Blindsided by a Breast Cancer Diagnosis - Tami Weitzman


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  In the United States after skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it's far more common in women.

In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the United States.  Unfortunately 42,170 of those women are expected to die in 2020 from breast cancer.

I had the honor to interview my friend, Tami Weitzman, on her journey with breast cancer.  Her story is one of courage, determination and strength. Here is what she had to say:

Intermittent Fasting vs. Extended Fasting

Many of you have asked me to write about Intermittent Fasting and  Extending Fasting.  I do both methods, and I incorporate them in my lifestyle. 

Both of these methods have tremendous benefits for the body.  I have found this to be true for ME -
of course it is NOT for everyone.  So before you go on trying out anything, I would encourage you to check with your doctor first.

A few years back,  I was told about intermittent fasting by my life trainer & teacher Ketsy S.  At that time, I just simply dismissed the idead because my first thought was, "How can I stop eating at a specific time and then don't eat anything until 14 - 16 - or 18 hours later? - OMG! I will die!"  Believe you me - NO one dies from missing a meal. 

The second time that it was brought  to my attention was about a year and a half ago by another one of my teachers (I Am Wellness Warrior).  Back then I was struggling to get back to my optimum health, I had gained about  60 pounds, and I wanted to try something different because what I was doing was not working anymore.  This time I did what I do best - I researched and studied it, got the knowledge and then applied it. 

She Believed She Could So She Did

 Guest Blog Post written by Filomena Ann @healthyfitmama31

"She Believed She Could So She Did” – [Luke 1:45], is the best way to describe my journey with running. I was not always passionate about running. I got back into it after I had my son.

In the past, running for me was always about doing it for weight loss. I never really enjoyed it, and most of the time I could not wait to finish my run.  After having my son, I wanted to do something for myself. I decided to train for my first 5k. I downloaded the couch to 5k application, and I remember at first running on my treadmill and at the running track.  I found myself enjoying these runs. This time it was a different feeling. I ran my first 5k on June of 2014, and afterwards I started running more and more. I love how I felt during my runs. 

I remember a co-worker telling me about a challenge for “Be the Match.” The challenge was to run a hundred miles in a hundred days. I was excited to do this challenge. I remember setting out to do my first mile. The one mile turned into three miles. I remember the first day I ran eight miles. I was so excited because I never thought that I could run more than three miles at a time.  These runs were times to be by myself; it was my time to think.  Anything that was bothering me I could just pound it out on the pavement, and feel so much better afterwards. 

Making the Best of My Quarantine Weight-loss

 Guest Blog Post written by Elizabeth S. from @eliz_talks

Weight loss has always been my life brand. From a very young age, I've been a yo-yo dieter. It's almost as if I love the challenge of watching my body transform.

2020 has been no different. Once January 2nd, 2020 hit, I knew exactly what needed to be done to obtain results. I joined Weight Watchers, cut back drinking, and started yet another journey of sensible eating.

I was doing great, getting results, and feeling good about 2020. Then March hit & we were quarantine. 
I went into an immediate panic, unsure what this meant for my new lifestyle. It took me 2.5 seconds to realize I would have to turn it up a notch. 

A Letter to Mom On Her Birthday

Dear Mommy:
Happy Birthday in heaven. You would have been 89 years old today here on earth.

I miss you every day, but I feel you with me at all times.  I know for a fact that you are looking at us from above, and always guiding me and Rudy.

I know that you were with my brother the whole month he was in the hospital fighting this terrible virus that is killing so many people in the world. We are praying for all those families that have lost loved ones.

I was scared and I felt helpless because we couldn't see him.
My only comfort was that I knew you were there guarding him.  I know he was your favorite. LOL
Today we are so grateful that he is home recovering.

My 11th Year Cancerversary

Dr. Jason D. Wright, MD and Me
Here we are!!! My GYN Oncologist, Dr. Jason Wright, MD,  and me posing for our annual picture.  This year is our 11th year doing it.  He is such a ham.  He says to me -- "I love taking this picture with you every January on your annual check-up day, so you can post it on our cancer anniversary- Cinco de Mayo."

Continue reading at --> A New Camino - A Latina's Journey Back from Cervical Cancer.

Thank You!
Much Health and Light,

Sixty By Sixty

 Hello Everyone. Here I am again!! I have been quiet and MIA from here, but make NO mistake I have been working hard on self care, and connecting my mind, body and spirit.

I want to thank you for the enormous feed back and positive comments on my last post regarding my second weight loss journey.  If you did not catch it - you can do so here -->  "My Big Confession."

So let me bring you up to date.  Well, before I do that let me just go back a little bit.  Seven years ago today September 12th, I had lost 113 pounds.  This reversed all my illnesses (diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure) for which I used to take up to five different medications.
I became the Healthy Girl.