Back To Life Back To Reality

We’re home. I don’t want to be home, I don’t want Christmas and New Year and holidays to be over. But as childishly as I’d like to stomp my foot and pout, the sad reality is that time passes, all too quickly when we’re having fun. We arrived back this morning and already within a matter of hours, its as if we never left.

So on Monday, its back to work and back to everyday reality. I only really feel like my New Year will start once I’m back at work but I do have some plans to put in place from this week. Not New Years resolutions as such, I don’t believe in those things, I think all they do is set us up for failure, but I do have a few realistic things I’d like to start implementing in my life from this week.  Obviously, most importantly is my IVF preparation. Both W and I need to start getting “fertile fit”. So from this week, we’ll be watching what we eat, following a Low GI diet rich in Fish and cutting out alcohol.


Aaah, shucks, who’m I trying to kid?

I won’t be cutting out alcohol, but I’ll certainly be reducing my alcohol intake and avoiding the hard stuff, just enjoying a few glasses of wine now and again. I know this may sound terribly jaded, so forgive me, but this will be my 4th IVF attempt and avoiding alcohol or any of the other major do’s and don’ts during an IVF have made sweet F-all difference to the outcomes in the past. So I’m no longer so hung up on all those things, yes I follow the instructions, because they’re sensible and I want to give myself the best chance possible, but I also don’t beat myself up if I drink a glass of wine or two once a week. 

 I believe God is in control here and that if its His will that this IVF be a success then it will be. Of course, that doesn’t mean I get to sit on my fat bum and do nothing, I’m definitely doing to hold up my end of the deal, its just that I’ve begun to think that the outcome of this IVF is already determined and there’s not a whole lot I can do change that. If its my turn its my turn right?


So mostly, I’m going to be focusing on getting as healthy and both mentally and physically strong for the big challenge that lies ahead.

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  • Reply m

    Sounds like a great plan. Be smart, but don’t kill yourself over a glass of wine (or two) especially on those days you need to unwind with your sweetie. Here’s to 2009…

    January 3, 2009 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply 'Murgdan'

    I hear ya. Ours isn’t for awhile now–but the RE really seemed to stress that alcohol can affect egg quality for several months out…so it’s back to a few glasses of red wine (cause it’s HEALTHY) a few times a week for me too. Oh well…it’s not the first time ‘Cut back on the drinking’ has made it to my resolution top 10 list. 🙂 Ahahaha…what? Me? I can quit anytime I want!

    Whether or not it will make a difference is just nil…at least it’ll be one less question to plague my mind if it doesn’t work. I’ll honestly be able to tell myself, “At least I know my eggs weren’t pickled”.

    That’s all.

    January 3, 2009 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Lea White

    I have to say I really like your blog template you are using. Blogger is fairly limited unless you are good at creating your own and importing it – which I’m not.

    Hugs, positive thoughts and lots of prayers is what I will be offering you every single day!

    January 3, 2009 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply Ginger

    I am in total IVF panic totay. But I think your aproach is good. I like it!!

    January 3, 2009 at 11:23 pm
  • Reply Coach Louise

    Hey Sharon,

    You just do what you need to do to feel relaxed and ready. Getting wound up and ‘shoulding’ all over ourselves about all the things we could be doing, can be counterproductive to the whole process. You know intuitively what has worked for you, what feels good, and how to support yourself! Make a list of New Year ‘revelations’ that will keep you on track! You can only do, what you can do!

    your loving friend,
    Coach Louise

    PS I joined a teleclass 8 day cleanse yesterday that I wrote about on my blog, that I think will be very supportive physically and emotionally. Its not too late for you to join either, its free, and they have recordings of all the calls if the time difference is an issue!

    The host mentioned a drink that you can easily make up, that is very supportive to the body and helpful with detoxing.

    and you gradually add the ingredients over days….

    In the morning when you get up take:

    a glass of water (room temp)
    plus fresh squeeze of lemon juice,
    plus pinch of mineral or sea salt (NOT your normal table salt),
    plus pinch of cayenne pepper,
    plus pinch of grated ginger,
    and B grade maple syrup or a little honey if you like a little bit of sweet.
    (and mix it all up)

    The other tip which is an easy one, is just increase your water intake during the day as we are all generally dehydrated to some degree or other – this will help to give your body what it needs and flush out toxins. If you can don’t drink anything from 30min before a meal or during a meal and for at least 40mins after a meal, so your digestive juices aren’t diluted – digestion becomes a lot more effective.

    Have fun! (I will post this info on my blog for others to see too!)

    January 4, 2009 at 2:37 am
  • Reply Michelle

    I like your POA Shaz and I honestly wish you and W allt he very best for 2009. May it be a good year for both of you in more ways than one. Take special care my friend. (((Hugs))) xxxx

    January 4, 2009 at 8:24 am
  • Reply Elize

    Love you plan of action, really hoping and praying that this will be it for you and W. I feel exactly the same about the outcome being already determined. Sometimes I feel a little fatalistic about it, but most times I know and understand that God is in complete control. Here’s to a 2009 baba for you.

    January 5, 2009 at 7:18 am
  • Reply samcy

    Its a great POA. Like you say the outcome is already determined and a glass of wine or two is NOT going to make the difference between a negative and a positive.

    I’m praying for the fulfillment of your promise from God.


    January 5, 2009 at 10:19 am
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