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January 2015. A little over maintenance range, but working on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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January 2014. Just around when I was hitting my goal of 140 lbs.

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Before picture. Right around my highest weight - 250-260 lbs, I believe.

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    hey there! Thanks for the bloglove
    691 days ago
    So sorry they're thinking IBS - I'm there too. Couple of things that help - mint tea is great for nausea and runny belly. Very soothing for any stomach upsets. Lactaid is a chewable medication that helps with runny belly or constipation - you just use it slightly differently, depending on what you need. Less stress helps, but I know you can't always control that when you work in crazy places. And regular exercise helps with the stress.

    Oh, also eating plenty of fruits and vegs but when you get an IBS episode, stop the fresh fruits and vegs and eat just starchy carbs for a day or two. Somehow that seems really soothing.

    I personally have to avoid fried foods and cream sauces - those just set me off. We each have foods that seem to do that - if you can figure out what are the foods that give you the most problems, then you can avoid them.

    Also, some of us don't do well with the testing procedures - so always have soothing foods like mint tea and canned soup on hand. I know, canned soup is probably horrible, but after my first colonscopy that was the only food that didn't go right through me. Canned soup and plain crackers. So just always have that on hand for after any testing, or any stressful episodes. Just to let your digestive system take it easy for a bit.

    If you can tolerate dairy, plain lowfat yogurt helps too, especially with a little honey. Honey and yogurt are both pre-digested in different ways, but that makes them easier for your body to digest them as well. Again, nice soothing foods for when your stomach can't tolerate anything else.

    I come from a family where both parents had ulcers, and 3 of my 4 siblings have IBS. Some of us are just lucky that way.

    Hope that all helps! Hang in there, it gets better as you get older and care less about the things that make you stressed.

    763 days ago
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    Ah, Jamir, that’s a ton of hard things. No doubt you are hanging in, but still. Just thinking about you and hoping as you dive into those hard projects there are rays of goodness and light as well. emoticon
    798 days ago
    You might think about looking at renting a car for part of 1 day and going to Huntington Beach pier area then you have time you can drive on Highway 1 to Newport Beach area or over to Balboa Island. You can drive major surface streets from Disneyland to the ocean in about 30 minutes.

    You will be in Orange County not LA County. Traffic is not quite as bad on the streets. Parking is crazy, most places have meters that take credit cards.

    873 days ago
    Disneyland is one of my favorite places. We are going with family for Halloween in early October. Just wondering what other things you plan to do while you are in LA. Tuesday should be a beautiful day after the Monday rain

    Think very healthoughts
    873 days ago
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