I feel like every month I exclaim “I can’t believe it’s _____” but it’s usually true. I feel like this whole year has passed by in a blur, and I’m ultra excited for the year to come.

November is usually a tough month for me, but I have a lot of exciting things coming my way so I hope that these events will help me to keep my spirits up. November 11th is my mom’s birthday and with the poppies everywhere, I find it impossible to avoid thinking about the day. Don’t get me wrong, I will always hold my mom’s memory very close, but sometimes it’s harder than others.

This month also marks the one year anniversary of my Crohn’s diagnosis, and it also happens to be IBD Awareness Month. In honour of my diagnosis and raising awareness, next week is going to be “Crohn’s Week” here at Dancing Through Life. I am going to share my story of being diagnosed with Crohn’s and give information on the steps I have taken to get to where I am today. I can honestly say that I feel 100% better physically than I did last year and am looking forward to sharing more of my story with you. I also interviewed some fellow IBDers through a survey and be sharing their stories with you as well. I will also be sharing some exciting news at the end of the week, so stay tuned!!

This weekend was action-packed, but absolutely a lot of fun! On Saturday I hosted a food drive at my Weight Watchers meetings in support of the Lose for Good campaign.

SANY2566 SANY2565 I was floored by the generosity of my members who brought in a total of

245 lbs

in non-perishable food donations!! Isn’t that amazing??? I’m so proud that we could make such a great contribution. With meetings all across the country having food drives of their own, we’re helping so many people who need it. Such a great feeling.

On Saturday night Joey and I went to a house party for some Halloween goodness. You know you went to musical theatre school when you can create a costume from the contents of your closet. I dressed up as a saloon strumpet. I didn’t get a full length picture, but I was wearing a black & pink corset, full black skirt with some fun accessories including black satin gloves and a gigantic feather in my hair. I took the opportunity to get another picture with Iris. That poor cat. SANY2569We had a lot of fun at the party and met a lot of really interesting people. I love talking to new people!! SANY2575 I had some great conversations about food & nutrition and was even introduced to another girl with Crohn’s who manages her disease through diet. It was really fun to go out with Joey again. I know we live together, but the last couple weeks have been so busy that we haven’t had a ton of time to socialize together, which made it even more fun!

Did you have a good Halloween? What did you dress up as?


VeggieGirl said...

You already know I'm psyched for your newest post series feature!! :)

Halloween was fabulous!! Watched lots of horror films and celebrated birthdays.

Lauren said...

Adorable costume! I took dance from the age of 3-12 so I would use my recital costumes every year on Halloween! HAHA! I was a can-can girl, a ballerina, a flapper..haha!

Didn't dress up, just hung out at home with my hubby!

Meg's Gut said...

I'm so excited for "Crohn's Week"!!! I'm really looking forward to learning about your whole journey...I hope that soon I will be at 100%.

My costume wasn't too creative, I was a cowgirl.
It was a fun night though :)

Alex said...

Hey Ashley,

We met at the Blog meet-up at Fresh...I can't believe I'm just chacking you out now! I love your site and took a browse through some of your posts and found them to be really touching and genuine. I'm really looking forward to your
"Crohn's Week" posts...I love a good, natural healing story!

Ps. I LOVED your costume, it suits you so well! (Not that you're a strumpet in real life, haha) You looked fastastic :)

Take care!

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

I am new to your blog and I am excited to start reading! I just started WW for the third time (third time's a charm) and I definitely need to read motivating blogs like yours to get me going!

I was Harry Potter for Halloween hahah!

Pure2Raw twins said...

Halloween was low key for me. Stayed in and watched a movie... your costume great!!! Glad that you had a great time. I am looking forward to your Crohn's week because I have some customers who suffer from it!

KRISTINE said...

Heya - I can totally relate. So much to do in preparation for Christmas and the holiday season. Looking forward to your IBD posts. Don't have anything that severe myself, but since being diagnosed with several food sensitivities I can definitely relate with how much of a challenge the diet can be (I miss cheese!).

Ash said...

I love all the enthusiasm for Crohn's Week!!! I realized that *tomorrow* is my official 1 year anniversary. I'm amazed by all that has changed in a year, but just overall thankful that I'm feeling better. Can't wait to share mine and everyone's stories!

Sounds like some great Halloween outings and costumes! I think we need more occasions to dress up in our lives, no?

Amanda said...

What a great job your group did! Fantastic!

Congratulations on your weight loss and maintaining it. I have lost 18 in the past 4 months, but have 20 more to go. I did WW year ago and am kind of basically doing it on my own (closest group is 35 min away).

Anyway, you definitely inspire me!