So here they are:
1 - LOSE WEIGHT I know, I know everyone says that after Christmas and yes it's on my list every year and I never seem to do it! However 2011 is going to be different you see somehow i managed to gain an extra 21lbs putting me at my heaviest weight ever and I am done with carrying that extra weight around. Plus it can only help with fertility to lose the weight and WHEN I do get pregnant im only going to gain more weight which is not going to do my already delicate joints any good at all!
2 - BE POSITIVE Now i usually am a positive person so im hoping that this one isn't going to be too hard to keep lol! But this has been a difficult year for me and the past 6 months i have noticed myself feeling down more than happy and thinking negatively rather than my usual positive outlook. I hate this and need to change it I know it's impossible to be positive all the time but I can certainly try.
3 - NO MORE RESOLUTIONS! What i mean by that is to stop making a list of goals that im know im never going to acheive and therefore give up on them easily! So losing weight and positive thinking are my 2 goals for 2011! Wish me luck!
As I was googling I also found this list of fertility resolutions that were written for 2010 so i thought they would be interesting to read.
Here are eight resolutions for your fertility for 2010:
- 1. The top New Year’s resolutions are generally in the areas of weight loss, exercise, and quitting smoking and all of these goals may also impact your fertility. "You should eliminate smoking, drugs, alcohol, excessive caffeine and get close to a normal body weight by modifying diet and exercise. You should see a reproductive endocrinologist if there are any hints at something being wrong, or if you’re not pregnant in six months or more."
- Dr. Edward Marut, Medical Director, The Fertility Centers of Illinois, Highland Park, IL
2. "Check your FSH levels and AMH levels [these hormones will give you a sense of your reproductive capacity].
- Dr. Bill Meyers, Carolina Conception, Raleigh, North Carolina
3. If you're over 35, don't postpone pregnancy for an enormous period of time."
- Dr. Meyers
4. "Despite the travails of the fertility journey, be resolute in supporting the relationship with your partner. Also, maintain a positive outlook and perspective on life outside of fertility. Do not ignore the rest of your life."
- Dr. David Kreiner, Medical Director, East Coast Fertility, Plainview, NY
5. "Set a non-fertility related goal for youself; something with a distinct beginning, middle and end. This might be hobbie or something self-care related such as learning how to knit a scarf or training to run in a 5K. This helps you know you can achieve things which are completly in your control."
- Sharon N. Covington, M.S.W., LCSW-C, BCD, Director, Psychological Support Services, Shady Grove Fertility Center, Rockville, MD
6. "Infertility can get you in a pattern of 'stinkin' thinkin' and research shows there is great power in positive thinking. Keep a journal by your bed and each night before going to sleep write down three things you are grateful for. As the song goes, 'you'll fall a sleep counting you blessings" and help channel positive energy.'"
- Sharon Covington
7. "From the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine the suggestion would be, 'Don't stagnate.' Stay active and engaged physically by walking or doing yoga. Don't keep over thinking and over- worrying and talk to family and friends about your worries and fears. Trying to help mitigate some of the negative aspects of the stress is crucial to helping your body stay balanced."
- Michelle P. Hay, Licensed Acupuncturist, Co-Director of Acupuncture, The Domar Center, Boston, MA
8. "Focus on balancing the very real difficulties and pain of having fertility problems with identifying the positives in your life that are independent of having a baby (e.g. people in your life you love and enjoy, activities that can bring joy like walking on a crisp sunny winter day, reading a good book, volunteering for something meaningful). Make sure you seek out those positives."
- Andrea Braverman, Ph.D., Director of Complementary & Alternative Medicine, RMA of NJ, Morristown, NJ