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    Basmah, a.k.a. I 'MMUNE
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πŸŽ‰Yayayayayay! I weighed in this morning at 140.2 lbs. I finally reached my final goal! Total Weight Gained: 44 lbs. πŸ™ŒπŸ½ With #AIP and #weightlifting, it's been an arduous process. So worth it.πŸ’ͺ🏽 I am going to gain a few more pounds before my trip to Egypt in a few weeks, but other than that, I plan to #recomp (maintain while gaining muscle) at a range between 140 - 145lbs. The best thing is that the pressure is off, and I'm happier and healthier than I have been in a long time. β€πŸ‘πŸ½β€ #autoimmune #crohns #ibd #paleo #autoimmuneprotocol #girlswholift #weightgainjourney #gainingweightiscool
πŸŽ‰Yayayayayay! I weighed in this morning at 140.2 lbs. I finally reached my final goal! Total Weight Gained: 44 lbs. πŸ™ŒπŸ½ With #AIP  and #weightlifting , it's been an arduous process. So worth it.πŸ’ͺ🏽 I am going to gain a few more pounds before my trip to Egypt in a few weeks, but other than that, I plan to #recomp  (maintain while gaining muscle) at a range between 140 - 145lbs. The best thing is that the pressure is off, and I'm happier and healthier than I have been in a long time. β€πŸ‘πŸ½β€ #autoimmune  #crohns  #ibd  #paleo  #autoimmuneprotocol  #girlswholift  #weightgainjourney  #gainingweightiscool 
@Regranned from @cheetarathunder -  Watch for the pattern:
1. Moment of Silence  2. Thoughts  and prayers to the victims.  3. Then congress will sit on their hands and do absolutely nothing.
When will someone have the cajones to finally stand up and say β€œThis is ENOUGH!” How many more children have to die for there to be actual change? #parkland #violence #stop #us #usa #america #washingtondc #policy #change #likeforlike #children #love - #regrann
Oh my goodness, to say the Shepherd's Pie from @missionheirloom was scrumptious is an understatement! πŸ‘ Made with #halal New Zealand ground #lamb, a plethora of herbs and #vegetables such as carrotsπŸ₯•, fennel, and cauliflower -  there were so many to list them all - and topped with mashed white sweet potato and yucca crunch 🍠. I could have taken a better picture of the inside, but I devoured it πŸ˜‚ So heavenlyπŸ‘ΌπŸ½πŸ™πŸ½ I can't wait to eat it again next time I visit #Oakland!

#autoimmune #crohns #ibd #paleo #aip #autoimmuneprotocol #foodie #weightgainjourney #gainingweightiscool #girlsgottaeat
Oh my goodness, to say the Shepherd's Pie from @missionheirloom was scrumptious is an understatement! πŸ‘ Made with #halal  New Zealand ground #lamb , a plethora of herbs and #vegetables  such as carrotsπŸ₯•, fennel, and cauliflower - there were so many to list them all - and topped with mashed white sweet potato and yucca crunch 🍠. I could have taken a better picture of the inside, but I devoured it πŸ˜‚ So heavenlyπŸ‘ΌπŸ½πŸ™πŸ½ I can't wait to eat it again next time I visit #Oakland ! #autoimmune  #crohns  #ibd  #paleo  #aip  #autoimmuneprotocol  #foodie  #weightgainjourney  #gainingweightiscool  #girlsgottaeat 
Finally got to try a @true_food_kitchen, and it was amazing! 🐟 Grilled Sea bass with roasted broccolini, gold beets, and mushroomsπŸ„. Except for black pepper, everything was customized for an #aip friendly meal!

And because I never get to eat out, my sister in law wanted to take a picture of this momentous occasion. πŸ˜„

#autoimmune #crohns #ibd #paleo #autoimmuneprotocol #aipreintro #oakland #seafood #gainingweightiscool
Selfie goofiness with the moose. 🀑

#haveimentionedhowilovebeinganauntie
The new love of my life. I promise it's not always this one-sided. β€πŸ˜‚ #babyzayd #ilovebeinganauntie
Many of my friends (both in real life and on social media) have been struggling with their #autoimmune diseases lately. Several are hospitalized, waiting for anything in between a diagnosis (or 2, 3, 4) to undergoing treatment/surgery. They are most likely feeling depressed, angry, anxious, and definitely sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.

For anyone who is suffering, you are not alone. Stay strong, keep fighting, and take care of yourselves. Know that someone out there is thinking of you, and supporting you πŸ’―πŸ’―. πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’› #ibd #Crohns #ibdgirls #autoimmunewarrior #depression #invisibleillness  #autoimmunesupport
Many of my friends (both in real life and on social media) have been struggling with their #autoimmune  diseases lately. Several are hospitalized, waiting for anything in between a diagnosis (or 2, 3, 4) to undergoing treatment/surgery. They are most likely feeling depressed, angry, anxious, and definitely sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. For anyone who is suffering, you are not alone. Stay strong, keep fighting, and take care of yourselves. Know that someone out there is thinking of you, and supporting you πŸ’―πŸ’―. πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’› #ibd  #Crohns  #ibdgirls  #autoimmunewarrior  #depression  #invisibleillness  #autoimmunesupport 
Lool my angle definitely needs work! πŸ˜‚ I'm okay with being headless for the day. πŸ‘»

Linear Leg Press - 3x12

Started doing this workout a few months ago with just the bar (106 lbs, give or take a few), and today I added 40lbs of plates! πŸ’ͺ🏽 #autoimmune #crohns #ibd #weightlifting #girlswholift #gainingweightiscool #weightgainjourney
Happy Birthday Dad! I love you! ❀
Happy Birthday Dad! I love you! ❀
I tried so hard, but this dish is too ugly to redeem through filters πŸ˜‚. The fact that I barely cooked anything beyond cereal and throwing stuff in the slow cooker for soup pre #aip, this is pretty good work! My first attempt at Seafood "Linguini" with spaghetti squash. 🍀🐟 Used Northern Chef's Seafood Medley - shrimp, octopus bite, squid, mussel, and clam.  Prepared it by following @autoimmunepaleo Shrimp Scampi recipe. Squash was cooked in the #instantpot, and seasoned with #evoo, garlic, and homemade Italian Seasoning from Food to Heal Ourselves. 
#autoimmune #crohns #ibd #paleo #lowcarb #seafood #uglyfood #butittastessogood #gainingweightiscool
I tried so hard, but this dish is too ugly to redeem through filters πŸ˜‚. The fact that I barely cooked anything beyond cereal and throwing stuff in the slow cooker for soup pre #aip , this is pretty good work! My first attempt at Seafood "Linguini" with spaghetti squash. 🍀🐟 Used Northern Chef's Seafood Medley - shrimp, octopus bite, squid, mussel, and clam. Prepared it by following @autoimmunepaleo Shrimp Scampi recipe. Squash was cooked in the #instantpot , and seasoned with #evoo , garlic, and homemade Italian Seasoning from Food to Heal Ourselves. #autoimmune  #crohns  #ibd  #paleo  #lowcarb  #seafood  #uglyfood  #butittastessogood  #gainingweightiscool 
πŸ’ŠSo long, #Budesonide! I had to taper off this #steroid every month of taking StelaraπŸ’‰, and yesterday was my last dose!πŸ’ƒπŸ½ On a semi related note, does anyone else hate it when doctors ask if you took "So and so" med, and you can't remember because it seems like you've been on ALL OF THEM? πŸ˜‚

#autoimmune #crohns #ibd #ihatesteroids #atleastitwasnotprednisone #hastalavistababy
I ❀ this lady! Minnesotans seeing the Ice Castle for the very first time. ❄
I ❀ this lady! Minnesotans seeing the Ice Castle for the very first time. ❄
8 month evaluations πŸ‹πŸ½ The numbers are EXACTLY the same - except that I've gained 5lbs. πŸ’ͺ🏼 My trainer told me that means those pounds are all #muscle! 
What helped is that I reduced my calorie intake and increased my activity levels, so the #gains are slower (I'm not gaining as much fat anymore). I definitely feel more comfortable in my clothes since my stomach is not as distended anymore. πŸ˜„

#autoimmune #crohns #ibd #weightlifting #girlswholift #girlswithguts #weightgainjourney #gainingweightiscool
8 month evaluations πŸ‹πŸ½ The numbers are EXACTLY the same - except that I've gained 5lbs. πŸ’ͺ🏼 My trainer told me that means those pounds are all #muscle ! What helped is that I reduced my calorie intake and increased my activity levels, so the #gains  are slower (I'm not gaining as much fat anymore). I definitely feel more comfortable in my clothes since my stomach is not as distended anymore. πŸ˜„ #autoimmune  #crohns  #ibd  #weightlifting  #girlswholift  #girlswithguts  #weightgainjourney  #gainingweightiscool 
When #gym plans are thrown out since shoveling #snow for you and the neighbor who let you park on her driveway last night is quite the workout. πŸ’ͺπŸΌβ„πŸŒ¨ #autoimmune #crohns #ibd #weightlifting #girlswholift #snowbankssuck #minnesotawinter
I am honored to be chosen for this month's Diversity in AIP series! Thank you @autoimmunepaleo for giving me this wonderful opportunity! As most of you know, I have been dealing with Crohn's Disease for over 14 years. Overtime, my illness kept getting worse, and the list of food intolerances kept growing. Medications alone weren't working.

I tinkered with my diet and lifestyle until I found the Autoimmune Protocol. I still struggle with such an unpredictable disease, and it can be difficult when I am going against some of my culture and traditions (like refusing food from others). The more I work at it, the more I realize that what I am doing resonates with my roots. I have a deeper appreciation for the food and life that Allah (swt) has given me. #AIP allows me to live the good life again.

I want to thank my family and friends for supporting me throughout my healing journey. I love you all! ❀️❀️❀️ Please check out my story. The link is in the bio!! https://autoimmunewellness.com/diversity-in-aip-january-2018/

#autoimmuneprotocol #crohns #ibd #paleo #diversity #egyptian #muslim #healthymuslim #healthyliving #alhamdullilah
I am honored to be chosen for this month's Diversity in AIP series! Thank you @autoimmunepaleo for giving me this wonderful opportunity! As most of you know, I have been dealing with Crohn's Disease for over 14 years. Overtime, my illness kept getting worse, and the list of food intolerances kept growing. Medications alone weren't working. I tinkered with my diet and lifestyle until I found the Autoimmune Protocol. I still struggle with such an unpredictable disease, and it can be difficult when I am going against some of my culture and traditions (like refusing food from others). The more I work at it, the more I realize that what I am doing resonates with my roots. I have a deeper appreciation for the food and life that Allah (swt) has given me. #AIP  allows me to live the good life again. I want to thank my family and friends for supporting me throughout my healing journey. I love you all! ❀️❀️❀️ Please check out my story. The link is in the bio!! https://autoimmunewellness.com/diversity-in-aip-january-2018/ #autoimmuneprotocol  #crohns  #ibd  #paleo  #diversity  #egyptian  #muslim  #healthymuslim  #healthyliving  #alhamdullilah 
I am applying for #disability benefits, and the work and social history application I mailed in today had lots of scribbles, white out, and side notes. I'm so embarrassed by it. I used to be articulate on paper, and the only thing that was messy in any application was my handwriting. 
Ugh, Brain Fog is so irritating! It's like this constant dull achy cloud in my head. I am noticing it more lately as I am having difficulty focusing on the most simple tasks and conversations. I can't multi task, but I also can't stick with one activity without getting distracted a few minutes later, and I tend to forget what I was saying/doing before. I need to go over detailed instructions repeatedly, and I still make silly mistakes. 😣
This is entirely due to meds, not the #crohns itself. I know this as I have experimented with going off meds before, and one of the few good things was that my mind was very clear.

Does anyone know how to deal with this?

#autoimmune #ibd #brainfog
I am applying for #disability  benefits, and the work and social history application I mailed in today had lots of scribbles, white out, and side notes. I'm so embarrassed by it. I used to be articulate on paper, and the only thing that was messy in any application was my handwriting. Ugh, Brain Fog is so irritating! It's like this constant dull achy cloud in my head. I am noticing it more lately as I am having difficulty focusing on the most simple tasks and conversations. I can't multi task, but I also can't stick with one activity without getting distracted a few minutes later, and I tend to forget what I was saying/doing before. I need to go over detailed instructions repeatedly, and I still make silly mistakes. 😣 This is entirely due to meds, not the #crohns  itself. I know this as I have experimented with going off meds before, and one of the few good things was that my mind was very clear. Does anyone know how to deal with this? #autoimmune  #ibd  #brainfog 
I loooooove #garlic! They're just ridiculously annoying to peel! 😣 at least I'm getting better at mincing...sorta. πŸ˜… I'm not going to make a habit of buying the bag, but it's useful for days when I don't have enough #spoons πŸ₯„ to spend on peeling the bulb. 
The packaging needs improvement, but this could also be good for people with joint and mobility related #autoimmune diseases and/or #disabilities.

#ibd #Crohns #paleo #aip #lowcarb #spoonie #weightgainjourney #gainingweightiscool
I loooooove #garlic ! They're just ridiculously annoying to peel! 😣 at least I'm getting better at mincing...sorta. πŸ˜… I'm not going to make a habit of buying the bag, but it's useful for days when I don't have enough #spoons  πŸ₯„ to spend on peeling the bulb. The packaging needs improvement, but this could also be good for people with joint and mobility related #autoimmune  diseases and/or #disabilities . #ibd  #Crohns  #paleo  #aip  #lowcarb  #spoonie  #weightgainjourney  #gainingweightiscool