‘Lenny’ is my constant companion the doctors call COPD/Asthma. Naming my constant health companion seems to make life easier for me in relating to my disease as it gives it a bit of a personality. Besides treating ‘Lenny’ as a companion, come good days or bad, is much better than always dealing with it as an enemy.
Let’s see where ‘Lenny’ and Me have been most recently – Weighty Frustration!!
Yep, weighty frustration is a good title for this write as weight can and is a problem and fighting it is a never-ending battle of frustration, especially when one has a problem with something like COPD/Asthma – both of which can be easily triggered by such a valuable thing as exercise.
Considering I weighed maybe 145 pounds dripping wet when I came out of high school, I often wonder just how the heck I got to the point I am at now by tipping the scales at just a few pounds plus a hundred over that weight.
I spent many years in the food service industry and believe it or not, never had a problem with major weight gain. Then I spent a couple of years in traveling sales and my weight went well beyond what it should be and now I must get it down and the process seems very, very frustrating.
When I had my massive heart attack four and one-half years ago I lost over 20 pounds in fluids immediately and since then the game has been on to lose another 30-40 pounds’ minimum.
Of course, one way to lose the weight would be to get some good exercise in every day, unfortunately that is where my being a procrastinator and ‘Lenny’ raising a small fit when I walk more than a few blocks – well that idea just struggles more than not.
Diets, heck yes, I have tried diets but then I get the schedule changed and/or family arrives and then everything falls out of step. It’s just harder to keep eating things that nobody else is when everyone else seems to be there to eat.
In my mind, I know I need to lose this weight and in my mind, I fight a battle everyday thinking about what I should eat, what diet I should try, what exercise should I do that may not tick ‘Lenny’ off – you get the picture. Even had the doctor put into a program called ‘lose it’ and for nine-plus months I followed it religiously and did as much exercising as I could without irritating ‘Lenny’ and all I got was a two-pound loss and the same roller coaster ride I have always had with a weight that would bounce up and down like an old red rubber ball.
So, with a doctor checkup due on Tuesday, I have resigned myself to knowing he will not be happy with my weight, but trust me, he will not be anywhere near as irritated as I am – so goes my weighty frustration.
With the spring flinging by and summer soon to have melted us down, once again I came through the winter with a weight that has not gained much of any upswing, but then again it has also not been willing to take any kind of significant downturn either.
So maybe I am asking for advice, as with my COPD/Asthma my exercising is more limited than I would want – but surely out there in the great big world full of over expensive advice there may be even one little clue or support that would make me beat back my seemingly daily war with weighty frustration.
And that my friends, is where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and me are at 4 today.
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 good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.
I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
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NOTES: 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.
I have Asthma & COPD too, and I drink beer like a fish and weigh 210. At least i don’t smoke.