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.
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.
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.
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?