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Fixed bike = fast ride!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DH took my bike in to get fixed while we were on vacation. I took my first ride on it yesterday and it was WONDERFUL! It was SO much easier to peddle and I didn't have the psychological mind games playing in my head (i.e., you're so weak!) during the ride. I felt strong and capable. So fantastic! I did 10.5 miles and it was the fastest ride of the season. Of course, the storm that was threatening probably helped motivate me to move just a bit fast. We got a bit of rain but no lightening or thunder.

We have had a couple of really bad storms here the past few days and it was evident on the trails last night. There was one tree that had been ripped up by the roots and had left a very large pot hole on the trail. Two times we had to get off the bike and either duck under a tree or lift a huge branch that had fallen across the trail. It wasn't all bad. At least we got to chat with another biker as he and DH tried to move or break the big branch that had fallen. Considering all the storms, the trail was in pretty good shape.

Yesterday was a good day both for eating and exercising. I hope I can repeat the same today!

Until later.... emoticon

  
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GARDENCHRIS 7/30/2014 7:42AM

    happy for you!

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/30/2014 4:31AM

    emoticon emoticon Glad you felt stronger and were able to go faster. emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 7/29/2014 7:35PM

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/29/2014 5:14PM

    How exciting to feel stronger and faster and healthier! Yay!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/29/2014 3:30PM

    That's great news about your bike. That's also wonderful you have a bike trail close by. If I ever moved again, being close to a bike trail would be one thing I would be looking for.

Hugs,
Kay

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MAVERICKDR 7/29/2014 10:25AM

    Grateful for your good results. Keep it up.

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Excuses and Vacation

Monday, July 28, 2014

It has now be just about four months since my last chemo treatment for breast cance and I have only lost 4 lbs of the 25 lbs I gained. Excuses....I have a few. Actually, I have too many to type them all out here!

I went on vacation this past week to watch DH compete in Nationals of Duathalon. It's a race where the competitors run, then ride a bike, and then do another run. There were about 500 entries. DH came in third in his age group (50-55). This is a very tough age group! Some of the best athletes are in this age group. I never had any doubts that he would do well. I witnessed all his training but it was exciting to see him do so well. Because he did so well, we will be traveling to Austrailia for World's next October. I am so excited! I was very proud of my eating during this vacation. I only had dessert once and managed to make pretty good choices. I didn't visit the fitness center once during the week but got up early and made it to the gym the next day after arriving home. I also did not gain any weight. I didn't loose any weight either emoticon

This morning I met with a trainer who suggested I increase the weight and decrease the reps. We did all the upper body machines and my arms are a bit shaky right now! I didn't do the lower body machines because DH and I are doing a bike ride this afternoon.

My hair is growing a bit faster now. It is getting a bet curly and wavy all at the same time. I plan to dye it because I can't stand the silver/gray color it is right now.

Until Later.... emoticon

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 7/30/2014 4:29AM

    Congrats to your hubby! It sounds like you are on the right track now. emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 7/28/2014 7:29PM

    Congrats to hubby.

You are going to get going again and you will be AMAZING!!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/28/2014 7:05PM

    congratulations to your husband!

I had to color my hair too because I really didn't like the grey. Mine also came in with a patch of solid white that looked very, very strange when it was ultra short so I ended up coloring it very early on in the growback period. The nice thing about our hair growing slowly and having chemo curls is that it is LONG time between touchups!

How are your energy levels? Mine were getting much better throughout the day and then seemed to take a dive about 3 weeks ago. Very frustrating!

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/28/2014 5:49PM

    You can do it, beautiful!

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I am sore

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Friday I got on the stationary bike for 35 minutes and then took a Kundalini yoga class. I have done this type of yoga before but never with this teacher. OMG! She kicked my butt. I've never worked so hard in a yoga class before. I have also never done any standing poses in a Kundalini class. My legs are so SORE! (P.S. I may be spelling that class name wrong) emoticon

Yesterday, Saturday, DH and I did my longest ride. Though I "felt" the yoga class from the day before, I figured I could push through a ride. I have been feeling so weak on the bike lately as though I am peddling through sand. DH took a look at my bike and discovered that my back wheel was warped and rubbing against the back brakes! No wonder it was so hard to peddle! We did 18 miles but on nice paved trails. It was very busy on the trails so I was hugging the ride side trying to stay out of everyones way. I felt dead on the last two miles but I pushed through. I got a bit dehydrated by the end of the ride because it was so hot (89 degrees). I made it! I rehydrated, changed clothes, and went out to lunch and food shopping with DH.

We went to Wagamens. I love this store. It has everything. We ate in the pub before going grocery shopping. I had a Caesar salad with grilled chicken (lite on the dressing). I felt much better after I ate. Shopping consisted of walking (at a stroll pace) for an hour.

This morning? Yeah! I am sore! Very sore! I will be teaching a power yoga class this afternoon. Where's that Alieve?

Until later..... emoticon

  
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CHANGINGHORSES 7/17/2014 6:22AM

    Way to go Casey! You are on your way back! So glad to read this.

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JOELEVENACIOUS 7/15/2014 9:39AM

    I have to get back on the bike again. I broke bones in my forearm in April on the Schuylkill River trail biking. Glad you are bouncing back. Heal carefully.

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MAVERICKDR 7/14/2014 9:33PM

    Cheering for you. I love Wegmans, too. Proud of the effort you are making!
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OHANAMAMA 7/14/2014 3:58PM

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/14/2014 2:43AM

    emoticon emoticon Good job!

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/13/2014 4:34PM

    It's "Kundalini", with an a in the middle.

So delighted that you're mobile and healthy enough to move until you're sore!

My nutritionist recommended L-Glutamine to avoid the delayed onset muscle soreness after a stressful workout. You might want to look into it to see if it is right for you.

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SANDICANE 7/13/2014 2:50PM

    Hope you find that bottle!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/13/2014 1:41PM

    Sounds fantastic!!! Congratulations.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/13/2014 11:40AM

    That's great that you are getting so much activity! Good thing that you found out what was up with your bike. I find that when I'm feeling like that while riding that it is usually either a brake rubbing or a low tire. Both make it hard to ride.

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GARDENCHRIS 7/13/2014 10:54AM

    good for you !

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WDIPIM 7/13/2014 9:35AM

  keep going

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GEORGE815 7/13/2014 9:34AM

    Sounds like a busy bunch of days.

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PAUSE....BREATHE.....RELAX!!!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I did a 12 mile trail ride yesterday and then went to Red Robin and totally wiped out any good I may have done. But, I did finish the ride in VERY hot weather and I managed to spend some quality time with DH.

I had every intention of doing my longest ride (18 miles) during the July 4th weekend but it just didn't work out. The day was hot and VERY windy! My legs refused to work. I was whinny and a real pain to be with. It has been almost 4 months since my last chemo and I am STILL NOT up to be pre-chemo strength! I am getting very impatient with myself. I really want to be able to ride the Pine Creek Trail from beginning to end come this September. It is a 62 miles trail. PAUSE....BREATHE....RELAX!

DH and I are getting too busy (and a bit too old) to be taking care of the HUGE house and yard that we own. We are thinking of trying to sell since the market looks "pretty good" right now. OH JOY! Can you guess who will handle most of the project? PAUSE....BREATHE...RELAX!

Work is going well. I find that I always have the strength to teach a yoga class. I am "trying" to go to the gym at least two times a week. This is not happening as much as I would like! PAUSE....BREATHE....RELAX!

I know that a few of you have asked what my hair looks like. It is growing well but not as fast as I would like it too. It is very grey, very straight, and very soft. Will it stay this way? I'm not sure but my hairdresser believes it may. I will try to get a picture of it up on SP ASAP. PAUSE....BREATHE...RELAX...

DH and I head out on "vacation" 7/17 - 7/14. We are heading to MN to Duathlon Nationals. I am REALLY hoping that DH qualifies for Worlds in Duathlon for next year because it will be held in Australia! We will know by 7/19. PAUSE....BREATHE....RELAX!

Next Monday I see the oncologist and have my 3 month blood test done. This will be the first time they take blood from my arm and not a port. PAUSE....BREATHE....RELAX!

I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer and that you take time each day to just.....PAUSE...BREATHE....RELAX emoticon

Until later..... emoticon

  
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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 7/12/2014 11:01PM

    Hope you are having bright sunny days emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 7/9/2014 6:43AM

    I hope everything goes well, you are doing so great!

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MAVERICKDR 7/9/2014 6:31AM

    It sounds like you have some very good days ahead of you. What fun to look forward. Life is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy the trip! Be blessed!

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/9/2014 1:01AM

    I really think you are doing wonderful! I'm sorry you have so much going on. You are right though...pause, breat and relax. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/8/2014 7:52PM

    You have a lot on your plate!!

I feel like I'm about 60% of the way back to normal so I have a long way to go. I understand that feeling of impatience! Risk of lymphedema is holding me back from going much faster in terms of building strength since I had 14 nodes removed and radiation to my armpit. It forces me to go slow.

Selling a house is a lot of work. We just sold ours a little over a year ago. I agree that the market has gotten a lot better so it's a significantly better time to do it than it was a few years ago.

I have a chemo friend at the fitness center whose hair is also coming in straight. Her's is pretty fine too. It's strange how it can be so different from before. Mine seems really thick and really curly. People keep asking me if I got a perm. I tell them that I got it done by the Vanderbilt Cancer Center!
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BONNIEMARGAY 7/8/2014 2:24PM

    So many exciting opportunities!

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BOILHAM 7/8/2014 2:03PM

    Congrats, you're doing fine! Hope the Duathlon in Australia works out for you.

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BIGPAWSUP 7/8/2014 12:25PM

    I think you are doing fantastic. You are right, pause, breathe, and relax. You got this

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OHANAMAMA 7/8/2014 11:16AM

    emoticon you are doing emoticon !!!
I hope the Australia trip happens!!
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Just a quick check in

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It's been so long since I blogged. I dove into this thing called "life" again and I haven't looked back.

Work - I am back teaching at some of my yoga classes. I decided not to try to take on a full schedule yet. I am hoping by August I will feel strong enough to be teaching five days a week.

Physically - I am doing "okay". Better than I was last week but I still am not back to my strong body. I made a PR yesterday by riding 15 miles. Of course, I did not eat enough and bonked (hit the wall). We had to stop. I ate a power bar and rested. I was able to finish the ride feeling strong but stupid for not eating enough before the ride. I have also been visiting the gym at least one time a week if not more. I have to admit that I do not enjoy weight lifting but I do realize how important it is for my return to my pre-cancer body. I haven't lost a single pound only gained a few back. I am very very frustrated! This past Sunday I woke up with a rash around my joints that is not going away. I will have to see my doctor soon.

Mentally - I need to quit beating myself up. I am pretty nice to everyone else but not to myself. I am truly my own worse enemy!

ntil later.... emoticon



  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/26/2014 11:45AM

    Do you have any idea what is causing the rash?

I've heard it takes about a year to recover from chemo. I'm feeling a lot stronger each week, but nowhere near my precancer levels.

Way to go on the bike ride. I've had lots of experience with bonking on rides (or my husband bonking). I always try to carry power bars and electrolytes now for that very reason. I'm glad you were able to finish the ride. 15 miles can be very long depending on the hills and the wind! Good for you for doing it!

How is your hair? Mine looks like a mini-afro and I don't normally have curly hair. A friend of mine that is a hairdresser asked me if I had gotten a perm....it's that curly! Actually, I'm enjoying the curls. I know they won't last...but they are nice while I have them.

Hugs,
Kay

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/26/2014 11:45AM

    Do you have any idea what is causing the rash?

I've heard it takes about a year to recover from chemo. I'm feeling a lot stronger each week, but nowhere near my precancer levels.

Way to go on the bike ride. I've had lots of experience with bonking on rides (or my husband bonking). I always try to carry power bars and electrolytes now for that very reason. I'm glad you were able to finish the ride. 15 miles can be very long depending on the hills and the wind! Good for you for doing it!

How is your hair? Mine looks like a mini-afro and I don't normally have curly hair. A friend of mine that is a hairdresser asked me if I had gotten a perm....it's that curly! Actually, I'm enjoying the curls. I know they won't last...but they are nice while I have them.

Hugs,
Kay

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CATHYGETSFIT 6/26/2014 3:13AM

    Wow! You are doing awesome! You've been through a lot and you should be proud of coming through it. Don't beat yourself up! You wouldn't be so hard on a friend and it's not okay to do it to yourself. Love yourself for what your body has been through and is just now bouncing back after fighting off cancer. Be kind to yourself! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 6/25/2014 7:31AM

    Keep going strong! I hope that rash is nothing serious. Hugs.

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MAVERICKDR 6/25/2014 6:48AM

    Be gentle and kind with yourself. You can be your best friend because only you truly understands what you have been through.

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CHANGINGHORSES 6/25/2014 6:37AM

    Glad to hear you are on your way back. Treat yourself as you would your best friend! You are doing what you can! Let's ride at Hamburg soon.

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OHANAMAMA 6/24/2014 2:30PM

    Work... that is great!
Physically... next time you'll be sure to eat enough. I think you are doing fabulous with everything you do for your fitness and health!
Mentally... Love yourself. Be your own best friend and your own biggest supporter. Talk to yourself the way you would talk to a sparkbuddy. You are worth being your own friend. :) Be proud of all you've accomplished!

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BONNIEMARGAY 6/24/2014 1:47PM

    May we all find relief from harsh criticism.

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 6/24/2014 9:46AM

    Hoping you will concentrate on not just getting back to pre-cancer health physically (sounds like you are well on-track) but also find your joy for living as your own best friend instead of enemy. I have found that several sites on the internet have helped me in this area by keeping it in the forefront of my mind with articles about that subject. I've pinned a few here but you could follow the sites to other sites that speak to your spirit for whatever you are working on in your heart.
http://www.pinterest.com/
ladyfromthewood/happiness-is-a-
choice/
Just copy/paste that in your browser if you'd like.
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Happy Sparking today!
~ Teresa

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BIGPAWSUP 6/24/2014 9:45AM

    You are doing great. You've been through hell and you made it back. Be proud of that.

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