Until 32 days ago, I had smoked continuously for 18 years. I had unsuccessfully tried to quit before on 5 or 6 occasions, and had tried Zyban, Champix, the patch, the gum, the Easy Way book, various types of hypnosis, cold turkey, etc., all without success. I was embarrassed that I couldn't seem to quit while so many other friends of mine had quit over the years. In some ways, I felt like a failure because I couldn't quit.

But in hindsight, I realize now that I didn't mentally prepare myself to quit the way that I needed to. I had just hoped for a magic, silver bullet. The difference this time around was that I PREPARED myself to quit like I had never done before. I treated it like the biggest challenge of my life; a battle for life and death almost, and that's how I was able to finally quit. That's what it took for me to quit, but everyone is different. It's easier for some people than for others. I took Champix and had gum with me at all times in case of bad cravings.

But the main thing was signing up to websites like this, doing all of the written and mental visualization exercises they tell you to do, following all the tips and advice, and just preparing as much as you can in advance. I can tell you that it is so worth it! I already feel so much better and my wife and friends tell me how much healthier I look. When I exercise, I feel as though I have 5 times the endurance that I had when I was smoking. For those of you still trying to quit, don't give up. You have to keep trying. You can do it and the power to do so lies within you!

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