Acupuncture and Stuff

Just a little update on things….

Acupuncture

I started acupuncture sessions at a place that ONLY does it for infertility and pregnancy two weeks ago. My first appointment I was pretty nervous just because I had no idea what to expect. I met with the Acupuncturist for about 45 minutes and we talked about my history with TTC, my cycles, my digestion, my lifestyle…..pretty much everything….and she gave me a book to use a reference for Eastern Medicine Infertility treatments. She also asked if I would be open to taking herbs for a few months since we still have some time before IVF. I mean why not?!?! So I agreed. She also asked that when I start my next cycle that I start temping, which I am so not excited about.

The first treatment was good, but since I was nervous I had a little trouble fully relaxing. I had my second appointment this week and the acupuncturist gave me my herbal protocol. It’s soooo many pills. She gave me 4 herbs to take. One I take all the time (3 pills per day), and the other three are taken at different times of my cycle (each are 9 pills per day). She also went over my current supplements and suggested I had evening primrose oil. The treatment itself was much more relaxing since I knew what to expect. While I did feel way more relaxed I couldn’t totally clear my mind, so instead I redirected my thoughts to the happiest moments of my life, like my time in Italy with my mom and grandma this year, my wedding day, my honeymoon, ect. That definitely helped me completely relax. I am really excited about the next few months of acupuncture but after just two days I do not love taking so many pills every day.

Nutrition and Exercise

I have continued to be AWESOME with my nutrition. I have pretty much kicked all my cravings and this is my last week of having coffee daily. One of my biggest challenges continues to be bloat, which is fine somedays and somedays it isn’t. I have been trying to go on walks but it’s still sooooo hot here. I got in my car to leave work on Tuesday and it was 101! Seriously Fall, where are you?? I have had great energy all day with no crashes, but I am asleep like 20 seconds after my head hits the pillow, which some nights has been around 8:45. I started to get a little burnt out on green salads this week, which were my go-to lunch at work since they are so easy to prepare ahead of time, so I am trying to switch it up a little with tuna salad or salmon salad or left overs of hot food. Overall things are going well and I haven’t really been tempted to eat junk food.

Work

I have been spending a lot of time studying for my Green Associate LEED exam, which is so boring. It’s one of my performance goals this year to get my accreditation and I finally registered for the test on Nov 3rd. I know I have a lot of memorization to do before then, but I figured if I sign up it would put the pressure on to study harder. It’s hard to focus though because the content is dry dry dry. I took a prep class online and I had keep going back to re-listen because it was just so hard to focus on it and the instructors monotone did not help.

Also I am not sure if I ever mentioned this, but my office is literally an igloo. It is by far the coldest part of our building and I literally sit with a heating pad and huge scarf wrapped around me every day. My hands are always like ice and my nose runs. I have to go outside (into the 90+ degree weather) a few times a day to thaw out. I am pretty sure it’s one of the reasons I got sick in August. It actually wasn’t that bad until the end of July after they held some huge meetings in our conference room. I think they messed with the settings on the thermostat and it’s never gone back….so yea….I am freezing every day. WELL….yesterday I found out I’m getting a new office!! It’s also a bigger office with a window and its about 10 degrees warmer! They are moving me so I can sit closer to my boss and admin which will also be way more convenient, but I am so excited not to be so uncomfortable every day! YAY!

Other Stuff

My stepson received an amazing character award at school last week for being a good example to other students and living what his school calls the seven behaviors. He was recognized at a school assembly with two other kids! So proud of him. He also scored his first two goals of the soccer season at his game on Saturday. This weekend we don’t have a soccer game so we are taking him to Apple Hill, which is exactly what the name implies….lots of apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and general Fall activities. There are so places that offer kids crafts, some local artists selling their craft, and much more. It’s about an hour away and we went for the first time last year. I am super excited to go back! I was able to get a lot of Christmas shopping done up there last year, and find some really unique gifts!

While it’s been great having a few months of just being home it looks like November is going to be really busy. My husband had a work trip come up the first weekend of November so I am going to fly to Colorado to see my mom and grandma! With all of the travel he has been doing he has A LOT of miles so I decided to take advantage and use some of them! It will be really nice to spend a weekend with them, and my mom just bought a new house last year that I haven’t seen yet. Also while I have been to Colorado many times, I have not spent much time in the Colorado Springs area where they now live so it should be fun to explore. I am a little worried about freezing to death as there is a chance there could be snow and as I mentioned it’s still over 90 degrees here. It could be a serious shock to my system!

Later in the month we are spending a weekend in Napa with my aunt and uncle and the following week is Thanksgiving. Hopefully my brother and his girlfriend will be able to come up for Thanksgiving again this year but his girlfriend is currently dealing with some health issues that has her out of work so she isn’t sure she will be able to get the time off when she is finally cleared by her doctor to go back.

I hope everyone has a great Thursday!

In the Right Direction

For the past few months, while I have been wonderfully busy enjoying life, seeing family, and traveling, my overall physical health was going the wrong direction. Finally in September when things slowed down I was so disappointed in myself that I had let all my hard work from the first part of the year just dwindle away. Four weeks ago or so I started to really change the way I was eating my meals. I finally got back to prepping on Sundays and was mostly eating three healthy non-processed meals per day. But I was still snacking on really unhealthy foods in between and still eating out a bit too much (even if I was mostly getting salads). The scale wasn’t changing and I was feeling so sluggish and somedays I even needed a nap after work. If I had things to get done I would have to roll thru the Starbucks drive thru on my way home for a VENTI latte just to have the energy to finish the day. That is really no way to live.

Finally last week on Tuesday I decided to take my sugar and caffeine demons head on. It was time to stop snacking and cut WAY back on the coffee (or caffeine of any kind). The first few days were rough. I was exhausted, cranky and suffering from a serious withdrawal headache….and the bloat….OMG the bloat. I was/am still drinking a 2 shot latte first thing in the morning (that I make myself) with about 5% of the sugar that is in a Sbux drink and that’s it. The only other sugar in my diet has been fruit.

Over the weekend things finally turned in the right direction. Sunday I woke up with boundless energy. Before 7 am I was bouncing around the house getting tons of things accomplished (and I am not a morning person usually). I accomplished before noon what I usually do in an entire weekend. But it didn’t stop there. We had a lovely family bike ride in the afternoon, followed by some basketball with my stepson. Even at 8:30pm as I stood in the kitchen preparing my lunch for today I still had energy.

I woke up this morning feeling just as great. I was literally wiping down our appliances with stainless steel cleaner as I waited for my coffee to finish. When I did make my way to the scale I had lost 1.2 lbs since last Wednesday. The first loss since April.

In other exciting news I am starting Acupuncture tomorrow! I am going to a clinic which does only Acupuncture for fertility and pregnancy. I have heard very good things about them. I am a little nervous about how I am going to fit this into my schedule every week (esp since the clinic is like 40 mins from work) and how expensive it is, but I think it’s important and hopefully they will be able to help me out with end of day appointments.

While I have needed to get my act together for a while now, the realization that IVF is 5 months away really hit me last week. The time is really going to fly, especially with the holidays mixed in. Honestly this whole year has gone really fast. Now it’s time to keep my eye on the prize and stay motivated to be as healthy as possible in anticipation of IVF!