Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Baby Steps

I have decided that I'm okay taking baby steps for now. I am eating okay (though I did slip up a bit and had a HEAVENLY chocolate milk shake yesterday, all things in moderation, right?) So anyway, healthier eating is baby step one. Baby step two: I have been on a way more normal sleeping schedule. Baby step three: I am drinking a lot more water, though I need to drink MORE.

On Monday, my professor for my Sociological Research Methods course (way more fun than it sounds; though, fun is relative) approached me in lab and told me that the TA told him that my annotated bibliography (for the research project I'm designing) was just outstanding. He asked me for permission to use it as an example for his future courses. It felt so great! Because I am an over-achiever in school (though I really try not to be sometimes), experiences like this are kind of common. The point I am trying to make isn't that I'm awesome... really, I'm not trying to be braggy at all... it's just, I do really well in school because it is what I devote my time to. My kids are happy, healthy, and rocking in school because they are what my time is devoted to. My house is livable because I devote some of my time to it... (not as much as school or the kids, it could be spotless and pristine). My marriage is happy and ridiculously fun because it is what Devonn and I devote our time to. My church class is fun every week and full of spiritual experiences because I devote my time to those kids (and because they are a GREAT group of kids. They seriously amaze me.) Anyway, you all get the point... I am okay not exercising as frequently as I should because of all of these other time consuming and FULFILLING things going on.

That being said, I'm taking small opportunities to get a tiny bit more exercise in throughout the day (baby steps again). I'm power walking (without looking like a dummy) across campus, I'm taking stairs, parking farther away, racing the clean up clock...

Anyway, Lexi is just begging me to squish her cheeks right now, so I must seize the moment.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Surgery Canceled, etc.

As always, I only have a few minutes before I have to get my littlest munchkin ready and head out for school. Midterm today, wish me luck! 

I canceled my hysterectomy. I am going to see if I can diet and exercise these problems out of me. At this point, we really don't know what's causing my pain and bleeding... could be a mix of PCOS and scar tissue. I have had a tubal and about a billion other surgeries to help my symptoms, so there are no more babies in our future. I'm not hesitant about the hysterectomy because I want more babies, I just hate surgeries and if they're unnecessary then I hate them more. I am on hormones to try to help suppress my symptoms while I achieve a healthy lifestyle.

If the hormones don't work well within 4-6 months, I think I'll try to have Metformin prescribed for me but I really don't know yet.

Eating healthy has been okay, but finding the time to exercise while in school on the dreaded quarter system (while writing papers, taking midterms, etc), while still keeping the house going has been all but impossible. I know so many of you have achieved great fitness milestones and say "don't make excuses, blah, blah, blah" but until you have raised three children and taken 15+ units, while volunteering in various capacities, and making time for your husband, don't judge ;)

In terms of diet, I am trying to stick to a low carb, high protein diet. No caffeine, no added or artificial sugar. Eating breakfast daily, drinking lots of water, etc. And I'm trying to stay around 1200 calories but I'm not going to beat myself up over 1300 calories or anything.

Today I have cramps... BAD. I wish I knew WHY; Alas, I don't, so I think I'll have to take some Tylenol and hope it helps... 

Anyway, time to grab a snack and get ready. Kinda nervous... this midterm is 25% of my grade. :/

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Check It

I have to leave the house in 5 minutes but really quick....

I am concerned that PCOS is causing the lion's share of my symptoms. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, but at this point, I am STRONGLY considering postponing the surgery in favor of hormones and lifestyle change...

I'll update soon.