As the milestone of 3 weeks approaches tomorrow, I was able to think of all the new/weird things that have happened since I stopped smoking on the evening of 9th September.
First drive to the airport without smoking 20 on the way, and cramming in a few before going airside;
First flight without wishing the plane would hurry up and land;
First time standing in immigration not secretly cursing the officers for being so slow and keeping me from a smoke;
First time I've sat in an all-day meeting and was able to concentrate on it (possibly even enjoyed it) without worrying when the next break is;
First time I've gone to the pub with friends and still sat outside with them but resisted smoking;
First time in 20 years someone has said to me my skin looks better (and that was another bloke!);
First time I've enjoyed food for what it is, rather than a bridge to pass the time until the next smoke;
First time I've swallowed expecting my throat to hurt but it doesn't;
First time since I was a kid that I havn't been biting my nails (this one is weird).
and probably many, many more that will occur after pressing "post".
Please excuse the personal indulgence of writing this, it's a form of self-help!
Good luck to all fellow quitters.