Wow. Lots of activity on this thread. So I guess I’ll dump my story here. Last April I took my FB status to an all time high. I got up to 250+ and probably close to 255. (I’m a hair over 6’2" with a moderate frame.) On exactly April 3rd, I quit drinking, quit smoking, and quit caffeine - yes, all on the same day. Try quitting caffeine and nicotine at the same time and check out how easy it is to eat and sleep all the time. It’s interesting how quitting all that crap simultaneously came about. I was at home one weekend. My room mate was out of town. I was getting hammered and playing Counter-Strike (addictive as hell internet based computer game). I ran out of cigarettes. I determined that I was too drunk to drive to go get more and too cheap to call a cab. So then I ran out of beer and polished off some wine before running totally dry.
Then, for some unknown reason, the next day I just said “f*ck it” and decided to quit. I decided to quit smoking, and in order to successfully do that, knew that I had to lay off of the alcholol for a while too. Additionally, I thought it would be wise to drop caffeine, as a friend of mine had quit and said he felt amazing.
So I stayed off of caffeine for 6 weeks but still felt shtty. I went to the doctor to get a general check up and check for some sht I thought I might have (mild diabetes or thyroid problem). All normal, whatever the F that means. Anyway, I did my research on caffeine and determined that it was ok so long as I cut back, and after 6 weeks I resumed caffeine. I pretty much have a big Sbux in the am and one or two prior to lifting in the evening. I don’t drink much soda (had one can of diet coke today).
I haven’t touched any tobacco and have lost the urge. I decided when I quit drinking that I would quit for a while and only drink on special occasions. I went until mid July on a date and split a half a bottle of wine. Now I drink once or twice a month. (I do like my Sapphire & Tonics.)
Anyhoo, I made some major changes in my life and, thanks to T-Nation, my training. I’m now sub 220 (haven’t been on a scale in a month or so) with abs and a fresh start in the whole iron game.
It feels damn good. At one point I was a 5’10" 240# fatf*ck high school kid, and now I am, well, ME. Shug’s “Die, Fatty, Die” Blog really hit home with me. I’ve definitely developed a confidence bordering on arrogance. I’m a self-righteous bastard - I’ve earned it.
BASTARD F*CK GUY