I have just joined this forum and want to share my experiences so far
So I am on day 7 of quitting cold turkey (I quit June 16th 2010 last cigarette smoked at 8:00pm) I am 22 years old and have been smoking for about 7 and a half years. I decided to quit because in may me and my boyfriend (who is a non smoker) went on a lovely holiday to greece (my first holiday in 5 years) i brought about 400 cigarettes back so they kept me going for a while after i got back but when i ran out and had to buy a packet from my local shop i was shocked to see £5.30 for 20!! for some reason thats the first time since i started smoking that i realised how ridiculous it is to actually spend money on cigarettes! i want to save my money and have more amazing holidays and days out with my boyfriend! i had tried to quit a few times before but never gone longer than 36 hours so had come to the conclusion that i couldnt do it alone i planned to go to the doctors the morning after i smoked my last cigarette! i overslept and didnt want to let myself down so thought i'd have one last attempt at cold turkey!
7 Days later here i am I am so proud i went out drinking on saturday for my friends birthday and was sure i was gonna end up having at least one cigarette i usually smoke loads when i'm drinking or drunk but i didnt even have a drag even though i was very tempted, very drunk and my friends were blowing smoke in my face deliberately to try and make me give in! i am very proud i resisted every urge somehow!
I have noticed i feel alot more positive and alot calmer since i quit i used to feel like i was on edge or something before but now i feel more relaxed my chest feels better already and i feel i can breathe better. I am very excited to be moving onto week 2 tomorrow my cravings arent very strong at all but when i do get them strong i think of my holiday or if that doesnt work i think of times i quit before and gave in and how i didnt enjoy that cigarette half as much as i thought i was going to! the worst craving i had was during day 2 and i ended up sitting at my pc for an hour looking at photos from my holiday to remind myself why i'm doing this! well it worked!
would love to hear other peoples experiences! i havent really experienced any withdrawel symptoms except a few pains here and there and my throat being funny but it was a little funny a while before i quit which is another thing that pushed me into quitting for good!