Hi All, I hadn't planned on quitting, it just kind of happened. Shortly before New Years, I looked at my cigarettes and was just plain tired of carrying them everywhere I went. I had just run out of smokes and didn't feel like going to the store to buy more. I made it a few hours and I felt ok. I tried a few more and realized I had gone almost a full day with not smoking.
Keep in mind, I've been smoking a pack a day for 21 years since I was 25 (I knew better but dated someone that smoked when I had my first taste). I've tried both Chantix and Ziban over the last 10 years. I've tried patches at least three times. Nothing lasted more than a month before I relapsed. I've never tried cold turkey but my Father quit that way and hasn't taken another puff since. I wish I had listened to his advice sooner. I always thought he took the harder way out. Now I know I was the one doing it the harder way with medication and never completely breaking free of nicotine.
But back to how I started this quit. I went for two days on my own before I ran across WhyQuit during my online research. The first thing I remember reading was the Stop Smoking Benefits Timetable. Something clicked in my head after reading how just a few nicotine free hours and days can start the recovery process. After that I was hooked on the site. Thank you so much for creating this site that not only helps people like me understand more about this addiction but gives us the tools we've been looking for to quit.
I'm 13 days nicotine free as of today. I can't believe how much easier it has been for me to do this cold turkey compared to using other cessation aids. I'm sure everyone's quit is different but I now swear by this method. I never felt this comfortable during my other "aided" quits. After almost 2 weeks, my thinking has started clearing up, I'm sleeping better and I'm feeling great all around. The only thing I'm dealing with now are the occasional cravings for a cigarette. When faced with them, I just smile to myself, think NTAP and find something else to do like walking my dog, playing my guitar, or something else that helps me relax.
Thank you again so much!