Status Update - I made it through day 4 with very few issues. Still experiencing some anxiety, general fogginess, and a little bit of melancholy. My biggest issue is my sinuses are going crazy and I feel like a cold is coming on but that will just make me want to smoke less.
So I was out with a friend a few weeks ago and I overheard her say that she didn't want to quit smoking because last time she tried she gained 10+ lbs. Now I have to say that since quitting this week I have been eating like a pig and my jeans are getting tighter around the waste. Gaining weight isn't great for our bodies or health either, and it's harder to take weight off than to put it on. Sure you may gain a few pounds this month, but with all the discipline you have from quitting smoking, you can lose those pounds next month. Personally, my weight fluctuates around the same 10 lbs all the time, so I will take the short term weight gain over the long term smoking. Last time I tried to quit smoking was over a year ago, all because nicotine creates all of these short term discomforts. I can't put it off any longer. If I do, it could be another year, or two or five.
Congratulations to everyone who has made it this far and farther. I hope we can all focus on our long term goal, and these short weeks of misery will be the final price we pay for smoking. Good health to us all!