Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Myeloma and Fitness

When I was diagnosed, I was fit but a little chunky. I thought for sure with chemo and cancer that I'd lose weight. I figured I'd get lean and mean. Instead I got fat. Steroids made me hungry and I'd eat. Chemo made me tired and lazy, so I wasn't working out. Over the past few months, I've gotten super (well semi) serious about diet and exercise. I'd down to 190 pounds. I was 205 when diagnosed and ballooned up to 215 a couple of years ago. I'm 54 years old, so my metabolism has changed. I used to crank out the cardio to stay fit. Now I do minimal cardio and instead do weights 3 days a week. And while I haven't had myeloma related bone problems, I am ultra concerned about my bones, so doing weight bearing exercise is important.

But I think I've kind of plateaued. I want to get down to 180, so I'm truly lean and mean.  It's funny in a way, that I worry about my weight given I'm fighting myeloma. But it's actually more important than ever that I stay in shape. It's part of my routine for staying two steps ahead of myeloma.

I've cut beef and pork out of my diet and eat minimal carbs. I'd love to cut chicken out of my diet. But I need protein. Since my kidneys are jacked up, I can't really eat nuts, beans, soy...other potential sources of protein. And I eat fish.

My point of this post? Umm, not sure. Other than I need some fitness advise so I can hit my goals. I also need protein advise, so I can minimize the chicken. My not eating meat is health related and also because it's getting harder and harder for me to eat animals. I've become a quite concerned with animals and their fate and lot in life.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Matt

    I'm a fellow Myeloma patient living in London. My understanding, and many years practicing this, is that vegetables, with some nuts and seeds added provides sufficient protein - and indeed better all round nutrition. Dr. Fuhrman's Web site and books: - in my opinion, provide a comprehensive overview of being vegetarian / vegan. Similarly, Dr. Michael Greger:

    Keep well,


Berenson Oncology Success Rate

 Some reading about my myeloma specialist's success rate. A press release and an article from Targeted Oncology.