Category Archives: getting back in shape

P90X2 – Phase III and Saying Goodbye to Nana

P90X2 – Phase III and Nana

Mea culpa!!! I didn’t start April strong at all. I was too tired, too lazy, too everything. Some weeks were good. Others were baddddd. I felt frustrated and knew that I had to get out of this funk. I don’t know if this was the “gym blues” because I no longer have a gym membership. I think it might have been a mixture of things that stressed me out. At the end, my husband and I decided that when May rolled around we would redo this Phase and do it well.

Just before the month was over we got a call telling us that his Nana (grandma) was rushed to the hospital. The whole family spent the weekend by her bedside. She was slowly leaving us and waited until each of us said our thank you’s and goodbye’s to pass away in her sleep. I will always remember her as a kind, beautiful woman and the best role model for all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Thank you Nana for all the love and the smiles.













Staying Fit for the Fight: How Fitness Can Help Cancer Patients

Guest Writer: Melanie Bowen

Staying Fit for the Fight: How Fitness Can Help Cancer Patients

The importance of fitness is difficult to underestimate. Whether you have a clean bill of health or have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, getting regular exercise is an essential part of your life. For anyone who has ever heard those fateful words, “You have cancer.” maintaining a healthy fitness level may be even more vital.

In the past, doctors used to recommend that cancer patients rest and avoid physical exertion, but current research indicates that those who have been diagnosed with cancer can reap many benefits from regular exercise. These advantages may include:

* Weight control

* Improve circulation and blood flow

* Lower risk of heart disease

* Decreased risk of osteoporosis

* Increased independence

* Elevated mood and lower levels of anxiety and depression

* Less nausea

* Less fatigue

* Maintain or improve range of motion

While this list certainly provides sufficient motivation for remaining active following a cancer diagnosis, you may have questions about what fitness level is right for you. Generally, experts recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of continual activity five times a week. Your type of cancer as well as the treatment you are undergoing may affect your physical abilities, however, it is always best to consult your doctor before making any radical changes to your physical activity. Your oncologist and cancer support staff can recommend exercise routines and also connect you with trainers and programs specifically targeted toward cancer patients.

Once you have been declared cancer free, you should continue with a regular fitness program. Several studies have recently indicated that cancer survivors who incorporate regular exercise into their lifestyle have a significantly lower recurrence rate. Other studies indicate that survivors of certain types of cancer who exercise live longer than those who do not.

Whether you first heard your cancer diagnosis today or several years ago, your personal health relies in some degree on your personal fitness. Your oncology staff will do all they can to help you, but only you can make the choice and the effort to exercise regularly.

Melanie Bowen

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P90X2 – Phase II and Kicking Cancer’s Butt

P90X2 – Phase II and Melanie Bowen

This month I feel like I’ve done pretty good in keeping up with Tony. My sets and reps are good. My form is king. My cardio is wayyy better and I’m attempting some of the challenging exercises since I feel like my core is stronger. I remember seeing the P90X2 previews and thinking, “That’s crazy!” when I saw the 4 medicine ball push-ups. Well, I guess it pays off to do Phase I that focuses on core strength. Now I see the benefits.

On a different note, a writer named Melanie Bowen contacted me this month and asked me for a favour. Melanie believes that there are “benefits of fitness and eating healthy during and after a diagnosis of any kind of cancer”. This is something very close to my family since we have a few of our family member who fought this nasty battle. Some were lucky to still be around and have changed their lives drastically – including me – to make sure we stay as healthy and strong as we can possibly be. Melanie asked me to post an article she wrote called Staying Fit for the Fight: How Fitness Can Help Cancer Patients. I’ll post it because I trully believe in fitness and all its positive benefits and because I know so many warriors battling cancer. Kick butt!!!



P90X2 – Ready, Set…Injury…Stop

Jan-Feb2013-P90X2January and February 2013 – P90X2, Injuries, Snow Days and London

Man, oh man…I started strong in January. I worked out 5 times each week and took 2 days to recover and stretch. The first week was brutal. After all the Christmas goodies I had allowed myself to indulge in…and I mean REALLY indulge in…I was not in my best shape. One P90X2 plyo workout would have me reaching for water and crawling to my bed at night. Week two was better, at least I could do more push-ups this week. Then week 3 felt amazing! I was doing push-ups with medicine balls and I could feel the difference. I felt stronger and more determined to do this right. Week 4 was my week to push beyond my regular amount of reps. I really pushed. If Tony was doing 20 sets, I was too…or in some cases more. Week 5 is the recovery week. Crazy, but I injured my sternum doing a yoga plow during this week. What are the chances??? Out of all weeks!!! I end up causing an injury during this week. I called my chiro, booked a massage therapy appointment and followed my chiro’s suggestion for stretching and healing this crazy injury. I pretty much injured the right side of my sternum. There’s a bit of cartilage that joins your ribs to it. That little sucker was painful. I could not raise my arms to shoulder level without any pain. So…lesson in life…injuries happen…but now it is time to get back to working out. February was a full of snow days, visiting a friend in London and taking time off to heal. Today is the last day of February and Winter has never looked prettier. I’m giving myself until tomorrow. Getting back on that saddle for sure.


Here We Go Again!

New Year’s Resolutions 2013

Screen-shot-2011-08-23-at-8_03_53-PMT minus 2 days until the new year begins. Come on everyone! Let’s get on the “Let’s get healthier wagon!” I bought P90X2 for my husband for Christmas. He’s been asking and asking for this as a gift for months now. As I write this, he’s somewhere out there shopping for the medicine balls, foam rollers and any extra equipment he may need for the workouts. He has asked me…no…he has pretty much begged me to do this 3 month exercise routine with him. So, I figured I needed the help of my trusty blog to keep me honest and motivated.

Here we go. It begins on January 1, 2013. I figured what’s the point of posting my old “before” and “after” pics. I have to post new ones now. I’ll be doing all the measuring and posting on the first day. Wish me luck!


Days 365 to 371 – And They Lived Happily Ever After

Days 365 to 371 – 5K’s, 2K’s, Yoga and Running to the Chapel to Get Married

This week was full of little last minute things to do before the wedding. This didn’t mean that I got to skip out exercising. My sister motivated me to go out running with her early in the mornings. It was nice because I got to A. Share some time with her, and B. Talk to her while exercising. I snuck a little meditation yoga at the end of the week for good measure.

During that whole week, I was more stressed out about forgeting something at home, making sure everyone had their hotel info and knew how to get to the church. The day of the wedding was amazing. My sister and I got up at 4am. Not because we set the alarm at that time, but because we just couldn’t sleep any more. It was more of an exciting feeling. We had a nice relaxing breakfast, took our time getting ready (she did my “Adele inspired” chignon bun), I did my make-up and slipped into the dress; which fit perfectly.

The weather was grey and cloudy most of the afternoon and we did have some rain, but that didn’t stop us. I actually adore the rain, so I was thinking “bring on the rain!!!”. I’m sure everyone else was running for cover 🙂 One thing I will always remember about my great grandma was that whenever somebody said “Oh no, it’s raining!”, she would smack them across the head and then said “Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean it’s not a beautiful day!” So true. It was the most beautiful fall day in all of October in my eyes.

I still haven’t taken my “after” pictures, but I will soon…very soon. I’m just a bit sicky poo right now.

This is not a complete goodbye, more of a see you later everyone.

I’ll post my “after” pictures and most likely keep coming back to blog once in a while to keep me motivated.

I don’t intend on doing a 365 days count down (in my case 371 days), just a journal entry whenever I need to share info, vent, or simply write down an experience.

For now, just enjoying being married to the man of my dreams.



Days 358 to 364 – Thanks!

Days 358 to 364 – Yoga, 5K and Power Yoga

Even when I force myself to go to sleep as early as possible I’m still not getting enough sleep…hence the yoga rescue. I needed more of a stretch and meditation yoga early in the week. I felt a bit calmer after it, especially with all the running around. Then the weather was so gorgeous that I couldn’t pass up a chance to go running outside. The Port Union Village Common Park was just perfect. The fall leaves were so beautiful. On purpose I ran to the pile of leaves. CRUNCH! CRUNCH! CRUNCH! It put a smile on my face.

Saturday morning I went to Power Yoga at my gym. My instructor noticed I hadn’t been around in a while. He made sure to remind me. He came by after he saw me shaking like crazy trying to hold a pose. He smiled and said: “It’s harder coming back.” Thanks Connor! It’s ok, I’ll just add that to my “Things to be Thankful for” list. Thanksgiving this year is extra special because of the wedding. I’m so very thankful for my fiance, family, friends, my health, work, happiness, love, and the fact that by next week I’ll be a Mrs.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!