Lamonsters training log with UC
- 08-16-2014, 08:52 PM
Lamonsters training log with UC
It's been a while since I've posted anything to the forum and I feel it's time for me start a thread to track my progress , document my gains or losses in training with an auto immune disorder. I've been a competitive Powerlifter since my first meet in 2012 and have been living with ulcerative colitis since 2011. I want to share my experiences with those who are interested, and possibly provide an inspiration to those who are coping with any sort of chronic illness. This will be a training log that encompasses daily events I regards to training structure and meet prep as well as my dealings with UC.
As of now my best total @198 raw is 1338 which was done in May 2014. Since then I have added 47 lbs to my total in gym PR"s.
Hopefully this thread can help me keep better track of what I do and show improvement over time.
Currently I am mid-flare that has been active for 3 weeks, and am on a prednisone taper from 40mg down 5mg every week. I am also taking lialda (mesalamine) 1.2mg x2 once daily.
Natural supplements include glutamine , tumeric, vitamin c , and a calcium magnesium and zinc supplement. All other supplements are off the table at the moment as creatine , stims can irritate any inflammation in my distal colon.
Anybody who wishes to follow along feel free and if any other people with forms of IBD want to chime in I'm looking forward to comments and questions !
- 08-16-2014, 10:27 PM
You know I'm in this, boss.Training log:
- 08-16-2014, 10:36 PM
08-16-2014, 10:38 PM
08-16-2014, 10:42 PM
08-16-2014, 10:53 PM
08-17-2014, 01:04 PM
8-17 fluff and buff
Decided to drag my ass to a small community gym and get some work in. No coffee , no preworkout just doughnuts and kool aid haha
Nautilus chest press. 200 lbs 4 sets 15 reps
Dumbbell incline flye 35s 3 sets 15 reps
Dumbbell lateral raise 15s. 4 sets of 15
Nautilus overhead press 150 lbs 4 sets 15 reps
Db overhead tricep (single arm) 40s. 3 sets 15 reps
Side bends 50 lbs 3 sets 25 reps each side.
Easy workout , my tolerance for rep work is horrible but I feel good . We will see how this week sets up
08-18-2014, 06:44 PM
Hit 8 beltless conventional doubles with 405 ( rpe of 7ish)
RDL. 3x15 with 225
Meadows shrugs with a cambered bar 165 4x8. 3 count at the top
Calf press on vertical leg press. 200 lbs 4x25
Dumbbell side bends with the 100s for 2 sets of 25 each side
Solid session , no gi interruptions , no weakness from the prednisone as of yet and no effect on energy levels. Bodyweight was at 192 which is good
Tomorrow is a g.i. Appt and rep effort bench. Will report back then!
08-19-2014, 05:15 AM
Good to see you posting.
08-19-2014, 08:50 AM
08-19-2014, 08:51 AM
08-19-2014, 08:59 AM
Side note , today is day one on my third week of prednisone. I'm tapering down from 40mg at 5mg a week. So far the last 2 days I've shown signs of great improvement, today I'm going to my specialist to discuss the possibility of being put back on Remicade infusions which are a TNF blocker. I can't say enough good things about remicade when it comes to inducing remission and healing the gut, I know the side effects could potentially be bad but I would rather deal with a chronic cough and sniffles than the cramping, nausea, and other pleasant symptoms of UC. Also I should be receiving a monthly prescription for 1.2mg lialda tablets directly from Shire labs in the next few days. Hopefully these meds will do the trick and have me back to training like a savage quickly!
08-19-2014, 03:21 PM
Sitting in the office it's been an hour since my scheduled appointment and I've yet to be called back. I guarantee that my blood pressure will be high #1) I freak out when I'm in doctors offices #2) when I get frustrated/ upset it always jumps. Haha who knows , also the healthcare situation in Pittsburgh is fubar with Upmc and high mark squaring off against each other I've seen 4-5 patients walk and have their insurance denied because it wasn't UPMC .
08-19-2014, 03:25 PM
08-19-2014, 03:25 PM
I love it when they take your blood pressure and say it's high. Well no **** I hate being here and u kept me waiting what do u expect. Well we may have to put u on something, Ahh NO
08-19-2014, 05:45 PM
08-19-2014, 05:47 PM
Exactly!!! And cincy I believe we have met, at the RPS meet in Columbus. My blood pressure was 140/96 lol I shook my head and said try again in 10 minutes and it came back to 120/80 ish (I don't remember the exact numbers.
But good news is I wont need to go back on biological meds , the prednisone took care of this flare really quickly . Now it's time to let the lining of the intestines heal and the lialda (mesalamine ) will do it's work as a maintenance med.
Then I can focus on bigger and better things . I wouldn't say the health issue has detracted from my focus and training . I just tend to baby everything in fear or worsening things mid flare.
Anyway enough about all the medicine and crap.
I'm off to smash some rep effort bench and train a client . I'll post back here in a few hours
08-19-2014, 08:39 PM
So I went in and got after it , drank a SMALL cup of black coffee before I went in and it worked well, little discomfort from the stims but I needed it .
Pin press 3 sets of 6 with 275
Cgbp pauses (Lilly /spoto press) 225 3 sets of 8
Incline barbell press 135x15x3 (stop short of ******* to get some TUT)
Bw dips 4x10
Pec dec flye 130 x15x3
Dumbbell overhead tricep ext 40s 3 sets of 10
Reverse grip skill crusher 75 lb. 3 sets of 15
Cable push down 3 sets of 15
Finish with 100 band pullaparts and WOOF. I was gassed but I had a great session. No interruptions , great intensity and I actually managed to get a pump. My only explanation behind that would be my chipotle burrito for lunch and 4 hatorades hahaha
Gonna contact shire tomorrow to check status on my lialda and go from there !
08-20-2014, 08:02 PM
Trained a client today so I figured I would get in some weak point training afterwards. Had a small tension headache before I started that grew into a real mofo by the end.
Seated ohp 135 for 3 sets of 15 reps
JM press 205 for 3 sets of 10
Seated side laterals with forward lean 20s 3 sets 15 reps
Body weight pull-ups mixed grips 5sets 10 reps
Rear delt flye on machine 4 sets 15 reps
By this time I was at my wits end with the headache so I decided to call her quits and head home.
Overall not bad , I would say some work is better than none. I'm gonna take the next two days off from the gym in preparation to squat Sunday with herderdude!!!!
Side note, prednisone makes me sweat worse than superdrol and trest haha. I'm like a VCR in a crack house
08-25-2014, 08:39 AM
Alright so I've taken 4 days off from training and tried my best to heal up. Started taking lialda and am still on the pred. Doctor decided to bump my dosage back up to 40mg because I felt I was getting worse after tapering to 30mg. Symptoms are still there and at times can be discouraging but I've yet to come across a day where I cannot function . Waiting on results of chest X-ray and blood work to see if I am anemic yet and whether or not I can start the biological meds as my doctor thinks the steroids and 5-Asa drugs may not be enough to stop this flare.
Gonna try and train today ( some rep deads).
Hopefully all goes well I'll report back later
08-25-2014, 09:47 AM
08-25-2014, 12:44 PM
Yeah man it's frustrating , taking all these pills and crap is annoying. It's like your waiting for something to happen and it just doesn't come quickly. But I've learned that nothing with this disease ever comes quickly. The healing process is a long one., and things could always be worse. Just have to keep trucking and remember there is light at the end of the tunnel.
08-25-2014, 08:55 PM
Well ended up not training , felt fatigued before I even finished my shift at work today. What a Piss-off. Having a hard time coming to grips with resting to recover. Tomorrow is another day and we will see how I feel and make a judgement call. I'm becoming impatient and irritated which won't get me anywhere. Just need to stay the course and let things heal.
This will give me a substantial amount of time to program my training and select possible meets for the future. I think I could use the time to step back and re-evaluate my goals in the future.
08-25-2014, 10:34 PM
A lot of respect to you, man. As if life isn't convoluted enough. Good to see you have your head on straight, keep battling.
08-26-2014, 04:02 AM
08-26-2014, 04:07 AM
In for this.
Impressive totals bro.
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08-26-2014, 10:55 AM
08-26-2014, 10:57 AM
08-26-2014, 07:39 PM
8/26. Got my ass to the gym today !!!
I've decided to steer clear of movements requiring abdominal pressure, heavy squats , pulls, benches, overhead press Ect until things calm down. I know it sounds soft ESP for a Powerlifter but I would rather train pain and interruption free than not train at all.
Back,biceps,traps, rear delts ( pull oriented )
Pull-ups BW 4x10(wide grip)
Supine grip lat pull down 150lb. 3x12
Back extensions BW 3x20
Hammer curl 35s. 3x10
Preacher curl (cybex). 100x15x2. And 30lb single arm x15 for a set
Double overhand barbell shrug 205 x10x4. 3 sec hold at the top
Ended with face pulls 60lbs for 3x15
I've realized that I'm out of shape , don't know if it's my lack of training rep work or the UC. Either way I'm glad that I got in there and trained as I feel much better now. Elevated mood, self confidence and positive outlook. Not to mention I looked pretty good, dare I say aesthetic even!?!? Bodyweight was down to 191 but I have really buttoned up my diet to basically chicken,tilapia, rice, eggs, oats,grits and Greek yogurt. I haven't tracked macros but I would be willing to bet I'm around 2500-3k a day.
Gonna hit it again tomorrow and blast lower body , I'll post back then
Lamonster signing out.
08-26-2014, 07:55 PM
Good work I'm glad u got in there in did what u could many, many people would have given up and said screw it but u didn't and thats great
08-26-2014, 08:11 PM
Good luck dude, ive been through what you are currently experiencing. All I can say is that it does get better, try your best to keep smashing the gym because it will make you feel 100 times better mentally even though you will feel like **** physically. Use caffeine strategically when energy is low. Once you are back into remission put a lot of emphasis on your diet to determine what sits well with you and what triggers symptoms. This condition is controllable in a lot of cases.
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08-26-2014, 08:26 PM
08-26-2014, 08:27 PM
Thanks guys , I'm gonna keep on trucking. Take one day at a time and track all my progress. I appreciate the follows and the suggestions it helps a great deal !
08-26-2014, 08:42 PM
I expect to hear from my gastro within the next two days and once I figure out what his plan is I will inform you. I trust this guy 100% as he's been my doc since I was diagnosed. A great track record and plenty of years in the field. Not to mention if I ask for anything he listens and accommodates my needs
08-27-2014, 08:33 PM
No word from the G.I. Yet. Managed to train through some pretty bad cramps/spasms and joint discomfort.
Bech press 205. 4x10
Behind the neck military press 95 4x10
Lateral raise 15s 3x15
Front raises 30x10 35x8 40x6
Triceps push down 80 lbs 2x12 overhand 2x12 reverse grip with 60
Had a decent workout all things considered. Bodyweight was down to 190. Although I don't attribute that to UC. My diet has been simplified and honestly it's much healthier than what I was eating before.
Hopefully get some good news tomorrow !
08-27-2014, 08:36 PM
08-27-2014, 10:17 PM
I'm going to have to ask my doctor about the potential risk of rejection of remicade. From my understanding your body may build antibodies to the medication after stopping usage. I've read stories where people had allergic reactions, or had the medicine be less effective. Then I've read others where it worked just fine. I guess the protein used is from mice in contrast to the human protein used in Humira/ Ebrel. I know there's a test to see if you have antibodies built up , but it's incredibly expensive. Go figures , I would hope that since I hadn't had any sort of allergic reaction in previous infusions I would be ok but it's a roll of the dice. This is something I'm gonna need clarification on before jumping back on biological meds
08-28-2014, 03:39 AM
Strong press day LM. Hope the doc can give you some good news.
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08-28-2014, 09:13 AM
Late but in. I feel like I've followed a log of you already because Herder updates about you sometimes.
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08-28-2014, 09:19 AM
Spoke to the doctor and he did have good news. My chest X-ray came back Normal and my blood work showed my CBC, b12 and folate levels normal as well. Which is good, my white cell count was elevated due to pred and one of my inflammatory markers was elevated as well(DUH).
I have an appointment scheduled for next Friday to meet in person and discuss treatment options, as for now I stay on prednisone @40 and 2 lialda a day.
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