The first tme I quit smoking I was around 23. It was not easy. In fact, it was a daily battle NOT to smoke. I hated not smoking.
I started socially smoking about 4 months later and maintained that for about 5 years - I would just have a few cigarettes when I drank. Then I started smoking full-time again after a particularly decadent weekend. That was about six years ago.
I made it a new years resolution in 2002 to quit smoking. I didn't quit on Jan 1st cos I just knew that was impossible. Instead, I set a goal to quit by the end of Jan. And I stopped smoking on the 21st of Jan, 2002 and I haven't had a cigarette since. I did it cold turkey.
I found that reading the info on the Quit website about the repairs my body was making on a daily basis was helpful. It was good to discover things like getting tingly fingers was completely normal as your circulation improves. Stuff like that.
Alcohol was a key trigger for me to smoke, and going out with smoker friends. So I decided to avoid both for as long as possible. But a friend was having a birthday party and I didn't want to disappoint him so I went and got through that first night, drinking in a smokey bar, without caving into the craving and from then on, I knew I could do it.
So set yourself a mini-challenge like that to get through. If you can do it once, you can do it every time.
I put on a bit of weight as I was shoving food into my mouth on breaks between classes instead of smoking. But that didn't bother me so much because I was training in Taekwondo at the time and knew I would work it off. It was amazing as the weeks and months progressed at how much easier it was to breathe and how I not longer got puffed out during the warm up.
My brother recently quit and he used patches which although expensive, really helped him beat the cravings. So that might be something to consider.
Here's the gem for me -- I met my husband about 10 days after quitting. He said he would never have chased after me if I was a smoker
-- so if it wasn't for me quitting, I would probably have a very different life!
Just keep moving! And don't be lazy...
SW: 74.3kg - 1/1/09
CW: 71.1kg - 3/5/09