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   Posted 1/31/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
How's everyone going with their diet and exercise resolutions? It's been a month now.

Let's exchange stories and keep inspiring each other!

Ivy . yeah
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   Posted 2/1/2008 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, celebrated Christmas by prolapsing a disc in my back, so my New year's resolution was to get help instead of trying to manage the pain on my own. I self-referred on Dec. 28 and had my first appointment on Dec. 31 (how's that for wait times in Canada?). I told them my goal was not only to get the pain under control but to figure out what i need to do to reduce the changes of it happening again. I want to exercise and remain active, but I just can't afford to have this happening (last spring it was a cervical disc, this was lower back).

It's been a month and I'm still working with a physio. The exercises keep getting harder (when you've been cut three times those lower abs can be pretty weak) but so far i haven't skipped a day. I don't have my mobility completely back, but the pain is gone. And the bonus is that the lower part of my tummy, which no matter how skinny I get, always seems to stick out, is losing its jiggle.

30+ years living with Crohn's.

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   Posted 2/1/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I always make a resoluiton to lose ten pounds and seldom actually keep it this year though I'm on a med that makes me not want to eat so I've lost 15. Lets see if I can keep it off.

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   Posted 2/1/2008 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Happy february everybody!

Well,this month will be bittersweet,because it will be the first official anniversary of my resection.I had surgery on leap year,& since that day only exists every 4 years,I consider this to be my first anniversary...hehe!

Because I put on more weight then I wanted after surgery,I decided this past summer to try really hard to take some of it back off.So far,I've lost 28 pounds w/diet & excercise.I have to admit tho,that I found the diet part easy because I've been on a sodium restricted diet for the past 3.5 years.

So now I am struggling w/the last 5-10 pounds,they just won't go away!
I plan on sticking to it though,since I am doing it the healthy way this time & not from being sick.

Good luck everyone!
Official Crohns DX-march 2004.Pentasa 4000mg,B12,Probiotics
         1 resection
Cardiomyopathy DX-may 2004.Coreg,Altace,Digitek,Lasix,Potassium,very low-sodium diet

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   Posted 2/1/2008 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm still on a fairly low residue diet but got inspired by Fitzy and decided to see if I could tweak my diet a little so it's less stodgy. I switched from white potatoes to sweet potatoes (which have colour and a lower gi) and boy! did that make a difference. I feel much better already, and have less food cravings.

Less food cravings = less sugar cravings, so I've cut my sugar consumption by at least 75%. And I *think* I'm losing weight, which I need to do. And I have less bloating.

Belleenstein, congratulations on sticking to your physio regime. I know how hard and discouraging that can be. Here's to a pain-free year.

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   Posted 2/1/2008 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
IVY!! I am so glad that I inspired you!! I had to lapse on my low carb ways after getting a very bad bout of the flu. Serves me right for insisting I didn't need a flu shot. I am slowly getting back to eating solid foods and unfortunatly I had to revert back to "safe" foods. Once I am stable again though I will again try to have a lower glycemic index. I really did feel a lot better having less cravings, less bloating, less gas, etc. I was also going to the gym at least once/ week. That all ended Saturday when I spent the night on my bathroom floor. But I am convinced it was flu not crohns and look forward to going back to my "new" ways.

My other resolution was to drink more water and I have been doing pretty well in that regard.

My February resolution is to exercise my dog more. It is the key to good doggie behavior. She used to be great on voice control... just out to pee or poop and back in. But since its been winter and I havent been walking her much she started running out of the yard and going on adventures in the woods with deer. This morning I rolled out of bed and walked her for about a mile before showering and going to school. I really didn't miss the 20 minutes of sleep and felt great after... and she was well behaved. No screaming at her in the backyard and being late to school because I was chasing her through the forest.

So I plan to give my dog more exercise which will give me more exercise!
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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   Posted 2/1/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
i had to break mine after almost 2 weeks - came down with bronchitis, then the flu, now a cold. all back to back to back. never really got over one before i got the other. i had started the maker's diet over again and had just made it to phase 2 when i had to throw in the towel cos i needed a popsicle, some juice, and toast - all phase 3 foods (if allowed at all depending on ingredients). oh well....

but other than that so far so good. started my tai chi training again after a 2.5 year hiatus to deal with surgeries, colonic inertia, finally getting well, and anemia. so this feels really good and gives me a sense of closure in that that chapter of my life is now behind me and i am back to do doing something active which i love.

3 months now off all meds and feeling fine!
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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