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Taoin's 4th Challenge - Project Respawn

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Ok, so end of last November, snack bang in the middle of the last challenge my 4 year old special needs toddler was in hospital for a tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy/grommet insertion, then a week later back in emergency for a post op bleed.

 

And I tanked. Big time. I'd lost 2.5kg and then gained it again. But that's ok. 

 

This challenge is about taking it really easy and slowly. Putting into place some of the good habits I'd managed to establish before I derailed. 

 

1. Meal Prep.

2. Logging calories.

3. Replacing coffee with water (can't do black, no sugar, so...)

 

Next challenge I'll add walking/workout, sleep, tidying and meditation, but right now I'm limping. My toddler is due to go to preschool at the end of the month and there are some other challenges around that, so this challenge is just about getting started again.

 

Really s-l-o-w-l-y. Just the above. Nothing else right now, because I can barely cope at it is.

 

 

 

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Welcome back

 

I think with everything you have going on, taking it slow and steady this challenge is a good idea.

 

Good luck getting the transition set up. I know the transition at least with Eldest Agent was always the hardest part, but his quirks are different. .

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Slow and steady, right? My daughter was in and out of hospitals for her first 4 months or so and it can be DEVASTATING. Nothing else mattered and then getting back out of anxious sick child mode is... well, it’s over a year and a half later and I still have anxiety about her health, so I can’t fully say what it’s like once it’s gone.

I like the idea of setting a challenge to get back to a place where you know you can be. Meal prep is a pain when it’s happening, but it does make the week easier (eventually) reducing stress. I’m with you on black coffee... I’m strictly tea/water right now because it would be punishment to have to drink coffee black (and I actually like tea).

Best of luck on your challenges. Go you!


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On 09/01/2018 at 1:43 AM, Bean Sidhe said:

Welcome back

 

I think with everything you have going on, taking it slow and steady this challenge is a good idea.

 

Good luck getting the transition set up. I know the transition at least with Eldest Agent was always the hardest part, but his quirks are different. .

Here to offer support

 

Thanks Bean! Every kid's quirks are different, aren't they? I guess after going through it with one it was easier after that?

 

Thank you for the support, I really appreciate it.:)

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On 09/01/2018 at 3:12 AM, Hypotheticalfox said:

Slow and steady, right? My daughter was in and out of hospitals for her first 4 months or so and it can be DEVASTATING. Nothing else mattered and then getting back out of anxious sick child mode is... well, it’s over a year and a half later and I still have anxiety about her health, so I can’t fully say what it’s like once it’s gone.

I like the idea of setting a challenge to get back to a place where you know you can be. Meal prep is a pain when it’s happening, but it does make the week easier (eventually) reducing stress. I’m with you on black coffee... I’m strictly tea/water right now because it would be punishment to have to drink coffee black (and I actually like tea).

Best of luck on your challenges. Go you!


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When Matthew was born he had to be resuscitated 3 times and was in intensive care on life support for a month. When they're little and in hospital you don't forget it. But it's easier now he's 4 and walking, babbling (with some words and sign language) and generally being an all round charmer and goof :D

 

I know meal prep is key. Man it's a pain though! Meanwhile next week is tackle coffee addiction week... hmm, maybe tea is the way to go... thanks for the idea! (And the support!)

 

 

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Ok, so this week I prepared chicken salads and hard boiled eggs for snacks for my 3 work days. Now I'm off to do another couple of salads for my home days.

 

Hanging out for my day off Friday. I'm in the slow process of tackling some organisation of the house/toys situation to make things easier and I'll be planning my meal prep for next month (shopping lists, etc). I also want to get started on a journal for my NFA stuff.

 

Tonight I'm going to bed early. Kate finishes at work, little sleep due to wake ups from Matthew (thunderstorms and hot weather) and stress have exhausted me. 

 

Off to bed .... Zzzzz....

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2 hours ago, Taoin Sisu said:

 

Thanks Bean! Every kid's quirks are different, aren't they? I guess after going through it with one it was easier after that?

 

Thank you for the support, I really appreciate it.:)

 

Yep, every kid is different and they all have their things. That being said, Eldest has quirks that made him very hard to handle when he was small. Youngest Agent has no quirks and is extra patience. The teachers at the school tell me all the time how good she is with the kids that do have issues or need help (including kids in the special ed rooms). She has grown up knowing that people like this need help and she will help them because there is nothing different about them. When I explain about Eldest, the teachers are like "This explains so much".

I have been in that spot where its all so hard, where no one gets it. It may not be the same thing to get, but its hard and as time goes on, it does get better. So support will be here when you need it.

 

Get some sleep. it sounds like you are making progress. Good luck with making use of your day off.

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Week 2 (for me anyway).

 

I've made breakfast, lunch and snacks for the week and have just started logging again. I'm taking porridge with me to work and I'll eat there before I start work. Last week I stopped off at the café before work and would have a cappuccino with a breakfast wrap so I'll be cutting down on calories there. Plus I'll have an instant coffee.

 

I'll fill out the rest of MFP for the week in advance while in the bus to work.

 

On Friday I have to plan the meal prep for dinners for the month. I was meant to do it last Friday but just couldn't face it all. I need to plan what I'll be putting in Matthew's lunch box for preschool for his start date at the end of January too.

 

Not feeling the best depression wise but just taking little steps, and once Matthew has been settled in preschool for a month or so I'll be feeling better and able to focus more on my health goals.

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On 1/14/2018 at 2:59 PM, Taoin Sisu said:

Not feeling the best depression wise but just taking little steps, and once Matthew has been settled in preschool for a month or so I'll be feeling better and able to focus more on my health goals.

 

This is important. Yes, its hard trying to get a little one (let alone a little one that has extra issues) to change their schedule and routine. I get that. and it always use to send me in a spiral of the "How bad will it be, What happens if he does this, what happens when that happens?" I am not going to lie, preschool and kindergarten were ROUGH for us, but that was due to many things (mostly who mine was, and the places he went). The important thing is to focus on doing what you can to ease the transition and giving you the peace of mind to keep going. I wish there was some way to help, but instead, know I am here to listen whenever you need me.

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Someone just shifted the goal posts...

 

Two things happened over the last few days. Firstly, hubby ended up in excruciating pain in his right wrist (he's left handed) progressing worse and worse with no history of trauma. Saw the doctor and he's got carpal tunnel syndrome.

 

The day after he was diagnosed, I started getting suspicious that my period was late ... turns out I'm pregnant! (About 5 weeks)

 

On the plus side, the meal plan I had set up for my challenges is actually quite good for pregnancy (I'm surprised how much folate I've included in my meal plan without trying).

 

On the minus side, I'm obese, almost the biggest I've ever been. To add the weight gain of a pregnancy on top of that... woah!

 

I'm worried about Matthew getting the attention he needs when all of this is going on, and there's a limit to how much help hubby can now give me with a busted wrist. He'll see the specialist 01/02/2018 and then we'll use private health insurance to get a quicker surgery.

 

So I'm still going to do the challenges as I can. I won't be logging my food, just trying to eat with good nutrition, plenty of water (although I'm back onto the ginger cordial). I'd like to set up a gentle walking habit, just waiting for my energy to increase. Fell asleep twice while watching TV with my toddler today in the couch.

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Someone just shifted the goal posts...
 
Two things happened over the last few days. Firstly, hubby ended up in excruciating pain in his right wrist (he's left handed) progressing worse and worse with no history of trauma. Saw the doctor and he's got carpal tunnel syndrome.
 
The day after he was diagnosed, I started getting suspicious that my period was late ... turns out I'm pregnant! (About 5 weeks)
 
On the plus side, the meal plan I had set up for my challenges is actually quite good for pregnancy (I'm surprised how much folate I've included in my meal plan without trying).
 
On the minus side, I'm obese, almost the biggest I've ever been. To add the weight gain of a pregnancy on top of that... woah!
 
I'm worried about Matthew getting the attention he needs when all of this is going on, and there's a limit to how much help hubby can now give me with a busted wrist. He'll see the specialist 01/02/2018 and then we'll use private health insurance to get a quicker surgery.
 
So I'm still going to do the challenges as I can. I won't be logging my food, just trying to eat with good nutrition, plenty of water (although I'm back onto the ginger cordial). I'd like to set up a gentle walking habit, just waiting for my energy to increase. Fell asleep twice while watching TV with my toddler today in the couch.


Yay! It will be more challenging but you are the person who can make it!
What is your meal plan? I run low in folate as it is. I discover the lack makes me feel unfocused and forgetful, so probably I am very low now...
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Someone just shifted the goal posts...
 
Two things happened over the last few days. Firstly, hubby ended up in excruciating pain in his right wrist (he's left handed) progressing worse and worse with no history of trauma. Saw the doctor and he's got carpal tunnel syndrome.
 
The day after he was diagnosed, I started getting suspicious that my period was late ... turns out I'm pregnant! (About 5 weeks)
 
On the plus side, the meal plan I had set up for my challenges is actually quite good for pregnancy (I'm surprised how much folate I've included in my meal plan without trying).
 
On the minus side, I'm obese, almost the biggest I've ever been. To add the weight gain of a pregnancy on top of that... woah!
 
I'm worried about Matthew getting the attention he needs when all of this is going on, and there's a limit to how much help hubby can now give me with a busted wrist. He'll see the specialist 01/02/2018 and then we'll use private health insurance to get a quicker surgery.
 
So I'm still going to do the challenges as I can. I won't be logging my food, just trying to eat with good nutrition, plenty of water (although I'm back onto the ginger cordial). I'd like to set up a gentle walking habit, just waiting for my energy to increase. Fell asleep twice while watching TV with my toddler today in the couch.

Congratulations!
That’s too bad about your husband’s wrists, but at least he’s getting it looked at/starting the process of getting it taken care of long before you’re due.
I second the previous comment about wanting to know more about your meal plan filled with folate. Eventually the husband and I are talking about working toward a second baby and I’m curious.
Last, gentle walking is a good idea (of course you already knew that). Have you also considered maternity/prenatal/pregnant lady yoga classes too? When I was pregnant with Bee, I found out about 6 weeks in and had to stop Brazilian jujitsu, so instead I switched to pregnant lady yoga and (though I’m not a yoga person) I actually enjoyed the stretching made specifically for what my body was doing and the socializing with other pregnant ladies. I know it’s not for everyone, but it was pretty helpful.

Good luck and congratulations again!


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Thanks for the support guys!

 

My meal plan included salads that I would pack in mason jars for lunch, which included baby spinach, home made pesto made of spinach and basil, Vegemite on crackers and hard boiled eggs for snacks, plus avocado, almonds all good sources of folate. I was hoping to introduce vegetable soup as well, so great excuse to incorporate broccoli, another good source. Plus I like chickpeas and have wanted to try home made hommus for a while now. It all sounds good, but morning sickness might throw it out the window.

 

Unfortunately, I'll need to mix up my protein for the lunch salads as cooking the chicken will only work the one day (can't keep for longer than that when preggers). Might introduce some canned tuna.

 

Starting to get morning sickness though, so not sure if I'll manage the porridge I normally eat for breakfast. Had a fruit juice icypole this morning while lying in bed and then had a couple of arrowroot biscuits.

 

Just had toast and Vegemite for dinner, couldn't cope with what I'd cooked earlier.

 

Wait and see.

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Wow, that is a big shift. Congrats! And hopefully the carpel tunnel gets taken care of without any complications.

 

On 1/22/2018 at 5:57 AM, Taoin Sisu said:

It all sounds good, but morning sickness might throw it out the window.

Would eating it later in the day help?

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Congrats on the newest little one.

I will say that it was a bit of a shift for my eldest who has some quirks when I became pregnant with my second. Not going to say it was easy, but he also has different quirks. The important thing is that you explain it to Matthew and that you make sure he finds this to be a good thing and not a bad thing. Like I was horribly horribly sick with both kids. like "you have lost over 10% of your body weight, I may need to admit you" sick.  Eldest had the hardest time and was scared because I was sick. But I never told him it was the baby doing it, since I didn't want him getting mad at the baby and blaming it. I just kept telling him I was fine and it was okay.

Hopefully Matthew is adjusting and your husband is feeling slightly better and the surgery will be a quick one.

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