Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 11

For the record, chocolate meal replacement shakes are a zillion times better than fiber. Just saying.

Yesterday was the last day of the Cleanse Phase. I was happy with my results and decided to celebrate. I gained 3 pounds!!! So annoying. But also such a reminder as to how this all works. I have to be diligent if I want to meet my goals.

I am excited about the first day of the Max Phase! It is nice to change things up a bit in the morning. I do love my eggs for breakfast, but chocolate is also amazing! I have never been a big fan of weight loss shakes. They usually wreck my stomach, keep me full for about an hour and I’ve never had any results. Needless to say, I’m a bit skeptical. Especially on mornings I have Crossfit. And today the workout was Death by Front Squat. Much to my surprise, the shake lasted me until lunch! I even skipped the morning snack with a big workout in my day! Day One of shakes is a success!

For lunch I had a cobb salad. I did include bleu cheese and I regret it. Not because it was bad, no it was delicious. I regret it because it wrecked my stomach and I didn’t need it. The salad would have been great without it. Again, a lesson learned. Sometimes I worry about restrictions but it really isn’t that bad!

Afternoon snack was a handful of almonds.

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Dinner was so good! Baked chicken tenders over spaghetti squash and sauce. This is a keeper, it is really easy during the week. I originally found this recipe for pan fried Paleo chicken tenders at Tastes of Lizzy T’s. The first time I made these I followed the recipe exactly. Delish! But I’m not very good at pan frying. This time, I wanted to try baking them to make it a little less involved. I dredged the chicken in eggs and almond flour with spices and put them on a cookie sheet to bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes. They turned out great! I’m so happy I found this recipe!

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Clomid Round 3 and What We’ve Learned

I’m trying to decide how to feel right now. We have officially been trying for our second baby for one year and this was our third round of Clomid. Guess what? We are not pregnant. My objective in writing about this has been to share information and experience but right now I am having a hard time coming up with anything constructive. In an effort to not just have a pity party, here are a few things we’ve learned through this experience.

1. This sucks. I know, super negative. But, I put this out there because people have said to me that they don’t know what to say about the situation. So, I just want everyone to know that it sucks and that’s how you should treat it. Like a sucky suckfest. Just bring wine.

2. Clomid gets easier the longer I take it. I really hope this is true for others because I have read about a lot of unpleasant side effects. The first month was terrible, but each month after it gets less intense, less noticeable. I’ve stayed on the same dosage thus far, and that could be the reason, but I need to share something positive!

3. I have learned a TON about fertility. I mean, I’ve already had a miscarriage and a baby, I thought I knew it all!  I was wrong. There is still so much to learn. Two apps have been my primary sources of information, Fertility Friend and Kindara. Fertility Friend does a great “course” through a series of emails once you create an account. Kindara has a Knowledge Base and an outstanding message board community. Seriously, these are some of the nicest people I have ever interacted with online.

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Until next time my friends, good luck!

Clomid

Clomid BBT Chart
Clomid BBT Chart

We have been trying for baby #2 for about 9 months with no success.  When we tried for J, we just assumed we were super fertile humans.  We got pregnant the first month we tried. That ended in a miscarriage, which sucked, but the next month we tried we were pregnant again.  Everyone was healthy and happy.  So when we started trying again, we didn’t foresee any issues.  Ha.  Hahahahahhahahhahahahha!

Enter Clomid.

This is our first cycle.  The good news is that, based on my BBT, I am 90% sure that I did ovulate.  The bad news is that we may have missed the ovulation window due to travel.  I will not be making that mistake again.  Clomid isn’t horrible, but it is no walk in the park either.  Here’s been my experience thus far.

CD1 – AF comes to town, nothing unusual.

CD3 – Start 50mg Clomid at 1pm

CD 4 – Take Clomid, AF leaves town.

CD 5 – Wake up DIZZY.  Like, the room is spinning and I may throw up.  Thankfully, this went away by lunch and I took my 1pm dose.

CD 6 – Take Clomid

CD 7 – Take Clomid

CD 10 – Huge dip in BBT, major fight with B, bloated and crampy.

CD 11 – Rise in BBT, really dislike B, for no reason, bloated and crampy, thinking maybe I ovulated.

CD 12 – Dip in BBT.  Well, that just pisses me off because I probably didn’t ovulate.  I am extremely sensitive, which is not the norm.  Seriously B, just stop talking.  Also, had no energy/strength/motivation at crossfit.  That just fueled the fire.

CD 13 – Small rise in BBT. Realize that I feel normal again and apologize to B for yelling, snapping, and generally being mean. Still feeling bloated and crampy.

CD 14 – Small dip in BBT. Feeling totally normal. The lens of normalcy helps me realize just how pissed I was at B – for no apparent reason.

CD 15 – Major spike in BBT.

CD 16 – Bloating goes away.

CD 17 – BBT remains high. 90% sure I ovulated.

Recap: From what I’ve read, a common side effect of Clomid is hot flashes.  I did not experience any the first cycle of Clomid.  That being said, Clomid made me really bloated and an unpleasant person for four days after my last dose until, this is my best guess, I ovulated.  Once I ovulated, my mood regulated.  While I am not looking forward to another round of Clomid, I will take it because it did it’s job.

What are your Clomid experiences?  Anyone get pregnant on their first round?

 

WholeLife – Life after Whole30

We just finished our Whole30, and today, we both feel like crap.  Maybe we celebrated our major accomplishment a little too much last night.  It was so nice to unwind with a glass of wine, eat some cheese for the first time in a month and not be so strict about the ingredients in dinner.  1 hour after eating, B admitted that he didn’t feel very good.  I had to admit that I didn’t feel very good either.  Damn this healthy eating!  It really does make a difference in almost all aspects of life!

Knowing this, we are now embarking on the next phase: Life after Whole30.

We decided that we want to stay pretty close to the Whole30 guidelines.  Eating real food does make you healthy.  So, here’s to day one of the rest of our lives!

One of the great things about doing a Whole30 is that it takes you out of your normal food routine.  We found some amazing new products.  One of my favorites is Naked Bacon.  It is really, really, really good AND has no added sugar.  Yeah Whole30 compliant!!

INGREDIENTS: Pork, sea salt, water and spices.  It doesn't get much better than that!
INGREDIENTS: Pork, sea salt, water and spices. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Naked Bacon shows up in our breakfast almost every day.  By most standards, that is too much.  Oh well!

Scrambled eggs, spinach and Naked Bacon.
Scrambled eggs, spinach and Naked Bacon.

Dinner

Dinner

We’ve been a bit out of control lately. Drinks, potato chips, ice cream, not to mention basically zero exercise. It’s time to get back to reality. The Paleo lifestyle has been our favorite way to live and, well, actually live.

Tonight is our first night back. This is a really easy dinner. I can’t take credit for coming up with it but I don’t know who did. We just throw yellow squash, zucchini, red onion and sausage on a lined cookie sheet and back for 30 minutes at 350 or 375. Sometimes I add pepper or rosemary.  Easy, good and leftovers!