Taking a First Step

So, I found out about a week or so ago that my local Curves is having a free month trial. I am going to start radiation next week, and don’t know how I will feel during it yet. Still, I want to get moving and feel like I am contributing to my health and well being. So, I woke up and decided to give it a go.

I had been a member of Curves back around 2002-2003. I lost 20 pounds or so. After I turned 30, I joined a local Biggest Loser contest at a near by gym. Alex won it and I lost 80 pounds. I kept it off for awhile, but the stress of my father being diagnosed with colon cancer and my sister getting married sent me back over the edge.

I figure Curves has a good workout that is a little lower impact and a definite time window. The 30 second switch concept works for my attention span. As I worked out, I notice that my thighs are still pretty weak from surgery. My left leg is especially weak. I have the ability to do some physical therapy for it and might go for it after radiation. Overall, I survived but it is clear that I don’t have the strength I once had. Everything takes a little more effort. When I finished, I felt accomplished but tired. I got home and am trying to get some laundry done, but I am definitely taking breaks.

When asked what my goal is, of course weight loss would be nice but it is not my focus. My doctor said if it happens, it is okay but I shouldn’t be starving myself while my body is trying to recover from treatment. What I would like to do is build my strength and energy. It is also nice to be working out in a fairly empty gym before everyone and their brother comes back in January.