39 days and then stuck in the yellow zone

After managing 39 days of hitting the 10,000 steps (often exceeding them) I was feeling pretty smug.

“It’s the beginning of a new me, I’m going to be so strong!”

Then, a cold struck. Viruses are the bane of my life. I catch pretty much everything going and the flu normally knocks me out for at least a month (literally a month in bed doing nothing but drinking fluids and aching). So, at least this is a cold rather than flu.

Even so, it has knocked me for six. The nurse explained that when in the yellow zone I can take my reliever every two hours until I come back into green. I follow the advice and spend 11 days in the yellow zone religiously puffing away every few hours.

My peak flow isn’t that low, but I feel totally wiped out. I’m still going into work but come home and sleep within about 15 minutes of crossing the threshold. I spend the entire weekend asleep. Even TV is too much effort. Yesterday I finally got a  green zone reading, plus two yellows. I’m happily in the top of the zone.

It’s quite frustrating to get knocked back again by another virus. Still, a few more days taking it easy and I can work back up to 10,000 steps and see if I can beat the 39 days and make it to the elusive 66. Sixty six days is the average number needed to make a lasting change in a habit, so that’s what I’m aiming for.


Exercise induced asthma 

It’s been months and the gains in muscle strength have been fantastic, the cardio remains a massive struggle though.

Some days I run and run and others I manage five minutes before coughing and spluttering back to a full stop. I’m from a family of asthmatics. My two grandfathers and my mother have both been hospitalised for asthma complications and both my siblings had childhood asthma.

My Mum was the driving force behind me seeing my GP. We went swimming together and she said my breathlessness can’t be lack of fitness when I work out four times a week.

The GP diagnosed me and I now have a reliever inhaler to use before exercise. Check up in a few weeks to see how the peak flow looks.

I used my inhaler before a session yesterday.

Wow! All this time I’ve been pushing myself and getting frustrated at needing to nap after cardio…two puffs of salbutamol and I can cycle!

The most exciting part is that now I know how to treat the problem I can potentially train more on the cardio side and improve my stamina. For more info on exercise induced asthma  (UK) see http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/asthma/pages/diagnosis.aspx