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whimsicg
06-30-2010, 09:08 AM
Well I finally stopped drinking the other day. I have been lying to myself and others about how much I drink, and although I've only been on a pretty steady diet of booze for about a year, I feel that enough damage has been done. I developed a little beer gut, became very lethargic and reclusive and enough is enough. That isn't a life.

My question is this:

Regarding symptoms from alcohol cessation, should I immediately begin to exercise or wait a week or two? Will I put myself in danger from working up a sweat and getting my heart rate up?

I'm 28 and have been pretty lazy for the past 6 months. My plan is to start slow, about 30 minutes on the exercise bike, sit ups and push ups for a few weeks than begin a solid 3X3 training regimen with a good clean diet and plenty of rest.

I read that quitting drinking cold turkey can be life threatening in some cases. It's been about 30 hours since I had that last glass of wine and I feel good now. No symptoms as of this post. Tomorrow morning I'm going to the doc just to make sure I'm ok.

So what do you think?

ggreenwa
06-30-2010, 09:41 AM
I thought this would make a great first post for me, I've been lurking forever :)

I'm 24 and was in the SAME place as you. I was unhealthy and unhappy, started drinking more and more heavily, and more and more by myself. It was bad. I decided after reaching about 270lbs, and probably %38 BF that it was time to make a change.

A few tips. Keep in mind that I was in really pretty good shape in high school and have always had a strong body/heart. You want to VERY careful in the first few weeks.

I would recommend spending $10 on a set of light and heavy resistance bands. Spend your first 4-6 weeks doing simple resistance workouts, bodyweight exercises, and walking. To combat and cleanse during your detox you should be taking multis, fiber supp, fish oil, cal-mag, and drinking a few bags of green tea everyday. Start lowering your calories by a few hundred every week. Slow and steady is the key when you have been drinking a long time. The first 5-10 days are the worst, after that you should be fully clean and sober in about 6 weeks. You'll know when you are because you'll have natural energy every morning and you'll start feeling very "even".

After that start hitting the weights HARD.

MASSter
06-30-2010, 09:56 AM
I thought this would make a great first post for me, I've been lurking forever :)

I'm 24 and was in the SAME place as you. I was unhealthy and unhappy, started drinking more and more heavily, and more and more by myself. It was bad. I decided after reaching about 270lbs, and probably %38 BF that it was time to make a change.

A few tips. Keep in mind that I was in really pretty good shape in high school and have always had a strong body/heart. You want to VERY careful in the first few weeks.

I would recommend spending $10 on a set of light and heavy resistance bands. Spend your first 4-6 weeks doing simple resistance workouts, bodyweight exercises, and walking. To combat and cleanse during your detox you should be taking multis, fiber supp, fish oil, cal-mag, and drinking a few bags of green tea everyday. Start lowering your calories by a few hundred every week. Slow and steady is the key when you have been drinking a long time. The first 5-10 days are the worst, after that you should be fully clean and sober in about 6 weeks. You'll know when you are because you'll have natural energy every morning and you'll start feeling very "even".

After that start hitting the weights HARD.I obviously am not a doctor but I think if you have only been drinking heavily for about a year you shouldn't have too many withdrawal symptoms other than cravings. I would also add in a good milk thistle product to help with liver detox. This a pretty comprehensive formula http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/now/liverde.html

ggreenwa
06-30-2010, 10:03 AM
I obviously am not a doctor but I think if you have only been drinking heavily for about a year you shouldn't have too many withdrawal symptoms other than cravings. I would also add in a good milk thistle product to help with liver detox. This a pretty comprehensive formula...

Well, for me it was age 20-23, so I guess I felt a little more weary about it. Yeah, milk thistle is supposed to be great for the liver, whether or not you're an alcoholic.

whimsicg
06-30-2010, 10:11 AM
I thought this would make a great first post for me, I've been lurking forever :)

I'm 24 and was in the SAME place as you. I was unhealthy and unhappy, started drinking more and more heavily, and more and more by myself. It was bad. I decided after reaching about 270lbs, and probably %38 BF that it was time to make a change.

A few tips. Keep in mind that I was in really pretty good shape in high school and have always had a strong body/heart. You want to VERY careful in the first few weeks.

I would recommend spending $10 on a set of light and heavy resistance bands. Spend your first 4-6 weeks doing simple resistance workouts, bodyweight exercises, and walking. To combat and cleanse during your detox you should be taking multis, fiber supp, fish oil, cal-mag, and drinking a few bags of green tea everyday. Start lowering your calories by a few hundred every week. Slow and steady is the key when you have been drinking a long time. The first 5-10 days are the worst, after that you should be fully clean and sober in about 6 weeks. You'll know when you are because you'll have natural energy every morning and you'll start feeling very "even".

After that start hitting the weights HARD.

Thanks dude. Will do. Some great advice right there. By the way I just popped into your profile page and your progress pics are awesome. Way to go man. It's inspiring.

DJRaider
05-31-2011, 03:40 AM
I thought this would make a great first post for me, I've been lurking forever :)

I'm 24 and was in the SAME place as you. I was unhealthy and unhappy, started drinking more and more heavily, and more and more by myself. It was bad. I decided after reaching about 270lbs, and probably %38 BF that it was time to make a change.

A few tips. Keep in mind that I was in really pretty good shape in high school and have always had a strong body/heart. You want to VERY careful in the first few weeks.

I would recommend spending $10 on a set of light and heavy resistance bands. Spend your first 4-6 weeks doing simple resistance workouts, bodyweight exercises, and walking. To combat and cleanse during your detox you should be taking multis, fiber supp, fish oil, cal-mag, and drinking a few bags of green tea everyday. Start lowering your calories by a few hundred every week. Slow and steady is the key when you have been drinking a long time. The first 5-10 days are the worst, after that you should be fully clean and sober in about 6 weeks. You'll know when you are because you'll have natural energy every morning and you'll start feeling very "even".

After that start hitting the weights HARD.

I apologize for replying to an old thread,though i am in a similar situation and was wondering why you have to be VERY careful in the first few weeks? can you do damage or something alike? I am on my 6th day since quitting alcohol and have been walking almost everyday for an hour though i am itching to start exercising hard as i get bored and the days seem to go so slow when im not drinking, i have been battling alcoholism for the past year having multiple quits and multiple relapses,the longest being 1 & 1/2 months abstinence though this time im determined to the max to stop. i notice if i exercise my day goes smoother and thats good cause i dont think about drinking/negative thoughts. Just wondering what kind of bad effects i would/could have if i started going hard at the exercise? any opinions would be muchly appreciated,thanks