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   Posted 4/5/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
How are everyone's health and fitness resolutions going?

(For the newbies, a bunch of us made New Year's resolutions, and we post updates to keep each other motivated. Feel free to join in, even if it is after Easter!)

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   Posted 4/5/2008 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I soft of updated this kind of thing a few days ago after a few months hiatus from the forum. But , long story short I'm eating well still , weight's fine, hitting the gym regularly , and taking brazilian jiu-sitsu for the last few months. Generally all is mostly major problems since I got ot of my 15 day hospital stay in August. I've been off prednisone for several months and yeah. Not too bad right now. I hope everyone else's resolutions are working out nicely ? :)
Asacol 400mg x 8 dly , 50 mg Mercaptapurine x 1 dly , 40 mg Omeprazole x1 dly , Remicade every 2 months , Multivitamin , Fish Oil ,

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   Posted 4/5/2008 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I made no resolutions because I just break those. However, I'm doing much more in the fitness area than I would have believed possible back in December. I'm back doing work with small weights, trying to walk about a mile ( or more) each day, & riding a bicycle 10-15 miles at a time.
I'm also trying to work on the dating/relationship thing ( I may be a masochist, but what the heck).
Who'd a thunk it?


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   Posted 4/5/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
man oh man. life is just fantastic. dont feel any active crohns symptoms. still off my meds. i am now doing everything i was before surgery in 2005 (surfing, tai chi, weight training, etc) and i am doing it better than ever! my energy levels are up, my strength is up, and i dont have the inconentant problems. diet is working great. and i'm with matthew on the whole dating scene thing. been in my own little world for far too long, especially the last 3 years...

my identical twin brother (yes identical twin - but lucky him no crohns) just got married last weekend and that it was great to be there and not have any hang ups due to active disease so i was actually able to enjoy the wedding and deliver what everybody says was the longest and easily the best best man speech they ever heard. so yeah, i'm still stoked on seeing my bro getting married.
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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   Posted 4/5/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Crazy Harry, I love hearing you wonderful story of health and happiness! I on the other hand have been sick since December 27th, no resolution other than to get out of bed part of the day. However, I have a wonderful husband of 24 years who keeps reminding me this is temporary and ann 18 and 16 year old who are very wonderful and caring. So alot to be thankful for and hoping for health so I can get back to my daily routine of exercising and health!

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   Posted 4/6/2008 12:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, this is wonderful! Matthew, firemedic and Harry, it's great to see some good news here for a change.

Crohn'snme, I'm sorry you're unwell. But really, getting out of bed is an AMAZING start when you're feeling terrible. Good for you.

I got a bit slack for a while due to a virus and some unseasonably horrible weather, but I've started swimming again, even if though I'm finding it hard to walk at times. Oh, and I gave up sugar and cut back on chocolate for Lent and then tried a chocolate egg on Easter Sunday and thought it tasted terrible, so it looks like I'm cured of chocolate cravings... for the time being, anyway.

On the bad front, I'm eating lots of white potatoes again but will reform... eventually...


Anyone else? Fitzy, any diet stories to share?

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   Posted 4/6/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   

as you know I was diagnosed in January so I didn't get to make resolutions, but thought I would chime in anyway!  I am off the pred for over a week now and feeling pretty good. I even risked eating Mexican food last night at a friend's bachelorette party and am doing very well this pain or diarrhea. So things are going well for me.  I am still pretty tired, but am trying to work out more now that the weather is nicer.  Trying to walk everyday.  I do have a membership to the Y, but I do not think I am ready to jump back inot that yet...will stick to the walking outside until I build up some endurance and am not so exhausted!  yeah   That is all for me.

Glad to hear others are doing well, as well!! tongue

Diagnosed with crohn's in January 2008! 
Pentasa 1000 mg 4 times a day
On Topamax twice daily for migraines
On nexium - continuing for a month or so...the pred upset my tummy pretty bad. :-(
I am 27 years old and have been married for 2 years.  I cannot wait to try to have children so I want to get this under control!!

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   Posted 4/6/2008 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I resolved to change things up with my workouts, so my body doesn't get used to my routine and to cut out sugar. I also vowed to be more open minded about my crohn's issues so here's where I am today......
I will be having my 2nd fistula plug surgery at the end of the month. I will be having 2 fistulas plugged. I know that my 1st plug failed but my surgeon is very hopeful for a few reasons:
1. I am on remicade now and I wasn't the last time the procedure was done
2. She uses sheep intestines as the plug and my last surgeon used fibrin glue (she stopped using that 6 yrs. ago)
3. The fistulas are actually healing quite nicely with the seton drains and the remicade
I am much happier as a patient at a big city hospital instead of living the suburban medical nightmare that I have been living for the past 8 yrs. or so. I am confident in my surgeon so I believe I will have a positive outcome.
I did really well after my abscess I & D and seton placement in January-I was back to my workout routine in less than 3 weeks! I will have to stop working out for about 4-6 weeks while I heal from the plug,though. It is very painful and a long recovery as far as rectal surgery goes, so I am not looking forward to giving up my stress reliever but nothing ventured,nothing gained. Maybe it will be 1 step closer to that baby I am hoping to make. :-) :-) :-)
Still haven't cut out the sugar but I cut down a little. I still should cut out more but I'm an addict,what can I say? tongue
Best of luck to everyone!
37 year old female. Dx'd and undx'd a few times. Was just redx'd again 04/2007.
History of rectal abscesses and fistulas (29 surgeries including abscess I & D, exploratory surgeries, 4 C-ton drains and 1 fistula plug) Have also had several self bursting abscesses.
1st Remicade infusion 6/5/07-still taking it.  Praying I'll get better soon so we can have a baby.
Ginger :)

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   Posted 4/6/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I am doing real good on my gluten free diet,it takes discipline but its worth feeling better.
Confucius say : He who goes to bed with itchy butt wakes up with stinky finger.

Words of wisdom: Never trust a fart

:) Sugarmarie A.K.A. Poopy Pants :)

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   Posted 4/6/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm wondering if it would be possible to run a little again? As I said elsewhere, the back is still a BIG concern. But maybe 2-3 miles a couple times a week if I could get into the right shape? Will have to discuss this with my doctors.
Yeah, its nice to hear good news every now & again.


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   Posted 4/6/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Matthew, would it be easier on your back if you used one of those machines at the gym -- I don't know what they're called, but you put your feet on the pedals and your hands on the handles and sort of "run" in air? It's very low-impact.

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   Posted 4/7/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I could start that, but I don't really want to pay for Gym use. But it is a great idea, except I'm staying in one place. When I was a near fanatic runner I couldn't even run on a regular olympic track. The problem? BOREDOM. I have to have changes of scenery & surfaces. But your idea may be a start. I'm already able to bike ( Even on my Tramadol) with no major problems. Was stiff the first couple of times. Really, my main concern there is the accursed kidneystones. But I should still have some months of safety. & maybe Urocrit will work. Fingers crossed.
Thanks for the suggestion. I will seriously consider it.


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   Posted 4/9/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys!
It's good to hear that you all are doing so well.

I got the flu a few weeks back,& slipped out of my exercise routine for almost 3 weeks.I had to practically force myself to get back into it last week...

Well,I am glad that I did,because I had gained a few pounds back from laying around,& I have to continue to keep working hard just to maintain the total weight loss that I've had thus far.

Good luck everyone & take care!
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 4/10/2008 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I am being a complete and utter bum about exercising/weights right now. Need a kick in the Kiester!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 4/10/2008 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey I got out and walked today after 3 months of being sick and 3 weeks of being in bed. Felt great. But then I had a nap! LOL!! Priorities

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   Posted 4/10/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Ivy -
I missed this post before because I didn't really consider it a "New Years" thing. But I have no idea actually when my husband started the diet. Sometime in January. We aren't really "on" the diet anymore but I did learn a lot from it and I do try to cut the carbs and sugars and up the proteins and fibers. I never used to think twice about it before. However, my current lifestyle is really cramping my healthy eating. I still eat what I consider "crohns" healthy but not really truly healthy. Crazyharry- your post hit home that said something about being to lazy or whatever to make the change. I guess I wouldn't call myself lazy just insanely busy. I have a 45 minute commute, am a full time law student, work part time, and have a husband, dog, and cat to care for. I have also had to travel a lot lately. So even though I would love to make some slow cook oatmeal for breakfast I have had to settle for protein bars, yogurt, or a bowl of cereal. I am back to eating sandwiches at lunch but that is lazy I guess. I could double my dinner cooking and bring some the next day. But I dont cook, my husband does so ... just another excuse lol.

I had lunch with my boss today and he said he was amazed at how well I was doing with my stomach. I sometimes forget that they saw me at my worst. When I told my husband he said "so is he saying your fat?" I know he (my husband) was totally kidding but then I thought... gee, how does he know? Do I really complain that much?? But I am one of those people that wear my heart on my sleeve and for some reason they ALWAYS know when I feel icky.

I have been doing kind of well in the exercise department. Before I went to Singapore I was hitting the gym some. Its amazing what a motivator a bikini and beach are. While there we did a TON of walking and I came back about 5 pounds lighter. So I am making an effort to seriously walk my dog every day, sometimes twice. And when I have a long break at school and I'm not getting any work done, I throw on my sneakers and walk. We have a beautiful loop that is a 5K around a bay (where the CCFA walk is held!) I walked there from school and did it and walked back yesterday which is about 5 miles total probably. I really enjoy walking now and don't feel like it is a sorry excuse for exercise anymore. That is my old distance runner mentality. I just have to walk further and longer than I would run and it works out about the same. Plus my dog is SO happy. I just wish I didn't have the commute and could walk her on those breaks during the school day too.
26 Year old married female law student.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid.  For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn.  I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13.  I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium.  Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I alos take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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