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Congrats on 4 days!! That is fantastic! You will definitely be able to do it. You're already nearing one week. All I can say is, thank god Chantix worked for me. It's a shame so many have experienced bad side effects because for those of us it works for, it's really a miracle. I've tried to quit every way imaginable. Some methods are slightly more helpful than others but I always wind up smoking again. Keep me posted on your progress. I would love to hear how you make out.

Here's an update on my progress so far: Today makes 3 weeks smoke free. I'm still having cravings. The daytime doesn't bother me but when I'm relaxing at home in the evenings it will hit me. Every time I think about it, I chew gum and try to divert my attention. Exercise helps immensely.... and I'm not the active health-nut kind.

You see, I've had this funny thing happening to my heart in recent months. I'm fine during the day, but when I lay down to sleep, my resting heart rate becomes soft, almost non-existant. Naturally, this makes me freak out, but even while being pulse does not quicken. This was the original reason for going to the Dr. who's been bugging me to try Chantix. I'm happy to report that since quitting smoking, I have not had an episode. In fact, now I'm wondering if perhaps this heart thing was not completely related to my smoking.

I'm doing more that just quitting. I'm trying to do an about face in all my unhealthy habits. I'm taking a slew of supplements, including CoQ10, niacin and fish oil --all of which are supposed to promote heart health. Since my body has a lot of repair work to do from all these years smoking, I figure vitamins will give my "under construction" body the fuel it needs.

I'm eating only lean poultry and fish. I've increased my daily intake of whole grains, fruits and veggies. I'm also a night owl. Mostly because going to bed early makes me feel like all I do is work. Now, I go to bed when I'm tired. I have a ton more energy during the day and my memory skills are much better.

You know, I always end up to the same conclusion about myself. It's not that I don't know how I'm supposed to live. It's the "doing" part I somehow lose sight of. Whether it's familiararity or sheer laziness on my part, I don't think I'll ever know. I guess I'll just take it one day at a time. :)

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