I tried L-Theanine a long time ago, but not at the same time as taking 5-HTP. Mentally bookmarking that.
I forgot, I still have some sublingual GABA calm. I will dig that out. It's kind of old, might need to replace it if I'm going to have it on-hand just in case. Thinking of how it affects me when I take it during high-anxiety episodes, I think it would work REALLY well for falling asleep. Might make Hulky try it too.
I didn't realize that the anxiety probably had a fair amount to do with the poor sleep as well. Duh!
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This article is floating around the forums lately. I'll admit I didn't read a lot of it, but the beginning and end have some good basic information for anyone who is struggling.
My n=1 is that strict primal & low-carb really screwed up my hormones. My progesterone might've been low before (didn't have it tested until last Fall, after constipation started and low sex drive had been mostly dominant for a couple of years), but I didn't have signs that really indicated that until last Fall, when the intense PMS cropped up. Eating more starches HAS helped, over the past month or so that I've been trying this. My sex drive is much better and I'm not taking Vitex anymore (we'll see if the PMS occurs again though). I'm following more of a Perfect Health Diet plan. I eat rice with lunch, sweet potato after work, potatoes with dinner. I just need to incorporate starch with breakfast. My constipation HAS improved since doing this, albeit slowly. Time will tell, but I think this might be a good plan for me.
My favorite part
[QUOTE]Stop saying “should” and start saying “is”. Maybe Dietary Protocol X should work according to Expert Y or Anecdotal Evidence Z… but if it doesn’t feel good for you, it doesn’t fucking work for YOU and YOUR body. That is what it is. If you argue with reality you will always lose.[/QUOTE]
"If your SO, spouse, children and friends run for cover when you enter the room..."
"If you are fasting...Stop, just stop."
Just read that - have never seen it before. It makes good sense. And its sorta the way my intentions are moving. I like it!
Internet research says ask for $800-1200 for the scooter. Craigslist tells me nothing because none of the scooters are like mine (they're either new and cheaper than mine was when I bought it, or vintage). I am feeling very stressed about this. I don't want to screw my mom out of more money than it's worth, but I could also really need the money. It does not help that I am aware of her financial situation (she owes taxes & money to my dad for something).
I'm going to ask my mom for $950 for the scooter. I'll go talk to her about it tonight. Also need to talk to her about laundry and let her know that Hulky's mom wants to help with the engagement party. We won't start talking about planning that any sooner than next week, since my mom is prepping for Pascha right now.
Some drama went down yesterday with Hulky's oldest whole sister (as opposed to the half sister that is in her 30's) and we are not going to be doing laundry over at Hulky's parents' house anymore. It's stupid and I'm a little peeved that Hulky would rather use a laundromat than just brush off his sister being stupid. It sounds like Hulky's mom is going to put on her big girl pants and finally kick the girl out. I don't envy her that job.
I did a little biking last night, to the strip mall to check out printing prices at Staples (more expensive than online), as well as paper prices. I biked to and from Hulky's parents house to move the laundry over too. I remember the small hill over the bridge to the mall being easier last summer, so that's at least one hill I'm comfortable practicing on before I try the route to work again. Unfortunately, I HAVE to start biking to work next week, otherwise I"m going to be spending over an hour on a bus and a lot of money on commuting fare. I have so much anxiety over this. I can't even afford to get a decent jacket yet to keep the sun off of me. I guess I could see if I can take the scooter next week, or borrow my mom's, if I need to.
I felt a little queasy after that short biking trip last night. I think the problem this time (and maybe before, too) was that I hadn't eaten enough earlier in the day. I skipped breakfast yesterday (and today) because of gas & stomach upset. My appetite returned right as I was leaving for work today. I'll probably nibble on fruit soon.
Wow, it's already May. My birthday is next month!
Just keep biking and it'll get easier. Why do you have to start biking next week?
That seems like a reasonable price for the scooter. Sorry about the laundry issue - it sucks not having a laundry of your own! I remember the days of lugging clothes to the laundry mat or to family laundry rooms........... ugh! I hope the biking goes well. Have you considered selling the Mustang and getting a reliable running car?
Hulky made some suggestions for practice routes for biking to work that made me feel a bit less anxious. I need to start next week because his work schedule changes then (his final exam for his class is tomorrow morning) and he will need to drive himself in (can no longer carpool).
The Mustang would not sell for enough to get a reliable car, especially since the engine is the selling point and it's not 100% right now (radiator needs replacing and I think there was something else, but I can't remember). The work it needs was unexpected and we just haven't had the time or spare cash to deal with it yet. We might be able to check out junk yards on Saturday, but I need to make some calls to see if they have the right model around so we can look for radiators, and then find out how much they'd charge.
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