I hope everyone will forgive me because this is not directly about
PCa, but it is health-related and we had a thread going on this for a few weeks.
I joined Weight Watchers in October 2010 in a rather desperate move to gain some control over my body. I was clearly overweight, and on the verge of obesity. I was on meds for blood pressure and cholesterol, and figured diabetes was the next bogeyman. I was also worried that my weight and bad habits could add fuel to the fire of PCa, should it show its head again.
Several weeks into WW, a meeting topic was on the importance of exercise, and at that point I started to increase my activity and track it (a major advantage of WW is the tracking). I tried to get some sort of aerobic exercise (mainly bike riding at first) on most days, and strength training 3-5 days a week in the form of push-ups, then pull-ups, and dumbbell workouts, using a $40 set of weights I bought on Amazon.
I have now achieved my weight goal. I have two goals, one for home (because I weigh with most clothes off, in the morning, before I've eaten all the high fiber food) and one for WW meetings. My goal at meetings was set at 175, and I hit that several days ago. My goal at home was 172. Today I weighed 171.8 at home. When I started I weighed 205. That's 1.7 lbs. lost per week on average.
After maintaining this goal level for 6 weeks, I will become a lifetime member--no more membership fees, although I'll probably continue the online tracking (not free) because it's so convenient.
My waist shrank 4 inches, putting me at high-school levels.
My blood pressure is down. This month my average over several readings was 112/66, down from 122/73 in October/November. However, I am still on the same med (Hytrin), same dosage (10mg), as before. I hope that can be reduced at some point in the future.
My BMI has fallen from a level near obesity of 28 to a healthy 23. My percent body fat (as computed by my bathroom scale) has fallen to 17.
I have not yet achieved my 100 push-up goal, although each week I get closer, now up to 80.
I have been increasing my pull-ups, from not being able to do one complete pull-up (palms facing away, dead hang to chin over bar) to being able to do 7, without any assistance. (Hint: if you want to do pull-ups but can't get started, I suggest using a heavy duty elastic strap to get started--loop the strap around the bar, put your knee into the loop and use the elastic bounce as a boost).
All of this has also helped me manage stress. The only downside? Buying all new clothes.
Dx Feb 2006, PSA 9 @age 43
RRP Apr 2006 - Gleason 3+4, T2c, NX MX, pos margins
PSA 5/06 <0.1, 8/06 0.2, 12/06 0.6, 1/07 0.7.
Salvage radiation (IMRT) Jan-Mar 2007
PSA 9/2007 and thereafter <0.1pcabefore50.blogspot.com