down 24.4 lbs in 12 weeks!

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F8
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   Posted 9/19/2011 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
today i hit another goal in my journey to lose hormonal blubber and get into the best possible condition i can...i've lost more than 10% of my body weight. 
 
i joined weight watchers 12 weeks ago and weighed 236.4 lbs.  i had never been so fat in my life and i looked and felt terrible.  today i weighed in at 212 lbs which is about seven lbs more than my pre-lupron weight. 
 
i'm losing weight the old fashion way:  diet and exercise.  i can lose weight on my own but with weight watchers i eat most of the same stuff as before but i have a system that allows me to closely monitor what and how much i eat. 
 
i changed my goal weight to 200 lbs.  it was 205.  i also took my last dose of celexa last week after a 10-week taper and that has increased my sex drive and energy.  the SEs -- mostly anger and weird dreams -- are nearly gone.
 
i have another PSA test coming up and it worries me.  in a perfect world i'll pick up my 25-lb. anchor (key chain) from WW next monday and then i'll head out to the eastern sierras -- mono lake, bodie ghost town, yosemite -- for a few days of photography.  for years my dog used to go with me on photography junkets but we had to say goodbye to her a couple of months ago. 
 
i'll keep you guys updated cool .
 
ed
age: 56
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
gleason 3+4 = 7
HT, BT and IGRT
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10
2/8/11 PSA <.1, T= 6 ng/dl
6/8/11 PSA .2, T = 540 ng/dl
8/19/11 PSA .3, T = 487 ng/dl

Galileo
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   Posted 9/19/2011 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Ed, that's great. Weight Watchers worked wonderfully for me. I'm a lifetime member now, and still use their tracking system to maintain my weight.
Galileo

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 <0.1
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Susan R
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   Posted 9/19/2011 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
WOO-HOO Awesome job! Losing weight is a hard thing! Be proud of yourself.
Husband 39 at diagnosis 12/2010.
No symptoms, PSA 18 in 10/2010
one month antibiotic then PSA 12.6 in 11/2010
biopsy end of 11/2010 Gleason 6
Da Vinci prostatectomy 2/2/2011
Taking 20 mg levitra daily June 2011.
1st post-op PSA less than .05
3 and 6 month post surgery PSA = undetectable


staging: pT2aNo, Gleason6

Purgatory
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   Posted 9/19/2011 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Ed, you have done amazinly well on your weight loss. There is no magic answer, many fail to understand, its about diet and exercise combined. You are doing it the right way. Glad you got something to look forward to.

david in sc
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10

Gleason 6
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   Posted 9/19/2011 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
F8 - that's great!

and you are doing it in a good way, losing a couple of pounds a week.

When I first found out I had cancer, I was losing weight (probably due to the initial shock and the stress) and could eat whatever I wanted to and not gain and ounce. Well those day are gone and I have added about 10 pounds or so. Just last week started to exercise and watch what I am eating again. I'll use you as my inspiration...if you can do it so can I.

Congrats and you will be down to 200 before you know it.
Click here for My Journey from biopsy to decision to have seeds
Age 61
PSA 4.3 9/10
PSA 6.73 5/18/11
Template Biopsy GS6(3+3)
Stage T1C
CT neg
4/14/11 Met w/ Dr Crum - Urologist
5/4/11 Met w/Dr. Wehle Mayo Urologist
5/17/11 Met Dr. Buskirk Mayo r/o
6/13/11 Met w/ Dr Terk at FROG-seed consult
8/5/11 87 I-125 seeds.

Southern Comfort
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   Posted 9/19/2011 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Ed,
Congratulations! Eastern Sierras sound fun. We just drove through that area in early July. Went right past Mono Lake. Spent the night at Mammoth Lakes. Drove through Tioga Pass into Yosemite. Beautiful! We got some great pics (on a cheap camera). Blew them up and framed them for our house. Keep up the exercise. I am on Lupron and am pretty faithful to resistance training and some cardio.
Age 51; dx at 50~10/2010 PSA 54.9
Nerve sparing RRP 12/2010; removed 14 lymph nodes
Pathology report: T3bN0MX, SVI, neg margin, G9
Dry at 2 months
Ureteral re-implantation surgery 2/25/2011
AHT, up to 3 yr: Lupron 11/22/10, 3/14/11, 7/11/11
All HT SE (including total ED) but still good libido; success w VED
Finished ART 9/19/2011
Undetectable PSA so far

zufus
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   Posted 9/19/2011 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
F-8    S.hut T.he F.ront D.oor~   that is excellent, my wife is onto the same gig with them through work, sign up and they pay for it....Blue Cross is wise in that program. She has lost weight in only a couple months and no exercise, just monitoring food choices and amounts.
 
I am also  F.L.A.B.-ergassed that you did that much loss already, super good to see it leave the building (lol).  Keep up the great work, I had my fun on ADT3 and watched how I got to look more an more like the diagram poster child in the uro-docs offices that was everywhere I went.  LOL- 'when you can snatch the pebble from my hand, then it is time to go grasshopper'!   Thought you might enjoy some humor.   (-:
 
Note: GIGO   (garbage in = garbage out) or is that  T.M.I.  ?

F8
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   Posted 9/19/2011 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll use you as my inspiration...if you can do it so can I.
 
yes, that's exactly it.  i used Galileo for inspiration tho once i get it in my head to do something it's not wise to bet against me.  so thanks to you and Galileo and everyone else who inspires and encourages me cool !
 
ed
age: 56
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
gleason 3+4 = 7
HT, BT and IGRT
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10
2/8/11 PSA <.1, T= 6 ng/dl
6/8/11 PSA .2, T = 540 ng/dl
8/19/11 PSA .3, T = 487 ng/dl

F8
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   Posted 9/19/2011 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
SC -- that's exactly the area i'm talking about.  i'll break my anonymity  and share some of my stuff with you.  these were taken in mono lake two years ago.  some were taken at sunset and some at sunrise.  feel free to look around.  i also have albums from africa, alaska and hawaii and others places too cool .
 
 
ed
age: 56
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
gleason 3+4 = 7
HT, BT and IGRT
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10
2/8/11 PSA <.1, T= 6 ng/dl
6/8/11 PSA .2, T = 540 ng/dl
8/19/11 PSA .3, T = 487 ng/dl

F8
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   Posted 9/19/2011 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
thanx for the humor Zufus.  we think alike cool .  remember when i was first diagnosed and i e-mailed you?  you know that really helped me to feel good about my treatment path. 
 
i'm too vain to be fat, and i think jack white (white stripes) says it best.
 
"One thing's for sure: in that graveyard
I'm gonna have the shiniest pair of shoes."
 
ed
 
 
age: 56
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
gleason 3+4 = 7
HT, BT and IGRT
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10
2/8/11 PSA <.1, T= 6 ng/dl
6/8/11 PSA .2, T = 540 ng/dl
8/19/11 PSA .3, T = 487 ng/dl

DJBearGuy
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   Posted 9/19/2011 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
When I saw "down 24.4 pounds" I thought, wow, that's a heck of a big prostate! :-)

Congratulations! I just joined WW myself. Hope I do as well as you!

DJ
Diag at 53. PSA 2007 about 2; 2008 4.3
Biopsy Sept 2008: 6 of 12 cores pos; Gleason 4+3 = 7
CT & Bone scan neg
Da Vinci @ City of Hope Dec 8, 2008
Rad prostatec & lymph node dissect
Cath out on 7th day, in on 8th day, out again 14th day after neg cystogram
Path: pT2c; lymph nodes neg; margins involv; 41 grams,
PSA 1/09-2/10 <0.01, 10/10 0.1, 2/11 0.08, 5/11 0.11, 9/11 0.10

Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 9/19/2011 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Ed, You have done a great job with your weight loss. Losing so much weight in such a short time takes a lot of discipline and will power. My wife goes to weight watchers and she has lost an average of 1.5 pounds per week, Keep up the good work and good luck with your PSA test.

F8
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   Posted 9/19/2011 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
thanx Ed.  i enjoy a good challenge cool .  this week for example i averaged 39 points per day of eating, and i am allowed 46 points a day.  i also had 44 workout points....that's a lot of exercise and i go at it pretty hard.  so i left 93 points on the table this week.  that's more than two full days of eating for me.  if i used all the points that i could have eaten i don't think i would have lost any weight....because it gets harder to lose after awhile.
 
i have been pushing it pretty hard but i'm not hungry and i eat out 3-4 times a week.  but i'm not eating burgers and fries and pizza and stuff like that.  i'm not saying i won't eat that stuff but that type of food is a splurge for me....just like it was before.
 
1.5 lbs a week is very good.  tell your wife i am pulling for her cool .
 
ed
 
 
age: 56
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
gleason 3+4 = 7
HT, BT and IGRT
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10
2/8/11 PSA <.1, T= 6 ng/dl
6/8/11 PSA .2, T = 540 ng/dl
8/19/11 PSA .3, T = 487 ng/dl

Post Edited (F8) : 9/19/2011 5:32:46 PM (GMT-6)


spottydog10
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   Posted 9/19/2011 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ed,
Those are fantastic shots especially the dogs (I love dogs to bits)
Your pic reminds me of a tour manager I used know, were you in that line of business?
Good luck with the weight, you'll get there mate.
Mike

Casey59
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   Posted 9/19/2011 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Ed, that's so great to hear.  And let me say that you sound great, too...you sound like you are doing well and feel good about where you are at, and that's great to hear as well.  I wish you the very best for your prolonged and higher quality life!
 
Love your photos, too!
 
regards
 

F8
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   Posted 9/19/2011 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Mike -- thank you.  i'm an electrician but photography is my passion.  i love dogs too.  tonight in fact we took our dog to her agility class.  Lola is the smallest dog ever registered in her a class.  she's a mix of chihuahua and papillion and weighs a hair over six pounds but she does very well and has fun too cool .
 
ed
 
 
age: 56
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
gleason 3+4 = 7
HT, BT and IGRT
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10
2/8/11 PSA <.1, T= 6 ng/dl
6/8/11 PSA .2, T = 540 ng/dl
8/19/11 PSA .3, T = 487 ng/dl

F8
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   Posted 9/19/2011 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
thanx Casey.  what i feel is a mixture of elation and impending doom but i'm not paralyzed by fear and anxiety like i was early on.  i am so grateful for that.  i've done everything i can and now it's out of my hands.
 
ed
 
 
age: 56
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
gleason 3+4 = 7
HT, BT and IGRT
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10
2/8/11 PSA <.1, T= 6 ng/dl
6/8/11 PSA .2, T = 540 ng/dl
8/19/11 PSA .3, T = 487 ng/dl

Casey59
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   Posted 9/20/2011 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
F8 said...
  i've done everything i can and now it's out of my hands.
 
 
 
 
You are being very smart about it.  Doing the things within your control to stack the odds in your favor.  It's sad when we see guys who have diligently fought prostate cancer, but don't embrace the lifestyle tactics (diet & exercise) endorsed so strongly by the PC medical experts who say (paraphrasing), 'why fight PC if you're going to eat crap and not exercise?'
 
Exercise slows PC progression, lowers risk of death by PC, and reduces fatigue that cancer patients may feel.  It's really that simple...but some people have too much "momentum" in their current lifestyle to embrace a willingness to change.  Change is difficult...but you are stronger than that, and you have overcome the "momentum" to keep going.  Very smart!
 
I'm trying to follow your footsteps.  I haven't joined Weight Watchers, but continue to step up my exercise, and improve my diet...for example, I have almost eliminated red meats (loaded with bad fats).  On January 1st of this year, I weighed 235 lbs.  This morning, after a 13 mile bike ride before work, I weighed 215.5.  My goal from the beginning of the year was to be in the BMI normal range by my next physical exam (in December)...I have just a couple pounds more to go on my 6'5" frame. 
 
Your efforts, and those of others, are motivating me and others here.  Keep it up!
 

F8
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   Posted 9/20/2011 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Your efforts, and those of others, are motivating me and others here. Keep it up!
 
likewise Casey!  i am a recovering addict whose been clean for more than 21 years.  i know how hard it is to change and also know that through no fault of their own most people who need to change never will.  it's a sad fact and controversial but that's what i believe.
 
this is the only life i have and i want to give myself every chance in my power to live, and then do my best to accept the outcome.  whatever it is.  today i am success so far. tomorrow i probably will be too.  hang in there buddy cool .
 
ed
 
 
 
 
age: 56
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
gleason 3+4 = 7
HT, BT and IGRT
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10
2/8/11 PSA <.1, T= 6 ng/dl
6/8/11 PSA .2, T = 540 ng/dl
8/19/11 PSA .3, T = 487 ng/dl

JoeFL
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   Posted 9/20/2011 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
F8,
 
Great news on the weight loss and the goal of 200. Don't worry about how fast you get there. My experience over many years of fighting unwanted pounds is that the slower they come off, the longer they stay off. Also kudos on the regular excercise....that's a key as you have obviously found out....also just makes you feel better.
 
Enjoy your trip and your camera....and if Lola goes along, remind her that there are some big critters out there!
 
Joe 

F8
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   Posted 9/20/2011 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
thanx Joe cool !
 
ed
 
 
age: 56
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
gleason 3+4 = 7
HT, BT and IGRT
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10
2/8/11 PSA <.1, T= 6 ng/dl
6/8/11 PSA .2, T = 540 ng/dl
8/19/11 PSA .3, T = 487 ng/dl
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