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Without further ado, here is my Transformation Tuesday! On the right I was 17, weighed 150 pounds and lost 30 pounds over 2 months due to undiagnosed Crohn's Disease. I honestly thought I was going to die. I couldn't eat, I had ulcers down my entire esophagus, a good day I considered less than 20 bowel movements and I was extremely anemic due to internal bleeding caused by inflammation and a fistula in my small intestine. For those of you who knew me in high school I was never small or skinny. I weighed around 175-180 all through high school, while going to the gym 5 days a week and playing every sport I could. On the left I am 23 and a week out from my first competition weighing 195 pounds at about 5% body fat. I'm not doing this to show how people how good I can look, I want to motivate others and show what's possible despite having a debilitating disease. Many people with Crohn's look like I previously did at 150 pounds and extremely sick. This is one of the hardest things I've ever done. I cannot explain the countless obstacles I've had to overcome. I go to the gym because I know what it feels like to hit rock bottom. By being active, it feels like I'm beating my disease and not letting it defeat me. For more of my story as well as nutrition and fitness related to Crohn's checkout my blog #FlaredupFitness

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