Fight Through the Fall

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I think it’s safe to say summer is over as sad is that is to admit. However, a new season arises. Cool weather, color-changing leaves, pumpkin flavored everything (literally everything), Monday night football…sounds like fall to me! The month of October is a special time of year not only because of all of the Halloween candy, but also because it is breast cancer awareness month. There are more than 200,000 cases of breast cancer reported in the United States per year. Back in 2010, my Aunt was 1 of those 200,000 cases reported.

My heart nearly shattered when I heard the news. It was difficult to keep my spirits high throughout the process, but I had no choice because I knew it would only be temporary. Despite the medications and chemotherapy treatment she endured, she remained strong through it all. Needless to say, she fought and won. She beat breast cancer and will be celebrating 6 years as a survivor in 2017.  If she can fight through life’s challenges, then so can you! As I’ve discussed in my previous articles, don’t get stuck on the hardships because they will pass. Setbacks serve as a test to how we overcome adversity. Nevertheless, what you do to overcome the setback will determine the volume of your comeback. Storms may make things dark and gloomy, but the sky will eventually clear up and the sun will shine.

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One main hindrance when it comes to achieving fitness goals is holidays. Celebrating with family and indulging in holiday food and drinks puts many in debt with the gym. What I mean by this is priorities shift so eating Thanksgiving leftovers becomes first on the to do list and checking in at the gym is at the bottom. You know what’s crazy though? There is a major holiday that falls on almost every month on the calendar so there is always going to be a reason to celebrate. It is up to you and only you to stay your course so you won’t have to restart your exercise regimen every time a big family event comes up. The wise thing to do would be to start taking things (especially food) in moderation now. This way the body can adjust and when it is time to pass around Grandma’s cooking at the table, you should have a little more control over your portions. Now I know it’s easier said than done, but some effort is better than no effort at all. We are all human so we are going to slip up from time to time, but again, don’t get stuck. It’s going to be tough, but rough times only build strength. Fight the good fight and whether the storm! The results from your hard work will be rewarding.

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Lena Thomas

Personal Trainer (Pulse Fitness Royal Oak and Detroit)

Business Owner (Lean Machine Training LLC & S W E A T by LMTä)

High School Girl’s Basketball Coach (Birmingham Groves High School)

BS Kinesiology concentration in Sport and Exercise Science (Wayne State



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