On Thursday, I almost went back to the brown crack(Diet Coke). I had a panic attack because I can't seem to regulate my weight, since eliminating diet Coke from my diet. I suffer from hypothyroidism and that has affected this whole process.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces low hormones, this can affect growth, metabolism, and many cellular processes. Since giving up my favorite drink, I have been overeating and I gained a few pounds. I was trying to find something to satisfy me and it has been hard to find that"thing"to take its place. On Thursday, I got serious with my online food diary and started charting my caloric intake but the weight is slowly decreasing. This is the slowest it has been in a longtime. My husband speculated that maybe the caffeine in the diet Coke, helped with my metabolism.
How not to relapseOn Thursday, I had to call my husband and my girlfriend from relapsing. It helps to have a support system when you are trying to break a bad habit. From their conversations, it helped me gain the strength to remain convicted to my goal. I also decided to research on how not to relapse. Read this article on relapse prevention:
Quitting: Getting SupportIt is also good to have a strong support system. When I was about to relapse I called a friend and my spouse. In order to reach your goal from stop smoking, losing weight, giving up alcohol and whatever it may be, don't be afraid to reach out to someone for help. It also helps to find someone who has gone through the same problem and has reached their goal. Support comes in many forms and it can come from reading tips, help from friends, to reminders you give to yourself.
Have you ever stopped an addiction and how did you get through that process?