I am into my 7th day without meat. I am not missing it at all. I consider myself a vegetarian.
My first intention was to transition slowly, and announced it as such. But after thinking about that method, I knew it would not work for me. I just cut out meat, period. The meat replacements such as Boca burgers, vegan no-chicken nuggets, and the Tofurkey products are helping me greatly!!! And yeah, I really do like those Boca Orginal Vegan burgers. Those nuggets? No, I didn't slather them with ketchup either. We just have to find out own likes, slowly, and sort it all out over time.
I actually quit smoking - 15+ years ago - cold turkey in the same manner. I thought, okay I'd cut out so many cigarettes per day. But, it didn't work and finally, I just put the pack down on my dresser and there it stayed.
Maybe it helped me that I could always go to the store and buy a pack. This is the way it is with meat. If I want a steak... hell, I live in a free country... and there's a Lonestar Steakhouse down the block. This might seem like tempation to most, for me it's not. Why? Because I can go there any time I want, and I don't want to.
Most people give in and fall off the no-meat wagon, or the no-smoking or no-drinking wagons because they tell themselves, "I can't have it? Who's going to tell me that?" We all know that many times we like to have what we can't have... So, I don't tell myself "You're a vegetarian, so you can not have meat." No, I tell myself... "I can have whatever the heck I want, but I don't want meat." This is what I did when I quit smoking.
Good luck, friends! Keep up the good work. Us Newbies can't give up on ourselves.