Congratulations and good luck.
I smoked for 20 years before quiting cold turkey on September 12, 2009 Not that I am counting or anything! LOL!
So, I tried to quita few times beofre and obviously failed.
This past time, it worked. I think you have to try to quit a few times before you suceed so that you know what went wrong trhe first time.
In my case, the first time, I didn't really want to quit, it was just something I thought I should do. .....but I didn't really WANT to.
The next time I quit, I thought I could ration myself into stopping. Figured that if I smoked only one cigarett per hour the first day, only one
every two hours the day after that, one every three hours the day after that, ect....that I would be quit in a week or so. Yeah, that didn't pan out either.
When I finally quit, I didn't even really plan it. Matter of fact, luck had alot to do with it.
Turns out I smoked my last cigarett just right before going to bed. The next moring, I already had an 8 hopur head start on quiting.
WEll, smokes were terribly expensive at the stores by my house, so I decided to wait til I got to work ( 30 miles away) to buy some.
As I got a mile or so from my office, I decided to go ahead and load up my doors ( I install garage doors) and just get my cigarettes on the way to the first job. Then I decided to wait til I got close to te job ( 45 miles away) .
Somehow, I stretched it out til finishing up for the day and heading home. At that point, I didn't look at it as a matter of quiting smoking, but as a
personal challenge of will power.
" I am stronger than the urge to smoke!"
Haven't smoked a single cigarette since. Did not cheat once...at all. Not even a single puff.
But I also learned something about my habit: My mental habit was by far stronger than my physical habit.
I was used to lighting up after eating, when getting in my truck to drive, while fishing, when bored, or after getting in my truck after packing up my
tools after working all day.
My biggest addiction was to the ROUTINE of smoking, not so much to the nicotine.
Good luck and hope it works out!