This is my post I made on American Cancer Society 50 Squats A Day December challenge FB page. It came about seeing people share their accomplishments of doing 10, 20, 50 or more squats in a day. This is apart of Pink Gravel's story and the role I hope it can play for others looking to be active in any capacity during or after the battle.
I am impressed by those who go above and beyond the 50 squats each day. I think it is awesome! If I was doing this a year ago, I'd be right with you. But someone decided I needed to fight some boob cancer this past year, so I am still trying to just be more active a bit more everyday till I can get a true routine back.
As I tell people about my cancer experience, I remind them of how in college there was something known as The Freshman 15; well, I found there is the Cancer 15. My weight gain came not during the treatments but after while the effects of the treatments were working themselves out of my system. Not to mention a pill I now take for the next 5 yrs which is known to enhance weight gain not make me run fast. (I know, right?)
So many days I wake up, making a conscious effort to choose that today will be that day that I REALLY will get back to being active. I sometimes even grit my teeth and look in the mirror at myself and say it out loud. "For real, Amy, today we are going to do it"
"But, but, but.... it is hard," says my body. "I already fought cancer now you want to do this?" My body is obviously not on the same page as my mind. Eventually, by evening, the mind is tired of fighting my body and says, "Ok, sit on the couch this evening, but tomorrow we try this again."
"Sure," my body says with fingers crossed.
That is where I have been for awhile now. I completed all chemo and radiation early May 2020 and slowly adding pounds. It made me sad inside. I have stopped beating myself up about it daily and have accepted it as a part of the cancer experience.
I am ready for a new chapter now. My come back. My cancer come back. And I really think this ACS challenge is where it starts. I can feel it in my thighs....literally.😁
So if you power out 50 squats in one go or sprinkle them throughout the day like me, you are all awesome!
50 squats is 50 squats.
Here we go, here we go, here we go now! It is December 2020! And today marks the beginning of a 50 squats a day challenge Pink Gravel signed up for. . . wait . . .what . . . 50 squats? What the heck??? But that will hurt?? Eegads!
Gotta start sometime and somewhere. But no worries, Pink Gravel will knock this out easy peasy lemon squeezy, right? It will get done but not look pretty. 🤪
These simple challenges, I believe, are a great ways to motivate and kickstart a good habit. If anything wakes the body up to accomplish more in a day, why not try it.
Pre cancer, last year in 2019, I was pretty active on my bike riding miles of gravel for fun and in events. Cancer treatments took my energy and gave me aches and pains; made it not fun to even walk at times. It was hard to accept. It took a change in mental attitude to not beat myself up for not being able to do things like I used too. I learned to accept my situation and not be so hard on myself. Roll 7 months forward to today. . . I now seem to have no problem with lounging around. My poor bike hasn't seen me in weeks. So, reasons are needed to get back in the saddle again for 2021.
On the back of that, Pink Gravel is going to host a challenge. A PG-13 Christmas Challenge. It will begin on December 13th and end 13 days later on December 25th! All that you have to do is for those 13 days, move for a full 13 minutes. That is it. Should be easy as you have all that decorating to do for Christmas, or shopping, or cooking or cleaning, right? An event for this has been created on the Pink Gravel Facebook page where you can join and share your daily progress during the challenge.
Plus, Pink Gravel may have a little finishers award for those that participate. (And no, it isn't the bike)
One reason Pink Gravel exists because cancer touches us all in some fashion. I think my family was groped by cancer - ha ha - my mom, my dad and myself as well as other family and friends. Sadly, not all have made it. So I make it a point to not shuffle my feet in sadness or wallow in my personal pity party. Doesn't mean I don't have those moments, I do. I just make a constant effort to keep them short as I want to enjoy life, cause you just never know.
Treatments and the side effect of those treatments for cancer can be as hard on the body as the disease itself if left alone. So while some get down and say we'll never find a cure; I say, we can for sure continue to improve how we treat cancers and that is good, too. Right?
Being that half of my battle occurred during Covid-19, I had to invent ways to stay out of a slump since I couldn't be around people. My personal touch on treating my cancer (especially during Covid-19 times) was - and still is - via humor, sharing my experience through activities and stories, and looking for positive ways to embrace what life throws at me - how I embrace cancer. Pink Gravel is an extension of that attitude.
On that note . . . surely there are a few Chiefs fans in this group. The pic is me embracing what was thrown at me. Artwork by my daughter.
I am just a 40 something married lady with kids who likes to ride gravel when life lets me. Just so happens I was called into the Cancer Club on October 31, 2019. Fought my fight with surgery, chemo, radiation, friends, family and lots of dark humor. I find sharing my experience helps me. Maybe it can help you.