Challenge, Life

Six Week Challenge

I got a migraine yesterday. Bizarrely, it only lasted half a day (rather than the typical three days, thank Jebus), but it was definitely a migraine…and taking care of a baby while vomiting and being partially blind from an aura sucked just as much as I thought it would. I assumed I would be free from migraines as long as I avoid gluten, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t ingest any rogue glutonium yesterday, so now I’m freaking out that they might be returning. Hopefully it was just a freak hormonal thing, but I might as well use this as a wake-up call to start living healthier.

Beyond not eating gluten, the things I assume might help ward off migraines are the old oh-so-important cliches: Eat well. Move more. Get enough sleep. I currently kind of suck at all of these, so I need something to keep me accountable. I really enjoyed being part of tumfit earlier this year – it motivated me to squeeze in short but very efficient workouts during naptime – but I totally fell out of that habit when the challenge ended. The solution (I hope)? Join another challenge! I signed up for Adventure Baby Boost, which starts next week. I’m hoping a group of fellow outdoorsy mamas is just what I need to keep going.

75 degrees today. Can it just stay that way until October, please? Woodland baby

My main goal for the six weeks is simply to create a habit out of taking the time for myself to exercise – beyond the walk I take every day with Nora. This will help me Beat the Blerch come September, too…and hopefully make me feel the good sort of tired that will end this stupid insomnia (and the consequent chocolate binges).

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  • Reply Samantha Welch April 23, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    I’m so sorry that you suffered from a migraine the other day :( They suck. I’m also sad to hear that you’re not sleeping either. Actually, I developed horrible insomnia around the time my son turned 1 last year, and it’s been an on going struggle ever since. If you ever want to talk about it (since misery loves company) and bounce ideas off of one another, shoot me an email (nature_journey{at}yahoo{dot}com). I’ve tried pretty much everything. Hope it gets better for you…and me.

    <3 HappyScrappySam

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz April 23, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      I’ve always struggled with sleep, but I naively assumed that when I had a baby I would be *so* sleep-deprived that my body would simply HAVE TO sleep…but no. Aargh! It’s so frustrating, I’m sorry you’ve been dealing with it too. :(

  • Reply ARC May 4, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I used to be a sleep anywhere, anytime sort of girl, but after having kids my sleep quality has gotten MUCH worse. Part of it is probably just getting older, but some of it is that “high alert” state of listening for the monitor, etc even when I don’t use it anymore. I haven’t yet figured out how to train myself out of that. Maybe when the small one stops waking up crying in the middle of the night (hoping that is soon…)

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz May 4, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      I’ve always been a light sleeper, but this is ridiculous! It’s probably good for the survival of the species, but man alive.

      Also, do you hear phantom crying when you shower? I have ever since Nora was born. Am I still going to be hearing it when she’s 19 and away at college?

      • Reply ARC May 6, 2015 at 6:02 pm

        Hey! Until I read your comment, I realized I haven’t heard any phantom crying in a long time! It happened with both girls, for sure, and lasted for a LONG time with Trillian, but definitely ended before M was born (and T was 3 at that point, so maybe it ended around age 2?). With M I haven’t heard it in 2015 for sure, so 2 years sounds about right :)

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