Back In Training: Week Five – The Blood, Sweat and Glory!


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A close up shot of my tree 

Okay, okay!  The title is a tad dramatic I’ll admit.  But what a fabulous day!  I hustled down for my training session in a down pour.  That’s cool. I’ve got nothing against rain.  Pulling the hood up on my windbreaker I found myself joining a throng of people heading downtown.

New Westminster’s Santa Claus parade was on. I think it is the smallest parade ever.  All of four blocks in length and if you’re not careful, you’ll miss it.  Still the residents of New Westminster gather up their children and head down the hill to take in the festivities.

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My Christmas Tree 2014!

I cut in to my trainer’s establishment a block down the hill.  I’ve been kicking it at the gym.  I have not been able to do much here at home as the Christmas decorations have inhabited the living floor over this last week.  I will remedy that today.

Still, I’ve been pushing myself.  For the Level Two fitness I will be required to do some pull ups on the T-Rex at a 90 degree angle.  Well I’ve done 45 and 60 degrees so Friday evening I decided to try at 90 degree.

Other than grunting really loudly I don’t think I moved!  I certainly stayed at 90 degrees and perhaps my arms got a little longer as they stretched out before me. I was a delightful sweaty mess by the time Tamer had finished with me.

After five weeks I am down almost 5 lbs. Keep in mind, however, that by choice I don’t know what my weight is.  Further more I don’t want to know as I find this aspect rather depressing at times.  And it can detract and dampen an individual’s actual achievements.  The numbers that matter to me are the inches that are coming off.

Drum roll please!  After five weeks I’ve taken off almost 2 inches in my arms, 1 1/2 in my hips, 1 1/2 in my thighs, 3 around the belly button and 4 inches off the waist!  Yay!

The boobs are the same but then the girls can be a little stubborn at times.  They’ll eventually get on board.  This is a great start which will motivate me to push that much harder.  And you know, these little moments of glory are what drive me.  I am feeling tighter everywhere.  The energy that I had prior to all of this cancer stuff is building back up.

As I left I didn’t bother with the hood on my jacket.  I just let the rain fall on me and relished every moment.

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Giant Raindrop next to Canada Place, downtown Vancouver, BC

I’m sleeping deeply again!  For several months I found myself waking up continually throughout the night.  There were several evenings that I found sleep to be rather elusive.

I do have to go for a few more tests.  The good ol’ mammogram.  Oye!  Me and the girls aren’t particularly happy with this test.  Turning the breast into a pancake isn’t as pleasant as it sounds.   The technician will smile sympathetically and tell you that there will be a ‘little discomfort’ and you’re not supposed to breathe or move.

No worries there.  I am incapable of doing either while I am attached to the machine.  Of course, then one must wait to ensure that an adequate x-ray was taken.  Still, you get older and it’s necessary to check and make sure everything is as it should be.  Finding medical issues in advance before they become a major problem is highly desirable.

I’ve heard it mentioned many times about people who find they are having symptoms and yet they do nothing.  Perhaps they are scared.  It is frightening when you know something is amiss.  Best to deal with whatever it may be as swiftly as possible though.

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Lego Whale by Douglas Coupland at Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre

My upper body is pathetically weak at the moment so I’ll have to take a page out of Popeye’s handbook and ‘eats me Spinach’ and gets me to pump it up!

I just visualized myself with a corn-cob pipe hanging out of my mouth and a tattoo of an anchor on my chest!  Scary!

Still that would be fun character, would it not?  Oh wait…wasn’t that Alice the Goon?

I have the hockey game on and I do believe the Vancouver Canucks are getting smoked by the Toronto Maple Leafs!  Oh the horror!  The horror!  I just checked and with 8 minutes left in the game we are down 4 to 2.  Boo! Hiss!

The reason I didn’t know the actual score is that I am in my office and the game is being broadcast in Punjabi.  Rather fun listening to it and trying to guess if we scored as the guys get really excited but I think they are from Toronto and want the Leafs to win.  Boo! Hiss! yet again.

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I will leave now and assemble the rest of the decorations then head out to perhaps do a wee bit of Ye Olde Christmas shopping!

Have a fabulous night!





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