Friday, May 22, 2015

With The SMCs, Was The Place To Be!

People like to fit in.  They join groups, tribes, cliques, and associations.  I am no different.  I like to fit in and feel like I belong. Last weekend that is exactly how I felt.  I met my tribe, well one of my tribes.  I finally got to meet, in person, some local women from Philadelphia who are Single Mothers By Choice (SMCs).  Check out my video to see how it went.

There are many aspect to this journey to becoming a mom; saving money, making space in my home, trying to conceive and building my support system.  Meeting some local women who are also SMCs is an important part of that support system. I will need to know other people who understand the unique stresses and complexities of choosing to have a baby on your own.

I am so glad I was able to attend the meet up last week.  I look forward to being a regular attender at the monthly meet up.  Have you ever gone out of your way to join a support group or social group that served a unique situation in your life?  Have you ever joined a parenting group or a single moms group?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lunch Would Be More Joyful If My Salad Smelled Like Cake

Does your salad have a smell?  I'm not talking about the salmon, chicken, or dressing that you put on it.  I'm talking about the lettuce and veggies.  Do they have a smell?

Well mine doesn't and that's the problem.  OK if I lean in really close to my salad I can smell something. What it does not smell like is stew, pizza, or a pot pie.  Why oh why can't my salad smell like fried chicken?  LOL  I know you are wondering what I am talking about.

I have always struggled with my weight.  I have written about it many times before.  It is an on going battle.  Since starting my journey towards becoming a mom the battle has intensified.  The stress of the two week wait and the disappointment of the IUI not working has not been good for my eating habits.  I have been trying to get back on track by focusing more on my nutrition to increase my fertility odds.  I have been trying to eat more lean protein, calcium, and vitamin C.

In this spirit I brought a salad into work yesterday for lunch. But what happens about 15 minutes before its time for my salad?  My co-workers start warming up their left over pasta, opening up their take out containers, and bringing back slices of pizza from one of the celebrations that seem to take place every other day.

Their food smells so good.  My salad is suddenly the last thing I want.  I want something warm and fragrant and savory.  Yesterday I weakened and got a cup of soup to go with my salad.  But more often than I'd like to admit I give in, abandon my salad, and get something much less nutritious yet much more satisfying.

All of this could be avoided if only my salad had a smell, a smell like cake, Chinese food, or bacon.

Do you have to deal with this problem at your job?  How do you stick to your healthy meal when the unhealthy stuff around you smells so good?.

Monday, May 18, 2015

It's Monday! Time To Make It Happen!

It's Monday again.  I know, where did the weekend go? It's amazing how the weekend is always too short.

Well lets make the best of Monday by setting some goals for the week.  Here are a few of mine.

  • Get my yearly total for fitness minutes over 1550.
  • Be in bed by 12:30.
  • Continue to work in more whole grains, fruit, calcium sources, and leafy green vegetables. 
  • Remember my prenatal vitamin.
  • practice some stress reducing techniques such as deep breathing and visualization. 
Those are my Make it Happen Monday goals. What are your?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Test, Test & Test. Am I Expecting A Bundle Of Joy???

Do you think you are a sane person?  I thought I was one too.  I mean, I have a few issues (anxiety, emotionally eating and a little melancholy, hence my Chasing Joy) but overall I considered myself to be a sane and stable person.  That is until I tried to get pregnant.  OMG!!!!  Now I know I am indeed insane.

This process makes you crazy!.   Deciding it's time for plan B. Stressing over picking a sperm donor.  Getting all kinds of tests done.  Finally, getting inseminated.  Followed by the dreaded two week wait, two long weeks of over analyzing every little twinge, pain, and waive of nausea.

Around week two of the wait is when you really start to lose it.  Every trip to the bathroom leaves you hoping for signs of implantation and a desire to capture your pee in a cup so that you can carefully stick a pregnancy test in it and count one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand... all the way up to 5, 15, or 20 depending on the test. You start doing this way too early and when the test does not say pregnant you do it over and over and over again, day after day, up until the time that you should have waited to test in the first place.  

For those of you who know me or have been reading Chasing Joy for a while and don't believe that I am now insane. Here is the video to prove it.  I tested, tested, and tested some more.....

Now you are a witness to my insanity.  I actually did more tests than shown in the video.  SMH!  It was bad!!!  

I won't leave you hanging.  I know you want to know what the official verdict was.  What the blood tests results showed.

Have you ever tried to get pregnant?  Did you get pregnant the first month or did it take a while?  Did you have an IUI, IVF or do good old fashion (and much more fun) baby dancing?  Give me the details. Let's compare notes!!!  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Laugh Daily


Laughter, it is good for your soul.  Add it to your daily to do list.

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