on the lengthy journey that is a cancer diagnosis and treatment. There will be ups and downs, good days and bad days and days so low there are simply no words to describe them. Here’s Alyssa on one of her better days. 💙 “I’m in a good mood today. I got two of my four drains out, which means...I can lift my arms again! Kind of...it still hurts quite a bit. But not as much. My bruising is much better than it has been and the swelling has gone down a ton. You can kind of see the outline of my expanders...kind of makes them look like Frankenboobs. But hey! That’s the least of my worries. I had originally hoped I’d have all of my drains out today so I could head back to work tomorrow...but I can’t until I get these other drains out. Plus side is this gives me another week to rest and try to get back into a normal sleep schedule. My plastic surgeon and I will be going over when my first fill will be and they’ll continue to fill the expanders little by little until we’re comfortable. From there, we’ll let my body adjust and schedule my exchange surgery. Thankfully the recovery on that is supposed to be not as bad. This is going to be a lengthy journey...physically, mentally and emotionally. But I have the best support team ever. Thank you everyone for following along with my lengthy, sappy posts. I enjoy being able to be open and raw about my struggles AND triumphs. ❤️”
Fantastic news Alyssa!
#cancer #breastcancer #breastcancerawareness #cureforcancer #strongertogether #canceraid
The women I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because shit worked out...they got that way because they got hurt and didn’t run away, they saw their imperfections and despite shame and fear they kept showing up for themselves, they accepted there are problems they can’t fix themselves, and they decided to share themselves more fully with the world. 💛
Because i haven’t posted lifting in 5eva. Still lifting lol. Here’s some non exciting deficit pulls at 285 for sets of 3. Shout out to the sun for this amazing lighting 🙂 weight felt pretty light, been working my way up slowly with weight since injury but i sense a deadlift PR coming soon 😌
How do I top off Ironman? What am I going to do next, some of you may be thinking. Well.... I’m going to a desert!
With Team Like a Girl, we’ll be running in the Wadi Rum Ultra Marathon in October : 260km over 5 days through the Jordanian desert. It’s been billed as one of the toughest footraces on earth and we are likely to face dehydration, blisters I’ve never seen before (see photo 4🙀) and being fully self sufficient for the entirety of the race. Sounds like my sort of thing!
I’ll be doing it with Team Like a Girl - each of the other ladies in our team have some absolutely amazing stories and are pure epic in their own right. We’ll be training together over the next few months and working as a team at the race - no one gets left behind👊🏽.
What I love about this is we are all women with normal lives who take on extraordinary challenges and aim to challenge what “like a girl” is often taken as. As I started with Ironman, with Wadi Rum, I want to inspire others to push themselves and take on new challenges.
#teamlikeagirl #likeagirl #wadirum #wadirum @wadirumultra #inspiringfemalerunners #marathoners #ultrarunning #running #womensrunningcommunity #womensrunning #runhappy #run #inspiring #inspiration #myfitnessjourney #femalerunner #strongertogether #thisgirlcan #ukrunchat
Ride your own race. Do your own best. Surround yourself with inspiration. And laugh. A lot.
Velodonnas WNR: Southern Comfort! The St. Norbert trial system makes a great location for a hot pursuit. After a tour of the trails as a group, we split our riders up into teams of cats and mice. The modest mice took off on the long loop, trying to get away from the crazy cats who rode the short loop, and then the long loop. This gives riders of a variety of skill levels and intensities a chance to ride hard, together. Great job mice, you held off the cats well!
Fuelled by candy, this was a fun bunch.
#strongertogether #velodonnas #catandmouse #southerncomfort
SQUAD | Dandenong Thunder will line up against Bulleen Lions as follows. Mohamad Feizi starts, Theo Markelis comes into the starting 11 to replace George Stavridis and Veton Korcari returns to the Thunder team on today's substitutes list⚡️⚽️
Can I keep it 💯 with you guys? Because here is the deal... YES, changing my lifestyle caused a major impact on my mentall wellness. My anxiety has gone from all consuming to the point I couldn't get out of bed to what I would call manageable. It's still here. Not nearly like it was, but there are still days I struggle to get out of bed. This usually happens consistently around my time of the month. Eating a clean diet, drinking my superfoods, exercising, changing the internal voice took my anxiety from something that defined my life to something that I can manage, most days. I make choices every day for that to be the case. When I feel it coming every month I do my best to increase ALL the things I do to combat it: nature time, fur baby time, time with my little sister, smudging, yoga, exercise, clean eating. I get messages from people saying I'm so strong and inspring and I love getting those because it means I'm doing what I hope to: inspire others. I think its important to share that I still struggle. This journey isn't about being perfect, it's about finding our way, and of course I can help you with this. Reach out to me and we can fight together.👊🏻 #StrongerTogether #anxious #conqueringanxiety #onesoulatatime #helpmehelpyou #mentallwellness #mentalillness #anxietyattack #panicattack
Sorry for the inconvenience, but we will have modified hour tomorrow and next Saturday due to athlete competition prep.
Fast finish from the Roosters sees our Reserves go down by 30 in today's earlier game. #StrongerTogether
"If you believe in yourself anything is possible." We Change Lives
You must do thing that you think you cannot do, we can take the next thing that comes along, the more we are able to transform our dreams into realities. 👊🏼❤️🔥#strongertogether
Photographer my bestie @whoismaggs
Congrats to the 😈Nightmare on their . 🏆Synergy League Championship🏆 .
This game was a real brawl with both teams pulling out all the stops. ⭐️BlackStars visibly missing their veteran leadership on court from @ryanejim7. @_3gb3
Captain Gibs did all he could putting up 20 for his team trying to will them to victory. In the end the Nightmare outlasted the BlackStars and had to many weapons at their disposal with 4 players in double digits. The Legend @jshcollins
finished with a game high 24 points and took home the PaperCrane @papercrane.to
League MVP award for his overall performance leading the Nightmare to a Championship. Thanks to everyone who came out and made this first season a success .
#synergyleague #nooffszn #strongertogether
This is me and my dear friend Anna Back, LAc @acuswede
enjoying the July sun (in the shade 😂) .We attended medical school together and took (and passed!) the state boards on the same day. Years later, we now both have our own practices on opposite sides of Los Angeles. When we first started our private practices we would call one another all the time to review cases, ideas, and treatment strategies. We still do from time to time, and it’s a joy to have someone to bounce ideas off of or just share experiences with. I believe in women supporting and building up the work of other women. We are #strongertogether
. There is no competition. Every great #acupuncture
treatment we give is a victory for us all, because the more that people can say that they got a good acupuncture treatment (regardless of where they went) the more people will seek out acupuncture and the better it is for everyone of us. you’re in the San Pedro area, do see Anna, she’s fantastic! https://annabackacupuncture.com What are you doing to support other women and small business? How do you hold up other women in your life and community? Do you have a small #womanownedbusiness
? If so share your links in the comments! Let’s build each other UP!
We made it to Friday!!! Look back on your week, how do you feel about it? Did you set goals for yourself? Did you meet them? Don't worry if you didn't. Use the next few days to reset yourself. Meditate, pray, organize your priorities, or do whatever you need to do to create a mental list of things you want to accomplish. As soon as you have done that, set a start date. Then do it. No excuses. If you want results, work for them. This can apply to any goal, whether it be physical, spiritual, mental, or emotional.
Maybe you want to clean one room of your house, or find 5 minutes of peace and quiet to yourself. No goal is too small. Count them all and give yourself a break. But make a plan.