Well, I think I finally did it, and it wasn't really even all that intentional. A little background, I've been a pack (or more) a day smoker for just about 10 year's now. I haven't smoked since last Saturday, so that makes me on my 8th day smoke free, and my 5th day free of nicotine. I give you the story why. Last Friday, I was starting to have some chest pains, not sure why. I had previously scheduled a physical, my first in years, for the following Monday. I figured on Friday that I'd sleep it off.
Saturday, I was supposed to go skiing which I do every weekend, but the chest pain was so intense, I almost thought about bringing myself to the emergency room. Yet, I still had to smoke. Gradually, the pain wore down a bit to something more tolerable, I even made it to the gym for a light workout, so I ruled out any heart condition. At about 9:30 at night, I was having a smoke, and I realized that I was still having chest pain, and that I missed skiing that day and I more or less just said to myself, "why the f#ck am I doing this to myself?
So, I finished my last smoke and said I'm not going to do this anymore. I didn't pick a quit day, or a "end of pack" type thing. I still have half of the pack, and 4 packs left in the carton they came from, since I get them by the carton tax free at the indian reservation. I'll probably give them to a co worker who smokes the same thing.
Anyway, last Sunday I figured I'd get some of the nicotine gum for the cravings. I went through a number of pieces the first day, a couple the second, one piece on the third, nothing since then, though I do HAVE to chew regular gum or I'll go nuts from my ingrained oral fixation.
Honestly, this hasn't been nearly as difficult as I thought it was going to be, especially coming from a long term, regular smoker. Only thing I miss is the social aspect, though I will still go outside with the smoker's and just not smoke myself and that seems to work.
On another note, I feel better than I have in years, I can breathe a lot better. Yesterday, I hit up some skiing at Mad River Glen, and for the first time in years I was able to ski Lower Antelope & Canyon (both are epic mogul fields - look on the website) without having to stop, not even once.
So, I guess wish me luck with this, I think I can do it.