Three Years After Hearing Those Horrible Words......

It has been three years since I heard the most horrific three words "YOU HAVE CANCER".  My world as I knew it stopped and everything became dark.

My cancerversary happens to be on May 5th also known as Cinco de Mayo.  Yes!!! A day many people celebrate, so in my mind they are also celebrating with me.  I didn't want to write this post until I saw my doctor and had my pap test results come back.  So last week results were in and I'm a OK.

A lot has happened since that unforgettable ugly day, but I can honestly say that I'm healthier, happier and enjoying life more than before I had cancer.  So take that and shove it CANCER.  You chose the wrong DIVA this time.  I fought you, I conquered you so I'm telling you now Don't Ever Come Back!!!

I Won Ketsy And Lost Pounds- Part II

It's been four months since I started with the "weight loss challenge group" after working out on my own since last July.  I must say  it has been quite a journey so far, at times hard and exhausting.  I have gained much knowledge in many facets like: nutritional, physical, and emotional.

It is amazing how emotions play a role in this journey and it is not only doing diet and exercise but also understanding the whole process and accepting that this is a new lifestyle.  Even during the journey there are many adjustments to be made as your body and mind changes.

Personally, I'm glad I was given this opportunity to be part of this group.  I really don't think I would have been able to have done what I have done so far without the support of this group beside the support of my husband and family.  There are days that I just want to give up but my girls, as I call them, (Robin, Kat, Diane T., Diane P., Lara, Mara, Ruthie, and Zoe) won't let me.

We support and encourage one another and cheer every single milestone as small as it might seem.  #KillerKetsy (our trainer) and  #LittleTaffyD (our co-trainer) are right there too.  I have cried many of times on both their shoulders and get re-charged afterwards.  They don't let us give up and for that we love them.  
Our hard work has paid off.  All of us have had excellent results.  It has been worth all the tears, the sweat, and the pain that we have shared.

Our new friend "The Scale"
My results these past 4 months are as follows:

1st Month ~ Lost 8 lbs and 5 inches
2nd Month ~ Lost 5 lbs. and 8 inches
3rd Month ~ Lost 8 lbs  and 12 inches
4th Month ~ Lost 7lbs and 4 inches
Grand Total so far ~ 28 lbs and 29 inches

Our journey is not over yet, but we'll continue and we are confident that we will reach our goal.  Our motto is :  Health and Strength is the New Skinny. 

"I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of finding it again" ~

Related Links:
 I Won Ketsy and Lost Pounds~Part I
 I Won Ketsy and Lost Pounds~Part III
Zumba and Spinning for a Newbie
Running Like A Diva

Running Like A Diva

OK~ so here is the thing, I'm just going to come out and say it, "I really really DISLIKE running".  I don't like to use the word HATE, but I might have to when it comes to running.  I still remember when I had to run at the Police Academy every day, I used to get anxious and have anxiety attacks. Thank God for my BFF, Cathy, for always supporting me when we ran next to each other in the academy's gym almost holding my hand. I give her credit for helping me make it out of there.

I often wonder what do marathon runners or any runner think about while they are running all those miles???  Besides feeling the pain on their legs and feeling exhausted what goes through their mind?  I just can't imagine.

So now, that I said all that about running, guess what I'm going to be doing?  Yes!! I will be running. I want to step out of my comfort zone again, and challenge myself to run a 5K on October 7, 2012. 

I had to choose a 5K run event from so many out there.  So I thought, if I'm going to run, I'm going to do it like a Diva.  This is the reason I chose "Run Like A Diva" and registered.

I never thought that I will be paying to run a 5K (3.1 miles) and be doing it on purpose.  I would have paid anything NOT to run at the Academy all those months. There's to show you how things can change.  I feel blessed that I have the ability to do it now and will be going from cancer to a 5K.  I might even get more ambitious and try for the Divas half marathon next year. Unbelievable!!!!  But one step at a time, just like anything else in life.

I'm in training right now and doing pretty good so far.  Thanks to the support and encouragement of my weight loss challenge group (my girls, as I like to call them) and lets not forget our trainer, #KillerKetsy and co-trainer #LittleTaffyD.  I'm confident that I will be ready for October and will be giving it my best shot.

If anyone wants to join me, you are more than welcome.  I will be running for all my cervical cancer survivor sisters and for those that can't anymore.  My bib will read:  "CCSURVIVOR DIVA"

"The miracle isn't that I finished.  The miracle is that I had the courage to start." ~ John Bingham

Related Links to My Weight Loss Journey:
I Won Ketsy and Lost Pounds - Part III 
I Won Ketsy and Lost Pounds - Part II 
I Won Ketsy and Lost Pounds - Part I
Zumba and Spinning for a Newbie