Hey ya HeatherL
My hubby gave up 2 years ago so I used to sit outside by myself smoking, now I think of how silly it was when i could of been inside watching a movie, chatting to the hubby or riding the exercise bike ( I think I have an addiction to it at the moment LOL)
I'm using nicotine replacement gum which is helping a lot. It will be three weeks since I gave up tomorrow and I might get one craving a day, which I get rid off by jumping on my exercise bike and going like a bat out of hell LOL, and I drink a lot of water now too as it fills me up when I get food cravings
I think the main thing to do when deciding when to give up is to either make a quit date or just straight out decide then and there that you don't want to be controlled by the fags anymore.
Second thing is to make sure that you hang around with people who think smoking is disgusting LOL so they will continually remind you why you shouldn't be smoking.
Tell everyone when you give up, I found this has worked for me as I don't want to go back on my word if you understand what I mean.
Try the QuitCoach http://www.quitcoach.org.au/default.aspx
I have found that good especially when I was worried about how I was supposed to feel for the first week after giving up.
I am 100% sure I will never smoke again, this is the first week since I started smoking when I was 14 I'm now 32 that I haven't used my puffer! I can run not far but I can do it where as before I wouldn't of even attempted it. I still have a cough every now and then but its not like a smokers cough, my body is cleaning all the muck off my chest its pretty disgusting and if you are able to get to that stage after seeing what comes off your chest I don't think anyone would want to smoke again! I just feel fantastic
Sometimes I miss smoking but then I just remember how good I feel and how yummmmmmmy food tastes now ( its amazing how quickly the body starts to repair ) ......
I really think that the exercising has helped me to get through the first three weeks
that's another plus....
I wouldn't sit here and try to convince anyone to quit smoking, because I think its important that they make their own decision when to quit. All I can say is that besides the health benefits its nice to feel in control of your own life and not be controlled by the ciggies
Hope that helps, remember to make it your decision though read as much as you can. Please feel free to pm me if need help.