Next Steps

It was quite a busy Christmas weekend for us. We went to my in-laws’ for Christmas Eve and spent Christmas day to ourselves. It was nice to have time alone with DH since we have been busier than expected the last few weeks. One of his gifts to me was a Fitbit. I was thinking about wearable technology the night before and almost told him that I wouldn’t be interested in getting things like that due to feeling too connected. Imagine my surprise when I saw my Fitbit. It still feels weird to be attached to something like this but it’s definitely given a lot of good information on things like my sleep. My period started on Saturday, and Sunday I had trouble sleeping due to cramps. According to my Fitbit I was restless 10 times and woke up once. And I walk way more than I realized.

Anyway, I have not worked out this week, which sucks. Monday we were still doing family holiday stuff with my in-laws, and Tuesday I had to go to work early to try to get caught up (I didn’t). DH and I went out with his cousin who was visiting from out of town Tuesday night and I got food poisoning. I got to work almost an hour late due to vomiting and wasn’t able to keep anything down until mid-afternoon. I almost went home early but it’s been very busy and I didn’t want to get further behind. I plan to get back into my routine in the next few days so I’m not totally off.

I’m back to baseline now but I didn’t feel ready to get back to the gym this morning. Plus, I finally got my blood work done to check my eggs and hormone levels. The clinic I went to was way nicer that the ones I’ve been to before, probably because it’s in a somewhat remote area and I went 30 minutes after they opened. I’ll call my doctor’s office today to see what the next step is, but hopefully we can get the ball rolling again soon.

 

Jingle Jangle

Last week my goal was to work out 5 days straight. I made it 4 days. I didn’t work out Friday because I had something to do during my usual work out time. Going 4 days straight was much easier than I thought, which was the most surprising part of this grand experiment. I kind of went off the rails meal-wise last week and over the weekend since we had a couple of outings, some unplanned.

However, I worked on resetting this week by doing 30 minute, 300 calorie workout I found online. I’ve done it before and damn near died yesterday since it had been about a month since I last did it, but I felt better afterwards. I also started using whey protein in my smoothies. I did a bit of research over the weekend and it seems like whey protein would be a good avenue to assist with weight loss.

I bought a container of Gold Standard Whey, vanilla ice cream flavor. I put a scoop of it in my smoothie yesterday, which consisted of a handful of spinach, half a banana, some ice, Greek yogurt, almond milk, and peanut butter. The taste threw me off because with the vanilla ice cream and peanut butter flavors, it reminded me of an ice cream flavor at my favorite ice cream place in town. Which is partly how I ended up in this situation. A little ironic.

Anyway, hunger wise I didn’t notice a change yesterday but today I did. I usually eat breakfast between 7:30 and 8:30, and today I wasn’t hungry again until about 1pm. I had a homemade Greek salad for lunch and my hunger was pretty sated for the rest of the day. I’m usually ravenous by 4:30 but I had maybe 3 almonds and was fine. I’m surprised that I felt this full for most the day. It’s kind of exciting though, especially if my weight starts dropping a bit faster than before. We’ll see. I’m planning to incorporate the whey powder into my breakfast daily so for tomorrow I think I’ll try it in oatmeal.

The baby stuff is still on standby. My mood was pretty awful the last few days and I’m not sure why, especially yesterday. I think my hormones being out of whack in addition to poor sleep is probably the culprit. I felt bad for DH and wanted to apologize to him yesterday but I was too angry to do it. I apologized today and he said he knew something was off but wanted to give me space. He’s pretty smart some times. It feels like I’ve evened out today but my fatigue is still strong, even after 2 cups of jet-fuel level coffee. Last week was fertile week and we had sex every 2 days, so I’m wondering if my hormones are off balance from that, and because I’m not on Clomid for the first time in 2 months. All of this is speculative and I won’t have any answers until next week when I finally get my eggs checked. In any event, I hope you all who are celebrating the holidays have a great one!

Reset

No baby-related updates at the moment, mostly because I’m not pregnant and partly because I have to wait until the end of the month to get my eggs checked. Actually, I do have baby-related news. My sister-in-law is due any day now, which is pretty exciting. I’ve been very tired and cranky for the last few days, which could be due to my hormones being out of whack or back to back hang overs (see below), or both. I’m off Clomid this month but I believe I have one more refill left. I want to wait and see if the previous 2 rounds may have adjusted my cycle before going back on it.

As far as my running goes, I was sidelined last week due to gnarly shin splints. It hurt so bad last week that even wearing 1-inch heels at work was too much. I was more mindful this time around though by walking every other day and doing stretching exercises daily. The splints are 90% healed and I ran for the first time today since getting the splints. I set a new PR for running a mile on a treadmill, which was surprising to me considering it’s been over a week since I ran and I hate the treadmill. I think what helped was running a bit slower and when I got close to my goal time I cranked the speed. It also helped to listen to my Robert Delong mix. If you haven’t checked this guy out, do it now.

In regards to nutrition, there have been some improvements. The first week I followed my meal plan about 80%. Last week I followed it, well, not nearly that much. I adjusted my meal plan for this week and so far I’m 100%, although I had an extra snack in the form of a damn good brownie at work today. I gained a few pounds from the weekend due to multiple holiday parties and a girls night out. As a sidenote, I definitely felt my age this weekend. Hangovers are awful but 2 in a row are a real bitch. Anyway, this week will be another busy one so to compensate for the outings I’m going to try and go to the gym 5 days straight in addition to following my meal plan more strictly. God help me.