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Can You Want to Add YEARS to Your Life? – I DID!

Uyen Trinh

In my latest blog, I confessed about my awful addiction to cigarettes for over five years, and I want to go a little more in depth about it with this one. I want to start off by letting you know that the details of this blog is not about putting down anyone who is a smoker, because I believe we are all educated on the effects of smoking.

When I first started smoking (in high school), I wasn’t into health and fitness like I am now. Like most people, I never thought I was addicted to cigarettes - until I tried to quit.

“All you have to do is stop, it’s not that difficult.”

I heard that about a hundred times. If quitting was that simple, I don’t think people would need to sell/buy products to help us do it.

I had tried to quit smoking at LEAST once a year. I would do well for a week or so but eventually, I picked up another cigarette. I came up with plenty of excuses as to why I started again. My most common excuse,

“Today was just so stressful.”

I know the question now is, “How did you finally do it?”

To me, it’s not over. I still get that urge every once in a while, but it really is MIND over MATTER. Quitting smoking became a long term goal for me, just like my goal to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

There are a few things I do to help me stick to my goal:

  • Stay away from places where I am most likely to smoke
  • I try not to be around people (friends) who are
  • smoking
  • When I am stressed, I find a calm & quiet area to take a minute and try to relax
  • I surround myself around supportive people
  • 9Round Workout – one of the biggest stress relievers for me


I truly believe that my exercise routine is the main reason why I am able to keep that cigarette away. When I became a member of 9Round in January of 2013, I was still a smoker.

I NEVER knew that it was affecting my performance until I quit. I was breathing so much better, and I was able to push my body to its full potential!

I honestly didn’t think I was able to quit, but it begins with making a decision. It is a life changing decision, but it’s for the better; for your health and longevity. With the help of 9Round, I am able to relieve the stress that “makes” me want a cigarette. Choosing to live a healthy lifestyle includes making the decision to eliminate your vices.

As I mentioned in my last blog, you don’t need to make huge changes at once. Take small steps, and don’t get discouraged. I know from personal experience how difficult it is, and I also know how great the outcome is. I couldn’t be any happier with my decision to stop the habit.

Remember, my intention for writing this is to simply encourage, not discourage.



Uyen resides in South Carolina. She is a stay at home mother to two wonderful children. She has been an active member of 9Round for two years and absolutely loves the workout. 9Round has helped her maintain a healthy pregnancy and is currently helping her get back into shape after her daughter was born in February. "My body has never gotten results so quickly from any other workout until I started going to 9Round. I always leave drenched in sweat and feeling like I gave it my all in there."