Have no doubt. Quitting nicotine is within your grasp and you CAN do it. How do I know? Because I did it 7 years ago and If I can do it you certainly can.
The story condensed: Had smoked for 21 years and it was becoming an issue on a lot of levels. As a closet smoker I couldn't readily
satisfy feed my addiction anytime I wanted. As any closet smoker knows, there are times where the intervals between fixes is longer than what is comfortable needed. The little voice in the back of my head was constantly talking about health and the calculator said I had been smoking for more years than not during my lifetime. I couldn't enjoy movies, meals or social events because my thoughts always wandered to my next nicotine fix. Nicotine had successfully viciously wiggled its way into every nook and cranny of my existence. On my 20 minute commute to work I had mile markers where I would finish and light up another one - - 4 in 20 minutes, OMG! Then another two about an hour and half later.. and on and on on.
Enter Whyquit and Freedom From Tobacco and a whole new world opened up for me. One of knowledge, support and expertise in this addiction. I soaked up everything like a sponge and very nervously took to the program... went through the normal trials and tribulations, thought I was different, thought I would never achieve comfort but I stuck with it. I met people on the journey who will be forever ingrained in my quit and new life. I learned to use the computer and navigate through the website, post pictures and links, etc. Just as the mentors said, comfort without nicotine happened.
Today my perception of my health is off the scale. In my opinion I am going to live 25-30 years longer than if I had continued smoking. There is no real way to quantify that statement, but it sure does feel good being free. I am training for a mini-marathon in the spring and currently run 5-6 miles a day. Obviously my lungs agree with the quit. The scale says I weigh 40 lbs less than in 2007 and after drinking 6 cola's a day for years, I now drink water exclusively. I don't post this for any other reason than to encourage new comers to stay with the program. Cold turkey quitting works. You overcome obstacles, build confidence and meet the next challenge head on - - with knowledge, support and encouragement.
Quitting is not about the downside, rather it is all upside potential. Keep your thoughts focused on the positive and have fun with it. Come here and strut your stats, tell your neighbors, watch the quit meter add up. Find what works because comfort is yours for the taking.
Shane. 7 years.