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Day 14

 

Today was a good day. I had a healthy breakfast of Total with blueberries, and then my husband and I went to a state park first thing in the morning. I went walking and he went jogging. I had string cheese and almonds as a snack. I also had a baked potato for lunch with some avocado on it. I didn’t really have dinner? I had a peanut butter and honey rollup and had some crackers with dip. I think I might eat a slice of pizza yet. Also I took my prenatal vitamins. I’m trying to do better with eating now that I know I’m pregnant, but I really don’t know how to cook!

It still doesn’t seem real that I’m pregnant, but I’m trying to let it sink in. Since I took the pregnancy test a day after my missed period, I’m still only three days late right now. I’m perhaps overly concerned about a possible miscarriage but am trying to breath in and out and be calm. I’m looking forward to talking with my doctor tomorrow!

TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT

When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today?
Going to the state park with my hubby, and still being pregnant!
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day?
Reading some of Sherman Alexie’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.”
◊ How will I connect to someone today?
I will bond with my husband over this new experience we find ourselves in.

During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Yes. I slept pretty soundly. I’m worried about tonight because I often have trouble getting two good nights of sleep in a row!
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done; Total with blueberries and milk, with a little bit of coffee and a lot of milk and sugar.
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I think I did drink this today. I’ve been so much better about having my water bottle handy since I started this blog. Just need to remember to take it to school tomorrow!
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. I walked in the State Park and also we sat outside with our two cats on our harnesses.
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). Not done today. While try and remember to do it as a break from my desk tomorrow.
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. Remembered as I typed this.
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. I think I was pretty calm today, considering.
◊ I connected with someone. Just my husband today!
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I read some of Sherman Alexie’s new book, and tried on some new clothes from Old Navy.
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. Yes, I walked at the park for about 40 minutes, and also I did one of Jack Lalanne’s (super old school) workout videos and also one of Denise Austin’s twelve minute stretching routines.
◊ I only went on the internet from six to eight PM: Not really. Will try and start this tomorrow; tomorrow my online grad school classes start and I plan to work on them from 6 – 8 PM as needed.
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.

Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions?
 Yes.
◊ What fired me up today, and why?
 Thinking about being pregnant.
◊ What tired me out today, and why? 
Thinking about being pregnant.

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Day 13

Well, it seems that I am pregnant for the first time! This is not a shock, because we were trying, but it is a shock, because we’d been trying for a year. I just had a test done which was very painful, to see if my Fallopian tubes were blocked. It was very painful and the doctor said he used a lot of pressure to force dye through my tubes. That can mean that they WERE partially blocked, and having the test done could actually make it easier to get pregnant. I’m going to guess that it helped, because we got pregnant on the very next try. My period is only a few days late so it doesn’t feel real.  My period has been this late before, but I ovulated early this time, and two pregnancy tests have confirmed it.

I’m not going to tell anyone for a bit because I know that if a miscarriage is going to happen, it is likely to happen early. I thought I would be excited! But mostly I’m surprised, confused, and a little nervous that it has actually happened.

So I think what I will do is keep going with the blog, posting the “Today’s Personal Energy” report, because that is all good things to be doing. On days that I’m up to it, I’ll add in advice I took from Denise’s book, and maybe a little from “What to Expect when you are Expecting.”

I guess this blog has to stay a secret for awhile!! Seems I have only one loyal reader right now anyway.

TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT

When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today? 
Still being pregnant? Oh my goodness.
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day? 
Eating at our favorite Thai restaurant.
◊ How will I connect to someone today?
I will bond with my husband over this new experience we find ourselves in.

During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Not really, I couldn’t get to sleep and the cats were waking us up. I’m still trying to sort out a routine for going to bed so I can get enough sleep.
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done; Total with blueberries and milk, with a little bit of coffee and a lot of milk and sugar.
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I think I did drink this today.
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. I walked on the track again.
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). Not today.
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. Remembered as I typed this.
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. My mind is a little crazy today with the news; I’m worried about an early miscarriage but trying to breath deeply and not stress.
◊ I connected with someone. Just my husband today!
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I read a book all morning. A book about a teenage girl named Flora that has amnesia.
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. Yes, I walked on the track.
◊ I only went on the internet from six to eight PM: Not entirely, but I wasn’t on the internet too much today.
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.

Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions?
 Yes.
◊ What fired me up today, and why?
 Thinking about being pregnant.
◊ What tired me out today, and why? 
Thinking about being pregnant.

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Day 10

Day ten has arrived!

Today, Denise said that boredom is a sign of unutilized potential. She suggested thinking of something I would be willing and want to devote a half hour or hour a day to – something just for me. She suggested ancestry.com, reading, a craft, tai chi, a blog, and so on. Luckily, I started this blog ten days ago and already like to read. I think my life is full enough as it is! I’m actually looking forward to finishing this blog and going back to my book, “The Abstinence Teacher.” I think I read it before, but I can’t remember where the story goes!

For breakfast, Denise said to have half a bagel with one tablespoon of low-fat cream cheese, and 1/2 cup berries. Done. For a snack, she said to have a piece of string cheese, plus 1/2 cup berries or other sliced fruit. Done. In the evening she said to do a crossword to stretch my brain; I will pull myself out of my book and do a crossword puzzle for fifteen minutes before going to sleep. I like the New York Times crossword puzzles, although even the Monday ones are not easy for me!

TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT

When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today? 
Reading my book when I get home from work.
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day? 
Walking after school. And reading.
◊ How will I connect to someone today? 
I will make an effort at lunch to be engaged in good conversation with my coworkers.

During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. No – I couldn’t fall asleep. I think it was almost one, and then today I ate cookies in the morning partially because I was tired. I’m going to take a half dose of Advil PM tonight before I go to bed.
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done.
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I think I had about six glasses today. I didn’t have my water with me at school and felt dehydrated this afternoon. I’ve been trying to catch up this evening.
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Yes, while I was walking around the running track.
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). Will do with the evening stretch.
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. Remembered as I typed this.
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. Yes for the most part.
◊ I connected with someone. Yes, lots of people at school. Today one coworker and I bonded over the fact that she is blind in one eye, and I am nearly blind in the other. (My other eye compensates so much that I am surprised by people coming up on my left sometimes, ha ha.)
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I walked, I read, my husband and I watched some of Juno together.
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. Yes, it was a full thirty minutes that I was outside walking. I should get back to some workout videos! I’ve walked four days in a row at least but I should get back to some strength training.
◊ I only went on the internet from six to eight PM: Not entirely, but better than some days!
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.

Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions?
 Yes
◊ What fired me up today, and why?
 School stuff felt good. Being helpful felt good.
◊ What tired me out today, and why? 
I’m not used to a full day of people yet!

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Day 9

Welcome to day nine! Today again was busy with the school year starting. I think it has been good to get back into the swing of things. Today Denise said to experience the power of wonder, and to remember what it was like to view the world through the eyes of a four-year-old. It’s true that after spending decades on earth, and giving a name to everything we see, we tend to lose our sense of wonder at things around us! Today when I went for a walk, I tried to notice things around me more. I noticed a kitten, maybe six months old, bouncing around, excited about everything. I noticed two little girls waving at me, they were practicing saying “hi” over and over. I noticed the green grass thanks to recent rain, and was thankful that it will still be light out after school for a few more months.

Today, Denise said to have oat meal with flax seed and blueberries for breakfast, which I did. She said to spend the morning looking at the world through a four-year-olds eyes… that was difficult because I was at school for a professional development day, but I tried to look through a four-year-olds eyes during my walk after school!

For the afternoon she said to have an egg on toast for a snack (I included this with my dinner), and she said that if I could, to spend my lunch hour in a library and to pick up a non-fiction book about something I would like to learn more about. Funny! I work in a school library. Tomorrow I will take home a book on evolution.

She says to go to be early tonight and get up early to watch the sun come up, to keep my sense of wonder going. Sorry, I am not doing this!! I do not like getting up before seven, and I will be grouchy all day if I get up early on the weekends. Maybe I could find somewhere to watch the sun set tomorrow? Might be some good views over the lake near by.

TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT

When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today? 
Reading more of my book, “The Abstinence Teacher.” So good!
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day? 
Reading. And walking on the running track.
◊ How will I connect to someone today? 
Connecting with people from work I haven’t seen in a long time.

During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Yes, although I dreamed I was dead! Like I was walking around but I was stiff and when I looked in the mirror I was white as a sheet and I was wondering how long I had before I started decomposing.
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done.
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I did not do this, and I ate cookies at work, and I can feel it. I will get back on track tomorrow.
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Yes, while I was walking around the running track. Since I started this blog, this is the most that I have continuously gone walking on that track!
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). Will do with evening stretches!
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. Remembered as I typed this.
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. Yes for the most part. It’s been good being busier, actually.
◊ I connected with someone. Yes, lots of people at school. I will be more specific next week!
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I walked, and I’m going to read later.
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. Yes, it was a full thirty minutes that I was outside walking.
◊ I only went on the internet from six to eight PM: I slid back on this. It’s 9:00 PM now… need to finish and go read.
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.

Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions?
 Yes
◊ What fired me up today, and why?
 Just getting started with school felt good.
◊ What tired me out today, and why? 
I’m not used to a full day of people yet!

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Day 8

Greetings! This blog post also needs to be short as I have run over my internet time; on the plus side, I am about finished with my “where have I been, what have I been doing since age 18” project. Yay!

Today, Denise talked about finding serenity and peace every day. She recommended reciting the serenity prayer, or finding another Mantra. Perhaps I should rethink “In the End, it doesn’t even matter.” It’s a bit on the depressive side? I’ll think of another, but it needs to resonate with me.

Today Denise said to have cheese toast for breakfast, along with an apple. She said if I felt anxious to count to ten slowly while stretching. This does work! She said to have a snack of a half cup of yogurt and a banana, which I did, after school.

She said to turn to nature for serenity this evening; I went for a walk along the track again. I’ll keep doing this til it gets too cold out!

TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT

When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today? 
Seeing coworkers I haven’t seen in a long time.  
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day? 
Walking after school. And reading.
◊ How will I connect to someone today? 
Connecting with people from work I haven’t seen in a long time.

During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Yes, although I had trouble falling asleep.
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done.
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I think I have about 10 ounces to go. I did make sure I had water with me at school
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Yes, while I was walking around the running track.
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). Done!
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. Remembered as I typed this.
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. Yes for the most part.
◊ I connected with someone. Yes, lots of people at school. I’ll be more specific when I’m not overwhelmed by all the people I’m seeing again.
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I walked, and I’m going to read later.
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. Yes, it was a full thirty minutes that I was outside walking.
◊ I only went on the internet from six to eight PM: For the most part yes. I have to be on a computer at school but I was doing work things.
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.

Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions?
 Yes
◊ What fired me up today, and why?
 Just getting started with school felt good.
◊ What tired me out today, and why? 
I’m not used to a full day of people yet!

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Day Six

For day six, Denise discusses the need to let go of stress. She tells a story that a lecturer at a stress management workshop told; he asked the audience how much a glass of water weighs? And then he responded to his own question, that it doesn’t matter how much it weighs, it matters how long you carry it. It would be easy to carry for an hour, but if you had to carry it for a whole day, by the next day you would be calling an ambulance. Denise says that this is the same with stress. We have to learn to put our worries aside, and pick them up again later. This really resonated with me.

Denise said to think about what I need help with today, and to ask somebody else – my mother, my partner, etc. for that help. I asked my hubby to get the groceries while I went and checked the PO box, so we could get home quicker! For breakfast she said to have an English muffin with peanut butter and a bowl of fruit; I had the hotel breakfast to pick from, but did manage to eat a bagel with peanut butter and a container of applesauce. Probably more empty carbs and high fructose corn syrup than she would have like, but oh well!

For the afternoon, she said to blow off stress with a quick walk; I did three laps around our running track near by. She said to have a piece of string cheese along with a cup of chopped veggies and two tablespoons of hummus as a snack. I’m not sure if I had a full cup of snap peas, but pretty close.

For an after work/evening boost she recommended destressing with yoga. I have one of Yoga Body Burnher Yoga DVDs so I did most of the “Yoga body burn” session.

Today was better; my mantra has switched to that I can’t control other people’s ideas of me and that negative thought patterns are similar to calorie counting and just need to be ignored. These are some life-long habits I have that go in waves, but right now I appear to be on the upswing!


TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT

When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today?
Getting ready for my new morning ritual
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day?
Picking up an Amazon package from our PO Box
◊ How will I connect to someone today?
Finishing Edwards Scissorhands with my hubby

During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Yes. Not as good as sleeping in my bed at home though.
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done, per Denise’s instructions (mostly).
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I have ten more ounces to go!
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Yes, while I was walking around the running track.
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). Whoops! I will do it when I’m done typing this blog.
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. Remembered as I typed this, and also a few other times!
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. Mostly I just shut them down. Sometimes I try to just shut them down instead of ruminating long enough to switch them to a positive. But maybe they would be banished longer if I found the positive.
◊ I connected with someone. Hmm. I only talked to my hubby today. But I connected with him!
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I will read before bed.
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. Yes, between the walking and the yoga.
◊ I only went on the internet from six to eight PM: Failed miserably. But not as miserably as yesterday.
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.

Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions?
 Yes
◊ What fired me up today, and why?
Thinking about my new morning routine, and finding an audio book for when I go walking.
◊ What tired me out today, and why?
I wasn’t too tired today, but I do have a project looming, that involves writing down all of my past addresses since I was eighteen, along with past work places, and every time I left the country, that seems like a big headache, because I moved a lot in my late teens and twenties, including travel overseas for ten months at a time two different times so… yeah, I’ve been putting that off.

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Day 5

Welcome to Day 5! Today, Denise recommended making over my morning routine for more energy. She said that her morning routine includes the following: her morning stretch, brushing her teeth and making her bed, “padding to the kitchen” for a glass of water with a squeeze of fresh lemon, eating breakfast and savoring family time along with her one cup of coffee. Then she heads to her home gym for her thirty-minute “energize” session. She then instructs me to make my own morning routine that might include a fragrant coffee or tea, daily meditation, and maybe a whimsical alarm clock.

I thought about this a lot, and, I think the most important thing for my routine is making it as simple as possible to get up and get going. Otherwise I tend to laze around thinking about the little things that must be done before I leave the house. So my morning routine will actually start the night before! I will make sure my space by our bed is clean and tidy so that is the first thing I see in the morning, I will lay my clothes out, make sure coffee supplies are set out and the french press is clean and ready to go. My purse and anything I need for the school day will be set in my bin by the front door. Also, I plan to take Denise up on the “whimsical alarm clock” idea so I don’t have to keep my phone by my bed as an alarm clock.

In the morning, all I will need to do is wake up, finish the water by my bed, do my morning stretches, hop into my clothes, savor my coffee over breakfast, spend fifteen minutes on hair/makeup/teeth brushing, and I will be out the door! I need to be at school by 8 AM and it is not even a five minute walk. So if I have done my prep the night before, I should be able to get up at 7 AM and not be rushed.

Alright, moving on. Today was a better day. I’m going to add in an internet category to my Daily Energy Checklist, which I didn’t follow today, but at least it will get me moving in a reasonable direction. Today was better partially because my husband and I got out of the house and are staying in a hotel for the night in a bigger town an hour from us.

It’s also a better day because I really tried to remember a few things from yesterday; for example that trying to anticipate or control how other people think of me is exhausting. Also, the idea I had yesterday, that the part of my brain that used to count calories all the time without me actually wanting it to, is very similar to the neural pathways that keep my hyper-focused on work and people at work, even when I don’t want it to. It’s the same beast in a different form. And only nominally based in reality.

So anyway. Today Denise said to plan my morning ritual, and then eat an energizing breakfast of half an english muffin with one egg, a slice of cheese, and a slice of turkey bacon. Also three quarters cup of blueberries. I had a full english muffin, two slices of turkey bacon, and forgot about the blueberries. Whoops! I did have some with the snack she recommends later, though.

For the afternoon, she says to pick up any supplies I need for my morning routine (I’m going to look for the whimsical alarm clock tomorrow), and says to eat a half cup of cottage cheese with blueberries for a snack. I do this. For the evening, she says to spend a few minutes visualizing how I will wake up tomorrow with my new morning ritual. I’m at a hotel tonight so I will start my new routine Saturday. I’ll have to figure out something to do on the weekends to do to get me up and out; maybe a walk on the track after breakfast.

TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT

When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today?
Bowling with my hubby!
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day? 
Swimming in the hotel pool
◊ How will I connect to someone today?
I forgot to fill this out in the morning, but we connected with the woman that served us 20170818_180644our food at a Thai restaurant today, almost every time we come to this town we eat at the same restaurant. And now they have a grocery attached too!

During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Yes
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done, per Denise’s instructions (mostly).
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I’m not sure if I had quite enough, but I had at least six glasses including tea with dinner. I’m drinking some right now, and don’t want to drink more or I’ll be up all night. Also, dinner was a soupy curry so there was a lot of water in that.
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. We had our Thai dinner outside in the sun.
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). I will do it with my evening stretch!
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. Remembered as I typed this!
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. Mostly I told myself to just stop it, but I’ll work to flip it to positive.
◊ I connected with someone. The Thai lady! And a lady sitting next to us who was speaking Spanish.
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I went swimming.
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. I swam! I swam for a whole thirty minutes back and forth in the hotel pool. I was quite proud of myself because I didn’t know I could do that. I didn’t go fast, but I was crawling along or swimming the butterfly, or front stroke, or side stroke, etc, the whole time. I’m checking into swimming lessons in this town on Saturdays at the YMCA in September; again it is an hour away but might be worth it. I’d love to be confident enough to swim laps in a pool for exercise.
◊ I only went on the internet from six to eight PM: Failed miserably.
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.

Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions?
 Yes
◊ What fired me up today, and why?
 Getting out to a larger town, and learning that I could swim for thirty minutes without stopping!
◊ What tired me out today, and why? 
That fuzzy cloud wasn’t directly over my head, but it was maybe a few feet above my head and a little behind. It was lurking!