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Joel Spitzer last won the day on January 2 2018

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  1. Hello everyone. Back in January of 2018 I put up my last post here at Quittrain. Here is a link to that post: https://www.quittrain.com/topic/9632-i-am-moving-on-from-the-board/?tab=comments#comment-235850 In that post I wrote: "I am going to leave my account open in the event people have questions or concerns that they feel I may be able to help with, they can write me through Quittrain's messaging system. This should cause no disruption on the board.” A few people have reached out to me since then through the messaging system and I was glad to be able to help them when I could. When anyone sent a message through the Quittrain messaging system I would get an email notification—allowing me to sign in to be able to respond. I would then generally sign in anonymously so as not to stir up any problems with the board and send out my replies. Recently though there has been two technical issues making it impossible for me to operate this way. The first is that it seems now that I cannot login anonymously on the board now. I see this issue has been discussed in the string Anonymous members no longer anonymous?. The second problem is discussed in the thread PM - Emails. I no longer get notified when people send me messages. I know that Maryland Quitter is trying to get these problems fixed but for now they are existing issues. Until these problems are resolved I won’t be logging in and thus won’t be seeing and obviously then not responding to messages. I just wanted to give members a heads up on this issue for I don’t want anyone writing me and thinking that I was ignoring their requests. I hope everyone is well. Joel
  2. For people who have been following backtoreality thread, its become apparent that my participation has become a distraction to people here on the board. I just did what is going to be my last post--one addressing a question about "Quitter's Flu" because it was just such an important topic. I think it would be a good idea not to post messages regarding me, whether being supportive or complaining of my participation in backtoreality's post. It is unfair to her that her post is being used as it is. I am going to leave my account open in the event people have questions or concerns that they feel I may be able to help with, they can write me through Quittrain's messaging system. This should cause no disruption on the board. It has been nice meeting a number of you this month. As I said, anyone wanting help or information is free to contact me through the messaging system. No further comment is necessary. Please let the board move on. Joel P.S. Even though I am not on the board anymore just know that your quits are totally safe and secure as long as you make and stick to a personal commitment to never take another puff. I had to get that in :)
  3. Hello Katie: Being that we are now in flu season--and one of the worst flu seasons on record, this is an extremely important topic. Once past the first few days nothing should be written off as "a smokers" flu. This resource page addresses this issue: http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/after-quitting-smoking-is-there-such-a-thing-as-the-quitters-flu/
  4. Thanks Boo: I get messages every day from people who are celebrating months, or years and sometimes even decades of their quits thanking me for the resources I have put out online over the years. I am amazed at how many of them come from people who say that they have watched every video and/or read every article I had ever put out. Actually I have people tell me that they have watched my videos multiple times. I actually find it hard to fathom why people would do that considering the length of time this would take but for some people it seems to have been important to them. Again, I feel the more I can give them the more they can pick and choose of how much or how little they want to utilize. Thanks for your feedback here Boo. Actually, right before you and backtoreality posted I sent a message to the board's management to see if they feel that my participation is a problem for the board. As I said in the video above, I am kind of in an experimental phase here as to how much or how little to do outreach on the Internet. By the way, I also want to make it clear to all reading here that most people don't need to read or listen to all of the materials that I have in order to quit. In actuality, quitting is really a pretty simple process. All that a person really needs to know to pull off a successful quit is that to quit and stay off is as simple as making and sticking to a personal commitment to never take another puff. Joel Related resources: http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/quitting-smoking-is-a-simple-process/ http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/a-100-guaranteed-way-to-successfully-quit-smoking/ (I believe that this one contains my shortest and most succinct video on the topic of what people need to do to quit smoking)
  5. Hello backtoreality: I actually was not thinking that my resources were scaring you. I actually put a lot of effort into making the process of quitting less scary and intimidating for people. I suspect there will be a little push back to this but I have several pages addressing this specific issue. My fear related resources are all assembled on this one page: http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/fears-regarding-smoking-and-quitting/ I suspect there will be a few people here who may not want to check out that page for it will indeed refer to lots of related resource pages, but I feel it can be helpful for those who want such information at their disposal to help to reinforce their resolve to never take another puff. Joel
  6. Hello again Nancy. I actually shot a video a three days ago that kind of touches on the issue you have raised here--of how some people literally ignore efforts that I do to help them to quit. It wasn't regarding Quittrain but more so some other recent outreach I have been doing on YouTube. I didn't post that video here because it didn't seem relevant to me for this board at the time, but in lieu of this conversation it does seem more applicable now. Here is that video from January 20: One of the reasons that I started doing my extended outreach was because of the resource index I completed in December. It made it relatively quick and easy for me to direct people to specific resource materials that in the past I would have had to go to two or three different sources to compile detailed responses. That would have tied me to my computer for more hours than there were in a day. Even now with the new index I spend many hours a day trying to help people around the Internet. If you go to my YouTube channel and look over comment sections you will see the kind of daily interactions I am providing to help people to quit. Also, if you search YouTube videos for people who are quitting smoking you will see that I also am trying to help people on their own channels. As the video above explains, I am not sure how long I will be able to keep up this outreach, and where I feel my best utilization of time will be, but again for now, this is how I feel I can be of the most help for people wanting to quit smoking and stay off.
  7. Hello Nancy: Somehow I think it would be a bit of a strange reaction to run from a site where six people came in and were offering support and encouragement because one other person came in and offered information specific to the person's past smoking and quitting history. For time and expediency my standard procedure for posting is to try to see what different issues people bring up and highlight resource materials addressing those issues. It is for the purpose of giving the individual poster insights to be able to learn from their own past experience and also to highlight materials that may be Important to their current quit. The person may choose to skip the material but that is their choice. If I were not to post it at all that would be my choice and I feel that would be robbing them of the opportunity to benefit from materials that I have. I think I kind of discussed this in my first post here at Quittrain where I introduced myself. Here is a link to that post: https://www.quittrain.com/topic/9520-greetings-from-joel-spitzer/ Anyway, it is how I plan to operate while I am here at Quittrain.
  8. Here are a number resource pages addressing issues you raised here: "I quit for nine of them and felt the best I've ever felt but relapsed and it started another chapter of smoking for over a decade." http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/lost-long-term-quits/ http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/ive-relapsed-and-i-hate-it/ http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/the-lucky-ones-get-hooked/ http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/can-taking-a-break-from-smoking-help-you-get-rid-of-nicotine-tolerance/ "I considered myself a confirmed smoker who would/could never even consider quitting again." http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/i-cant-quit-because-i-am-addicted/ http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/i-cant-quit-because/ http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/breaking-free-from-nicotines-grip-is-more-doable-than-most-people-think/ "My mother lost her life at age 41" http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/premature-deaths-caused-by-smoking/ http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/treat-quitting-smoking-as-if-you-are-fighting-for-your-life/ "Then my younger sister (another forever smoker) quit a year ago." http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/showing-others-that-there-is-life-without-smoking/ "I decided to be free from cigarettes two weeks ago (1/11/18) but then spent the first week and a half mooching smokes off people, buying whole packs, smoking one to four of them, then soaking them in the sink and tossing them away." http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/i-am-doing-okay-im-not-buying-cigarettes/ "I tried not to beat myself up over it and just kept educating myself and strengthening my resolve." http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/dont-beat-yourself-up-for-smoking/ http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/dont-be-so-hard-on-yourself-youre-only-human/ "This is Day 4 and it's been emotional and strange quitting. " http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/understanding-the-emotional-loss-experienced-when-quitting-smoking/ "insomnia for a couple of days" http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/going-back-to-normal-after-quitting/ "What a rollercoaster!" http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/the-real-cigarette-induced-roller-coaster-ride/ "I've also cut way back on sugar and caffeine" http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/blood-sugar-issues-when-quitting-smoking/ http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/why-i-recommend-cranberry-juice-when-first-quitting-smoking/ http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/disorientation-that-may-occur-when-first-quitting-smoking/ http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/possible-changes-in-caffeine-tolerance/ " I will never take another puff of a cigarette." http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/never-take-another-puff/
  9. The counter is all I ever paid attention to when I saw them on people's posts on various sites. I was actually quite surprised two years ago when it was pointed out to me that they now included stats on things like expected urges at various points in time. There is just no way to accurately predict this kind of variable for any specific individual who has quit smoking.
  10. Above video discusses some general limitations that are common with quitmeters. Related resources: http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/every-quit-is-different/ http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/amount-smoked/ http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/should-i-reset-my-quit-meter/
  11. I cover this issue in the video on top of this page http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/weight-related-videos/ You can skip right to the 36 minutes and 52 seconds of that video where it starts to cover different activities that may or may not qualify as aerobic exercise. Although it would hurt to start two minutes before the time frame to get the general guidelines of how to measure if the way a person is doing an activity would be considered at an aerobic level.
  12. Well I was totally unaware of what Final Fantasy 10 meant but just did a quick search on it to see that it is a role playing video game. The reason I felt the need to look is that you said that you were a top ten speed runner. Through my years of dealing with smokers I didn't encounter many who were top athletes in any sport that required real intense stamina and endurance. Now that you have quit smoking you may find that you might even be able to expand your horizons and be able to do real life activities that when you smoked seemed painful if not impossible. Here are three pages addressing this benefit to quitting: http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/so-i-cant-run-marathons/ http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/incorporating-exercise-after-quitting/ http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/quitting-may-lead-to-other-self-improvements/
  13. Hello Katie: The resources on the page http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/heart-and-circulatory-diseases/ discusses how nicotine's stimulant effect increases the heart's workload. A single cigarette increases the heart rate by an average of 20 beats per minute. That same page explores the vasoconstrictive effects of nicotine that cause your fingers and toes to get colder when smoking cigarettes and the risks posed to your peripheral circulation from this vasoconstrictive effect.
  14. Here is a resource page that addresses what some people refer to as "The terrible threes" http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/the-terrible-3s/ Also be sure to check out the page http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/predestined-bad-days-after-quitting-2/
  15. Hello Octain: Check out the resource page http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/does-smoking-cause-my-headaches/ I know its titled about headaches but the issue of improving symptoms for many different conditions after a person quits smoking is covered. As far as for better blood flow being a good thing--that is an understatement. Nicotine's vasoconstrictive action has consequences that effect many organs of the body and can be downright dangerous and even deadly. The page http://whyquit.com/joels-videos/heart-and-circulatory-diseases/ explains many of these issues.

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