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About MarylandQuitter

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    By endurance we conquer
  • Birthday September 21

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    Maryland, United States
  • Quit Date
    10/07/2013

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  1. MarylandQuitter

    Long time....:)

    Long time, Hockey Mom!! Good to see you!
  2. MarylandQuitter

    For the umpires teen time.

    Welcome, Zeezazz!
  3. MarylandQuitter

    Starting again

    Welcome, Sneaky!
  4. MarylandQuitter

    Monday 9th July 2018

    NOPE
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    Video Index

    New Video: "Thank goodness it's only cigarette smoking"
  6. Yes absolutely. This is not an easy fix because we now have to use 3rd party chat apps. We've been looking into this for least 2 months now. That is the goal and one way or another, we'll get it how we want it.
  7. MarylandQuitter

    Fundraising / Sponsorship Links

    PM me with more details. We tried this early on andit didn't really take off. I'm open to it.
  8. MarylandQuitter

    What would you do?

    This is the issue; straight up junkie thinking which rationalizes making unwise choices. Being rational isn't going to get through to her but what will is your silence. Set the example by your actions because they always speak louder than words and also show truth. Great job on making the right choice to not smoke!
  9. MarylandQuitter

    Losing the quit weight

    Perfectly made too! I saved that pic. lal
  10. MarylandQuitter

    Losing the quit weight

    Peanut butter & jelly!!!!!
  11. MarylandQuitter

    Losing the quit weight

    The only food that I truly miss is PP&J. So freaking good!! The Smuckers Natural Strawberry is pretty good, I buy it for my daughter and it doesn't have any high fructose corn syrup; something I refuse to let either of us eat, if can help it. My month isn't quite up yet but once it is, PP&J is my reward. Forget the Ben & Jerry's, give me a PP&J!
  12. MarylandQuitter

    Losing the quit weight

    I quit sugar about a month ago. The results have been incredible. It started as an experiment to see how sugar was affecting moods due to insulin spikes from the sugar. I am a junk food junkie and always have been. My moods have been even-Steven and I'm not hungry all of the time like I used to be. There are some very good scientific date about refined sugar the effects it has on our appetites. I had never heard of restricted eating before but since I cut out sugar, after about two weeks I noticed that I was no longer hunger after 4 or 5 PM and didn't have to eat for the rest of the night. I was getting all of my calories within a 12 hr or so window. It's all very interesting so continued to learn about it but what's more, I lost 15 lbs of fat, not muscle but fat, without changing a single thing except cutting out sugar. By cutting out sugar I mean barely eating any at all. Sweets obviously went out the window but the sugar included in every food that I ate accounted for 4-8 grams of sugar per day - total. Within this month, I never went above 20 grams and there were two days that I ate close to 20 grams of sugar, but only those 2 days. This is not something that I'll continue to control so tightly but to be honest, I don't crave sugar anymore and I don't like how I feel when I get a sugar rush. I like not being hungry all of the time and it's comforting to know that if I'm in a situation where I can't eat, I'll be fine and still be able to focus.
  13. This is so motivating and in fact, it's what I kept handy on my phone when I first quit. I would look at it several times per day as motivation to keep it moving and not look back. Within ... 20 minutes Your blood pressure, pulse rate and the temperature of your hands and feet have returned to normal. 8 hours Remaining nicotine in your bloodstream has fallen to 6.25% of normal peak daily levels, a 93.75% reduction. 12 hours Your blood oxygen level has increased to normal. Carbon monoxide levels have dropped to normal. 24 hours Anxieties have peaked in intensity and within two weeks should return to near pre-cessation levels. 48 hours Damaged nerve endings have started to regrow and your sense of smell and taste are beginning to return to normal. Cessation anger and irritability will have peaked. 72 hours Your entire body will test 100% nicotine-free. Over 90% of all nicotine metabolites (the chemicals nicotine breaks down into) have passed from your body via your urine. Symptoms of chemical withdrawal have peaked in intensity, including restlessness. Unless use cues have been avoided, the number of cue induced crave episodes experienced during any quitting day have peaked for the "average" ex-user. Lung bronchial tubes leading to air sacs (alveoli) are beginning to relax in recovering smokers. Breathing is becoming easier and your lung's functional abilities are improving. 5 - 8 days The "average" ex-smoker is down to experiencing just three cue induced crave episodes per day. Although we may not be "average" and although minutes may feel like hours when normal cessation time distortion combines with the body's panic response, it is unlikely that any single episode will last longer than 3 minutes. Keep a clock handy and time the episode to maintain an honest perspective on time. 10 days The "average" ex-user is down to encountering less than two crave episodes per day. 10 days to 2 weeks Recovery has likely progressed to the point where your addiction is no longer doing the talking. Blood circulation in your gums and teeth are now similar to that of a non-user. 2 to 4 weeks Cessation related anger, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, impatience, insomnia, restlessness and depression have ended. If still experiencing any of these symptoms get seen and evaluated by your physician. 2 weeks to 3 months Your heart attack risk has started to drop. Your lung function has noticeably improved. If your health permits, sample your circulation and lung improvement by walking briskly, climbing stairs or running further or faster than normal. 21 days The number of acetylcholine receptors, which were up-regulated in response to nicotine's presence in the frontal, parietal, temporal, occipital, basal ganglia, thalamus, brain stem and cerebellum regions of your brain have now substantially down-regulated. Receptor binding has returned to levels seen in the brains of non-smokers (2007 study). 3 weeks to 3 months Your circulation has substantially improved. Walking has become easier. Your chronic cough, if any, has likely disappeared. If not, get seen by a doctor, and sooner if at all concerned, as a chronic cough can be a sign of lung cancer. 4 weeks Plasma suPAR is a stable inflammatory biomarker that helps predict development of diseases ranging from diabetes to cancer in smokers. A 2016 study found that within 4 weeks of quitting smoking, with or without NRT, that suPAR levels in 48 former smokers had fallen from a baseline smoking median of 3.2 ng/ml to levels "no longer significantly different from the never smokers' values" (1.9 ng/ml) 8 weeks Insulin resistance in smokers has normalized despite average weight gain of 2.7 kg (2010 SGR, page 384). 1 to 9 months Any smoking related sinus congestion, fatigue or shortness of breath has decreased. Cilia have regrown in your trachea (windpipe) thereby increasing the ability to sweep dirt and mucus out of your lungs. Your body's overall energy has increased. 1 year Your excess risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke has dropped to less than half that of a smoker. 5 years Your risk of a subarachnoid hemorrhage has declined to 59% of your risk while still smoking (2012 study). If a female ex-smoker, your risk of developing diabetes is now that of a non-smoker (2001 study). 5 to 15 years Your risk of stroke has declined to that of a non-smoker. 10 years Your risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer is between 30% to 50% of that for a continuing smoker (2005 study). Risk of death from lung cancer has declined by almost half if you were an average smoker (one pack per day). Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus and pancreas have declined. Risk of developing diabetes for both men and women is now similar to that of a never-smoker (2001 study). 13 years The average smoker lucky enough to live to age 75 has 5.8 fewer teeth than a non-smoker (1998 study). But by year 13 after quitting, your risk of smoking induced tooth loss has declined to that of a never-smoker (2006 study). 15 years Your risk of coronary heart disease is now that of a person who has never smoked. Your risk of pancreatic cancer has declined to that of a never-smoker (2011 study - but note a 2nd pancreatic study making an identical finding at 20 years). 20 years If a female, your excess risk of death from all smoking related causes, including lung disease and cancer, has now reduced to that of a never-smoker (2008 study). Risk of pancreatic cancer has also declined to that of a never-smoker (2011 study). http://whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Benefits_Time_Table.html
  14. MarylandQuitter

    Hello Again!

    Good to see you again! Thanks for not giving up on quitting. I noticed you said that you're going to give this quitting thing another try. Perhaps a change in perception might help. Why give the power to the cigarettes? You're in control of whether or not you remain quit. It's a choice. Make a firm choice to never take another puff instead of simply leaving it to chance by saying you're going to give it another try. You can stay quit and I bet that if you don't relinquish you're control of this choice to remain quit, you'll have a very long and successful quit. Great idea on signing up for the support program that you signed up for. As an aside, I can combine both of your accounts if you like. You'll just have to let me know which one you want to keep.

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