Hope you're all well and enjoying the first few days of 2010 (or ten past eight as I like to call it).
It's funny that you join a forum to generally share an experience or interest. I just signed up and now seem to be struggling to put fingers to keyboard. Must be the lack of concentration setting in!
Right...31 from Bucks UK, smoker for approximately 12 years, 20ish a day. I had my last cigarette at 16:00 in 31/12/09 so I'm now approaching 2 days without.
I guess there are multiple reasons for giving up. I lost my dad June 2006 due to heart attack, he was 58 which in my view is far too young to go. It's strange that the impact was his death made me smoke more and ... well without going in to lots of detail, I lost my way for a few years.
I've aslo had a few health challenges. I was diagnosed with DVT in 2007 and completed 6 months of anti-coag. therapy. Started 2008 in hospital with Pulmonary Embolism...it seems I'm a clotter as they believe I'd had 2 pervious PE's (misdiagnosed on several occasions). That makes me very lucky - I managed to somewhat beat the odds of survival.
I must add here the clotting is unlikely to be down to the smoking...although smoking obviously isn't going to help.
Due to the above I've spent the past 12 months battling panic and anxiety. Not one to be beaten I thought I'd add stopping smoking to the challenge!
So far I've not had too many cravings; I've controlled the few I've had by doing something (made Cornish Pasties at 9pm yesterday). I've taken up learning to play the guitar to keep me busy; the money I'm saving is going towards that hobby.
I guess that's about it really...looking forward to hopefully spending the next few months not feeling great, but reaping the rewards over my lifetime.