Six months ago, on June 5th, I quit smoking. As I said in my original post, it's hard. It must be the hardest thing I've ever tried to do. This is not the longest that I've succeeded in quitting. I made it 7 months on a previous attempt. But I've learned some of the pitfalls, and I now know some of the signs.
So far, I've been able to avoid some of the temptations that brought me low before. It's still hard, very, very, very hard. There are days when a whiff of cigarette smoke makes me cough and almost physically sick. There are other days when it seems a breath of fresh air, and I'll try and follow the smoke trail until I realize what I'm doing.
But, I have succeeded so far in that I have not bought a nicotine product, and I have not lit, chewed, dipped or otherwise consumed any since I finished my transdermal patches.
I must say I'm a bit disappointed in that things have not been going as well as I'd hoped they would on the gym front. I haven't ballooned up like the Michelin Man, but I haven't lost the weight that I wanted to either. I guess maintaining the status quo has to count as something of a win there.