I have not smoked for 6 whole weeks. I am secretly proud of this but don't talk about it to many people. Unless they too are giving up the fags. My bf is still smoking and I even bought him a packet today. It did look so comfortable sitting in my bag, but I wasn't really tempted. It is just that Camels are such a lovely blue box. My favourite colour as well. I have found that nothing is any better or any worse on my life due to not smoking. I always went back to it as a social/comfort thing convincing myself that I would feel better for them. But life just goes on, the usual ups and downs. The only thing missing is my constant fear and self-loathing that I was potentially digging my own early grave. I now feel better inside, knowing that at least I tried to stop the rot. So for all the new quitters, it is not so bad after the first few days and it is well worth the effort. I find I am more patient with people and I feel much better physically, more energy and I can walk quickly up the stairs without feeling out of breath. Amazing what a difference 6 weeks can make!
I am still on the patches (about to reduce the strength) and eating the nicotine pastels (when at work and in the pub) which I now quite like. I have no faith in my will power at all, hence the nicotine replacements, but just take each day as it comes and decide that "I won't smoke today. " I don't think about it so often now and giving up has not had a dramatic effect on my life. I am just plodding along and being relaxed about smoking in general. It is like I have put it aside and just let other people get on with it. It has worked so far and although I may smoke in the future, I will not smoke today.....
Good luck all and keep going!