Monday, June 6, 2011

Mid June heat

Not a whole lot new going on.  Just working on getting in shape.  Which is coming along alright.  I really got serious about losing weight and getting in shape about the beginning of April.  I've lost 30 pounds so far, and losing more each day.  Have the right motivation now.  Some different personal goals that snapped me out of that rut I was in.  I've been riding my mountain bike more, a lot more than I before.  And I've also thrown in some hiking, for a good mix.  I'm wanting to go backpacking some also.  Probably no time soon, seeing as how there's a lot of stuff I'd need to get.  Like a good backpack, tent, boots, etc.  So, for now I've just been hiking around Kennesaw Mountain, on top of riding my bike of course.  As far as my bike, I've already had to replace a few parts due to them just not being tough enough.  lol  I've been riding at the usual places.  Blanket's Creek, Big Creek.  There's also a new place I'm going to start riding more frequently, Allatoona Creek.  It's just right for me right now.  It's 4 miles long, and it's just about the right amount of difficulty to be a good challenge for me.  Now, for most other people who ride, it wouldn't be much.  But for me, it's just right, right now.  I'm doing really good at building my fitness back up, relatively speaking.  I'm also getting better with my diet.  Been eating a lot better, and feeling better because of it.  I do allow myself to cheat every once in a while, but because I've drastically changed the way I eat, that when i do cheat, it usually means an upset stomach.  lol  Guess that's not a bad thing though.  Just my body telling me I shouldn't eat that crap to begin with.  So, not much else to report on other than the weight loss.  I'm proud of myself, and others are starting to comment that they can tell I've lost weight.  That makes me feel good about what I'm doing and what I've accomplished so far.  Barring any injuries or anything, there's no stopping me now.  :-) 
 
As for my goals this year, I mentioned before about some places I want to ride.  Haven't gotten to ride any of them yet.  At the moment, I'm just working on getting in the best shape I can so I can actually enjoy them instead of suffering through them.  But I will ride them before the end of summer.  Which, by the way is starting off way too hot.  Goodness, it's already getting up well into the 90's.  It's been so weird, because just two weeks ago, it was getting down into the 40's, and barely getting about 60 for a few days.  Freaky weather. 
 
Anyways, thanks to those who have commented and all.  The encouragement is great, I appreciate it.  I'm still struggling with things involving the whole cancer thing.  I read so much about other survivors who are real gun-ho about doing fundraisers and raising cancer awareness and all that.  And that stuff is great.  I support them 100%.  But for me, I don't know.  Part of me is still at a point that I don't want to be constantly reminded of everything I've been through.  Then there's a part of me that wants to help others out in some way.  To show them that there's others out there, to give them some hope.  I guess I just haven't found my place yet.  Don't know if I ever will.  I'm still trying to figure all that stuff out for myself.  I'm not worried about it though.  I'm just wanting to enjoy my life right now.  That's kinda the whole point of suffering through all of that crap, right?  To have a life? 

1 comment:

openid said...

Hey Chad,
My name is Liz and I have come across your blog several months ago and have been reading it since. I am happy to hear about your weight loss, the new bike looks rather neat and I am glad to know you have been using it frequently, 30 pounds in several months is a very great result. In your last post you stated that you wanted to help others going through cancer but were not sure on how to do it, just having your blog up is already a step to helping someone else.
That said, since your blog is a great resource for someone going through cancer I wanted to reach out to you to see if you were interested in a new online social support network (that I am the community manager of!) called I Had Cancer. It is a new and free social support network focused on connecting people based on experiences with cancer so that they can easily communicate with one another and share information. I would love to tell you more if you are interested, so please let me know! Because I was so struck by your writing I would love to send you an early-access pass with extra invites for others you may know going through this journey.

Either way, thank you so much for your writing. Take care and best regards.
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