These came in the mail today. I’m both excited and fearful. I’ve been needing a workout reboot for over three months, and now I have no excuses.
To be fair, I’ve had good reason to let my fitness routine slacken. Through early summer, I rode my bike ten miles a day as part of my morning commute. But I had to let that go due to a bad ulcerative colitis flare-up. For me, that meant urgent and frequent trips to the bathroom, between ten and fifteen times a day. I couldn’t trust my body to allow me to ride my bike and I had to stop.
I have a great UC doctor who is determined to get me in remission. He’s put me one Entyvio and I’ve had three infusions over the last six weeks. It’s working. Not perfect, but working. I have a life again.
My Wii U Fit has me just sliding in the normal weight range for my height at 5’9, 131 lbs. I lost over 15 lbs this summer, some due to the flare-up itself, but more due to the fact that I’ve had made major changes to my diet. I eat healthier because I need to make every meal count. It puts me in a good place to gain some weight, and I want it to be muscle.
I have no disillusions about becoming a muscled-out body builder. I know my limitations. What has me scared is, I have this last chance feeling. If I don’t get it right this time, I’m never going to get it.
My goal is to do cardio and weight training in the morning, and yoga in the evenings, at home. With these weights, I have everything I need now. No more excuses. My alarm is set for 5:15. Wish me luck.
I will be sharing my own recent return to physical fitness. Like you, I had ulcerative colitis and now have chron’s, which I’m treating with Remicade infusions every 8 weeks. It has stabilized my health to where I feel confident to return to the gym and eat healthier. Unlike you, despite my disease, I pack on weight when I’m not in a severe flare up. I always felt gypped that I got this disease AND I’m still overweight. Sigh. Good luck with your latest endeavor and keep us posted!
I saw on your blog that you had ulcerative colitis, but I missed the chrons. That’s a nightmare. I’m glad you’re doing better.
Entyvio is similar to Remicade, but somehow only suppresses the immune system in the digestive system. It’s also only a thirty-minute push so that means less time in the chair.
Call it what you want, positive energy, good thoughts, prayer, but you’ll be on my mind today. I believe in a God who wants for use the best of what is possible. That’s what I’ll be praying for you today.
Doug: Thanks. The Chrons is a new diagnosis I recieved in June of this year. It is what it is, and I do my best to accept it’s the genetic suckpot I was born with 🙂 As a humanist, I believe all we have and need lies within ourselves. We can be our own heroes and source of inspiration and empowerment. But any belief system that involves supporting and caring for one another, unconditionally, and encouraging the best in ourselves and others, is ok by me 🙂
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