So, here’s what my daily routine consists of now.
First, the vitamins:
- 1 DHEA, 50 mg pill
- 1 ASA, 81 mg pill
- 5 Folic Acid, 600 mcg
- 1 PNV, with 1 mg Folic Acid and Iron
- 2 Vitamin D3, 2000 IU total
- 1 Fish oil
- 1 Flaxseed oil
- 1 CLA (conjugated lineolic acid)
I also went to my trainer, who agrees with me that my body is just holding onto fat and not letting it go. Thanks, body. He recommended a complete diet change, so now I’m supposed to eat these exact same 5 meals per day:
Meal 1: Egg whites, sweet potato, fruit (this should have oatmeal instead of sweet potato, but we modified to keep me gluten free).
Meat 2: Egg whites, brown rice, fruit
Meal 3: Chicken, black beans, vegetable
Meal 4: Lean red meat, sweet potato, vegetable
Meal 5: Fish, vegetable
All the meat portions are only 3-4 ounces. I’m also drinking 2 cups of red raspberry leaf tea a day.
Plus, I’m going to the gym 5-6 times a week. I’m going to do this, as strictly as possible until the end of March, when the IVF stuff will really be hopping. By then, I really hope my BMI will be way down, and I’ll be in the “more successful BMI for IVF range.” During IVF, I may try to keep doing this… but I may also need a brownie. With a cupcake to wash it down. And some ice cream.
So, I’ve been gluten free for exactly 2 weeks today. Mostly gluten free I should say, since I forgot that there is gluten in gravy and on the french fried onion string things. But other than that, gluten free. I’m not doing this for a real gluten allergy that I think might be happening, but because I read something about gluten and psoriasis. My psoriasis is still completely nuts after those steroids from that IVF cycle back in August. I’m desperate to do anything to get it back to its usual state of just really annoying. So, it’s back to bleach baths (mmm, yes, that bleach-y smell you’re smelling, that’s me!) and now I’m adding in avoiding gluten. If the weather stays nice, I might have to sunbathe in November (yes, one of the many perks of living in the South — this is a possibility).
So, this former beer-with-dinner girl is now a I’d like a glass of Pinot Gringio, please with dinner gal. See, I don’t really like wine that much and definitely don’t like red wine (if that’s the secret to getting implantation to work, I’m SOL), so the only thing I can stand is really cold Pinot Grigio. Liquor gives me a headache. Beer is full of gluten (though I hear there is gluten free beer available somewhere). So, wine it is. I could just not drink anything, I suppose. But damn, there are babies all over the world (except in my uterus), I have a million papers to grade, my house is a neverending mess, one of my students called two VPs to complain about me not getting back in touch with her (I guess emailing her back 8 hours after she wrote me the first time was too much of a delay), and sometimes a girl just needs a glass of wine.
Speaking of babies, this baby should win the prize for the cutest baby ever. I mean, come on, even if you are a proud momma and think your baby is cute… you gotta admit, this baby just might be a little bit cuter. Look at that face! I’m totally in love with this baby.