I've drifted away from the site over the last two years but still look in from time to time and it's great to see that the camaraderie and support still continues.
It's 4 years ago today that I packed up smoking. I discovered the NHS Choices website and was inspired by people on there and joined the forum. They were (still are) a lovely bunch of people, very supportive of each other and a place where you could go to have a rant and a laugh and share the "journey" with people who were going through what you were going through. I'm sure that I wouldn't have done it if it weren't for them.
I did it cold turkey as I always told myself that that would be the only way to do it and to never have a puff again. It was tough at the beginning and I spent a lot of time sitting on my hands and stuffing my face, but I succeeded and to this day I have never had another puff, although I have put on about a stone in weight.
I also discovered the NHS Couch to 5K forum just after and used that a bit to get me running, even though I'd always said that I would never run. (Bad for your knees and back, don't you know, and I need them more for skiing. ) The programme really helped me to get into the routine of getting out there 3 times a week.
I'm still running and exercising and struggling with the weight but I've never had another puff to this day.
To those of you struggling, you will manage it in your own time and the best time will be when you manage to lose all the aids and finally be free from the hold that the nicotine holds on you.
Onwards and upwards!