I feel like I've been reading this forum for ages on each of my (failed) quits, so I thought if I actually join in perhaps that'll help tip my quit over into a successful one You guys have definitely helped me push through on some dark days - so hopefully in time I'll be able to help a few 'lurkers' myself.
I've smoked for 10 years, and I think I've tried to stop smoking about 15 times; my least successful attempt being about half an hour and my most successful being six weeks. But enough is enough. I've learned all the lessons, I know all my triggers, I know what will happen if I have just one more cigarette. It's so easy to give yourself an excuse to give in, while at the same time what you're experiencing isn't (well, relatively) that painful! I lose all perspective when I'm in the supermarket staring at the kiosk, but is withdrawl even half as bad as the mildest toothache? Definitely not. You can't bargain with yourself just for one cigarette, and that's my biggest danger I think...I'm very persuasive to myself!
I'm on day two at the moment (horaa!), and already I feel better. People talk about the physical improvements when they stop - for me they're as much mental. Smoking makes me a less happy person that I would be without them. I'm less confident, less optimistic and in generally don't enjoy things or people as much as I do when I stop. Imagine that, 10 years of being less happy than you could have been - and you knew all along what could be done about it! I feel different this time (don't we all say that!), the past 6 months have been rough and cigarettes have been a faux friend. You feel like you need them when things get hard, as though they're some kind of companion. But after coming out the other side I realise they're one of the only things holding me back.
So, I'm more determined now than ever: I've so much I want to do in my life, and smoking does nothing but reduce the chances of me achieving any of it. But after reading your excellent advice , i'll take it slowly, day by day, hour by hour. At the moment it's the only thing that matters, aside from the massive munchies I'm suffering with. Man, I'm already eating a SHED LOAD!!
Good luck everyone. Stay strong!