Things that are Starting IVF #2!!

Friday, July 29


I started reading skimming an IVF book that I got from the library. While I was reading the chapter about surviving the infertility roller coaster, the author mentioned that with each new cycle you are given a clean slate.

So for us that clean slate is:
-Taking the RE's recommended supplements 3 months before July. I had read somewhere that it would help promote egg quality when taken 3 months before you start treatment. Similarly to how any changes to a man's body can affect sperm 3 months down the road the same thing applies to a women's egg development 3 months before.
-We also tried to combat the endometriosis that has been growing by doing 3 months of depo-lupron shots.
-During egg retrieval my doctor will inject what is called "neupogen" into my uterus which is supposed to help the embryo to stick better during embryo transfer. I had a friend mention it and thought it would be worth the $300.
-I decided to an acupuncturist who does group sessions (which brings the price down significantly). Before I made my first appointment I asked if they have helped ladies with fertility and sure enough they had, and have had a few successful IVF babies from it. I had my first appointment, 3 days after my baseline.

So with that clean slate to start with we geared up for our July cycle.

We met with our IVF coordinator and we got our calendar. Shortly after our appointment all of the past emotions from our failed IVF cycle came flooding back (in lots of tears) and I realized that I hadn't fully healed. I am also very anxious and scared that it will all end up in a miscarriage again. I think every women who has struggled with infertility for a long period of time has that feeling that it will all end too soon. Those past and present feelings are known as "infertility PTSD."

I was supposed to have my baseline appointment on July 7, but since my ovaries have been asleep for 3 months my RE was worried that they wouldn't wake up. He put me on estrace (estradiol) to add in some estrogen to help them wake up. I was on that 7 days before my baseline appointment.

We had our baseline appointment on July 12, and since Chase was out of town and I had a friend come with me for moral support. When I got to my appointment I was physically shaking and anxious, and she was strong and helped calm me down. A few hours later my IVF coordinator called and said that things looked good and that we (I mean me) can start fertility injections the following day.

The downside to all medication is the side effects. The ones I've been experiencing this time around are: I'm bloated (called the "fertility meds bloat"), I'm feeling a bit happier (as I'm off of the depo-lupron shots), I'm feeling less forgetful (another depo-lupron side effect), I've been nauseous on and off, and I've been starving! I have also been way more emotional with everything, and I cry a lot more. I'm also not as bruised on my belly as much as I did the last time, which is nice, but it is still a tender area.

My goal throughout this treatment cycle is to stay strong ("I can do hard things" mantra), take one day at a time, and to my surprising be more patient (I'm gonna learn it one day or another).
 
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Things that are a Race Recap: Freedom Days 5k/10k/1mile 2016

Tuesday, July 26

Before I begin giving my race recap I wanted to say that I was not planning on running this race. I was not planning on running at all until my bum knee started to heal. It has been doing A LOT better and I didn't ever feel it while I was walking around over the past month and a half. Which is great news knowing that it is healing and that I can feel it's doing better.

I was on Facebook Pages Feed (where you can view all the pages that you like) and noticed an update from the Freedom Days, asking for volunteers. I thought it would be fun to volunteer for the race on race day or just help out with packet pick up. So I signed up to volunteer for packet pick up. While I was viewing the application I noticed it mention if you volunteer for at least 6 hours you get a free race entry. So I helped out with packet pick up the Saturday before the race, and I got an awesome neon yellow shirt (hello my favorite color) for volunteering.

July 4th was race day. Chase and I got up at 6, got ready, got some breakfast and headed out the door. We parked about a 1/2 - 3/4 mile from the race start and only about 1/4 mile away from the finish.


On my walk to the race start it rained for 0.25 seconds. It was cold with it already being a little on the cool side. I brought headphones to listen to podcast or music and decided to not run with headphones because I remembered them playing music along the way.

We started promptly at 7am and it took me a good 3-4 minutes to get across the starting line. The starting point wasn't very large for the amount of people that were running the 5k. So it took a little bit longer to get through.

We hadn't even gotten a mile under our belt and I (and a few people around me) heard a spectator yell "You're almost there." I looked around gave a weird look, and commented to a few people around me that we hadn't even run a mile yet.

I was wanting to see how I would do (with my knee) and looked down and saw my pace was around 9:00 per mile. I felt good and didn't feel I needed to slow down and that I could handle that pace for a few miles with knowing that the last quarter of a mile was all uphill. I ran past the water stations knowing I wasn't too thirsty and could wait another half mile before I reached the finish line. I felt good and strong and that's what kept me going.

Out of the thousands of people that were lined up along the parade route I saw 1 person I knew. I'm glad he said something because I would have never seen him.


I ended up running the race in 30:24, my average pace was 9:48 per mile. It's the best I've done in a while, and I think it's because of all that strength training I've been doing. Which is now encouraging me to do more of it.

In 2014 I ran the 5k in 35:33 and I was running with Chase. In 2012 I ran the 10k in 1:07:53. It's always fun to see how I've done previous years. 

Will I run this race again? Yes! Of Course! It's tradition - whether that be walking the one mile with future children, or gearing up to run a speedy 10k.

Pros: Running solo, Spectators all along the course cheering you on, a LOT of food at the finish, water bottles instead of cups.

Cons: Finish on an uphill (it will probably be the same every year), race start was very congested and very narrow, I had to clip my own timing chip off my shoe - which isn't a big deal I just don't think people were aware that they needed to take their chip off.
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Things That are My Favorite Running Gear

Friday, July 15

I'm sharing some of my favorite running gear that I pretty much always run with. They aren't always a necessity but if I'm running outside in the summer they are a must for me. My last day to be able to run is next Wednesday. It's my last day of high impact/high intensity activity until I'm given the all clear, but we're hopeful that I won't be given the all clear.


1. Spibelt - I seriously love this thing. I can easily hide it under my tank or shirt, and it hold my iPhone 6, and a few gels and chews. It's also perfect for traveling too to be able to hide cash, etc.
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2. These running shorts - Run Eat Repeat shared a recommendation a few years ago on her favorite shorts, and I had to buy them because they are the longer "booty" shorts. (I'm sporting them below)

3. Sunglasses - I'm not so much a brand person, but I just have to have a good pair that will help shade my eyes from the sun.
4. My Altras - I switched to Altras a few years ago due to my constant IT band issue, and I haven't turned back. Though I do switch out for shoes that have heels if I'm running up hill, if I'm doing speed work or if I'm trail running.


5. Running watch - I got this watch for my birthday several years ago, and it has gone with me everywhere: London, California, Alaska, Florida, Nevada, and of course all around Utah. You travel and take your running gear with you. It is every runners necessity, right?

I'm linking up with Courtney, Mel and Cynthia for this week's Friday Five.
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What is your favorite running gear?
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Things that are Friday Five: Exercises as of Late

Friday, July 1

A few weeks ago my sister had an "I've had it" moment. That's the moment you decide you are done living a certain way, you can't handle your situation, you are fed up... She was ready to begin being healthier, wanting to exercise, and ultimately feel better about herself. I was ALL for that, because I've been kind of fed up with how I've been treating my body lately and was on board to help her and to be a companion and someone she can rely on.

This quote reminds me of how my fitness journey always seems to go
I've had a weird knee injury (the left instead of the right like last year) the past few months (boo) and have taken a big break from all things running. I love running - but it's worth it for me to be injury free then feel pain every time I run. Because of my own personal injury,  I've been doing different workouts with her to help her enjoy her fitness journey. I want her (and I) to not think of it as a chore but rather as "something I get to do." I'm no expert in fitness, but I know what my body can and can't do certain things and that's what I usually go with. We've been taking it slow to ease into exercising because we're in it for the long haul.

Here are a few exercises that we've been doing and have been loving:

1. Barre - now it's not Pure Barre like Courtney goes to. And I'm sure there are a lot of similarities, though I would like to try a Pure Barre class sometime. I like this because in my class we sometimes will do cardio as well as strength train. I have also noticed more definition in my arms now that I've continued to go to barre, and I LOVE IT!


2. Hiking - We've only been on 1 hike so far, but it was a lot of fun, and worth the little distance we went (though I should have tracked it).


3. Elliptical - I found one at the gym that I love and it by far does the best at simulating the motion of running. Though it would be so fun to try and elliptigo one time.


4. Biking - We've gone on one down to Utah Lake, and we also took a trip up Provo Canyon on the bikes. I'm still working at getting to Bridal Veil Falls. We'll get there soon.



5. Swimming - I love swimming, I love the water. I will stick to swimming pools for now, and maybe venture to do another triathlon down the road.

6. Walking - I walk a LOT at work. Our warehouse is very long and the bathroom is on the other side of the warehouse from where I work. So I get in quite a few steps walking and finishing orders.
Walking around at the Air Show

7. Strength Training - I put together a little workout to do some exercises trying to make it a full body strength workout. {Hammer Curls, Bicep Curls, Military Press, Tricep Kickbacks, Overhead Dumbbell Extensions, Lateral Raises, Front Lateral Raises, Squats, Lunges, and Reverse Squats as well as some abs} I'm sure there's a lot more that I could add, but I'm still a beginner. I would love any recommendations.

**I also chose exercises that were low impact so I can continue to do them once I'm given the X on high impact activity with our IVF cycle next month. I love working out and in January (previous IVF cycle) it was a real struggle to go from running a marathon to no exercise in just 2 short weeks. I want to continue to be able to exercise long into a pregnancy.

I'm linking up with Courtney, Mel and Cynthia for this week's Friday Five. (though it's more of like a 7)
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