Day 144 and Day 145: snow, CT and hill training – giddy up.

Someecard Funny!So I’ve been a tad busy lately so my blogging hasn’t been on track (sorry!) But despite that, I have been going full tilt with training. The day before yesterday I completed cross training at the gym on the elliptical and then did some yoga. It felt great! And yesterday I did about 40 minutes on the treadmill, varying my speed and elevation. I started out at 5 for both and gradually got myself up to 15 for elevation and 6.5 for speed. It was good. Got my sweat on. Due to my flu and other stuff over the past few weeks my training was thrown off a bit in terms of distance, but I plan to get back on track (literally and figuratively) within the next week.

Stay tuned!

Happy trails 🙂

THANK YOU!! Can’t wait for @BAMCalgary

Thank you!

Guest Blogger: Melanie Bowen + exercise and cancer

cancer_more than ribbonLiving with cancer can be one of the most difficult things that you do in life. You might be wondering about your future and what you can do in order to feel better each day. The truth is that exercise and a healthy lifestyle can be wonderful options for just about any cancer patient. It does not matter if you were recently diagnosed, undergoing treatment or are in remission, exercise is still a great way to improve the quality of your life. There are a few ways that exercise can accomplish this for anyone who’s suffering from mesothelioma, breast cancer, or any other type of cancer.

Exercise helps you both physically and emotionally. Physically, exercise helps to provide you with more energy and releases feel-good endorphins into the body. If you can remember that great feeling you got after your last workout, just imagine that feeling being incorporated into your daily life and the impact it will have on you during treatment. As a cancer patient, you may be dealing with anger, depression and sadness. Exercise can help you to feel more alive and energetic when things around you seem glum.

When it comes to the emotional aspect of exercise, it is easy to see the benefits that it can have for you. For one, just getting away from your everyday surroundings is a way to feel better in general. Whether you decide to join a local gym or just make regular trips to the park, it is easy to see why so many people exercise every single day, whether they have cancer or not.

As always, you should speak with a health professional before you begin an exercise regimen. Your doctor will be able to tell you how much exercise is enough for you considering your current state of health. This will help tremendously when it comes to helping you get the best out of your daily routine, especially during treatment. Exercise is healthy for just about anyone of any age, so incorporating it into your everyday schedule is a fantastic thing for when you’re undergoing cancer treatment or are even in remission. You will find that the benefits you reap from exercise help tremendously when it comes to your physical strength and your ability to feel better about your situation. Speaking with a knowledgeable health professional will help you to determine what is right for you when it comes to an exercise schedule.

Melanie Bowen 

Yoga Magazine shares my story in their Feb issue!

kat macaulay yoga magYou guys, I am so excited!

I’ve had a really awful week, but it just took a turn for AWESOME! Today I was minding my own business, snuck outside to grab the mail and there it was… the February issue of Yoga Magazine with my story in it! I wrote them over a year ago to tell them about how yoga had changed my life and a few months ago the Assistant Editor contacted me to see if they could use it. Of course I was thrilled and said yes!

yoga magazine kat macaulayI know how important it is to share the struggles we all have. From juggling life with post-partum depression to gaining weight (and trying to lose it). And I know how important it is to know that you’re not alone and although it’s hard to swallow your pride (in my case, very hard) the benefits of sharing far outweigh keeping up appearances. I also should say that I find it offensive when people act as though adjusting from single, no worries to having a plus-one, is a breeze. So in the words of Michelle Tanner: Puh-lease get real.

Thanks to Yoga Magazine & Martin Gill for including me in this – I’m so honoured! 🙂

Rest Day: the #Chaturanga #Challenge is born!

yogarat_Chaturenga ChallengeAfter my 9.5 mile run yesterday, I took a rest day today. But I have to tell you, my legs feel great – not a bit stiff or sore – it’s unbelievable!

So since it was a rest day, I decided to do a bit of Yoga this evening. I was supposed to be focusing, but I couldn’t stop thinking about how I should really challenge myself to incorporate yoga into my daily routine. I used to be really good at doing it in the morning, but life has gotten pretty hectic, so in light of not wanting to make excuses (like being too busy) it’s on the list! And as a result, I’ve developed the “CHATURANGA CHALLENGE” [duh duh duh]

WHY? You may ask…

I love how I feel after I do yoga, so why not incorporate a little bit every day? This part of the sun salutation strengthens arms and wrists and it also tightens core muscles (Oh snap!)

First, watch this video to see proper form. It is difficult (or at least it is for me) but you can modify and complete from your knees. It is amazing how fast your strength will increase. Trust me!

* Modifications: You can get a feel for this challenging position by practicing it standing upright. Stand and face a wall, a few inches away from the wall. Press your hands against the wall, slightly lower than the level of your shoulders. Imagine that you are trying to push yourself away from the wall, but the firmness of your shoulder blades against the back prevents any movement. Lengthen your tailbone into your heels and lift the top of your sternum toward the ceiling.

* Beginners Tip: The completed form of Chaturanga Dandasana is quite difficult to perform at first, until your arms, back, and legs are strong enough to support you. From Plank Pose, begin by lowering your knees to the floor and then, with an exhalation, lower your sternum to within an inch or two above the floor.

Here are the rules:

  • Pick a start day – this will be Day 1. 
  • On Day 1: complete one (1) chaturanga
  • On Day 2: complete two (2) chaturanga’s
  • And so on… until you forget to do them, or you just cannot possibly complete any more!
  • Make sure you tweet about it or leave a comment to let us know that you’ve completed your chaturanga’s for the day!

*** I had a teacher who had to do 100 a few times a day, so I know we can do this! I’m setting my goal to 50 for now. I think it’s manageable if they’re done right.

So – are you in?