Starting yesterday, I began my 8th month of living smoke free. Got some pretty stats today:
215 days, 12 hours without smoking. 4,310 cigarettes not smoked. Just under $1,200 saved so far.
Sorta wished I'd put $5.50 in the cookie jar every day since the day I quit, because it would be nice to have a real $1,200 "rainy day" fund laying around. But it's okay - I sure appreciate not having spent the money on something that would only go up in smoke!
My "tip 'o the day" (something that worked for me, at least) for newbies is this: aim only for the next milestone, and don't worry so much about "the rest of your life."
So, if you've just quit, aim for being successful for one day. And then two, and then three. Then one week. Then two. Then a month. Then three months. Then six - and so on.
Pretty soon, before you know it (at least, that's how it worked for me) you're well on your way, and you start getting solicitations from the Penthouse (it's not too early to pick out your furniture? or, "would you like to order your drapes early and save money?")
So here I am, a day into Month 8. Feels damn good.