Quitting the cancer sticks. .
- 01-27-2011, 08:25 AM
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
- 01-27-2011, 08:46 AM
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)!
- 01-27-2011, 09:13 AM
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
01-27-2011, 09:29 AM
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...
01-27-2011, 09:30 AM
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!
01-27-2011, 09:43 AM
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
01-27-2011, 11:02 AM
01-27-2011, 11:15 AM
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
01-27-2011, 11:17 AM
01-27-2011, 11:17 AM
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.
01-27-2011, 11:47 AM
i could be wrong, but i think smoking speeds up your metabolism as well which is why people gain when they quit too
01-27-2011, 11:51 AM
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
01-27-2011, 12:50 PM
01-27-2011, 07:40 PM
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.
01-27-2011, 08:16 PM
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
01-27-2011, 08:20 PM
We are born small and weak.
We will die small and weak.
What you do in between is up to you.
01-27-2011, 09:05 PM
01-27-2011, 09:51 PM
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
01-27-2011, 09:53 PM
01-27-2011, 10:07 PM
01-27-2011, 10:15 PM
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!
01-28-2011, 08:32 AM
01-28-2011, 10:08 AM
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.
01-31-2011, 02:44 AM
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 ?
01-31-2011, 08:25 AM
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.
02-07-2011, 12:51 AM
Those of you wanting to quit cold turkey, more power to you... For those of you looking for assistance, please look into electronic cigarettes. I quit smoking traditional cigarettes and switched to these which are very similar to the nicotine inhalers on the market, but ALOT better because they look and feel like real ones. It is only vapor instead of smoke, with nicotine in it.. It beats patches and gum.. I can vouch for that..
Just google ECF if you wanna learn more... my name is NEWB on there if you wanna hit me up there I can lead you in the right direction if you want...
02-07-2011, 02:48 AM
Dude I quit smoking a year ago and not only did I improve my physique and pack on some muscle mass in a hurry but I also became twice as motivated. On top of that my appetite skyrocketed. And I had more money to spend on supplements.
I was kinda addicted, not to the feel or anything, cuz they were gross, but just to having one lit up. I've replaced that addiction with fine tuning my workouts.
I highly recommend quitting. Chew on toothpicks and chew sunflower seeds. That's what worked for me.
Props to you if you quit man.
02-08-2011, 11:22 AM
20 minutes after your last cigarette- your blood pressure and pulse rate return to what they were just before your last cigarette, and your hands and feet warm up to the temperature they were before smoking.
8 hours after your last cigarette- the carbon monoxide level in you blood falls, and the oxygen level increases, so that both become normal.
24 hours after your last cigarette- the chance of your having a heart attack is lessened
48 hours after your last cigarette- your nerve endings start regrowing, so your senses of both smell and taste improve. Walking becomes easier.
By 3 months after your last cigarette- your circulation has improved, and your lung function has increased by up to 30%.
By 9 months after your last cigarette- the cells lining your airways have fully recovered, so that they remove mucus better, you cough less, have less sinus congestion, and your shortness of breath has gone.
1 year after your last cigarette- your risk of coronary heart disease is now half that of a smoker's.
5 years after your last cigarette- your risk of having a stroke is now greatly reduced, approaching that of someone who has never smoked.
10 years after your last cigarette- your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of someone still smoking. Your chances of getting cancer of the mouth, throat, gullet, pancreas, kidney, and bladder are greatly reduced, compared with a smoker's.
15 years after your last cigarette- your risk of having coronary heart disease is no greater then that of someone who has never smoked.
BJJ = life
02-08-2011, 04:34 PM
Would any of these positive effects that all of you are mentioning apply to smokeless tobacco, more specific, copenhagen?
02-08-2011, 04:36 PM
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