So I am happy to say that I have been smoke free for almost 9 months and I feel amazing. Around that same time I started working out 4 days a week at the YMCA. I now have a personal trainer that I meet with once a week for weight training and a "once a week butt kicking". I am fit and in the best shape of my life at 42 years old, however, if he has me do any kind of high intensity exercise I get incredibly winded and have to take a few minutes to be able to catch my breath and have almost passed out because I can't breath. It is so frustrating that I am able to lift weights like the "big boys" but cardio kicks my butt. I would like to be more toned but I can't seem to do the exercise I need to to get me there. My body is able to do more but my lungs keep restricting me. Is that normal for this amount of time smoke-free? Any suggestions on how to open up my breathing more. It's pretty scary when you struggle so hard to catch a breath. I never had any of the coughing or phlegm like I've heard others have after quitting. Am I expecting too much too soon?