Quitter’s Flu

I’m never quitting smoking again.

16 days into it and Quitter’s Flu is in full effect. After 30 minutes of arm/shoulder/chest/burpee circuits and a 2 mile run at the gym, I’m pretty sure I hacked up enough crap for nine people. Still, I can run faster and farther than ever before, and there’s already a marked difference in resting heart rate and cardiac response during workouts. Removal of a fist full of inhaled stimulants is leaving me feeling pretty tired, but that’s temporary and I’m not forgetting it.

That said, I’m spending the month of January focusing on fitness benefits of quitting and ignoring pretty much everything else. While I’m obviously still eyeballing diet and exercising (harder than before), I’m not going to weigh in or shift back focus to anything weight related until I’m past this initial month.

Cold turkey

I’ve never been big on New Year’s Resolutions. If I make any, they’re usually very vague, like “Have a better year than last year.”

I have been mentally preparing myself to quit smoking for a couple of months now, and when the end of the year came around, I realized I was a few months past due, so I tossed my last pack in the fireplace when I went to bed the night of the 31st.

Day one was fine. Today sucks. It’s not even the urge to smoke – It’s the immediate shift in energy once a boatload of stimulant is removed from the equation. I slept great, woke up ten minutes before my alarm (sweating and heart pounding, but rested), and headed for the gym. I got through one circuit and felt like hopping in the leg press rack to take a nap. By the end of two circuits it felt like I was trying to work out after eating Thanksgiving Dinner. After three, I was done. Out of gas.

It’s okay. I prepared for this, and I know it may be a while before my energy comes back and I will just keep pushing through it. In the meantime, I will choose to focus on the immediate benefits, like taste, smell, and better sleep. A few more weeks of difficulty will lead to fantastic benefits, especially by the time Spring arrives and it’s time to start climbing mountains again.


Christmas 2014

Weight: 253 pounds
Body Fat: 19.1%
Energy: Flu Recovery Status

Thanks to maintaining a healthy diet over the holidays, and some flu-inspired loss of appetite, I squeezed off several pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I purchased this domain today, and will be working to fill in the blanks on this blog leading up to now. I ate like hell today and didn’t regret a bit of it.  If there’s anything I’ve learned during this trip, is that it’s okay to allow a little excess now and then, but always in moderation.  😉

New Goal: Finally kick smoking. It’s way overdue. No matter what level of physical fitness I manage to achieve, I can’t even begin to call myself “healthy” until I stop.


Number 11

Weight: 294
Body Fat: 28.9%
Energy: Nuclear powered

-88 pounds, 18 pounds to go to goal

11 trips up The Incline.  As if my life hasn’t changed enough, I accepted a new job recently and will start in a little over a week. Since I began this, I have genuinely felt awesome about getting further and further outside of my comfort zone more and more as time goes on. It seems like my new comfort zone is to try new things as often as possible. If anyone had told me a year ago that I would be here today, I would have suffocated to death from laughter.