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is a community member who’s blogging for us about the challenges of getting
back into physical activity after cancer treatment.
I knew I was going to hit a blip with
exercise at some point during this 12 weeks and it seems it is now.
As you know, holidays beckoned, came and
went, more hospital stuff and lovely weather and still I haven’t been back to
the gym (last time was 14 May!!). An attempt was made at the weekend to go to
my beloved spin class but there was no space for me – fully booked...
But let me tell you all about my holiday!
Lots of laughing, lying around in heaps, eating, drinking, more eating (please
don’t send me on another all inclusive!), a bit more drinking, funny weather,
cultural visitings, boat and ferry trips, shopping, more eating and drinking
and lots more laughing. Interspersed with which was plenty of walking and even
some wet exercise (eek water!).
The hotel was situated a good mile from the
nearest village so this gave us a daily excuse for a yomp up the beach to visit
the shops, catch the bus to somewhere else, get a change of scenery, get on the
ferry, etc. The wind was ferocious on some days so this walk consisted of leaning
into the wind with a hanky wrapped around the face to stop the sand getting in,
not often I have wished to be a camel..., and on other days, scorchio and a
real sweat-fest, particularly on the day we got on the ferry because we were
running late! Greek time is not what it used to be – bang on time these buses
and ferries these days!
I don’t particularly like swimming these
days, but the beautiful water was so appealing that I did indulge in one
frrrreezing dip off the boat into this crystal clear heaven with nibbly fishes.
Although I was put to shame by my friend as she does open water swimming as a
hobby (can’t think of anything worse!) and she was in and out of the sea and
pool all week. The cold wind kept me out of the pool until nearly the end of
the week when I gave in and did a few lengths of my most glamorous breast
stroke in this lovely pool, completely rectangular over 25m in length. I also
had the opportunity to do my sea otter impression for a bit, although the
breaking into clams with stones proved out of my league.
I feel like I probably put half a stone on
during that week – oh dear.
Since coming home, this lovely weather
(much better than Kos!) has kept me away from the gym. Spent an hour weeding my front
garden in the sunshine on the morning of my return and they were triffids by
then so it was really hard work. I have yet to tackle the back garden which we
think probably needs some flame thrower action first!
So, chill in the back yard at the weekend
and in the evening, work all day and it is now Wednesday and no sign of my
motivation to return to exercise. And for those of you who don’t know me, I
have a poorly eye (scratched eyeball) and have been using that as a reason not
to do any formal exercise too. The weather has cooled down a bit now so maybe,
just maybe, will make it to Body Pump this evening. Can’t say I’m relishing the
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PS. Guys, I've still not been back to the gym. Naughty, naughty Julia. :-(
What a fabulous holiday!
It sounds that you probabvly did more exercise than you realised, and a rest period from the more strenuous stuff will probably let your body give a big sigh of relief!
I must admit I felt refreshed after reading this blog not my usual exhausted at the pace you normally go, so more holidays please!
My laptop won't let me do paragraphs on the hoof, I have to put them in when I've finished!
Sounds like a great holiday with plenty of exercise, albeit the kind we don't realise were doing. Laughter is the best medicine because of all the muscles it involves. Didn't like the sound of the resistance training though, sand can be so painful, ouch!
Just think too about all these bends, stretches and crunches you would have done in the garden without a second thought.
If my memory serves me well, you carried on moving more through the "dreaded lurgy" so don't beat yourself up about now having a rest from the gym, it should be a pat on the back - well done you.
If you're naughty naughty, I must be doubley so, I only went two or three times the whole of May. Need to do more in preparation for my abseil.............so might start tomorrow.
Hope you enjoy this long weekend.
Does that mean you are naughty, naughty, naughty, naughty then Jules? Thanks everyone for giving me the encouragement I needed, I have now booked classes for tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday so there's no getting out of it now! X
What a wonderful holiday and what do you mean no exercise, laughing is the best for stomach muscles!
As for swimming with nibbly fish.....that would raise my heartrate no end.....reminds me of doing a night dive (scuba) and a fish kept nibbling my feet.....horrible experience...how fish eating your feet is now the "done thing" in spas etc., is beyond me!
Well done Julia and another 2 weeks to go...not sure if you have noticed that I have given my last week away to the community to send me what they have been up to and i'll write about it?!!!!
Good luck back in the gym next week.....I have wormed out of full on exercise with a deep vein thrombosis!!!
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