Medical bills….what a crock of shit

All three of my beta hcg blood tests (from May) have now been submitted to my insurance, and 2 of them have already been paid. I just wanted to share what a crock of shit it all is though. The 5/23 one is from my doctor’s office, they drew my blood there then sent it to the lab for results….and it’s more than DOUBLE what it cost me to go directly to go to the lab. WHY ON EARTH would they charge $540 for a blood test? (more…)

Shakeology 3-Day Refresh – Review

Since I’ve been doing BeachBody workouts on and off for 2 years now I’ve often heard of Shakeology, how good it tastes, and how good it is for you. So after receiving a free sample of chocolate Shakeology last week and LOVING it, I decided to finally order it for myself. And since they were having a special including a bag of Shakeology + the 3-Day Refresh (for just $20 more than it would cost for Shakeology alone) I decided to give it a go too. Let me tell you, I was very pleased with the results of the 3-day refresh.

Results: I lost 3.6 lbs, 2 inches from my waist, 1 inch from my hips, and 0.5 inches from my arms. (more…)

Fit Test #4

This past Saturday I finished week 6 of Insanity (keep in mind that for whatever reason they don’t count the recovery week as a week, so I’ve really been at it for 7 weeks now!). Yesterday I decided to go ahead and do my 4th fit test, because I didn’t think I’d feel like doing 2 workouts today, that’s a lot for a Monday!! I saw improvements in just about every exercise! Also, this was the first week I was able to do push-up jacks, the previous weeks I just did “girl push ups”, which is why I put the ** beside of those numbers. Now, don’t get me wrong….I’m not able to do a full push-up jack, but I’m VERY close to the real thing. Feeling very proud of myself and stronger each day. (more…)

Finally, the scale is going in the right direction!!!

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I didn’t even bother weighing myself last Friday (Fourth of July — an American holiday) because we had company in town and I was basically eating junk and drinking alcohol EVERYDAY, so I didn’t even want to know. But I’ve stayed on track this week (for the most part), and this morning I was down 0.8 lbs since my last weigh in (6/27). I plan to do my measurements too sometime this week to see how those are shaping up, I’ll keep you posted. Super excited to see the scale finally moving in the right direction….now, to keep it going!!  (more…)

Nearing the end of our break

ttc-trying-to-conceive-hope-fertility-infertility-e1330223506119We started trying for our first baby in October of 2012, by July of 2013 I was antsy as hell and NEEDED answers RIGHT AWAY about our (in)fertility, because I was starting to think something was wrong with me/him/us. By August of 2013 we had our diagnosis of male factor infertility, and in November of 2013 we started doing IUI’s. Well, four IUI’s and a chemical pregnancy later we decided we just needed a break from it all…so that’s just what we did.

If you had told me this time last year that by now I would need a “break” from TTC, I would have said you were crazy and that I would never take a break until I had my baby, but that’s exactly what we decided to do after our miscarriage in May. (more…)

Meal prepping

Eating healthy meals is easy if you have the time to grocery shop and prepare the meals….but most nights after work it’s all I can do to get a workout in, let alone prepare a healthy dinner and/or lunch for the next day, then clean the dishes before bed. I’ve always said if I could afford a private chef I would have NO EXCUSE but to be fit!

So what’s the solution? Meal prepping!! Cooking several items to have for lunches/dinners throughout the week. It takes a little longer on the 1 night you do the prepping, but then you’re set for several days and don’t have to fool with cooking or cleaning dishes! I was on Pinterest yesterday and found a really neat website, Picky Palate, that had some great ideas and great recipes.  (more…)

Meal replacements

insanityI originally ordered Insanity in 2012. My husband & I did the program for 7 weeks (R only managed to stick with it for 4 of those 7)….and I saw amazing results, I lost almost 20 lbs. But I was nearly starving myself, and using an appetite suppressant (not the healthiest way to go about weight loss). When I was comfortable with my body again I stopped working out and went back to my old ways of eating and sure enough over the next few months I gained it all back….and then some. Now fast forward 2 years and I’m 15 lbs heavier than I was when I started insanity the first time….jeez!! I realize this needs to be a lifestyle change, not just a temporary diet & exercise plan….but that’s where my biggest struggles are. (more…)

IBS

So, last time I talked about my stomach issues (read here) I told you that my doctor gave me 1.5 weeks of Amitiza to sample for my IBS-C. Well after trying the medication for a week I decided not to keep taking it.

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I really didn’t notice it helping much at all with my bowel movements, and around 3:00 pm every day I had the world’s worst heart burn. I had a pain in my chest that WOULD NOT go away, for hours….very painful. For now, I’ve decided to just “self medicate” myself by taking MiraLAX daily, and I think diet & exercise will help too.

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Insanity: Week 5

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I finished week 6 of insanity yesterday….. but since they don’t count the “recovery week” as a week (which makes no sense at all) it’s known as “week 5″ in the program….so this post will be my review of week 5. Holy hell, the workouts in “Month 2″ are a LOT harder!! They are longer by 10-15 minutes (which in insanity time is a LOT LONGER)….and a lot more intense. On Monday, my first workout of the week I burned 761 calories in 1 hour….. (more…)