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H''s Story

H''s Story

Thursday 4th December 2014

I started with Jon in August this year after almost two years of treatment for an aggressive type of cancer. Ewings Sarcoma is a fast growing type of tumour, most commonly in the bones or limbs of children and young adults. However in my case its in the soft tissue around the chest wall, neck, abdominal and right buttock making it more rare. I had tried to lose weight myself for the couple months running up to August by running a mile every night but I found I was doing too much and wearing myself down alongside the regular treatment. It is a known fact that being fitter and healthier is key in enduring and supressing the side effects of chemotherapy, this was one of the main ambitions when I started training, along with losing weight and toning up. When I first started the weekly training sessions with my friend we changed our diet from the usual lazy carb filled diet to the personal nutritional programme Jon set us. My body fat percentage started to drop within the first couple of weeks and my weight soon followed suit. I saw differences in my body in the first month, the weight I'd put on comfort eating had gone and like Jon said when I first began, I started to get addicted to the process.

In the middle of October Jon suggested we try something called a Ketogenic diet. A Ketogenic diet is a high protein, high natural fat diet with no sugar or carbohydrates. So without getting too sciency on the matter; the theory is that cancer cells use blood sugar as their source of energy and are vulnerable to any diet that sharply reduces blood sugar. By eating more fats and proteins along with dropping the carb and sugar intake it causes a pathway to switch in the body resulting in the body using the stored fat for fuel instead of burning blood sugar. Therefore dramatically dropping the blood sugar level and starving the cancerous cells combined with Jons’ personalised training plan it opens up the possibility of dramatically reducing the rate of growth of the tumours. I confirmed with my consultant that there was no harm in giving the Ketogenic lifestyle a go and at this moment in time with my treatment I was willing to try anything and more so if I’d get a smoking toned body in the process!

Starting the new Ketogenic diet was a little tough and I needed will power, my love for pasta and rice had to come to a sudden halt but if it could help fight the cancer it was worth it. I noticed that once the diet was in full swing I had a lot more energy and fatigue just wasn’t a side effect I experienced anymore. Because I was feeling so full of beans and had a couple weeks before I started a new chemotherapy regime I asked Jon if I could start training twice a week as my hunger for more grew. So on a Monday he started me off doing a few weight exercises and then time was spent boxing, cardio which I’ve never been great with. By the end of October I was feeling physically fitter, eating healthier than I’ve probably ever eaten, even vegetables I wouldn’t normally touch were creeping into what I was making! People were commenting that there was already a noticeable difference in my body shape and size, it felt great fitting comfortably into a size smaller pair of jeans and wearing clothes I hadn’t dare worn before.

I started a new chemotherapy regime towards the end of October, one where the side effects were difficult to deal with, the usual fatigue and nausea being the worst. After the first cycle of the new drugs I quickly learnt that the side effects had barely touched me, I’ve always been lucky and not suffered like the stories of chemotherapy that you hear. But other than a hint of nausea and a couple days straight after the treatment where I felt like I could sleep all day I was fine. It felt like what minimal side effects I did experience lasted shorter than they normally do too, I put it down to my new found fitness and the Keto diet!

As we leave November and start the Christmas countdown the Ketogenic diet is now the norm and the odd treat of carbs or chocolate is never really worth it, I’m not saying it doesn’t taste good though! I love the training sessions and even with the new treatment running I want to train harder and Jon continues to push me harder twice a week and motivates me to lift that last set that makes my arms want to drop off. The sense of accomplishment after a good training session and the possibility that the diet combined with the training could be working alongside the chemotherapy to battle the tumours makes me more determined. I have a scan coming up this week, the results may not show us exactly whether this is all working yet because it’s a new chemotherapy and there is doubt to whether that is doing its job yet but hopefully in the next couple of months we’ll find out that medically everything combined is proving that this particular diet and training plan is working for my situation.

 



Forma10 lifestyle

Forma10 lifestyle

Monday, 1st December 2014

Welcome to Forma10's latest addition, the new `Enhanced Lifestyle' blog. We will be sharing personal experiences, ideas, research articles and all things related to improving health, fitness and quality of life. Some of our current clients will be discussing their own personal experiences as they embrace the Forma10 lifestyle. Enjoy

 



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