sucking on a tampax!!!). It isn't nicotine addiction 'cause I'm getting the nicotine and not craving a cigarette.
It IS an attitude adjustment. I resent depriving myself of a cigarette which I enjoy and having to fight this food craving. And especially sweets. I've not been fond of sweets in YEARS! One or the other I was and am willing to tackle - but not both.
And there is the matter of self-comfort and self-image. I'd rather smoke and be satisfied w/my appearance and comfort level. And be rest assurred I am NOT hung up on looking like a skinny cadaver. I HATE that the couple of times Crohn's put me there. But neither will I tolerate looking like an apple rolling down the street. I WILL maintain a physical image "I" am satisfied with. I could care less about
other people's physical "image" of me.
Thanks, all of you, for caring!
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.