Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Naming is one of my favorite things to do. I always name all of my puppies, so I have done alot of searching. And each name is carefully picked out. For my dogs too. I am always keeping an eye out for a cool name on TV and in magazines, even at work! It usually takes me days if not weeks to pick out a name for my animals. Paris is from a magazine. Fleury is from a file I saw at a vet clinic in the city. Remy is from searching French names. Maeve and Finn were from searching Irish names. I wanted to name a cat Sevens far before I was ever looking for another cat.
I always try to pick names that I really like, and can see myself liking for a long time. I am also careful that I don't name them something I might want to use for a child one day. And so far, it has worked out. I still love all of my animals names! The only exception is Paris. I think I little girl named Paris would be so cute, but Eric doesn't agree.
Anyways, the point is that I have taken a lot of time (I mean, I have had 3.5 years of waiting to think about it) to pick out my baby names. Eric and I have pretty much decided what they will be, for first names anyways. We have no middle names picked out at all. I would be crushed if someone else used them before we get the chance to. I don't tell anyone them, not even family!
Growing up a Lindsey, with at least 3 other Lindseys in the same small town of 600(all spelled different of course), I know I want my children to have unique names. Not weird really, just unique. And to me, taking a regular name and spelling it weird is not unique. I also grew up with people spelling my name wrong all the time, mostly Lindsay. And I don't want my kids to have to deal with it as much as I did. I still think my spelling is the correct way, because people say Lind-SEE, not Lind-SAY. But that is besides the point. ;)
So because the names we have picked out are pretty unique, my hopes are that no one will use them before we do. But there is always that chance. And this nervousness will probably not go away until I finally get to use them! I pray that is soon.
Monday, March 28, 2011
This is my treatment schedule:
1. Multi Glyco vitamin/mineral supplement - 2 tablets twice a day
2. Vitamin C - 1 at breakfast, two at lunch. This is my favorite part. I have grape ones and they are so good. They are my candy! I wish I could have more than 3!
3. Greens Drink - 1 scoop mixed with water in the morning - This is weird, so I just chug it!
4. Protein powder - 2 scoops 1-2 times a day - I have chocolate rice protein powder, and I actually enjoy drinking it. I mixed it with some almond milk and water in the Magic Bullet for breakfast! I like it so much I crave it during the day. I had some for supper just because I like it!
5. Mag glycinate - I am taking 1 a day right now, but I have to talk to her to make sure that is right!
6.Candida SAP - 2 capsules 3 times a day with meals. - This is the yeast cleanse, I take it for at least 6 weeks.
7. Testo-Quench - 1 capsule 3 times a day - Because of PCOS, I have a higher testosterone level than normal, and as the name suggests, this is to help lower those levels.
8. Progesto-Mend - 1 capsule 2 times a day - To help the hormone progesterone work better for me.
9. Biotone EFA - 1 capsule twice a day, at breakfast and lunch - This is also to help with hormone balance.
As for diet, I am to remain on a low glycemic index diet, and I need to try to limit my fruit intake to 2 a day because of the sugar in them. I can have as much veggies as I want. I also include 4 Tbsp shelled hemp seeds and 2 Tbsp flax seeds into my diet. She would also like me to eat raspberries/blueberries and cranberry juice for the antioxidants.
So far, so good. Eric has been very supportive of this, so it has made it easy. Plus I have still been eating alot of stuff I enjoy. The hardest part is avoiding dairy! Especially when you go to other people places for meals. I feel like such a snob turning things down. I think I will have to make exceptions for some things. Dr. K did say that it should be a 90% low GI diet, and the other 10% can be high glycemic. For the most part I eat low GI foods, but that 10% gives me some breathing room when I go out or to peoples places for meals!
This is a lot of stuff, I know. And it is not cheap, but Dr. K was pretty optimistic that with all these supplements and dietary changes that my cycles will return on their own. I sure hope she is right. And if she is right, it will be all worth it! She has restored some of my hope that I will be able to conceive a baby naturally.
I do already feel better. Maybe you think I am nuts, or that it is just all in my head, but I don't mind! The only important part is that I feel better and healthier! I really feel like God lead me to go see Dr. K, and I know this is the path He wants me to take!
I go for a follow up April 26th!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Today was a good day! It was busy, but it was so nice outside. I went for a run/walk with the dogs. I ran for 20 minutes, then turned around and walked the rest of the way home. For the last minute of my run I ran almost as fast as I could! I love running like that, feeling the wind on my face & taking big strides. After that I did some TurboFire core and stretching for an hour. I also did my pushups from the 100 pushup challenge. I know, thats a lot of working out! But someday I don't get any in, and today I had the time!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
I also had another naturopath appointment today! I think I will write more about it tomorrow!
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I can't decide between the long version or the cropped:
Love this jacket and the colour:
And this shirt/colour:
And just for fun a pair of shorts!
They are all running gear, I just like it the best! I might change my mind by the time I am ready to buy these items, or when I try them on. But I at least have something to motivate me some more!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
She thinks that a lot of my anxiety/fatigue is due to my diet, and my blood sugar spiking up then crashing down. Because I have PCOS, this totally makes sense to me. She wants me to go on a low GI diet. I have read about this before, and how it is really good for people with PCOS. But I just haven't made the effort to do it. So yesterday I started. She also wants me to cut out dairy, because it can cause inflammation and that is not good when hormones are out of balance.
She also put me on some more vitamins, Multi Glyco, to help with the insulin resistance, and I am supposed to take 1500mg of Vitamin C instead of 500mg like the bottle reccomends. This is awesome because they are grape flavored and delicious, and the closest thing I will get to candy! She sent me home with a greens drink, which is kinda minty/veggie flavored. It doesn't taste the best but it is bearable. I am also supposed to eat 2-4tbsp of shelled hemp seeds/hemp hearts every day. This is also no problem because they are very yummy! All of that stuff I bought and have started. She also wanted me to have 1-2 scoops of a protien powder per day. This I haven't bought yet, because I don't want to waste money. Most protien powders I have tried make me gag. And the only one I have ever tried that I like has a full serving of whole milk in it, and I can't have dairy so that is not an option. I guess I will just have to try one and choke it down!
That is a long list of things to do. It is a bit overwhelming (well, mostly the diet part) but I really believe she can help me, so I want to follow her treatment plan. I love to idea of getting healthy without drugs. I want to give this my best shot! She also want to run a bunch of tests, but they cost money and are not covered by healthcare. There is two different tests she would like to run, but I think I am just going to go with one of them for now, because this is all so expensive already. I am going to have to sell lots of Partylite and bath items to afford this!
Today I finally had a massage. I say finally because this was the 3rd time I booked an appointment. The first time I booked one I had to book 3 weeks in advance. I showed up for the appointment to find out that I didn't have one, nor had I missed it or came a day early. They never booked me in. So she booked me another appointment and gave me a card and told me to come back next week with that card and I would have an appointment. I went back a week later, gave them the card, and they told me there was no massage therapist available and that my appointment should never have been booked for that time. They felt really bad, booked me an appointment for the next week and told me it would be complimentary. I cried half the way home. I was a bit nervous showing up today, but I did have an appointment and it was great!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
These are mini cupcakes from The Cupcake Barista on Corydon, bouht on TeamBuy! I got 4 different kinds, from top to bottom: Mocha (chocolate cake with espresso buttercream and chocoloate covered coffee bean on top), Cookies and Cream (choc cake with cookies and cream buttercream and oreo piece), Red Velvet ( red velvet cake with vanilla buttercream anda red fondant flower), White Chocolate Macadamian Latte (white chocolate cake with espresso buttercream covered in crushed macadamian nuts!)
My favorite was the Mocha! I love everything about it! I would love to try more kinds from there!
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Monday, March 21, 2011
TeamBuy:$15 for $30 worth of merchandise at Arm Candy Handbags & Accessories.
Groupon:$50 for Beauty Boot Camp at Merle Norman Cosmetics ($135 Value)
Kijiji:For $25 receive a Signature Pedicure from Beauty on the Go Mobile Beauty Services ($50 Value)
WagJag:$19 for a Made to Order Cheesecake from Belle Cake & Candy (A $50 Value)
DealFind: $20 for 10 Yoga Class Passes to Aromansse ($120 Value)
I would really love to buy the cheesecake! You can hardly make your own cheesecake for $19!! I really like the exercise deals too, I wish I lived in the city to take advantage of them!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Finn cleaning ice out of his toes mid-walk:Eric just barely caught Finn and ended up on the ground! Finn's leash slipped loose and he took off. Thankfully the leash was still dragging behind him so he didn't run that fast and Eric knocked him down. Lol:
Maeve coming back to inspect the damage:Finn wanted to go in the ditch so Eric let him, and ended up knee deep in snow:Eric and Maeve stuck in snow:
Loving their walk!:
Maeve coming back for her periodic treat!Having a blast running free!:
A boy and his dog:
Finn loves climbing the snow piles, Eric does too:Eric laughing at Maeve taking a big dump:
And yes, I am fully aware my husband has a mustache. He has been doing "Mustache March" way before "Movember" was ever around!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Cuddling and sleeping in my hand:
Kijiji: "Beauty & Grace" Floral Bouquet or credit towards floral arrangements at Osborne Florist for only $25 ($55 Value
Dealfind:$10 for $20 Worth of Sweet and Savoury Crêpes and Drinks from Caramel Crêpe at The Forks
TeamBuy: For $25 get $50 worth of Grade “A” Beef, Pork & Poultry from Dutch Meat Market
Wagjag: $49 for the Pro White Teeth Whitening Gel Treatment - Includes 8 Syringes of Whitening Gel, Free Gifts, Free Shipping
Today I am loving the one from the Caramel Crepe! I LOVE that place! And it looks like they added a few new flavors. I can't wait to try the Maple Syrup and butter one!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Yesterday I booked an appointment at the local Naturopathic clinic. I have been feeling really fatigued lately, all my bloodwork came back normal, and so my doctor just thinks it's stress. And it very well could be, I am a busy lady, and I don't often get as much sleep as I should. I really like the idea of natural medicine, and I am hoping she can offer some relief for me! I just can't be tired like this all the time. I like that she will look at my whole health history, not just one or two symptoms.
I have been interested in naturopathic medicine ever since I read the book The Infertility Cure. I am a bit skeptical, but at this point I am excited to try anything to not be so tired anymore! I will let you know how the appointment goes next week!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
1. Put 1 or 2 turkey breasts in the slowcooker on low for 8 hours. We put in water, pepper, salt, and franks red hot. You can add whatever you like!
2. Cut/tear slow cooked turkey small pieces. Place in large skillet and add:
-1 or 2 onions cut in strips
-2-4 garlic cloves, pressed or diced
-1/4 cup worchesteshire sauce
-1/2 cup soya sauce
-1 or 2 bay leaves
-crushed chillis to taste. We like to add lots!
-fresh ground pepper to taste
-enough water to cover ingredients in sauce pan 3/4 of the way.
Bring to boil and simmer for at least 30 minutes on medium heat. Allow some of the liquid to evapourate out, but there should still be a sauce.
Serve over rice or quinoa.
Dealfind:$10 for 2 Play Passes to U-Puttz Black Light Miniature Golf ($20 Value)
WagJag: $27 for One Month of Unlimited MMA Classes for Kids or Adults at Innovative Martial Arts (A $90 Value)
Today I am liking the U-Puttz Golf the most! I was going to take my brother there anyways!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Kijiji: $29 get a 10-session Punch-Card for HITT Workouts at Aspire Fitness ($150 Value)
Groupon: $8 for a dozen mini cupcakes (a $16 value) at The Cupcake Corner
TeamBuy: $39 for a 60-Min Hot Oil Manicure and your choice of 2 Spa Waxing Services ( Bikini, Eyebrow, Upper Lip or Underarm Wax) from Elisabeth's Hair, Nails, & Skin
WagJag: $19 gets you a shampoo, cut and blow dry from Elisabeth Braiding and Hair Extensions (a $45 value)
DealFind: $20 for a 10 Class Pass for Boot Camp and a 60 Minute Personal Training Session at Advantage Conditioning ($127.50)
Hopfully you can find something you like! I will try to post these everyday, but I can't promise!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I had a lot of fun. I really enjoy playing with those ladies. We will probably have one last game on Thursday and that will be it for the season. I am looking forward to playing next year!
Friday, March 11, 2011
This evening I have been totally enthralled in the Tim Horton's Brier. Manitoba was playing Newfoundland & Labrador, and they JUST won and made it to the finals! Yay!
I don't watch curling very often, but when I do I get so sucked into the game I just have to watch it all. Maybe it is because I played quite a bit when I was younger, and I understand how it works! I am not, however, tempted to start playing again. I was never very good.
I might just have to watch the final game on Sunday!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I just love puppies. They are so sweet and innocent at this age. They are so cute to watch sleep, twitching and squeaking. I love that they fall asleep in your hands, like this:
That is just the cutest thing ever! He was fast asleep.
I really try to drink this in. They grow so fast. Soon enough they will be terrorizing my house!
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
1 Turkey Breast cut into strips or cubes
1/3 cup Butter or Margarine, melted
1/3 cup Honey
2 Tbsp Mustard
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Curry powder ( I usually don't like curry, but it isn't strong in this dish and it is a little bland without it!
Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients for sauce together. Pour over cut up turkey in baking dish. There should be enough sauce to cover all the turkey. If not, I would make another batch of sauce. Cover baking dish with tinfoil. Bake for 2 hours or until turkey is cooked through and tender.
It is important that the turkey is cooked through AND tender. We tried it once just cooked through, and it tasted odd. We put it back in the oven for an extra hour and it was delish!
Serve over rice and with some veggies or a salad!
Monday, March 07, 2011
You can also view the past buys, and vote on whether you would like to see them again or not! I missed some really good deals, like $10 for $20 worth of food and drink from Carlos and Murphy's, one of our favorite places to eat on Osborne! Or $15 for $30 at Hu's Asian Bistro. I mean, we would go there anyways, so why not pay half price!
I love the idea of this site. The business gets advertising and more people coming through, and we get a good deal. Sometimes it could be expensive to go out in the city, but TeamBuy makes it a lot more affordable!
They also have deals on spa packages and health/beauty stuff.... I can't wait for a good one!
Sunday, March 06, 2011
We had a bit of a scare this evening. She was shivering, the babies were crying a lot and she puked. So I called my friend/coworker who is a vet and she was gracious enough to meet me at the clinic. We took some x rays and ran some blood. Everything came back normal, which is good. She had a heating pad in her kennel on the way to the clinic, and the babies seem to quiet down with it. She stopped shivering when we were at the clinic. I think her and the puppies were just cold! I have the heating pad with them in there now and they are pretty content.
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Friday, March 04, 2011
Last night Eric and I decided that we wanted to start the adoption process. We would like to adopt from the Ukraine. We would like to adopt from there regardless of whether we have biological children. The only thing that is holding us back is the money. It is around $30,000. But I know that if this is what God wants us to do, He will provide the money.
But that doesn't mean I should just expect it to appear in my account! I plan to work for it. I know I am raffling off a quilt for youth but I would like to do one for our adoption as well, and maybe having a fund raising supper. If you have any great ideas they would be much appreciated! I am also going to add a PayPal donate button to my sidebar. Maybe that is tacky? I dunno how to do this! I just know that we can't do this without help!
Right now we are trying to get $550 together so we can send in our application. After we do that we can start working on our profiles and getting a homestudy set up! Eeeek! Even just posting this on here is making it more real! Scary, but exciting.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
We have been praying for a natural miracle this month. It is finally the end of the cycle, but I haven't tested yet. I had a positive ovulation test this month, but that just test LH which is known to be high in women with PCOS, so it could mean nothing. AF is late, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything because she hasn't shown up without medication for years! I think I will wait a few more days at least, cause I don't want to waste an expensive test! And I don't want to get my hopes too high.
Last night I had a dream that I took two pregnancy tests, and they both came up positive right away! The dream felt so real, I can remember the happiness I felt in the dream like it really happened. Dreams like that are so cruel for infertiles. That is another reason I don't want to test yet. I feel like because it was positive in the dream, it will probably be negative in real life. BUT I know that is silly to think that way!
In other news, TurboFire is going awesome! I haven't missed a day of the schedule yet! Today was my favorite workout so far. It was hard, but a lot of fun. My heart rate monitor said I burned over 1000 calories in an hour!
Today I made beef tenderloin for supper. I have never made it before, but it turned out REALLY good! We also had fresh avocado for a side dish, and it was amazing. I really enjoy avocados! I can't believe I hadn't really eaten them before this. Man, I have been missing out!
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Prep Time: 15 minutes
-8 oz salad greens, any kind
-3 oz sliced low fat/ low sodium cheddar cheese, cut into matchsticks
-1 medium tomato, cut into wedges
-8 oz cooked turkey breast, cubed, about 2 cups ( I have used deli turkey cut up, as well)
- 3 Tablespoons sunflower seed kernels
-3 Tablespoons sugar free maple-flavored syrup
-1/3 cup raspberry vinegar (the best part!)
-3 Tablespoons olive oil
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Layer salad ingredient into salad bowl. Shake together dressing ingredients and pour over. Toss to coat well and serve immediately. Makes 3 main dish servings. (But I could eat it all myself)
Fat: 26.5 g
Saturated Fat: 8.5 g
Protien: 22 g
Carbohydrates: 13 g
Fiber: 2 g
Cholesterol: 63 mg
Sodium: 700 mg