Wednesday, March 03, 2010
I went to see Sharon McDermott, licensed acupuncturist, for the first time yesterday to address my issues with fertility, which she specializes in. Well, I got a WHOLE lot more than I ever expected to get out of that visit! Here's what happened in a nutshell...
When I arrived, I was asked to fill out a questionnaire about my health, just like you would at any healthcare provider's office, with extra questions pertaining specifically to women's health. Once that was all filled out, I sat down with Sharon and we went over everything in detail. After answering all of those questions on the worksheets, I never imagined she'd have a whole lot more! We sat for probably an hour and a half discussing mine and my husand's health issues, weight issues, lifestyles, eating habits, sleep habits, exercise habits, in what ways I am affected by the seasons, my moods, how much I sweat and when, my energy levels, etc., etc. She was so thorough! At the end, she deduced that I have what is considered in Chinese Medicine to be a sluggish liver. She explained in detail what that means, but in a nutshell the functioning of the liver is what governs the functioning of many other internal organs and systems, and in order to get everything into balance, we need to work on getting that functioning properly.
We discussed a game plan: I would come in for acupuncture 1x/week to start. In the meantime, I was given the responsibilities of beginning the switch to clean eating (which I am already doing), and a list of foods to avoid while trying to conceive, according to the dictates of Chinese Medicine. She recommended some supplements for hubby--I am already taking what I need to take--and I was also instructed to begin tracking my BBT and CM (you ladies TTC will know what that means), because a short history in this area will allow her to prescribe Chinese herbal medicine more accurately and effectively. She also recommended two books for me to read: Taking Charge of Your Fertility and The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant an Having Healthy Babies, which I ordered this morning. I need to weigh myself once a week, as she discussed setting a weight loss goal. She feels 20 to 25 lbs in 3 months is aggressive enough, not my 10 lbs/month goal. She thinks it's too aggressive and wants me to succeed by setting a more attainable goal.
After my interview was over, she had me lay on a cushioned table with pillows under my head and legs, and she proceeded to administer my first acupuncture treatment. First, she felt my pulse in different areas on my arm, hand, and wrist, then she looked at my tongue. Next, she applied some lavender essential oil to the places where she was going to insert the needles, and then came the needles: one between my eyes, one in the center of my abdomen below the navel, one in each wrist, one in each knee, and one in each ankle. I was asked to breathe in when she inserted each needle. I barely felt anything at all! Then she had me lay there with soft lighting and music and relax for 20 minutes. I left there feeling so energized!
Sharon was absolutely wonderful, and I am so happy to get started with the program! She is located in Westbury, NY, for anyone in the Long Island area who is interested in trying her out. She specializes in fertility among several other things, such as pain reduction and smoking cessation. Her website is www.healthyhealingli.com.
I will continue to post along my journey with weight loss, infertility treatments, and acupuncture, so please follow this blog if you are interested!
Monday, March 01, 2010
I have found that eating right and exercising regularly for just a week now has helped me tremendously to focus on what I am doing. I have really cut way back on sugar, caffeine, and processed foods, and increased the amount of water I am drinking two-fold, not to mention eating more vegetables and fruit, and I can really feel a difference. My mind wanders less, I have more energy, and I have accommplished more in one week than I have in the last couple of months combined.
I haven't felt this sharp in a very long time!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
I'm ready to take the brave step towards a spectacularly fit body tomorrow by beginning the P90X system. I have seen countless success stories related to this program, so, as the P90X people say, I am ready to BRING IT!
I'm a bit nervous, because I know it's going to be difficult and will require a huge commitment on my part, but I'm going to really do my best to stick with it. I spent this week retraining myself to eat better and exercise...so far, so good. I am happy with my progress so far, all steps in the right direction.
Tomorrow is a new day, and I am ready!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
I keep reading more and more about how stress and cortisol levels are linked to a poor metabolism and belly fat, and here is yet another affirmation of that from Jillian Michaels:
"I'll start with the bad news: studies show a clear link between cortisol, a hormone your body releases when you're stressed, and excess belly fat. Back when we were being chased by lions in the jungle, cortisol came in handy helping us run faster — now, when the boss starts to push your buttons, or you're running late — these "fight or flight" hormones have nowhere to go, and our bodies stay in stress mode, corroding our organs and glands until our systems shut down. Individuals who secrete the most stress-response cortisol also have the most fat on their bellies, and are more likely to experience regular spikes in carb cravings."
After reading this, I guess I was right to have joined the stress reduction and clean eating teams here on Spark, and make an appointment with an accupuncturist! Next step: Start a regular yoga practice. I'll be stress free and my midriff will be fit and trim before I know it :)
Friday, February 26, 2010
I was doing sooooo well yesterday, until I started watching TV right after dinner. At dinner, I had a glass of wine, which turned into three once I sat down in front of the tube and settled in for the night. Oh, but the damage didn't stop there, NOOOOOO! The acid in the wine was too much for my under-stuffed belly, so I had to make some popcorn...not bad, you say? But one big huge bowl of it later... Now my stomach is REALLY upset, so I go for a can of ginger ale. I KNOW, I KNOW! I shouldn't even have that evil, high-fructose-corn-syrup-loaded crap in the house, right? All care has been blown to the wind with my steady stream of Gilmore Girls repeats and DVR'd American Idol episodes, encouraged by my 3/4 bottle of white wine...
I feel slightly groggy today with an upset stomach and a twingy head, and I KNOW all of this could have been avoided if I hadn't been watching so much damn TV!
I've learned my lesson (or, rather, have been reminded of many hard-learned lessons of the past). Not gonna happen again. I can't afford setbacks, I have a goal, and I am going to get there...
Getting back on that proverbial horse.
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