Sunday, December 19, 2010

Is Anybody Out There????

Not that I deserve for you guys to still be reading.  What kind of blogger am I? I must answer my own question....

I am a blogger who just went through a "rough patch", that's what Pete calls it anyway.  That is a nice way of saying ..I came unglued for a few days.... 5 to be exact.

It has been happening more and more over the last few months.  I am GREAT 25 days out of the month and then..WHAM...I am a SHE BEAST.  I kinda know it is coming, but then I ignore the fact that it is here and I ACT AWFUL!!

This last time was the worst for me.  I was a crying heap for days.  I no longer wanted to school, live, or breathe.  And since not doing those things were not an option I just CRIED, and CRIED, and CRIED!!

But I am ready to admit that my cycle has gotten the best of me and I would like to let my cycle know that I am now going to take over.  I am no longer going to let chemistry get the best of me. 

After telling some friends that I was struggling my friend Caroline lent me the book "Fertility and Nutrition".  I inhaled the chapter on PMS and I knew that I had hope.  I DON'T HAVE TO BE A MONSTER 5 DAYS A MONTH.
So, what did I read????  I read that I eat everything wrong.  There was a list of food that triggers hormonal fluctuations....I WAS ON IT!!!  I am not the worst eater in the world, but I am no where near where I should be.  You see, I use my running as a free pass to eat ANYTHING I want.

But, my fate has caught up with me...I have to adjust my diet.  I want to feel better and all I have to do is make small changes to get there.

I no longer feel hopeless and beaten by this ridiculous cycle of mood changes.  I am going to try my best to make the changes so I can lessen the effects of .....ME!!

I will not bore you with details (you can thank me in the comments). I just hope to report a better Me mid- January.

Now that I got that out the way I can move on to much better blogging.....

Emily has started a knitting class.  Her teacher is pictured above.  This young knitter is amazing, and I am hoping it rubs off on my young knitter.  I am actually taking a class from her on Thursday.  We are doing these amazing gloves.  Wait until you see these little beauties.

The hat you see Priscilla wearing is my latest non-fitting adventure.  It was made for her toddler head and it is to small.  What is my deal?  I promise I am following EVERYTHING EXACTLY the way it is written in the pattern.

 Oh well, I will just have to buy more of that fabulous yarn and try again.  I was able to give the hat to a sweet baby girl who is going to Rhode Island for Christmas.
But for now I am knitting my out of homeschooling self into a tizzy!!  Loving every minute...trying to find my new grove for 2011.


  1. Oh Lisa I am sorry. Why does that darn PMS have to get to us so...
    Mine has been awful lately. I'd love to hear that list of foods to avoid that might help your moods!!! Please share!

    Hope you are feeling better now. It's hard to lift ourselves up out of that crying heap now and then. Sometimes it just feels good to get it out of our systems. :0

  2. well it sounds like you have a plan to make things better...that is a great start...I hope it makes a big difference for you!

  3. Your daughter's knit is gorgeous and so is your that...hoping all is much better in January...wishing you Peace this Advent Season...

  4. I've been battling a pretty mean PMS the past year myself. Add in grief to the mix, and I'm a crying heap right along with you! Glad to hear you're on your way to a better you!

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  6. Sorry...I made an error in my supportive comment( grin) gets better will be fine

  7. aww..PMS is such an ugly thing, I've been struggling this past 3+ months since my cycle returned after several consecutive years of miscarriage, pregnancies and nursing (aka..hormonal rollercoaster to being with!). I was so looking forward to things getting back to 'normal' as I weaned my baby..only to find out that for a week every month I've become so low and sad that I felt ready to just walk away from everything - I've never felt like that before.

    I've started a herbal & vitamin regime during this past month that I think is making a notable difference, but is expensive in the long run - SO I am very interested to check out that book you mentioned.

    Hope you are able to alleviate/moderate the symptoms for this next cycle - it can be hard enough giving that is required of being a mom, on never enough sleep!

  8. I'm sorry you had a rough patch! Emily's knitting is wonderful. What a fun thing to learn. ;) It looks like your kiddos are doing well despite your rough patch.

  9. I hope the new "diet" works for you. I definitely now understand how food can affect you; I was getting really really bad migraines and then I found out about "trigger foods" of which I consumed all of them. Once I cut them out or modified, my migraines went away.
    Good luck with everything. At least your 5 days didn't happen this upcoming week, that's a good thing right?

  10. PMS is the worst! And once you start crying...forget's over. So hard to snap out of it. Hang in there. Next month will be better. Or you could always get pregnant again and then you wouldn't have to deal with it for awhile :)))

  11. OH, PMS is the worst and it gets worst the older I get. And has been really bad since I had the girls. I need to check out this book and read, because the mean mommy monster comes out every month here!

  12. Ugh - I hate it too - I am totally dreading it once I stop nursing Madelyn. Makes me want to nurse her for at least another year so I don't have to deal with it for a while! :)

  13. Oh I hear Ya! I've been having a lot of issues myself lately. What were the foods that should be avoided? I've never heard of that, but girl, I can use all the help I can get!! I've been missing you lately, since I was away! It's been a fun morning of reading blogs and catching up. I hope the rest of your week is lovely and peaceful. And full of soft yarn! :)

    Blessings and Merry Christmas. So happy to have found you this year!

  14. Ug, Every month, my head spins and my family looks at me like I have lost my mind...( and I have)....The food thing is looking at your pictures, I am going to guess, sodium, high fructose corn syrup and red dye! Sea Salt is wonderful for you....just make sure it is JUST SEA SALT, no anti-caking agent. There is an app for your touch, period tracker lite so you can track your time the month and maybe better know when the MOOD is coming. You may not need it, but I forget every month when the visitor is coming and then it comes and I realize what my problem was!! Sorry for the ramble....The pictures are great! Have a Merry Christmas! And I would love to see a list of the foods that are the triggers!!!


  15. Good for you. At least you don't let it hold you down the rest of the month, knowing it's lurking around the corner. Your blog is beautiful, as always.

  16. I hear ya! PMS is awful. I have to read that book!
    Merry Christmas!

  17. Yes, I too hear you! If I can offer a suggestion? Yogasana is a way that you can control the pituitary gland & therefore the hormones. A trained Satyananda Yoga teacher will teach you yogasana, pranayama, meditation & yoga nidra. If you want to, type in Satyananda Yoga & your state/suburb into your favourite search engine & fingers crossed you will come up with some magic. Yoga is defined as 'the science of the mind' so it is not a religion. Best of luck for 2011 & bring on the vitamin B & the evening primrose oil. With Love & Respect, Katie x

  18. I also love knitting...and would be doing it every minute if I wasn't trying to be a good mom...teaching, cooking, laundry ect...

    I have two daughters that also love American Girl my oldest is 16 and has started a web-site I am sure your daughters would enjoy it:)



  19. Hormones are a bummer. Microscopic home wreckers.

    I go through similar cycles of ups and downs related to those 5 blessed days of the month.

    Take a deep breath and give yourself a little slack. We can't be on top of things all the time, you know. Some days are more just sit back and coast by so no one drowns in a deluge of tears or loses a limb to a snappy temper.

    You're obviously doing something right. Your children all look so happy. They practically beam.

    Take care and be gentle with yourself.