Keeping up my motivation

I tend to use thrifting as my weight loss motivation these days. It’s a nice, long walk to the thrift store and back and you never know what bargains they will have. There’s nothing like a sickeningly cute onesie to make you remember that walking every day in rain, walking up hill, saying no to chocolate chip cookies (Weight Watchers brand ones are dangerously delicious) and generally feeling a little hard done by from time to time is actually going to be worth it in the end. The past couple of weeks I have been quite lucky at thrifting which has helped my motivation immensely and my budget very little.

Pooh book

I may have gasped and acted slightly furtive when I saw this large hardcover book of the Complete Winnie the Pooh for only $4. It would retail for up to $80 and I am more than a little in love with Winnie the Pooh books. I hope to pass that love on to our child one day so yeah, I felt quite lucky that day.

Pooh illustration

I couldn’t resist buying this little newborn set. I probably have more newborn sized clothes than a newborn baby would ever wear before they grow too big (how short is that stage?) but when they insist on making such cute stuff how can I resist? I can’t, I am far too weak.

Lil cowboy

And the latest find was baby blankets and a chicken crib sheet. The thing I love about thrifting is that I bet you couldn’t buy chicken sheets in a retail store but you never know what crazy stuff thrifting will produce.

Chicken crib sheet

I would like to clarify that I do thrift things that aren’t baby related too. (My life isn’t all crazy infertile lady, I swear) It just seems to be baby week for me. I saw my fertility doctor yesterday which went well (lordie, that man is handsome) and he was very nice about my weight loss. I see him again in early November and that should be the last time before he refers me on to the actual fertility people. These things aren’t rushed on the public health system though so there’s going to be more than enough time for me to thrift a ton of stuff yet (and go ever so slightly crazy over how long this is taking. I want my life back) but if I am lucky I might be seen by them around my 32nd birthday in April. Maybe I’ll be pregnant by the end of next year? It would be nice to think of other things besides my biological clock and periods and hating every woman with a baby bump. And it’s getting really, really hard to say no to those WW chocolate chip cookies.

(Sorry if this post seems a little desperate. It’s now been over a year since we’ve been trying to have a baby through ‘non natural means’ and like I said the wheels of the public health system move very slowly. I’m beginning to get really frustrated by the lack of progress and how thoroughly my life has been turned upside down. Lets try for a happy crafting post next time shall we? I’ve got something really fun on the crochet hook right now.)



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9 responses to “Keeping up my motivation

  1. The Winnie the Pooh is a treasure and I chicken blankie makes me smile.

  2. bookwormbethie

    I can’t say I know exactly how you feel since hubby & I aren’t actively planning to have a baby right now, but I know that you want a baby so bad that it hurts. And that is okay. It is good to get in touch with your emotions and not ball them up inside. But don’t let that hurtness consume you and not let you enjoy life on a day to day basis. All I can say to you is stick to your weight loss goals and everything will fall into place. How exciting that in November you may actually finally get referred to the fertility specialist.

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  3. I have the same Winnie the Pooh book – I plan to give it to my grandchildren eventually…

  4. It will happen Steph, keep visualising the trim you and the baby in your arms, oh wait after the baby you might not be so trim, well you know what I mean!! lol! Rachaelxo

  5. ctay

    I’m reading your post while holding my IVF conceived baby. Hang in there, it will happen!! You are also doing incredibly well with the weight loss, which is so difficult in itself. If thrifting helps, go thrifting mad! You need to take good care of yourself on this challenging journey.

  6. chin up, it will happen. A good friend of mine took 2 years of fertility treatment before she finally concieved her first and is now expecting her second (also IVF concieved) after another 2 years of treatment. It will happen for you, just remember that the best things in life take time. :o)

  7. haha.. thats meant to be a smiley face, not a shocked one!

  8. I had that book as a child, I was fortunate to have a grandfather in England who sent it to me as a birthday present.

    I still wish I had it to add to my someday-baby library, my husband and I are trying to conceive too.

  9. Stacey

    I just wanted to say that my sister is in the same space as you are right now, although they are heading towards their third year of trying to conceive. My heart is with you on that one.

    Thanks for your kind words earlier last month.

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