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Hi Nerds! I am back this challenge to try and figure some things out.

 

Backstory:

I have had progressively more reactive asthma for the past 18-ish months.  The lack of oxygen causes issues including exhaustion, fear of exercise, brain fog and anxiety attacks, weakness/muscle atrophy/weight gain, and tons of guilt over not being able to fulfil my perceived obligations at work, home, or with friends.   There is a strong possibility that it will not be getting better, so I have to get better at managing it instead.  It is getting more under control - despite having an ever increasing list of triggers, I am having fewer bad episodes and quicker recoveries.

 

I used to run and hike a fair amount, and have occasionally dallied with weight lifting.   I love longer trail-based OCRs.  I had aspirations of running a mountain ultra.  I have experience with being derailed, but previously always due to injuries.  Those get better with lots of time and treatment and physiotherapy.  This won't.

 

The Dream:

To be able to get back to trail running, and eventually get to that mountain ultra.

 

The Plan:

I am not a sailor.  I do not "tack" but instead fly directly into the wind.  That approach is not serving me anymore, since any over-exertion results in a worse setback.  So I will need a way to drift obliquely towards my goal with many extreme course changes, never facing it head-on (that is called tacking, yes? I am so not a sailor...)

 

The Challenge:

Each week I will set a goal that is somewhat vaguely in the direction I want, list the obstacles in my way, and create a simple decision tree to deal with those obstacles.  And at the end of the week, I will assess how well the plan went and reset for the next week.

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Week 1: Face the fear of exercise

 

THE GOAL  Get out and exercise x3 this week, to whatever extent I am able.

 

THE OBSTACLES

1.  Fear of triggering an asthma attack that takes me out for days - follow decision tree below.

2.  Fear of using up my allotted energy for the day (and I never know in advance what my limit will be until I reach it) and not having enough left to deal with an obligation. - preplan for days when I know there will not be much else going on, and ask my husband to handle all the meal prep and chores that afternoon.

3.  Not knowing what/when to exercise. - preplan the time as in #2 and follow the decision tree below.

 

 

Decision Tree

 

Do you get dizzy, exhausted or panicky from walking across the living room?  Have you had to take your rescue inhaler in the previous 2 hours?

YES - rest today

NO - Have you had to take your rescue inhaler more than once in the last 24 hours, or are you feeling run down?

YES - take a preventative inhaler and do easy exercise such as go for a walk, do some gardening, or play Beat Saber

NO - take a preventative inhaler and do moderate exercise such as a 30 minute walk/run or a set of beginner bodyweight exercises

 

I think that Monday, Wed/Thurs, and one of the weekend days should be okay.   This week is a little harder because we take possession of our new house on Friday so there will be some things that must get done and I am more likely to be stressed/asthmatic.

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Welcome back Kestrel! I love the decision tree idea, sounds like a good way to handle the obstacles asthma puts in your way.

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Thanks.  Life is easier when you don't agonize over every decision. 

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Hey @Kestrel Grey, how's it going? Is the asthma decision tree working?

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STR: 12  -  CON: 10  -  CHA: 3  -  SAN: 7  -  INT: 11

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"Shit is going down, but I am not." - iatetheyeti

Don't say "I don't have enough time", say instead "that's not a priority right now" and see how that makes you feel.

Current Challenge: Bringing the party together

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Sorry guys, I dropped out of this one pretty quick there.  Asthma was not under control, decision tree not used.  Many bad choices were made.  Will regroup and try again.

Current Challenge: The Cliffs of Insanity  Previous Challenges: #1#2, #3#4#5#6, #7#8#9#10#11#12#13#14#15#16#17#18#19#20#21#22, #23, #24, #25, #26#27#28#29#30#31#32#33#34#35

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