Any progress is progress! I've lost an inch off my waist, an inch off my hips and a .5 off my thighs.
My Wellness & Workout Blog
I started this transformation challenge on 10 January. Back in 2020 before I got sick I did a couple of Nicole's challenges and I got amazing results. While I was going through treatment for my ovarian cancer I signed up for one last year, the Build Challenge. Circumstances didn't allow me to ever start that one. The picture below was after doing the NW Summer Shred and Photoshoot Ready challenges
I've been walking but that's beginning to get a little boring. So I found this YouTube called "Fitness with PJ". Her workouts are quick and they are targeted for worn over 40. That doesn't mean by all means they are easy, it just means she provides alternate exercises to compliment your fitness level. They are intense but it's not heavy lifting, it's circuits that burn.
Did my first bike ride since November 2020. I managed to go just over 4.5 miles in 90 degree heat before I had to stop. My heart rate got up to 180 BPM I was pushing myself that hard. So hard I got nauseous and vomited the water I was drinking. I ended up walking my bike about a mile the rest of the way home. Next time I will definitely go early in the morning when it's not so hot. I needed this bike ride. I needed to push myself. It's the only way to find myself. Physical fitness has always been such a huge part of my life, I refuse to let it go.
My first 5K since my diagnosis. I walked but we walked a pretty good pace of 14:30. I felt good until the very end when we attempted to jog the last 100 yards. My body wasn't having it. I started dry heaving and I honestly didn't think I was going to make it. I could see the finish line and everyone is cheering me on. So I sucked it up and finished. Here's a picture of my pain 🤣 and Catharine's worried face
My longest and furthest walk to date. The weather was perfect other then the mosquitoes feeding on my legs I probably could have walked longer.
I had a goal to reach a 17 min pace and I did it. Now I just need to do it for 45 mins. I haven't quite got there yet. Right now 30 or so minutes of walking is enough. I need to get my diet back on track too. Today I got some upsetting news so I ate a lot. Tomorrow I'll get a good walk in for sure.
I've made a promise to myself to start walking at least 30 minutes every morning. I was really beginning to get on the lazy bandwagon. Making excuses, eating bad. I just can't do it anymore. If I want to survive this cancer, prevent reoccurrence, I need to get it together.
Putting good weight back on for surgery on 17 March 🍀
I want to thank Stephanie Rowan, a fellow Ovarian Cancer Teal Warrior first & foremost, who introduced me to Dr. Nydia, yoga 🧘♀️instructor. Ive taken 3 Gentle yoga classes so far through livestream Zoom. The first class was pretty hard for me. My core was pretty weak to do some of the stretches but since I've been walking more it's helping build strength. It's amazing what just walking can do for your body. By the 3rd class I was able to go through all the moves. I enjoyed it so much I wanted more. Nydia is amazing at putting your mind and body at ease. Her breathing techniques help
Got my Week 1 Nicole Wilkins Workout plan for March. I have 2 weeks to push out what I can before surgery on the 17th🍀 I'm ready to get working!
Quick arm workout today. 💪🏼 All that matters is "you did it!" Make no excuses, you'll regret it!
My motivation song "Stronger"
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I was back at the gym 8 weeks after my surgery. (I didn't have a stoma to contend with, though.) I also went to the gym during chemo. My trainer adjusted my workouts since then to compensate for the realities of being an aging cancer survivor with severe neuropathy in my feet. Stay at it! I was stage 4b and am still going strong.