4 years ago today: the vista

Four years ago today, I heard the words, ” I am sorry to say, you have breast cancer”. 

Wow. Glad to see the tail end of that one!

Today I am immersed in a quest to exercise. I want to give my body a little something extra, something to grab onto, something more than popping a pill or settling into a passive groove. In my case, lowering body fat is a good thing. I had 100% ER/PR+ breast cancer. Fat and estrogen levels are related. I have been using kettle bells and it has become a bit of a hobby for me! 

I found Artemis last year, after the need to store my plate weights and bars (New York City apartment problems). I’ve watched/read Artemis train for the Iron Maiden, an exciting journey to be sure. I am wowed. The Iron Maiden is 3 movements, a press, a pull-up and a pistol squat. Women must do this using a 24kg bell. That is 52 pounds!

Um, yeah. Wow.

I use an online training service through Iron Body Studios and WeightTraining.com. I love it. I even bought a tack-on program called Attack the Bar. I do this at home.  I use kettle bells, a Jungle Gym XT, Valslides, a door mounted pull-up bar and elastic bands. I am training Turkish Get Ups, Pull ups, presses. I love it, really. I feel confident. I experience a connection between mind and body, I am becoming aware of my food choices. Slow and steady makes the grade, small changes daily! I have all the time in the world to commit to my program. Thank goodness.

I gladly exchange a love of lifting heavy things and a new more streamlined physique for the stress of doctors appointments. Any day.

Happy Anniversary, Melly! Good going.

In the meantime, I was invited to donate artwork to Virginia Spiegel‘s The 100 Fundraiser to Fight Cancer. The above piece of artwork is my offering for the cause. 

The 100

I do hope you might consider bidding 100$ for this piece. I would love for you to own it.

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  1. Congratulations on the anniversary, Melly. It’s wonderful!

    Did you get my e-mail about the Sew-plies purses?

  2. Miss Melanie
    I would love to own this because it’s yours and you’re my friend.

  3. Remind me? I am very behind.

  4. http://Rachel%20Parris says

    i continue to be amazed by you and your journey. I don’t comment often, but follow your blog closely.

  5. http://Sherryl%20Buchler says

    I remember getting to the 5 year mark and being so thankful. I was hoping to buy ten years and figured that I would be the winner. It is now 17 years later and I am still here. Every day is a gift.
    So glad you doing what you need to do. I know what the early years are like. Hugs.

    I will be honored to bid on your piece.

  6. http://Jeannie says

    You know I will be bidding. Your nudes are fabulous! In some respects it seems like yesterday that you were diagnosed and in other respects is seems like a life time ago. I am so proud of you. You kicked ass and took your life to a new level. Way to go, Melly!!! (Way to go David, too. I know how hard a diagnosis and the resultant care giving can be on a spouse and family members. David stood strong beside you and is an amazing man.) xoxo

  7. Beautiful artwork and beautiful news of the 4 year mark and your good health. Your attitude and hard work pay off big time. Congratulations.

  8. Melly, Congrats to you and way to go on the fitness quest. So glad you are one of THE 100 artists – thank you for the generous donation of your art. Should be a great day on February 4!