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smoking and P90x
1/7/13 1:40 PM
I have just quit smoking. 11pm tonight marks my 5th day smoke free. I have started and stopped p90x many many times. My best success was losing my baby weight going from 160 to 140 in 30 days. Cue neighbors below stopping ALL workouts due to noise. Lots of mini starts and stops later, here I am. New years resolution :quit smoking and finish p90x. My question is for anyone out there tjat quit smoking and wanted to start working out. Im bloated (typical for quitting smoking) exhausted (also typical) and coughing up all that nasty I inhaled for so long. How and WHEN do you start? Im a stay at home mom and am busy nonstop, so squeezing in the time to workout has always been a challange...but this drain on my energy from quitting is making me depressed. Need advice from others who wanted to start p90x to combat weight gain from quitting but just felt smothered by side effects of quitting.
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RE: smoking and P90x
1/7/13 2:05 PM as a reply to TheMrs1108.
Don't set yourself up for failure by trying to do everything at once, especially if you have stalled in the past.

What level of fitness, aside from your smoking, are you currently at? What about just starting with some walking or couch25k? Alternatively,p90x and fitness have the benefit of materializing in other aspects of your life, and the intensity and focus could be what you need to combat the side-effects of quitting. Stress management may be your answer early on, so if you think p90x will be stressful (either physically, mentally, commitment wise, or all) then start slow.
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RE: smoking and P90x
1/7/13 4:10 PM as a reply to TheMrs1108.
Hmmmm. What an interesting question. First, congratulations on your 5 days without a cig. That's great. My thought is that you should ease into your workouts with a mind to not stressing yourself out emotionally. I say that because the last thing you want is to get stressed out and relapse on the smoking. I'd keep getting good active rest (walking, swimming, yoga) and only dive right into a hard program like P90X once you're done coughing up the nasty and being bloated. I suspect eating well and drinking lots of water can only help right now, too.
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RE: smoking and P90x
1/8/13 1:49 PM as a reply to AdStaffAndrew.
AdStaffAndrew:
Hmmmm. What an interesting question. First, congratulations on your 5 days without a cig. That's great. My thought is that you should ease into your workouts with a mind to not stressing yourself out emotionally. I say that because the last thing you want is to get stressed out and relapse on the smoking. I'd keep getting good active rest (walking, swimming, yoga) and only dive right into a hard program like P90X once you're done coughing up the nasty and being bloated. I suspect eating well and drinking lots of water can only help right now, too.



I go between extreams right now of wanting to just start off slow and wanting to go all out and do Doubles (i wake up some mornings so full of energy and adrenaline its unreal, followed by a day or 2 of EXHAUSTION!). If I can make myself quit smoking I can make myself do anything. To answer the poster above you, my general fitness level is average. I chase/play/wrestle/walk on a regular basis (3.5 y/o and very playful husband) my struggles in the past with p90x is I get bored. Same workouts, same routine, after the first 6 weeks Im just sick of the repetition. Id like to incorporate spinning and biking and jogging this go around. Im worried that my partner and I have started SO many times that 2 years of off/on p90x is just getting to be too boring.
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RE: smoking and P90x
1/8/13 3:12 PM as a reply to TheMrs1108.
I totally agree with what's been posted here.
Trying to quit smoking and trying to complete
an extreme program like P90X at the same time
is just asking for failure. Way too much to ask.
Now maybe reading all this will give you the motivation
but in reality it's allot. I would first be concerned
about the effets the smoking would have too. Trying a program
like P90X could be fatal.
Best course of action would be to quit smoking first.
If you could get in some basic stuff like walking, at the
same time that would be good but first kill the nicotine.

After 3-4 months clean then start something like Power 90,
unless you were really athletic at one time in your life then
you could go to P90X2 (much better then P90X).
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RE: smoking and P90x
1/9/13 9:37 AM as a reply to TheMrs1108.
I'm glad to hear that you're fairly fit and active. That'll help you a lot. I still think you should focus on doing healthy active things like biking, jogging, etc. Outdoors is good, though I notice you live in the Midwest where it's pretty cold this time of year. If P90X is boring you, then definitely don't do things that bore you. Isn't that normally a trigger for smoking anyway? Some people find that Insanity is quicker paced and more exciting for them. Maybe check it out once you're feeling ready?
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RE: smoking and P90x
1/10/13 8:02 AM as a reply to AdStaffAndrew.
AdStaffAndrew:
I'm glad to hear that you're fairly fit and active. That'll help you a lot. I still think you should focus on doing healthy active things like biking, jogging, etc. Outdoors is good, though I notice you live in the Midwest where it's pretty cold this time of year. If P90X is boring you, then definitely don't do things that bore you. Isn't that normally a trigger for smoking anyway? Some people find that Insanity is quicker paced and more exciting for them. Maybe check it out once you're feeling ready?


Its being plain stubborn at this point. Want to actually finish the whole 90 days haha. And yes Midwest, January thaw happening over the next couple days (50s) but I live in an area that gets hammered by Lake Michigans snow and its going to go back to bitter cold and snow fairly quick. We will see how this goes. Shooting for Saturday as day 1 (shopping friday). Hopefully I will have some before/after pics to brag on in 90 days lol.
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RE: smoking and P90x
1/13/13 5:20 AM as a reply to TheMrs1108.
I quit smoking 6 weeks ago and started insanity.. your lungs will need a few weeks to adjust. you can do this
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RE: smoking and P90x
1/13/13 12:35 PM as a reply to TheMrs1108.
UPDATE

started 1.5 weeks after quitting.
On the plus, breathing is already better during workouts, and having to plan my workouts for an hour after a cigarette was a pain so Im glad I can just do it without the waiting.
On the negative, now my body has to actually adjust to eating the correct portions. Starving constantly and know its because my body is used to more food ....and I dont have a cigarette to supress hunger.

Too motivated to cave on smoking or nutrition tho. ;)
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RE: smoking and P90x
1/14/13 11:52 AM as a reply to TheMrs1108.
TheMrs1108:
UPDATE

started 1.5 weeks after quitting.
On the plus, breathing is already better during workouts, and having to plan my workouts for an hour after a cigarette was a pain so Im glad I can just do it without the waiting.
On the negative, now my body has to actually adjust to eating the correct portions. Starving constantly and know its because my body is used to more food ....and I dont have a cigarette to supress hunger.

Too motivated to cave on smoking or nutrition tho. ;)


If you're constantly hungry, one thing that may help would be to eat fewer, larger meals. I've noticed that the fewer meals approach (i.e. 3 larger meals/day versus 3 small meals and 2 small snacks) definitely keeps me fuller and more satisfied throughout the day.

It's also worth noting that the fewer meals approach has zero negative affect on your metabolism.

Just a thought...might be worth a try.
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RE: smoking and P90x
1/14/13 5:07 PM as a reply to TheBandit27.
that sounds pretty good, congrats !
if you can maintain an extreme workout
program, quit smoking and make a radical
change to your diet and keep it up long term,
you are certainly more dedicated than most people!
including me!
keep posting updates, if only for
extra motivation!
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RE: smoking and P90x
1/17/13 8:16 AM as a reply to TheBandit27.


If you're constantly hungry, one thing that may help would be to eat fewer, larger meals. I've noticed that the fewer meals approach (i.e. 3 larger meals/day versus 3 small meals and 2 small snacks) definitely keeps me fuller and more satisfied throughout the day.

It's also worth noting that the fewer meals approach has zero negative affect on your metabolism.

Just a thought...might be worth a try.


We actually do use this approach. My husband and I call it "shrinking stomach pains" (I am very good at delicious heavy carb lots of butter stick to your ribs meals and ALOT of them) its better even today, doesnt take too long to adjust but I have never had such an intense food craving as when I want to sub a cigarette, AND going thru a diet change. We had one day that went out of our diet on lunch but the alternative was buy some cigarettes (long story, big stressful mess in combination to all our lifestyle changes ) so we went to grab lunch and a midday drink instead. Other than that diet has been spot on. Down 4lbs and the side effects of quitting (bloating specifically )are non existent from changing diet and exercising every day. Feeling really really good emoticon thanks for the encouragement!
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RE: smoking and P90x
1/17/13 9:57 AM as a reply to TheMrs1108.
I'm really happy to hear about your ongoing progress. Maybe you can find a simple way to channel those stress-related urges into a healthy activity? Go for a run? Hit a punching bag?
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RE: smoking and P90x
1/17/13 12:01 PM as a reply to TheMrs1108.
Without going into too much detail this was one of those rare really hard really scary really emotional life events that just about had us leaving the united states (yes, its a very long story...and involves immigration ) most stress triggered urges are solved via gum or cough drop or chewing/ "smoking" a straw.
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RE: smoking and P90x
1/18/13 8:19 AM as a reply to TheMrs1108.
I too have quit smoking as of December 14th as part of my New Year's resolution. I then started P90X back on January 8th!

I used the patch to get me through the first 2-4 weeks without a cig, and it's very doable -- all depends on how committed you are to quitting smoking.

There are times when I would love to have a cig, but P90X and my environment has really been a huge help. I'm definitely feeling the best I've ever felt in a very very long time!

When I felt the urge for a cig, I'd eat a very small handful of almonds or peanuts to curb the urge and that seemed to help. You certainly can't go from one extreme to the next and if you backslide into having a cig, then make yourself accountable for it. Remind yourself of the reasons why you're quitting and starting up P90X.

Stay disciplined and I can assure you, after a month you won't even miss having the cig!!! Although I still find myself playing with a pen every now and then and hold it like a cig.

Keep it up!!! Keep yourself accountable!!!
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