Bringing The Pain….Literally!

I believe that my body gave its own wake-up call to me this past weekend:

1. You’re no longer in your 20s or 30s
2. A consistent workout routine is definitely need.
3. Make sure you locate the correct location of a workout class BEFORE you drive!

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I signed up less than a month ago for two free trial classes (who says you can’t get free? Lol). I worked out with the TRX equipment. From what I’ve been told, a TRX workout is no joke! I got my time’s worth, that’s for sure. Once the instructor showed us the correct way of doing the exercises, we could feel the burn and the sweat! Today is Tuesday; the class was Saturday and my triceps are STILL on fire (LOL!)

I thought the location was on Elm Street but it was on St. Elmo Avenue instead. I parked in the wrong parking deck so I ended up walking 1 mile to the studio. Of course, walking to and from the studio made my legs burn too!

I have to force myself to work out or go for a walk outside (weather permitting). I promised myself to get back to the community fitness center and participate in the 30-day Green Smoothie Challenge (of course, the one you see isn’t green LOL)

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Overall, I enjoyed the class and would try again. I had one for tonight but had to cancel due to music ministry rehearsal. That’s another factor: getting proper rest. I’ve been to another city for a concert; drove back home to serve at church and perform at a concert—with no sleep. Once I got home, I FINALLY crashed out at 730pm! That’s the longest I’ve slept in a while!

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Let’s see what happens with me between now and the month of April. Still on the journey to pursuing a healthier lifestyle, no matter how many times I fall!

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If They Can Do It, So Can I

I know it’s been a moment since my last blog post. I’ll take this time to bring you up to speed.

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On the first Sunday of March (March 3, 2013 to be exact), I participated in a re-enactment of the Women’s Suffrage March that occurred 100 years ago to the day. The 22 Founders of my Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, was just established as a public service organization on January 13, 1913 on the campus of Howard University; it was only two months old! The Founders wanted to be more involved in the community and not just be another social group. In those times, a student couldn’t leave the campus without an adult chaperone. They were able to have Mary Church Terrell serve as a chaperone, and she was also a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). There were some challenges in the first act of social action: The 22 were college-educated BLACK women! Marching for the right to vote among a mob that threw insults and jibes at the suffragettes, the “Illustrious 22” wouldn’t be stopped! Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was the ONLY Black organization that is documented of participating and leading efforts in the Women’s Suffrage March.

Fast forward 100 years later, several thousand people from different organizations joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for the Women’s Suffrage March Re-Enactment. Our delegation–like the Founders-marched toward the end of the procession (you’ll see a picture soon). Our Sorority had its annual legislative conference in Washington, DC. We marched the exact parade route. It was cold, but we managed to march 3.1 miles from Capitol Hill to National Mall.

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Having shared this story, if the 22 Founders of my Sorority were able to withstand people who didn’t want them to march for the right to vote, then surely I could walk the same route for justice, in addition for a cardio workout in cold temperatures!

If they could do it, I can do it! No turning back on the healthy lifestyle pursuit!

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Stomp Out Cancer Recurrence with Fitness [Special Guest Blogger Edition]

It’s a blessing when you meet another individual in social media who has an interest in pursuing and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.  It’s REALLY cool that he or she shares their story to help others!

This week’s blog post comes from Ms. Melanie Bowen who is an advocate for natural health and cancer cure initiatives.  Please read, comment, and share her article; you can follow her blog here: http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/melanie/  I thank Melanie for taking the time to share information and I hope it’s helpful to others who read this blog!

 

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Stomp Out Cancer Recurrence with Fitness

While it may seem farfetched to some, research indicates that it may indeed be possible to stomp out or at least minimize cancer recurrence with regular exercise routines. Different research results have been found for different forms of cancer, but generally, the impact of exercise on both quality and length of life for cancer patients is overwhelmingly positive. If you are a breast cancer survivor, have been treated for mesothelioma, recently received a diagnosis of lymphoma or have been personally touched by cancer in any manner, physical fitness needs to be a non-negotiable part of your lifestyle.

Everyone who exercises enjoys certain benefits such as elevated mood from endorphin release, reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes, lower cholesterol and higher energy levels. For cancer patients, the elevated mood alone can provide much-needed boosts of hope during discouraging times. Research indicates that the increase in physical energy from regular exercise benefits those undergoing cancer treatments by significantly reducing symptoms of fatigue.

Those who participated in regular physical exercise prior to a cancer diagnosis may find it easier to remain active during and after treatment. While days of intense treatment may require you to reduce your level of physical activity, remaining active is essential. If prior to diagnosis you lived a sedentary lifestyle, now is the time for change. Experts recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of continuous physical activity every day. If illness or aggressive treatments cause physical limitations, be flexible. Find ways to keep moving. If you can only walk or ride a stationary bike for 10 minutes at a time, go ahead and break up your physical activity into three 10-minute segments each day. If you tire easily but enjoy spending time outdoors, take walks in a park where benches or other resting places are readily available. Exercise as much as possible, but avoid becoming overtired and stop if you feel discomfort.

If you have questions concerning how much exercise you need and how to get it, consult with your doctor or oncology staff. These professionals will be able to give you tips for developing and incorporating a physical fitness routine into your daily life.