In reality it has been a long road to get where I am – spurred by two breast cancer diagnoses in less than a year. But I’ve learned techniques and philosophies that can help and inspire anyone — and I mean ANYONE – to change their body and health for the better.
For most of my life, like many others, I was very inconsistent about taking care of health. I tried yo-yo diets and different exercise kicks, but I never stuck with anything long-term.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, I had a double mastectomy. It was a traumatic time, but I thought the loss of my breasts protected me from any potential cancer recurrence. So I took that as permission to go right back to the same exercise and eating merry-go-round I had been on most of my life.
But then less than a year later, while I was taking a shower, I found a lump under my right arm. I learned that we have breast tissue in other areas of our bodies beyond the breast. And suddenly, with my second diagnosis, I was terrified to the point the anxiety was paralyzing. I worried about being sick and maybe even dying.
I had surgery to remove the tumor and 19 lymph nodes, radiation and began five years of drug therapy. I realized at that moment I had to get serious about my health. I immediately cleaned out all the junk from my kitchen and set out to learn everything I could about healthy eating and working out.
Starting small, I began exercising regularly, running, and embracing “clean eating,” an approach that emphasizes whole, natural foods and sensible portions. I became an avid runner and personal trainer as well as a healthy eating/weight loss cookbook author and blogger. I can honestly say now, over six years later, I’m in the best shape of my life, and exercise has helped me get healthy and, lose 30 pounds and keep it off.
I love sharing what I’ve learned with other women. It’s empowering to know we can change our lives and health destiny. I co-founded a website,Skinnyms.com, that’s founded on that philosophy. It’s based on making small changes step-by-step, leading to amazing results. For example we have a running program that can take an absolute beginner to a half-marathon in 18 weeks.
The starting point that I recommend to everyone looking to improve their health is what I call my Before You Shower Mini Morning Workout. It takes only a couple minutes and it will get your heart pumping and spark a commitment to healthy living that lasts all day long. January is the perfect time to commit to a few minutes of exercise every morning for the next 365 days. We often see that it sparks a chain reaction of good choices that lead to lasting results.
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source: Parade by Gale Compton also know as Skinny Ms.