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Finally the scale moved again!

Sunday, June 03, 2012

It took me 4 months, but I finally made the scale move again in the right direction! Looks like maybe I have busted the plateau. When I weighed myself yesterday I didn't really believe it since it had taken so long. But this morning the scale showed the same! I have lost1kg. Time to celebrate! Hopefull I will be back in the 70s soon in terms of kilograms.

  
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DDOORN 6/7/2012 2:31PM

    Kudos to your persistence & perseverance! :-)

Don

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STEPHLOKI 6/7/2012 8:57AM

    JT, Ngongathon is usually in June, so just come over for it.... Ok I know there is the slight issue of the ticket. It is an awesome race. I have some pictures on my page.

JT & Mary,
thanks for the encouragement. I had been stuck on a plateau at the same weight before and was really getting frustrated, since this time it was taking so long

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JTAYLOR2011 6/7/2012 8:26AM

    Yay! I know how this feels. Good for you! emoticon
I'd love to do the Ngongathon some day! Sounds like an awesome race!

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MARYINMAINE 6/3/2012 5:49PM

    Congratulations! I sure know that feeling of being stuck on a plateau! Good for you for sticking with it!

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Life with exercise induced asthma

Monday, April 23, 2012

When I was first diagnosed with exercise induced asthma I was shocked. It had started like a joke, with a bad flu and coughing fits every evening. Then I realized I get coughing fits after about 20 minutes of running. First I was in deep denial, after all I wasn’t wheezing, and then am I not a bit old for getting exercise induced asthma? I have exercised most of my life and about 10 years ago I was exercising a lot more than now…… After all that’s the time I was doing most of my halfmarathons and the full marathon. Well I guess this is a practical lesson in what I had learned in Nursing school: Asthma can occur at any age, even though it is less likely once you are beyond a certain age (forgot what is was).
When I started exercising again in January, having recovered from the cataract surgeries and having come to terms with the fact I have to deal with exercised asthma now, I was really nervous. Will I manage? Will I be able to control it enough to continue long-distance running? Will I be able to do half-marathons again? Will I have to carry the inhaler on every run. I opted to start training on the treadmill, even though I usually prefer outside. I thought it was saver this way, then I could stop any time and get the inhaler or take a break. I know myself, if I get into problems during an outside run, I would probably try and push to get home……
This strategy worked well for me and slowly I was able to increase the time I ran on the treadmill, now I do 30 minutes regularly and on weekends I either do 45-60 minutes on the treadmill or if the weather is good run outside. The first outside run I was also really nervous, since I live on a hill, runs are always downhill first and back home is uphill all the way. I psyched myself that it is ok to walk and chose a 10km route, where I can do a shortcut if I have to and also feel comfortable walking. I ran about 2/3 of the stretch and mainly walked in the different uphill parts and was so proud that I finished without a wheeze and only coughed a little bit. Since then I have done several outside runs and even managed one last week without taking the inhaler before. Actually I forgot and realized when I had gone 4km already, then I decided to just continue and if I start coughing or wheezing I will walk. The run went well and I did 12km in a reasonable time, without pushing it.
When I was first put on treatment for this exercise induced asthma I started out with daily tablets, a preventor inhaler (Foracort) twice daily and the emergency inhaler (Salbotamol = Ventolin). I was instructed to use the emergency inhaler before exercise and carry it along. So far I have done well and never had to use the emergency inhaler during a run. I sometimes do not use it when going to the gym (though it is in my bag), if I know I will only do about 30 minutes of cardio. Now my Doctor stopped the tablets as well and I am doing fine.
Funny enough I also have not had any problems when swimming. I only go a couple of times a month, since I don’t have enough time and the pool I use is far. But I was worried, that the cold water would trigger an attack. I have never even felt any discomfort in my chest!
Lesson learned: Exercise filled life is possible with exercise induced asthma!

  
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STEPHLOKI 4/24/2012 12:40AM

    Ida & Don,
thanks for your sweet words!

Hugs
Steph

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OUTDOORGIRL69 4/23/2012 3:50PM

    That is emoticon. I am so glad that things are working out for you.

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DDOORN 4/23/2012 10:40AM

    Whew! What a challenge! Kudos on being flexible, re: walking if need be doesn't have to be a *crime!* :-)

Spark ON!

Don

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Back to the gym

Sunday, January 22, 2012

With the payrise I got end of last year I finally am able to afford the gym again. Looked for a new one near my office and have found one I like. When I went to look at it they gave me 2 vouchers to go for free. So now that the eye Doctor has given me green light to start exercising, I used the vouchers and enjoyed myself. The gym opens early enough that i can go before work - that is if I get out of bed in time.... :), but also from work I can be there in 5 minutes. It has a nice mixed crowd there, but not so many that you have to line up for cardio like in my old gym. The instructors in the weights room are also fun guys, who know how much they can give you to do.
So I used my 2 vouchers in the first week and now have paid for the monthly membership. I want to go 2-3 times a week.
With this newly diagnosed exercise induced asthma, I have to take it slow when it comes to long-distance running, so I want to increase slowly on the treadmill. If I do it when running outside, i might find myself too far from home, when I get an attack and then strain to get back.
Today I did 30 minutes, but slowing down inbetween, and it went well. I think I am learning how and when to use the inhalors.
Now I only need to start losing pounds again.... But I know that will come.
I know I am on the right track!

  
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DDOORN 2/26/2012 10:38AM

    Super to hear you're back at the gym! It's so easy to mix it up and feel so fine after one's workout! :-)

Don

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STEPHLOKI 1/28/2012 1:20AM

    HI Tetich,

I am going to Naliando, it is on Raphta Road opposite the entrance to St. Marys, in an apartment block. Most affordable one in Westlands and I like the guys there. Also has good equipment and good opening hours.



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TETICH 1/27/2012 6:25PM

    Yay, girl. So which gym is it? 1Kg already! That's great, have fun:)

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STEPHLOKI 1/27/2012 1:41PM

    I have lost 1kg!!!! It feels nice to be active again and am slowly finding the timings that are fitting in my crazy busy office life.


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NYARAMULA 1/23/2012 2:19AM

    Great! Enjoy the gym and when you have time we can start walking again.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 1/22/2012 5:18PM

    You will start losing the weight. emoticon

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KRICKET4 1/22/2012 2:06PM

    I love going to the gym. The treadmill not so much, though. I get bored really easily. :)

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A new Year, a New beginning

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Wow I can't believe it is so many months since my last blog!
Last year was challenging in many ways, with all those changes on the job front, the crazy inflation here in Kenya (food goes up every time you shop) and the new health challenges.
Hope this year my health can stabilize a bit.
In September I developed a wheeze, then it got better, but I developed now a wheeze on every run.... Gosh don't want to have to deal with tat, but I guess this is just another thing to be tackled head-on. then when I was getting round to having this sorted out and seeing the specialist for asthma medication, I went for the annual eye check-up and was told the cataract has gotten worse and I should think of surgery. Well I went right for it and had it done. Now I see better than ever (I was severely short sighted before...), but suddenly need reading glasses.
Difficult to get used to, still feel silly carrying them with me all the time.
Now after these 2 new challenges I am 3 month without a decent run (have been walking though but that is not the same.... :) ), about 2 kg heavier and URGENTLY need to get back to exercising.
I have found a new gym near work, which I can afford thanks to a pay rise (Yipeeh!!!!) and will join as soon as the Doctor says I can exercise again, am seeing him next Monday.

Since I have lost this weight before I know I can do it again!
So i am up to this challenge, are you?

  
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TETICH 1/15/2012 10:14PM

    I am joining you Steph! Lets go!!!! emoticon

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NYARAMULA 1/15/2012 12:38PM

    I know this year will be better. Happy new year!

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STEPHLOKI 1/15/2012 12:28PM

    Thanks guys! I hope you are off to a good start like me! I have resumed swimming on Saturdays and have started going to the gym again.

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AMYNYNJ 1/4/2012 8:47AM

    emoticon gesund und fit bleiben!

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LAURIE5658 1/3/2012 1:25PM

    I'm with you, Steph! Let's do it!

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What a difference!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Those who know me, know that i was really frustrated in the job at the School and hated it. Also was loosing my last bit of selfesteem.
So starting with Connected Health had made a difference already, even though the Kenyan Project was on an unstoppable downhill path, the fact that my boss would tell me he likes my work helped me. in the beginning I caught myself looking over my shoulder to find otu who he is talking to.....LOL
Then when the Kenyan Project was folded up and we were integrated in Computech, I was not sure what to think about it. Now I do Customer Relations and Project Management. It is hard work, but I enjoy doing it.
And most of all it is SOOOOOOOO NICE to be appreciated! My colleagues in Logistics keep on telling me they are glad I am there. My colleagues in Sales have told me things like "If we want real solutions we come to you" and my Boss has told me the best of all:
He trusts me and he is happy with my work!
He has told em that repeatedly. Now he wants me to have weekly meetings with him, to "sort him out". He knows he is disorganized and wants me to help him straighten himself out. What a compliment!

Now if that could be translated into a salary increment.......LOL
Well I will wait until the 3 months probabtion are over and then I will ask him.

For now I am just amazed at how big a difference it makes to be appreciated!

  
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STEPHLOKI 3/19/2011 2:41AM

    Thanks for all your sweet posts!

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SCHNOOTIE 3/18/2011 8:16PM

    I am so happy for you!!! I bet you can sort him out. And most of all, it is a wonderful feeling to be appreciated, especially coming from such a bad previous work experience. Sometimes it just takes some time to get to the right place. I am glad you found it!!! Rock on, Steffi!

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TETICH 3/18/2011 9:28AM

    Thats so great! emoticon emoticon on having a good job!

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MEANCARLEEN 3/18/2011 7:11AM

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