midwestcommuter saidI beat it. Now I need to start over.
First off, great double entendre thread title, sure to attract fellow cancer survivors who'd get it plus the rest of us degenerates! I speak with some authority being a bit of both. Having said that, despite our similarities what with my being about the same age and having gone through like treatments, the only advice I can give is to work within the parameters of your treatment aftermath because everyone's different. While I'll probably never be doing Insanity, bootcamp and PD90X type workouts and you might, I owned up to, recognized and worked within my limitations, lost 80lbs and achieved results far in excess of any I'd ever achieved before and I still seem to be making slow but steady and seemingly unstoppable gains. You don't have to be a hero and overtax yourself to improve greatly.
Though your situation may be different, to inspire you here's how I work through preexisting back and knee issues and residual fatigue, balance, neuropathy, photosensitivity, fragility and prostate issues from chemo, antibody and radiation therapy:
knees & back CARDIO - HIIT on elliptical instead of treadmill, steady state and HIIT lap swim
photosensitivity - indoor pool
knees & back WEIGHTS - substitute exercises: buttblaster for lunges, straight seated leg press for angled, light squats to parallel for heavier to floor, back machine and hyperextensions for deadlift, seated calf for standing, chest pad supported rows for bentover ones
fatigue - 40 minute workouts for most people are 2 hours long for me
balance - yoga, in which I'm developing mad skills should the ability to perform full splits and squeeze my ears with my knees come in handy
neuropathy - I just ignore it
fragility - higher susceptibility to muscle and ligament tears and other injuries meant training with light weights, which taught me muscle isolation, muscle control and the use of strict, proper form
prostate - inadvisability of use of testosterone or any hormone replacement therapy, and obviously 'roids, means stricter attention to diet and supplementation
So in a nutshell my advice - take it slow, don't be a hero, be openminded and work within your current capabilities to become the best you yet. Hope that helps.