I have been 12 days nicotine free. Like others it has not been easy - I still have the urge but the cravings have lessened over time.
I never thought I'd be able to quit - I was scared and thought it would make me a different person and change me and my personality - I believed smoking was part of what made me who I am. The first few days were the worst - I got through them using will power and deep breathing. I was constantly reading the quitting benefits timelines and visualising my body healing. I feel I am now over the worst of it and am beginning to think of myself as a non smoker not as a smoker trying to quit.
Quitting did change me - for the better that is. I have more time and feel healthier. I am less stressed as a non smoker (I no longer have to deal with that inane voice in my head saying "after this I'll have a smoke" or "if I don't have a smoke before that I won't cope" etc.) and I have more confidence - I am proud to be a non smoker!
I never thought I would be using these words but it's true - I will NEVER take another puff!
Best wishes everyone xxx