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Here it is!  Nailing the spear throw. It takes focus, strength, aim, patience, and apparently a little inner ballerina.  Rocky gave me great advice a few weeks ago when I was practicing, “Step and Throw”. 🤣. When he saw this video he said, “see my advice worked! I’m proud of you mom.” 😍🤗 yes buddy, it worked! @spartan #spartan #spartanba18 #ambsdr #fitat40 #overcomingobstacles #ucwarrior #thickthighssavelives #nailedit #spearthrow #vcnstrong #vcnfitness #spartancitifield
Here it is! Nailing the spear throw. It takes focus, strength, aim, patience, and apparently a little inner ballerina. Rocky gave me great advice a few weeks ago when I was practicing, “Step and Throw”. 🤣. When he saw this video he said, “see my advice worked! I’m proud of you mom.” 😍🤗 yes buddy, it worked! @spartan #spartan  #spartanba18  #ambsdr  #fitat40  #overcomingobstacles  #ucwarrior  #thickthighssavelives  #nailedit  #spearthrow  #vcnstrong  #vcnfitness  #spartancitifield 
ALL RIGHT!!!! 💪🏼 Made off finding these obscure 80’s comedies on Blu-Ray! I haven’t seen Three O’clock High in ages and I’m happy that they FINALLY made an official release for Scavenger Hunt!! Can’t wait to watch these starting tomorrow 😃
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#bluray #bluraycollection #comedy #comedies #comedymovie #80scomedy #80movies #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife #ostomyawareness
ALL RIGHT!!!! 💪🏼 Made off finding these obscure 80’s comedies on Blu-Ray! I haven’t seen Three O’clock High in ages and I’m happy that they FINALLY made an official release for Scavenger Hunt!! Can’t wait to watch these starting tomorrow 😃 . #bluray  #bluraycollection  #comedy  #comedies  #comedymovie  #80scomedy  #80movies  #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife  #ostomyawareness 
You know summer be comin....
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If you're anything like me, you need some kind of accountability otherwise September is here and you never got that summer body you were hoping for🙄
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MAY 1ST!!!! <<< JOIN US! It's just a free accountability group to get us summer ready!💋
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You know summer be comin.... ----- If you're anything like me, you need some kind of accountability otherwise September is here and you never got that summer body you were hoping for🙄 ----- MAY 1ST!!!! <<< JOIN US! It's just a free accountability group to get us summer ready!💋 ----- Message me, comment below, or just let me know if you want in!
What a blast!  Finished in 1:04.  Kai did the 1-mike kids race and loved it!  He’s already asked when the next race is...love sharing these moments with him!  More to come...stay tuned...@spartan #spartancitifield #spartanba18 #ambsdr #fitat40 #overcomingobstacles #ucwarrior #spartanfamily #vcnfitness
I really like this one from Coloplast.
- shared from @the_ultimate_ostomy_warrior

#IBDSuperHeroes #ostomy #ibdawareness #ibdwarrior #cureibd #ileostomy #ucwarrior #samples #coloplast #newfavorite #confidence
When your dr gives you samples of a prescription that was out of reach $$ AND its beautiful weather, you can take this day! Make that the next four weeks 😎 
H/t Angie-the best nurse advocate!
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#uc #ucwarrior #ibd #ibdawareness #medicine #lovemydoctor #lovemynurse #nurse #nursesarethebest #thankful #fullheart #nofilter
Yasss!! I challenge you to reflect on the personal barriers that keep you from doing each of these. Sometimes I find the only thing in my way is me. What can you let go of that is no longer serving you? Self doubt? Fear? Frustration? Guilt? Whatever it is it’s usually there if you allow it to be. So let it go and be free my friends!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Yasss!! I challenge you to reflect on the personal barriers that keep you from doing each of these. Sometimes I find the only thing in my way is me. What can you let go of that is no longer serving you? Self doubt? Fear? Frustration? Guilt? Whatever it is it’s usually there if you allow it to be. So let it go and be free my friends!!! ❤️❤️❤️
It’s the day before race day and I’ve been hit with a triple whammy...a cold, a UC flare (continuation of where I had been but just the worst possible symptom before a race), and my sciatic nerve pinch is also flared up. Fabulous. BUT, I’m not letting it stop me. I will not. I persevere in the face of adversity. I stare down those demons and give them a wink. I take on those obstacles and conquer them because without grit, The oyster will never make a pearl...and this warrior chick will not move forward...I am never satisfied with less than my beat. I am not satisfied with mediocrity. I am not just showing up. I may not be 100%, but I will give it 100% of whatever I’ve got that day. I am tenacious. I am determined. I am persistent. I will overcome. #ucwarrior #autoimmunedisease #myibd #warriorchick #spartan #spartanba18 #ambsdr #gritandgrind #overcomingobstacles #vcnstrong #vcnfitness
It’s the day before race day and I’ve been hit with a triple whammy...a cold, a UC flare (continuation of where I had been but just the worst possible symptom before a race), and my sciatic nerve pinch is also flared up. Fabulous. BUT, I’m not letting it stop me. I will not. I persevere in the face of adversity. I stare down those demons and give them a wink. I take on those obstacles and conquer them because without grit, The oyster will never make a pearl...and this warrior chick will not move forward...I am never satisfied with less than my beat. I am not satisfied with mediocrity. I am not just showing up. I may not be 100%, but I will give it 100% of whatever I’ve got that day. I am tenacious. I am determined. I am persistent. I will overcome. #ucwarrior  #autoimmunedisease  #myibd  #warriorchick  #spartan  #spartanba18  #ambsdr  #gritandgrind  #overcomingobstacles  #vcnstrong  #vcnfitness 
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”
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Having faith in yourself is easier said than done. Illness can make you question your abilities, make you second guess your strength. For a long time I was afraid of taking on anything new because I was wary of what my gut might do under stress. I felt suppressed and not myself. It took faith and a lot of support to help me move forward to take steps to heal my body and enjoy life like I deserve. Don’t let your illness hold you back from living the life your want!!!
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I’m finally coming out of my hermit hole since returning from vacation, catching up at work AND wrapping up yoga teacher training!!! I’m so excited to graduate this weekend and am looking forward to what the future holds! Namaste y’all!!!
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” . . . Having faith in yourself is easier said than done. Illness can make you question your abilities, make you second guess your strength. For a long time I was afraid of taking on anything new because I was wary of what my gut might do under stress. I felt suppressed and not myself. It took faith and a lot of support to help me move forward to take steps to heal my body and enjoy life like I deserve. Don’t let your illness hold you back from living the life your want!!! . . . I’m finally coming out of my hermit hole since returning from vacation, catching up at work AND wrapping up yoga teacher training!!! I’m so excited to graduate this weekend and am looking forward to what the future holds! Namaste y’all!!!
Literally spent the entire day in bed yesterday - the fatigue was real! Even taking a shower was off the list, so getting to the gym was out of the questions. Of course I laid there arguing with my body, but in the end it one - as usual. But I’m back and although I’m still feeling fatigued, I was able to get somewhat of a workout in. Here is one of my favorites lately. Do this combo a few times in a row - I dare you😈
Literally spent the entire day in bed yesterday - the fatigue was real! Even taking a shower was off the list, so getting to the gym was out of the questions. Of course I laid there arguing with my body, but in the end it one - as usual. But I’m back and although I’m still feeling fatigued, I was able to get somewhat of a workout in. Here is one of my favorites lately. Do this combo a few times in a row - I dare you😈
For this throwback Thursday here’s some old ice skating pictures of me and my two close friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, me and @77happyashley were buddies and rivals and either competing against each other or fighting over girls 😅😂 @jazzmaster_j is his younger brother. @federalgirl and I were boyfriend and girlfriend for a long while up until we became ice dancing partners then it got to a point where we’d be cool with each other or we’re arguing or fighting over asinine BS 😂🤣 Despite all that has happened, as the years went by, we’ve remained friends but we’ve had our fair share of losing touch with each other and these two were not aware of my diagnosis of Crohn’s disease till we got back in touch after the fact. They’re very supportive of me and I couldn’t ask for any better friends than these two. Oh and the reason me and my dance partner are acting weird in the last picture is because we had to do a practice session at midnight and we were delirious 😜🤪 @thekindwarrior and @crohnsguy I think the two of you will get a kick out of these since we’re ice skaters 😃😄💜
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#throwbackthursday #tbt #iceskating #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife
For this throwback Thursday here’s some old ice skating pictures of me and my two close friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, me and @77happyashley were buddies and rivals and either competing against each other or fighting over girls 😅😂 @jazzmaster_j is his younger brother. @federalgirl and I were boyfriend and girlfriend for a long while up until we became ice dancing partners then it got to a point where we’d be cool with each other or we’re arguing or fighting over asinine BS 😂🤣 Despite all that has happened, as the years went by, we’ve remained friends but we’ve had our fair share of losing touch with each other and these two were not aware of my diagnosis of Crohn’s disease till we got back in touch after the fact. They’re very supportive of me and I couldn’t ask for any better friends than these two. Oh and the reason me and my dance partner are acting weird in the last picture is because we had to do a practice session at midnight and we were delirious 😜🤪 @thekindwarrior and @crohnsguy I think the two of you will get a kick out of these since we’re ice skaters 😃😄💜 . #throwbackthursday  #tbt  #iceskating  #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife 
● 3 Needle Sticks
● 2 Nurses
● 1 Entyvio Infusion
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I have been in remission for almost 1 year!
I got diagnosed in 2007 and have tried Colazal, Lialda, Apriso, Prednisone, Mercaptopurine, Dicyclomine, Humira, Remicade, Uceris and more but so far #Entyvio has been the only one that has worked for me.

Anyone who has ever had #uc and felt like quitting or giving up, I hope you find treatment that works for you too! •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #dontgiveup #dontquit #remission #ucwarrior #spoonie #crohns #crohnsdisease #butyoudontlooksick #remicade #Humira #invisibleillness
● 3 Needle Sticks ● 2 Nurses ● 1 Entyvio Infusion . . . I have been in remission for almost 1 year! I got diagnosed in 2007 and have tried Colazal, Lialda, Apriso, Prednisone, Mercaptopurine, Dicyclomine, Humira, Remicade, Uceris and more but so far #Entyvio  has been the only one that has worked for me. Anyone who has ever had #uc  and felt like quitting or giving up, I hope you find treatment that works for you too! •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #dontgiveup  #dontquit  #remission  #ucwarrior  #spoonie  #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #butyoudontlooksick  #remicade  #Humira  #invisibleillness 
💃🏽🎉🤗 Whoo hoo!! Thumbs up y’all! 👍🏼 My Doctors office just called and for the first time since my diagnosis 2 years ago, my blood work looks EXCELLENT!!!! #ulcerativecolitis #autoimmunedisease #crohnsandcolitis #ibd #ucwarrior #ketosis #ketones #fightinflammation #miracle #blessed #grateful #amazed #thankful #bloodwork #feelingreat #warrior #kickinbutt #strength #persistence #determination
Well done for sharing 💜💜 #IBDSuperHeroes share - @agent_crohns:
I wanna take this opportunity to thank @crohnsibdcolitis for asking me to make this video for their page so here’s a sneaky peak for y’all 😄 It took me like half hour to get it right 😅😂 I must admit that sometimes it’s hard for me to make videos because, for the most part, I’m extremely shy and I feel my voice sounds weird but I have been gaining confidence little by little as I do some here and there. Also, I can’t bear to watch myself and I have no idea why I feel that way 🤷🏻‍♂️ self-consciousness I guess. Again, thank you everyone for the encouragement and support you give unto me and I will continue to do the same for everyone out there as well! We’re all in this together 👊🏼💪🏼☺️💜
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#crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #crohns #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife #instacrohns #myIBD #ibdsuperheroes #myinvisibleillness #invisibleillnesslove
Well done for sharing 💜💜 #IBDSuperHeroes  share - @agent_crohns: I wanna take this opportunity to thank @crohnsibdcolitis for asking me to make this video for their page so here’s a sneaky peak for y’all 😄 It took me like half hour to get it right 😅😂 I must admit that sometimes it’s hard for me to make videos because, for the most part, I’m extremely shy and I feel my voice sounds weird but I have been gaining confidence little by little as I do some here and there. Also, I can’t bear to watch myself and I have no idea why I feel that way 🤷🏻‍♂️ self-consciousness I guess. Again, thank you everyone for the encouragement and support you give unto me and I will continue to do the same for everyone out there as well! We’re all in this together 👊🏼💪🏼☺️💜 . #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #crohns  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife  #instacrohns  #myIBD  #ibdsuperheroes  #myinvisibleillness  #invisibleillnesslove 
How do you know if you're on the right track?! 🤷🏽‍♀️ How do you know if you're doing what's right for you?
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There are so many ways to track your progress when it comes to your health. I may have posted a picture of physical changes, but I mentioned the emotional changes as well. There are also SOOOO many other things that have been affected it's crazy! 😱
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Check out my blog post about goofy ways of tracking and knowing if you're doing what's right for your body! >>> https://wp.me/p9squK-2h <<<
How do you know if you're on the right track?! 🤷🏽‍♀️ How do you know if you're doing what's right for you? ----- There are so many ways to track your progress when it comes to your health. I may have posted a picture of physical changes, but I mentioned the emotional changes as well. There are also SOOOO many other things that have been affected it's crazy! 😱 ----- Check out my blog post about goofy ways of tracking and knowing if you're doing what's right for your body! >>> https://wp.me/p9squK-2h <<<
I wanna take this opportunity to thank @crohnsibdcolitis for asking me to make this video for their page so here’s a sneaky peak for y’all 😄 It took me like half hour to get it right 😅😂 I must admit that sometimes it’s hard for me to make videos because, for the most part, I’m extremely shy and I feel my voice sounds weird but I have been gaining confidence little by little as I do some here and there. Also, I can’t bear to watch myself and I have no idea why I feel that way 🤷🏻‍♂️ self-consciousness I guess. Again, thank you everyone for the encouragement and support you give unto me and I will continue to do the same for everyone out there as well! We’re all in this together 👊🏼💪🏼☺️💜
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#crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #crohns #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife #instacrohns #myIBD #ibdsuperheroes #myinvisibleillness #invisibleillnesslove
I wanna take this opportunity to thank @crohnsibdcolitis for asking me to make this video for their page so here’s a sneaky peak for y’all 😄 It took me like half hour to get it right 😅😂 I must admit that sometimes it’s hard for me to make videos because, for the most part, I’m extremely shy and I feel my voice sounds weird but I have been gaining confidence little by little as I do some here and there. Also, I can’t bear to watch myself and I have no idea why I feel that way 🤷🏻‍♂️ self-consciousness I guess. Again, thank you everyone for the encouragement and support you give unto me and I will continue to do the same for everyone out there as well! We’re all in this together 👊🏼💪🏼☺️💜 . #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #crohns  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife  #instacrohns  #myIBD  #ibdsuperheroes  #myinvisibleillness  #invisibleillnesslove 
Ohhhh yes! 🙌
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Vanilla chia pudding with homemade blueberry jam #getinmybelly
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Chia pudding:
🍓1 cup coconut or almond milk
🍓4 tbsp white chia seeds 🍓tsp vanilla extract 🍓Tbsp fresh orange juice (add zest if you like)
🍓Maple syrup, raw honey or rice malt to taste ⠀⠀
Mix together well and transfer to serving jars. Refrigerate ⠀⠀
Jam:
🍓1 1/2 cups preferred frozen berries 🍓 1 Tbsp fresh orange juice 🍓 2 tbsp water, as needed
🍓Maple syrup or raw honey to taste 🍓 1 tbsp chia seeds ⠀⠀
Simmer until it thickens. Allow to cool before layering on set puddings ✌️
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Tip: be sure to let the puddings set before you layer the jam on top. ⠀⠀
#enjoy #health #healthymadeeasy #yummy #healthybreakfast #chiapudding #jbtprogram
Ohhhh yes! 🙌 ⠀⠀ Vanilla chia pudding with homemade blueberry jam #getinmybelly  ⠀⠀ Chia pudding: 🍓1 cup coconut or almond milk 🍓4 tbsp white chia seeds 🍓tsp vanilla extract 🍓Tbsp fresh orange juice (add zest if you like) 🍓Maple syrup, raw honey or rice malt to taste ⠀⠀ Mix together well and transfer to serving jars. Refrigerate ⠀⠀ Jam: 🍓1 1/2 cups preferred frozen berries 🍓 1 Tbsp fresh orange juice 🍓 2 tbsp water, as needed 🍓Maple syrup or raw honey to taste 🍓 1 tbsp chia seeds ⠀⠀ Simmer until it thickens. Allow to cool before layering on set puddings ✌️ ⠀⠀ Tip: be sure to let the puddings set before you layer the jam on top. ⠀⠀ #enjoy  #health  #healthymadeeasy  #yummy  #healthybreakfast  #chiapudding  #jbtprogram 
Round 4!! Where the #warriors and #spoonies at??? Last infusion, unless there are some results here soon 😒. Buuttttttt... semester is almost over, it’s warming up, and things are changing (I think for the better🤞🏼) Keep your heads up, and crush the rest of this week y’all!! #spoonie #ibd #ibdwarrior #uc #ucwarrior #autoimmune #autoimmunedisease #invisibleillness #chronsandcolitis #ulcerativecolitis #fighter #keepyourheadup #ibdstrong
STRESS. It’s a real thing. It can really affect our health. For me it actually affects me a lot because of my colitis. It’s a trigger. Sometimes I won’t even realize I am stressed until my colitis acts up and then I know I need to do some things to destress. I circled my main three from this chart. What are yours?! #stressmanagement #ucwarrior #healthylifestyle
STRESS. It’s a real thing. It can really affect our health. For me it actually affects me a lot because of my colitis. It’s a trigger. Sometimes I won’t even realize I am stressed until my colitis acts up and then I know I need to do some things to destress. I circled my main three from this chart. What are yours?! #stressmanagement  #ucwarrior  #healthylifestyle 
There is nothing more satisfying than picking up prescription refills💜🙌🏻 Now if I can only remember to take 11 pills everyday🤦🏻‍♀️ Anyone else have trouble remembering to take their meds or am I just a scatter brain😏
There is nothing more satisfying than picking up prescription refills💜🙌🏻 Now if I can only remember to take 11 pills everyday🤦🏻‍♀️ Anyone else have trouble remembering to take their meds or am I just a scatter brain😏
“You can break down a woman temporarily, but a real woman will always pick up the pieces, rebuild herself, and come back stronger than ever.”
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#dontjudgeabookbyitscover #everyonehasastory #myjourneycontinues #nevergiveup💪 #everdaywefight #ucwarrior
Last night's results. I'm very happy with how my vision board turned out, it really encompasses what i currently want to work on. I included 2 very special women on there, who I think are pioneers in women’s fitness. Special thanks to my bff @reisasitohang for inviting me to do this ❤️ I really needed it

Also, i may or may not have forged a fake nail tech and driver's license 😂

#visionboard #visionboardparty #motivation #motivationalquotes #gethealthy #stayeducated #behappy #ucwarrior #ulcerativecolitis #journeybacktohealth #love #selflove #happines #picoftheday #photooftheday #follow
Last night's results. I'm very happy with how my vision board turned out, it really encompasses what i currently want to work on. I included 2 very special women on there, who I think are pioneers in women’s fitness. Special thanks to my bff @reisasitohang for inviting me to do this ❤️ I really needed it Also, i may or may not have forged a fake nail tech and driver's license 😂 #visionboard  #visionboardparty  #motivation  #motivationalquotes  #gethealthy  #stayeducated  #behappy  #ucwarrior  #ulcerativecolitis  #journeybacktohealth  #love  #selflove  #happines  #picoftheday  #photooftheday  #follow 
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” I heard that tonight and it hit home. A lot of what I want can be attainable. if I would just get over my fears! Comment some hearts if you have ever felt this way.  #mindovermatter #ucwarrior #healthymind
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” I heard that tonight and it hit home. A lot of what I want can be attainable. if I would just get over my fears! Comment some hearts if you have ever felt this way. #mindovermatter  #ucwarrior  #healthymind 
Some Monday motivation to overcome this beginning of the week blues 😴 Mondays are definitely a pain, but we all must stay strong and press forward! 💪🏼👊🏼💜
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#monday #motivationalmonday #courage #staystrong #nevergiveup #strong #strength #quotes #inspirationalquotes #inspiring #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #crohns #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife
Some Monday motivation to overcome this beginning of the week blues 😴 Mondays are definitely a pain, but we all must stay strong and press forward! 💪🏼👊🏼💜 . #monday  #motivationalmonday  #courage  #staystrong  #nevergiveup  #strong  #strength  #quotes  #inspirationalquotes  #inspiring  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #crohns  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife 
A huge thank you to @crohnsibdcolitis for sharing this video (although it took my about 20 takes to make it🤣). I started this page a little over a month ago because I felt isolated due to my ulcerative colitis. I never met anyone else with the illness and I had hoped to find others who might understand what I was going through. What I found was a large community of support, positivity and love from people I have never met before - and for that, I am so incredibly grateful. My advice to those with ulcerative colitis is to keep fighting and know you are not alone in this battle💜
A huge thank you to @crohnsibdcolitis for sharing this video (although it took my about 20 takes to make it🤣). I started this page a little over a month ago because I felt isolated due to my ulcerative colitis. I never met anyone else with the illness and I had hoped to find others who might understand what I was going through. What I found was a large community of support, positivity and love from people I have never met before - and for that, I am so incredibly grateful. My advice to those with ulcerative colitis is to keep fighting and know you are not alone in this battle💜
I really believe in order to fully conquer an obstacle you have to learn everything you can about what is standing in your way, respect it, and learn how to overcome it. My mom (@teri_ulm) dropped me off this amazing book for me (thanks @mommyo6) I can’t wait to read!!
#knowledgeispower #remission #ulcerativecolitis #autoimmunedisease #foodisthekey #paleodiet #paleoprinciples #healthbible #itsacomeback #UCwarrior
So this is me bare face, pimples, no makeup, 4 hours sleep and in a bit of pain. This is the result of having an unhappy tummy. For the last 3 weeks my stomach has been so unsettled and crampy. I’ve put it down to stress, lack of sleep (out of my sleep I pattern again..), and my tummy not being able to heal because of the lack of sleep. My skin acts up meaning pimples and I get really bad dry rashes too,  and also I get those lovely dark circles under my eyes. Gut health is so important. Your gut is what takes all the goodness in that makes you look and feel healthy. When your gut isn’t healthy you not only feel it but it’ll show it too. This is the worst my skin has been in about 4 years. Yes it may not be the WORST you’ve seen but I’ve had bad acne before and my self esteem just gets so low because of it. So it’s a huuuuge thing for me to post this sort of photo. But I felt like talking about it and how my disease not only affects my insides but when it’s bad it can affect my outsides too. Been to the doctors today and got everything I need to help me get onto the road of recovery again! 
#uc #ucwarrior #celiac #real #diaryofagymbunny
So this is me bare face, pimples, no makeup, 4 hours sleep and in a bit of pain. This is the result of having an unhappy tummy. For the last 3 weeks my stomach has been so unsettled and crampy. I’ve put it down to stress, lack of sleep (out of my sleep I pattern again..), and my tummy not being able to heal because of the lack of sleep. My skin acts up meaning pimples and I get really bad dry rashes too, and also I get those lovely dark circles under my eyes. Gut health is so important. Your gut is what takes all the goodness in that makes you look and feel healthy. When your gut isn’t healthy you not only feel it but it’ll show it too. This is the worst my skin has been in about 4 years. Yes it may not be the WORST you’ve seen but I’ve had bad acne before and my self esteem just gets so low because of it. So it’s a huuuuge thing for me to post this sort of photo. But I felt like talking about it and how my disease not only affects my insides but when it’s bad it can affect my outsides too. Been to the doctors today and got everything I need to help me get onto the road of recovery again! #uc  #ucwarrior  #celiac  #real  #diaryofagymbunny 
Sunday Funday! I didn’t want to workout. I almost took a nap instead 😂, but i pushed myself and went! I got my grocery shopping done, and I’m gonna end the night with family. #healthylifestyle #watchmeorjoinme #fitness #onehealthyhabitatatime #transformyourlife #girlswholift #ucwarrior #fitnessgirl
Done! Finished! Finito! Complete! Thank you everyone for following me on this journey! It was quite amazing and I can’t wait to do it again! And special thanks to @jaycarlberg for being the best support system in the world. Love you to pieces!! .
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#80dayobsession #thestrugglewasreal #sicktostrong #ucwarrior #proudmomentforme #startfromtheinsideout #loveyourself😘
Yesterday’s walk for a cure!! So much fun! Going to do it every year it comes to Phoenix. #walkforacure #crohnsdisease #takestepsforcrohnsandcolitis #ulcerativecolitis #12yearsstrong #ucwarrior
Sweet sweat on the brow
The 💪 to 🏋 is not easy when you have UC. When your feet feel like lead and with every 🏃your stomach is heavy and perhaps might send you to the toilet. No shame in my game to say I have a form of ibs/colitis it is what it is. But it doesn't stop me from pushing. Doesn't stop me from getting fit. It might slow me down. It sometimes feels like I'm constantly exhausted. However, I keep pushing.  It's so fitting that today's message from church paired fitness and walking with Jesus. I'm getting 💪 for both so I know I'm on the right path! God will send you clues! Clues to find your way! But we have to pay attention.

Never underestimate your ability to push past your circumstances because we are 💪than we sometimes give ourselves  credit. 
#unity
#unitycf 
#gettingfitforjesus 
#ucwarrior
#blackisbeautiful
Sweet sweat on the brow The 💪 to 🏋 is not easy when you have UC. When your feet feel like lead and with every 🏃your stomach is heavy and perhaps might send you to the toilet. No shame in my game to say I have a form of ibs/colitis it is what it is. But it doesn't stop me from pushing. Doesn't stop me from getting fit. It might slow me down. It sometimes feels like I'm constantly exhausted. However, I keep pushing. It's so fitting that today's message from church paired fitness and walking with Jesus. I'm getting 💪 for both so I know I'm on the right path! God will send you clues! Clues to find your way! But we have to pay attention. Never underestimate your ability to push past your circumstances because we are 💪than we sometimes give ourselves credit. #unity  #unitycf  #gettingfitforjesus  #ucwarrior  #blackisbeautiful 
So. I decided to prep my own lunch this week. Usually @jessettinger123 makes my lunch (spoilt I know) but as he was out I thought I’d give it a go! Giant cous cous, avocado, tuna, halloumi & cherry tomatoes with a little sprinkle of feta. I have zero idea if this will be #ulcerativecolitis friendly yet. In theory it should be as I’m fine with each individual component; but who the fuck knows with #uc. I’ve been really working hard over the last few weeks to look after myself inside and out. Working out and eating better and I’ve felt much better mentally for it. So I’m determined to stick with this for as long as I possibly can. #entyviowarrior #vedolizumabvoodoodoll #vedo #vedolizumab #foodprep #healthylunch #boweldisease #inflammatoryboweldisease #inflamed #chronicallysick #ibd #crohns #colitis #cd #crohnsandcolitis #crohnsdisease #ucwarrior #ucfighter #spoonie #autoimmunedisease
So. I decided to prep my own lunch this week. Usually @jessettinger123 makes my lunch (spoilt I know) but as he was out I thought I’d give it a go! Giant cous cous, avocado, tuna, halloumi & cherry tomatoes with a little sprinkle of feta. I have zero idea if this will be #ulcerativecolitis  friendly yet. In theory it should be as I’m fine with each individual component; but who the fuck knows with #uc . I’ve been really working hard over the last few weeks to look after myself inside and out. Working out and eating better and I’ve felt much better mentally for it. So I’m determined to stick with this for as long as I possibly can. #entyviowarrior  #vedolizumabvoodoodoll  #vedo  #vedolizumab  #foodprep  #healthylunch  #boweldisease  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #inflamed  #chronicallysick  #ibd  #crohns  #colitis  #cd  #crohnsandcolitis  #crohnsdisease  #ucwarrior  #ucfighter  #spoonie  #autoimmunedisease 
My girl is in Seattle Children’s Connection Magazine 😍 She has come so far and SCD has worked wonders for her. We are eternally grateful to Dr Suskind (and the whole GI team at Children’s!) for introducing us to SCD and having it as a standardized treatment. #scd #scddiet #specificcarbohydratediet #ibdwarrior #ucwarrior #crohns #ulcerativecolitis
Currently enjoying the sun, sand and salt life right now! I realized that I haven’t taken a day off work for non medical reasons since November (yikes). It’s awful what we do to ourselves without even noticing it! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to enjoy some much needed vacation and really going to make a habit of scheduling more tiny bits of time off into my life. Hope you are all well my friends! I’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming soon. ✌🏼❤️🙏🏼
Currently enjoying the sun, sand and salt life right now! I realized that I haven’t taken a day off work for non medical reasons since November (yikes). It’s awful what we do to ourselves without even noticing it! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to enjoy some much needed vacation and really going to make a habit of scheduling more tiny bits of time off into my life. Hope you are all well my friends! I’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming soon. ✌🏼❤️🙏🏼
We’re always going to come across failures and disappointments in our lives but the biggest mistake we make is when we dwell and constantly beat ourselves up over them and that will never get us anywhere. What we have to do is learn from them and move on and continue to grow until we can achieve the goals we desire to accomplish in our lives💜
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#brucelee #bruceleequote #inspiring #inspiration #inspirationalquotes #quoteoftheday #failure #overcomingfailure #strenth #stayingstrong #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife
We’re always going to come across failures and disappointments in our lives but the biggest mistake we make is when we dwell and constantly beat ourselves up over them and that will never get us anywhere. What we have to do is learn from them and move on and continue to grow until we can achieve the goals we desire to accomplish in our lives💜 . #brucelee  #bruceleequote  #inspiring  #inspiration  #inspirationalquotes  #quoteoftheday  #failure  #overcomingfailure  #strenth  #stayingstrong  #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife 
Before I get started with this post, I DO NOT endorse nor recommend the practice of this particular diet that is mapped out in this book. Our diseases affect us differently and our biological makeup is also different than others as well. However, it is a good read about the author and his journey and battle with Crohn’s disease and I will give my account of how I came across this book. To start off, I had a skating buddy that was a mentor to me. However, he had no understanding of what I was going through and there were times he would get annoyed with my constant urgencies to run to the restroom. As time went by, he met author Jordan S. Rubin at a convention and had a conversation about this book and the author’s own struggle with Crohn’s disease. Later on, he came to me in a very heartfelt and apologetic nature and recommended me this book which he gave me. At the time, I was in my 20s and desperate for some sort of “cure” that would help me to get into remission. Well, to make a long story short, it did not work for me! The vitamin supplements that are recommended for us to take were not exactly easy to find because they were made by the author’s own company and you would have to hunt down some of these supplements at a vitamin specialty shops that carried them. Some of the foods that were outlined in this book ended up messing me up further! Instead of slowing down the inflammation, it felt as though it just triggered it worse than before. That’s when I came to the realization that Crohn’s can affect us in different ways and that one plan can work for one but not the other etc. I will admit that the author’s journey is what fascinated me about this book and why I held onto for all these years. As I’ve met most of you on here, I can’t express how amazed I am at the stories and journeys you all have overcome and endured! We all have a story to share and they give us hope and once you have hope, anything is possible 💜
Before I get started with this post, I DO NOT endorse nor recommend the practice of this particular diet that is mapped out in this book. Our diseases affect us differently and our biological makeup is also different than others as well. However, it is a good read about the author and his journey and battle with Crohn’s disease and I will give my account of how I came across this book. To start off, I had a skating buddy that was a mentor to me. However, he had no understanding of what I was going through and there were times he would get annoyed with my constant urgencies to run to the restroom. As time went by, he met author Jordan S. Rubin at a convention and had a conversation about this book and the author’s own struggle with Crohn’s disease. Later on, he came to me in a very heartfelt and apologetic nature and recommended me this book which he gave me. At the time, I was in my 20s and desperate for some sort of “cure” that would help me to get into remission. Well, to make a long story short, it did not work for me! The vitamin supplements that are recommended for us to take were not exactly easy to find because they were made by the author’s own company and you would have to hunt down some of these supplements at a vitamin specialty shops that carried them. Some of the foods that were outlined in this book ended up messing me up further! Instead of slowing down the inflammation, it felt as though it just triggered it worse than before. That’s when I came to the realization that Crohn’s can affect us in different ways and that one plan can work for one but not the other etc. I will admit that the author’s journey is what fascinated me about this book and why I held onto for all these years. As I’ve met most of you on here, I can’t express how amazed I am at the stories and journeys you all have overcome and endured! We all have a story to share and they give us hope and once you have hope, anything is possible 💜
Flora is in Seattle Children’s Connections Magazine 😍 She has come so far and is thriving on SCD. And I am so grateful that Dr. Suskind was the attending when she was admitted to the hospital the first time. He brought up SCD as an option from the beginning, and once she started the diet the difference in her was astounding. The diet has made the world of difference for her. #scd #scddiet #specificcarbohydratediet #ibdwarrior #ucwarrior
Flora is in Seattle Children’s Connections Magazine 😍 She has come so far and is thriving on SCD. And I am so grateful that Dr. Suskind was the attending when she was admitted to the hospital the first time. He brought up SCD as an option from the beginning, and once she started the diet the difference in her was astounding. The diet has made the world of difference for her. #scd  #scddiet  #specificcarbohydratediet  #ibdwarrior  #ucwarrior 
Who meal preps?! 🙋🏻‍♀️🥗💪🏼 Meal prepping can help you stay with your fitness goals! Often when we are hungry and don’t have something already made, we tend make bad choices 🍕🍔🍟 #healthy #onehealthyhabitatatime #lifetimetransformation #ucwarrior #fitness #mealprep #watchmeorjoinme
𝕆𝕙 𝕞𝕪 𝕕𝕒𝕣𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕘,
𝕚𝕥’𝕤 𝕥𝕣𝕦𝕖.
𝕓𝕖𝕒𝕦𝕥𝕚𝕗𝕦𝕝 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕤 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕕𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕤 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕤𝕔𝕣𝕒𝕥𝕔𝕙𝕖𝕤 𝕥𝕠𝕠. ♥
𝕆𝕙 𝕞𝕪 𝕕𝕒𝕣𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕘, 𝕚𝕥’𝕤 𝕥𝕣𝕦𝕖. 𝕓𝕖𝕒𝕦𝕥𝕚𝕗𝕦𝕝 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕤 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕕𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕤 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕤𝕔𝕣𝕒𝕥𝕔𝕙𝕖𝕤 𝕥𝕠𝕠. ♥
Just a little reminder for all you beautiful souls fighting a chronic illness💜
Just a little reminder for all you beautiful souls fighting a chronic illness💜
I’m in love with my new leggings from @lovefitnessapparel ! What are your thoughts? 🤔🤗.
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#lovefitnessapparel #sicktostrong #bootygainsinprogress #ucwarrior #loveyourjourney #weekendvibes
Some days are easier than others to deal with, especially when dealing with a chronic illness. On those tough days, it’s best to take it at a slow pace and one step at a time. My mistake half the time is pushing myself too much especially when I’m not feeling my best and I’ll be completely drained to do anything else. It’s ok to just take small steps to get through the day and there is no shame in it just so long as we continue to do our best and stay strong doing it 💪🏼💜
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#courage #confidence #staystrong #nevergiveup #strong #strength #quotes #inspirationalquotes #inspiring #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #crohns #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife
Some days are easier than others to deal with, especially when dealing with a chronic illness. On those tough days, it’s best to take it at a slow pace and one step at a time. My mistake half the time is pushing myself too much especially when I’m not feeling my best and I’ll be completely drained to do anything else. It’s ok to just take small steps to get through the day and there is no shame in it just so long as we continue to do our best and stay strong doing it 💪🏼💜 . #courage  #confidence  #staystrong  #nevergiveup  #strong  #strength  #quotes  #inspirationalquotes  #inspiring  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #crohns  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife 
So it turns out that I am not in remission after all😔 I just had a follow up visit for the colonoscopy I had done a few weeks ago and my doctor said that although the inflamed areas of my intestines are healing, there is still inflammation. I am upset to hear this news, but it does explain why I am still experiencing bleeding, pain and constant trips to the bathroom. •
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I felt really defeated leaving the doctor’s office, but the Balsazide is working and my diet is playing a key role in healing the inflammation. I was prescribed mesalamine enemas, because the inflammation is in the lowest part of my intestines, so hopefully the new treatment does the trick. I am just going to stay positive and continue to take care of my body the best I can.
So it turns out that I am not in remission after all😔 I just had a follow up visit for the colonoscopy I had done a few weeks ago and my doctor said that although the inflamed areas of my intestines are healing, there is still inflammation. I am upset to hear this news, but it does explain why I am still experiencing bleeding, pain and constant trips to the bathroom. • • I felt really defeated leaving the doctor’s office, but the Balsazide is working and my diet is playing a key role in healing the inflammation. I was prescribed mesalamine enemas, because the inflammation is in the lowest part of my intestines, so hopefully the new treatment does the trick. I am just going to stay positive and continue to take care of my body the best I can.
We are one day away from finishing this program I’ve been raving about for the last 4 months - I can’t believe it! I can’t wait to share my progress with you. I have learned so much about myself and have definitely become stronger mentally and physically bc of it. 
This month so far I have helped 5 ladies get ready to crush their goals starting April 23rd. I am opening up a few more spots in my challenge group so if you’d like to join us - you know where to find me 🙋🏼‍♀️📲
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#justdoit #absinprogress #absandbooty #ombrehairstyle #nikelove #goals #momof1 #momlife #athomeworkout #athomefitness #boymom #boymomlife #ibd #ucwarrior #postpartumbody #postpartumfitness #postpartumbelly #postpartumhealth
We are one day away from finishing this program I’ve been raving about for the last 4 months - I can’t believe it! I can’t wait to share my progress with you. I have learned so much about myself and have definitely become stronger mentally and physically bc of it. This month so far I have helped 5 ladies get ready to crush their goals starting April 23rd. I am opening up a few more spots in my challenge group so if you’d like to join us - you know where to find me 🙋🏼‍♀️📲 . . . . . . . . #justdoit  #absinprogress  #absandbooty  #ombrehairstyle  #nikelove  #goals  #momof1  #momlife  #athomeworkout  #athomefitness  #boymom  #boymomlife  #ibd  #ucwarrior  #postpartumbody  #postpartumfitness  #postpartumbelly  #postpartumhealth 
I do my best to help those that are in need especially if I know they can’t help back but that shouldn’t matter because I know that the biggest reward I can receive is the friendship of that person I have helped. To me, the many friendships and relationships we make are the real treasures in life and that’s something that no amount of money can buy. I’m happy with the friendships I have made on here as well as the ones I know in my personal life. I will continue to do my best to help give support and encouragement to those that need it regardless of the situation they may be in 💜
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#kindness #love #support #encouragement #inspiring #inspirationalquotes #quotesoftheday #helpingothers #friendship #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife #ostomyawareness
I do my best to help those that are in need especially if I know they can’t help back but that shouldn’t matter because I know that the biggest reward I can receive is the friendship of that person I have helped. To me, the many friendships and relationships we make are the real treasures in life and that’s something that no amount of money can buy. I’m happy with the friendships I have made on here as well as the ones I know in my personal life. I will continue to do my best to help give support and encouragement to those that need it regardless of the situation they may be in 💜 . #kindness  #love  #support  #encouragement  #inspiring  #inspirationalquotes  #quotesoftheday  #helpingothers  #friendship  #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife  #ostomyawareness 
Well, it's time to get this party started. #ulcerativecolitis #chronicillness #autoimmune #ibd #ucwarrior
As always, I am here to share the good the bad and even the ugly of my #reality. Last week #ulcerativecolitis brought me bloating, pain, fatigue, and other unmentionables 💩. Today, #myIBD has impaled me with a killer migraine. It brought me to tears, nausea and a highly unusual midday nap. I started out the day with this but it was mild and just grew in severity and intensity until I had to fold, give in and allow myself grace, although it meant canceling 2 clients 👎🏻. This is life with an #autoimmunedisease it sits dormant just waiting for the wrong moment to strike fast and hard, without warning and without mercy. I’m a fighter, and admitting I am hurting slays my ego,  but it’s important to share the #truth. I am #onlyhuman. #ucwarrior #chronicpain #invisibledisease #mystory #myjourney #vcnstrong #vcnfitness
As always, I am here to share the good the bad and even the ugly of my #reality . Last week #ulcerativecolitis  brought me bloating, pain, fatigue, and other unmentionables 💩. Today, #myIBD  has impaled me with a killer migraine. It brought me to tears, nausea and a highly unusual midday nap. I started out the day with this but it was mild and just grew in severity and intensity until I had to fold, give in and allow myself grace, although it meant canceling 2 clients 👎🏻. This is life with an #autoimmunedisease  it sits dormant just waiting for the wrong moment to strike fast and hard, without warning and without mercy. I’m a fighter, and admitting I am hurting slays my ego, but it’s important to share the #truth . I am #onlyhuman . #ucwarrior  #chronicpain  #invisibledisease  #mystory  #myjourney  #vcnstrong  #vcnfitness 
Getting my shot of Remicade / Infliximab again today here in the hospital. Last infusion didn’t do much so I hope this one gives me a better boost. I’m wearing my favorite “Alien” themed t-shirt for luck. Fans will recognize it as the self-destruct instructions Ripley uses to blow up the Nostromo (“You are my lucky star”). #ForLuck #YouAreMyLuckyStar #Infusion #InfusionDay #Infliximab #Remicade #Rheumatism #Bechterew #RheumatismWarrior #UlcerativeColitis #UC #UCWarrior #InflamatoryBowelDisease #IBD #IBDWarrior #Iridocyclitis @CCUVN #ChronicIllness #InvisibleIllness #Exhaustion #StayPositive #StayConfident #PositiveThinking #HangOn #KeepFighting
Getting my shot of Remicade / Infliximab again today here in the hospital. Last infusion didn’t do much so I hope this one gives me a better boost. I’m wearing my favorite “Alien” themed t-shirt for luck. Fans will recognize it as the self-destruct instructions Ripley uses to blow up the Nostromo (“You are my lucky star”). #ForLuck  #YouAreMyLuckyStar  #Infusion  #InfusionDay  #Infliximab  #Remicade  #Rheumatism  #Bechterew  #RheumatismWarrior  #UlcerativeColitis  #UC  #UCWarrior  #InflamatoryBowelDisease  #IBD  #IBDWarrior  #Iridocyclitis  @CCUVN #ChronicIllness  #InvisibleIllness  #Exhaustion  #StayPositive  #StayConfident  #PositiveThinking  #HangOn  #KeepFighting 
For this throwback Thursday I thought I’d share a side by side pic of me in my early 20s during a real bad flare and a current pic of how far I’ve come along. As you can see, I was so thin, I was literally swimming in my clothes and putting on weight wasn’t easy. I will share my Crohn’s Journey for those that are getting to know me.
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I was 16 years old when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I had never heard of the illness or was I even prepared for what I was getting into when it first hit me. When the symptoms started to manifest, I blew it off as something that would go away. Unfortunately, it kept getting worse. My mother dragged me to a doctor to figure out what was wrong with me only for him to tell her that I was on drugs probably doing cocaine. My mother flipped out and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, not only should you never piss off a Latina but don’t EVER piss off one who’s a single parent and worried about her kid’s health. She took me over to another hospital where I was better treated and diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. As the years passed, I noticed that I would have flare ups in the fall/winter but would have remission during the spring/summer semesters. They were rollercoaster flare ups and by the time I was 21, I had finally been in remission for 4 years until I hit 25 and became hospitalized because of my refusal to take prednisone. That’s when I first learned of remicade which was a new treatment for me at that time and it did wonders for me! By the time I hit 29 I had a bad flare up that just permanently scarred my colon. I toughed it out for 2 more years until I just couldn’t handle the exhaustion and tendencies of wanting to pass out. By the time I was 31, the option of having my colon removed came up. The doctor had noticed I had polyps and the original plan was to have my colon removed then after I healed remove the polyps and then talk about a reversal. After about 6 months of having my ileostomy, I went to see the doctor about removing the polyps. It turns out that they were pseudo polyps and it was my illness trying to flare up only there wasn’t anything it could do. (This story will continue in the comments)👇🏼
For this throwback Thursday I thought I’d share a side by side pic of me in my early 20s during a real bad flare and a current pic of how far I’ve come along. As you can see, I was so thin, I was literally swimming in my clothes and putting on weight wasn’t easy. I will share my Crohn’s Journey for those that are getting to know me. . I was 16 years old when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I had never heard of the illness or was I even prepared for what I was getting into when it first hit me. When the symptoms started to manifest, I blew it off as something that would go away. Unfortunately, it kept getting worse. My mother dragged me to a doctor to figure out what was wrong with me only for him to tell her that I was on drugs probably doing cocaine. My mother flipped out and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, not only should you never piss off a Latina but don’t EVER piss off one who’s a single parent and worried about her kid’s health. She took me over to another hospital where I was better treated and diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. As the years passed, I noticed that I would have flare ups in the fall/winter but would have remission during the spring/summer semesters. They were rollercoaster flare ups and by the time I was 21, I had finally been in remission for 4 years until I hit 25 and became hospitalized because of my refusal to take prednisone. That’s when I first learned of remicade which was a new treatment for me at that time and it did wonders for me! By the time I hit 29 I had a bad flare up that just permanently scarred my colon. I toughed it out for 2 more years until I just couldn’t handle the exhaustion and tendencies of wanting to pass out. By the time I was 31, the option of having my colon removed came up. The doctor had noticed I had polyps and the original plan was to have my colon removed then after I healed remove the polyps and then talk about a reversal. After about 6 months of having my ileostomy, I went to see the doctor about removing the polyps. It turns out that they were pseudo polyps and it was my illness trying to flare up only there wasn’t anything it could do. (This story will continue in the comments)👇🏼
When I came home from the hsoptial on Monday, my tee from @gloryvsguts was waiting for me on the front stoop.  Seemed only fitting I should wear it to post a little update.  5 days post op and I'm feeling pretty snappy. Just taking tylenol for pain during the day and the good stuff at night.  I don’t want to seem overly positive and for sure it’s been ugly at times, but on the whole, I’m pretty impressed with this body and feeling grateful it  has so far risen to the challenge I’ve set out before it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What a crazy long weird road this has been.  Thank you everyone for being along for the ride. 💜
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When I came home from the hsoptial on Monday, my tee from @gloryvsguts was waiting for me on the front stoop. Seemed only fitting I should wear it to post a little update. 5 days post op and I'm feeling pretty snappy. Just taking tylenol for pain during the day and the good stuff at night. I don’t want to seem overly positive and for sure it’s been ugly at times, but on the whole, I’m pretty impressed with this body and feeling grateful it has so far risen to the challenge I’ve set out before it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What a crazy long weird road this has been. Thank you everyone for being along for the ride. 💜 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #jpouch  #jpouchlife  #ibd  #ibdwarrior  #ibdfitness  #ulcerativecolitis  #ucwarrior  #jpouchsurgery  #ostomy  #pruritus  #fitness  #health  #healingvibes  #nocolonstillrollin  #girlswithguts  #chronicloveclub 
Honestly. I absolutely love this cat. He is like my spirit animal. He’s adorable (some of the time) but his fur matches his soul. He attacks for no reason, his resting bitch face is always on point. And the only time he gets excited enough to meow is when it’s dinner time. This is Milo. He is my rescue kitty and I’ve had him since he was tiny enough to sit in the palm of my hand (abandoned in a cardboard box, in London) And he is just the coolest evil ball of fur. But when all is said and done, when I’m having a bad day, he will curl up on the bed with me and snore and purr away..... #evilcat #blackcats #witchescat #spooky #blackcatsofinstagram #therapycat #therapycats #rescuecat #blackrescuecat #superstition #greeneyes #uc #spoonie #autoimmune #ulcerativecolitis #ucwarrior #entyvio #vedolizumabvoodoodoll
Honestly. I absolutely love this cat. He is like my spirit animal. He’s adorable (some of the time) but his fur matches his soul. He attacks for no reason, his resting bitch face is always on point. And the only time he gets excited enough to meow is when it’s dinner time. This is Milo. He is my rescue kitty and I’ve had him since he was tiny enough to sit in the palm of my hand (abandoned in a cardboard box, in London) And he is just the coolest evil ball of fur. But when all is said and done, when I’m having a bad day, he will curl up on the bed with me and snore and purr away..... #evilcat  #blackcats  #witchescat  #spooky  #blackcatsofinstagram  #therapycat  #therapycats  #rescuecat  #blackrescuecat  #superstition  #greeneyes  #uc  #spoonie  #autoimmune  #ulcerativecolitis  #ucwarrior  #entyvio  #vedolizumabvoodoodoll 
Warrior Wednesday! Day 11/100.

My muscles couldn't make an appearance today. Can you tell that I'm getting ready to start my modeling career? Jk jk. 
I'm a UC warrior and even when I technically don't have the disease, thanks to my colectomy, the fight continues. This year I decided to be a product of my decisions instead of my circumstances. I'm grabbing hold of my destiny and not letting that struggle get in the way of what I want and what I can do. 
#ucwarrior 
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Warrior Wednesday! Day 11/100. My muscles couldn't make an appearance today. Can you tell that I'm getting ready to start my modeling career? Jk jk. I'm a UC warrior and even when I technically don't have the disease, thanks to my colectomy, the fight continues. This year I decided to be a product of my decisions instead of my circumstances. I'm grabbing hold of my destiny and not letting that struggle get in the way of what I want and what I can do. #ucwarrior  #fitnessjourney  #fitnessjourney2018  #beforepic 
Happy Remission Day!!
1 Year ago today MY UC Warrior was given the news that after 3 years of ups and downs that she have reached remission. For the past year our focus has been staying healthy and keeping her UC inactive.  This next year our focus will be on getting stronger and healthier.  We are going to wake up our fears and go big. #thatsmyucwarrior #ucwarrior #uc #remicade
Happy Remission Day!! 1 Year ago today MY UC Warrior was given the news that after 3 years of ups and downs that she have reached remission. For the past year our focus has been staying healthy and keeping her UC inactive. This next year our focus will be on getting stronger and healthier. We are going to wake up our fears and go big. #thatsmyucwarrior  #ucwarrior  #uc  #remicade 
Happy #nationalsiblingday to the best little sister around. Thank you for supporting me through every step of my disease. Thank you for encouraging me to start a blog and being there every step of the way! Most importantly, thank you for taking down any waiter that gives me a hard time about my diet when we go out. 😂
Your love, support and encouraging words mean more than you know. You make the hard days easier Lacie. You have such a love for life and a heart for people. You may be the little sister, but I sure look up to you. I love you so much! 
P.S I wish we were back in Mexico. 💖
P.P.S Check out her photography page. She’s amazing! 😘 @laciefreelenphoto 
#sisters #bestfriends #ulcerativecolitis #uc #ibd #inflammation #inflammatoryboweldisease #guthealth #guthealing #livinguc #livingwithulcerativecolitis #uclifestyle #ulcerativecolitisandcrohns #crohnsandcolitis #ucwarrior #ulcerativecolitisfighter
Happy #nationalsiblingday  to the best little sister around. Thank you for supporting me through every step of my disease. Thank you for encouraging me to start a blog and being there every step of the way! Most importantly, thank you for taking down any waiter that gives me a hard time about my diet when we go out. 😂 Your love, support and encouraging words mean more than you know. You make the hard days easier Lacie. You have such a love for life and a heart for people. You may be the little sister, but I sure look up to you. I love you so much! P.S I wish we were back in Mexico. 💖 P.P.S Check out her photography page. She’s amazing! 😘 @laciefreelenphoto #sisters  #bestfriends  #ulcerativecolitis  #uc  #ibd  #inflammation  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #guthealth  #guthealing  #livinguc  #livingwithulcerativecolitis  #uclifestyle  #ulcerativecolitisandcrohns  #crohnsandcolitis  #ucwarrior  #ulcerativecolitisfighter 
This is our usual SCD breakfast in our house. An omelette with cheese, avocado, and tomato. And a green smoothie with kale, spinach, avocado, pear, and frozen mangos- all mixed in homemade almond milk. #scd #scddiet #specificcarbohydratediet #glutenfree #grainfree #refinedsugarfree #dairyfree #ibdwarrior #ucwarrior
Very true! Everyone has their fair share of struggles and even through we may not post everything that goes on in our lives, there are times where sometimes, words of encouragement or kindness thrown our way can help us get that push we need to overcome whatever particular struggle or problem we go through. Always do your best to drop some kind words to others because you may never know if they’ll need it or not 💜
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Very true! Everyone has their fair share of struggles and even through we may not post everything that goes on in our lives, there are times where sometimes, words of encouragement or kindness thrown our way can help us get that push we need to overcome whatever particular struggle or problem we go through. Always do your best to drop some kind words to others because you may never know if they’ll need it or not 💜 . #kindness  #love  #strength  #support  #encouragement  #inspiring  #helpingothers  #overcominglonliness  #beingstrong  #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife  #ostomyawareness 
Had a good long deep sleep this night. Woke up exhausted... 😩 ...again. Pain in my lower back and in my guts. This is what a couple of years of autoimmune diseases does to a person. I’ll need to adapt today... 😞 ...again. This Thursday is Infusion Day. 💉 Hope it will improve my current state. Sorry for the grimy post, InstaFamily, just trying to keep it real. Like if you sympathize... #KeepingItReal #InstaFamily #Rheumatism #Bechterew #RheumatismWarrior #UlcerativeColitis #UC #UCWarrior #InflamatoryBowelDisease #IBD #IBDWarrior #Iridocyclitis @CCUVN #ChronicIllness #InvisibleIllness #Exhaustion #StayPositive #StayConfident #PositiveThinking #HangOn #KeepFighting
Had a good long deep sleep this night. Woke up exhausted... 😩 ...again. Pain in my lower back and in my guts. This is what a couple of years of autoimmune diseases does to a person. I’ll need to adapt today... 😞 ...again. This Thursday is Infusion Day. 💉 Hope it will improve my current state. Sorry for the grimy post, InstaFamily, just trying to keep it real. Like if you sympathize... #KeepingItReal  #InstaFamily  #Rheumatism  #Bechterew  #RheumatismWarrior  #UlcerativeColitis  #UC  #UCWarrior  #InflamatoryBowelDisease  #IBD  #IBDWarrior  #Iridocyclitis  @CCUVN #ChronicIllness  #InvisibleIllness  #Exhaustion  #StayPositive  #StayConfident  #PositiveThinking  #HangOn  #KeepFighting 
Who all wants some country style breakfast? Here we got a chicken fried steak smothered in country gravy with scrambled eggs and some home fries mixed with green peppers and onions! 🤤😋
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Who all wants some country style breakfast? Here we got a chicken fried steak smothered in country gravy with scrambled eggs and some home fries mixed with green peppers and onions! 🤤😋 . #breakfast  #countryfriedsteak  #countrybreakfast  #foodporn  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #crohns  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife 
Always remember that no matter what you may be going through whether it’s a life-changing situation such as dealing with a chronic illness or recovering from surgery or life after graduation or getting a promoted at your job, as long as you go out there and give your best and take each day one step at a time and you believe in your heart that your doing your best despite the slow progress, it’s better than not doing or trying anything at all. No one can take how you’re feeling away from you. Always stay strong and do your best at your own pace 💜
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Always remember that no matter what you may be going through whether it’s a life-changing situation such as dealing with a chronic illness or recovering from surgery or life after graduation or getting a promoted at your job, as long as you go out there and give your best and take each day one step at a time and you believe in your heart that your doing your best despite the slow progress, it’s better than not doing or trying anything at all. No one can take how you’re feeling away from you. Always stay strong and do your best at your own pace 💜 . #progress  #courage  #staystrong  #nevergiveup  #strong  #strength  #quotes  #inspirationalquotes  #inspiring  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #crohns  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife 
Let's talk about stress, ba-by. 
Has your doctor ever told you that you need to lead a low-stress lifestyle because you have Crohn’s?
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My lifestyle is literally the opposite of low stress! I've been an adrenaline junkie since the start, and my hobbies are some of the most dangerous out there... swipe right to see 😬 ...but it’s just a part of who I am, and it's the only life I know!
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Did you also know that your large intestine holds A LOT of your mental and physical stress? When you don't have one, the body releases it in strange ways. For me that’s most true after a bike crash—the body no longer has a place to store the physical trauma, so it releases through massive psoriasis and gut flare-ups. Fun times! On average, I have two BIG crashes per year. Those falls may be detrimental to my health, but being a cyclist is what keeps me sane.
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So what do you do when the one thing you love to do is literally a danger to your health? Do you stop doing what you love?
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NEVER!! Don’t let it stop you. We cannot let these diseases control our lives. Sure, I am bit more cautious these days, and I know that hurts my progression as a rider, but at the end of the day, you have to do what you love, even if it means taking risks. There’s no other option, or you’re not truly living. 
What do you do to balance out your high stress lifestyle? I’ve got my go-to🧘‍♀️but always open to suggestions! .
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#mondaymotivation #balance #fucrohns #uc #crohns #jpouch #nocolonstillrollin #jpouchlife #mtnbike #mtnbikegirl #ucwarrior #fitlife #crohnswarrior #psroiasiswarrior #autoimmune #invisibleillness #chronicillness #psoriasis #chronicillness #getyourskinout #whistler #mtblife #mtnbike #meditation #crohnsdisease #psoriaticarthritis #santacruzbikes #bronson #whistlerblackcomb #santacruzbikes
Let's talk about stress, ba-by.  Has your doctor ever told you that you need to lead a low-stress lifestyle because you have Crohn’s? . My lifestyle is literally the opposite of low stress! I've been an adrenaline junkie since the start, and my hobbies are some of the most dangerous out there... swipe right to see 😬 ...but it’s just a part of who I am, and it's the only life I know! . Did you also know that your large intestine holds A LOT of your mental and physical stress? When you don't have one, the body releases it in strange ways. For me that’s most true after a bike crash—the body no longer has a place to store the physical trauma, so it releases through massive psoriasis and gut flare-ups. Fun times! On average, I have two BIG crashes per year. Those falls may be detrimental to my health, but being a cyclist is what keeps me sane. . So what do you do when the one thing you love to do is literally a danger to your health? Do you stop doing what you love? . NEVER!! Don’t let it stop you. We cannot let these diseases control our lives. Sure, I am bit more cautious these days, and I know that hurts my progression as a rider, but at the end of the day, you have to do what you love, even if it means taking risks. There’s no other option, or you’re not truly living. What do you do to balance out your high stress lifestyle? I’ve got my go-to🧘‍♀️but always open to suggestions! . . #mondaymotivation  #balance  #fucrohns  #uc  #crohns  #jpouch  #nocolonstillrollin  #jpouchlife  #mtnbike  #mtnbikegirl  #ucwarrior  #fitlife  #crohnswarrior  #psroiasiswarrior  #autoimmune  #invisibleillness  #chronicillness  #psoriasis  #chronicillness  #getyourskinout  #whistler  #mtblife  #mtnbike  #meditation  #crohnsdisease  #psoriaticarthritis  #santacruzbikes  #bronson  #whistlerblackcomb  #santacruzbikes 
TRANSFORMATION POST *warning* long,  different and vulnerable. 
ME before Coaching VS ME now - 
Come to find out, my Coach was scared to invite me to this opportunity because of how I looked in my profile pic (photo on the left). Honestly, I don’t blame her. 
I thought I was happy, but looking back I wasn’t. I was pregnant (I’m not one who loves pregnancy), vulnerable, insecure about my body, insecure in my marriage, focused on negative and couldn’t understand why my life wasn’t changing. I was working at a job that I hated going to. I was making next to NO income, but still going to work because I “had” to. I used to scroll through social media for hours, bored, comparing myself to others, judging them and just criticizing things I had no business criticizing. Every time my husband left the house I would literally call/text him to see when he was coming home because I had nothing else to do with my time but worry. I had no hobbies. I would think about how it would be when our son would arrive, I would think to myself “Good, now I will actually have something to do with my time”. Even though it seemed I had my shit together, I really didn’t. I STILL DON’T, but I have come so far. 
Coaching has changed me. As I write this it actually makes me super emotional to go back to the girl I was before it. I am far from perfect, but I have worked my ass off the last 2 years to change my mindset to see the positive in all, to be grateful everyday, to get out of my comfort zone, to get out of my introverted head and into my life. I fill my days with personal development to get my mind right, I help other women gain their confidence, I get to be apart of a team of women that lift each other up every single day. Eventually, that shit affects you IN SUCH AN AMAZING WAY. I also have never felt more on the same page as my husband, and that right there is a huge blessing! 
I get to connect with other women, serve them and work on creating the life I deserve and my family deserves. 
When people shy away from this opportunity bc of fear, I get it. I was the same. But I am so thankful I didn’t listen to my feelings. I understand it’s not for everyone, *continue in comments*
TRANSFORMATION POST *warning* long, different and vulnerable. ME before Coaching VS ME now - Come to find out, my Coach was scared to invite me to this opportunity because of how I looked in my profile pic (photo on the left). Honestly, I don’t blame her. I thought I was happy, but looking back I wasn’t. I was pregnant (I’m not one who loves pregnancy), vulnerable, insecure about my body, insecure in my marriage, focused on negative and couldn’t understand why my life wasn’t changing. I was working at a job that I hated going to. I was making next to NO income, but still going to work because I “had” to. I used to scroll through social media for hours, bored, comparing myself to others, judging them and just criticizing things I had no business criticizing. Every time my husband left the house I would literally call/text him to see when he was coming home because I had nothing else to do with my time but worry. I had no hobbies. I would think about how it would be when our son would arrive, I would think to myself “Good, now I will actually have something to do with my time”. Even though it seemed I had my shit together, I really didn’t. I STILL DON’T, but I have come so far. Coaching has changed me. As I write this it actually makes me super emotional to go back to the girl I was before it. I am far from perfect, but I have worked my ass off the last 2 years to change my mindset to see the positive in all, to be grateful everyday, to get out of my comfort zone, to get out of my introverted head and into my life. I fill my days with personal development to get my mind right, I help other women gain their confidence, I get to be apart of a team of women that lift each other up every single day. Eventually, that shit affects you IN SUCH AN AMAZING WAY. I also have never felt more on the same page as my husband, and that right there is a huge blessing! I get to connect with other women, serve them and work on creating the life I deserve and my family deserves. When people shy away from this opportunity bc of fear, I get it. I was the same. But I am so thankful I didn’t listen to my feelings. I understand it’s not for everyone, *continue in comments*