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Jun 2, 2012 06:12 AM misswim wrote:
Jenn- I remember feeling exactly the way you do. Do what you can every day, and you will slowly but surely feel stronger. I am 6 months PFC and my fitness level now surpasses pre-diagnosis. Have faith :) And come here to us, we'll keep you going.
Heidi, I really love Chalean Extreme. I've decided to do the whole 12 week program. I did it once before, pre-diagnosis, and lost about 15 lbs and gained great muscle tone. Of course then I over ate and gained it back, but I digress...... luckily I am very disciplined about that now.
I like it alot because the workouts are shorter, with heavier weights, and the cardio is very athletic, lots of drills and intervals, it never gets boring. And there are two modifiers in every dvd so there is always a lower intensity option. It is also great that you can use a resistance band instead of weights if you prefer. I am a big fan of Beachbody, the company that puts this program out. They also do P90X, and the other I love, Les Mills Pump, but they literally have an in home program for everyone. :)
Speaking of Chalean, doing Burn Circuit 1. Then we are going to watch our son play drums in the band in the famous "Strolling of the Heifers" (yup, it is a cow parade) parade. It is POURING here but the show must go on. At last years parade I was 10 days past surgery, drains still in, and it was awful. Glad I am feeling well and will be enjoying this one! Have a great day girls :)
Jun 2, 2012 07:14 AM ruthbru wrote:
Jenn, every little walk you do will help you bounce back faster. Sending hugs, the rest will come!
misswim, I'm sure the cow parade will be very moo-ving, rain or not .....
Just had my pre-'race' oatmeal, sunny but cool. Even though I am just walking, I am kind of excited because I haven't done a group thing like this for decades. It's a Runner's World sanctioned event and a local TV station tapes the whole thing and plays it over and over again on a replay channel, so I think I better comb my hair and slap on a little mascara before I leave (probably not the warm up activities of a true athlete???). They'll give us a shirt, but I will wear The Voices to the venue. Love to you all!!!!
Jun 2, 2012 07:47 AM orangemat wrote:
Have a great race, Ruth!
Jun 2, 2012 07:47 AM badger wrote:
welcome back Jenn, keep at it, slow but sure, you WILL get it back.
Good luck today, Ruth!
Misswim, today is Cows on the Concourse in Madison to celebrate June Dairy Month
I won't head there today, it's an hour+ drive and I see enough of Mad-Town Mon-Fri.
Have a good weekend, ladies, I'm headed out for a walk soon. ((hugs)) to all
Jun 2, 2012 07:53 AM NatsFan wrote:
Go Ruth!!! And you'll look fabulous showing up in your sisterhood shirt! Jenn - I also remember feeling just the way you do and thinking that I'd never feel good again. I've told the story before of my absolute nadir during chemo - I wanted to get a can of seltzer out of the fridge - it was one of the few things that could lessen that horrible chemo taste. I got off the couch and walked the 20 feet to the fridge. And stood there. I could not muster up enough strength to pull open the door, reach in and lift up that can, close the door, and pop the pop top on the can. I just couldn't do it - I was that weak and fatigued. I made my way back to the sofa, plopped down and waited for dh to come in so I could ask him. That was 4 years ago, and the memory is still vivid. Your strength does come back - just do what you can when you can and be good to yourself. Misswim - the cow parade sounds like fun. And it marks a milestone of how far you've come in a year.
I'm finally starting to climb out of the fatigue pit I dug for myself when I overdid it last weekend - went for a 2 mile run this morning. Geez, I hate the AI fatigue!
Jun 2, 2012 05:20 PM badger wrote:
hi all, walked a lot today, over 12,000 steps, and may go walk some more after reading this:
Exercise: Powering Up www.nature.com/nature/journal/...
Love the last paragraph:
Breast cancer treatment can leave women feeling fatigued, depressed and powerless. Difficult as those feelings can be, they're not necessarily a barrier to exercising, says Jones, who adds that women are eager to participate in his trials. "Exercise is something that gives control back to the individual. It's something women can do for themselves that is not only likely to lower their risk of recurrence but also makes them feel better. It's very powerful."
Jun 2, 2012 08:38 PM Wonderland wrote:
Good evening all. Just got back from eating out with my dh, dd, and her good friend.We had lots of laughter which is good for the soul.
badger: I also really liked the last paragraph. Thanks for sharing.
Ruth: Please report in! We all want to know how your race was this morning! I like your pre-race preparations.
Thank-you everyone for your responses about my beautiful SIL. Her sodium is no longer critical and she left the hospital yesterday. She has COPD and 3 years ago was on a respiratory for a month. It was horrible. When she was taken off the respiratory she said her thumb under her nail hurt. Then the nail fell off and never grew back. She went to doctors and they really thought it was an infection. Finally last summer, the decision was made to remove the top part of her thumb. That's when the melanoma was found. We were all shocked. She had the entire thumb removed plus a few nodes (one was positive). There are so few treatments for melanoma. Her PET last summer was clear. No treatment. Now she was melanoma on her tender lungs and is taking a chemo that was just approved last summer for the disease. She's had 2 treatments out of the 4. While in the hospital she had scans and the chemo appears to be working! We are so excited!
I walked/ran at the park last night and tonight. Today has been refreshing with cool temperatures. That always helps.
Jun 2, 2012 09:33 PM, edited Jun 2, 2012 11:34 PM by ruthbru
Hi All! It took me about three hours to figure out how to post this picture. Whatever they did with the new format; Piscasa is way different than before.....and I still can't figure out how to make it bigger without it getting distorted. GRRR!
Anyway, the Running of the Pink was fabulous!!! About 500 people total in three events: a 5K walk, 5K run and a 10K; some serious high school, college and adult runners, others were kids, and families out with with their dogs or babies in strollers. So there was a real mix of people in a festive mood and a gorgeous, sunny, cool (not cold) day. I had a lump in my throat when the gun went off and they sent us walkers out to the strains of the theme from Rocky. Partly because I was so glad to be alive and well and able to do this, and partly because the Rocky movie back in the mid-70s was the movie that got me and a friend into exercising in the first place (by a strange coincidence, that friend is also a BC survivor and indeed walked in the race strolling her new baby granddaughter). When we took off, one of my team members (a runner recovering from knee surgery) started walking at a pretty brisk pace, so another lady and I decided to stick with her, and we ended up coming in 7th/8th/9th in the walk (the only walkers ahead of us were teenagers who were jogging most of the time)...so pretty good for three old lady school teachers! My actual time was 41:02, which I think is fast since Esther said it would take 46-50 minutes.
Jun 2, 2012 11:29 PM hbcheryl wrote:
Ruth you are amazing, you did so well, isn't it funny how songs take us back instantly. Wonderland good to hear your SIL is doing well. Misswim hope the weather cleared it sounds like a fun parade. Welcome back Jenn it will get better, and we're here if you need mootivation (that was for Misswim and Badger)
Well I've been good and I've been bad, last couple of days I have done my classes both spin and combat but I had "one of those nights" last night and finally at 4am I took a sleeping pill so I woke up at 7.55, thought well I could get out of bed brush my teeth and be 10 minutes late for class (gym is only a 5 minute drive) but I just turned over and slept till 10.30am and have just had myself a lazy day.
Jun 3, 2012 12:19 AM NWArtLady wrote:
Wonderland, glad your SIL is back home. Sending good thoughts to you, her and your family!
I remember feeling the way you do Jenn, but know that your strength and endurance will return. I finished chemo December 30, 2011, Radiation in the beginning of March, 2012 and I am feeling so much better now. I am dragon boating and even competed last weekend! The ladies on my boat keep commenting on how much stronger I am getting. Slowly but surely I am working my way back to health and I know you will too. Stay warm this winter!
2 dog walks today + 2 hours of dragon boating
Jun 3, 2012 06:30 AM Heidihill wrote:
Thanks for the pic, Ruth. What a great time (both quantity and quality) you had!
Did some rowing for 3K yesterday. Ran walked 4K today, including week 7, Day 2.
Jun 3, 2012 07:54 AM Neeners815 wrote:
Hi everyone - I hope it's OK for me to post here. I'm starting rads tomorrow, but I've started trying to get back into exercising (walking for now) because I read that it can really help with the fatigue. I've walked the past three days. Today I plan to do some mall walking. I'm also really trying to drink a lot more water.
Jun 3, 2012 07:59 AM Adey wrote:
Welcome Neeners! I'm relatively new here too. Let's keep moving. (c:
Jun 3, 2012 08:20 AM joyh1109 wrote:
Good to read everybody's posts. Ruth - great picture and great time on the race!
Did Day 1 Week 2 of C25K and it's going well. I've figured out a new route since my neighborhood is so hilly. So far I've mapped a 2 mile run that is for the most part on an even surface. I'm excited to keep going with the program.
Jun 3, 2012 09:17 AM badger wrote:
Good morning ladies and welcome Neeners815.
I got out and walked for an hour this morning.
Great pic, Ruth and attawoman on race time!
Wonderland, good news about your SIL, keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers.
Scrub & Sculpt is on the agenda for me today.
Jun 3, 2012 06:29 PM ruthbru wrote:
some lawn work, 15 minutes toning & a 45 minute walk (at a somewhat slower pace because I was a little sore this morning). I was walking on this nature path close to my house & when I came around a bend a deer was standing right in the middle of the path. We were both suprised and both jumped at the same time, kind of cool!
Jun 3, 2012 07:48 PM misswim wrote:
Went to my usual Sunday night 2 hour master vinyasa yoga class. I am whooped!
Despite the rain, the Heifer parade was great. My son did a great job playing the drums in the band and was a real trooper!
Jun 3, 2012 09:01 PM ruthbru wrote:
Chicago-Bound people, did the e-mail I sent you (twice) go through? My e-mail account has been weird tonight (perhaps because I was almost out of power and didn't realize it). Ah, the joys of technology!
Jun 3, 2012 09:57 PM cfdr wrote:
I got results from my thyroid test back. My thyroid is fine, but my B12 is low! My doctor wants me to come in for more tests to see if I can get by with supplements or need injections. I'm not vegetarian so this is a surprise to me. But if low B12 is the key to my fatigue, I will be thrilled! I have become so wary of overdoing exercise and ending up fatigued. Crossing my fingers this will be the magic cure.
Jun 3, 2012 10:11 PM Wonderland wrote:
cdfr: I know a couple of people who have monthly B12 shots. Good luck with your additional tests to see if you need shots or only supplements. Glad your thyroid is fine.
I wasn't able to walk today as I had a funeral to attend. Plan to get a walk in tomorrow before my night meeting. Now that I've written it, I have to do it!
Good news: Ruth is coming to NC this month and I get to have dinner with her! PLUS cfdr may be able to join us! I'm so looking forward to it!
Jun 4, 2012 01:19 AM NWArtLady wrote:
Welcome Neeners815! A short, daily walk while doing rads will make such a difference in your healing. Keep us posted!
Did my Nordic dog walk as usual, but took a longer, more difficult route that includes some stairs I haven't been able to do in a long time! Getting stronger.
Jun 4, 2012 04:40 AM Jennt28 wrote:
Yesterday hubby and I walked about 3km in the rain as my start back into fitness. It was soooo hard for my muscles and it really wasn't a hard route... Hubby came with me as I am nervous about going out by myself since I still have a bit of this pneumonitis and have just started Herceptin. I can't believe that 5 months of BC has turned me into such a nervous person :-(
Today (Monday here) I headed out by myself since everyone was at work or school. I actually managed to go about 3.5km but it seemed harder than yesterday...
Tomorrow I have my rads planning CT scan and tatoos appointment. Should be interesting since the pneumonitis and any damage it has caused will show up. If I do have permanent lung damage we will have to reassess the benefit of me having the rads since they will cause a small degree of lung damage...
Jun 4, 2012 04:56 AM Ginger48 wrote:
Cfdr- I get monthly b-12 shots and it helped so much with my exhaustion. Did they also check vitamin D? That was low for me too. You will feel better when you get the shots.
Jun 4, 2012 07:54 AM Belinda977 wrote:
Bummed....I was getting my walking on and now I have a complication. I feel like I am back at square one. Praying today the doc says walking won't be a problem. I have a hematoma that caused my incision to open slightly. It's good that its draining but not sure if they will want me exercising. I just want to run again! And soon!
Jun 4, 2012 08:07 AM Heidihill wrote:
Hoping there are no lasting scars from pneumonitis, Jenn. Sorry for the latest obstacle, Belinda.
Did Week 7, Day 3.
Jun 4, 2012 08:17 AM cfdr wrote:
Going in for my follow-up tomorrow on the B12 labs. I don't think they tested vitamin D; I'll ask if that should be part of the follow-up. I take calcium/D3 and get lots of sun (with sunscreen of course! I've already had one basal carcinoma) but if D3 deficiency can be a problem with absorption (as can B12) then it's worth checking out. I am actually excited to go to the doctor if it means there is hope for this fatigue!
Jun 4, 2012 08:33 AM NatsFan wrote:
2 mile "Nats Walk" yesterday from the parking lot to our seats and back, then 2 mile run this morning. Gotta get back on track. I've slacked off using loseit.com for a couple of weeks and the scale shows it. I have a feeling the Wednesday Weigh In is not going to be pretty.
Ruth - cool on seeing the deer - sounds like you both were equally startled.
As for Vit D - my onc is really big on making sure my levels are good - she says there's beginning to be a lot of evidence that maintaining adequate Vit D levels can help reduce recurrance in addition to the other benefits. I don't think I've ever had B12 tested. I have my annual physical in a few weeks - I might bring that up.