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MACGIRL
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   Posted 12/4/2010 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
OK. It has been one month since ileostomy surgery. I am still tapering off prednisone but am depressed that I haven't lost any weight. I thought a whole week not eating and having an organ removed would make me lose some, but I guess not. I have gained so much over the years from being on pred. I will lose a little then have to go back on it and will gain the weight back.
I have 2 more weeks of the pred then I'm done, hopefully for good.

I just want to start losing weigh now but I'm not sure how. I have been to the gym a few times to walk but I am scared to do too much activity. I have been walking pretty slow. 13 minute half mile. I am going to try to increase my speed little by little and try to walk further also.

I don't know what kind of diet to follow. Most diets promote whole grains and fresh vegetables which I couldn't eat with UC and according to my information from the hospital about ileostomies I can't now.

What have some of you done to lose weight? Any suggestions will be appreciated. I'm just sooooo tired of being fat...

Christine1946
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   Posted 12/4/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
     I don't have a weight problem but my oldest daughter did.  She lost a lot of weight by eating a lot of protein and not so many carbs.  She works full time and doesn't feel like cooking when she gets home, so she stocks up on Healthy Choice steamers.  I'm not big on tv dinners but did try them and they are delicious!  She works out faithfully in a gym but, then again, she doesn't have an ostomy like we do.  If you are able, walk, walk and walk some more.  The weight will come off, but be patient.
     It's going to be hard with the holiday season shakehead .

still a lot to learn
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   Posted 12/4/2010 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Macgirl,

I too want to lose weight. about 8 months ago I tried the Weight Watcher's points program. I got concerned about how I was losing it too fast and was so weak and hungry all the time so I stopped. It's not like I'm 600 lbs or anything, just 212 lbs. and 5 foot 5 inches. I talked to a dietician friend and she suggested ammending the points, giving myself more. So this week I am starting back again on it. I too am afraid to go to a gym and be very rigorous just yet. After my surgery I went to a physical therapy program for 4 months that specialized in people who have had ostomy surgeries. It was great! At the same time the fitness center where I work had an excercise coach come in and give a generalized program of excercises. I took her program to my therapist and he amended it for what I could and should not be doing.

There is a very good article in the June 2010 edition of The Phoenix (the official publication of the UOAA) partly authored by my therapist Dennis Strothman that adresses hernia prevention in our cases.

I totally understand the prednisone thing. I don't miss my moon face or hump back at all! I think your 13 minute half mile sounds like a great starting point!

Good luck and let's shed those pounds together!
crohn's since 1983, many surgeries later finally got a perm ileostomy & proctocoletomy in August 2009 (a life saver). meds: 6 mp, lomotil and immodium, vitamins. LIFE IS GOOD!

Scrap Girl
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   Posted 12/4/2010 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
MacGirl, my husband and I had a lot of success counting calories with thedailyplate.com. Now it's part of livestrong.com. It sounds like a lot of work but it isn't at all. They have a database that has just about every food under the sun and most restaurant meals are on there as well. Once you've eaten something one time it's in your system so all you have to do is click on it if you eat it again. It would take me about 20 seconds to log a meal. What I like most about it is nothing is off limits you just need to try and stay within your calorie limits. So if I felt like having a blizzard, I would just have low-cal foods the rest of the day. That's why I think a lot of diets fail because people can't live with the thought of never having their favorite foods again. I have a major sweet tooth so that would never work for me. When you sign up - it's free - you input your height, weight and how much you want to lose a week and then it tells you your calorie goal. If you exercise you will get extra calories for that day. Plus, they have a really supportive forum for its users to share. There is a thread somewhere in there and it has a ton of before and after pictures - it's amazing and very inspiring. Once I finish with my last surgery and get in the swing of things again I plan on following it again. Good luck!

summerstorm
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   Posted 12/4/2010 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
first thing, after about two months, you will be able to eat the fresh fruits and veggies and all that good stuff, just have to give your body a bit of time to adjust, and introduce them slowly!   And remember that some of them will give you looser output or lots of gas. 
 
anyway, there is only one way to lose weight, eat less than you burn.  So you have to do some exercise and cut calories.
 
I lost about 40 pounds in 4 months, cutting out soda and cutting down on calories and doing my insanity workout, thats what really helped me.
But i wouldnt attempt the insanity workout just yet, lol. Give yourself a few months!
i kept my calories really low at first, i ate like apples, bananas, popcorn, applesauce, tuna, low calorie things.  now im pretty close to where i want to be so i don't worry about the food so much, i just make sure if i eat a bunch of cake thats pretty much all i eat, lol, and that i do my insanity workout everyday!
good luck!

MACGIRL
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   Posted 12/5/2010 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all your advice. I have always believed that the key is to cut back on what you eat and exercise (and to stay off prednisone.) Not into the fad diet things. I do believe programs like Weight Watchers have proven the test of time and do work because they do not limit what you can eat. A friend of mine does it and has lost a lot. She lucky. Her employer pays for it and a gym membership. (My employer pays for my gym membership if I go 20 times a month.) I've tried South Beach in the past but it always seem to irritate my color with the high fiber grains and veggies.

Scrap Girl- I checked out thedailyplate.com today and tracked my calorie intake. Did pretty good. I still have 100 calories I could eat if I get hungry tonight. Haven't done any exercise so far today so I didn't get to try that option. It reminds me of sparkpeople.com. It may be a little simpler though. I liked it. I'm gonna see if they have an iPhone app.

Summerstorm-What does your insanity workout include? I'm not ready for anything too strenuous but I would like to know for future reference. I'm sticking to walking an Nintendo Wii for right now.

summerstorm
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   Posted 12/5/2010 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
just google the insanity workout, its a dvd, but i only have one of them, i have the cardio one. It's 42 minutes of death, lol. Seriously, its a lot of cardio, just for example there are 90 jumping jacks (in 1 and half minutes) 60 push ups, jogging, suicide drills, some streching. Its HARD, the people showing you how to do it lay down and rest, lol. It took me a month before i could make it all the way through.
The Wii fit is great though, i lost some weight on it too, i just needed more cardio.
But yeah you don't need to do anything hard at all right now, give yourself about 4 or 5 months before you start on anything. And pred weight is hard to lose so don't get discouraged!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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Nurse Cyndi
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   Posted 12/6/2010 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Macgirl, first of all you need to not expect too many results until you get off the prednisone. I have lost 62 pounds since May 7th. Started with cutting out soda and tea, I only drink water during the day and coffee in the mornings and also watch portion sizes. I started with walking and using the 3 pound free weights while walking. After 13 weeks, I joined the gym. The machines are great, don't get me wrong, but the free weights are just so much better and seem to provide so many more results. Also, the confusion technique is awesome. Never repeat the same routine from day to day. Constantly switch it up and you will be on the right track. Take your time healing though. Don't over do it. Good luck!!!
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summerstorm
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   Posted 12/6/2010 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
something to note that i forgot to say, switching to diet drinks doesn't always help, it can actually make some people GAIN weight!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 12/6/2010 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Pred weight is different and time is the answer there...you are only a month post op so it's really important you don't do too much too soon! A daily walk will definitely help, even at this stage of recovery, but with any successful weight loss program you have to increase activity and decrease caloric intake.

'Tap and Track' is a really good calorie tracking app for the iphone...and I think it's free too!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

Salamore
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   Posted 12/7/2010 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi MacGirl,
 
I too am overweight due to the prednisone and I am a foodie.  I'm 5 "8" and weight 248, the prednisone for the last year has really put on an extra 30 pounds.  Are you having any problems with your ileo because of your weight, just curious, I hear sometimes weight can be a problem with the bag?
 
Hope you are doing well....
 
Thanks,
Renee

MACGIRL
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   Posted 12/8/2010 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Renee-

We seem to have the same height and weight. And I am a foodie too. The main problem I seem to be having with the bag is that the fat around my stoma seems to be indented. My stoma looks like it is in a bowl. I have started having some problems with the wafer sticking because it is flat and does not bend inward. I am trying some different things though. Someone suggested I try a convex wafer. I am waiting on a sample from Hollister. I think that might be what I need.

privey
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   Posted 12/8/2010 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
MACGIRL,
I have the opposite problem. I can't seem to gain weight. At one time I had gastric bypass back in 2002 at that time I started at 399.9 I was a very big girl. I lost down to 200 lbs. Then my world shook and when I went to my doc today I weighed a whoppin 92#. So if you have some weight you'd like to send my way I would be happy to take it
Cathy

MACGIRL
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   Posted 12/9/2010 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Cathy,

I wish I could send some of my weight your way. I'm sorry your gastic bypass went out of hand. Can it be reversed?

My grandmother was super skinny. She never weighed anything. She was 5'8" and weighed anywhere between 80 and 90lbs. I don't think she ever got up to 100 the 12 years I knew her. She was geneticly thin and she didn't eat when she started getting sick in her older years. Her doctors tried everything to get her to gain. So I know that being too thin is just as bad and being too fat.

I do hope you can find a way to put on some lbs. I'll try to upload some to the forum for you to take. LOL. Good luck.

tina
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