Mamavation Monday: Pledging to the Sistahood!

I don’t exactly recall how I first heard about Mamavation, but I do remember being impressed by the compassion and kindness of its members.  Since last fall, I’ve completed several Mamavation Two Week Challenges (3? 4?  I can’t recall!).  The challenges really helped me on my road to fitness and staying accountable.  They also helped me to keep moving during a time in my life when I would’ve rather sat on the couch.  The Mamavation community encouraged me to complete Two Week Challenges while I was in the midst of postpartum depression.  Sometimes it was really difficult to get moving, but it was the accountability of the community that kept me going.

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Daddy’s Best Buddy

C loves his dada so much, and it makes my heart smile.  Every time he hears the door to our apartment hallway open/close during the day, he looks up at me, smiles big and says, “Dada?!”  It breaks my heart when I have to tell him that Dada won’t be home until dinner time.  (Please excuse the grainy iPhone pic. I thought it was too cute to delete!)

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I Love Our CSA

We bought a half-share of a CSA (community-supported agriculture) from a local farm when we moved here in June.  Every week, we go pick up our box of produce from our farm’s tent at the local farmer’s market.  I absolutely love it!

That box is filled with so many awesome vegetables and fruits every week.  We’ve received a huge lot of blueberries (probably more than 2 pints each of the past two weeks), delicious raspberries, tomatoes, red potatoes, mixed greens, and more.  This week, we opened our box to find 12 ears of sweet corn, carrots, zucchini, kohlrabi, lettuce, green beans, blueberries, and jam.  So delicious!

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Checking In: A Meds Withdrawal Update

It’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve started withdrawing from Effexor.  The first phase of my withdrawal was to drop to 112.5 mg from 150 mg.  The first few days were the hardest.  I had dizziness, nausea, migraines, a sensation that my skin was crawling, and difficulty sleeping.  As the time of my next dose approached, I would get very sweaty and jittery.  I’ve been doing better now, but still occasionally get the skin crawling sensation.  Sometimes it keeps me from falling asleep at night.

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