Hi! Happy Sunday! I hope you’re enjoying the weekend!
It’s been a pretty low-key weekend in the Haupert household. Mal, Murphy, and I actually haven’t done all that much.
Yesterday, Mal and I got our butts kicked at CrossFit, went to the dog park with the pug, fired up the grill for dinner, and then went to bed early. Nothing too crazy around here.
I’m actually happy that our weekend was laid-back because my intestines have been acting weird all week. I haven’t mentioned this on CNC (mostly because I didn’t know what was going on), but I’ve been experiencing pain in my lower left colon for weeks now. It’s basically an achy, occasionally stab-y pain, that comes and goes.
Quick disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor. I actually don’t understand ulcerative colitis at all; it makes no sense to me. This post is about my personal experience with it.
Over the past several weeks, I’ve had all sorts of tests and met with my gastroenterologist as well as my gynecologist (we thought the pain might be an ovary issue, but it wasn’t). Both of my doctors think the pain is probably related to my colitis since inflammation often starts in the lowest part of the colon. However, neither of them could say exactly what was causing it, and my gastroenterologist decided to keep me on my current dose of steroids (and not ween me) until it goes away.
Then, I went on vacation.
And the pain in my lower colon completely went away.
Hooray! But, wtf?
I ate and drank a decent amount of crap (i.e. booze, pizza, ice cream, desserts) on the cruise, but I felt totally fine and didn’t have a single digestive issue. I’m still shocked, but, health-wise, I felt GREAT on my vacation.
I thought the inflammation in my lower colon was gone once and for all, but as soon as I returned home and got back to work, the pain came right back and got worse throughout last week. I know colitis is an autoimmune disease and isn’t caused by what you eat, but I now realize what probably causes mine: stress. (My doctor was right after all! Who knew?!?)
When I got home from vacation, I felt really overwhelmed by work, my inbox (!!!), and everything else that goes along with being your own boss and running a business. Obviously, I LOVE what I do, but it’s clear that I need to better manage my stress because I don’t handle it well (I never have), and now it’s negatively affecting my health.
I didn’t work yesterday and just enjoyed a day off, and, you know what, my intestines are less wonky today. I guess I just need to make a better effort to de-stress and not work all the time. It’s CRAZY how much stress can affect one’s health. It truly blows my mind.
I scored a big bunch of bananas from the reduced section of the grocery store this week, so I whipped up a batch of OMG! Pancakes for breakfast this morning. (The recipe calls for 3 bananas.)
I spread almond butter between my pancakes as well as on top. I also drank an iced coffee with almond milk with breakfast.
A few hours later, I whipped up a salad for lunch. In the mix: leftover BBQ pork and roasted veggies from last night’s dinner, leftover pasta with kale and walnut pesto, balsamic vinegar, and truffle oil. I also ate an orange with lunch.
I am super sore from yesterday’s CrossFit workout, so I am taking a rest day today. The WOD was seriously killer– and awesome! Check it out:
100 Abmat Sit-ups
80 Alternating Kettlebell Swings (35, 25)
70 Walking Lunges (total)
40 Wall Balls (20, 14)
20 Calories on the rower
The Burpees + Wall Balls + Knees2Elbows was insane. I thought I was going to die. I actually ended up doing sets of 5 and then set of 3 on the Wall Balls because I was so tired. Not surprisingly, I’m sore from head-to-toe today, and a rest day is much-needed!
- Sunday: Off
- Monday: CrossFit
- Tuesday: CrossFit
- Wednesday: 9 miles
- Thursday: Off
- Friday: CrossFit
- Saturday: Zella Movement event or CrossFit
Question of the Day
How do you de-stress?
I’d love to hear your ideas. At this point, I’m willing to try just about anything!