I didn't post any links for the dumbbell exercises. I printed the fitnessbliss.com ones - link below plus link for specific routine for women. Busy at the mo so not too much time for this to become a regular routine!! 😎
Chick 🐥 x
😂 Chick 🐣, love the emojis! Now am I imagining it or did you post a link to some specific weight exercises? I know you posted a link to exercises for healthy bones, but now I’m wondering what to do with my weights 🤣. Any excuse to delay starting.... I could google, but thought I’d ask.
Thanks as always, Evie xx
Glad you are feeling so positive and energetic. Body Attack! Wow! 😲 what next Body Pump, Body Combat? I use to love the Body Balance classes - more my pace!!
Chick 🐥 x
Really pleased to read your post - and also to see how much more upbeat and happy you sound compared to your first post on here 😊. Reassuring news from your consultant and some good exercise classes - good for body and mind. I take Adcal vitamin D/calcium tablets every day to help - are those the ones you have been given? Thanks for updating us and all the best for the Dexa results, I am sure the consultant wouldn’t have said what he did if he had any concerns.
Hmm, I got out the weights but haven’t yet done anything with them....🙈. Think I need another kick from you and Chick! 😆
🤣 🤣🤣 that’s made me laugh so much, swaying butt cheeks!!!
I think we’re a fantastic advert for exercise ))
my class was brilliant I even went to body attack yesterday and other than nearly wetting myself (sooooo much jumping!) it was brilliant very very hard and was probably a good beat behind the rest of the class but I had fun and it just makes me giggle more!
I had my appt Friday with the consultant, was a bit odd he was helpful enough but didn’t have my dexa results🤦🏼♀️ He said he wasn’t too worried (after feeling my bone and making me wiggle about- queue more giggles!) I’ve got to have some blood tests and he’ll check the dexa but he thinks diet and exercise is enough at the moment I was so relived! So I’m trying to eat better do the right exercise and perhaps get some calcium and vitamin d supplements because it can’t do any harm!
Hope all is going really well for you (and "Katy" and "Keira").
Chick 🐥 x
I havnt posted for a while but your but cheeks swaying in the wind had me spluttering tea and howling with laughter!
Also know what you mean about visible thongs-same at my gym and the male instructors look most uncomfortable some times lol!
Best Wishes and keep the funnies coming
Well what a wonderful advert we are for activity encouragement, and to find something that is individually suitable and enjoyable.
Evie - that's brill about the running - bet you feel great afterwards.
Sarah - hope you enjoyed your first class - what was it? Oh no - not anything to do with 🐐 and 🧘♂️ - well you did say it was a posh gym.
I have given up caring about perceived "glam" people. I look around and see people in close to skin leggings and crop tops and it makes me feel hot 🔥 (sweaty 🔥 not sexy 🔥) . They look great and each to their own etc but I will stick with my looser trackie bottoms and breathable loose t-shirt. I was on the shoulder press the other day, keeping my head up looking straight ahead as you do to be faced with jiggling butt cheeks on the treadmill. I would not mind but you could see it all through the tights, thong included. I closed my eyes and dreamed about running up hills with my butt cheeks swaying in the wind behind me.
Keep on moving.... 🏃 🚶 🏊 🏋️,
Chick 🐥 x
How was your “posh” exercise class this morning? 😆 Joking apart, I think it's great to treat yourself to a nice gym, especially when the price is almost the same. It just makes it more appealing to go. And you just have to ignore the glam people - but I know exactly what you mean. I go and wish that I had worn something better than my washed out old t-shirt 🙈🤣.
Yes, I was on a real high yesterday from my run - I’ve had a mental block about the “hills” for so long, but I swear it was down to chatting with you both on here that gave me the kick to do it. I’ll try again tomorrow or Friday if I get the chance, need to prove to myself it wasn’t a one off!
It sounds like the perfect way to do weights to me, with a power nap )
Evie well done on your run i bet your buzzing
chick1 I think anyone doing press up is a bloody achievement! I’m very jealous, I can only do them on my knees 🤦🏼♀️!
well I broke out the weights and it was ok! Ive moved gym this week too!! There’s a posh one near me that had an offer on and was £2 a month more expensive than my old (far from posh) gym so I thought I’d treat myself! Only thing is it it’s full of beautiful glam people .... which I am not 😬 so I’m putting on my big girl pants and bracing my first class there this morning!!
Hi Chick - I am going to give you full credit for the encouragement I needed to get up the "mountains" on my run. For the first time today I actually ran the whole of my circuit, including the hills! So thank you for that. Not yet got the weights out but one thing at a time (I'm on the computer and can't find how to insert emojis so please imagine them!). I'm really impressed that you can do press ups - go girl! Love the image of you napping midway through your routine on the bed.
Hello Evie and Sarah,
I have no excuse as the dumbbells are sitting in the hallway! Not sure what I will use as a bench to do my fancy routine on! Perhaps the bed and then I can take a quick nap midway 😴. Mind you, it is good using the resistance machines at the gym. I can manage to do a few full press ups again 💪 which isn't bad for my age and circumstances.
Keep on running Evie.... hills seem like mountains.... 😊 That's what I say, trouble is I'm juat walking slowly up them..... 😊
Chick 🐥 x
Hi Sarah and Chick
I think it’s time we all “nagged” each other to start the weights.....as I too haven’t even got mine out of the cupboard 🙈.
Sarah - glad you have an appointment date now and great news on getting out for your run. I was impressed with “no more than 10k”.....😴.I have yet to hit that target, I seem to have a mental block after a certain length of time and do a short walk before running again. I blame it on the hills, it seems flat when I drive but even the slightest incline becomes a mountain when running! Do let us know how your appointment goes next week, hope you feel better armed/prepared for what to ask now.
Haha I’m not going to lie the weights are yet to be dusted of and used!! 🤦🏼♀️
Thats my aim this week ..... I just have to remember!
Glad to hear your appointment came through for the 14th. That's brill you went running - how I envy your ability. I hope you use the weights quicker than I have used the dumbbells!! I keep meaning to try a new routine............😎
All the very best to you,
Chick 🐥 x
Evie-s, you haven’t hijacked the thread, it’s really helpful to speak with other people and hear their experiences, thank you for sharing!
Chick 1 do make sure you take some photos for us if you do yoga with goats! 🤣I don’t think your exercise routine is bland at all especially after all we’ve been through!
I think I may follow both your leads ladies and dig out the weights at the bottom of the wardrobe I never use!
Also, my appt came through for the 14th June so hoping to find out What’s next if anything and hopefully get some reassurance. I’ve been doing lots of reading and feel more confident about what exercise I can/can’t do now which is good I even went for a run last night, I was so nervous about falling over but enjoyed it in the end. I’ve decided to maybe stick to no more than 10k once a week and mix it up with Pilates/yoga or some weigh related exercise and see how that goes
Thanks Chick - you and the links you/Sarah sent reminded me that I need to do some weights exercise too. I have some at home, hidden away somewhere. I think you are right - there is so much conflicting information out there about lymphoedema risk that you just have to decide what is right for you. As you say, any of us could get it whatever we do. Maybe I will try tennis again, I have seen some advice saying that it is a good thing to do and now that the weather is better why not 😀. Although yoga with goats sounds far more exciting 🤣🤣 - need to google that and find venues!!
Have a good weekend everyone.
I don't blame you for feeling nervous if changing from Tamox when you are managing it well. Why are they suggesting a change? I suppose you need to weigh up all the pros and cons and what is best for you.
Finding the Anasty (yes I do mean Anastrazole), not too bad at the mo. Worst thing I have experienced is excruciating cramping at times, mainly in feet and legs but it can happen anywhere in my body. I think it may have also contributed to raised cholesterol level but not fretting too much about that as my HDL (good stuff) is high and Triglycerides are healthy level. How it has affected bone density is more of a concern but not too much yet!
It is a shame if you have had to give up tennis if you enjoyed it, due to possible risk of lymphadema. Whether SNB or full clearance, we are all at future risk of this to varying degrees. It could happen anyway. Someone told me not to do weights/use resistance machines etc due to risk and next minute someone is telling me there is no increased risk. I decided continuing with such activities were better for me than stopping.
Before BC, I swam at least twice a week doing 0.5 to 2km per session (brilliant 50m lane pool nearby), weights, resistance and cardio machines at the gym, badminton, various classes but in particular Body Balance and Yoga sessions. Also would walk tons and all activities were done from want/good feeling not because I felt I should.
Anyway, for the time being, I am happy that I can at least walk without too much pain now even if it is at half previous speed and with stick! Also back at the gym using the resistance machines and cycle, and trying to build up bit by bit with the swimming. I hace been given 2 complete sets of dumbells so I am also going to try out a beginners routine I found on the net. So my current activity list is a little bland. Maybe you can try sonething a bit more left field like Yoga with Goats!
Best Wishes to you and all,
Chick 🐥 x
Thanks also to you for posting the link to the osteoporosis society, that's really useful too.
I do hope your appointment comes through soon. I'd be really interested to hear from you once you have had your appointment if you are happy to come back on and share what you find out. And of course happy to chat before the appointment and help you get your list of questions together.
Hugs, Evie xx
Thanks for your kind message. What activities are you getting back into? I used to play a lot of tennis, but I haven't really been able to since BC - mixed advice as to whether it's a good idea after node clearance. I'm running and also looking for other ideas so interested what you are trying. And maybe you've had different advice about certain exercises.
How are you getting on with Anasty (assume Anastrozole or however it is spelled!)? I'm on Tamoxifen but my consultant is thinking of changing it to one of the aramatose inhibitors at some point. I'm getting on fine with Tamoxifen so nervous about changing.
Sorry Sarah - I have hijacked your thread! I'll reply to your message separately.
Best wishes to you too Chick.
Totally agree with you, weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercises good for bones. It's just one bleeding thing after another to think about with BC isn't it?
I have just been trying to return to regular activity yet again. Fingers crossed (as something crappy usually happens when I am on the verge of making progress) but I know I will not be able to do all pre cancer activities or do them to the level I did before. Never mind, just got to try and get on with the here and now. I will ask for another Dexa in the Autumn as it will be around the 2 year mark since the first one. It will be interesting to see the results of the competing effects of Anasty and Zometa.
Best Wishes to you Evie,
Chick 🐥 x
Thank you got the link chick def worth a read, I also found some guidance tonight from the royal osteoporosis society, I’ve put a link below and the name of the leafet/pdf, it’s really helpful and there’s also a number you can call for advice.
https://theros.org.uk - about exercise for osteoporosis and bone health.
im hoping my appt comes through soon but in the meantime am writing all my questions down
im feeling so much more positive now ladies, thank you so much xx
Thanks for posting that link to the NHS site for exercise - that’s really useful. I hadn’t really thought it through fully, and considered the risk of fractures once someone is at risk of fractures. It’s good there are so many of us to share knowledge.
So I’d agree with your advice to Sarah to check with her consultant, but assuming it is mild then according to my consultant and NHS website impact exercise helps with bone density. I’m sure I saw that on Trust me I’m a Doctor on TV, or one of those health shows.
Thank you so much for all the reply’s it really is so reassuring to hear. I think I was just think worse case scenario!
I’m so pleased to hear running is good )) I wouldn’t have know about cycling though! At least I have an excuse to knock spin classes on the head
I’ve looked on the nhs websites but kid there somewhere I can look which will
tell me what I can can’t do re exercise?
Have a lovely weekend x
Hi Sar_ah - I also had a DEXA scan at the time of rads and just before starting Tamoxifen, and I too was told I have mild osteopenia, so a lower than expected bone density. I seem to think my consultant said that chemo can cause/add to this. He also told me that exercise is really good for bone density, impact exercise not cycling for example - so running is particularly good. I wasn’t a runner before treatment but have taken it up for that reason. I also take Adcal calcium and vit D tablets twice a day. I’m sure your consultant will reassure you when you see him/her.
BC just keeps giving doesn’t it, and it’s just draining - please don’t apologise, you are not at all silly for being upset. If your back allows, I would definitely keep up the exercise - good for physical and mental health.
Sending you my very best wishes and happy to chat more if I can help.