On breast cancer and community

I recently had a story accepted by Wildfire Magazine for their Community issue (August/September 2021) – in it, I went back and looked at my life before the point where provisions of the Affordable Care Act, social media, and my stage of personal growth would intersect in a positive way. Part of that was the…

This post is coming to you from my vacation

I am in Vermont this week, one of my favorite states in the country. I’m gonna eat cheese curds and paddle on Lake Champlain with my partner of 19+ years, Craig, and do a serious amount of relaxing, reading, hiking, and…..going to a gym? Yes. I even go to the gym on vacation, because I…

No Judgement zone

The title of this post references a popular gym franchise motto, but it’s not about them. It’s about gym culture in general. I’d been percolating some feelings for the last 2 weeks, as I’ve started to add more hours at the gym I worked at, pre-pandemic, and I’m starting to see a lot of people…

A quick post about movement at any age

Went for a walk today and watched dogs tearing around grassy fields in the spring sunshine with big, wide grins on their faces & it got me to thinking about the expectation of movement as adults. Once, you were a kid, and you loved to get exercise. You had no conception of calories or diets,…

Breaking down a sports-specific workout: Stand-Up Paddleboarding

OK! I’ve been checking out the workout from REI.com for paddleboarding & I’m making some tweaks to make it appropriate for Mom. I thought you might enjoy a glimpse of how a trainer thinks about her client going through a workout & what changes would be made for the client’s specific needs. [There’s a disclaimer…

Trying a new nature activity: SUP

One of the joys of becoming more active & of correcting any long-standing aches & pains is that it opens up a world of opportunities for new forms of exercise/movement/enjoying the outdoors. Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has been around for several years, and is a nice way to experience a calm lake/reservior/bay – it’s what it…

I’m deep into building a special program + community right now

I’m working on a side project for my fellow flatties out there – women who have not had reconstruction as a result of breast cancer surgery (whether after diagnosis, or preventatively, due to genetic testing). I realized something during The Great Stop the pandemic brought – that even though I had transitioned to a fitness…

Get ready for fiber season

I attended a great talk last week with a cooking demo given by America’s Grow-a-Row New Jersey and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The emphasis was on the role that minimally-processed foods play in our health, and as someone excited for any benefit we can get from exercise & nutrition, hearing that fruits…

I’m a little angry

This post is going to be the start of a bigger series on people’s care after cancer or another major disease, focusing mostly on how we go on to live in a post-cancer body – now, obviously this is a completely different situation for individuals who have to live WITH cancer, and that is outside…