@MissMaya: I quit smoking October 4, 2008 and have not smoked a single cigarette since then!! Every year when this date rolls around, I am so very proud of myself. I had smoked for 13 years.
I used the Quit for Life program https://www.quitnow.net/programlookup/
My health insurance plan through work at the time paid for it 100%. Their concept is simple and powerful. I recommend it to everyone!!
I chose nicotine gum to wean me off the nicotine. It worked very well when I used I followed the directions to a T. When I veered away from following the directions, it didn’t work as well, lol. I used it for a month and was done. They recommend 6 weeks, but I really was done completely.
I started a workout program when I quit and was amazed by how strong my body was and how well I could breathe. My endurance was soooo vastly improved, it was incredible! It motivated me sooo much!
Also, within about a month, my skin looked AMAZING and my hair felt incredible. I had NO IDEA that my smoking was killing my hair and skin that badly!! All of a sudden, I was glowing and rosy cheeked with shiny hair. Hell yeah!
I was very aware of the possibility that I would try to compensate my addiction with food, so I wouldn’t say I overate. My food did taste much, much better and the flavors more complex. So I can see why some people might go crazy eating even if it isn’t about fulfilling an oral fixation! Since I have quit, I also use barely any salt in my food and can’t tolerate too much sweetness in food. Both lead to beneficial health effects!
I did not gain weight because for the first time in a LONG time, I was very vigilant about my workout routine. I was also terrified of gaining weight, but felt it was worth it if it happened.
I found that I needed to reach the point where I wanted to quit within myself and do it for myself only in order to be successful. So that is something to think about when you and your husband quit together. Do not define your success by his and vice versa.
BEST OF LUCK!!! You are going to be SO HAPPY you took this amazing step!!!