When you lose your mojo…..

Before I began chemotherapy I had to go through an education class. You are then overwhelmed with information. You learn about ports, names of medications and the side effects, oh the side effects. There were so many things discussed and presented in a slide show. At the end of it they send you home with a binder filled with everything you just heard.

One thing that was stated over and over again in the class by the NP and again reiterated by the Oncologist was how important exercise is. The best way to fight the fatigue is exercise. The best way to get the  chemo meds through your system to kill the cancer cells is exercise. The way to keep your oxygen levels up, yep you guessed it exercise.

As a group fitness instructor I already knew the health benefits of daily exercise. I taught classes three nights a week. Went on wog’s several times a week and was always on the move. Taking extra steps at work, dancing with friends, enjoying the ability to move daily in life.

Hearing that exercise is one of the best things to do during chemotherapy I had set my mind to it. I started the Cancercize program on YouTube and a Cancercize Facebook page. I promised the doctor, NP , my friends and myself that I would workout EVERY day through chemo. Yes everyday, even if it was nothing but a few stretches there would be a workout. I did not want to have the fatigue. I know how to exercise so I will give the theory my honest  test. I did. I worked out through the whole treatment and actually made 120 days straight of working out. I felt the effects of the chemo. More importantly I felt the effects of exercise. I honestly believe I would not have done so well if I had not worked out in some way everyday.

As the day of the oopherecotomy neared, I worked out longer and harder. Concentrating on my abs.  I knew they would be out of commison for some time after the surgery. I asked the surgeon what kind of exercise I could do after the surgery. She said very light weights and definately lots of walking. Great I can do that.

The trouble is I haven’t. I have tried to do a few Cancercize videos. I have three up since surgery. They are slow and easy but they are there. I have walked a few times too. The trouble is that is all I have done. I can’t seem to make it a consistent habit. I have lost my mojo. Conviction. Focus. Mindset. My enthusiasm.

I put my finger on it today. I have to get up and move! It is the only way to make me want to keep moving. It is time for me to get back on track. It is time for me to set my mind. I am the only one that can make me take care of me. That includes getting back up on the horse.

Today I walked, just a few blocks. I think it was enough to wake my head up again. When I got home I vaccumed, did a load of laundry, took out all the trash and recycables and dusted. DUSTED! I powered through the uncomfortablness. I moved slowly and used the handrails going up and down the stairs. The point is I moved. Intentionally with a purpose. To get better and heal.

I may have my mojo once again……



  1. neveradullbling · July 18, 2016

    Good job! You’re gonna be one tough wogger when this is over!! 😀 ❤

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    • breidengale · July 18, 2016

      I truly hope so! I was looking at my ‘bling’ from the Susan Komen walk…all I could think was I am going to RUN it next year!! No excuses. ❤

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  2. theturtle · July 18, 2016

    You are an inspiration 🙂
    Glad you’re finding your mojo back , you’re helping you and us 🙂
    Turtle Hugs

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  3. ladieswholunchreviews · July 18, 2016

    Yay, good for you!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. breidengale · July 18, 2016

    thank you!! now to act upon my realization 😉 #iwill


  5. theturtle · July 18, 2016

    Left you a comment a few days back on an older post 🙂 to which you answered with an amazing “word” , but when I was thanking you back it all disappeared in thin air , this tech things baffle me 😉
    Thank you and Turtle Hugs

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    • breidengale · July 18, 2016

      I struggle so much with the tech stuff!!!! I just barely get by. I can’t think of the word now :/ #chemobrain #oldagebrain 😉 #youwillgetthis

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  6. Malaikah · August 4, 2016

    Hi! I am inspired how you take this things. Sometimes am still baffled with it :):)

    Liked by 1 person

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