Wow, get you....tai chi, weight lifting and surfing!! I've gotta say you sound like a really cool guy
It does take a while to get used having a bag. Being a fashion conscious lady I worried about the craziest things...like...will i still be able to wear my favourite jeans? fitted tops etc etc. And to be honest some things I just can't get away with anymore. But its not all bad...now I wear even cooler clothes I wouldn't otherwise have considered.
And as for mentally accepting the bag and not being embarrassed by it...well I showed it to everyone straight away so that no-one would be left wondering. It helped, once everyone had seen it they just treated me normally instead of trying to take a sly peek!
I've had my ileostomy bag for almost seven months now, and I've completely accepted it. I'm living a good life again and am happier than I was before this operation. It just changed my perspective on life so much, I appreciate every day now.
Hope you carry on going from strength to strength. And your right, you don't need to be standing on the sidelines! Take care. xx