It has been awhile since I have really done an update on things overall so here it goes…
We decided earlier in the year to postpone IVF until 2016. This was a very big decision and I occasionally waiver on if it was the right one but overall I am pretty comfortable with it. During this time we are waiting to continue on with treatment the plan was to go at it the old fashioned way. Admittedly the last few months have been a complete fail in that department as my husband was either gone, or I was gone, or in April got in a huge fight at the exact time we needed to be TTC. This month I was determined and I even started OPKs on Day 9. Today is day CD14 and I am happy to report we have been getting business done the past few days. With how much my husband travels there will likely be more months we just can’t TTC but I definitely want to try as much as possible until IVF because you just never know.
On getting and staying healthy….
At the beginning of the year I did Whole30 which was actually amazing. I did another stint of Whole30 in April and got down to my lowest weight in years. And then I went to Italy and things sort of fell apart. The last few days I have had so little energy I know it’s time to get back after it, especially during the week. We basically have something planned almost every weekend from now to Labor Day so I know doing an actual Whole30 for 30 days just isn’t happening, but I need to get back in my routine during the week from now until we go to WDW at the end of July. I also need to get back to exercising. Unfortunately the heat has set in to Sacramento which means to accomplish this I will either need to bite the bullet and actually join a gym with AC, or get up at 5 am to go running. The good news is I have kept off most of the weight I lost early in the year, but I still haven’t hit my goal. I ordered a Polar heart rate monitor from Amazon today (it was literally half the price I have seen it anywhere else) so hopefully that will motivate me to get my butt going.
I have also made quite a few changes in the products I use around the house and on my body. I have been making changes over the last year or so, but I made additional changes when my aunt found out her cancer had returned. A few of the things I have done thus far are:
Making my own laundry soap
Investing in some good (Young Living) essential oils to use in place of OTC medications
Switching to Honest Cleaning products
Switching to non-paraben/aluminum free deodorant
Using coconut oil in place of shaving cream and eye makeup remover
Using chemical free bar soap (obsessed with Kiss My Face Olive Oil Lavender)
Only organic from the dirty dozen
Mostly organic meat and produce otherwise
I am still working on switching out some other things as my existing products run out but I think this is a really important process for my own health as well as my family’s health. I also just ordered the book “It Starts with the Egg” and from what my friend Desirae has told me I think this will spur on more changes.
On Life otherwise….
Life has been pretty full which is wonderful and exhausting at the same time. We spent a good part of the weekend being touristy in San Francisco with my stepson. Surprisingly even though we live so close we haven’t really spent a lot of time there. Actually most of the times I have been there in the last few years have been for work. We took my stepson to a Giants game for his birthday last year and I believe he had been there once with his mom a few years ago. We spent most of Saturday on the waterfront. We started at the Ferry Building (at Pier 1) and walked all the way to Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. We took a bay cruise that went under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz and then went to the Aquarium. After dinner (of seafood of course) we headed to Ghirardelli Square and shared enormous sundaes and then hiked up some insane hills to Lombard Street. We woke up on Sunday exhausted but still made it to Chinatown and then to the Union Square area for lunch before driving home. I slept the whole way home and my legs are pretty sore from the hills but it was a really fun weekend.
We will be home next weekend and then a quick weekend in LA. My husband has to go for work so we are all going to go and hopefully spend a day at Universal Studios. A few days after we get back my dad will arrive and stay about a week, and my brother and his girlfriend will also be here for part of the trip. After they leave 2 days later my husband’s family will be staying with us for a long weekend. Thankfully we have one weekend to recover and then we are off to Disney World for a week with my mom. I won’t even go into what is happening in August yet but it’s just as full. Somewhere in there we will go to work and my stepson will be going to some summer day camps as well as starting another season of Hotshots basketball league. We will be busy but that is what summer is for, right??!
I feel like snail mail is a lost art but I LOVE it. Maybe it’s my obsession with stationary and note cards? I make a real effort to randomly send cards to my family and friends. As a kid I loved getting postcards. I hung them all up and probably still have a box of them somewhere. Over the weekend I grabbed a few extras from a shop in Chinatown and I would love to send one to you! Send me your address to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get a little love in the mail!
Have a great week everyone!