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WoohoO! Never be afraid to breath hard. Makes you faster and stronger.
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Alli, I was afraid of passing out! I didn't want to fall off the bike, especially since my husband wasn't home at the time and my pets wouldn't be of much help if I hurt myself. I usually breathe hard when I work out, but that was past the limit of my brain being able to get enough oxygen I think.
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My coach use to tell me to never be afraid to throw up during a work-out. I have passed out after workouts, but it wasn't from not being able to get enough oxygen, it was from low blood sugar.
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Admittedly I'm kind of afraid to puke during a workout. Just because I hate to barf and I think that would derail my workout entirely! It would be awful, I can't stand vomit or vomiting, I would definitely not be in a working out mood after that happened. Yuck!
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Update 3/10/13: I hit the gym last night with hubby and did great. Got pretty refluxy towards the end and belched quite a lot, super classy I know. Fortunately not many people are at the gym on a Saturday night so I think I only grossed out one person who was nearby. It's raining and foggy today and my hip feels a little bit iffy but not nearly as bad as it gets when it snows. I'm planning on doing an hour on the bike today, I made myself a new music playlist and am excited to listen to it while on the bike. It's amazing how little things like that can motivate me! I want to listen to it now but I'm telling myself I can't until I exercise, which obviously makes me want to exercise.
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Update 3/11/13: I saw my GP this morning. Mainly for a routine yearly physical, but also to ask him if he could re-check my arthritis, as I feel like it's getting worse and maybe spreading to the other hip/lower back. He feels that getting a fresh set of eyes on my case would be a good idea and I haven't seen a rheumatologist yet, so he's referring me there. The referral should take up to 2 weeks and then he said it might take 2 or 3 months before I can actually get in to see a rheumy, so I'm going to be waiting awhile. Still, I'm happy to be referred to a rheumy, I feel like that's a good step forward. Maybe they can actually diagnose what type of arthritis I have! Wouldn't that be nice if I could actually get one of my illnesses a proper name instead of just calling them "probably IBD" and "some type of arthritis". I'm glad in a way that at least my GERD has a name for sure!

So anyway. I did the bike yesterday and didn't push myself quite as hard, so I did about 11.75 miles again instead of going over 12. Tonight I'm going to the big gym for weights, although I'm not really looking forward to it because that gym is always so crowded on Monday evenings. It rained all weekend and my hip felt fine, but today we're supposed to get just a few snow flurries, and now I can feel the hip acting up just a little bit. My stomach is back to normal though, no nausea whatsoever, so I'm feeling pretty good overall.
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Update 3/11/13: I saw my GP this morning. Mainly for a routine yearly physical, but also to ask him if he could re-check my arthritis, as I feel like it's getting worse and maybe spreading to the other hip/lower back. He feels that getting a fresh set of eyes on my case would be a good idea and I haven't seen a rheumatologist yet, so he's referring me there. The referral should take up to 2 weeks and then he said it might take 2 or 3 months before I can actually get in to see a rheumy, so I'm going to be waiting awhile. Still, I'm happy to be referred to a rheumy, I feel like that's a good step forward. Maybe they can actually diagnose what type of arthritis I have! Wouldn't that be nice if I could actually get one of my illnesses a proper name instead of just calling them "probably IBD" and "some type of arthritis". I'm glad in a way that at least my GERD has a name for sure!

So anyway. I did the bike yesterday and didn't push myself quite as hard, so I did about 11.75 miles again instead of going over 12. Tonight I'm going to the big gym for weights, although I'm not really looking forward to it because that gym is always so crowded on Monday evenings. It rained all weekend and my hip felt fine, but today we're supposed to get just a few snow flurries, and now I can feel the hip acting up just a little bit. My stomach is back to normal though, no nausea whatsoever, so I'm feeling pretty good overall.
I went 7 years without a diagnosis and for 6 months up to my diagnosis, my doctor skirted around actually naming it and the he was forced too because he wanted to put me in Remicade.

I hate crowded gyms, especially crowded with smelly army boys.. Eww
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Alli, it's been about 3.5 years so far that I've gone without a diagnosis. I'm being treated as though I have IBD (I've been on pred & Entocort and am currently on Asacol) so at least I'm being taken seriously and treated for what I've likely got. So it's mostly just irritating at this point that I have no diagnosis - it's not the living hell that it was the first year that I was undiagnosed and on no meds whatsoever.

Just got back from the gym - it was crowded but surprisingly not terrible. I didn't have to wait for any machines to open up, no creepers, the hubby was with me and he was in a good mood, etc. Nobody emitting any foul odors either as far as I could tell anyway! My reflux even behaved itself which is kind of unusual. All in all a good workout! Tomorrow, the bike again.
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Update for 3/12/13: So, yesterday I said that my reflux was behaving itself? The opposite of that is true today. I hardly ever get heartburn with my GERD, but sometimes I get this weird left lung/ribcage area pain. I didn't know what it was the first few times it happened, but on a whim I once took some Tums when I was having that pain, and it went away. So it's apparently some sort of referred heartburn/reflux pain? I woke up with that pain this morning. Tums took the edge off but it's still been niggling just a bit ever since. Sometimes if I take a deep breath, the pain gets much sharper. And if I lie on my left side, it sometimes gets unbearable. It's only ever on the left, which is weird. I don't know if I'm maybe aspirating reflux into my left lung or something? Not sure why it happens but it seems to be GERD-related anyway.

So, that's been going on all day. I'm still going to hit the bike tonight though, I can't let something like this stand in my way. It's uncomfortable but not too bad right now so I should be fine on the bike. I'm used to refluxing when I work out anyway so it's not like this is anything new.
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Update 3/13/13: I did an hour on the bike again yesterday. I didn't quite make it to 12 miles again, but I felt great! It gets a little easier every time, and yesterday I really wasn't huffing and puffing and struggling quite as much as I usually do. Also, no knee pain for the first time ever! The knee pain first started when I first did an hour on the bike, but it's been gradually getting a little less painful each time I've ridden since then, and yesterday finally there was no pain at all.

Then, though, I was doing laundry and was going up and down the basement stairs, and I did feel a little knee pain then. Nothing bad at all though and only when I was on the stairs. My legs feel really strong, too. When I touch my thighs they don't feel so flabby & jiggly anymore - they feel strong and muscular! There's still some flab and jiggle, but it's being replaced with muscle and that feels amazing. If my abs could just follow suit, I'd be so happy!

Going to lift weights in a bit. Hopefully the big gym isn't too busy tonight. The GERD has been quiet today and the arthritis has been mostly quiet so it should be a pretty good workout if my body continues behaving itself.
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Update 3/14/13: I had a good workout yesterday although the reflux did kick in, which is not unusual, so I spent the latter half of my workout belching. My legs feel tired today, I think I've been doing too much. I was going to ride the bike for an hour tonight, but I think I'm going to go a little easy on myself and do 30 mins on the bike and 30 mins of yoga instead. Tomorrow is weights again - I really like lifting on Friday nights because usually the gym is pretty empty. Hubby's work schedule is changing again so he may actually be able to come to the gym with me tomorrow (usually he works Fri evenings).

It's snowing AGAIN and my hip is aching a little bit. So, so, so sick of this weather!
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Cold here again today, it was so warm earlier this week, mother nature is mixing it up.
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It's been much colder than average here for March. Last year it was the opposite - I remember last year, it was really warm (like 70+ degrees!) on St. Patrick's day, and my whole family wore t-shirts to the parade. This year it sounds like it will be a high temp of 32 (or zero for those who use celsius!) on St. Pats. We always go to the St. Pats parade but we will be cold this year! That's pretty much how it's been, it was so warm in early spring last year but this year is much colder and snowier on average. My hip does not like that.
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Ours has been cold as well! But it was a bit warmer today. I went for a short walk to the shops and it was nice.
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Update 3/15/13: My legs were too tired to do much of anything yesterday, so I just did yoga instead of the bike. That felt pretty good although my legs are still a bit tired today. The hip is acting up too because we're getting, guess what, more snow! They're saying only 2 inches of snow today but freezing rain & sleet in addition to that, yuck. Hopefully the roads are not too bad this evening because I plan on going to the gym for weights. The hubby's work schedule did get changed so he gets to go to the gym with me tonight, yay. I'm really tired though, this has been a long week and I had such a hard time adjusting to Daylight Savings time so my energy is pretty sapped. I'm so ready for this week to be over!
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That's wonderful Cat that you are really sticking with the workouts! Congrats! Sounds like you will be ready for outdoor activities once the warmer weather moves into the area. Hopfully that will be soon. As always here in the midwest, the cold snowy weather lasts to long.

I'm just checking in quick, taking a bit of time off from working out myself! I have to rest the tired bones from time to time. Spring/summer tennis hitting is coming soon. Good fun, enjoy chasing after little green fuzzy balls, but it stresses the body pretty good. My legs will be rubbery by the end of the outdoor season.
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Thanks Beach! I'm making a big effort to do some form of exercise every day if I can. My body is responding well for the most part, and I'm enjoying it. It's not always easy, sometimes at the end of a long day I would rather just crawl into bed than hit the gym, but I make myself do it anyway - and I'm always glad I did, too. I never regret a workout.

One side effect of this is that I'm fitting into clothes better and that's becoming dangerous, ha ha! Back when I was so ill and flaring all the time, the weight dropped right off of me, and I was skinny to begin with. To cheer myself up, sometimes I'd buy really cute tiny clothes - they fit back then (they don't anymore!) and I felt like the weight loss was the one benefit I was getting out of being so sick, so I used it to feel better about myself. Then came the steroids and I gained all my weight back and then some. No more size XS clothes for me! I can still fit into a size small depending on the brand, I'm more like a small/medium now. But now, I'm back to the same weight I was when I was healthy, and apart from my flabby tummy, my body is looking nice & fit so I fit into cute clothes nicely (although not size XS). So I've been shopping and that's dangerous, because I'm finding a lot of things look cute on me! It's payday today so I went to the ATM on my lunch break and took out my budgeted amount of weekend fun money... and then immediately blew it all on clothes! Oops, ha ha. I justified the purchase by getting one workout top in addition to a few other things. "Oh, I'm just buying clothes for the gym, really, it's a sensible purchase, really..."
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Haha, its nice to spend money on your self like that sometimes though
I haven't splashed out on myself in so long having no job and no money coming in
Me and my sister went into the shop sweaty betty today which has really nice sports clothes. Its quite expensive but it was nice to look at
We both want to buy sports bras but have no money!
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Oh yeah LMV, some of those cute little shops that sell workout clothes are SO expensive! I've found a few sports bras (new with the tags still on them) at thrift shops and yard sales, so keep your eye out at those kinds of places. I literally once got a brand new Victoria's Secret sports bra in my size for free - it in a "free" box at a garage sale - score! I can't afford that stuff brand new either, I went to the thrift shop for today's clothes shopping. There are a bunch of thrift shops in my city, some are high-end and stuff is still ridiculously overpriced - I skip those shops altogether. There's one thrift shop near here that carries nice stuff but isn't too expensive, and that's the one I was at today. And then there are the icky thrift shops where stuff is really cheap but usually not nice, but sometimes you get lucky and find something nice, so I check those out on ocassion too. So anyway, yeah, I spent a chunk of money but didn't break the bank or anything, and I got some nice stuff. The workout top I got fits really nice, it's a dark blue short-sleeve top made out of that fancy workout fabric that I don't remember the name of. Ha ha. I also got a jacket, a sweater, and a hooded top and they're all really cute. I may or may not have a jacket addiction. I cannot resist a cute jacket and this one is really cute! Just because I bought a jacket last week doesn't mean I didn't need this one too...
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Today was one of those pull the covers over, stay in bed days for me! Don't know, just kind of a funky, run down day, bla. We all get those from time to time I suppose. I should be back with it, into the exercise groove this weekend! I'm in the yo-yo weight gain loss, cloth buying club too! It can be addictive. And good fun. Few benefits of having an IBD? Possibly. Hope the new cloths are a hit! I think blue is the "in" color this summer. I've seen it highlighted everywhere, it seems.
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I have to admit to having a workout clothes addiction.. The expensive kind. I made the mistake of buying a pair of Lululemon shorts a few years ago when I got promoted (couldn't afford it before that) it kind of spiralled. Oops! I own more workout clothes than regular clothes, but of course I wear a uniform to work so I don't really need "real" clothes.
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As mentioned in another thread, had a nice workout this morning! Glad I did it. With out weights did around 150 squats, 60 calf raises, and many lunges. By lunges my mind was to tired and worn out for counting accuracy.

Helped warm me up, and get me going! Now off to the hardware store for some home repair goods, and a stop off at the tailors. I picked up a pair of blue colored pants. I suspect the pants were intended for nordic tall giants. They need hemming.
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I just started reading this from the beginning THANK you I've been driving myself crazy with fear of the gym, thinking a weak Crohnie couldn't possibly be successful in implementing a strength building routine although (this is the "least weak" I've felt in a long time.) This was the push and confirmation I needed. Very inspiring Cat
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Chay, you can do it! I was weak when I started out, but I've been working out regularly for awhile now (close to 2 years!) and I just get stronger and stronger. I still have bad days, and I'm sure things are still more challenging for me than for a healthy person, but that just makes me want to get fit even more. It makes me work harder and want to overcome the challenges my illnesses put in front of me.

My update for 3/17/13: I had a really good weekend! I walked the dog yesterday, which was quite challenging because it had rained on Friday and then froze, so the dog park was a field of ice again. I made it through without falling though so I consider that a success! Then I rode the stationary bike yesterday for an hour, but I think my craigslist bike is dying. The display isn't working properly, but it's still usable. For something that cost me a whole $25, I've certainly gotten a lot of use out of it. I'm a bit of a tinkerer so I'm going to play around with it and see if I can fix it. Anyway. Today I saw my parents for St. Patrick's day and then hit the gym afterwards for weights. My hamstrings feel a bit sore now but otherwise I feel good.

Oh, and we got our new juicer on Friday! Hubby and I went to the grocery store and bought a whole bunch of produce to juice. I had some juice that was primarily carrots, then I poo'ed orange for 2 days. Hmmm. We made green juice today (mostly kale & spinach) so I'm wondering if I'll poo green now. I haven't juiced in awhile so I'm hoping the orange poo is just because my body wasn't used to juice. I'm hoping to have juice as often as I can because I know I don't get enough nutrients from natural sources. Even if I continue to poo the color of my juice, surely I'm still getting some nutrients and not pooing them all out... right?
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I did my first at home body weight work out this morning and while it took me a half hour longer than I anticipated I didn't quit and it felt good. All of you ladies are inspiring and I also struggle with the slim frame and round tummy look. My goal is to gain muscle and flexibility with out loosing weight and I intend to do this with weights, cardio and yoga.

If it's not too much trouble, can you please post your set/weight routine Cat-A-Tonic? Or anyone else that has similar goals as the ones I stated. I would appreciate it! Looking forward to starting the gym when I get paid this month for now youtube is my fitness instructor!

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Honestly, I just do whatever weight machines are in the gym. I go to 2 different gyms. In the little gym that's in my workplace, there are 8 machines - 2 for legs (quads & hamstrings), 1 abdominals machine (sometimes I have to skip that one), and the other 5 are arms/shoulders/back. Biceps, triceps, forward press, upward press, and a rowing one (that one is mostly for the back). The big gym I go to has all those plus others - there's machines for lower back, inner thighs, hips, calves, several different abdominals machines, etc. I do everything I can although I usually limit myself to one abdominals machine, because I reflux too much and get too close to vomiting if I do more than one per workout. I do the heaviest weight I can comfortably do, and try to do 12 to 15 reps per machine. I lift weights every other day, with cardio or sometimes yoga on the days I'm not lifting. I have lost a little weight since I started exercising, but not much and I needed to lose it - I'm now back to my "healthy" weight and am maintaining that.
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Oh, and we got our new juicer on Friday! Hubby and I went to the grocery store and bought a whole bunch of produce to juice. I had some juice that was primarily carrots, then I poo'ed orange for 2 days. Hmmm. We made green juice today (mostly kale & spinach) so I'm wondering if I'll poo green now. I haven't juiced in awhile so I'm hoping the orange poo is just because my body wasn't used to juice. I'm hoping to have juice as often as I can because I know I don't get enough nutrients from natural sources. Even if I continue to poo the color of my juice, surely I'm still getting some nutrients and not pooing them all out... right?
Made me chuckle seeing this - it might be more of a guy thing, but have to admit, if telling friends the day after St. Patricks Day that the poo is green and it is due to the large amount of green vegetables eaten and drunk the day before - you're likely to see a few eye rolls. (Of course it makes good sense on this sight!)

Glad the workouts continue to go well, and the juicer arrived, and already getting a workout too. I might have to buy a juicer myself some day in the future. I've enjoyed V8 juice in the past. Figure it could be similar to that.
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I was going to ask about weights as well. I realised I definitely haven't improved or concentrated on them as much as I have with the cardio.
I don't really like some of the machines, or know how to use them so I only use two, then do some free weights.
How do you know when to weight up?
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LMV, on the weight machines I use, there are instructions printed right on the machines as to how to use them - hopefully the machines at your gym also have instructions printed on them. You can also ask someone who works in the gym about how to use the machines if you're still unsure.

As for when to add weight, my understanding is that ideally, your muscles should be pushed to the point that you just can't do any more when you get to 12-15 or so reps. If you can do that number of reps easily and feel like you could do more, it's time to add more weight - and if you can't get to even 10 reps, take a little weight off. That's what I've been doing, and it's working quite well for me. When I get to the point where I can do more reps, I add 5 lbs and that makes it challenging again. So it doesn't take much.
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