Well my quit to date has been aided by Patches (1 week) and gum in ever decreasing amounts ever since.
I have listened (?), read and considered the arguments on here for going Cold Turkey but my thoughts have been that frankly whatever helps me break the habit is good by me. So chewing it has been.
This morning I thought it was about time I stopped using the gum. It's been just over 8 weeks now and frankly I'm bored of chewing. I thought it would be easy. I thought that the amount of nicotine in my body was so little that frankly it wouldn't affect me. I thought I knew better that others who said (or implied) that there would be withdrawal as I still had nicotine in my body. Phish said I (mentally you understand, I don't tend to say Phish out loud too often), it'll be a doddle!
I was WRONG!!! No it is nowhere near as bad as Day 1 was, but I am aware of all the same withdrawal symptoms, just in a slightly milder form. Still bad enough for me to feel as if I really can't cope with today. Everything is too hard/too much bother. So in a minute I'm going to retreat and use my Day 1 strategy of sleeping it off!
No I definitely won't smoke. No question of that. It's now a fight between me and the NRT gum!! Sadly for the gum, it will lose!
So see you all later, and next time I think I know better...!!