I haven't been very active on here since my first quit attempt a month or so ago.
I quit 3 times in this time, once getting to day 3, once to day 4, and then day 2, before something happened that broke my resolve.
I am getting fed up with it now, the cold looks my fiancee gives me everytime I go out for a fag and the general resentment towards myself at getting so far then failing.
I am not working much at the moment, being self employed, and it seems every work knock back sends me over the edge.
I have been on 5-10 a day so never actually returned to my old 20 a day habit, so I suppose that's something...
I always quit cold turkey and still believe thats the way to go. I have learn't about myself that the side effects of quitting are stomach cramps and occassional light headedness, but nothing else.
I don't miss the "comfort factor" of having a fag, just the nicotine in my body.
So here I am back and going for day one.
I caught up with one of my best mates yesterday who was a worse smoker than me and was surprised when he mentioned he'd quit for 2 weeks on patches. If HE can do it, I can do it! (I was also pleased for him BTW)
This has lead my to think that it might be time for me to revise my strategy and use low 7mg patches, at least for the first week.
May I also say how useful the forum has been in getting me to admit this things to myself, so I thank all, especially the regular members who still post months after they have quit.
Good luck to Emma with your quit tomorrow. Try taking a deep breath and holding it for around a minute when you get a crave.
Mandy and Steve - my fiancee quit the moment we started trying for a baby. It really motivated her like nothing else. She has been smoke free for 3 years. We have a beautiful, healthy 8 month old girl, who I won't go near after having a fag and is the primary reasons I have made all my attempts to quit.