Comments: Self-Improvement Status Report

Well, Ben, the good news is that the physical addiction to nicotine is usually shaken within twelve to twenty-four hours, so any physical signs of withdrawal typically happen within that period, or not at all. So you're home free.

Posted by Geoff Brown at June 25, 2004 08:50 AM

Ben,

Geoff means well but is wrong, at least for the heavy smoker. The third and fourth days are the worst. You still have enough nicotine left over to last for 12-18 hours. Don't let your guard down, and STAY STRONG!!!

Posted by simon from jersey at June 25, 2004 09:38 AM

Thanks, guys -- I appreciate all your support! The good news here is that I am on the nicotine patch, so I do think that once my body gets used to 21mg of nicotine per day as opposed to the elevated levels I was taking in, things will much improve.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at June 25, 2004 10:56 AM

Well, sure, Simon, but that's mostly psychological. And we all know Ben has the force of will to defeat THAT. Plus the patch will help the rest.

Posted by Geoff Brown at June 25, 2004 11:01 AM

Keep it up, Ben. I'm rootin' for you!

As one having dropped over 60 pounds since a little over a year ago, I can fully sympathize with the dietary side of your quest.

If one diet doesn't seem to do it for you, feel free to try another. Not every diet works for everyone (I'm on Atkins and it did wonders for me, including dramatically dropping my cholesterol from a total of 213 to 138. However, my friend Charlie tried it and couldn't take it. He went the route you're going and that worked for him.)

Keep us up to date on your quest!

Posted by DCE at June 25, 2004 11:07 AM