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Day 69/100 Ė PT Session 1/144

Monday, July 18, 2011

First session with personal trainer! This may be the best money Iíve ever spent!

My trainer came to our session with a plan, was able to explain the exercises really well, and especially when an exercise to target a particular muscle didnít work for me, was able to switch it up to a different exercise, or even a machine, so that I could work that muscle. I did much, much more than I ever would have on my own, and am so encouraged that the energy Iím putting towards my recovery will be so much better applied.

We did lower body work almost exclusively, with a bit of core, so we can get my metabolism and my stamina built up more quickly. Weíll also work arms, but those are very weak following the mastectomy and we want to build up some stamina before challenging the arms too much. I love that he thought all that out.

Many, many WooHoos!

On another note, my throat still hurts when I swallow -- no better, no worse, so I guess that's a good thing?

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SPARKCHANTAL 7/24/2011 1:42PM

    go seawave! btw, just love your doggie picture behind the page. now i figured out how to do it, i have georgie behind mine in his typical pose, also used it as my profile image.
whenever i have a sore throat, i wear a warm winter scarf, 24/7, even to bed. it works.

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JULIEANNCAN 7/20/2011 5:45PM

    emoticon I'm so glad you had a good first session with your personal trainer! :)

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/19/2011 1:49PM

    emoticon on the great workout!

Keep Rocking it!

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JUSTYNA7 7/19/2011 10:14AM


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Day 70/100 - Ugh.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Well, this is not going the way I want it to. My throat is very sore and feeling raw, I'm having trouble swallowing. Not good.

Today will be a day of sipping herbal teas with honey, and generally trying to get rid of this. I will have to get groceries done in there somehow as well (or maybe I'll just send DH on his own...)


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JUSTYNA7 7/18/2011 8:51AM

    Yuck! I just read another comment from a SP who is sick. I can see heat exhaustion, but a cold? Oh my! take care of yourself. Unfortunately it happens just when you are getting ahead.

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/17/2011 1:59PM

    sounds to me like hubby should go on his own?

Hope you feel better soon

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JULIEANNCAN 7/17/2011 10:28AM

    I'm sorry you're not feeling well. I wish you all the best and a very speedy recovery! emoticon emoticon

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KWHITEHEAD9 7/17/2011 8:34AM

    Hope you feel better soon!

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Day 72/100: Summer 5% Pre-Challenge Assignments

Friday, July 15, 2011

Yikes! I thought I had posted this yesterday, but here it is sitting on my PC. Iím catching up on my pre-challenge assignments; the challenge starts tomorrow!

emoticonAssignment 1.

My exercise clothing is mostly organized and ready to go in my sports bag. I still need to put a couple of things away to make space in the closet so that I have easier access to the rest of my exercise clothing. Whatever equipment I have is dusted off and ready to go, except I canít find my pedometer!!! Pantry and fridge are semi-stocked with healthy foods (I do groceries this week-end!) and I have stocked up on healthy snacks at work too. There are no bad foods in either place at this point.

Iíve just joined a gym, and booked a personal trainer 3X per week. We met Wednesday night for an assessment, and Iíll be doing whatever he says insofar as exercise and nutrition is concerned. That makes it easy on me! We discussed that I usually aim to eat six small meals per day to keep my sugars level (Iím hypoglycemic), and he thinks thatís a good approach. Depending on how I react to this new activity, he may suggest some adjustments to what Iím eating. The gym has a nutrition tracker that I have to check out. Iíll have to decide which one I use Ė Spark or the gymís!

Iím looking forward to re-connecting with old Starfish and meeting new ones!

emoticonAssignment 2.

I updated my SparkPage a bit, but Iím still not happy with it. When I have time, Iíll likely change it again.

emoticonAssignment 3.

This one is a bit off for me, as my real goal isnít to lose weight. I want to get back my strength, flexibility and stamina after having had breast cancer treatments and recover over the past year and a half. The weight loss is a positive side effect of that, but itís not my focus...

emoticonAssignment 4.
I donít have many trigger foods, but I seem to have a couple of trigger situations. One is when Iím bored: I have to make sure I donít have handy dandy snacks because Iíll just go through them without noticing. That includes otherwise healthy stuff like almonds, that arenít so healthy if you eat too many of them. Everything in moderation!

The other thing Iíve realized is when I get migraines ice cream helps (itís the same process that gives you brain freeze), but then it's like a free for all once my migraine is past. Ugh.

emoticonAssignment 5.

Current Weight: 250 lbs
5% Weight Loss: 12.5 lbs
(although with my meds, my personal trainer says that 1 lb per week is more likely)
Target Weight: 237.5 lbs
By When: September 10, 2011

emoticonAssignments 6, 7 and 8 - responded in threads

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JUSTYNA7 7/18/2011 8:53AM

    Very organized!

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JULIEANNCAN 7/16/2011 11:14AM

    I hope that things are going well with your trainer. I admire your dedication. Best wishes on your 5% challenge! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/15/2011 9:05PM

    I like your Mot mots and butterfly on your main page.
This is all very do-able. Let's ROCK our world in 2011~!

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Day 74/100 Ė Early Birthday Gift

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Well, the end of this 100 day challenge for me was supposed to be going on a hiking trip to the Adirondacks for my birthday. Boy, has that ever changed!

I had my physical assessment at the gym Monday evening, and we discussed how useful having a personal trainer would be for me. Well, thereís my birthday gift. Weíve paid for 144 sessions for me with a personal trainer, so I can get back into shape and fully recover from this cancer adventure. It basically gives me 3 sessions per week for a year.

I can not express how jazzed this makes me feel Ė like Iím finally going to have all the tools to get on top of this and push through this stalemate Iíve been at. Tonight I meet my trainer for the first time, and heíll assess what I can and canít do, and set up my training plan. Iím really looking forward to it!

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KAREN_NY 7/16/2011 11:01AM

    WOW! that's a terrific leap into your adventurous "new year"!!

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SPARKCHANTAL 7/14/2011 4:00PM

    sock it to 'em, seawave!

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JULIEANNCAN 7/14/2011 1:23AM

    I hope everything went well! I look forward to hearing about it! :)

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NANNER2121 7/13/2011 7:19PM

    Wonderful! Let us know how it goes.

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LJR4HEALTH 7/13/2011 6:50PM

    What an emoticon birthday gift enjoy yourself at the gym with the trainer


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Day 78/100 - Been Overwhelmed

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Well, my guys are away this week-end at a soccer tournament, so Iím going to dedicate this ďMEĒ time to re-set my compass and get back on track.

The past couple of weeks have been tough for a lot of reasons, and at some point I just surrendered to circumstance and determined to do the minimum required to keep healthy, and put the rest on the back burner. Unfortunately, that included my SP activities.

One of the things that knocked me off track was getting a call from the hospital for a head and neck scan the next day. I had never received notice of this appointment, and didnít expect it. I have been so focused on the breast cancer for the past 1.5 years that I had basically forgotten about the follow-up for the thyroid cancer (which is what this scan was for). So I was back to feeling that I wasnít getting out of this cancer loop, that something else will probably come up just when I think itís over. It took me a while to shake that off. I guess itís never TOTALLY shaken off, but at least itís not constantly in my thoughts.

Another thing thatís taking a lot of my attention is my gradual return to work. Itís the little things that have changed, like I need a list at the end of the day so I donít forget anything. If my end-of-day routine is disrupted, the beginning of my next day is all screwed up.That being said, aside from my low energy itís all going very well. The energy thing is largely, I think, a matter of building up stamina again after having been sedentary for 1.5 years. The other thing at work is that Iíve been very focused on reading and editing some key documents, and so when I get home the last thing I want to do is get on the computer for more reading and writing.

Aside from that there have been family and friendsí health problems, financial issues relating to compensation being split between insurance and salary, etc., etc., etc.

So Iím getting back on the horse this week-end while I have all of this uninterrupted time. That means cleaning out the kitchen, doing some decluttering, and catching up on Spark including completing the pre-challenge activities for the Summer 5% Challenge. Back to drinking my water and not dehydrating; back to eating my freggies (pigged out on strawberries and Greek yogurt last night!); back to doing some exercise. The coming week is going to be very busy. Iím increasing my work to three days per week; I have my physical assessment at the gym on Monday evening; I have a pot luck get together of a cancer support group on Tuesday evening. So I need to start the week strong and on top of things so they donít get out of hand by Wednesday LOL!

Have a great week-end everyone!

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JUSTYNA7 7/10/2011 6:31PM

    Reading this makes me laugh. Not because it is funny, but because it is NORMAL. The balancing, the juggling. Yes, I know it is overwhelming and tiring but you are so back into everything girl. Woot!

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JULIEANNCAN 7/9/2011 2:47PM

    I'm sorry that you were shaken by the news of your scan. I can understand that. I definitely understand transitioning back to work. I'm glad you're taking this weekend for yourself and I hope you take some time to accomplish what you want to. emoticon

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