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Joel Spitzer last won the day on January 2 2018

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  1. The problem has been fixed. WhyQuit is back online. Sorry for any inconvenience or confusion that this may have caused anyone.
  2. Yes, the YouTube channel is fine. The problem seems to be on the hosting service for WhyQuit. It can be hard to find specific videos on the YouTube channel if you don't know the video's title. That is why I created the video index at WhyQuit. Actually, MarylandQuitter keeps a version of the index here at Quittrain here: https://www.quittrain.com/topic/9820-video-index/ Unfortunately, the links on that page all go to the WhyQuit site that is down. That is why I wanted to get an alternate source up and announced here for anyone who wants access to the materials. Again, I hope this resolve s
  3. Hello everyone. Just wanted to do a quick message here alerting everyone that WhyQuit.com seems to be offline. Not sure what the problem is yet but it has been down since last night. Not sure what the problem is yet. I know that a few members and moderators here often direct people to articles and videos from WhyQuit.com. I have a partial backup way of getting to most articles and video pages. For the normal Joels-videos index page, use this link: http://joelspitzer.com/joels-videos/ For most of the articles use this link: http://joelspitzer.com/ntapletters/
  4. 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 h
  5. 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/
  6. 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.
  7. 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 resou
  8. 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 beca
  9. 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 highl
  10. 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 qu
  11. 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.
  12. 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/
  13. 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.
  14. 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 t
  15. 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.

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