I will be participating in Workout to Conquer Cancer this May, where I’ll be joining hundreds of others across the province with a commitment to work out every single day in May in support of cancer research and enhancements to care at BC Cancer.
First, because cancer really sucks. I have been lucky so far that cancer has not directly impacted me or my family. However, one in two British Columbians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime - so it is just a matter of time until it will become real. I have had friends with cancer (Mike - kicked it twice and hopefully for the last time), so I think of the impact that it has on their families.
Second, working out? – that is not the Shane people know. And you are right for the most part. However, last year I embarked on a plan to get more physically active and lose some weight. After making some great progress thanks to my trainer (Nicky), since having Baby #2 things have gone back to my "old ways" as I haven’t had the time. So, why not kick my butt in gear for a good cause!! And since its May, it something I can really do after literally sitting around all tax season.
I am committing to working out for at least 30 minutes per day for all of May. This means getting off my seat and doing something. Whether it is going for a run, lifting weights, jumping on my elliptical, or anything to get moving. What it EXCLUDES is walking my dogs - I do that anyways, so I can't really count that.
For those days that I generally just don't feel like I can do it - I really hope that there is none. However, in realistic terms, there may be one or two. Especially 2 specific days where I will be travelling in a car for about 7 hours. For those days, I will need to pay a $50 “fine” for my laziness, or you can sponsor a “Rest Day Pass” for me.
And to help me stay committed, I will be posting in my blog page what I did for a workout the previous day. After all, accountability is key! And my workout “suffering” can also be for your enjoyment.
How YOU Can Help!
First, you can show your support by making a donation! With your support, you are supporting the world-class research conducted by the clinicians and scientists at BC Cancer. Their work is providing exciting new evidence that is changing the way cancer is prevented, detected and treated.
Second, send your words of encouragement! Working out for 31 straight days is something that I would not describe as “fun”. And it also takes a little commitment from my family - specifically my wife, as I help a little less with our 4 month old so I can do this. So, if you are not encouraging me, send her your thoughts!
Thank you in advance for your support to Workout to Conquer Cancer!
It's the last day! I got up early and went for a ride on my bike this morning. Legs were still on fire from my Day 30th last night. But, I am done!
Now, for the next 31 days, I commit to doing nothing. OK, not really, but maybe not to the same extreme (my legs/knees could probably use a break - I am not 20 anymore).
Thank you once again for all those that supported me and BC Cancer Foundation. And to my wife who had to deal with the kids a bit more as I was busy doing this.
Until next year...
by Shane Schepens on Fri, May 31, 2019 @ 7:28 AM
And boom! Met and surpassed my fundraising goal yesterday. Thank you for all who have supported me and more importantly supported the great work of all those at the BC Cancer Foundation.
Day 30 was another elliptical day. Another 45 minutes, though keep trying different settings. Today was "Weight Loss 3", which honestly was a little boring - pretty much all at the same setting, no hills like some of the others.
And one day to go!
by Shane Schepens on Thu, May 30, 2019 @ 10:40 PM
Started off the morning with an early morning bike ride for approx 35 minutes. I typically like to just get up and go on work days, but knowing that I was going to have a long day in the office, I thought it was best to "check the box" first thing in the morning. Nice ride in the crisp air.
But, after getting home from the office around 9, I still had some energy. So, I doubled up and went for a 40 minute ride on the elliptical. Felt good, but very sorry after that.
by Shane Schepens on Thu, May 30, 2019 @ 9:16 AM
Not sure if I think of this as only 3 days left or that I have conquered 28 days so far. I guess it depends on whether you view a cup as empty or full. Either way, I have done 28 days straight and now only 3 days to go.
Day 28 was a 45 minute "run" on the elliptical. Lately, I have been doing the "performance setting", but it actually seems to be getting easier. I just turn on the TV and watch a show - and as long as its action related. My pain is nothing like the people getting shot at on TV (yes, I know it is not real). But, it doesn't make me think about the pain in my legs or lungs as much!
by Shane Schepens on Tue, May 28, 2019 @ 11:27 PM
Last week!! So, trying to end this strong. Today was a grueling 45 minutes on the elliptical. Sore legs - but they will be better by tomorrow (at least that's what I will keep telling myself).
by Shane Schepens on Mon, May 27, 2019 @ 11:15 PM
Day 9 to 26
OK, I realized one thing this month. I really am bad at keeping up with any type of "socially media" type of stuff. And it really snowballed. Though, I might be bad at getting to a computer to do this, I have been moving. Here is a summary of the past few weeks:
May 9 Walk (30 min)
May 10 Weights (30 min)
May 11 Bike (30 min)
May 12 Bike (30 min)
May 13 Elliptical (30 min)
May 14 Elliptical (30 min)
May 15 Elliptical (30 min)
May 16 Elliptical (30 min)
May 17 Walk (30 min)
May 18 Walk (30 min)
May 19 Walk (30 min)
May 20 Elliptical (30 min)
May 21 Elliptical (30 min)
May 22 Elliptical (40 min)
May 23 Elliptical (45 min)
May 24 Walk (30 min)
May 25 Bike (30 min)
May 26 Bike (30 min)
by Shane Schepens on Sun, May 26, 2019 @ 10:58 PM
Day 8 consisted of 15 minute elliptical workout and a 15 minute free-weight workout. Definitely the muscles are getting sore after a week. But, only 23 days to go - no problem!
Also, the last couple of nights, I have been doing a bonus walk (not including the regular dog walk). This has been to help our baby fall asleep. Tonight totally backfired - I just got her enraged! At least I got a bonus walk.
by Shane Schepens on Wed, May 08, 2019 @ 10:10 PM
Day 7 consisted of a 30 minute free weight workout. Working the arms, chest, abs, and legs.
Week 1 complete!
by Shane Schepens on Tue, May 07, 2019 @ 10:20 PM
For Day 6, I went for a walk for about 40 minutes. It was the second walk of the day (the first was with the dogs). As I take our baby in the evenings, it was apparent that I would just run out of time to do something else. So, I took her in her carrier. And it was great as she fell asleep too!
by Shane Schepens on Tue, May 07, 2019 @ 10:19 PM
Day 5 was sort of a carbon copy of the previous day. Took out the bike but made a conscious decision to try to avoid some hills - since my legs and butt were still killing me from the previous day. Left the house around 6:30am and rode around the Fleetwood area. Even though some hills were avoided - it was still a grueling 30 minute ride.
by Shane Schepens on Mon, May 06, 2019 @ 6:03 AM
Day 4 was a Saturday, so it gave me a little more flexibility on the timing. So, I woke up early and decided it was a great day to ride a bike. I used to bike all the time as a child and teenager. I brought the bike out of the shed that I bought 5ish years ago and took off all the tags (yes, I bought it 5 years ago and have NEVER used it). I wiped it down and pumped off the tires and off I went.
I decided to head to Fleetwood Park as it has some nice trails. Headed down the street about 30 seconds from the house and I hit a hill and wow within a minute my legs were burning already. Rode the trails around there and in and out of my nice streets and saw a sign for Surrey Lake Park, so I figured why not. Well after going down some nice hills, it became apparent that I would need to go back up this hill and soon enough I was going upwards. Honestly, I had to walk a bit of the incline.
By the time I was done, had a successful "first-time" 43 minute ride.
by Shane Schepens on Mon, May 06, 2019 @ 6:00 AM
I started off Day 3 with burning leg muscles from the previous day. I was walking funny around work all day. But, I can't quit - at least not on Day 3.
So today I did a 10 minute "warm up" on the elliptical. I tried a different setting than I have previously done. The resistance on my typical setting got up to "6", but this crazy setting went up to "12" - it was like I was climbing a mountain! The final 20 minutes was using free weights focusing on my upper body.
by Shane Schepens on Sat, May 04, 2019 @ 11:57 AM
I have been sore most of the day, but it is only Day 2. So, today I took it "easy" and just did 30 minutes on the elliptical. And if I thought I was sore earlier, my leg muscles are not too thrilled at me at the moment.
And my 6 year old decided to do a work-out with me. Her's consisted of bouncing on her little trampoline, doing hula-hooping, rolling on an exercise ball, and then reading a book on the trampoline. She made it look so easy.
by Shane Schepens on Thu, May 02, 2019 @ 10:12 PM