Hi Alex, as everyone has already said early days for you. Things will get better, but not overnight. I think the best thing you can do is to go easy on yourself. As new as your pouch is, eight BMs a day isn't really that bad. I mean, if you think about how many time we pee everyday, then the BMs really aren't that bad. You just need to take that first step back into your active life style. Yes things will be different, but so what. I've had my pouch for 16 months, May of 2018. It hasn't all been rosy but you know what, I haven't regretted my pouch for a minute. My UC was fast and furious. Once it started it never stopped. This is just part of your journey. No, not the best part but a part we've all been through. The first months of not knowing what's normal or what to expect are hard. You've got this. Look what you've already been through. Just keep coming back here if you need advice. There are some pretty knowledgeable pouchers on this site, the rest of us are very empathetic. Lol Good luck Alex. Keep us up to date.