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SPARK_COACH_JEN's Photo Posts: 55,190
8/17/13 6:51 P

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Hi Megan

My suggestion is to start with a few small goals that you can work toward over the next few weeks to get you going in a routine. For example, exercising for 10 minutes a day, drinking more water or eating more fruits and veggies are simple goals that can help give you the momentum to start working toward larger goals as you become more consistent and gain confidence.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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8/17/13 1:27 P

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Hi there!

You may have some dietary limitations from the colitis, so I first would recommend that you ask your doctor to refer you to a dietitian. I believe that there also is a Team here on Spark for that condition, so you might want to join it so that you can chat with others who are dealing with the same thing.

As for exercise, I'm not aware of any limitations on that due to colitis, but please check that with your doc, too. The main thing about fitness is to find things that you really enjoy, and to include both cardio and strength. Walking is a great way to start, a lot of folks like Zumba or other dance-based classes, and strength training can start with body weight exercises and resistance bands. There are a lot of exercise videos here on Spark, as well as elsewhere on the web, that you can try out to see what you enjoy.

Sorry to hear of all that you've been through, but major kudos for taking this step in taking control of your life!

Start weight: 240 lbs
Goal weight: 155 lbs (reached March 7, 2014)

Afraid of a colonoscopy? Believe me - they are much less frightening than surgery and chemotherapy.

Colonoscopies allow polyps to be removed before they can become cancer, or let cancers be found before they are too widespread. If you are 50 or older, or have any symptoms, please don't let fear stop you from covering your butt.

Get checked!

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8/17/13 11:58 A

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Hi My Name is Megan, I have been told i now have a life long condition called ulcerative colitis which in my case is server. This was brought on from stress in school and now collage after being bullied for so long. I am 19 years old and because of the stress of the bullying over the period of 15 years and now my condition i weigh 188 lbs. Could you guys give me some tips on some healthy things i should include in my diet and what exercises i can do. Thank You


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