July 12, 2005

Still (Somewhat) Here

ALVY: I havenít been the same since I quit smoking.
GIRL: When did you quit smoking?
ALVY: Fifteen years ago.

-- "Annie Hall"

I HAVENíT BEEN the same since I quit smoking, and this annoys me greatly. The trouble, you see, is that Iím turning into a particularly disagreeable curmudgeon, the type of person whose sole pleasures in life are making smart remarks and having a decent breakfast on alternate Sundays.

No, no, I mean, more than usual. Yes, it's that bad.

However -- today I discovered that keeping my blood sugar steady has a direct, positive influence on my well-being. Apparently, one of the things nicotine does is convince the body to release sugar and fat into the bloodstream, like carrying around a glucose IV. So as one might imagine, Iím going through more than just nicotine withdrawal Ė Iím also apparently fighting my bodyís long-entrenched sugar habit.

Itís not fun. As a result of the withdrawal symptoms, Iím nervous, distracted, and subject to mood swings -- and also, I might add, bad when it comes to blogging. That bothers me most of all, because I really like blogging and I haven't been able to devote the time I'd otherwise put into The Rant. Hopefully, I'll get the chance to kick things up a notch soon!

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at July 12, 2005 06:27 PM | TrackBack

Plese do "kick it up a bit" soon. You used to be very readable, but ...

Posted by: retsel at July 13, 2005 12:02 AM

A close friend of mine stopped smoking...man he was a bloody pain to be around for at least 6 months!

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at July 13, 2005 07:10 AM

You need a new vice, Mr. Kepple. Like, crack! Exercise, my friend, that's what you need. When I quit for over a year, the only way I felt right was to take long walks and jog. Now if you'll excuse me, I need a cigarette......

Posted by: simon from jersey at July 13, 2005 09:43 AM

simon's right, ben.
exercise is the key.

Posted by: Matthew S. Schwartz at July 21, 2005 11:29 AM