Different things I’m trying on my break

Since we’re currently on a forced break from TTC because of the methotrexate I’ve decided to try a few different things over the next few months including acupuncture, essential oils, 10,000 steps, packing my lunch, and more “me time”. I look forward to reconnecting with myself and what makes me happy over the next few months. I hope that this break is very helpful to my husband and I as we heal (physically and emotionally) and prepare to TTC again.


I scheduled my very first acupuncture appointment this Friday on my lunch break. I’m really excited to try something new. I’ve heard excellent things about acupuncture from several infertility sisters, and figure it certainly can’t hurt anything. My first appointment will be 1.5 hours long, and costs $80. The appointment will include an extensive, in-depth, health history and assessment and an acupuncture treatment. The appointments are cheaper and only 60 minutes after the first one, and they even mentioned that they offer “community acupuncture” (no clue what that means) at a MUCH cheaper rate…..so we’ll see how often I feel like I can afford to go…..and if I like it. The location is perfect, it’s very close to my work, which will make it very convenient for going during the week. I’ll keep you posted.

doterraEssential Oils

I have a girlfriend who sells doTERRA Essential Oils, and she just swears by them. She only “sells them” because when she bought her first kit of oils it was just as cheap to sign up to be a direct consultant, and now she receives a little discount on the stuff she uses. She was visiting us a few weeks ago and I tried several of her oils. It’s such an interesting practice. I certainly don’t remember everything, but for example I was really constipated that day, and she said that if I rubbed some peppermint oil on my stomach it would help, and maybe it was just a coincidence….but it did help. You can treat just about anything with essential oils instead of medicine, at least that’s the theory. I ordered peppermint, lavender, clary calm, and on guard. The clary calm and on guard are blends of several different oils. Clary calm comes in a roll-on container and you roll it onto your belly every night, it helps with fertility, and the on guard can help if you feel yourself getting sick….or help with a sickness you already have. I’m excited to get my oils and give them a try! A little bit goes a long way, so I don’t think you have to reorder very often.

fitbit flex10,000 Steps

The company I work for bought us FitBit’s recently, even one for our spouses too. It’s a pretty handy little device (similar to a pedometer), but honestly it’s just shown me lately how INACTIVE I am. My new goal, starting next week, is to get 10,000 steps a day. It’s a very doable goal….but I will have to actively work at it by taking a walk at lunch or after work before class.

Packing My Lunch

In addition to helping me save money, packing my lunch will also help me save calories. Starting Monday I plan to pack my lunch at least 3 out of 5 days during the work-week.

Me Time

I will make at least ONE HOUR a day for me time. This could include working on the quilt I started two years ago that I have yet to finish, reading, going for a walk, relaxing on the porch, or whatever.


I’d like to also list one of my goals is to lose 30 pounds, but I’m just not sure that’s realistic for me right now….and don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. I am, however, working on getting healthier and if I drop some weight in the meantime I wouldn’t be mad about it!

What goals are you working on right now? Do you have any experience with acupuncture or essential oils? If so, what was your impression?


50 thoughts on “Different things I’m trying on my break

  1. I love your goals. They are very similar to what I am doing right now. I am trying to do 12,000 steps a day, packing my lunches and taking some me time. I find I really enjoy going for a walk at lunch time. I walk around a pond, watching the ducks play in the water. Some days I get to see a turtle in perched out on a rock. Those are the awesome days. Walking has been a healer for me.

  2. I love your post!! And I have tried everything!! I did acupuncture last year for about 10 months – 1 session each week. I learned a lot about blood flow and my body. I did also dive into the Chinese herbs for a bit. It was the best mid-day nap ever!! I did notice my menstrual cycles being more vibrant in color and less thick. Since I stopped going, my cycles have been great – although I did start using a Castor Oil Pack and fertility massage with a specialist. I don’t think I would go back… but I’m glad I went.

    Essential Oils — are awesome. They do heal and are pretty amazing. One other thing I have done was rid of all parabens and phalates in our household. They really screw up with hormones and the endocrine system. This includes all household cleansers, beauty products, lotions, deodorants, and even my make up (which is huge because I’m a make up whore)!! We also no longer use any plastics (food containers, cups, etc) – BPA is the devil!!

    10K steps are super doable and with packed lunches.. you will be in tip top shape for your next TTC cycle!!

    And I can’t stress enough on the ME time. I believe this is awesome and will really prepare you for your soon to be baby!!!

    Looking forward to your posts on how you feel about all of it!!

  3. I do community accupuncture! It IS way cheaper. Basically I have a private consultation and then go into a big room with tons of recliners. Pick one, get needled, and knock back for an hour. Yes there are others in the room but everyone is totally zoned out and it’s only annoying when someone starts to snore 😉

    • Hmm, interesting! I’m definitely open to at least trying it, especially if it makes it cheaper and so I can go more often. How often do you go? LOL about someone snoring, yea that would be annoying.

      • I go once a week religiously, plus I go the day before and then right after embryo transfer. Both times I’ve done it I’ve had at least one embryo implant even though they’ve all miscarried, but my only BFPs ever came when I started acupuncture. Plus it’s helped my endo quite a bit.

  4. I think taking care of yourself is so awesome! As for acupuncture – I did it for about 4 or 5 months leading up to one of our pregnancies and until we found out we were going to lose the baby (pregnancy 3 I think). I found it completely screwed up my cycle (I have incredibly regular 28-29 day cycles, and while receiving acupuncture it fluctuated from 27-33), and we lost the baby anyways so I never went back. But to be fair, I never bought into the whole concept of acupuncture to begin with, so my mental state probably didn’t help anything.
    Best of luck and I’d love to hear how it goes for you!

  5. I think exercising needs a separate category from “Me” time. I’d also highly recommend fertility yoga. You can buy a DVD or find it online if there are no classes nearby. I am a oiler myself but I use Young Living. If you end up buying more, check to make sure they are pregnancy-safe. There are a few that aren’t recommended for use during pregnancy. Other than that, I hope you have an enjoyable break. Take some time to reconnect with your husband and yourself. 🙂

  6. I love that you are taking these steps to take care of yourself. I had a couple of forced breaks and hated them at the time but was able to actually take advantage of them to exercise more, eat healthier and find some inner peace. I did acupuncture for awhile and was happy I did it. The reason I stopped was only because the office was so far away from where I lived and it started to be more stressful to sit in traffic to get there than what I was getting out of it. In terms of the essential oils – I have never used them but if they work for you and you find comfort in them, that is all that matters. Thinking about you and sending you love and hugs ❤

  7. I had a third miscarriage in July and have started reflexology recently to help balance out my body and mind again. I find the treatment itself so relaxing and it’s really helped to get my cycles and hormones evened out. Like you, I couldn’t try again for a few months and I think it’s wonderful that you’re looking after yourself and taking the time to heal. I really hope it helps xx

  8. I’m trying some new things this cycle too. CoQ10, only drinking filtered water, Maca, acupuncture and I’m trying to eat more fatty acids. Good luck with your goals!! Let us know how you find the acupuncture. My session isn’t until next week! Xx

      • Extra essential fatty acids are meant to decrease natural killer cells in the body. Things like omega 3 and 6 rich foods (oily fish), flaxseeds, avocado, pine nuts, walnuts, kale, spinach….all of the boring foods basically!! Ha!! Some people need intralipid infusions to boost there defence to natural killer cells so I’m just trying to edge my bets just incase!! 🙂 xx

  9. I think this is a great way to use the time positively. I’ve also been trying to spend an hour a day on something just for me, whether it’s having a relaxing bath or watching something on the TV my husband would try to avoid! I’ve also set myself the challenge of trying to cook something new once a week. It might be a meal or a cake but so far I’m enjoying spending time researching recipes as much as the actual cooking. It’s something that takes my mind off everything else.
    I hope acupuncture works out, I’ll be interested to here how it goes!

    • I like that cooking idea, that sounds really fun….and tasty 🙂 Sounds like you’re doing a great job of taking care of yourself too. Thank you, I hope I enjoy it. I’m sure I’ll write about it after my first session.

  10. Love this! I really found acupuncture to be wonderfully relaxing and I love my fitbit. I had to do a 1/2 hour walk at lunch to make it to 10,000 steps. The fitbit app also helps you track food and how much more/less you need to eat in a day to meet your weight lose goals. I am happy to hear that you are getting into such positive activities. All the best!

  11. I think it’s wonderful that you are taking this time off to focus on yourself. I started doing acupuncture after my 3rd loss and I really found it helped me in so many ways. I really believe it helped me heal faster and helped my body and spirit return to “normal” faster. I next cycle started in less then a month. I also found it to be a huge stress reliever. I always felt so relaxed after each session. Praying it givse you peace and healing energy too. Sending you a huge hug hon.

  12. I love acupuncture and abdominal fertility massage. Essential oils are a light hobby of mine but I’d like to get more involved in their medicinal benefits, my MIL started getting really involved in them and said she would teach me some things. I think all the things your going for this break will be beneficial.

  13. Yay you for taking this time! I have to say I do love acupuncture, it has definitely played a positive role in my infertility journey. My plan is to nurture that which makes me happy. I feel like we give up so much going through these treatment and monitoring that it’s important to keep balance. Since I’m not allowed to do Zumba, PIO, or Yoga booty ballet, I’m singing more. Looking forward to hearing how you like acupuncture!

  14. You are going to looooove acupuncture! i’ve been going once a week for the past three years. I started when I was trying for my daughter and just never found a reason to stop. It works for everything, seriously. Every time i leave I feel all relaxed and cracked out (in a good way). I agree with the others–community acu is not bad at all, but yes, the snoring is annoying haha.

    Good to know about peppermint oil and constipation! I am suffering from that right now, which is weird because I’m not even on any fertility meds this month. I actually do have some peppermint oil stashed in my cabinet. Let me know if you have any success with the oils. I’m curious about them, but haven’t really gotten into them yet. I tried clove oil for a tooth ache recently, but it did not work. Womp-womp.

  15. LOVE acupuncture, and really feel like this cycle wouldn’t have been such a success for us without it! i don’t use essential oils much, but in the relaxation yoga class i take sometimes, the teacher sometimes puts it on us, and i do find it peaceful – she uses doTERRA also! it sounds like you have a great plan for the next few months – definitely take care of yourself!

  16. I love your goals. I really did like acupuncture when I was there, but I’m sure you read about the lady I had that was awful, but it was super relaxing. I think I’m going to try community acupuncture too.. maybe just once a week. I love your other goals too. I’m looking forward to posts about healing in the future. 🙂 Best wishes.

    • Yes, I remember that crazy lady!! I hope I have a better experience, lol. Good luck to you finding a new place. I’m excited to be a part of your google group. I plan on doing my initial weigh in Monday. I think I’m just going to stay off of alcohol and caffeine for a while longer too, I’m not allowed alcohol for a while anyway bc of the medicine I had on Monday. Thank you!

  17. I loved acupuncture – it was so relaxing!! Community acupuncture is basically everyone is in a big room at the same time. I was hesitant about that at first because my experience before that had been individual but it really was not bad at all.

  18. I totally love acupuncture and it definitely helped to regulate my cycles. Then after I was pregnant, I went to get some relief from the nausea and vomiting. I hope it helps you out too!

  19. I’m so sorry you are having to experience these struggles. My second ivf pregnancy ended in miscarriage and I was devastated. I don’t wish it on anyone.

    It is wonderful that you are focussing on positive ways to spend your break. I hope they help.

  20. I decided to try hypnotherapy and found a local practitioner who was trained in the Fertile Body Method. I’ve only had one session so far but found it really enjoyable. She also gave a me a cd and encouraged me to listen to it every day (which I haven’t managed :/)
    There are also various meditation clips on youtube that you can search for and they are lovely to put the headphones on and spend an hour or two zoning in and out.

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