Have just stumbled across this website and reade some of the posts. They are all so helpful and positive. This may be a bit long - so apologies.
My reasons for quitting may be somewhat forced - in that I had no intention of quitting - until I had an accident and broke (or rather shattered) my shoulder. Turns out I needed surgery and my surgeon asked did I smoke (like they always do). He explained that due to the seriousness of the break that regardless of it being 100 or 1 a day there would be a serious chance that my shoulder would not heal properly - or in a worse case scenario it may crumble away. This is due to blood supply to the bone (this is all a bit medical - and I don't relaly understand it all - but there you have it) - you don't see that in teh Stop Smoking campaigns!! So I have surgery - go home and of course I have a smoke. Bad idea - palpatations kick in big style - must have been my conscious. So - cutting a long story short, and through necessity I became a non smoker on 31 August. I've had to do this cold turkey as nicotene also affects bone repair.
Unsurprisingly the first 2-3 weeks were really bad - althought the agony of my broken shoudler did outweigh my need for a cig (not a method I'd recommend!! LoL). Then I moved from someone who needed to give up - to someone who truly wanted to give up.
Then in week 4 - WHOOOOSH!! God my energy went though the roof along with exhileration boosts. It was really extraordinary.
Now - as i approach week 6 this has evened out slightly. While I do not yet feel "right" - I feel I am getting there. I stll have a slight "hollow" feeling in my chest like a slight apprehension - but this is getting better.
Off on holidays for 10 days next Weds - to Disney in Florida (which is SO anti smoking) with non somking friends. So am hoping to come back feeling better than ever.
I wish all on here the best of luck - it WILL be worth it.