And PS: Not saying I will never have bread or pasta or rice, it will just be more rare, and in smaller amounts.
And PS: Not saying I will never have bread or pasta or rice, it will just be more rare, and in smaller amounts.
Note to those who might be reading my journal: I'm allowing comments now, so feel free if you want to. :)
Mary, thanks for opening up your journal! I love reading your journal, and it makes me happy to know that I am now subscribed so I will know when you update. :)
An EDD of Jan 1st would be GREAT! How fun would it be to have a real New Years Baby? :D My fingers are (as always) crossed for you.
Thanks, Alissa! :giveflower:
So my temps are acting a bit weird so far. On CD 8 I had a big temp dip, so thought I was having the classic downward temp shift that leads up to o, but instead of staying on the low side, my temps went back up, making it look like I o'd on CD 8! Ummm, not likely. So I'm not sure why my temps would be acting that way. Besides, today's opk was slightly darker, and I had Watery CM for the first time, so my guess is that tomorrow my temp will drop again and o will happen in the next few days.
In other, more interesting news (since ttc stuff is boring me lately, lol), the low carb thing has been going great so far. I lost 1/2 lb. yesterday, had more energy today, and overall just felt better. I did better on the food today than I did yesterday ~ yesterday I had 5 chicken nuggets and a frappaccino, but it was about the only carbs I had all day, so that must be why I still lost 1/2 lb. I also did the Jillian 30-day Shred workout last night, so I'm sure that helped burn off those carbs, too. Whew, I had forgotten how hard that workout is, even at Level 1! I slept like a baby last night, and even slept in this morning because I was so worn out from that workout. Then today I went for a 30-minute brisk walk at the park while pushing Hannah in the stroller (it was such a nice day for it) and incorporated the C25K program into the walk--Day One. Well at least I think I did the program, I was only guessing because I forgot to look at it again online and it's been a long time since I've done it. I need to go look at it again and print it out. Last time I couldn't because my printer was on the blitz, but now I have a new printer (which I LOVE, by the way! It's a super simple printer, it just PRINTS, and that's all I want right now. And it actually TURNS OFF when you push the off button. LOL. The other printer I had must have been possessed or something, because it was WEIRD. When I would push the off button, it would do everything BUT turn off before it actually turned off, and when I turned it on, it would make all kinds of zipping and zooming noises for an ETERNITY before finally being ready to print. It was supposed to be doing the print-head cleaning thing, but I think it cleaned the entire printer from top to bottom every time you turned it on. It was so annoying. And then when i finally got to print something, half the time it would print out these weird codes, one line across the top of the page, next sheet of paper, one line across the top of the page, next sheet.... it must have gone through twenty pages one time. Turning it off didn't stop it, either, nor would canceling the print job. I'm telling you, it was possessed). :lol:
So anyway, where was I? Oh, the low carb thing. Someone pointed out to me today that I don't need to think of being on a "diet" but to think of it as changing my lifestyle. I like that. That way I think of it more in permanent terms, rather than just something temporary. And it also makes me think, "how can I make this livable for me?" Maybe this will be the key to sticking with it.:) I also discovered today--quite by accident--a GREAT substitute for all the frozen yogurt/light ice cream I'd been consuming before I started the low carb lifestyle! I made a protein shake, but decided to use almond milk instead. Here's how I made it:
1 scoop of Jillian Michael's Natural Whey Protein (Triple Chocolate Shake flavor)
1 cup ice
1 cup almond milk (the kind that's 60 cals for 1 cup)
Only 160 cals, 2.5 g fat, and 15 grams total of carbs! :)
It turned out so thick that it was like a milkshake, and tasted AWESOME! And who knew almond milk could add such great flavor to a protein shake? Here I was worried that I would really miss my ice cream, but now I have something to take it's place! Mmmmmm :)
Hehe, love it when I'm right. Temp went back down today :) Makes me feel good that I know my body at least fairly well, even when it does throw me for a loop sometimes.
I was pleasantly surprised that the scale this morning showed a 3-lb. loss since yesterday! :eek: I haven't been hungry, haven't felt depirved, have had MORE energy, and yet I've lost 4 lbs. in 4 days? Wow. I think my body is responding quite well to my new low-carb lifestyle. And it hasn't been that hard this time, I think mainly because I am not being as strict about it this time. For example, I was up late last night and started to get really hungry, so I had 1/2 of a small banana with a little peanut butter smeared on. Normally I wouldn't have a banana on a low-carb diet, at least not while in the losing stage, because they are very high in carbs, about 35-40 g for one banana, depnding on the size. The peanut butter wasn't the natural kind, either, though it was Jiff, which is lower in sugar and carbs than most of the others. I allowed it because I am thinking of it in terms of developing a new lifesytle of eating that I can live with. I figured with the amount of exercise I had yesterday, 1/2 of a small banana and a little peanut butter probably wouldn't hurt me. I do admit to being a little worried that I might be losing weight too fast, as I've read that losing weight too fast isn't good for you. Tonight at dinner I think I will indulge a little more. I'm making meatballs and sauce in the crock pot, and though I don't plan to have any sauce, I'm going to eat as many meatballs as I want :) I checked the carb content, and for 6 meatballs it isn't that bad at all, so I'm going to indulge a little :) Now to just figure out what kind of vegetable to have along with it to replace the pasta. Hmmm, summer squash might be good, since it's stringy almost like spaghetti when you bake it and then shred it with a fork. Will have to make a trip to the store to get some.
Hi Mary! Thanks for opening up your blog. :-) I just wanted to let you know I've been following you and keeping my fingers crossed for you. I'm so glad the low carb thing is working well for you!
Thanks, Jean! It's always kind of nice to know who's "following me." :) I'm really rooting for you and hope that hpt was the real deal! Can't wait to see an update.
I started to put what CD I was on but then couldn't even remember and had to go look. Then I realized that DUH, I didn't need to put the CD since I was in the 2WW. LOL. It was a good feeling to know I'm not obsessing like I used to, though. Actually, I'm at the point now where I don't even want to obsess.
I remembered to use the digi opks that were donated to me this time around ~ only problem is, I couldn't get a smiley face, despite the IC opks I was using showing an obvious positive. One thing it did do, though, is make me want to keep testing (thinking the IC opk wasn't quite there yet since the digi was negative, despite looking like it was), so I was able to catch the peak of my surge and get a blazing positive, which rarely happens for me.
And if I am correct on my O day, we got in some "good" BD the same day I O'd, which gives me a better chance than normal. We shall see. I'm going to try and keep busy this 2ww so I don't have to think about it.
So... the low-carb thing has been going well, except I have recently decided to make a few minor changes which I hope will be for the better. Details are in my Blog for those who are interested (link is in siggy--see the entry titled, 'Fine-tuning my plan'). I've been staying consistent with the exercise, too, yay me. Yesterday I did Week 2, Workout 1 of the C25K plan, which was the next level up. It was a bit tougher, this girl was so done when I got to the end of the last running interval. Then not five seconds after I stopped to do my cool-down walk, I saw an old friend of mine, walking with her sister. I almost didn't recognize her, it had been so long since I had seen her. Might have had something to do with the sweat in my eyes, too. Here I was all red-faced and sweaty with no makeup on and I just had to run into an old friend, right? :rolleyes: What's ironic is that she actually said I looked great! :shock: I started to ask her, "Have you had your eyes checked lately?" :lol: She said she and her sister were going to run in a 5K at the end of the month and asked if I wanted to join them, but I told her I didn't think I'd be ready by then. She said, "Oh but my sister is just going to walk," then she looked at her sister and said, "aren't you?" Her sister nodded and smiled. I just said, "Oh, okay" cheerfully and said I'd think about it and we parted ways then, but I didn't have to think about it long. I know me, competetive me. There is NO way I could "walk" a 5K run. I'd be busting my butt, huffing and puffing, trying to run the entire thing, despite by then having only been running again for... let's see... 4 weeks? Um, no. Better not. Unless I happen to make HUGE progress between now and then.
This morning we BD and I was hoping to get one last "good" session in for good measure, since not having cameras that can look inside our uteruses, we don't really know for sure when we ovulate, despite O pains, temps, opks, etc. But *Sigh* it didn't go well. In fact, it was quite frustrating. A p.org friend recently suggested trying MACA, which are supposed to have great benefits not only for overall health, but in the bedroom, too, so I am seriously considering getting some. The L-arginine just hasn't done the trick. In fact, I stopped taking the supps because the protein powder I'm using on a regular basis now (nearly every day, sometimes twice a day) has that in it, so I'm covered.
DH was supposed to have made a dr. appt., but he has found other, more important things to use the money for (we are currently self-pay). I know he will do it eventually, but in the meantime, I want to try and convince him to take the MACA, once I can get it. Hmmm sure would be nice if I could have a friend of ours (a man) tell him about it, then he'd probably be all for it. LOL. I'm just the old "ball and chain." What do I know? (Kidding, of course... my DH doesn't really see me that way. But you know how it is with men listening to their wives about what "they" need to do :))
The new "work from home" job is going well, I'm starting to get more work now. I love being busier, but I must say, it can be quite challenging trying to work with my DD interrupting me every five minutes for this or that, even when I try to set her up with something fun to do (or even schoolwork, which she loves). The problem is, she gets bored with things pretty quickly and wants to move on to something else. Today is an exception, she has been playing happily on her own for almost an hour now. Naturally it's on a day when I don't have much work to do, right? Gotta love it. :rolleyes: I'm not complaining, though, I just need to figure out the best way to keep her occupied while I work. I love being able to work from home, so much flexibility on when I work (except when there's more urgent work to be done). Like yesterday, for example, it worked out best for me to wait to work on a particular project until the end of the day, while eating dinner and then afterward, though admittedly I was starting to get more tired the later it got. But I finished proofreading it just as I was about to get too sleepy. Worked out good.
Well time to get off here and get busy. Got lots to do.
FF gave me CHs today after I took off the override, so I guess it's official. I'm looking at my temps with a suspicious eye, though, they aren't rising much at all so far. It's not the first time, though, so maybe over the next couple of days my temp will rise a little more. I need to go view some pg charts on FF and see how common it is to have such a slow rise.
This morning my butt was dragging. So much so that I had to hold it once I got out of bed to keep it from dragging on the floor. Man, was I ever one tired puppy. Coffee was my very best friend this morning. Though it wasn't long and I was feeling tired again, and another shot of caffeine via tea at lunch time didn't help one bit. I "almost" stopped at Starbucks to get my zing on, but then got a little burst of energy again so I decided not to. Then on the way back home I was wishing I had. Actually, it was supposed to be "on the way to the park to get my run in," but I didn't make it because it was getting too late by the time I left Wally World (Walmart). Which brings me to a question: Why is it that every time I go to Walmart intending to only pick up one or two items, I always spend way too long looking at way too many things and almost always buy things I don't really need? Thankfully this time I really thought about what I needed and put a few things back. Go me, I was strong! I resisted those subtle, subliminal messages that I just know Walmart sneaks in somehow to make us want to browse more and buy more. :rolleyes:
So anyway, I decided that a little while after dinner I would do the Jillian 30-day Shred DVD with Hannah since I wouldn't be running today. Man oh man did I ever NOT feel like doing it. And the bloat. Oh my WORD, why was I so bloated all of the sudden after dinner? I mean, all day today I've been doing so good on keeping my carbs to a minimum (to make up for yesterday's pizza), which usually is like a 100% guarantee of no bloat for me, and dinner was just chicken breast and mixed vegetables, and a cup of milk. :dontknow: But I ignored the tiredness and bloat and JUST DID IT. So glad I did! Much to my surprise, once I got going with it, I felt so strong and energetic! Something felt different, I even felt more flexible than usual. By the time I got to cool down I was tired again, though, and so ready to stop.
I am still bloated, too. I drank more water, thinking that if I'm retaining fluid it would help my body get rid of it, but wow... it feels like I have a giant water balloon in my stomach and intestine!
I have more to say, but I'm getting very sleepy now. Better go to bed....
*Morning tiredness (hard time getting out of bed).
*Tonight - major heartburn after eating wings (was only a mild, honey mustard sauce).
*Temps are on a slow incline (but not all that impressive).
I'm down a total of 6 lbs. now in just over 2 weeks. So exciting! :) It seems like ever since I fine-tuned my eating plan and started eating bread again in the form of the sprouted grain kind, the weight has been melting off! Now granted, I've been putting in the exercise, too, but it's not like I'm killing myself. I've been doing the Jillian workout twice a week, which is 30 min total including the warm-up and cool-down, and the C25K program 3x a week for 25 min each session.
On Sunday I even cheated a little and had some movie theater popcorn (with butter) and some Coke, did zero exercise that day, and STILL lost 1/2 lb. the next day! Was so happy that the popcorn and Coke didn't hurt me (I did share size small of each with my DH and DD, but as we all know, "small" in movie theater terms is not exactly small!).
Yesterday I could have kicked myself, though. When I did W3W3 of the C25K program and used a different method to calculate my running intervals, I realized I had not been doing enough running intervals for the first two workouts of Week 3! When I did it correctly, it was a lot tougher. Needless to say, I'll be continuing Week 3 a bit longer. It's okay, though, at least I built up to it more gradually.