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Getting Ready for The Roller Coaster (December Goals)

I think that, if anything, this December is going to be about getting ready for the roller coaster ride that is to come. 

But before I get into that, GIVEAWAY Reminders!

Reflecting on November

November is my Blogiversary month, and I honestly take that more seriously than my birthday. Hence, #allthegiveaways. We started November with a Cubs World Series Win. Then the election and all the fallout that has come from it. I got back to cooking and baking and creating (and used my crockpot!). I started therapy. I took a survey and delivered the results. Alex and I had an EPIC Thanksgiving with our families. 

Finally, Tuesday happened. As I spoke about my social anxiety on the blog, I had an undercurrent of anxiety of another nature on my mind and in front of my face, which some of you saw a blurb about on Instagram.

On Tuesday, we finally started the IVF process in earnest. We got our protocol, learned about all (and I mean all) the shots and drugs and rules and risks and procedure that we are in for. We talked about potential disappointments, potential mental and emotional risks, and about the physical changes that might come. For the first time, IVF really, truly, became real. According to the survey results, a number of you are interested in posts about my IVF journey, so I will be sharing and discussing it as we go (both the mental and physical aspects).

Poor Alex...

Poor Alex…

I hope that in sharing my IVF story, those who may have no contact with the process can understand it better, and those who are going through the process can find support.  Please email me if you have particular questions or topics that you would like covered, or leave them in the comments below.

I’ll come back to this at another time, but for now, I want to look to the last month of this rather interesting year, December!

December 2016 : Getting ready for the Roller Coaster

If I thought 2016 has been weird, I’m sure 2017 is going to be weirder. But first, we have to finish out 2016! The month is starting out with dinners with friends, puppy cuddles, and enjoying those last weeks and days of having a body that I at the very least somewhat understand. I will start hormone therapy next week (just birth control for now to help me get a baseline of estrogen, as I have essentially none in my system). 

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BIG changes come at the very end of the month, when I start injections, and REALLY REALLY big changes come Jan 4, when I have to change my entire lifestyle. So for now? I am living in the moment and enjoying what I know I will have to abstain from come Jan 4.

Namely, any sort of sanity alcohol fun running and exercise in general. This month, I am just going to run for the sake of running, even more so than in the previous weeks and months. I am going to enjoy the fact that I can run this December, unlike last December (when I was diagnosed with my fracture). If it is cold, I will deal with it. I am not going to be a wuss about it (ok, maybe I will be). I am going to try to run with Alex when I can, enjoy coaching, and enjoy my time on the spin bike, doing yoga, and lifting. 

Mentally and emotionally, I am going to continue with therapy to help me delve into my social anxiety and also help me bulk up my coping mechanisms for what I know will be a bumpy ride in 2017. 

Remember: Nothing lasts forever. When was the last time you had to remind yourself to have perspective? http://suzlyfe.com/nothing-lasts-forever

I’m going to drink beer and sip cocktails. Deal with it. (BTW, I average a half a beer 3-4 times a week. I’m not a lush).

I’m going to come up with new recipes. AND MAKE THEM. AND EAT THEM.

Zucchini Cornbread muffins

I am going to try to do at least some of the bucket list items from last winter that I never got around to. Zoo Lights hopefully this weekend!

I’m going to clean out the back of my car. It looks like a hobo lives back there. If a hobo had 3 yoga mats, a box of office supplies, random workout shirts (that don’t fit), and a walking boot (JIC). And then I am going to get someone to vacuum my car within an inch of its life and it is going to be magical.

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Basically, I am just trying to live the rest of 2016 purposefully. I was in such a crap place last December–in so much pain, on crutches, and feeling just shut off from the world. This December, I want to savor the freedom that I have, knowing that while that freedom isn’t necessarily being taken away from me, I am going to have to chance my lifestyle a great deal. 

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It isn’t going to be easy. But then, what worth doing ever is?

What worth doing ever is easy? Suz's goals for living the rest of 2016 purposefully #goals #sweatpink Click To Tweet

How are you viewing the end of this year? What are you looking to accomplish?

Is the way back of your car a sh*t show?

Which promises to be more of a storm: December 2016 or January 2017?

Joining Amanda (Thinking out Loud), Julie (Best of Blogs), Ange and Carmy (Goal Chat) and Gretch and Kristen (What’s New With You)

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