Donna's Exercise Diary (Was Donna's Cancer Diary). I'm blogging at the start of my exercise's been two years since my cancer radiation ended, and it's past time I do something to improve my strength. Mon, 02 Aug 2010 11:37:00 +0000 en hourly 1 8/2/2010 Mon, 02 Aug 2010 11:37:00 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> 146 (Damn. Going the wrong way. Could it have been the sundae last night??????? HHHmmmm.)

I did get back on the bike on Friday. Took yesterday off, but I’ll start again today. With everything that goes on here on Sunday, I’ll probably plan on taking that day of the week off…not that riding three minutes takes THAT long, but still.

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July 30, 2010 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 13:45:00 +0000 admin Off the bike for a week and those three minutes did NOT get any easier!

No weight today.

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July 28, 2010 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 13:38:00 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> 143.6

I’ve been a bad, bad, bad girl. I’ve not been on the bike since last week, but in all fairness to me, I’m dealing with some issues with one of my dogs (and by extension, a second dog). I’ve set an appointment with our vet for 10:30, so hopefully Haley’s problem can be addressed.

I’m hoping to get back on the bike today or tomorrow.

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7/26/2010 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 16:07:00 +0000 admin 143.4

I took off riding the bike/weighing in yesterday. I’ll be back on the bike today.

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7/24/2010 Sat, 24 Jul 2010 15:01:00 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> 142.4

I didn’t get on the bike yesterday, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to today, either, though I’d like to.

Our senior dachshund bitch has been in season, and the foster boy we have has just been going insane. Haley isn’t breedable, and her season is way wonky (she’s almost out), but Elvis is convinced she needs to be bred.

Anyway, sleep is happening in very strange ways, so I may be off the bike (and not posting updates) for a couple of days until things change here.

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7/22/10 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 17:51:00 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> No weight today since we had a bad night with our foster dog. Nothing serious, but it kept us up until the wee hours, so I forgot to hit the scales when I got up.

3 1/2 minutes on the bike. Dying…just dying.

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7/21/06 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 13:59:00 +0000 admin 144.6

Three minutes!! WOOT!!


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7/20/2010 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 13:49:00 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> 143.2

And before anyone thinks that two minutes on an exercise bike caused a three pound weight loss…

Since I have no salivary glands (thanks to the radiation treatments), I drink about a gallon of water a day. By the time I posted yesterday, I had already begun to make inroads into that gallon. So the three pound difference is water weight.

Normally I just weigh in the morning, but since my scale has gone wonky (must get new one), I’ve not been weighing daily like I should. So yesterday I had to step on it before I got on the bike so I’d have some idea of where I was.

This 143.2 is actually where I’ll be starting from. I want to get back to 132-135. I have a range there because the water weight can easily carry over from one day to the next morning, so I need a bit of wiggle room.

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7/19/2010 – Day One – OHMIGOD Mon, 19 Jul 2010 18:50:00 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> 146.2 lbs

OHMIGOD…two minutes on the exercise bike. Kill me now. This is gonna hurt.

I remember when, at one point when I was exercising, I rode 13 miles a day on an exercise bike and worked out with weights 3-4 times a week. It’s gonna be a long, painful journey just to get to five minutes on the bike.

Randall has to lift my right leg up so I can get it on the strap over the pedal, and my arms just about fell off my body after a minute on this machine. But…two minutes today…two minutes tomorrow…two minutes until I can do three minutes. Then four. Then five.

Then at some point we’ll stick the damned batteries in so I can see how far/fast I’m going. That’s bound to be depressing as hell.

Oh well. It’s a start and I really need this. No strength. No stamina. It’s past time to improve both. Not to mention lose weight.

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Repurposing This Blog Mon, 19 Jul 2010 17:50:00 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> Since my cancer is in remission, and I really only have a few updates a year that I post, I’ve decided to repurpose this blog.

During the time before, during and after my cancer was diagnosed and being treated, I began an unintended (though MUCH needed) weight loss program. During the years that led up to my cancer, I’d put on a huge amount of weight due to getting married, quitting smoking and experiencing some pretty serious physical problems that had nothing to do with my cancer. When the tumor on my tongue began to be a problem, I pretty much stopped eating except for foods that didn’t irritate it (basically that was six months). Then once it was removed, I began radiation soon after, and dealt with all the side effects that head/neck radiation has.

So all in all, I lost 70 pounds. Now, that’s a huge amount of weight to lose at any time, but keep in mind I lost the vast majority of it within 6-8 months. And along with that weight, I lost muscle mass.

Now, two years later, I’m still weak, still tire easily and still have little muscle strength. Exercise, from what I’ve read, is supposed to seriously help with cancer-related treatment fatigue. I’ve also got 10 pounds that will NOT go away (I’m sure, in part, because I now have my lower dentures and my eating horizons have really broadened (Wheat Thins, anyone? LOL).

So here I am. I’ve got a blog that’s just sitting here. And I’m starting a new exercise regimen that’s directly related to what I went through when my cancer was active. So the blog’s focus will change. The name will change and the design will change. And I’ll blog about the exercise program and how I’m feeling. I’ll also post the few updates a year when I see my radiation oncologist, ENT and have the CT scan done.

I doubt anyone will follow this. And that’s OK. It’s not exactly a scintillating topic. :) But it’s something I need to do so I can keep track of where I’ve been, where I am, and how things are going…with any luck it will help motivate me into staying on track with exercise.

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