Posts Tagged "lyceum"

Swing for the Cure

October is breast cancer awareness month. The gym I go to asked us to find someone who suffers with this now or previously and to share their story. My gym is Lyceum in Brick Canvas at Thanksgiving Point. I love that they continue to challenge us and this week I will be swinging a 35lb kettlebell 2500 times. Here is my neighbor Libbie Ferguson’s story: “I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer for the first time in August of 2001. As part of the tests I went through, they found a renal carcinoma of my left kidney as well. After four surgeries in five weeks I began chemo followed by radiation. I went into remission for nine years and then it returned. Again, I went through treatment and was blessed to go into remission again but it only lasted a year. I’ve been in treatment since 2010 and are holding it at bay, though not curing it. At this point, I am dealing with metastatic breast cancer that has gone into my lungs, lymph nodes, and bones. I’ve decided that it is like moving into a new and unfamiliar city. Your not sure about the neighborhoods or what you will find as you journey through the unknown territory but you must go anyway. It is surprising what you can learn about yourself as you face what is around each new corner. You will find that you are much stronger than you think you are. It helps to get directions and comfort from those who have been there before. I have learned so much about myself and about the love of God. Time means more and those I love know it. I’ve always thought that they need to hand out a cancer basket like they used to hand out welcome baskets when you move into a new neighborhood. It would contain all the prescriptions you will need along with all the over the counter medicines and other things needed to deal with all the many side effects that come along the way, and there are many. One night I decided to write down that list and I had seventeen items on it. Really though, I would like this neighborhood to become so exclusive that no one would ever be able to move there.” I love the way she made the comparison and seeing cancer through her eyes. I stand in awe of these women who battle it day in and day out and are fighters. This challenge is nothing compared to what they have to go through and I feel honored to do it for such a great...

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Century 100 at Lyceum

Only 5 exercises in our workout today however we need to do 100 of each. 30 seconds work 30 seconds rest until you’ve done all 500 reps. Wow! It was intense but I worked along side some motivating people so I was able to get through it. Surround yourselves with positive and motivating people. You can do anything you put your mind too. I’ve come along way and I’m so impressed with the mind shift I’ve made in regards to exercise. I used to work hard at exercising consistently for 3 months then I’d take a 3 month break cause id get burnt out and bored. But Lyceum keeps it fresh and I’m addicted to this workout. I love coming eachday because I don’t know what to expect and they push me to my...

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September Cooking Class

We were able to do a cooking class from our Healthy Lifestyles class by Trish at her house. It was perfect to visually see her work in the kitchen and make it look so effortlessly. She gave us all copies of the recipes she made and tips. What I came away from this class was: To have snack time with my kids. Use Chia seeds instead of eggs. Make what I can in bulk. For bread crumbs use gluten free bread like Prairie Spelt bread 1 slice is 1/4 cup if you can and have the kids break up the bread and then food process them. For breadcrumbs assign a child to do the shaker job. Put cottage cheese in spaghetti sauce for extra protein. Rice and beans job for...

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Lifestyle Modification Strategies

I meet Trish my nutrition coach this week and she gave me a copy of their vision of Lyceum and how it’s a lifestyle change that they try to get their clients to grasp. Here is their tips and strategies to making a more healthy lifestyle: Set Realistic goals *Set both weight loss and lifestyle modification/behavior change goals *Create goals that are specific, measure able, attainable, realistic and time sensitive *Place an emphasis on behavior rather than weight *Set daily goals such as adherence to your exercise and nutrition plans Modify Environmental Cues *Environmental cues encourage excess calorie intake and low levels of physical activity *Become aware of environment cues that trigger food intake and physical activity *Focus on modifying cues over which you have control. For example you may need to: Clean up your immediate environments at home and work. Give away or stop purchasing high calorie , low nutrition foods. Keep food out of view. Increase Self-efficacy *Success breeds success. Set reasonable goals that can be achieved on a daily basis *Find a role model and remind yourself “If they can do it, so can I” *Identify a support or accountability partner to work with *Celebrate success daily Manage Stress and Negative Moods *Brainstorm and identify different things or activities that make you feel better (good music, books, friends, etc) *Recognize that regular physical activity can reduce feelings of depression, stress and anxiety, and improve mood and energy levels. Identify enjoyable physical activities and tune into the positive effects of exercise. *Identify various relaxation techniques Setup a System for Self-monitoring and Problem-Solving *Record the behaviors that you are trying to change, specifically food intake and physical activity *Observe thoughts and feelings, both helpful and unhelpful, that precede eating and exercise behaviors *Self-monitoring will: Increase your self-awareness and provide a “mirror” of your behavior. Give you information to provide to us on a weekly basis. Let you measure success and challenges and give you information necessary to brainstorm ways to eliminate negative behavior. Serve as a form of positive reinforcement. Restructure Your Thinking *Develop a mindful awareness of automatic thoughts, or self-talk, and consciously change counterproductive thoughts *Learn to replace negative thoughts with more positive and realistic ones *Learn to observe your own thinking, not accept immediate thoughts as “reality” and restructure thoughts in ways that are believable as well as...

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Lyceum

I found a new gym here in Utah. I never thought I’d be a member of a gym again because I thought I did pretty good in my home gym. But I felt like I should give it a try. My new neighbor, Missy Turnbull, introduced to me and then she bailed out but I kept going and I am enjoying it and it’s super intense and I feel really heavy jumping around. I can only do 2 real push-ups. I’ve got a lot of work to...

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