Thursday, February 26, 2015

What's Next?

After a follow up appointment with my reproductive endocrinologist today and a mini melt down in the car, the day can only get better from here. Right?

Last week I had a bunch of blood work done as well as a glucose test. The only positive that came out of it was that my sugar levels are normal. My hormones are still that of a post menopausal woman at 31 years old and have been since I was a baby. Well not really but since I was 16 - half my life now.

I had a little bit of hope after last week because the ultrasound showed my ovaries with "some follicles." Stay positive, right?

I wanted to cry right in her office but I forced myself to hold it in until I walked out. You see, when I found out I had ovarian failure at 16, it didn't really affect me then. I didn't think about it the same way I'm thinking about it now being 31 and recently married.

I really started to feel heat building up on my neck (aka anxiety) when on my way out, they handed me the sheet of paper listing the fees for the egg donation recipient process. Something we are very unsure about.

I just felt very overwhelmed and confused which lead to said mini melt down.

I often ask myself - why me? Then, I try to convince myself that everything happens for a reason. Maybe I was meant to be a step mom and this is God's way of telling me. I go back and forth in my head a lot lately.

Anyway, enough of being a Debbie Downer. On another note, I'm glad I got my workout done early this morning and I'm going to try to enjoy my dinner with coworkers tonight. We're going to an awesome place in my hometown so it should be fun!

Over & Out!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter Blues

Guys, seriously... I can'tttt with Old Man Winter anymore. I typically don't mind the snow (we even had a snow day which almost unheard of at my job) and cold but it's been BRUTALLY cold.  My car read 5° this morning. I'm used to a few frigid days each winter but it's been a good month of this now.

Thank GOD it's staying lighter later and we have less than 2 weeks until the clocks change.

I've just been down in the dumps in general and I know the weather isn't helping at all. The outdoors are therapeutic to me so I can't wait until it's even above 30°! I'm really looking forward to getting back to running my route in town and watching sunsets with Saro and Murphy at the park down the street.

I've been getting by with sticking to my workouts @ home, using the treadmill (still hate it) and binge watching Parenthood on Netflix.

Do you suffer from the Winter Blues?

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Recipe: Chicken, Feta, Chickpea & Couscous Stuffed Peppers // 21 Day Fix Approved!

 On Monday night, I put 3 lbs of chicken breast in the Crockpot with 1 cup chicken stock and some spices. I cooked it on low for 2.5 hours and then chopped it with my Pampered Chef chopper. I love that kitchen tool!

My husband helped out and prepped dinner for last night. He mixed the chopped chicken with some tomato paste, feta cheese, coconut milk couscous (just cook couscous in canned coconut milk instead of water), chickpeas and some spices. 

He filled 4 hollow peppers and baked for 20 minutes.

They came out really tasty! We had them with steamed asparagus.

I just received the 21 Day Fix Extreme workout and eating program with Shakeology. My husband and I plan on starting it soon! As of right now, I'm on day 18 of my February hybrid schedule of Piyo, running and T25 Beta:


So, if any of you are doing the 21 Day Fix, this would be approved but they recommend whole wheat couscous instead of regular (or quinoa).

This recipe would be:

2 green containers (for the pepper and 10 asparagus spears)
1 red container (shredded chicken)
1 yellow container (couscous)
1 blue container (coconut milk & feta cheese)

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cupid's Chase 5K

Hi there! In an effort to keep my blog going, I'm really trying to think about what to write about fitness wise. 

Is there anything you'd like to know about running, Piyo, or fitness in general?

Over the weekend, my cousin and I ran the Cupid's Chase 5K in New Brunswick, NJ.

Distance: 3.17 miles
Pace: 10:32 min/mi
Total Time: 32:41

I signed up for a 10K on June 7th. My cousin pictured above is running the Rutgers Unite Half Marathon in 2 months. I'd really like to join her but I'm scared after my 1st half marathon experience and the aftermath.

I know my core and strength in general is MUCH better than it was 2 years ago but I don't know. Eeeeeeek!!!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Recycling Your Wedding Gown

We've been married for 9 months today! Wow that went quick. 

Needless to say, my wedding gown has been in a box since mid May. I'd like to recycle it in one way or another. I guess I could shorten it but I'm not sure how I'd dress down a lace wedding gown! I obviously couldn't wear it to another wedding but perhaps on a fancy date night out.

Here are some more ideas:

1.) Do a "trash the dress" photo session.

2.) Make a throw pillow, or two for our bed.

3.) Make a christening gown (for who, I have no idea lol).

4.) Sell it on eBay. I couldn't do this because I know I'd regret it.

5.) Donate it to a theater. I probably couldn't do this one either, ha!

6.) Photo album cover. This reminds me that we haven't ordered our album yet!

7.) Wear it for a Halloween or costume party. 

How would you recycle your wedding gown? 
Have you?

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