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Helping Myself So I Can Help Others
07-27-2016, 05:02 AM (This post was last modified: 07-27-2016 05:05 AM by Shameaka.)
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Helping Myself So I Can Help Others
Here goes! I came across the FB page months ago. I think it was during the time that I was taking a fitness nutrition class, and what I saw posted on the page made sense to me. I know that many people and especially women don't eat enough. Time passed by, and I recently began following Keisha (Train with Keshia) on IG. I saw her post about the recent changes to the MFP group. That led me there. Over the next couple of days I then went to the website, checked out the free stuff, watched some Youtube videos, ordered the starter kit, and joined here.

I've only begun to be active (exercise) again within the past couple of months. I suffered from Crohn's Disease for years before finally being diagnosed and beginning treatment last year. My eating was sporadic, the pain was crazy, and my energy level was extremely low. Things are good now with me feeling better during the last two months than I've felt in at least four years. I steadily gained weight during that time, so now I'm ready to say goodbye to this excess body fat. Last September, I fulfilled a dream I've had for well over a decade of becoming a certified fitness trainer. I've also obtained other fitness certifications as well since then, and I'm currently working on more classes/certifications ultimately resulting in an Associate in Exercise Science at the end of this year if all goes as planned. It's important that I get myself on track for me first but also so that I can look the part and be an example to others. That's why I'm here.thumbs up I do tend to rambling online while choosing few words in person (introvert), but I don't plan for my future updates to be so wordy. Thanks for reading this.
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07-27-2016, 06:44 AM
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OMG what a wonderful post! I am so glad you have found us and so happy that you shared the process by which you got here and found our content to be useful! I can't wait to hear more about you and your journey...

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07-27-2016, 07:48 AM
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(07-27-2016 06:44 AM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  OMG what a wonderful post! I am so glad you have found us and so happy that you shared the process by which you got here and found our content to be useful! I can't wait to hear more about you and your journey...

Thank you! happy dance
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07-27-2016, 08:10 AM
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Welcome! You are definitely in the right place! It's great you got things straightened out with your Crohn's, I really don't know why it still takes them so long to diagnose Crohn's and Colitis, it's really not that uncommon! Come on, docs! Congrats on your FT certification! I am especially glad when someone in your field is on here, because that is one more fitness professional NOT on the "eat less, exercise more" bandwagon!

Welcome, welcome, welcome!

Laura
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07-27-2016, 08:42 AM
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(07-27-2016 08:10 AM)LauCo77 Wrote:  Welcome! You are definitely in the right place! It's great you got things straightened out with your Crohn's, I really don't know why it still takes them so long to diagnose Crohn's and Colitis, it's really not that uncommon! Come on, docs! Congrats on your FT certification! I am especially glad when someone in your field is on here, because that is one more fitness professional NOT on the "eat less, exercise more" bandwagon!

Welcome, welcome, welcome!

Thank you so much! My sister was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, and that information along with the fact that nothing that had been prescribed or suggested worked at all pushed things along for me as far as getting a colonoscopy, CT scan, etc. done. Once I mentioned her diagnosis, I was scheduled immediately. Unfortunately she suffered for years too before finally getting a diagnosis. I never realized how common IBD is until it became a major part of our lives. No one else on any branch of our family tree is known to have had these issues, so hopefully if it is genetic our children will miss out on it as the rest of our family has. I'm checking out your journal now. I see you've been here for quite awhile. That's awesome!
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07-27-2016, 08:50 AM (This post was last modified: 07-27-2016 08:51 AM by LauCo77.)
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My husband had Ulcerative Colitis as a kid/teen and a bunch of surgeries. He lives with a j-pouch now, and it presents challenges, but WAY better than the horrible pain! No one can live like that. One of my best friends also finally got diagnosed with Crohn's last year too, and it just amazes me that they aren't better at figuring out IBD stuff by now. It can be genetic, yes, but if it helps, none of my husband's kids have any issues at all!

And yes, I've been here for a long time, a couple years, off and on. It is a life changer!

Laura
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07-27-2016, 12:17 PM
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(07-27-2016 08:50 AM)LauCo77 Wrote:  My husband had Ulcerative Colitis as a kid/teen and a bunch of surgeries. He lives with a j-pouch now, and it presents challenges, but WAY better than the horrible pain! No one can live like that. One of my best friends also finally got diagnosed with Crohn's last year too, and it just amazes me that they aren't better at figuring out IBD stuff by now. It can be genetic, yes, but if it helps, none of my husband's kids have any issues at all!

And yes, I've been here for a long time, a couple years, off and on. It is a life changer!

I figured there was a reason you're familiar with IBD. I was curious, but I didn't want to pry. I wish it was just because you had random knowledge of it. Undecided I'm glad your husband is doing better and that your friend was finally diagnosed! Thank you for sharing that about your husband's children.
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