CrohnsFighting Got Fat & Needs To Lose Weight

CrohnsFighting Got Fat & Needs To Lose Weight. Since March of last year I have been on vedolizumab and have a permanent stoma. In hindsight I should have been watching what I actually placed in my mouth but I like food. Plain fact I like chocolate and all the bad things. So since September my diet has been pretty bad for ones waist line.

**Disclaimer  I am by no means a medical professional or a dietician. All these recipes are purely “stoma proofed” for dietary purposes to help me and others that wish to follow this diet**

CrohnsFighting Got Fat & Needs To Lose Weight

Many people across the groups say it is difficult to loose weight with a stoma. I can tell you its not difficult and is possible but you need the will power and determination to carry it through. So as part of my journey I am documenting the next 3 – 6 months of trials and tribulations of me on the wagon and trying to get back down to my healthy weight as its starting to impact my stoma site along with my waist line and clothes being uncomfortable to wear. Im also having issues with the scar tissue crohns has caused in my uterus and having extremely long periods. So hoping if the weight goes then my periods will go back to normal. If not then its an internal ultrasound for me.

So I am bearing all in the hope I have the determination to follow it through along with the hope it helps others in my journey to get them healthier too.

Just to add this isn’t a new years resolution as most of those are normally broken in the first 3 weeks of making that resolution due to alcohol involvement and all the “new year new me quotes”.

Stoma friendly

Trying to find a stoma friendly diet when we are limited to certain food groups can be a real pain in the arse “pun intended”. Im very lucky in the fact I have a very savvy and diet aware boyfriend who helps me to stoma proof all these recipes I am making over the upcoming months.

Realistically healthy and maintainable weight-loss should only be on average 1-3 lb a week after the first 2-3 week period where the loss could be slightly more. Any more than that in loss could be detrimental to keeping the weight off. This will be sensible and I will try my best to not make it restrictive and impossible to follow through.

The Rules

So the rules. Rules are meant to be broken right? Well not this time. I am following this tailored diet to the bitter end.

  • Only weigh yourself every 30 days – the reason for this is you’ll become obsessed more about the weight than the actual food thats going in.
  • Exercise should only be 4 – 5 days per week – only do the things such as the 15 minute hiits or an hour of the exercises included within this post. Your body needs time to adapt to the food changes as well as the exercise. Going gun-ho and hell to the leather and you’ll end up placing yourself out with an injury or unable to push through the pain. We will step up the exercise regime once the first/second month has come to an end.
  • Don’t calorie count– this diet is purely about the weighing of food. Do not analyse whats going in and trying to cheat yourself by not eating. This is detrimental to any successful diet. As long as you are following the food diet and carrying out the exercise the weight will come off.

Things to cut out

  • All processed foods
  • Sweets
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes(me)
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Endless cups of tea with sugar(me)

Whats allowed

I cant expect others to follow this without a break of sorts so you are allowed one cheat day a month. I would suggest getting a calendar like mine and marking down your cheat days and make sure they are worth it. So my cheat day this month is the 27th of January and Im going for Thai as this girl loves a noodle or two. But please only do the one cheat day a month as any more than that normally means you’ll struggle to keep on top of the diet. Plus that one cheat day circled and starred gives a level of added excitement and a goal to get too.

Drinks

So part of this is also cutting out the bad fluids. So maybe re-asses your fluid intake.Also some of the cravings you have you normally associate with hunger. Most of the time its because your thirsty.The drinks I am sticking to are as follows.

  • Flavoured green tea – It will speed up your metabolic rate and its also a cleanser. I prefer flavours made by twinnings, apple & pear, lemon & honey and caramelised apple. i hate normal green tea and these also help with my sweet cravings
  • Peppermint tea – I drink this by the galleon and swear it helps settle my tummy as well as hydrating my body
  • Squash – I also drink 750ml to a litre of lemon or apple and pear barley squash to help stop those pesky hunger cravings

Exercise

So trying to find time to exercise in our busy hectic lives can be difficult to say the least. Also the added complications of stomas and hernia risks associated with this can be mind boggling. So here are some pointers for exercise for those that have the time vs those who need a quick exercise thats high impact. For those of you with hernia’s or are at hernia risk please wear hernia support wear when doing these exercises.

  • Walking at a brisk pace for 3-5 miles every other day
  • Weights
  • Squats
  • Leg press
  • Water aerobics
  • Spin class
  • Treadmill
  • Exercise dvd’s
  • Hiit videos on youtube

Even doing 15 minutes worth of exercise you wouldn’t normally do will help you no end in achieving your weight-loss goal along side the healthy eating for this time period. I have included a video link for the exercise which you would need to do 4-5 times a week which is only an hour per week. Not a lot when you think about it.

 

My Measurements and weight

After the post lets binge and pig out since September my weight has crawled up to a rather unhealthy and tear inducing 12st 10lbs. Now Im 5ft 7 inches tall and rather broad for a girl but that weight isn’t healthy for me.

Start out measurements

  • Right bicep – 12.5 inches
  • Left bicep – 12 inches
  • Chest – 36.5 inches
  • Left thigh – 22 inches
  • Right thigh – 21 inches
  • Waist – 38 inches
  • Neck – 14 inches

So what does this diet consist of?

This diet consists of having to eat 3 meals per day and 2 snacks. I know its difficult to get this in but most of the meals can be pre-cooked and stored either in the fridge or the freezer and cooked at you convenience. You will need storage pots and a set of kitchen scales to aid in portion size and eating the correct amounts.

I will be posting daily updates on all my social media accounts, I will also be providing weekly updates to exercise, food and recipes for you all to download and use to follow me on this journey of getting healthy with a stoma with the added benefit of losing a few pounds.

I will also be doing diary entries of me trying to keep on the straight and narrow.

If you would like to send me your start and progress photos and if it works for you so I can add this to my blog for a monthly update progress for those following this diet with me then please send it in to me and I can get those added to help keep everyone on track.

Please fill out your email address below to download the recipe guide and get a free meal planner.

Please feel free to comment.

Many Thanks
Louise Aka CrohnsFighting XxX



5 Comments
  1. Best of luck! I look forward too following your journey. You will smash it!

    • Im hoping to smash it too. Rest day today, back to exercise tomorrow X

  2. Louise,
    Hello, I’m so glad I stumbled on your diet, exercise, and get healthy plan! I have UC and a permanent ileostomy and am going to be following your plan and documenting my journey too. It’s amazing how during my UC flares I never imagined I would be in the position I am. Thanks again for doing this and I’m excited to begin a new healthy me.

    • Hi Lisa,

      Thank you for taking the time to read the post. Im hoping it will help others as well as me. I will be doing weekly updates. If you don’t mind sharing your before and after with me so I can update followers on others progress as well as mine then that would be absolutely fantastic. This is more about being able to get healthy and introduce exercise without risking a blockage or abdominal injuries.
      I hope you enjoy the Recipes and that the meal planner is of some help to you and your journey.

      Many thanks
      Louise Xx

  3. I’m excited to see your meal plan!! Thanks for the post!!!

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