I smoked for around 40 years. Gosh, it sucks to say that. A pack a day. I am using the patch and nicotine lozenges and I am smoke free for 2 months and 2 days.
What motivated me to quit? I was finally wanting to quit for me, not anyone else. I was tired of feeling like crap, smelling like crap, being broke and feeling guilty and ashamed all of the time. I was tired of having to duck out of social settings to smoke. I was tired of not being able to walk a flight of stairs or dance without gasping for air. I was tired of not being able to sing without running out of breath. Tired of waking up in the middle of the night with my heart pounding because I had mucus clogging my throat and I couldn’t breathe, which led me to being exhausted all the time. Tired of coughing fits when I laughed. Tired of refusing to do things because I knew that I would be so out of breath that I was scared I was going to die.

I stay motivated because all of those things are better without smoking.   I can breathe, dance, sing, sleep, laugh. I don’t worry about running outside to smoke in social situations.  I don’t have the panic of running out of smokes. Life is so much better without, that is what keeps me motivated.