I rarely post but do look at the forum each week to see how people are getting on
I am very pleased to announce i have now not smoked for 1 year !!
I had smoked for 30 years
Like most other people, I never thought I would do it, especially in the early weeks when it seemed that i thought of nothing else but smoking and eat for England instead
But eventually i realised i had gone an hour or two without thinking about it, then a whole afternoon:), then even a whole day
I have had a few problems, mostly with gums, requiring an operation, and like most, a 10lb weight gain. But on the posititve, my skin is the best it has ever been and i can exercise much more easily. I have also not had one single cold since stopping
My final test was a two week beach holiday that i have just returned from - where my smoking amount would have normally doubled. Apart from a few memory associations, I was never really bothered. The flights as well were so much less stressful, not worrying about the next fag.
I quit with the help of champix - its effectiveness completely outweighs the few side effects you suffer.
My personal experience is that once you have changed your mindset from I must give up, I need to give up, I should give up, to "I just dont want to smoke anymore", then after an initial horrible couple of months, it does get easier.
I wish everyone success in their quit