At about 7pm this evening, I'll reach two years quit.
From sixty odd a day, three fags every teabreak, one outside every shop door when out with the family, rushing out from cinemas to top up, standing outside on the patio during football matches, all the things I did to get the fix. I don't do that now.
I went for a jog around the block not long after I stopped smoking; I couldn't get 50 yards without heaving and wheezing.
I'm hoping today to sign up for my second marathon. My brother lives in Bournemouth; being in Lincolnshire, we don't see a lot of each other, so to tie in a family visit (I have a very small nephew and a niece down there) with the Bournemouth Marathon in October looks to be on the cards.
I've done four half marathons and a marathon since quitting cold turkey in June 2012, using this forum as my only aid. We've raised nearly £4000 for Diabetes UK and Cancer Research in the process. That has happened because of this forum, and the people on it that took the time out to reply to my many posts,especially in the early days.
I only say that to show that it CAN be done, the fury and craving DOES pass. It's not easy for most, but it's not impossible.
No-one in my family was "smokier" than me, and I wouldn't smoke now if you paid me.