Went to the doc - gained 5 lbs since Oct. I cried - I know it's stupid and I know muscle weighs more than fat - but this is why I don't own scales. Then the Nurse Practitioner comes in and talks to me. We review the "numbers" and one was really close to last year - another went down. I cried again - I'm so dumb!
Anyway…then Doctor H comes in. He's looking at stuff and is reading a note about my cycling at least an hour 5 times a week. He say that he is very happy with where I am. I am holding stable (whatever!) and my numbers are in the good category. I should be able to do any kind of exercise that I want and not feel like my breathing should hold me back. We talked about cold air exercise and he said that it will always be difficult for asthmatics, but to use my fast-acting inhaler 20 minutes before, spend 15 -20 minutes acclimating and then begin my warm ups.
I didn't expect to see any huge difference in my numbers. I am a realist at heart. I just didn't expect them to go down. I may never get more capacity - let's face it - I smoked for 35 years.
So, now to plan on my next goals. There's a couple of races this weekend. I know I'm no where near ready, but still toying with the idea. What the hell. I'm not going to find out how bad I really am if I don't get out there and do it, right? The worst I can do is fall and really hurt myself.
I need to continue with my steady progress. There's a 5K at the Zoo coming in May. I should go and see what else is out there. Anyone interested in running with me? :-)