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.
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!
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!
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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