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!
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