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by Val Baxter

September 25, 2014

For all of those who were worried…

Well today I got my results from last week’s blood tests. It is interesting the degree of variance from July. I do recall a few years ago talking to a coach about asthma in the young ones these days. His comment was and I quote… “These days if you go to the doctors and tell him you were out of breath after a race, you would leave with an inhaler” That was actually borne out with Adrian, when he visited the doctors at around 13, and sure enough we brought him home with an inhaler.

I got some results from the doctors in July, and was summoned to see him. There was some concern for some of the readings and they were about to prescribe some medication. I politely declined the medication, more delayed as opposed to refused, and set to with a new regime/lifestyle. Some enforced, and some by choice.

Over the last 9 weeks I have followed a diet, not a particularly strict one, just cut out some of the things that were making me poorly, and reduced some of the nicer elements that I didn’t want to give up, and after a follow up consultation my new lifestyle seems to have had the desired effect.

I must admit, there is more to it than just diet. The enforced change was the fact I lost my parking space at work so now cycle to work at least three times a week. This has increased my fitness level, and helped me with my running which I think has helped as well. Anyway, the moral of this story is; a little bit of what you like doesn’t have to be bad for you if taken in moderation. Another point is, that if you don’t feel too well, maybe a word with an expert, doctor or similar, if they can tell you what the problem is, you may be able to tweak your diet and fix it without resorting to medication… My preferred option every time !!

So now I have just told you I am healthy(ish) again, don’t suppose I have left myself with any excuses for Sunday. I ran a park run last weekend in a time that really pleased me taking into account my age, and this weekend a few of us are tripping down to the beach for a half marathon… Redcar. Watch this space for any surprise results. :)

This blog’s mention? Two this time round:- Sophie Burnett, Kate Waugh and Amber Leigh, under 17 relay champs… Northern I think, all the way to Warrington well worth it when you win ;).

But just showing that we are still interested in our older athletes, well done Dave Coulson completing his first triathlon, said he had loved it. 😉

Sorry it has been so long since last one, the editor doesn’t give me print dead lines or nudge me to get writing. I will try not to leave it so long next time… Although sometimes I think she is the only one who reads it, and then just so she can check my spelling :/


More of Brian’s blog entries can be read here.

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