It's been a long, long time! December 3, 2012 was my quit day! I am still smoke free. I received an email telling me I had been mentioned on a list of quitters! A good list. I wanted to come back and say that life smoke free is a great life.
Those first few months this site kept me going. These discussions kept me motivated and determined. I was able to relate to every post that started with "I don't know if I can do this". To that I say.... YOU CAN!
I still think about overcoming my addiction as one of the hardest things I've done. I gained so much confidence in myself and my ability to do whatever I set my mind to. I took up running. I run very very slow but I have completed 2 half marathons since I quit. I also started grad school. I mean if I could quit smoking I can do anything!
Everyone here has that same drive. When you are sucking on lemons or pacing your floor or eating mints by the mouthful (my favorite form of helping a craving pass), just tell yourself it is so worth it on the other side.