When I quit i printed these lists from the internet telling me the improvements in my body the longer I stay smoke free.
After 72 hours it seems all the nicotine is out of my body and the list also suggests that symptoms of chemical withdrawal has peaked in intensity - which is probably why i crave it so badly this morning. I can see the shop from my office window and it would be so easy to just pop down and buy a pack of 10, smoke 1 and throw the rest away, just to take the edge off, funny how your whole body is screaming at you that this is absolutely what you should be doing and how much better you will feel for it. This is how previous attempts became unstuck, buying that pack of 10 and smoking only one. Before you know it the pack of 20 is sitting in the drawer, and the vow to smoke only 2 or 3 a day is soon forgotten... I have never lasted longer than 8 hours before this attempt, so technically you could say this is my first real attempt to quit.
My list also tells me breathing becomes easier and energy levels increase, I have not experienced the increase in energy levels yet, but I guess that is because I am not sleeping well, which is not mentioned on the lists at all. You almost have to admire how brutally effective nicotine is to drag you back. Our resolve is usually much weaker when we are tired and sleep deprived, and throw in some anxiety and all the other awful symptoms... and you feel we almost don't stand a chance.
But the human spirit is a wonderful thing, we just have to unlock it and ride it. I came to the (obvious) conclusion that it would never be easy, there will never be an ideal moment, there will always be something that can be held as an excuse to start again, and the sooner you just push through the better, it will never be easy, but it will get better (well, so i am told :-))
Anyways, 3 days in and still going, thanks in no small measure to this fantastic site, and the incredible people on it. Hope my message is not too downbeat