Sunday, March 4, 2012


I did something that scares me today...

I joined a gym.

How can I fear the gym after everything I have been through in the last year, right? I know. It is silly. In fact, it is ridiculous. It's a g-y-m: the place where other folks go to be healthy and fit. I guess it's not knowing the correct way to use certain machines and the fear of looking foolish in public that intimidates me. When I told Mr. Spots today that I wanted to go sign up for a membership, he said, "I have to warn you. They are going to try to get you to sign up for the ultimate package that includes 1 free tanning session." Boom! There was my final motivator--a chance to educate!

I don't know if it was my pretty porcelain skin or the fact that I was wearing an AIM at Melanoma t-shirt, but the red headed male did not offer the tanning package to me. I was a bit disappointed because I had already planned a speech in my head, but I was quite relieved at the same time. I didn't want my first session to be fueled by anger and a reminder of my cancer.

Today was day 1 of Operation Live Healthier.

Tomorrow, when I can't move, someone please remind me how empowered I felt today. I want to be fit again. I can do this.


Tim said...

Good for you Chelsea! One of the best ways to get back to living a normal life is to be miserable working out every day just like everyone else!



Kisma said...

You can do it! Keep it up!
And kudos to you for making a healthy choice!

scot said...

After a year of interferon. I went back to the gym this past November. I have been going 3 times a week. It wasn't easy after sitting on my but and sleeping and feeling lousy for most of the year. although I had been going to the gym prior to my diagnosis, but that did not matter it was like I had never been to the gym before in my life. My advice is to just start out slow. I feel a lot better now that I'm working out and eating right. Good Luck


RBS said...

once again you are good motivation for me. We're going to Kenya this summer to visit our son in the Peace Corps and he warned us that we'll be doing a lot of walking. Starting PT next week for the lymphedema in my leg. moved all the outdoor gear off the Bowflex and realized it used to have another use. Humor is good. Attitude is great!