Hello this is my first post. I hope I am doing it properly. I have smoked on and off for 40 years with the last 15+ years being continuous. I am on my 31st day without any nicotine. While I haven't posted before I have been lurking on this website since shortly before my last cigarette. I had been thinking about how much I regretted being a smoker as I often did, I had even talked with my doctor about it, but thats all I was doing "talking and thinking". I made some attempts that didn't last more then 18 hours (None with any aids, my doctor is also a firm believer that "Cold Turkey" is the most successful method).
I did an internet search for a timetable of health benefits from quitting smoking and found whyquit and the books. Hours later after devouring portions of FFN, some of the articles, and lurking in some threads I finally began to understand what was really going on in my own head and body. I also could see some of the mistakes I was making. "I can do anything for three minutes" has become my lifeline.
Thank you for this site and these books. Thank you to all of you that have helped me through this first 30 days without even knowing you were doing it. So many times I have come to this board feeling a range of emotions from hanging on by my fingernails to wanting to mug someone in a parking lot for their cigarette, only to find a perfect post or article that helped me through. Even when I woke up almost crying because of a dream that I had smoked and had to start over I found posts from people that had gone through similar dreams.
Pat -31 days without nicotine and none for the next 3 minutes.
I want to not ever smell like cigarettes again.
I want to take a deep breath without feeling like I have to cough
I want to be able to enjoy taking my dog on walks and to the beach without getting out of breath.
When I do my budget I don't want waste any more money on cigarettes.
I want to be one of those people that can miss smoking once in a while (usually for less then 3 minutes) not one who regrets smoking every day of their life.
I don't want to rush through a social occasion because I can't smoke.
I never again want to drive in a snowstorm just because I needed a pack of cigs.
I want to live a healthier lifestyle
I don't want to be another statistic that keeps putting money into the tobacco industry