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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (129,520)
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9/2/13 2:37 A

Hi Cindy - I hear your struggle :-(

My late husband had severe Crohn's Disease, along with other chronic health issues that complicated nutrition. One of the best things you can do is to see a Dietitian. I don't know if you are using your Nutrition Tracker, but if not, make sure you weigh all of your food for increased accuracy and enter it into there. There is also a 'daily note' section attached to that tracker. Write down how you feel each day, i.e. whether the Crohn's was a bother, how your stomach felt, your blood sugars etc. etc. It could also be helpful to include the stress level for that day. When you go to the Dietitian, print some of these off and take for her (usually a woman) to see. It can help immensely in finding what could be a very good mix for you. She should be able to help you control your symptoms of Crohn's, as well as control the blood sugars, while you get onto the right track for losing the weight, and keeping it off.

Stress is also another significant factor with weight-loss and also Crohn's. Often, people who have Chronic conditions have some form of Depression, the more conditions then you are more likely to have some low mood issue. It would be good to talk with your Dr about it and to ask for a referral to a Therapist and learn some good relaxing techniques that you can apply on a daily basis wherever and whenever needed.

Good luck,
Kris

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8/31/13 10:06 P

Hi, Cindy - Archimedes is as wise as her name would suggest...she's got a wonderful post there! emoticon

You really do have a unique combination of nutritional/dietary challenges between the type 2 diabetes and carefulness that Crohn's dictates, and my heart goes out to you. If your insurance covers it, you could check out a registered dietitian (R.D.) covered by your plan and in your area for some custom-crafted help with an eating plan, which you may need. At one point, I did this for a kidney-related problem and some special needs I have, and it has worked out beautifully (lost 70+ lbs. three years ago and have maintained it, with just some light exercise).

I just wanted to encourage you and let you know that it absolutely can be done, that we can meet the special requirements our physical situations might demand. All the best to you!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (139,514)
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8/31/13 3:12 P

Hi, Cindy !

I'm a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. if a person can reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline. When work is stressful, some times a person literally has to walk away from their desk. Do you get an hour for lunch ? If so, take 30 minutes to sit and eat. Then use that other 30 minutes to take a walk around the area. If you don't have an hour for lunch, take a 10 or 15 minute walk and eat lunch at your desk. That's a little something.

What do you do for exercise when you're not at work ? Are you trying to be more active during your non working hours ? I know we're all busy people, but I make time for my exercise routine. So, if you're not used to a regular workout program, you're going to need to slowly ease into a routine so that the exercise will become just that, a routine.

Could you tell me a bit about what sorts of exercises you've been doing ? If you've been completely sedentary for a very long time, then why not start with a daily walk ? Do you have any medical issues that keep you from walking ? If not, walking is wonderful cardiovascular exercise. Set a simple goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week to get you started. If you find it difficult to walk for 30 minutes, then walk for 10 minutes. You can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits. Walking 10 minutes three times a day still adds up to a 30 minute walk.

Have you tried any of Coach Nicole's videos in the fitness section ? They're only 10-15 minutes long. Watch a couple of the videos and see which ones you think you could do. She even has a chair workout if you find it difficult to stand for too long.

Keep in mind that the benefits of exercise go far beyond burning X calories in Y time. A regular exercise program will not only reduce your waistline, it will also reduce your risk for diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease and maybe cancer. However, if you're not used to regular exercise, you do have to slowly ease into a routine.

But once again, could you tell us a bit about what you have been doing ? The more information we know, the better we can help. Right now, we're just taking educated guesses.

Ultimately, when it comes to weight loss or weight gain, what matters most is what we eat. good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy.



BABYBIRD2013 Posts: 40
8/31/13 10:48 A

I got the ticker as an option when I edited my SparkPage.

Thank you for responding. I just need to build a personal plan and keep at it. It is just so frustrating. I think exercising more will help. I also need to find an activity that I enjoy and can do without breaking bones. LOL!

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8/31/13 10:11 A

I've had great success with my exercise plan up until now. Though I do all of it in the morning I dont think it matters if you split it up. And by now I'm doing more than 30minutes, but I started out with it :D

I do 15 Minutes of strength exercise: 15 crunches, 30 seconds Side Plank on each side, 15 Bicycle crunch, 30 seconds break. Repeat that 3 times.

For the evening 15 minutes: I have an elliptical at home so I started out with that, but by now I'm Jogging since that Is a really good way to burn lots of calories :D

Also can I ask you where you got that bar that says how much weight you wanna lose and how much you already lost? Thanks (:

BABYBIRD2013 Posts: 40
8/31/13 9:45 A

I am 49 and I am stuck. My weight fluctuates within the same 10 pounds. I have diabetes type 2 and crohns. This is a very delicate balance. I cannot go overboard with the salad or my gut will start to rebel. I cannot go overboard with the carbs and fruit or my blood sugar goes nuts. I eat the same things alot and try to watch portions. Some days I do good and others not so good.

So with that being said, I want to focus on exercise. My problem is I have a desk job with lots of stress. I do the usual and try to walk and move around as much as possible. I get up about 3:30am or 4 am and I am at work by 6 am. I get home about 5pm. I need to create an exercise plan that I can do 10 - 15 min in morning and evening. I need a plan that is structured and written down.

I want to lose weight but I feel like I may be stuck at this size. I need to lose about 60 pounds. I want to get healthy and off the medication and unless I lose weight that is not going to happen.

Back to banging head on wall.

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