On July 7 I ran out of ciggarettes, and instead of going to the store to buy more I set myself two main goals for quitting smoking.
1. To quit smoking, withdrawal from nicotine, and symptom free by August 1.
2. To have no cravings by the time my daughter is born. (around the end of August)
I'm happy to tell you that I feel like I have reached goal #1. I am really starting to feel better, mentally and physically. It didn't go without a fight, but I feel like I have won. Nicotine is such a strange drug that affects every part of your body including your brain. Going through a quit made me painfully aware of the all of the ways it altered my life.
I have not quite reached goal #2, and it may be just out of my reach for longer than I would like. I do find myself at some moments saying "I wish I could go out for a smoke." (I can thank work for that) Thankfully, the cravings are small and manageable at this point. I have started to feel more relaxed about it because it is not a part of my life any more, but I know from what I've read here and previous quits that I should keep my guard up. I really don't want to go back to smoking, but I know it could happen as soon as I say "one will be ok". I'm confident I can get to where I need to be though.
So those are my two short term quit goals, anyone have ideas for longer term goals, say, 2-3 months?