Thought I would say hi and share my story.
I quit cold turkey 18 days ago. I had smoked 2 packs a day for 30 + years. This was my first attempt to quit. I can not even remember the first few days. Around day five I was feeling pretty good. Then had a really hard time from day 7-10. Then suddenly everything changed. I have felt really good day 11 - 18.
All I did to quite was refused to smoke. I ate, I just told myself no, I exercised, I took a shower, took deep breaths, did what ever I could think to get to the next min, or hour or day. Pretty soon I was able to just relax when I felt the craving coming on, I knew they would be gone in a few mins. It occurred to me that they were no worse that any normal craving I had every time I wanted a smoke for the past 30 years..eh?
This put is all into perspective for me, it was not that bad and was something I did over an over again every day. That was around day 10. The strong cravings just seemed to disappear. Since then I am only having brief and fleeting thoughts about smoking, no real cravings. I find myself sometimes reaching for a smoke, things like that, but nothing that is troubling me.
I am so happy I have done this. I am feeling much better. Today I went up 2 flights of stairs at a good pace and had no shortness of breath, a month ago I would have not been able to do that. I am no longer wheezing or coughing. I did get a severe sore throat around day 7 and it has only gotten worse, my doc put me on antibiotics yesterday so they should help soon. I have saved so much money already! I bought an exercise bike with some of the money. In the past 2 weeks I am now up to 30 min 5K ride twice a day and feel great for it.
So if you are struggling, just hang in there. You can do it and you will feel better. If I can quite anybody can!! Just don't give in, the craving will pass and one day there will not be any cravings.
To all those longer term non smokers, I am sure I will be asking some questions and seeking some support at those times that are difficult!