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KTISFOCUSED Posts: 1,492
7/27/13 7:12 A

As a fellow survivor breast 2009 I had the exact same problem. It was and is slow but don't give up-you're worth it. I think all the left over chemicals play havoc but with diligence the weight came off. U can send me spark mail if u want to talk more. R u on any post-cancer meds? They can have impact too.

RRAYNER Posts: 1,063
7/25/13 10:05 A

emoticon Hope you are doing well and still enjoying all the benefits that SP has to offer. emoticon

JESSICAMONT32 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/25/12 11:06 A

Hi Gav...

Thank you for the comments. I have always been pretty competitive with myself so getting the amount of exercise in a day its not the problem. I believe what might be is partly I don't take rest days. I go out right 7 days a weeks. Not all high intensity but nevertheless i am always doing something like spinning, even if its a slow speed. I am going to take your and Nancy advise and take today off from any formal form of exercise.This does scare me though because I am an excersie junky I LOVE the high I get from it. Even shortly after my surgeries I was back to spinning but that is off topic. My problem has always been either eating way way to much or not enough.

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7/25/12 10:57 A


Thank you so much for the reply. Everything is great during my recovery I am feeling better then ever. I haven't felt this energized since I was in my 20's . It has been a lot on my plate for sure. I started trying to lose weight during my last month of chemo. Since my doctor advised me to try to become active and watch what I was eating. So roughly 2 months now. I had taken the approach of eating way to much during treatments and surgery because I was so depressed about the whole situation. However now I have my head in a better place. I realize just how lucky I am. I am 5'3 and 155. When I was competitive running before my daughter I was around 130 and running around 6 minutes to 6:30 pace for 5ks and low to mid 7;s for half marathons. I just really want to get there again and worried that my nutrition intake is way off for the amount of training i am doing. Whether is over or under. I have no idea. Thank you for your insights

GAVAGAI Posts: 39
7/25/12 10:50 A

OT, but I aspire to your level of exercise. And strength.

So it sounds like you've hit a plateau, to which the answer always seems to be "shake it up." You might be overtraining - are you taking a day off a week? I've also heard that you should take a full week off every year, just to let your body do whatever it thinks it wants to do. Another thing to try is to start mixing up how many calories a day you're eating. Interspersing some days with 2000, 2200 calories can kick your metabolism back into gear.

The other usual advice is to increase the intensity of workouts, because even with a solid combination, the body can get used to anything, really, after 6 weeks or so. My gut says that's probably not the issue, so I'd try the other two first.

And the standard disclaimer: I have no idea what post-cancer means for the body, anything your doctor might say (and checking in is always encouraged) trumps whatever us random folk might come up with!

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7/25/12 10:43 A


I hope all is going well with your recovery. Sounds like you have had a lot on your plate.

A few long have you been trying to lose weight? What is your height?

While I cannot offer specifics to your situation, when we are quite active and looking at losing weight, many times the weight will come off at a much slower pace, which is not a bad thing. Remember exercise is a order words, your body needs time to heal and recover from the activity you are doing, which is why rest is just as important as the actual activity that we do. Now don't take this as sit on the couch and doing nothing, but you don't need to push yourself every day. Your body makes the adaptation to exercise in your down time, not during the actual workout time, which is why rest/easy days are just as important as the days we work out hard.

Lastly, our bodies are meant to change over time so the body I have in my 50s in not the body I had in my 20s or 30s. It takes longer for me to recover between runs and I have to be even more vigilant about my nutrition and especially my sleep.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

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7/25/12 10:30 A

Hi i am new hear,

A little background. I am stay at home mom of a 2 year old. I am 32 years and in the last year have had three major surgeries to remove ovarian cancer. I no longer have my ovaries. I finished my last round of chemo about a month ago . During the last year I actually gained a lot of weight. I am looking to drop 25lbs. I am currently 155. I have been successful and lost 12 lbs thus far but seem to have hit a point where the weight wants to stay on. I do an hour to 90 minutes of cardio a day( I have been trying to get back to my competitive running again, it was who I was before parenthood and cancer) and 45 minutes of weight training 3 days a week. I love running 3 or 4 days a week, spinning, doing tae-bo and plyometerics. I switch it up. I keep a food journal and eat 1800 calories a day. Mostly lean protein, low in carbs, carbs are from fruit and whole grains. My only thought of why the weight isn't coming off is because I am active nearly everyday. Could overtraining be keeping my weight on. I know its impossible that i am putting muscle mass that quickly. Any advice is appreciated, even if some think its to much then I need to hear it . I just really want to get back to the competitive runner I was a few years ago and to do that I need to get a grasp on my weight....thanks for listening

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