Wow, I didn't get a chance to get on the forum all day today and I'm so happy with all of the replies (and relieved that I'm not the only one!). I'm glad to hear that some of you have been successful at quitting, it gives me hope!
So here's my smoking history: started at 17 because my boyfriend at the time was smoking (got rid of him but kept the habit, lol, why are we so stupid as teens?), both my parents smoke, FH smokes and FH's Dad smokes. I've tried to quit a few times but they mostly lasted less than 24 hrs. I quit for 5 days once on a hiking trip because we all decided not bring cigarettes with us (3 out of 4 people on the trip smoked), the second we made it out of the backcountry we high tailed it to the nearest convenience store.
So now it's ten years later and I must admit I mostly want to quit for superficial reasons. 1) I'm noticing a few fine lines and they terrify me, 2) bride in wedding dress holding cigarette=not cute!, 3) if I quit I can use the money I save to work on fixing #1 lol.
My main problem with quitting has always been the fear of weight gain and the fact that almost everyone I know smokes. It's really sad to say but I've met some of my closest friends in the "butt section". My friends are now slowly quitting, which should help, and I've signed up to run a 10K in May so I figure that training for that will help with weight gain and stress.
I'm on day 2 of quitting, I haven't broken down sobbing or murdered anyone yet so I figure that I'm doing ok, lol. The cravings suck sometimes but I'm trying to cope the best I can with Nicorette and water. I'm also trying to eat as healthy as I can (I have a major chip and diet coke weakness so I'm trying to avoid those things!).
FH has been amazing (even though he smokes he isn't doing it around me and he's quitting this weekend)! He keeps telling me how proud he is which helps! He even went out tonight and bought me a ton of healthy food (he knows my weight gain fears) and told me to go get a facial Friday to treat myself!
We can do it ladies! Keep the tips coming!