Hello everyone. I just joined this site because I'm ready for freedom from nicotine. First, I'm 27 years old and I started smoking when I was 19, so I've been a smoker most of my adult life. My last cigarette puff was on July 31, so I'm tracking my quit days starting on August 1. I've been reading through the forums and watching the videos for the last week or maybe slightly longer. It's been really encouraging reading other people's journals, and getting the education. The last time I quit smoking was sometime last month and I made it only 5 days and then started smoking again, which seems ridiculous to me, knowing what I know now. Well, today is my 5th day quitting for good, so after tonight, it will be the longest I've gone without smoking since I started. Today is the first day that I wasn't actually trying to quit smoking; I was just trying to do my real life without cigarettes. I decided to go down to the university where I'm a student and get ready for the new semester which is starting up in a few weeks (even though it's Summer and I'm not registered for now). I met up with some friends who are in Summer school, some of whom smoke, and I still didn't smoke. I know that school and those friends are going to become a part of my every day routine in a couple weeks so I carved out some pretty big victories on my 5th day quitting, where I failed before. I even started telling my friends that I quit, and let them smoke around me so I could practice not smoking with other smokers, two things I've never done since I started smoking. I feel like I just confronted a couple things that will come fast and hard when the semester starts up, so I'm happy about it. As far as symptoms that I've been feeling today, slight tightness in chest/phlegm/occasional coughing, which is more a symptom of smoking to me than quitting smoking. Psychologically, I feel like I had the feeling that “it's not time for something” because I hadn't smoked yet, even though it was time. It was slightly distracting (difficulty concentrating/not staying focused), but not too bad. I'm finding it very easy, as of today, to blame the smoking for the symptoms rather than to blame the quitting, and they're really not even that bad anyway. My sleep schedule has shifted from 10PM-6AM to 1AM-9AM after the third night of my quit, having difficulty sleeping; I really think I just need to wake up early like I like doing and it will go back to normal at this point. This is basically my quit in a nutshell for right now!