Wednesday, July 18, 2018

More active and healthier me

With my recent commitments to eat better, drink more water, and take probiotics, I have also started going to the gym again. I visit the local Planet Fitness.  I'm not really in need of anything too advanced. I just wanted to start going again because, one, I've been paying for the membership since January.  Two, I wanted to gain a little more energy and strength.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Acidophilus Down the Hatch

Spring Valley Probiotic Crohn's DiseaseSo, it's been a week of me taking probiotics. I started last tuesday morning, taking three tablets as directed. I picked up a pretty inexpensive bottle from Walmart.

I wanted to try something to see if it made a difference.  Right now, my gut feels weird.  After doing a little research, I did learn that there is sort of an adjustment period. People who take probiotics can experience extra bloating, gas, or weird bowel movement patterns.

The Spring Valley Probiotic I purchased has active cultures, which is good.  There are plenty of cultures and the capsules are strong enough to deliver the good bacteria to your intestine.   When looking into probiotics, you will find some brands have higher counts of bacteria. These are usually numbered in the billions.  The more the better.

Spring Valley Probiotic Crohn's DiseaseAnother item to research is the type of bacteria. The one I'm taking contains acidophilus.  I haven't done too much research on amounts and types of bacteria. I plan on looking into it and hope to let you all know.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

A Little Throwback On This Thursday

Since 2007 my weight has seen a lot of up and down.  When I was diagnosed my weight was near it's high.  With the help of things like prednisone, I ballooned up to 242. That was the heaviest weight I recorded.

Within a year of 240 lbs, I dropped to 113 lbs.  By then I was only eating one chicken breast a day.  That was for dinner.  I often didn't even finish it.  Sucked having no energy or strength.  My muscle, the little I had, wasted away.

Now, I'm just 20 pounds over that 113 amount.  My weight doesn't fluctuate much anymore.  It usually stay within a 5 lbs range. 

Let me know in the comments if your wright has moved  around much since being diagnosed. Thanks for ready. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Only 15% of Brits feel Crohn's Disease and UC are Valid Reasons to Call In

I ran across a survey that took place in the UK, but I feel the results would be similar here.  Crohn's and Colitis UK took a survey of 1,000 adults and found that most people downplay their symptoms when calling in sick.  Most fear judgement from colleagues and feel anxious, so they report short term illness like vomiting or flu. 

I found it interesting that only 15% of participants felt Crohn's and UC were acceptable reasons to call in sick.  I wonder if all the survey takers have full knowledge of the symptoms.  Like most I encounter, they have probably heard of it, but don't really know about it.  There are quotes from sufferers that mention downplaying sickness as a stomach bug or something else. There are times that I been less than specific with my Crohn's issues.  

Friday, July 6, 2018

Giving Probiotics Another Try

Back when I first diagnosed, my GI gave me a good amount of Align Probiotics to try.  The benefit always seemed promising.  A battle of good and bad bacteria in your gut.  All to create a wonderful "flora" and balance. 

I tried, but I could not get over some of the short-term side effects of gas and bloating. Those on top of what I was already feeling was not going to work.  So, I gave up on them within days.  

Bad idea.  Had I looked into it a little more, I would have found that most side effects like gas, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation, shouldn't last more than a couple of weeks.  Who knows if I would be suffering less from painful cramps or having better quality BMs. I am really hoping regular BMs and increased energy.    

Monday, March 12, 2018

It's Been Awhile...

It has been 3 years and two months since my last post. It doesn't feel like 3 years, but...  I definitely miss writing and sharing how I'm feeling and doing.  There are a good amount of things that have
changed for me.
Me out taking photos like always. 

The last time I posted, it was just after the new year, and I listed some goals.   Diet was mentioned.  I can say since 2015 that my diet is better, but still has a way to go. Avoiding certain types of food has become easy.  There are still weaknesses. Ice cream, I'm looking at you.  I think I can say that I am a portion control ninja. That, and I just cannot eat a huge plate.  So, I try to be selective.  I've gotten better control of my weight.  Better eating, and little more active.

I also wrote about being more active.  It took awhile, but I am in the gym multiple days a week, and it feels pretty good.  Since the seasons are changing, I hope to be outdoors a little more.

Pain and cramps are still something I deal with daily. Like right now.  I have my coping mechanisms. But, it still sucks.

Let's see if I can stick to some sort of commitment and actually share here. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year, a Better Me

Happy new year! 2014 is behind us, and it's time to look forward to a healthy, pain and flare free 2015.

I plan on accomplishing this for myself a few ways.  First, diet.  I've never really controlled what I have eaten since having Crohns.  I know what foods will bother me more than others, but I've never kept track of everything.  I would like to pay attention to what is bothering me, and actually try to eliminate it.  This goes for drinks as well.  I drink way too much soda, and never enough water.

Second, is stress.  I manage pretty well, but I should would like to remove the stressors from life.  I recognize how my body feels when stressed, and it's just better being happy.

The last thing is physical activity.  My weight has gone up and down a lot since 2007, and even now will swing wildly week by week.  For a long time I was feeling horrible, but since I better, I want to take advantage of that.  I feel great after working out, plus it always helps with stress.

I hope you all have a great year.


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