Reflections--LifeIsLikeAFight As much as I like to change things up, many days I am reminded that life itself is similar to my battles with my sidekick ‘Lenny’ (the name I have given my COPD/Asthma) in that every day is a new day and every day seemingly does not go as hopefully planned.  It just seems that the more I plan to get something done or accomplished, or plan with great expectations a new or better routine – life, like ‘Lenny’, just does not want to cooperate as we would like.   Sometime that lack of cooperation is unexpected and totally out of our hands, while sometimes or should I say many times the changes or un-cooperativeness will come from my own shortcomings at sticky to my own schedules or routines.

The only thing I do know is that I must do better at keeping those plans, schedules or routines which I so thoughtfully have put together, because if I do not, then I will only get agitated with myself which in turn always seems to cause things to not get done as I had hoped or planned, or ‘Lenny’ will feel the stress from within myself and decide it is time to run me on a half or full day of dealing with S.O.B. (short of breathe).

One thing which I want and try so hard to do, is to get back into my regular schedule/routine of sharing my COPD/Asthma travels and how it may or may not be affecting the period or miles in my life over a few days to a week’s time.

I feel the need to share on a regular basis so that my travels with ‘Lenny’ can possible give others hope in their own battles with COPD/Asthma and maybe, just maybe I will reach even one other person, a person that will read what I share and realize they are not alone in this battle.

Recently I shared in a post that I was going to work hard on one of my weakest links – getting regular exercise and working on getting my weight down, both which would help much in my battle with ‘Lenny’.

How am I doing – well for the most part I belly flopped for several weeks and then here just after the first of the year it clicked, not sure why or how, but I was suddenly understanding the realization of how doing some sort of daily exercise while watching my food portions would make life physically more livable.  So for two solid weeks I have averaged at least 35-45 minutes a day/6 days a week on my exercise bike, doing a 5-10 minute routine of Tai Chi/TaeBo/Shadow Boxing and then finding three small Tupperware type containers to religiously portion out my food intake at meals and be much aware of any snacks, making those celery with peanut butter, an apple, a small 8-ounce smoothie or something along those lines.  And much to my happiness I have lost seven pounds, feel less irritable, have more energy (most days, ‘Lenny’ still has a say in that) and am sleeping a whole lot better.

So kudos to me……remember everybody, we must be willing to give ourselves kudos for the positive things we do because we all know we can’t always count on others.

I am also working extra hard on changing my writing and computer time to try and maximize the time instead of feeling like I am just spinning my wheels.  A by-product of this will mean more consistency in my sharing here on, trying to get back to how I was doing a year ago with postings at least 4-5 times a week instead of so sporadically.

Hopefully many have noticed my “Today’s Thought, Word and Hope”, a posting I have started within my blog of Wheezing Away as a way to not only to keep myself positive but to help others get through those days which seem a bit glim sometimes.

Okay this posting has become much longer than I originally planned, but apparently I did have something to say.   So stay tuned as I will share again in a few days as my life has lots going on, lots to learn and yep want to catch up to those who shared their prayers and blessings about how my COPD/Asthma has or is being affected by a stressful family situation that involves grandparents raising a grandkid and an adult child literally fighting for her life against the addiction of cigarettes and drugs.

And that my friends is where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and me are at 4 today.


NOTE TO REMEMBER: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.

As always – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.

Remember – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.

I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

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