Despite a fairly negative first post starting into week 2, I have made it into week 3. To be honest, besides a bad day on the day I found this forum, it really has been easy enough. One thing that has made it particularly easy for me(up till now at any rate), is that I just never smoke when my child is around, and haven't done for a long time - so all the pressure and internal nagging to smoke disappears in the evenings and weekends and in a sense makes the rest easier as well in that I know there is light at the end of the tunnel with regard to getting rid of the awful urges during lower periods.
Maybe some that pass through this stage and are beaten later on (and lets face it, most of us are. No shame in it, just bounce back stronger next time) might keep this in mind. Having established a safe haven makes things incomparably easier compared to my previous attempts without it. Maybe others will know the best way to go about doing this and how long it would take, I have to admit mine was established without any consideration to permanently ceasing smoking. In a sense it was just a natural evolution, with accidental positive benefits.
The most negative aspect about this early stage of quitting is the feeling of wishing your life away. Or day counting. Sort of exacerbated by this forum, although to be fair, very hard to get away from. Of course you're not really wishing your life away, quite the opposite, but on low moments the demons within can chose to interpret it thus.
Anywho, thanks for the words of encouragement last week and best of luck to all those passing through this stage.