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02-28-2013, 08:00 PM   #91
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Good luck Cat! For inspiration in the future, to keep you going, you'll have to watch the biking movie Breaking Away while pedaling! I suppose to there is the other biking movie I recall, Pee Wees Big Adventure, but wouldn't recommend that.
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I actually really like Pee Wee's Big Adventure! The film geek in me likes that it was Tim Burton's directorial debut. I loved it as a kid, and it's held up pretty well over the years. Every so often I'll watch it and it's still good in a campy, nostalgic kind of way.

I did an hour on the bike yesterday! It wasn't pretty, but I got it done. Just like last time, right around 40 minutes in, my left knee started hurting. I decided to go for it anyway to see if the knee pain is anything like my hip arthritis. With my hip, if it starts hurting and I try to keep going, the pain gradually gets worse and I remain in pain for days afterwards. Fortunately the knee didn't act the same way - it stopped hurting when I finished my ride, and hasn't hurt since. I've always had iffy knees anyway (they dislocate fairly easily which is super painful) so I'm just going to attribute it to that. I may ask my GP to check my knees too when he checks my lower back & good hip for arthritis - just in case.

My stomach is still pretty unhappy with me though. I did the hour on the bike and took a shower... and then I had to figure out something for dinner. We're in dire need of going grocery shopping so I didn't have many options, and I ended up grabbing a frozen pizza because it was quick & easy. I knew my guts wouldn't like it but I was exhausted from my ride and couldn't spend any more energy on cooking. So, I had some pizza and the guts stayed upset and I had some more d (and passed yet more undigested shittake mushrooms, along with my undigested Asacol tablets, that's just great). This morning I was feeling so-so and felt like I might try some leftover cold pizza for breakfast. I usually don't eat breakfast but cold pizza sounded good. Um, ouch. It caused terrible heartburn! I very rarely, almost never get heartburn with my GERD. I get every other reflux symptom but never heartburn. I sure got it this morning though, wow! Because of my GERD, I carry Zantac and Tums with me everywhere anyway, so I had some on hand and got it under control, but it sucked for a little while.

So yeah. The stomach is still angry with me but I'm hanging in there. Planning on hitting the weights at the big gym tonight. I really like going to the big gym on Friday nights because nobody is there! It's so empty, just a handful of people there. I hate when the gym is too crowded, if it were totally empty it would be just perfect. Friday nights and Sunday mornings seem to be when the gym is the most empty, so I try to take advantage of those times, and that's the plan this week. Saturday I'll walk the dog and I'm not sure if I'll ride the bike or try some yoga. I have to do grocery shopping too which can kind of be a workout in itself sometimes! The hubby works weekends right now so I'll be lifting the heavy grocery bags all by myself. I'm pretty organized but often I forget something I need that's on the other end of the store, so I walk around quite a lot too when I'm grocery shopping.
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I actually really like Pee Wee's Big Adventure! The film geek in me likes that it was Tim Burton's directorial debut. I loved it as a kid, and it's held up pretty well over the years. Every so often I'll watch it and it's still good in a campy, nostalgic kind of way.

I did an hour on the bike yesterday! It wasn't pretty, but I got it done. Just like last time, right around 40 minutes in, my left knee started hurting. I decided to go for it anyway to see if the knee pain is anything like my hip arthritis. With my hip, if it starts hurting and I try to keep going, the pain gradually gets worse and I remain in pain for days afterwards. Fortunately the knee didn't act the same way - it stopped hurting when I finished my ride, and hasn't hurt since. I've always had iffy knees anyway (they dislocate fairly easily which is super painful) so I'm just going to attribute it to that. I may ask my GP to check my knees too when he checks my lower back & good hip for arthritis - just in case.

My stomach is still pretty unhappy with me though. I did the hour on the bike and took a shower... and then I had to figure out something for dinner. We're in dire need of going grocery shopping so I didn't have many options, and I ended up grabbing a frozen pizza because it was quick & easy. I knew my guts wouldn't like it but I was exhausted from my ride and couldn't spend any more energy on cooking. So, I had some pizza and the guts stayed upset and I had some more d (and passed yet more undigested shittake mushrooms, along with my undigested Asacol tablets, that's just great). This morning I was feeling so-so and felt like I might try some leftover cold pizza for breakfast. I usually don't eat breakfast but cold pizza sounded good. Um, ouch. It caused terrible heartburn! I very rarely, almost never get heartburn with my GERD. I get every other reflux symptom but never heartburn. I sure got it this morning though, wow! Because of my GERD, I carry Zantac and Tums with me everywhere anyway, so I had some on hand and got it under control, but it sucked for a little while.

So yeah. The stomach is still angry with me but I'm hanging in there. Planning on hitting the weights at the big gym tonight. I really like going to the big gym on Friday nights because nobody is there! It's so empty, just a handful of people there. I hate when the gym is too crowded, if it were totally empty it would be just perfect. Friday nights and Sunday mornings seem to be when the gym is the most empty, so I try to take advantage of those times, and that's the plan this week. Saturday I'll walk the dog and I'm not sure if I'll ride the bike or try some yoga. I have to do grocery shopping too which can kind of be a workout in itself sometimes! The hubby works weekends right now so I'll be lifting the heavy grocery bags all by myself. I'm pretty organized but often I forget something I need that's on the other end of the store, so I walk around quite a lot too when I'm grocery shopping.
1 hour - yay, that's awesome
Cycling is the one thing I can usually tolerate if my tummy is acting up, though if it's acting up to the point where I can't fuel properly, I have to stick to 50k or less.
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50 k - that's about 30 miles, right? Maybe in my dreams I could ride for 30 miles. I did about 11 miles in my hour ride yesterday and that's the farthest I've ever done. And that was on a hill program so I am thinking I could go further on flat terrain. 30 miles sounds incredibly tough to me though! My goal this spring/summer is to ride my bike around the small lake in my city and through the arboretum. It shouldn't be more than 10 miles total. Now that I've done 11 miles on the stationary bike and didn't die, I'm pretty sure I can do 10 miles on my real bike on real hills. I think. I hope!

Does anyone else's city do something called "Ride the Drive"? It's where the city shuts down some major streets for the day and lets everyone ride their bikes. Not like a race or anything, just a casual ride around downtown in the middle of the streets without having to worry about cars. It's a nightmare for traffic but really fun for bike riders. I did it last year and it was lovely. There's a big uphill on part of it though and I just couldn't do it, it was too tough and I wasn't in good enough shape. I had to get off and walk my bike up the hill, and I felt like a loser. That's part of why I've been doing hill programs on the stationary bike, because I'd like to make it up that hill this year without stopping and walking. That's one of my fitness goals. Big hill, you won't beat me again! Probably!
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50 k - that's about 30 miles, right? Maybe in my dreams I could ride for 30 miles. I did about 11 miles in my hour ride yesterday and that's the farthest I've ever done. And that was on a hill program so I am thinking I could go further on flat terrain. 30 miles sounds incredibly tough to me though! My goal this spring/summer is to ride my bike around the small lake in my city and through the arboretum. It shouldn't be more than 10 miles total. Now that I've done 11 miles on the stationary bike and didn't die, I'm pretty sure I can do 10 miles on my real bike on real hills. I think. I hope!

Does anyone else's city do something called "Ride the Drive"? It's where the city shuts down some major streets for the day and lets everyone ride their bikes. Not like a race or anything, just a casual ride around downtown in the middle of the streets without having to worry about cars. It's a nightmare for traffic but really fun for bike riders. I did it last year and it was lovely. There's a big uphill on part of it though and I just couldn't do it, it was too tough and I wasn't in good enough shape. I had to get off and walk my bike up the hill, and I felt like a loser. That's part of why I've been doing hill programs on the stationary bike, because I'd like to make it up that hill this year without stopping and walking. That's one of my fitness goals. Big hill, you won't beat me again! Probably!
31.25 miles.. The computers on the spin bikes at the base gym are in imperial measurements, So are the treadmills, I'm good at conversions now :-)

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Update for 3/2/13: I hit the big gym yesterday but was a little disappointed. It's usually dead quiet in there on a Friday night, but it was surprisingly a bit busy. Also, there was a total creep in there who kept bugging me, ick. I like working out with the hubby because then I don't get hit on at the gym, but when I go by myself then the creepwads seem to gravitate towards me. I'm a total introvert and don't like talking to people anyway, but when I'm working out I'm all business and my mind is on getting strong and nothing else, so I really don't want to be bothered. Especially by someone who's clearly just there to pick up women. Yuck.

But anyway, in spite of that I got in a good workout and did everything I wanted to do. Today I'm taking it somewhat easy, going to walk the dog and either yoga or ride the bike (but not for an hour this time, my legs need a bit of a break). I'm going to walk the dog first and then see how I feel and will plan the rest of the day accordingly.
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Update for 3/2/13: I hit the big gym yesterday but was a little disappointed. It's usually dead quiet in there on a Friday night, but it was surprisingly a bit busy. Also, there was a total creep in there who kept bugging me, ick. I like working out with the hubby because then I don't get hit on at the gym, but when I go by myself then the creepwads seem to gravitate towards me. I'm a total introvert and don't like talking to people anyway, but when I'm working out I'm all business and my mind is on getting strong and nothing else, so I really don't want to be bothered. Especially by someone who's clearly just there to pick up women. Yuck.

But anyway, in spite of that I got in a good workout and did everything I wanted to do. Today I'm taking it somewhat easy, going to walk the dog and either yoga or ride the bike (but not for an hour this time, my legs need a bit of a break). I'm going to walk the dog first and then see how I feel and will plan the rest of the day accordingly.
I work out in a military gym, there are always creepy guys. Being a woman is like being a moving target. We also share our gym with the military college, getting hit on by 20 year old sex crazed university students is not my thing. (downside to looking 20 when I'm actually 30) I always wear headphones, it deters them from trying to talk to me.
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Alli, I'm 33 and I look much younger than my age too and I also find a wide range of guys are hitting on me. The dude from yesterday was probably in his late 30s (big fat dude with a bald head and a beard, even if I were single that's not exactly my type, ha ha!). I always wear headphones too which is usually a good deterrent but not always. I feel like I need to wear a t-shirt to the gym that says, "I'm married, I'm an introvert, I'm just here to work out, I don't like you, go away."
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. We also share our gym with the military college, getting hit on by 20 year old sex crazed university students is not my thing. (downside to looking 20 when I'm actually 30) I always wear headphones, it deters them from trying to talk to me.
That sounds like my thing!

I felt a bit self conscious at the gym yesterday when I realised I was the only female in my gym. There were some 17 year old looking guys who were just chatting on the weight machine right next to me which was annoying.
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Update 3-3-13: Today I lifted weights in the big gym, and that went great. No creeps this time. I went around noon - the gym at noon on a Sunday is pretty empty so I was able to breeze through my workout. Then I ran errands, and then the dog and I went on a long walk. I'm quite tired now! I feel good, but I'm definitely going to veg out for the rest of the afternoon & evening. Tomorrow is cardio day so I'll do the bike - hopefully for another hour-long session. We're due for yet another #$%&* snowstorm Monday night/all day Tuesday so I'm not looking forward to that. It's a bit warm and sunny today so the snow is actually melting. This seems to be a theme - it snows 6 inches, then it mostly melts over the next 2 days, then it snows another 6 inches. That's seemed to be the pattern here for most of the winter! I'm so sick of it! My hip is not a fan of it either!
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I will gladly take all of your snow! I love snow!

My iPod was dead this morning when I went to the gym, and it would happen to be the day that I would run into the biggest slime ball in existence. Not a stranger slime ball, guy I know from work who has a habit of sleeping with subordinates. Then of course I saw him again in the grocery store this evening. That's way more douche bag than I can handle for one day.
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I'm laughing mentioning this, but recall a problem I had with a few ladies at a gym I used to be a member with. The ladies farted. The gym was a large place, split in half. One side was a more basic gym with typical popular aerobic machines. The other side was where the lifters hanged out, some of them professional from what I was told. A few of the men and women would travel to different body building contests.

Sometimes while in the lifters section I'd find myself waiting on a machine to open up. A few times while waiting on one of the body building females to finish with a machine, she would let the farts fly. I figured the lady was either:

1) Had an IBD condition much as myself
2) Was marking her territory
3) Was drinking protein drinks to excess in the morning, with the combination of heavy lifting placing stress onto the abdominal area leading to gassing the area.

Rather gross.

Played tennis last night for 90 minutes. Hit wonderfully! I've been hitting very well over the last month. And I'm so tired. Kind of odd but the more well I become with the gut, I'm responding well to diet changes, the more tired I become. I'm not sure what is happening but suspect it might have something to do with heat. I've noticed some mention that with their IBD they sweat often for no known reason. Since being healthier with the gut I no longer have those mysterious sweats myself. Instead I feel cooler. Figure possibly my inflammation is going down, resulting in the body needing to spend more precious energy on keeping body temperature up. Who knows. Hopfully this run down feeling should pass soon. At least my tennis hitting has been wonderful. My long time hitting partner must wonder what is going on!
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Alli, oh no, that sounds awful! And having to see him twice in one day, double yuck. I've had that issue with my ipod classic dying on me in the middle of a workout, but so far so good (knock on wood) with my ipod shuffle. The battery life on that thing is great, I forgot to charge it for a couple weeks but it was still at 50% battery life when I finally got around to it.

Beach, eek! I can usually hold in my farts in the gym, it's the belching that is my problem. I have severe GERD on top of the IBD, and the IBD is well-controlled but the GERD isn't. I take a 300 mg Zantac and a handful (about 8 or so) Tums just before hitting the gym. The only other thing in my stomach before/during a workout is water. But even so, usually about halfway through my workout, my stomach will start bubbling and I'll start burping. I try not to be obvious about it, but yeah, sometimes I can get gross. I'm working on that. I got accustomed to just working out in the little gym, where I'm almost always alone, so I picked up some gross habits like belching and also wiping my nose on my sleeve. Now that I often am at a bigger gym where there are other people around, I have to try not to do that stuff. So, I kind of feel for the farting lady. I'm sure there must be people out there who think of me as the belching lady. (At least I'm not the vomiting lady - yet - I have managed to keep my reflux from coming out my mouth in the gym, so far anyway. It has gotten really close a few times though!)

Update 3-4-13. Alli, I would seriously give you all this snow if I could. It hasn't even started snowing yet, it's supposed to start sometime between 6 PM and midnight, but my hip started aching around 10 AM and has only gotten worse as the day has gone on. Not fun! I'm still planning on hitting the bike, although I'm not optimistic about making it a full hour tonight. I'm still going to try, but if it hurts too much then I will concede defeat. They're saying 6 to 10 inches of snow for my area, and areas just west of here could get over a foot of snow. The worse the snowstorm, the worse my hip feels, so with the way I feel, I'm betting we'll be more in the 10 inch range than the 6 inch. Anyway, I'm still going to hit the bike regardless, and will do what I can.

Oh, I finally went grocery shopping too (we were almost out of food, ha ha) so we have actual food in the house again. I was able to eat a healthy snack and that feels good (oatmeal and a mango - one of the few fruits I can still eat without problem). I know I need to eat healthier so I'm trying. I'm still so limited, certain foods still kill me even in remission, but I'm going to try harder because I know it's not good to eat ramen noodles and a slim fast for dinner. Our juicer is broken (it still kind of works but it won't last long, we had to glue and tape it back together) so I haven't been juicing lately either, I feel really unhealthy diet-wise. I have a little extra money in the account this month though so I'm researching juicers and will hopefully buy a new one soon. I can't wait to get back to juicing! It's like drinking a big glass of health, and it's always easy on my tummy.
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Cat - I remember in the past your mention about having bad GERD. It reminded me of Dr. Eades. He often has written about his battles with the uncomfortable condition. I don't know if this will be of help, but he recently had a writing about a digestive book on dealing with GERD. Sadly, the book was available for free a month ago! There might still be a promotion going on though. The sight might be worth a peek.

"Free book on heartburn"

http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/l...urn/#more-5059

Another GERD article of his on dealing with the condition, that might be of help.

"Protexid and Protexid ND and adventures in DR"

http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/s...entures-in-dr/
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Thanks Beach, I'll check out those links. I used to think my GERD was so severe because of a hiatal hernia. And I do have one - but my GI says it's a small and "sliding" hernia, so it shouldn't be causing symptoms on this scale. So, the GERD is still somewhat a mystery. It's tolerable most of the time, and I'd rather not have surgery on the hiatal hernia at this point, so I usually just deal with it.

Update 3/5/13. I did the bike for an hour again last night! And it seemed easier, although my knee still gave me some pain. It's still hurting a bit today too when I walk. I see my GP on Monday so I'll mention it to him then. The hip feels pretty good today - it was aching quite a bit yesterday before the snowstorm hit, but now that it's snowing buckets, the hip feels okay. It didn't give me any trouble on the bike either.

I was hoping to hit the big gym tonight, but I'd rather not drive any more than I have to in this crazy weather. So I'm going to hit the little gym this afternoon instead. I don't like changing my plans, but any workout is better than no workout. Tomorrow I'll do the bike again and will hopefully be able to do another hour-long ride.
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Another update for today: I hit the little gym and felt good. It's been snowing heavily all day (I think we got about a foot of snow!) but the hip has been feeling pretty good. After my workout, my knee felt much better too. I got home from work... and the hubby hadn't shoveled yet! A foot of snow in our driveway plus a mountain at the end of the driveway where the plow had pushed it up, so I couldn't even park my car. So, we got to shovel (fortunately our neighbor with a snowblower came over to help with the end of the driveway). Still, I got two workouts in today. I feel good though, I don't feel like I overdid things.

Ooh, and I got my new TV! Got a little 19 inch flat-screen for the back bedroom where the stationary bike is kept. It's kind of hilarious, I knew it was energy efficient when I got it, but the paperwork that came with the TV says that it will cost me approximately $4 per year to power. I think my old big heavy console TV cost me about $4 in electricity every time I turned it on! I'm excited to ride the bike tomorrow and watch my new TV. (Another funny side note - the package with the TV arrived and the box was huge, but hubby didn't open it until I got home and he had no idea what it was. Sometimes I order jewelry online, and hubby said he thought it was a package full of jewelry! Um, no, ha ha.)
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Eleven miles on your bike is not too shabby! Speaking of bike rides such as "Ride the drive" just thought I'd ask if you have "Critical Mass" rides in Madison, and if so, well, I personally recommend against them. Critical Mass is supposed to raise bike awaress, but instead, they refuse to obtain the required permits, and take up every single lane of traffic, to intentionally block traffic, preferably during rush hour, on Friday evenings. They do this to force people to notice them and raise cycling awareness, which it does, but not in a positive manner. There's been violence and arrests, because basically, their rides are illegal.

Here in Chicago they usually ride on the last friday of every month, and have tried to get our cycling clubs to join them, but they generate way too much hostility against cyclists, and the bike messengers in downtown Chicago are usually the ones who bear the brunt.

Critical Mass bike rides are actually world-wide. I know they've had rides in Madison, but I personally don't agree with their methods, and stay as far away from them and their rides as possible. There are much better (ie., legally organized) bike rides to participate in instead.
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Ya noy, no, I haven't heard of Critical Mass, if we have it here I am not aware of it. Ride the Drive is organized by the city and is legal and all that, the police re-route traffic away from downtown (it's usually done on a Sunday I think, so not too much traffic to re-route). They have bands and activities and stuff along the way so it's a fun time.

And sheesh, isn't Chicago traffic bad enough already without people purposely making that much worse? My hubby lived in Chicago years ago when we were long-distance dating, and I drove through that nightmare traffic every other weekend or so for 4 long years. It was awful! (It didn't help that I had a stick shift at the time either - driving in traffic with that car was like, clutch, first gear, clutch, brake, clutch, first gear, clutch, brake. Clutch, first gear, whoa second gear, it feels like I'm driving fast! Nevermind, clutch, brake.)

Update for today 3/6/13: Nothing much new to report. I had to shovel my driveway again this morning and I'll be riding the bike this evening, so it's another day of getting multiple forms of exercise. Which is fine with me, I have the energy to do it. I have been looking at juicers online and I think I've found the one I want to get, so hopefully I'll be ordering it tonight. I'm excited to watch my new TV and also excited to get a new juicer! I'm usually pretty poor so getting new stuff is a real treat.
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Update for 3/7/13: I did another hour on the exercise bike yesterday evening. It gets a little easier every time. My knee gave me a little bit of pain, but the pain gets a little less each time too, so I'm not sure if that knee is just weak or what. I'm hoping to get to the point where my knee doesn't hurt at all when I'm riding. My new TV is cool but the sound isn't so great, so now I'm hoping the hubby can hook up some better speakers. I think my real bike has a flat tire so I've also asked the hubby to look into that and hopefully repair it because I don't know how to fix a bike flat tire. I'd like to get my bike into tip-top shape by the time springtime hits so I can start riding outside! I'm so looking forward to it! My city just announced that Ride the Drive will be held on June 2nd, so I will be there for sure! That big hill won't beat me again, I'm going to ride up the whole thing without getting off to walk!
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Well, that was a joke. About an hour before I went to the gym, I started feeling nauseous. I could feel myself refluxing too so I took some Zantac and a few Tums. That didn't do much. I went to the gym anyway - I gave myself the "You're tough, you've been through this before, you can do this" pep talk. I managed to do 5 of the 8 weight machines before I had to stop, and I could do all my stretches but mostly I walked on the treadmill. I didn't get in a very good workout, in other words. Took a Zofran after I left the gym and started feeling better, so I tried eating some food. Found myself just scarfing down a sandwich! What is up with this, I go from nauseous to hungry with no stops in between. Last night's dinner didn't agree with me which is where I think the nausea came from, but it's just so weird how my stomach decides it's nauseous one minute and hungry the next. And I hate when nausea affects my gym performance. It's like, that's the one hour a day I get to just de-stress and feel really good, and I hate when that it taken away from me. Urgh. Anyway. I'm going to take it easy this evening and hopefully will be fully back to my old fit & fighting self tomorrow. Tomorrow's plan is an hour on the bike, and I'm hoping to do 12 miles in that hour. I did about 11.75 miles yesterday so I need to do just a little bit more! Fingers crossed for no nausea tomorrow!
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No fun Cat! Hope you feel better soon. Maybe with the down time, it will give you a chance to fiddle with the new exercise TV. That's been a key with me, getting through a workout, having music to listen to or TVs to watch while exercising.

I had an off ill day the other day myself. During the worst of the snow storm the gut really acted up. It ended any idea of working out for a couple days actually. It is never enjoyable being ill, but I was kind of excited about it. I've been doing decently well with diet, then added a new food the other day, cinnamon, for a trial and next thing I know I'm nauseated, giving the bathroom a workout. Think I found a trigger food! Got back into the swing of things today. I had a nice hour long walk. Tomorrow is leg workout day. And then it is onto working on taxes. That's liable to make me nauseous again.
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Ew, we have to do our taxes soon too. And I hate the "bathroom workout", I'd rather jog on my arthritic hip for an hour! Although back in the days when I was ill and flaring all the time, I recall thinking that I should have some awesome washboard abs with all the going and straining and heaving and so on that I was doing at the time. It never happened though! I'm still trying to get those awesome abs, ha ha.

I'm sorry to hear you had an "off" day too. That snow storm was pretty bad - we got about a foot of snow here! I had to shovel multiple times, which is always iffy with my GERD. All that bending over forward to shovel is dangerous, sometimes the acid comes pouring up my throat when I bend over forward. Anyway, I'm glad to hear you're feeling better already, that's very good news. Glad you got in a good walk and I'm hoping things go smoothly with your workout tomorrow.

Oh, and the new TV has been fully fiddled with. It's got the Roku box hooked up as well as the Gamecube and Dreamcast and Genesis (I'm kind of an old school gamer). It has a built-in DVD player so I just watched a music DVD yesterday while I was riding the bike. We don't have cable but I can get Netflix and Hulu over the Roku box, so I'm pretty well set for entertainment now. Not sure what to do with my old TV though - it's a huge old console TV that weighs like 70 lbs! The hubby wants to just put it in the basement, but I'm afraid he'll drop it or hurt himself carrying the gigantic thing down the stairs! Maybe I can use it in my exercises and lift it. TV bench presses!
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Update for today 3/8/13. I feel SO much better today and I think I figured out the cause of my nausea (too much folic acid!). No nausea today, the sun is shining and it's close to 40 degrees outside, my mood is fantastic and I'm looking forward to hitting the bike this evening. It's supposed to rain this weekend so I'm curious to see whether my hip acts up or not. Usually it starts aching hours before the weather hits, but it's supposed to start around midnight tonight and so far the hip is quiet, so hopefully it stays that way.
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Cat..I live near you!!! I also have started working out and notice my gerd is really bad when I do..I started Zumba. Its so much fun. Its an hour class and you dont realize that its been an hour until its over. So glad you started this thread because I have gained weight in the last year and its depressing...all around my stomach!! I blame the Humira tho!!!

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Ew, we have to do our taxes soon too. And I hate the "bathroom workout", I'd rather jog on my arthritic hip for an hour! Although back in the days when I was ill and flaring all the time, I recall thinking that I should have some awesome washboard abs with all the going and straining and heaving and so on that I was doing at the time. It never happened though! I'm still trying to get those awesome abs, ha ha.
I don't know about anyone else- but I had the nicest flattest stomach ever before I got ill with this thing (Admittedly that puts me at 16). But still - I used to complain about that way there was a tiny little curvature in it! My mum said where are your intestines supposed to go?!

Then I got ill and I got so skinny, every bone stuck out, and my stomach was rounded. It has never been flat again. I always just assumed it was inflammation. But it is like it now even though I have no pain, no bloatedness and I'm going to toilet once a day (Thought I would just put him in there for that last comment!).

So I'm putting the stomach thing down to this illness. I don't know what it is though, scare tissue? I don't know.
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Hi Mary, small world isn't it! I was on Entocort and I also gained weight all around my midsection. It's not pretty! It's sloooooowly going away with exercise, although I love chocolate and ice cream and all that stuff so I'm sure it would go away more quickly if my diet was better too. Baby steps, right? My sister-in-law does Zumba and she loves it, it helped her lose a bunch of weight too. I've never tried it but maybe I'll accompany my sis-in-law to a class sometime. Thanks for the suggestion!

LMV, I can SO relate! I didn't become ill with IBD until just before I turned 30, and I had a really cute flat tummy up until then too. I don't know if I'll ever get that cute little flat tummy back again! My stomach is relatively flat in the mornings (like a flat tummy with a layer of Entocort flab over it, ha ha), but then with every little thing I eat or drink (even water), I bloat out more and more. By evening, I have something of a fat round tummy, it grosses me out. I'm in remission and am back to the same weight I was before I became ill, but my body is definitely a lot different. I don't think it's because I'm eating a particular food that bloats me, because even water will do it. It's just the way my body works now I guess!
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Oh its sad isn't it! I wish I didn't complain about that tummy!
I'm the same as well actually that it is flatter in the morning.
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My tummy isn't flat either, some days I am so bloated that I look pregnant. I think all the bloating over the past few years has destroyed my abs. All of my running friends have nice abs
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I'm sure I have really nice abs, you know, underneath all the flab and the bloat. It's nearly 2 years that I've been working out regularly and my arms & legs and even my booty are looking so much nicer and toned, but I've pretty much given up on having nice looking abs at this point. I still do the abdominals machines and the plank position just in case, in the hopes that I might someday wake up and have a nice looking tummy again, but I've mostly conceded defeat.
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Update 3/9/13: I did it! 12.35 miles in one hour on a hill program on the exercise bike yesterday! I really had to push myself hard to do 12 miles, but it felt great when I was done. At one point I was pushing myself so hard that breathing started becoming difficult, so I had to dial back the intensity a little bit and then I could breathe okay again. I knew I had to go at least 12 mph average and that was not easy to do at times. Proud of myself! Yeah!

Going to lift weights at the big gym this evening. Ordered my new juicer last night too! I'm making more of an effort to eat as healthy as I can. There are several fruits I can still eat, mango and berries (except for strawberries - but I can do blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc). I had blueberries or mango every day last week. I'm going to load up on veggies too when my new juicer arrives, I can't wait to start juicing regularly again.
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