It's nice to be here. The good news is that I stopped my nicotine intake at 13:06 on Monday 3rd March so have been cold turkey for over 7 days now.
I'm 40 and smoked for more than half my life reaching two packs a day recently.
I've tried to stop smoking a number of times with NRT and was proud a couple of years back when I made 3 months; I was so disappointed with myself when I failed. Although it seeems odd to me now, I didn't consider that I was still full of nicotine at the time and constantly suffering the associated withdrawal and I blamed myself totally rather than considering that the NRT may have actualy undermined my efforts! I have more to say on this and what goes on here in England with respect to NRT and the NHS (National Health Service) but I'll leave it for another time: this is an introduction post and not a rant.
Back to the present, my recent story and a word of warning! My first few days of cold turkey went quite well. I experienced and still have some withdrawal symptoms sure: anger, 'constipation' (this is probably not the correct term for the terrible affliction I suffered in this department), sleeping in 2 hour fragments (this was odd and I think it may have been due to my obsession with the 2 hour nicotine half life and use of a watch alarm during the day to remind me), depression, extreme loneliness and a really cool sensation affecting my skin ( I mean it felt life it was very much more alive and I was conscious of contact with clothing/sheets at all times!). Most negative symptoms did indeed seem to peak after 2 to 3 days and I started to fell many benefits too. I won't produce a lengthy list of benefits but will give particular mention to the smiling and how much cooler music sounds! I guess it's only my brain working better but you'd laugh to see me singing and grooving; I don't appear to be a guy in torment a lot of the time here :)
So it all sounds great and the withdrawal went along as billed on WhyQuit but here's my warning: I've had my worst time yet in the last couple of days and the distress of last night (6.5 days in) would be hard to convey using my literary capability. I had a couple of minor computer issues and a problem logging into this site that really got to me. Now I'm not an unusually weak man and I have real issues in my life (nothing life threatening) that should have me a lot more worked up than what got to me last night but I went to bed wanting to smoke so badly I was real close to weeping (my literary skills could do a little better then this but you get the idea). I didn't smoke and am still nicotine free and proud of it. So future reader beware and don't think it's all going to be easier after three days; it may not be!
Before I end I want to say thank you. I wont give names but thank you to the creators and managers of WhyQuit and Freedom and also all those who have posted rather than just lurking. All your articles, movies and messages have helped me through the last week.