Ever since I started the birth control on Monday, I've been feeling "off". I haven't done well on the pill in the past and it appears that nothing has changed. It's hard to put into words, but being on it really messes with my hormones and my overall attitude. I tend to look on the negative side of everything and walk around with an attitude of dissatisfaction. This is not helpful in my marriage and it certainly isn't helpful when I am trying to remain optimistic about our upcoming cycle. So, I try to find things I can do to de-stress.
The thing I want to do most is eat this:
I love Chipotle. I always get the vegetarian burrito bowl with guacamole. YUM! I would seriously eat it every day if it weren't for the number of points plus I would have to use to do that! And now that I am trying to avoid carbs and eat loads of protein, I'm steering clear of it for the time being. It would seriously be so easy for me to eat my feelings, but since that won't get me any closer to fitting into my size 8's, I refuse to do it.
Another thing I tend to do when I am stressed is go shopping. I guess that makes me a stress shopper. The dress above is one I am eyeing from Tar.get. So cute! I love the tie waist and the coral color! And it's not that expensive ($27.99). BUT, we are really counting our pennies in order to afford IVF again. PLUS, I'm hoping that I won't need to buy non-maternity clothes.
I would much rather have a reason to buy this:
Earlier this week I was feeling completely hopeless. I was convinced that this cycle would not work (yes, before it's really begun). Now, I'm looking at it with complete optimism. I even went ahead and purchased two maternity items that were on mega clearance from Old Navy. Talk about a 180! Now I'm just hoping that I'll have a reason to purchase the cute number above!
What I should really be doing with all this nervous energy is pounding the pavement:
I used to be so disciplined when it came to running. When I was a sophomore in college, no matter how busy I was, I always found a way to sneak in a good run at the gym. I could run 6-7 miles on the treadmill easily. Now? I struggle for the motivation and energy to get in 3. But, I keep doing it because I know that it is good for me. Good for my body and good for my mind. (although I would rather just sit on the couch and eat a burrito!)
What do you do to de-stress? Are there any specific foods you crave when you're hormonal/stressed? Any good habits you care to pass along?