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sfgiantsjo
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   Posted 11/27/2007 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Is there anything you stay away from? I got on the stationary bike yesterday, and did just a little over 3 miles because I felt like I was going to pop my bag everytime my thigh kind of came up and hit it. I'm also scared of pilates because of so much ab work. Another thing I stay away from are ab machines, and anything that requires me to lie on my stomach. As a result, my workouts are pretty limited - mostly treadmill, some kickboxing classes, some weight stuff that doesn't invovle my middle....
 
Did you work up to more abdominal stuff? Any suggestions for easy excersizes to ease my way back in??? Are there things I should just never do?
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justjenjen
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   Posted 11/27/2007 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I was never told to not do something. I just do what I like or is comfy. Basically, I just don't do anything that requires me to lay on my belly. Also, I always empty right before I work out for comfort sake. On the rare occasion I fill (even just a little) while at the gym, I'll empty. I do work on my abs, too.

Amey
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   Posted 11/29/2007 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry for the delay in responding to this post. As a fitness instructor I do just about everything. I teach cycling classes at the gym - called spinning at most gyms and I ride over 100 miles a week on the road. I run several times a week on the road and use the fitness equiptment at the gym.

Here are some tips for cycling with a bag...first, your bag may be too long for your bike ride. I have to wear a short bag or I roll my long bag up and tape it so it would be shortened. Second, you may be too low on your bike. You may need to raise your seat up. When sitting on the bike sit, you should be able to reach the pedal of the bike and maintain a 10% bend in your knee. If your knee is fully extended, you are reaching too far and you need to lower your seat. If your knee has a large bend, you need to raise your seat. Third, try wearing cycling shorts when you ride. These are tight fitted shorts that hug your tummy and keep you bag close to your body (you can get them at Target for about $10). If you feel more comfortable, get a low profile belt. Sometimes I will use a belt and it helps me feel better. Lastly, your belly is going to sweat and this will affect your wafer ... make sure you blow dry your wafer when you get home to help it continue to adhear to your body. This trick helps me. I work out everyday for at least 1 - 1.5 hours. My wafer lasts for about a week. My bags do not pop. Although they do feel like it sometimes. I think it is just me. I find myself putting my hand on my wafer several times while I teach to remind myself that it is still in place. It just makes me feel better.

I hope this helps. Good luck and have fun!
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
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JudyK89
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   Posted 11/29/2007 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have too much output to go to a smaller bag, you may want to turn your bag kind of sideways. It gets fuller more to the crotch area. When I rode horses I did this, and if you wear mens pants there's more room in the crotch.  Of course I always wore long shirts to cover it, lol.


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sfgiantsjo
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   Posted 11/29/2007 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm wearing a one piece now, but I'm hoping to find a two piece that works, so I can switch to a smaller bag when I'm at the gym. My main thing is I don't want to stop going to the gym and being active just because my bag is in the way. I'm sure if I try different things, I'll find something that works!
UC diagnosed: December, 1999
Asacol: 1600 MG daily
Immuran: 150 MG daily
Prednisone: 4 MG daily (Woo-Hooo! Getting lower and lower!)
Remicade: Infusion every 7 weeks
Probiotics 4 billion CFU Daily
Glutamine 500 mg 2x Daily
 
OFF all meds!! Liver failure, and emergency surgery as soon as liver levels return to normal. ACK!
 
Surgery August 24, 2007. Home now!


awesomeame
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   Posted 12/6/2007 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
i go to the gym as often as i can...been slacking lately, but anyways.  i used to exersize my abs directly, but i got to a point where it just started to hurt around my site, so i've stopped exersizing them directly. (ie situps, curls) but keep in mind i was using quite a lot of weight/resistance. 
 
if you kept the weight to a minimum it wouldn't be a problem at all....BUT, then what's the point, right?  which brings me to: exercizing them indirectly...when you walk, or lift or do anything really, you're exersizing your abs.  i think indirect is just as effective as low resistance direct, and you don't waste your time on the direct exersizes.  so everytime you use a machine or weights at the gym for your arms/back/legs, you're using your abs too!  you won't get a toned 6pack, but the strength will be there, i lift up and carry 100-120lb bags of apples & grain on my shoulders pretty often without issue.
 
for more strength in your back, try some reverse situps.  your gym should have a machine where you can select the resistance.  or try that machine where you sit and pull down on a bar, assisted pullups, (arms wide) dips etc.  those are all good indirect ab workouts too.  something else you could try, stand vertical, then bring your chest forward until it's perpendicular to your legs keeping your head inline with your back.  your arms are now parallel to your legs. then back up to a standing position.  add some dumbells for some resistance.
 
anyway i hope this makes some kind of sense lol
 
--matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


flchurchlady
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   Posted 12/6/2007 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   

I was thinking earlier today about how much more I used to excercise my abs before my ileostomy, because I feel like what's the point in having flat abs when I have this giant bag covering them up? sad

I know it's a stupid way to think, especially because I've had to buy one size larger pants because of it. So, I'm learning that excercising my abs is important, even though I don't wear a bikini anymore.

My husband and I both have December birthdays, so we bought a Bowflex Treadclimber today. Have any of you ever tried one? I've decided to have a new attitude about working out, especially when it comes to my abs. :-)
 
I have a Bean, which is an air-filled, bean shaped, ab workout device that you lay on and rock for an ab workout that doesn't hurt your back. I'm going to dust it off and start using it again!
 
Thanks for letting me share...

Amey
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   Posted 12/6/2007 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Cece,

How do you like the bean? Happy Early Birthday! I am excited that you are paying more attention to your abs. Now that I have this pouch hanging on my abs, I feel less motivated to have a six pack. I worked my abs hard-core last week and it hurt for days...especially when I coughed. It was a good burning feeling and it made me want to be better at my work outs.

Why don't we set a goal for 2008 - We'll both try to have solid abs by the end of the year.
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


flchurchlady
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   Posted 12/8/2007 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Amey! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has felt that way. I would love to set that goal. I hope (for me) that it doesn't take until Dec. '08 to accomplish!! LOL tongue

I do like the Bean. You can do more than just an ab workout on it, without having to lay on the hard floor. Sometimes, I'll lay on top of it, and do push ups. I got my sister one for her birthday, and her kids love to play on it, too. So, it's fun for the whole family!

:-) Cece
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