I've just discovered this forum, and now I have I'll try to be a regular visitor.
I'm on day 10 of my quit and feeling pretty good about things right now. I had some less than pleasant times in the first few days - the usual stuff light headed, feeling spacey and disconnected, inability to concentrate and disturbed sleep. These seem to have mostly diminished now and have been replaced by only occasional and quite brief tense episodes.
I've quit smoking on a number of occasions before, but this time around I've taken a far more comprehensive approach to it than just simply not smoking for as long as possible, whilst otherwise making few changes to my lifestyle.
I'm more knowledgeable this time round about the role that blood sugar plays, for example, and how to manage your food to minimise typical symptoms of withdrawal.
I'm also pleased that I made the decision after about three days to chuck the NRT gum in the bin and just get rid of all nicotine from my system as quickly as possible. I have had quit attempts in the past where I've relied heavily on NRT gum and have still been subjected to really shakey withdrawal days months after quitting.
In past quits I've also suffered from some quite unpleasant bouts of depression and so I've prepared for and hopefully addressed that aspect this time around with daily supplements of St John's Wort and 5HTP. Finally I've reinstated my lapsed gym membership and have been going three times a week since a couple of weeks before quitting.
I'd like to think that this approach of diet, exercise and mood management explains why the withdrawal symptoms I've experienced this time have not been as unpleasant as previous attempts and why I'm feeling so good about things right now. That said however I also know from previous quits that when everything is going right, failure can be just an hour away and so I'm not being at all complacent.