my early birthday present to myself

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   Posted 9/10/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Alright, I'm 3 wks post op from my total colectomy ileorectal anostmosis. I am making a pact with and for myself today that from now on i am going to eat only healthy balanced small meals and exercise by riding the exercise bike, lifting my 5 pound weights, walking, housework... No more Junk food/overeating and sitting on my butt 24-7. I am 20 pounds more than I want to be and I'm going to get healthy for a(9-17-1983) birthday present to myself. I want to look and feel better by Jan.1, 2009
        I am healing nicely. My pain is very minimum now. I still get tired easily but for the most part I am ok. I go to the bathroom around 10x per day. Which is alot better than before. I am doing very good at my water intake- being I have deleted all beverages that I may consume except h2o.   
Dieting doesn't work. I am making a change for life, slow and easing my way into it so that it becomes second nature. wish me luck, smilewinkgrin yeah wink

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   Posted 9/10/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
you're on the right track, changing your lifestyle is the only way to lose/keep off the pounds! :) i was thinking about doing something similar-trying to eat only whole foods, ie as minimal processing as possible...going to try that once i get settled into the new place.

Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

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   Posted 9/10/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
turn  I say go for it and good for you.. I also now that I had my surgery in Jan the GI says I need to lose weight I have been going slowly but thats a great idea about just drinking water.. I still have to put crystal light to drink so much..  I wish you all the luck and just remember there is someone in maine who is doing the same as you!!!!! Take Care.. Becca

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   Posted 9/10/2008 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
P.S Happy Birthday!!!!!

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   Posted 9/10/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
It's all in the way you think and you are on the road to a new way of life. Congratulations for you and I wish you the best of luck. My DH is now on a fairly strict, high anti-oxidant diet. It's been quite an adjustment for me since he now has some food allergies that are really bizarre and limits what I can cook. And to try to still eat healthy. Please keep us posted on your new journey - I am so excited for you.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 9/11/2008 2:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Happy Birthday. Also good luck with the weight thing. I started to just do exercise myself 3 weeks after my surgery, which my surgery was on aug. 7th.I do a yoga video by Denise austin, where they have different exercises like yoga legs, loga relax, yoga abs, and yoga aerobics.each is 10 min long, except for yoga aerobics, which is 20 min. i usually do the yoga legs and sometimes the yoga relax. now that I have been out of surgery for a month now I also a couple times a week do yoga abs. They all help burn calories and tone your body, but it is so relaxing and she takes everything slowly, so I do not end up killing myself. That is how I do exercise.

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   Posted 9/11/2008 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   


glad to hear you are on the mend again - i take it the swelling etc is under control now and your bowel is functioning as it should, albeit several times a day?? Are you in control of your bowels hopestar - a question i ask everyone that has had this op - and can you get out and about ok, or is it too early yet to say??

karen x


1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic floor repair surgery
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstructive Defaecation Syndrome.  Also diagnosed with slow transit
2007: No difference. Had MRI scan showing a partial volvulus 
2007: Therefore surgeon recommended a sigmoid resection which resulted in immediate colonic inertia
2008: Now contemplating colectomy as I need to take up to 30 senna tablets daily for some kind of bowel movement (albeit not 'normal' or all at once).  In discomfort/pain most days.
Scared to have TC as told I could become incontinent - but looking to have surgery before end of year hopefully

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   Posted 9/11/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
HAPPY BIRTHDAY , HOPESTAR ! I like your positive attitude. Keep it up, girl. I , too, am starting on new-beginning. Thursday I am starting Weight Watchers- agaaaiin. I hope I am not advertising. But I have to be accountable to myself and others because I am too weak. Will walk everyday too. However, my muscles in my stomach are just gone, or at least I don't see them holding in anything.
Keep us up to date on your progresss. Let's all pledge to lose a few :)

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   Posted 9/11/2008 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Congratulations on your family took the plunge several years ago and it was the BEST thing we've done yet!!!  It didn't happen overnight, you might crave certain "no no's" but know that the end result is fantastic. 

Remember to take it easy on the excercising until you've built up your stamina and water is definately better than any amount of crystal light...have you tried just squeezing a little lemon juice into a big glass of water with ice?  I love it that way:)

Good Luck!

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