I'm John and I am a 37 year old Nicotine Addict. I had my last 2 Cigarettes at 09:30 on the 13th December 2007 and now at the 5 day mark of being smoke free, cold turkey style.
This is possibly the first really serious attempt for me to get completely clear of this destructive addiction/habit.
Lead up to quitting.
I had a spill on my rather large motorbike (ZX12) about a month ago and managed to break a thumb and crack ribs LHS. This made coughing and sneezing incredibly painful. Although much better I still find sneezing pretty uncomfortable. In addition to this when I cough deeply I find something bangs under my rib cage on the lower left side. All this was enough for me to realize just how mortal I am and to make sure I was still around in the next 10 years for my wonderful 4 year old son (who is even more dependant on me since my divorce just a year ago).
I have read Alan Carr's book prior to all this and found his approach to quitting very helpful, because it explains the addiction and how to handle the addiction, from an addicts perspective. I especially liked the concept that a smoker is never gaining anything more than a non-smoker by smoking. Infact the smoker is always deficient without out their hourly fix, which makes them just 'normal' again for a short period of time. The same 'normal' state a non-smoker is all the time.
So the cravings are still there (be it not as bad as day 2/3). I have the concentration span of a gnat and I still find myself heading for the backdoor for a fag only to remind myself I don't have any in the house + you don't smoke anymore dummy!!!. Sleeping is also very restless, but on the plus side I'm not waking up having a coughing fit or finding myself clearing all that horrid mucus out my lungs every morning before getting out of bed. I even had a toilet roll on the bedside table just ready for that morning ritual (how depressing is that?).
I will keep you all posted with my progress and glad to be of moral support to any of you who are trying to free yourself from this truely self mutilating activity. Don't ever think you are weak because you have ended up becoming a smoker. As Alan Carr points out it's normally the stronger individuals who have experimented and forced there bodies to become addicted to cigarettes. You just have to pull on that strong individual in each one of us, that got you into this mess to get you back out of it again.
Keep going we are all in the same boat!