Day 3 Weight Loss Blog – On Track

Day 3 of 62, May 3

  1. Morning weight and body fat: 211 lbs – 26%
    1. Weight loss to date: -4 lbs
    2. Measured with a TANITA scale
  2. Ketone level: Small
  3. Days in Ketosis: 2
  4. Calories from food: 2007
  5. Calories burned from exercise: 105
  6. Eating window: 11 hours
  7. Activity: Everyday active
  8. Mood: Great, productive, happy
  9. Stiffness and pain on waking: 2


Joined Myrna at a Ukrainian society banquet and had the presence of mind to have salad for lunch.  Luckily no perogy’s so my ketosis was never in jeopardy.

Day 2 Weight Loss Blog

Day 2 of 62, May 2

  1. Morning weight and body fat: 212.5 lbs – 26%
    1. Weight loss to date: 2 lbs
    2. Measured with a TANITA scale
  2. Ketone level: Trace
  3. Days in Ketosis: 1
  4. Calories from food: 2,137
  5. Calories burned from exercise: 1,000
  6. Eating window: 10.5 hours
  7. Activity: 20km Ride, 47 minutes at average speed 25.7km/hr
  8. Mood: Great, productive, happy
  9. Stiffness and pain on waking: 2


Made some fantastic hot chicken wings and got a bit carried away. 🙂 On track from my week goal of 212lbs.

Day 1 Weight Loss Blog

So here we are…my 13th year riding and fundraising for cancer research.  I’m now 12 years removed from diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy and being cured of Stage 4 Testicular Cancer (October 11, 2005 to March, 2007).  13 years of life that I would not have had if it were not for cancer research and the good people of the BC cancer community.

I started this blog back in July, 2008 to chronicle a celebratory trip to follow the Tour De France (CSC and Carlos Sastre’s year) and then to track my training toward the first Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2009.  Across that time I’ve raised just over $94,000 personally and the teams I’ve captained have raised over $560,000.  After taking a year off from captaining I’ve now thrown my helmet back into the ring to co-captain Team CCI.

My goals for 2019 are:

  1. Raise $5,000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation
  2. Co-Captain Team CCI and complete the 2019 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer
  3. Finally lose the 20lbs I committed to in 2008 (Target 195lbs)
  4. Chronicle training and weight loss up until the Ride in a daily blog

Day 1 of the commitment was yesterday so I’ll catch us up:

Day 1, April 30

  1. Morning weight and body fat: 214.5/26
    1. Measured with a TANITA scale
  2. Ketone level: none
  3. Dietary Calories: 1757
  4. Calories burned from exercise: 471
  5. Activity: 1 hr weight circuit
    1. Put together a great full body circuit that I am sure to repeat.
  6. Mood: Great, productive, happy
  7. Stiffness and pain on waking: 2


A friend of mine and I have been in an accountability pair for the past few years…regularly sending each other our weights as we work toward keeping fit as we get older.

Having this as a practice has shown me the ups and downs.

To demonstrate this, here’s what my report was this morning. Exactly 973 days after having started at a weight of 215, I’ve lost exactly 1/2lb net:

Day 973: 214.5 (-.5lbs) 100 day wt 208.5. 200 day wt (the low) 201.5. 300 day wt 208. 400 day wt 211.5. 500 day wt 217. 600 day wt 212.5. 700 day wt 215 (back to the beginning). 800 day wt 209. 900 day wt 211. 1000 day goal 205.  Aug 17 (Ride to Conquer Cancer) goal 195. May Week 1 goal  212. Wk 2 Goal 210. Wk 3 Goal 207. Wk 4 goal 205. Wk 5 goal 203.

My hope is that this blog will be an extra impetus to stay with the program.

Choose Cancer

On October 11, 2015 I enjoyed my 10th anniversary of being diagnosed with cancer.  On that day 10 years ago cancer chose me.  This is an appeal that you join me and thousands of Canadians in choosing “conquering cancer’ as a mission…that you join us in pursuing a cancer-free future through the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, Presented by EVRAZ.

Why Choose Cancer?

  • 1 in 4 Canadians are expected to die from cancer.
  • Cancer is the leading cause of premature death in Canada.
  • 40% of Canadian males and nearly 45% of Canadian females will develop some form of the disease in their lifetimes.

One of my close friends lost his young wife to breast cancer after a long battle.  The mother of a girl that we met at our daughter’s class lost her brother at a young age to testicular cancer.

945C4472We all know cancer survivors.  I have a close friend who is thriving after surviving breast cancer.  Among my circle of guy friends four of us have had testicular cancer.  We are all doing great despite being diagnosed with diseases that were sure killers mere decades ago.

It must be said that these survivals also represent spouses, children, parents who still have loved ones in their lives.  Each year, over 1,000,000 years of life are lost in Canada alone as a result of cancer deaths.

There is no denying that this is a disease that affects all of us.

Breakthroughs are being made every day in the race to find cures for this deadly disease. Simply put, our financial support of this cause goes directly to impacting outcomes for our neighbours, our colleagues, our family, ourselves.

As a 40-something male who has survived cancer once I am also keenly aware that the bulk of cancers that kill men still lurk in my future.  Make no mistake…investing in effective cancer research is in our own personal best interest.

So what’s a person to do to?  Quit smoking, eat well, exercise, manage stress and give back by funding the world-class prevention, screening, research and enhanced cancer funded by the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

Once my treatments began, I quickly realised that if I survived I would owe my life to visionary cancer researchers and breakthroughs funded by everyday people who cared.  Back in March, 2007 I emerged after 3 cycles of chemotherapy battered and a caricature of my previously athletic self.  I was barely able to jog 100m, but I found a brochure at the cancer centre for a 90km fundraising ride and signed up with determination to claw my way back to fitness.

That was 2007, and I’m fortunate that 2016 will be my 10th fundraising ride and 8th Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.  With the help of thousands of donors over 9 years, my teams and I have raised over $455,000 for the cancer communities in BC and Alberta.

Riding to conquer cancer has become central to my life.  I am convinced we will see a world free from cancer within our lifetime.  Why not join this critical movement in support of Albertans facing cancer and their families?

Why Choose Alberta Cancer Foundation?

We are fortunate in Alberta to be able to invest in a foundation where 100% of all funds go directly to support Albertans.  To underline the impact that the Alberta Cancer Foundation (ACF) makes in the lives of Albertans facing cancer, here are some of the recent accomplishments and continuing programs supported by our donor dollars.

Dr. Ing Swie Goping and the BAD protein

The ACF supports a breast cancer research program, led by Dr. Ing Swie Goping, that has identified a biomarker that could predict who should receive taxane chemotherapy and who shouldn’t.  Taxane chemotherapy is extremely effective in treating some women with breast cancer and not others, but until now we haven’t had a way to know why.  If we could save hundreds of Albertans from undergoing this treatment, which can produce harsh side effects, we could relieve unnecessary suffering and begin alternative treatments sooner.  This is the promise of Dr. Goping and her team’s research.

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung Cancer is one of the most deadly of cancers.  This year alone, 2,000 Albertans are expected to be diagnosed with lung cancer, and sadly 1,700 are expected to die. Early detection presents the greatest opportunity to intervene effectively and save lives, and yet there are no provincial lung cancer screening programs currently in Canada.  The ACF is funding a provincial lung cancer screening project that has just started recruiting patients in both Calgary and Edmonton. The goal of the project is to be the first province to implement a screening program to detect the disease early…hopefully before it is too late.

Enhanced Care

The ACF is unique among cancer foundations…focusing considerable energy on delivering immediate impact on cancer patients and their families through investments in enhanced care at all 17 cancer centres across the province.  They provide support to patients, no matter where they are on their journey. From comfortable chemo chairs or blanket warmers to patient financial assistance that ensures that patients who need it receive financial assistance at their time of greatest need. Patient navigators are another of the worthwhile investments that ACF donors support that make the cancer journey easier and outcomes better, mostly for rural Albertans.

These investments simply would not have been possible without the private funding supplied through events like the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer in support of the ACF.  You can read about all of these programs and more at

To quote the Alberta Cancer Foundation website:

We strive to be one of the most innovative, philanthropic organizations in Canada by delivering transformational results for Alberta cancer patients and their families. We strategically invest in research and programs that have a direct line of sight to patients. We are taking a bold, new approach to speed progress and bring results to patients faster.

The people that I have met through fundraising and the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer have become my closest and dearest friends.  Our annual 200km bike ride is both moving and enriching.  I hope you will join us, and if you do, thank you for making an impact in the lives of Albertans facing cancer and their families.

Read my story and donate to the cause here.

Whatever your reason for continuing to support cancer research, thank you.  Here is a short videofesto from the Alberta Cancer Foundation that talks about the impact you are having.

All Statistics from Canadian Cancer Society. Read more.

Scientists re-write rulebook on breast cancer in landmark global study

Apr 18, 2012

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Scientists at the BC Cancer Agency and University of British Columbia have identified new breast cancer genes that could change the way the disease is diagnosed and form the basis of next-generation treatments.

Researchers have reclassified the disease into 10 completely new categories based on the genetic fingerprint of a tumour. Many of these genes could offer much-needed insight into breast cancer…