Motivation is fickle and fleeting. You’ve got to want it. Or like myself, understand that everything is better after the gym. It’s like rose colored glasses. Is life still stressful? Yes! But now I’ve burned off that edge so I can keep cool calm and collected on the matter. I need it. More than anything. The movement, the burn, the endorphins. It’s how I keep from losing my noggin, specially this time of year 😏
I haven’t touched preworkout in months. Realized I didn’t need it and then read later the damage is can do to adrenals.
Today was rough. After the third time I got light headed I decided to keep it short and sweet. But I went. It was still good and I still poured my heart into it 💪🏽
15min recumbent bike
V-squat 184 3x 10
Hip abducters 70 3x 10
Linear leg press 208 3x 20
Iso leg raises 10 3x 10
When I had my hair cut a couple of weeks ago, it was such a big thing for me...i love my hair and I will miss it when it's gone.
A couple of years ago I decided that I wanted to grow my hair, with a view to donating it to The Little Princess Trust who provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young adults up to the age of 24, who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.
So this felt like the right time to count the inches and see if I had enough to donate. Looking at the criteria on the website the hair has to be a minimum of 7" and in good condition, luckily my hair once cut was 9". In 2013 pop sensation, Jessie J, kindly donated her hair to The Little Princess Trust.
Having sent my hair to them I finally received my certificate thanking me for the donation. I just hope that my hair can help to make someone feel happy and fabulous in a time of real need.
I gave my pups new food last night (🤦🏻♀️) & they woke me up at 2:30am with a bathroom emergency 🚨
I tossed + turned, and slept maybe another hour after that. So needless to say getting up before the sun to get my sweat on was ROUGH. But I knew my girls were waiting on me to start our live video workout, so hitting snooze was out of the question.
Being tired is a state of mind. If you tell yourself repeatedly how exhausted you are, you'll feel that way. Sooo I'm not going to do that today 😂 Omggg I'm so awake, I have so much energy woooo! 🙌🏻 Who's chanting this with me today?!
-C A N C E R A W A R E N E S S -
Tonight I went to a farewell dinner. Not any ordinary dinner. But farewell to a couple of “girls” I’ve grown to know and love. Both of my sisters have had breast cancer. Almost every woman in my father’s bloodline has. I carry these defective genes. So, on Wednesday, I’m reducing my cancer risk. I’m having a prophylactic double mastectomy. For my kids, and for me. Tonight, I had the honour of celebrating with some very special woman in my life. Lots of laughs to lighten the load.
Vorgestern Chemo, heute Humangenetiker. Ich bin ziemlich angespannt, was wohl raus kommt. Familiär gibt es keine Vorgeschichte, dafür war pathologisch wohl etwas auffällig, was auf eine Mutation hindeuten kann. Jedenfalls heißt es wieder waaarten. Und dabei möchte ich doch einfach nur schlafen.😴 #genetiker#Brca#wartezimmerromantik
Amazing meeting tonight hosted by FORCE. What an incredible organization this is. Sara Carroll (Genetic Counselor) spoke about the importance of knowing and understanding your genes and what it means if you do have a mutation. I very highly recommend using a genetic counselor when being gene tested. It makes a world of difference and truly helps you understand what it means. And I’m so proud of Trina for joining us tonight! Finding out you carry a cancer gene is not easy and for some it’s the fear that keeps them from getting tested. You have to be ready and meeting with a genetic counselor is the first step.
2 days ago I had my expanders filled for the second time. (Expanders are placed under my Pectoral muscles to slowly stretch the skin and muscle. Because they took all of my breast tissue, we have to take it slow, it's nothing like a breast augmentation.) The first time I had them filled I was only able to tolerate 30cc on each side, this time I was able to do 80cc!! I'm hoping to get a total of 330cc (a c cup,) I'm at 160 right now. The plan is to get them filled to 350 (to make room for the implants) after that I will allow my skin to strech another 4 weeks then I will have another surgery to exchange the expanders for the implants, hopefully sometime In January!
I've been pretty sore the last couple of days from the expansion. I can definitely feel the tightness on my chest and the pressure from the expanders on my chest wall.
Im officially at my 4 week mark. Started PT and she has been doing lymphatic massages and some light stretches. I'm getting around easier and I'm going to start working out my lower body this week.
Two years ago I had a hard time investing in my health because there were no real guarantees. It wasn't like I was buying a pair of jeans or a slice of pizza and had instant gratification and cheesy goodness in my presence. .
I had to spend money AND I had to put in WORK. Wtf kinda deal was that?!
Not one I was interested in for a hot minute, I'll be honest. Which is how I ended up 30 pounds overweight with low self-esteem and major health issues lurking around the corner. .
So I get it. No one wants to spend money on themselves around the holidays-- BUT, that's when I did. Two years ago I gave myself the gift of health, and it was the best thing I could've done for myself.
That's why my team and I are giving back to YOU this December. We are doing 21 days of giveaways in our next 3-week boot camp beginning Dec 11. All you have to do is join & COMMIT to qualify for a prize. 🎁 .
Click the link in my bio to apply or send me a message for more details!
Hi guys and girls!! 🙌🏼✌🏼️
I've been a little quiet over the last few days! I'm still on holiday in fuerterventure, ☀️🍉🍹will be home Saturday! 😭
A couple of days ago whilst away I found out that I have tested positive for the BRCA2 gene, which means I'm at an increased risk of Breast and Ovarian cancer. It didn't come at any surprise, my mum and 2 of my cousins also have the gene and took the most incredible steps to all having elective double mastectomies to reduce their risk which was around 87% before having the surgery. Our family has been hit with breast cancer multiple times in the past and it was only natural to want to do something about it! This will be my next step, hopefully being able to get the surgery next year if all goes to plan! 🙌🏼POSITIVE VIBES ALL ROUND! 🙌🏼 it's amazing to know I can prevent what I see as likely to be the inevitable by getting cancer at some point in my life. I know this is a really personal journey but i'm already sharing my most important so far ( @slimmingworld ) so thought I had to share this all with you as I couldn't have done my #sw journey without you all! ✌🏼️
HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GREAT WEEK AND I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING STRAIGHT BACK ON PLAN SATURDAY! LOVE YOU ALL ❤️😘 #BRCA#BRCA2#breastcancer#macmillian#bebrcaaware#slimmingworld#swuk#swfamily#motivation#swmotivation#happy#love#cancersupport#instafit#instadaily#instalove#foodie#holiday#positivevibes#slimmingworldie#slimmingworlduk#slimmingworldmums#slimmingworldjourney#brcajourney#healthy#support#swsupport
Breatlink Angels, Breast Cancer Survivor, Joy S. Diagnosed in March 2012 with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, shares her story!
We all have those days that define who we are. March 6th, 2012 was one moment that shook me to my core. I don’t remember who, or exactly what, he said. But I do remember how I felt when the word “cancer” was said. I was 36 years old. What was I to do? I was a single mom of two little girls. How would we make it through? My shock wore off and reality set in. A double mastectomy and chemo was never in my life plan. Vulnerable and scared, I cried out to God. He met me in that moment with a verse that I recalled. “God works together for good...” It was like an anchor to my soul. I realized I had been focusing on things out of my control. I began celebrating every beautiful scar on my body, every tear that had been shed, all the laughter that brought healing, and the prayers that have been said. I celebrated every hug that had been given, every act of kindness that had brought hope, every "I love you" from my children, every friendship that had grown. I celebrated the hairs on my head, the friends who helped me through, the unconditional love from my family, and all the selfless sacrifices for a better life than I once knew. I celebrated the words “cancer free”, the doctors who made me strong, my faith that had grown, and an opportunity to help others find good in times gone wrong. All these moments that I celebrate have made me who I am and are reminders that I am living. What a gift each day is. "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." ~ Sir Edmund Hillary
Das H E R Z. Es weint. Es lacht. Es liebt. Und es schmerzt.
Seit Anfang des Jahres habe ich Schmerzen. Anfangs diffus im Oberkörper. Vor allem links. Ist es das Silikon? Oder gar ein neu wachsender Tumor unter dem Silikon. Denn irgendwie ist es bei den Rippen. Oder doch nur Verspannungen oder ein Nerv der klemmt?
Knochenszintigram. Computertomographie. Nix. Alles gut. Dann die stechenden Schmerzen. Mehrmals am Tag. Herzrasen. Herzstolpern. Eine posttraumatische Belastungsstörung könne es nicht sein, wurde mir versichert. Gut. Dachte ich. Dann ist es vielleicht der Magen? Der Rücken? Nix.
Es ist immer noch da. Okay. Ich mache weiter Sport. Zumba und Salsation. Zweimal die Woche. Doch mir ging es immer schlechter. Bekam keine Luft mehr. Das Herz drehte durch. Kreislaufattacken.
Pause. Kein Sport mehr. Ich kann nicht mehr. Ich wurde schlapper. Bin wohl nicht so schnell im Fitwerden nach der Chemo. Dachte ich. Nach einigen Wochen ohne Sport waren die Beschwerden fast komplett weg. Alles klar.
Ich war also beim Kardiologen. Und...erst sprach der Arzt über "nach so einer Diagnose wird man sensibler"...bis die Untersuchungen ein klares Bild zeigten und er sagte: sie sind kein Hypochonder. Sie haben Herzprobleme. Reentry-Tachykardien steht da im Arztbrief. Irgendwas im Vorhof, Verknotungen, könne man operieren.
Da es aktuell laut Arzt nicht lebensgefährlich sei, habe ich mir 6 Monate Bedenkzeit geben lassen. Ich soll nur "ruhigen" Sport machen. Bei Attacken in den Bauch pressen.
OP oder nicht OP?
Meine Lieben...lasst euch nicht als "sensibel" abstempeln oder in die Psychoschublade stecken, solange es nicht organisch abgeklärt ist.
Ich selbst dachte schon, ich krieg noch neben etlichen Macken eine mehr dazu. Nö! Ich kenne mich. Aber besser finde ich das Ergebnis natürlich auch nicht.
Passt auf euch auf❤☝️!
сегодня прошёл индивидуальный мк по имитации ареол для @tatuazh_kosmetolog_krasnodar
мы сделали двух женщин более счастливыми , листайте фото↔, а это высшее предназначение -быть мастером , который помогает людям ! Хочется, чтобы как можно больше людей узнали об этой услуге, но выставлять фото с грудью , нынче в соц сетях грозит баном, работ таких много , как минимум я выполняю 2 бесплатные работы в месяц, может это капля в море, но я знаю , что своей деятельностью помогаю , а для меня это удовлетворение в работе и гармония с миром ! Много обращений было ко мне из России, если у ваших знакомых была подобная беда -в Краснодаре есть замечательный мастер , к ней можно обратиться за помощью @yuliya_evenko!Здоровья Вам, и помните -76%рака молочной железы излечимы при раннем диагностировании !
ps. татуировку на груди будет перекрывать мастер @romazanovastudio #Мария 🎨, в том виде , в котором работа сейчас , уверенности у женщины не прибавилось ( работа со шрамами-оч ответственная задача -требует художественного вкуса и отточенного мастерства!
сегодня прошёл индивидуальный мк по имитации ареол для @tatuazh_kosmetolog_krasnodar
мы сделали двух женщин более счастливыми , листайте фото↔, а это высшее предназначение -быть мастером , который помогает людям ! Хочется, чтобы как можно больше людей узнали об этой услуге, но выставлять фото с грудью , нынче в соц сетях грозит баном, работ таких много , как минимум я выполняю 2 бесплатные работы в месяц, может это капля в море, но я знаю , что своей работой помогаю , а для меня это удовлетворение в работе и гармония с миром ! Много обращений было ко мне из России, если у ваших знакомых была подобная беда -в Краснодаре есть замечательный мастер , к ней можно обратиться за помощью !Здоровья Вам, и помните -76%рака молочной железы излечимы при раннем диагностировании !
Sending some love & gifts to a few of my clients across the country who are killing it! Didn't plan to match the packages but heeeyyyyy 💁🏻 I like what I like 😂
Do you guys use UPS, FedEx, or the Post Office? I don't know what to use what for or when or what the difference is 🤦🏻♀️📦
Movember Fact #15
In 2013 Angelina Jolie had a double breast mastectomy because she tested double positive for the BRCA gene mutation. BRCA has the reputation for being a genetic risk factor for Breast cancer. But actually men with a BRCA 2 mutation are at increased risk of aggressive Prostate Cancer.
Several studies have found that men with a BRCA 1/2 mutation are more likely to have a Prostate cancer that metastasizes to adjacent lymph nodes and poor survival outcome.
Now, this does NOT mean you need a prostatectomy if you have a BRCA mutation. There are MANY other genomic aspects to consider when looking at ones genetic individuality. We are now finding that BRCA is not the only genetic risk for Breast cancer. And the same goes for prostate cancer. There are many other genetic variations to consider and please do not forget that environmental factors, nutrition, sleep, stress and toxins are a huge variable.
📚Castro, Got, Olimos. Germine BRCA mutations are associated with higher risk of nodal involvement, distant metastasis and poor survival outcomes in prostate cancer. J Clin Once 2013; 31: 1748-57.
Today I celebrate my first year as a previvor with a reduced breast cancer risk from 87% to less than 5%. I’m healthy, strong and finally able to fill more than an A-cup 🙌🏻. But this wasn’t always the case. A year ago today, I woke up from an 8-hr. surgery breastless, violently retching up everything that entered my body. My chest was held together with stitches and tape, I had dilaudid running through my IV and drains attached to my sides.
But even at that time, I didn’t regret my decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy. Finally, for the first time in 10 years since testing positive for BRCA, I felt at peace no longer wondering if I would be part of the 87%. For anyone who has gone through and/or witnessed a loved one battle cancer, you probably understand my decision. To the few who question my actions and silently judge, you’re the lucky ones, and I hope you’ll never have to understand. 🎀
I’m beyond grateful to my tough little body for powering through surgery after surgery with grace, grit and faith. Getting your boobs cut off and reconstructed is no joke. The support and encouragement of friends and family has beyond humbled me 🙏🏻. I’m at the mercy of those affected first hand by cancer. They’re the warriors who give me strength and courage throughout this process. My journey is cake compared to the pain, chemo, radiation and everything else they have to endure. BRCA, you’re a true blessing in disguise. Knowledge is power and without you, my boobs would still be a ticking time bomb. Thank you to God, the Universe, etc. for always being by my side and for gifting me my 🍈🍈 that I’ve been so patiently waiting for the past 28 years. They’re not exactly what I expected, but I’ll keep them.
My body is still a work in progress, but after this past year, I have never felt so confident, sexy and very Angelina Jolie-esque with my new friends. Happy anniversary to me and cheers to more topless pink flamingo days ahead 🎉! #brca#previvor#preventativedoublemastectomy#prophylacticdoublemastectomy#brave#genetictesting#knowledgeispower
If you aren't beaming like this after a workout (or at least overflowing with endorphins like a kitty on catnip), then you could be choosing the WRONG workout!
I speak from experience-- I'm finally done burning myself out of the same ol' thing because I no longer do the same ol' thing. I have access to dance workout programs, cardio, weight lifting, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing-- the list goes ON-- without even leaving the house or figuring out where I misplaced the DVD 🕵🏻♀️ I have different needs for different moods & none of them were fulfilled on the overcrowded row of ellipticals with random dudes staring at my ass (🤷🏻♀️). Just know that exercise is NOT a form of punishment. So if you're doing something you dread, you gotta cut that shit out. There are sooo many other options out there that will let your inner fitness-freak flag fly. 🏴 What's your favorite kind?!
Girls can do anything! Exchange Surgery was one week ago, recovery is going great!! This was the surgery for breast reconstruction!! Finally! This one was So much easier than the first surgery which was the double masectomy. 💪🏼 Las mujeres somos muy fuertes! Todo lo podemos! Recuperandomemuy bien despues de mi cirugia ☀️#brcasisterhood#brca