How TRX helped me | Blog by Lisa Schwartzer, Fitness Instructor September 6, 2012
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in December, I did not feel very strong. I felt very scared and weak. After going through two surgeries and being cleared for exercise, I began to use TRX three times a week as my main form of strength training. The in-between days were my cardio.
I successfully did TRX three times per week through 30 radiation treatments. My doctors said that I would be tired, knocked out and would probably need to rest more than normal. I didn’t notice any of this, I kept up with my exercise and continued on with my activities: personal training, administrative duties and, most importantly, mommy duty.
After finishing radiation, the doctors told me that I would have to take medicine to keep the cancer at bay. The catch? It causes weight gain. Well, I thought, haven’t I been through enough? Now weight gain on top of everything!? The lovely doctor said “you will only gain about 10-15 pounds”. 10 to 15 POUNDS! That is a clothing size!
I began to research the drug and no matter what, everyone said weight gain resulted. Upon receiving the prescription, the side effects said that a very small percentage of people can lose weight. Small percentage…but it gave me hope!
I scheduled a fitness evaluation to establish a baseline for me so that I could carefully keep an eye on my weight. At the time of the evaluation I weighed 145 pounds with 28-29 percent body fat. I took the drug for the first time the day of the evaluation.
During this time, I revamped my eating as well. I already was a very healthy eater, but what I did eat was processed food. I decided to get rid of the chemicals and stopped eating things with ingredients that I could not pronounce.
Now almost 4 months into taking the drug, I am 135 pounds with 25-26 percent body fat. I have lost a total of about 15 pounds since being diagnosed and dropped my body fat by 3-4 percent! I feel strong and can actually see some muscle definition! I haven’t weighed in the 130s since high school.
At my last doctors appointment, she said that she has never had a patient lose weight on Tamoxifen. Well, now she has!
I feel strong!
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