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  1. Last exam was today (ultrasound to rule out an abdominal aortic aneurysm) and I am cleared to exercise briskly and lift weights again. 

    Huge sigh of relief.  Too much drama.

    Even though I am not much overweight, for some reason I am pre-diabetic.  Symptoms include sugar craving not relieved by eating sugar, dizziness, and fatigue.

    Sleep is improving with hormone replacement (something some of us older gals need it), giving me more resilience against sugar cravings.  


    I didn't learn about it until today, but smoking can worsen insulin resistance.  It helped enough in the short term to stop most cravings and reverse the weight gain. 

    If I'd not been so chronically sleep deprived and brain-fogged, I might have had the presence of mind to figure out another solution to the problem than resuming smoking.

    I don't know what. 


    I am moving forward now with confidence. 


    Thank you all for your kind words of support.  Have a great weekend!



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  2. 1 minute ago, johnny5 said:


    @Kate18  There was an error with some site update that messed up the quittrain tickers.  A thread about it is below.


    That being said, the last couple of posts explain that if you want to use the tickerfactory.com link, you need to copy and paste the "EZ Code" of the several codes.  That should work.


    Thanks so much. I searched "ticker" on the QT site and read a copy of posts. What I see on the webpage doesn't have anything labeled EZ.

    I've attempted copy/pasting the BB and HTML, and parts beginning with www. No success yet.

    I'll keep trying different tactics.

    Thanks again


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  3. Good for you for attacking the problem again.  If patches work, then they work. If they don't, then you'll know it and think of something else. If you're in the medical field, you're smart enough to figure this out.


    I was a serial quitter with gum, patches, tapering, and whatever else there is that is kind of quitting but not quitting. The imminent arrival of Covid to our shores is what got me to quit. It was having a reason strong enough. I believed that if I got Covid, after all the negative news I'd heard about fulminant lung infections, then I'd die.   So I quit cold turkey, and a week later the first case of Covid was discovered in the USA, north of me about 20 miles. I took it as a sign to stay quit.


    When a person finds their "WHY?" then they quit.


    I'm struggling for quitting something else, and hearing myself as I write to you. I have some "WHY?" searching of my own to do.


    Good luck to you. What you did once, you can do again, I'm sure of it. Keep us posted!

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  4. 7 hours ago, Doreensfree said:

    Congratulations Kate ..

    4 Years …Huge Achievement….Celebrate in style  x


    Thanks, Doreen. Remember the QSMB days, when I failed miserably, repeatedly?  I was desperately wanting Year One.  And here it is four years. Amazing. Time flies.

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  5. Thanks everyone!  I appreciate the acknowledgement. I can hardly believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!  There were so many failed starts. But, that old Covid threat -- in my mind, I was sure I'd die if I got it and I was still a smoker -- got me to quit and stay quit.  And I finally did get Covid, a couple of months ago, and breezed through it.  No lung issues.  


    Because I am saving money by not buying cigarettes, I can afford a 2nd dog to keep dog #1 company while I am at work. Gabriela joined us two months ago from a Humane Society shelter. She is reportedly 8 years old, but I suspect she is a bit younger - 5 or 6. She is so playful and frisky.  She loves her stuffed squirrel (not a real one!)


    So much more we can do when we aren't spending our money on poison. 


    Thanks, all.

    Gabriela 12-29-2023 Fetch with squirrel.jpg

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