Choosing Gratitude on CD1
Today is CD1, which is a familiar term for any of you who are trying to conceive and/or charting your cycles. CD1 is cycle day 1, AKA the first day of your period. When you’re trying to make a baby, getting a period instead of a BFP (big fat positive - pregnancy test) is a real bummer. Depending on the month and how high my hopes were that I might actually be pregnant that month, the range of emotions when that period starts can be anywhere from “a bit of a bummer” to “downright devastating”. It’s so easy to let the disappointment take hold and turn into some super negative thought patterns. Once I allow my mind to be consumed with those negative trains of thought, it can be such a challenge to derail them and let more positive trains back on the tracks. So, this cycle, I’m choosing to not let in those negative thoughts, because I know that the way I think changes the way I feel. I want to feel joyful. I want to feel good. I want to feel strong. I want to feel peace and hope. To feel the way I want to feel requires that I change my thoughts. So this CD1, I’m choosing gratitude. Here’s what I’m grateful for today:
1. The delicious glass of red wine that I’m drinking as I type this (which, by the way, pairs very nicely with Easter chocolate). If I got a BFP instead of a period, I wouldn’t be enjoying this red wine.
2. This period means that I likely won’t be in labour on Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve.
3. I have another 28 days to work towards personal and professional goals without the physical/emotional toll of a pregnancy (let’s face it, the first trimester of pregnancy is downright exhausting, making being productive very difficult).
4. Today marks a fresh start. The last cycle is done and we’re starting over. This cycle I will choose to make the best choices for my body and give my body all of the love I can (tonight that means feeding my body chocolate).
Maybe this exercise in gratitude was easier this month than it will be other months. Maybe it was only a “bit of a bummer” month. Or maybe, and quite likely, choosing to be grateful is making today feel easier. Either way, I encourage you to try to find things to be grateful for the next time you find yourself at CD1.