weight loss

Wednesday Check-in: Getting Back in the Saddle

If you checked out Monday’s post, you’ve read that I’m attempting starting the IC Diet (which unfortunately excludes my beloved soda and chocolate). Day one went great. The days that followed not so good as I’m sitting here with a McD’s sweet tea on my desk. In my defense, although lousy, I haven’t had a chance to get to the grocery store but tonight is the night so I am stocking up and plan to be back on the wagon tomorrow. Hubs of course trying to be the great and wonderful husband he is came home with 3 2-liter Dr. Peppers last night. I guess they will go into hiding for his low blood sugars!

I did get in a short walk yesterday evening pulling Abby in the wagon and while its not much, it is at least a start.

I haven’t been able to fully jump on a Sisterhood challenge this year and it shows considering the pounds that have crept back on since the beginning of the year. So I definitely need to hop on board the next one! Sisters hold me to it!

Here are my current stats:

Starting Weight: 134.6

Disney Goal Weight: 125


Chest: 34″

Waist: 27″

Hips: 37″

I can totally do this. I CAN and I WILL. Who wants to be my drill sergeant?

chronic illness

IC & Me

I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis last August after visiting the Duke Endo Center (although I still cannot pronounce it right the first time!). It was probably the best thing that came from that visit. I started Elmiron immediately and definitely found some relief. No longer was I running to the bathroom all the time. I did find some relief from abdominal pain (it isn’t completely gone but there was a significant reduction). If I miss doses, I can tell a huge difference. However considering I’m still not pain-free and while I know I’ve got scar tissue and endo issues going on, I wonder if there isn’t more I could be doing for my IC outside of popping my four pills a day.

So being the good nerd I am, I started researching and came across this awesome IC diet list produced by the IC Network. It breaks food into 3 categories: Bladder Friendly, Try It (items that are generally safe but may bother some so you should try them once symptoms are under control), and Caution. I love that it is all broken out simply in a 5 page PDF that is easy to understand and easy to search. I was worried that I would have to cut out all dairy but just about everything was on the safe (or try it) list except for processed cheeses and soy products (which I avoid anyway with my endo). The things that break my heart that are on the caution list are: soda (regular root beer is on the try it list but everything else falls under the caution – maybe this is my motivation to finally give it up!); chocolate (gasp!), and several of my favorite fruits (pineapple, strawberries, and grapes).

My diet needs some readjusting anyway thanks to the couple pounds that have somehow made their way back so its time to kill two birds with one stone! Maybe I will get lucky and drop a couple pounds AND get some additional relief so that I can enjoy my gym membership! The water park opens this weekend!



6 Years of being a Mrs

6 years ago I walked down the aisle and started a new chapter is life with my best friend. It was such a beautiful and magical day (even though I did fall up the stairs!). We have been through quite in a bit in our first six years of marriage (3 surgeries, 3 new illnesses, 30 months of unsuccessful TTC, and 2 failed placements before our beautiful addition!). Through it all, John has been beside me every single step of the way. I could not have asked for a better partner, lover, friend, and confidant.

Who knew when we were just kids ourselves what would lie ahead:

Our first beach trip 2003 (we went with friends) – He was 20 and I was 21!

We soon found out how serious the “in sickness & in health” vows that we shared would really be:

May 21 2005

We had lots of ideas of where we thought we would be in life by now and although things didn’t necessarily work out according to our plans, I wouldn’t have it any other way! God worked everything out just the way it should be!

John & I at the NC Zoo April 23 2011

I am so thankful for the last 6 years and cannot wait to see what God has in store for us in the years to come! I love you sweetie! ILUM 🙂