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Helen321
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I've been doing it to the best of my ability.  It feels REALLY good.  Just thought I'd share this and encourage anyone who can.  I can make it up 5 flights of stairs now although I'm severely winded and then I walk the floors all the way back down (I'm at work, our floors go in a full octagonal "circle" which makes for a great track) and then the stairs back up and then walk around all the way around and down again. Screw you colon cancer, you can't have me=)  

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I try to walk three miles in the early morning.  Once the snows arrive, the walking will be out, and I will have to give indoor exercise a go. 

Today I went up the canyon birdwatching. That was three hours walking, but at allot slower pace, so it is exercise, but not quite like the brisk morning walk.

I need to get back to my Yoga. I have a few DVDs for Cancer recovery. 

What kind of exercise do you do? 

Sue - Trubrit

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Helen321
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After my surgery my exercise was very limited because everything caused pain (even walking) but I did step aerobics this week with minimal pain and I have extremely minimal pain after the stairs and walking right now which is a giant plus.  I am going to do some attempt at situps even if that means putting my feet under the couch and using a rope or bar to pull myself up somehow.  I'm also joining the gym so I can do treadmill and recumbent bike.  I joined one but it lost its lease.   I'm 185 lbs at the moment (my highest weight ever - 15 of which was put on in the last year), goal of 150 in one year).  I fell off the wagon for a week or two a few weeks back with the healthy eating but I'm back on in full force.  

danker
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You put me to shame with all your activity.  My son, a doctor, said "exercise more!" so now i walk a mile a day- sometimes.  I'd be slim and trim if I did all the stairs you do!!!! Keep up the good work. It will keep you alive>

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Helen321
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Thanks Danker!  A mile is nothing to sneeze at!  I have it calendared in, no excuses for me.

janderson1964
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THats great Helen. I like you you sai "Screw you cancer" at the end. That is exactly what I say when I am mountain biking. Cancer has knocked me off of that bike many times but I just dust myself off and get right back on it. Mountain biking and physical activity has been the one constant for me through all of these years battling cancer. I think I have benefited physically, mentally and imotionally from it.

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go helen! Glad you brought this up. question to anyone - how do you know,the difference between when you've tired from exercising vs. from cancer or chemo? Issued to be really active and want to do more than I currently do. I try but am supremely wiped out afterwards. I am not giving up, but do any of you mountain biker, rock climber , home aerobics video watching types have any advice?

tx

Karin

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Helen321
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I'm NED 18 months Karin but I would say tired is tired.  It doesn't matter if you're tired from chemo or tired from exercise, tired is tired.  Don't overdo it.   Do what you can, the best that you can.  Let your body heal.  Most people lose weight with chemo and radiation, I put weight on, go figure.  I was not exercising much when I was on it.   Not only that, after last year's surgery, I couldn't walk up a flight of steps without severe pain and being winded.  I couldn't walk fast because it just hurt.  I'm only able to do this after some time healing.  Just do what you can when you can do it.  Your job is to  let your body heal.  That's what my doctor used to tell me.  If you can do basic stretching, walk around in a circle instead of distances so that when you've had enough, you don't have to walk back, then you're doing great!  If you can't but you wake up wanting to do it even though you can't because you're so tired, that's also great.  It means you're alive and fighting=)  Another form of exercise, the kind we do with our brains.

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Helen321
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And thanks for the cheer!

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lilacbrroller
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thanks!

I tried being my "old self" this summer (activity wise) and I think I slept the entire next day!  I guess gradually easing back into it is the way to go. This week I had to do a lot of work on my house - cleaning and lifting.  Coincidentally I'm getting a lot of massages and I got them after each day of labor. Felt great. My muscles aren't sore and I'm less stiff. There might be something to this massage thing, 

cheers

karin

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Phil64
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In lieu of walking I've taken on many home projects that require physical activity. carrying up all the storm windows, washing and painting them, and installing them was a demanding and rewarding job. refinished a dresser, desk, and shelf. Painted two bedrooms. Shopping for home upgrade stuff. Cleaning the garage. Cleaning house. And some brisk walks as well. 

I want to do more soon.

:-)

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