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‘It’s an ongoing process’

There’s no doubt Marilou Owczarczak had the right attitude two years ago when diagnosed with breast cancer. She rode 20 miles in the Ride for Roswell five days after a lumpectomy, weathered 36 radiation treatments and found a 12-week Livestrong program at the Southtowns YMCA to help her get back on her feet.

Owczarczak (pronounced O-zar-ZAK), a group fitness instructor who lives in Lancaster, said she recently turned “50 and fabulous.” Despite her positive spirit, she admitted healthy eating can still be a heavy lift.

Have your eating habits changed since your diagnosis?

Yes. Eighty percent nutrition and 20 percent exercise is where you want to be in terms of getting into a gorgeous, healthy lifestyle, but it’s honestly always been a battle for me. I’ve tried to limit my sugar because I know sugar is really bad. It’s an ongoing process.

What are the staples of your diet?

I like my eggs, whole grains. I don’t eat white flour. I try to eat salads and I’m very limited on my fruits and my veggies, but when I try to focus in, I know that’s the best thing for you. I know what you need to eat. Chicken and fish, I love those.

The food you find hardest to resist?

Chocolate. That was the easiest question you asked!

– Scott Scanlon

On the Web: Learn more about Livestrong and Marilou Owczarczak’s story at blogs.buffalonews.com/refresh

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