Today marks the start of a new fitness program. I joined a gym, not a pretty girly gym but a ‘proper’ gym! It’s time, time to push my body, time to start the next phase of my life, time to shift fat, build muscle and get strong.
Yesterday marked three years since the mammogram that found my cancer, in that three years I’ve had chemo, radiotherapy and LOTS of drugs. I’ve had eight surgeries, boobs removed, lymph nodes removed and new boobs built. My Latissimus Dorsi muscles from my back were removed, along with tissue, fat and muscles and repositioned onto my front. I’ve been through a bit of shit.
Over the last eighteen months I’ve done Yoga and Pilates, I’ve lost 36 kilos…and put 10 back on, woops:-) I’ve loved both Yoga and Pilates but now I really need a shove. I need someone to push me, push my body, and I want to see what this body is really capable of. I’ve had it wrapped up in cotton wool, like a limping wuss I’ve shielded my body from working hard. I’m not ashamed of that, I’ve had to put up with a lot of pain and medical procedures so my body required some nurturing after all of that. Coming back from ill health takes small steps, but now I’m ready for a big one. A really big one!
I need to strengthen my whole body but especially my back, with those major muscles gone I find living a normal life difficult. A bone scan told me my bone density isn’t great, sure some bones scored high but there’s areas of real concern. The reason for this degeneration at a young age is the drugs I’m on, hormone blockers have me in a swift full blown menopause. The body isn’t a fan of it and it’s a shock to the system for menopause to happen so early, thin bones are only one side effect, you can read more HERE.
So I took myself off to 4D Fitness, signed up to an 84 day challenge and then had my body scanned and measured. Oh.My.Goodness! The numbers were frightening, some were huge (kinda like me), but now I’ve got a path and I plan to, well…follow the plan and make some changes. I’m going to do a weekly wrap up post, share about the fitness and food and how I’m travelling.
It’s not going to be easy, but anything worth something never is right? My trainer told me I’m gonna ‘hurt’, I giggled and told him I was a pro with pain…I can totally disappear into my happy place when the going gets tough. He also said I might spew while working out…the last time I spewed was with chemo. I don’t like spew so I told him he’d have no use for a bucket with me, hope I’m right!
One of the things I had to do was take before pics, you know…those ones where you resemble a Michelin man. Well I’ve done it, I feel as fat as a tick and the proof is in the
Today is day 1…83 to go. Let’s do this…