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Tuesday, March 8 2015 was 9 years since my breast cancer diagnosis. Still cancer free! Thank you to anyone who ever donated time, money or other resources to figuring out a cure for cancer. I am reaping the benefits and am sooooo grateful.

The link between obesity and cancer is what drew me to SparkPeople. There is up to a third risk reduction, in people whose BMI is normal, from getting breast cancer. That is such a huge number (33%) compared to the percentage points you can get from using one chemo drug over another. (one or two%)

If it were a drug, Drs. would be prescribing NORMAL WEIGHT like crazy.

I hope this makes sense--that eating right and getting our BMI's out of the overweight (or obese) range and into "normal" is one of the most significant things we can do to reduce our chances of getting cancer or a recurrance. (other than quit smoking)

OBESITY is the NEW CIGARETTE where cancer is concerned.

But nobody wants to hear it! We have cut smoking rates but obesity is still on the rise.

I loved Sparkpeole and now that I have gained back 10 extra pounds (my Dr. claims there are 20 extra. OK) anyway, I need to lose them ASAP.

What follows is a copy of my 2010 Intro--it turns out that I will be on the hormone suppressing meds forever probably. So I will forever be trying to get and stay strong, to keep my blood pressure down, to optimize my energy and to keep my bones strong.

BUT FIRST, AN UPDATE FROM 2013: Nearly 7 years since my cancer diagnosis, and my life is still "before cancer" and "after cancer." I found out that self-awareness is at the bottom of communication problems, and also at the bottom of many other issues in life. I am zeroing in on my own self-awareness to continue my self-improvements.

Here it is.: I was treated for breast cancer in 2006 and will have to discontinue the medication which keeps the hormones down next year. Hormones encourage some cancers, including mine. BMIs over 25 have been indicated in more likely recurrence, so I am trying to get my BMI down by the end of this year. I am currently 12 pounds away and yo-yo-ing.

I was so depressed during cancer treatment that I didn't think God would want to bother with me but I managed to say a pray to a wire angel which appeared out of the blue from a dear relative. I thought the angel was low enough on the totem pole to deal with insignificant me.

Member Since: 10/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 4,042

My Goals:
My high weight was 174. I got down to 145, my goal weight the first year after treatment, but put it right back on. It was like I just wanted to see if I could do it, and how it felt to be that weight, but not something I was ready to permanently commit to. I decided I could get to my goal by the time I would have to go off of the medication by keeping my weight in the 170's that first year, in the 160's the second year (2008), in the 150's in 2009 and in the 140s in 2010 and below 145 thereafter.

My goal is to crave being strong, light and tough, more than I crave the carbs. I loooooved being that way last summer; could do 60 reps of basic exercises, could walk/run for 45 minutes, and weighed under 145. I couldn't have cared less about cookies or chips. It felt so great. I want to feel it again.

My Program:
I have had great success with green juice, so I will be tracking the green-ness of my days. The greener, the better! I also respond to interval exercise so I will be aiming for 3-4 30-minutes sessions per week of walking with 6-8 30-second runs interspersed. I also believe that intermittent fasting is beneficial for starving cancer; cancer needs blood sugar, but my body can process fats when the blood sugar runs low. So I let my blood sugar deplete and focus on good fats and veggies.

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Empty nest. Such a hollow feel to life. I feel abandoned! But making the best of it and reeeeeally enjoying time to myself and with my husband.

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Thank you for fighting cancer!

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    Pat, I hope you've managed to get the bears out of your house -- or at least out of your dreams!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog about my hair; it really made me dig back into my memory banks. I think that the change in texture in my hair is definitely due to the diet, because my hair now feels much more like it did when I was much younger and eating healthier. So I think I "unnaturally" had good hair because my diet was out of whack, and my natural hair has now come back.

    On a perhaps related note, my nails are stronger and better than ever, so that's a decent trade off for having to fight with my hair again!
    3613 days ago
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    Thanks for the comment about carbs. Carbs are definitely a tough thing...I know that if I eat too many, I gain. I have a staffer who says 'fat doesn't make you fat, sugar & carbs make you fat''m interested why you are cutting down on meat?

    Blessings Pat. Karen
    3614 days ago
    Now I see a bear diminishing into a bear cub, and wandering around like Winnie the Pooh looking for honey pots! I always was good at visualization!
    3614 days ago
    Pat, thanks for your comment on my blog yesterday about Dr. Birdie. I know that I barely made my fiber goal on Sunday, after eating poorly at the Fathers' Day get-together, which makes me believe that I was also low on nutrients.

    But I'm not sure that one day's poor eating would be enough to have my body crave those nutrients, although I'm willing to admit it could be so (it could simply be that eating so many empty calories just plain had me hungry). The only other explanation I can think of is that by eating so poorly, foods that I rarely eat anymore (second time I've had pizza in three months, for example, and second time I've had ice cream cake in three months), it triggered my body's junk food cravings.

    But I'm thinking about these things, and watching my hunger this week to see if all of this is just coincidence and not causation.
    3615 days ago
    hi Pat here is an interesting link in regard to your healthy planet ://
    3618 days ago
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