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  1. Quitting the cancer sticks. .


    whats up people? so iv been training for about a year now and have put on some quality gains. started off looking like an etheopian at 5'8" 123 and im now up to a much more respectable 5'8" 152 in just under 11 months. overall im pretty happy with my strength/size gains, but id really like to be a solid 175ish. recently i have stalled. been stuck at the same weight for about 6 weeks now. my diet is pretty decent, but i know it could be better. my question is to the ex-smokers out there. i feel like smoking is really limiting my endurance in the gym and possibly my gains. i know the health benefits of quitting smoking, but you guys think quitting smoking would jump start some fresh gains? im considering quitting smoking and adding a cardio day up some endurance in hopes that it will translate into longer/stronger workouts. im going to start a halovar cycle in a few weeks and my goal is to cut out the smokes at the same time to maximize gains


  2. I slowly started quitting in August (after smoking for 14 years), and had completely quit in October. I feel I am MUCH better able to utilize my oxygen when lifting, which has allowed me to lift MUCH heavier. Also, I was 135 pounds when I quit (which I had been at for over a year), and now I'm 153. I still haven't REALLY worked in Cardio yet (only a few days a month), so I can't really comment on that. But, if you're trying to gain weight, and have better workouts, I'd recommend quitting. But, if that's the only reason you're quitting, it won't work. I would HIGHLY recommend concentrating on diet first, and then as you start getting into the healthy mindset, it will be easier to convince yourself to quit. Good luck though! Not a day goes by that I don't think about smoking, and it's been almost 4 months now (I've smoked a pack since October though, I must admit). It's VERY hard. But, just keep up the good fight, and you'll win the war. Expect to lose some battles though, just so you don't get discouraged (it also makes it much less stressful as you can trick yourself into thinking you're just slowing down)!
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  3. lol thanks for the encouragement. i know its something i NEED to do, its just when i know i will be rewarded in one way or another it makes it alot easier to accomplish a goal

  4. Good luck with quitting. However, should you decide not to, know that you are at a lesser risk for Parkinsons Disease. The glass is half full...

  5. As an ex smoker I can tell you that you will make better gains in every aspect of fitness! I would do cardio also because the feeling you get after doing cardio and NOT smokeing is great! You will feel amazing! I would suggest staying away from those who smoke for the first month or so...it will make it MUCH easier. When I would have craveings, I would chew a stick of gum or eat an Altoid. Keeping fresh breath will make it easier and if you DO decide to have a smoke, you will realize that your breath smells like crap compared to cinnamon or mint. Get plenty of antioxidants and water to try and flush your system of all toxins...this will help. You must surround yourself with positive influence at all costs. YOU CAN DO IT!
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  6. wow thanks for all the quick support. ok, i think im going to set a quit date of when i start my pre-cycle. hopefully the cycle combine with the quitting smoking will create some nice gains. its such a waste of money and i hate being winded from smoking. iv never done a log before, but maybe ill do a log of all this to document gains, that will probably give me extra motivation if i know people are watching too

  7. Quote Originally Posted by lurker44 View Post
    wow thanks for all the quick support. ok, i think im going to set a quit date of when i start my pre-cycle. hopefully the cycle combine with the quitting smoking will create some nice gains. its such a waste of money and i hate being winded from smoking. iv never done a log before, but maybe ill do a log of all this to document gains, that will probably give me extra motivation if i know people are watching too
    I would quit before starting a cycle. The aggression many people experience on cycle would probably be crazy intesnse going through nicotine cravings. I'd probably punch a baby if I had done that!

  8. lol alright ill try before i start the cycle cause i actually do have a baby at home and punching her wouldnt go over too well with my girl or DYFS lol

  9. No, no, no...you guys got it all wrong. You shake a baby, not punch it. Jesus.

  10. Lots of people gain weight when they quit smoking because they replace one habit with another (snacking). Just keep some healthy snacks around and maybe it'll help you get your calories up enough to start gaining again.

  11. i could be wrong, but i think smoking speeds up your metabolism as well which is why people gain when they quit too

  12. Quote Originally Posted by lurker44 View Post
    wow thanks for all the quick support. ok, i think im going to set a quit date of when i start my pre-cycle. hopefully the cycle combine with the quitting smoking will create some nice gains. its such a waste of money and i hate being winded from smoking. iv never done a log before, but maybe ill do a log of all this to document gains, that will probably give me extra motivation if i know people are watching too

    Dude, take it from me, you do not want to be cycling while going through the emotional roller coaster of smoking cessation. Been there, done that. If AAS/DS give you issues with irritability, this will intensify it enormously and maybe even have you balling and not even sure why at times. Go ahead and increase your gym time to stay busy, but do not cycle until you have nearly 90 days nicotine free under your belt. (been almost that for me now, and yet some how I still could not resist using this smiley

    LMAO!

  13. Quote Originally Posted by lurker44 View Post
    i could be wrong, but i think smoking speeds up your metabolism as well which is why people gain when they quit too
    Yes, nicotine helps weight loss for a few reasons. One, it reduces the urge to eat. It also provides your body with an exogenous hormone (I forget what it's called), so when you stop smoking, your body needs to adjust (which is why people gain weight when they quit). When people quit, cortisol is elevated as well. I believe nicotine also has an effect on insulin. Either way, it's still not worth it.

  14. I think cycling is ill timed too. You will not get the full benefit of your cycle if your mind is fixated on something else. You need to quit first, get through your cravings, then think about a cycle. I would say quit first, then start planning on your cycle by stocking up on all the necessary bulk foods. You will be in and out of stores and in turn your mind will be fixated on something other then smoking. You could spend 2 months preparing for cycle easily, if you plan on doing it right. If you start to catch the urge just look in the mirror and look at the receipts and the money you have invested in your upcoming cycle. That should help you.

  15. yeah im really stoked about the cycle. id much rather get great gains from my cycle and look good than be puffin away. alright, my mind is made up. saturday morning i will no longer be smoking butts

  16. Quote Originally Posted by lurker44 View Post
    yeah im really stoked about the cycle. id much rather get great gains from my cycle and look good than be puffin away. alright, my mind is made up. saturday morning i will no longer be smoking butts
    Good luck. Money invested in your body in the form of bulking is some of the best money you can spend, especially when you look and feel good. Smoking is just pouring your money down the drain and staying small and skinny in the meantime.

    We are born small and weak.
    We will die small and weak.
    What you do in between is up to you.

  17. Quote Originally Posted by CaponeCEO View Post
    Good luck. Money invested in your body in the form of bulking is some of the best money you can spend, especially when you look and feel good. Smoking is just pouring your money down the drain and staying small and skinny in the meantime.

    We are born small and weak.
    We will die small and weak.
    What you do in between is up to you.
    very true. i have been small and weak basically my whole life until about a year ago i got fed up with and decided instead of just sitting around wishing i could be jacked up, i should do something about it.

  18. A very good friend of mine has been trying to quit the last few weeks, and it isn't as easy as it sounds from what I hear. I've never smoked before so I don't know. But best of luck to you bro. You CAN do it if you want it bad enough

  19. Quote Originally Posted by lurker44 View Post
    very true. i have been small and weak basically my whole life until about a year ago i got fed up with and decided instead of just sitting around wishing i could be jacked up, i should do something about it.
    Well use that motivation to quit that habit. You are 5'8" you have a lot of weight to gain.

  20. Quote Originally Posted by MakaveliThaDon View Post
    A very good friend of mine has been trying to quit the last few weeks, and it isn't as easy as it sounds from what I hear. I've never smoked before so I don't know. But best of luck to you bro. You CAN do it if you want it bad enough
    It is the single hardest thing I have EVER done (and I used to have a 160mg per day Oxycontin habit for a year or so). Every day is a struggle, but it's a fight worth having!

  21. Quote Originally Posted by diablosho View Post
    It is the single hardest thing I have EVER done (and I used to have a 160mg per day Oxycontin habit for a year or so). Every day is a struggle, but it's a fight worth having!
    Well you were on a path for true disaster and I'm thankful that you are on a path of health now. Keep up the good work.

    Check this out:
    160mg x 365 days = $58,400
    5.00 x 365 = $1,825

    Total being $60,225 dollars a year. You could have looked like Jay Cutler for cheaper!

  22. Quote Originally Posted by CaponeCEO View Post
    Well you were on a path for true disaster and I'm thankful that you are on a path of health now. Keep up the good work.

    Check this out:
    160mg x 365 days = $58,400
    5.00 x 365 = $1,825

    Total being $60,225 dollars a year. You could have looked like Jay Cutler for cheaper!
    Well, I was in the military (Tricare insurance), so no copays and free prescriptions. I had bilateral hip surgeries, and was on oxys for about 6 or 7 months before that, before they finally came to the conclusion I wasn't lying about my pain (which started 3 years prior to that!), and decided to fix it. But ya, I still have a HUGE stockpile, with ZERO urge to use them! Of course, the gyno they gave me isn't great (especially the lactating), and with the mood swings, libido problems, attitude changes, emotional rollercoasters, etc., I tried to kill myself once. It's amazing how they'd rather prescribe massive painkillers/antidepressants than look at my hormone levels, which were causing my problems (minus the pain).

  23. Let me tell you that, as someone who smoked in his earlier gym years ...

    Damn - what a fool I was.

    I actually only quit about five years ago - and, for me - it was probably the best testosterone booster imaginable. I was stuck - and couldn't really gain - I thought I was getting too old to build muscle anymore.

    Then I quit ... to see if it would help.

    Boy - I exploded. Things in the gym got easier - and my muscles got a lot larger. My pumps in the gym went extreme. It became easier for me lose bodyfat and maintain muscle. Everything improved by a factor of ten.

    Not only that - but I no longer think about cigarettes. They don't play a role in my life. I don't worry about long plane flights ... or when I'm going to have my next cigarette - or whether I have enough cigarettes to make it through the day - or if I smell like cigarettes.

    Nothing against smokers ... I love all you guys. But you can do yourself a huge favor and improve your quality of life by an order of magnitude by just quitting.

  24. In theory, quitting smoking will encourage increased snacking (upping Cals) and slow metabolism. However, those of us that follow very strict diets and macros, quitting smoking won't cause unwanted weight gain simply because the metabolism needs to normalize? I've been really thinking about this lately, and my main concern isn't snacking or upping my cals to gain weight, heLL, even maintenance I have to eat more than I want , but some kind of rebound weight gain from metabolism or cortisol being out of whack. Can someone clarify? Been smoking about 18 months and I'm really feeling letting it go is for the better , but I'm not trying to gain fat. It still should be a matter of food energy in, food energy out , right ?

  25. smoking can lead to a decrease in blood flow to the muscles which can cause gains to be much slower. i actually quit about a month ago, and i feel so much better. not worn out too quickly and i feel like body is giving me a present by stopping them newports, better results. so go for it, they lead to nothing but death.
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