I’m really looking forward to my follow up appointment tomorrow with the plastic surgeon so I can get the go ahead to exercise. I’m starting to feel weak, out of shape, pale and flabby. I’m not the type of person who loves going to the gym or running a marathon. I revel in the after effects that exercise induces and the power I feel. I do however love strength training. After my son was born and a few months before my return to work date, I started eating healthy and working out with resistance bands at home. I lost 30 pounds and felt better than ever. Since having the PICC line permanently in my arm last year for 5 months straight to receive chemo (poison), and also the fear of getting lymphedema, I’ve been afraid to lift weights, do push-ups or anything that might cause damage or trigger something. I was recently reassured by the physiotherapist that I can start slowly and work my way up to what I used to do. thank god.
You can’t pay for the feeling you get after exercising even if it’s a leisurely walk. They say exercise releases endorphins, here’s the Wikipedia definition:
Endorphins (“endogenous morphine”) are endogenous opioid inhibitory neuropeptides. They are produced by the central nervous system and pituitary gland. The term implies a pharmacological activity (analogous to the activity of the corticosteroid category of biochemicals) as opposed to a specific chemical formulation. It consists of two parts: endo- and -orphin; these are short forms of the words endogenous and morphine, intended to mean “a morphine-like substance originating from within the body”. The class of endorphin compounds includes α-endorphin, β-endorphin, γ-endorphin, α-neo-endorphin, and β-neo-endorphin. The principle function of endorphins is to inhibit the transmission of pain signals; they may also produce a feeling of euphoria very similar to that produced by other opioids.
The last sentence is the most important one for me. Not only will exercise be a stress reliever but also my body will get stronger and hopefully have a calming effect. I just have to stay focused and committed. Bring it on – I’m ready…. oh and as part of my vows to do things that I love every day and to cut out the sh-t… I will never wear SPANX for the rest of my life. If you don’t know what SPANX are then good for you, I for one am happy to burn mine. amen.