So as you can probably guess from the title I didn’t lose any weight at all this week which isn’t ideal at this point in the challenge but also better than a gain. You might also think from the title that my spelling really sucks but actually it doesn’t because for this fortnights topic: non-scale successes, I’m going to be talking about something incredibly personal that I’ve not really gone into much detail about on this blog before. So if you are a person who’s a bit squeamish when it comes to bodily fluids I’d advise you not to read on past the below photograph.
Now you may, or may not, know (I’ve mentioned it in passing a few times on this blog) I have a form of inflammatory bowel disease. I was originally diagnosed with Crohn’s disease 5 years ago but recently the doctors in London believe it’s more likely that I have Ulcerative Colitis (UC). The difference being that UC is limited to the colon whereas Crohn’s can affect the entire digestive system from mouth to anus as well as affecting other things like your skin or joints. I suffer massively from mouth ulcers when I’m run down (to the point where it hurts to even drink water) this is why I disagree with the doctors about the re-diagnosis but since I currently have my condition under control thanks to medications we’ll quibble about it when I next have a flare!
Funnily enough a huge symptom of IBD is in fact weight loss and it’s about the only one I’ve never, ever had. I’ve always been told to avoid eating too much fibre which means filling up on lots of fruit and vegetables isn’t a good idea. Neither is switching to wholegrain versions of bread and pasta. However, as part of this challenge I have been eating a lot more veggies in particular, than normal and have found it beneficial to me in more ways than the number on the scale. My bowel movements have become almost totally normal (or at least what I assume is normal). For so much of my life I’ve either suffered with constipation or diarrhea that to actually have that satisfied feeling once I’ve left the bathroom rather than feeling I need to go again just a few minutes later. It might seem like a really small thing but when it’s something that affects you every day of your life it really is the little things that mean a lot.
The extra exercise I’ve been doing has also had a massive impact on my fatigue as well. I generally like to be in bed by 10pm so that I can get my full 8 hours of sleep and yet still wake up completely exhausted but since I’ve increased the number of dance classes I do in a week from one to three I’ve found myself still up at midnight wide awake and full of beans. Of course this means I struggle massively in the morning and I seem to be getting in to the office later and late every day but hey, you can’t have everything can you? It is getting colder though and I’m not sure whether my joints are going to start having a fit but for now I’ll take these little life improvements even if I’m not losing anything according to the scales.