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JuliaF is a community member who’s blogging for us about the challenges of getting back into physical activity after cancer treatment.
I’ve gone and booked a last minute holiday – right in the middle of this mission to get fit! I go on Wednesday to Kos and there’s good news and bad news. Bad news is that the weather forecast is a bit iffy so lying on the beach may not be an option; good news is that means we can go walking/hiking/biking/church, sponge factory, honey place visiting/island hopping/try some watersports/Turkey trip – the list is endless. Phew... Am thinking I may need another holiday to recover if the weather doesn’t hot up a bit!
Since my last report, I have been back to Zumba which I find quite a challenge. This weirds me out as I used to go dancing and should find this less challenging than I do. But the instructor says that my difficulty may arise from that very fact. She also has a class of people who ballroom dance and she says they find it hard as well as ballroom legs have to be adjusted to do Zumba! Graceful and pretty is not the thing in Zumba (well, not for me anyway, too tall and ‘well built’ for that) and some of it is high impact which I have had to adjust to suit my well-used knees. I have to admit to loving the music though, always motivational, and reminds me of my salsa dancing days.
There’s a Macmillan Zumbathon coming up on 1 July which I am contemplating going to at a nearby hotel (Gomersal Park Hotel, for those of you who are local). Must get some practice in though before then to get to know the routines a bit better because I look like a fairy elephant at the moment. Did your mother call you a fairy elephant when you were little too? I am not loving the mirrors much in the fitness studio so elephant seems quite apt.
Thursday, back to Step again, usually the highlight of the week with lots of choreography and twiddly bits but nooooooo. Stand-in instructor who could not hear four beats in a bar which caused my head to mash to pulp in the space of 15 minutes. For probably only the second time in my life, I WALKED OUT!!!
Ended up on the treadmill instead, trying to work out whether I wanted a ‘Fat Burner’ which just seemed too easy so turned it into an ‘Aerobic’ session which also didn’t seem all that challenging either. I had only just broken sweat after 30 minutes! You have to input your age into the computer before you start and I am wondering if it thought I was 60 and not 50. Think I’ll get the management to check that one out. The weighing scales are also lying to me at the gym (ha, ha) so I wonder if it is a problem with their machines generally??
Then I got on the rower and really got up a sweat. YES! Only did 10 minutes on highest gear but did more than 2000m in that time. So actually I ended up having a good all round workout that evening.
It had been my goal to get to Pilates on Friday but that didn’t happen again. It’s just too early – I have to leave work on the dot and run across town (in the car) and still struggle to get there on time. One day, maybe...
Saturday was Spin again and this went well, although I didn’t do many of the standing sprints this time as still was a little breathless after the lurgy I’d had. So ploughed out the heavy climbs and sitting sprints and came away feeling in good shape. Although I had to wash my face immediately afterwards as my towel to wipe off sweat smelt terrible. That’s the last time I let hubby loose with the washing machine! Then Saturday afternoon, I spent with my sister-in-law who recently had surgery and cannot drive. So we did the rounds together in my car and I was truly exhausted by Saturday evening. I usually take Saturday afternoon to chill out after Spin and really missed doing that this weekend. Note to self: remember to rest!
So, the week ahead. Tonight is Body Pump and Tuesday Zumba again. Then off to Kos for whatever the weather dictates!
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You're going to need that holiday with plenty of hot weather so you can just sunbathe and swim, Kos just reading your blog made me tired! ( Kos - geddit? I know ...sorry!)
That weighing machine must be telling porkies, you must have lost about four stone by now doing all that Zumba & Spin & Step & rowing as well as going to work. You're heroic!
Take care of yourself,
I should mention that Julia's gone off on her well-deserved holiday now (she sent this to me before she went), so don't be offended if she doesn't respond!
Hi Julia, Guessing you will be in Kos just now and hoping it is sunny and hot and lovely so you don't have to do even more exercise!! I am staggered by how much you do and when you say you are 50 not 60, I am thinking I wish I could go on a treadmill without getting out for breath for 10mins! and I'm still in my 40's...!
Still, I did go for my first swim today since my latest op :) I did 15mins only but it was so lovely to get back in the pool and hopefully the nurse won't tell me off tomorrow when I get my dressing changed (good job she gave me waterproof dressings eh? ;)
Anyway, I am amazed how much you do and you have inspired me that I can do more if I keep going so will be starting up again at the gym next week and building it up from scratch again....
Well done you and hope you enjoy your holiday!
Little my xxxxx
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