When a friend took up yoga about 10 years ago, she told me it had toned and strengthened her body and helped to calm her anxiety. I decided to try it, too. I now do my yoga practice at home, and I really look forward to it as a peaceful, centering experience. It has also helped me to increase my strength, flexibility, and comfort.
Five years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a new patient, Sheila (not her real name), who was 45 years old, a busy working mom with young kids, and about 30 pounds overweight. Her extra weight worried me because it increases the risk of breast cancer recurrence and other health problems.
After acknowledging the everyday challenges of weight management, we went right to solutions. …
The only way to truly recover from breast cancer and get to a new normal is to take the time to heal. Time certainly helps. But when you think about all the attention your physical body gets through and beyond the process — from radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, physical therapists, etc — it’s no wonder that your mind, spirit, and …
First, let’s get the excuses out of the way. When it came to exercise, I had these plus a few more readily available, especially at busy times of year (like right now!):
- I’m too tired.
- I’m too old.
- My knees hurt.
- I don’t have time.
- I don’t have the right clothes.
- It’s too cold/wet/hot/humid outside.
- I don’t know how.
- It’s boring
- I don’t like it.
Like most women, weight has always been a sensitive topic for me. My mother says I was a greedy breastfeeder. As a toddler I’d lick my plate and ask for seconds. Adolescence brought on more cravings and less willpower, and adulthood hasn’t been any easier.
I love to eat much too much, and, darn it, eating too much means weighing too much. Weight loss has …