Posted 1/5/2010 2:00 PM (GMT -7)
I've decided (like so many) to start exercising in order to lose some weight...but there's a catch.
Let me go back a little an explain a few things...I have crohn's, and have had abnormal liver tests for some time, which has led my doctor to think that it's a fatty liver. I'm currently on blood thinners so we can't do a liver biopsy right now to confirm her diagnosis. She has suggested that I try to lose a little weight to see if it changes my labs. If it is a fatty liver, losing some weight can make a big difference, and I may be able to avoid the liver biopsy (which I really want to do). I'm on blood thinners until April (hopefully) so I have roughly 3 months to lose at least 10 pounds to see if it helps. Also to note, I am not able to diet as any diets in the past have caused me to have crohn's related obstructions.
I've decided to start working out, but with a little difficulty. I have an elliptical, but can only go about 10 minutes before I start wheezing. I don't want to counter this by using an albuterol inhaler beforehand, because it seems like it would just counter the weight loss.
Can my body get used to 10 minutes of the elliptical and I can gradually step-up the time I'm able to work out? I've never tried it before. I've always just used an inhaler ahead of time, then worked out.
I would never work out so much that I would have an asthma attack (I was diagnosed after having an asthma attack in the middle of a swim meet-and had to be pulled out of the water) but I would like to push myself so that I'm able to work out more.
Any ideas, suggestions, or past experiences?? Would doing 10 minutes twice a day help more, or am I better off just doing 10 minutes a day until my body gets used to it?