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I Quit!!! Pt.1

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So I went to the doctor today, and I made a life changing decision while I was there. After 14 years of smoking a pack a day, I have decided to put them down and walk away. This decision came after an allergy flair up that decided to settle in my chest. I currently have what I affectionately refer to as “the death rattle.” I am wheezing. I am coughing, and at 32 I do not want to find myself with this as part of my daily life in ten years. I don’t want to be in my 40s and have a chronic cough. I don’t want to find myself with an oxygen tank at age 50, and I would like to be around when my now 12 year old daughter decides to get married or have children of her own.

I have “tried” to quit before. Several times. The operative word is “tried.” That was my mind set then. “I’m TRYING to quit smoking.” Not anymore. Not now. I AM quitting. Period. I don’t expect this is going to be an easy road for me. I know that I am going to have to make some changes. There are going to be daily habits that I am going to have to alter.  I am hoping that by blogging about my progress and any setbacks that I may encounter that it will help keep me motivated. I plan to  follow up here every few days or so.

If you smoke, and you want to quit, now is the time. Maybe we can do it together? Want more information, check out the links below…

Smokefree.gov

American Cancer Society

Office of the Surgeon General

CDC.gov

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