Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.

I've been feeling really great lately. Not normal yet, but manageable. Talked with my doctor yesterday and we are going to try to slowly decrease my dosage. That's good news. Mornings are still hard for me but other than that I feel completely fine. Mornings have always been the worse for me, not sure why, but that's the main reason I am always late for things. But feeling so well lately, I even dared go with my husband on Saturday to a big car show. He was entering his car in it and really wanted me to come. I was nervous because it is outdoors, without bathrooms. And while they do have a few port-a-potties, they almost always have long lines. But I went and I was fine and I almost forgot I had any issues at all. That's what I really want--to be so well that it's not even something I think about. To be able to go somewhere without first finding where the nearest bathroom is. Or having to think about what I'm eating. To be free to live my life.

Now that normalcy is on the horizon I want to work on gaining back some of the weight I've lost. I was quite content with the weight I was before. With the weight loss, I look tired almost always and my skin has lost it's luster. You might think that gaining weight would be the easy, maybe even fun, part. But this needs to be handled delicately because, remember, I have a sensitive digestive system. What that means is that I can't overdo it on any foods or I could get sicker. Moderation in all things! I don't want to undo the progress I've made, so I'm going to avoid the things that aggravate my UC:
  1. Movie theater popcorn -- Maybe it's because I am allergic to corn, but anytime I've eaten this, even just a handful, I've become extremely ill. Popcorn at home doesn't seem to be a problem as long as I don't eat too much.
  2. Greasy foods (Pizza, hamburgers, french fries, fried anything)
  3. Sweets
  4. Spicy foods
  5. Not getting enough sleep
  7. Getting too hot
  8. My food allergies (corn, wheat, and soy)

I'm lucky because with the exception of the first item I can have a little bit of all these things and still be alright. The key is balance. I can handle a bit of stress or being out in the sun. I can eat my lovely sweets and spicy foods. I just need to be a bit aware of what I am exposing myself to and making sure I am not putting my body under extra stress.


  1. SkinnyGirl

    This is Guy here. I've seen your posts on the other blogs. Rather than wait for others, it may be useful for you to contact me directly.

    From reading your posts here and on the other blogs, I'd say you have a pretty typical disposition for this issue, and if we can get you to give it a real go, I'm pretty confident for you!

    I think what may scare some people is that they feel they may have to change. For me that wasn't an issue because being well was more important than who I was ... and who I was, was contributing to my problems, so maybe changing me would be the answer ... and that's exactly how it turned out to be.

    Now, of course I was the same guy, same sense of humour, etc. But the way I thought had changed. My view of the world changed ... and necessarily so.

    A wholesale change in philosophy and thinking pattern may seem more daunting than it really is. It's actually a gentle and fun process, but the results can be amazing.

    Please get in touch, and as this is more of a personal email than a post, feel free to delete this message if you like - I won't be offended!

    To contact me, either go to my YGF site or ask Martin or Rich for my email.

    All the best


  2. Wow Skinny Girl...I reckon you just turned another bend and are heading in the right direction now. The sad thing thing I love all that food crap too, but I also know now that if I stick it in me that my poor intestines are going to have to do a heap of work to get all that stuff out and then I'm back where I started and in that bad place again. God I love that sweet sickly smell of McDonalds ... oh well maybe just one at Christmas :D ... if this wheat grass does the trip I reckon I could risk it :D

    Seriously do contract Guy..he has a web site

    That's where I went to last week and registered for the free recording. Yep, I was a bit of a sceptic, but seriously just one week ago was life was in a bit of a mess and I was trying to figure out how the heck I'd be able to do the 22km drive to school and back (twice a day = 88kms each day) and not have a bottom accident! Anyway, I downloaded it, got comfy and listened to it...mmm, well I started to listen to it and did what he said and then I fell asleep about 10 mins into it. I was a bit mad with myself when I woke up fro fallign asleep, but then I realised that it was probably a good thing. So I restarted it again and sat and listened to it ALL again. So I did this a couple of times and honestly there was a big change immediately first with my way of thinking and then by the end of the week with my UC. This week has been even better, but with ups I know that I might have the odd down day. It would be pretty boring if it was all up days..anyway, do take a look and see and no I'm not getting paid to advertise :D - I'm just one of the converted to this positive stuff and youself, Martin and Rich are the ones that helped me get there :D

  3. Paula

    I sent you an email last night ... thanks for the nice comments and well done on the progress! It makes my day and is the reason I put this stuff out there.

    By all means contact me and keep up the good work. You can go all the way.


  4. Guy- Thanks for your comments. I am thinking about trying it. I don't think it is a fear of changing that I am concerned about. It is more not wanting to be vulnerable. I have tried a lot of alternative healing techniques, all of which were promised to cure me, and it is a bit hard on the pschye when you really think they will work and then they don't. I have gone to your site though and am going to get the free download. I may go ahead and try it out soon...or I may wait and see how the others do. I don't know...I'm still thinking about it.

    Paula-- My mom used to give my sisters and I wheat grass drinks in shot glasses because they were so healthy. Nasty stuff--tasted like grass to me. My younger sister eventually ended up liking the taste of them, but I never did. Are you drinking the wheat grass or do they have pills? Glad to hear you are feeling better and have had a positive experience with Guy's methods. Hearing this from the mouths of many witnesses is probably going to be what convinces me.

    Thanks to you both!

  5. I'm taking the tablets this time as they don't appear to have juice bars here which is a bummer. I still think I'm getting better and from 2 weeks ago I'm like massively better and all with no steriods. I did have a beer or Friday night and a large slice of a very nice cream cake and that was not good for me...but it only took till about midday on the Saturday for the pains to pass...which I was totally surprised about. I'll leave the beer and cake for a couple of months :( ... that means no wine or bubbles neither