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  • 90 days of changing my life

    Hello guys,

    I was recently sent to Sri Lanka to work here for 3 months. I've been a heavy smoker and drinker for many years already. Since I had a surgery on my knee some 3 years ago (from doing Krav Maga), I haven't done any exercise at all. My working hours are from 12 till 9pm - and since this is a religious country, buying alcohol after 9pm is forbidden, and cigarettes are double price - I figured it's a good opportunity to quit the bad habbits and start taking care of my health.

    Anyways I found this "90 days of Action" and I feel like this might be just the right thing, but I admit it's a little frightening to just quit smoking/drinking cold turkey and commit to this program. Any tips or advice?

  • #2
    Hey codoc,
    respect for trying to quit smoking and drinking! I wish you all the luck!

    For me personally, working out/running does help me getting over feeling uncomfortable (may it be because I'm stressed, or fought with someone over something, ...), especially because I have to concentrate on something without really using my brain. So I can imagine that you don't need to be frightened, working out can actually help you getting over addiction. But since I never had to quit smoking or drinking, this is just my personal opinion based on nothing ^^'

    To keep determined, I would strongly suggest opening a Check-In Thread and logging your progress. People in here can and will cheer you on!

    Last but not least - no need to freak out if you have a bad day and can't do everything the program asks you to do. That's perfectly fine! Just keep going!

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    • #3
      I definitely agree with starting a thread in the Check-In forum. Community is a huge ally when trying to make day-to-day changes. There's an article here on How to Exercise Every Day as well. For me, much of the resistance to exercise is mental, "I don't have time," "I'm too tired," "I don't want to be all sweaty for that thing happening later". Once I actually start the process it's easy to finish the workout. It's getting to the first rep that is the hardest part. So focusing on shortening the time between I-should-work-out and starting-the-workout is the most important. The longer I wait in between them, the more likely it is that I'll mentally talk myself out of it.

      I have a tendency to drink a lot, myself, and alcohol is basically the same thing but mirrored. "I want to drink" rolls around and I have to decide what to do. Personally, I know that whatever is in my glass, I'm going to finish, whether it's alcoholic or not. On those days when I don't want to drink alcohol, I similarly focus on shortening the time between wanting-to-drink and having-a-drink-in-my-hand, but I make sure that what goes in my glass is something like water or lemonade instead of beer. I find that much easier than not drinking anything, especially while socializing with people at a pub or something. Your mileage may vary. I also notice that not buying alcohol is also a very effective means of not drinking it, so the "no sales after 9" will probably be helpful in that respect. Also, I find that I'll drink for lack of having other things to do, so being engaged in doing something productive or fun outside of the house also kills that "might as well drink" mentality.

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      • #4
        Start a check-in thread, maybe try to find an exercise buddy. Remember to listen to your body and pay attention to that knee.

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        • #5
          codoc Wlecome to the Hive

          I never was a really heavy smoker, who is not able to go a few ours without a cigarette. Nevertheless I never managed to quit completely but I did not mind that too much. I would smoke a packet in the course of maybe one or two weeks and then not smoke at all for a few weeks only to start over. Mainly buying the cigarettes during a party, or a night out etc. As soon as I smelled cigarette smoke I wanted one, too. This changed completely after I started running about 9month ago. I realized that the smell now physically repells me and that is still the case today and I haven't smoked ever since. With alcohol it is similar. Although we never drank much now I even feel less like it, because I know it will make working out so much harder.

          So in short, I think working out might well be able to help you quit, just do not be too hard on yourself, there will be good days and bad days...
          I also agree with the others that a check-in thread makes sense.

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          • #6
            As an alcoholic/addict in recovery, I can say that depending on level of addiction you could walk a dangerous line. Detox is shitty and you most likely will not want to work out during it. But if your going to do it, you have to go all in.

            I never completely went all in so I relapsed 3 times, but if you have anything you need to ask or want to know, I am def one person you could ask.

            First detox had me come off of 14 different drugs and alcohol. I have been through the hell, so I know about it.

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            • #7
              Thanks guys, I appreciate all your input. I'm pretty excited to start and also have managed to convince a friend of mine to join here as well so we will do this together (albeit from long distance). As you all suggested, I will also log my failures and success stories in the check-in thread.

              I also wanted to ask: is it better to eat before or after working out? And does it matter if I workout in the morning or before going to sleep?

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              • #8
                When you work out is really up to you and you may have to try a bit to find the best time for your workout. I do the more or less short stuff (challenges, Daily dare) first thing in the morning to have them out of my way,but as I am absolutely no morning person I would not get up earlier to fit my running program in before going to work. For others that is the best way to start the day. So you really have to see what fits your schedule and your preferences.
                Regarding eating: I personally much prefer training on empty and eating more or less directly after the workout. For my husband on the other Hand that is nearly unthinkable He needs something before and after a workout. So again it is mainly up to you. If you eat before your training make sure your meal is not too heavy and you have enough time between eating and working out, otherwise you risk being sick.
                This article may be helpful: http://darebee.com/nutrition/pre-and-post-workout.html

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