Monday, December 09, 2013
As some of you know, I have been told I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). It's a complicated b*tch! Hormones, insulin, etc all interact with each other for a host of lovely symptoms. It's especially hard for women with PCOS to lose weight (as if this wasn't hard enough).
As a result, my doctor told me I should go on a low carb diet. I tried it at various points this year, but it just never took. I felt lethargic, my medicines were making me nauseated, I was in a foul mood. Plus, as a vegetarian I felt like all I ever ate were eggs, cheese, and fake meat products. I didn't feel like I was getting a lot of variety of whole foods.
This was mostly my own fault. I live in New York City and love to cook, but I like colors and variety when I'm cooking. I also have 8 million restaurants at my doorstep. Since I'm a freelancer, if a friends invites me out for dinner or drinks I am always up for it because I don't get much face to face interaction otherwise.
I don't think these are excuses, just the reality of what I have to deal with personally in my weight loss quest.
A couple of weeks ago I started to do the low carb/modified Atkins thing again. It was fine for about a week but I just felt like crap in a way that I don't when I have more fruits and vegetables in my diet. Also, I've been in a weird mood lately ever since I got back from a month long work trip in overseas. It's not jet lag but maybe just the lack of sun? Not sure, but I do feel in a funk. And I feel like I look...old and dull. Worst. thing. ever.
I've decided to rethink a few things this week. Experiment with just eating more whole foods and cutting back on the dairy to see how that works for me.
Hopefully my next post will be more cheery!
Monday, December 02, 2013
Well, I didn't lose all the weight I wanted in 2013. I let work and making a little bit of money get in the way. However, I did make a lot of strides in my career! So I'm ok on the progress front.
I'm starting anew this month and just taking it a day at a time.
I've been diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), almost 32, and a vegetarian. To help me, my doctor has suggested a low carb diet with medication.
I used to think I would have to start with food and exercise changes slowly, but I think I learn best by throwing myself into something full force. It's one of the things I've found out about myself this year, I guess I just never realized it.
So low carb, taking my meds regularly, and exercise start today - fully.
I know I won't sink if I keep signing into SP!
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Anyone know how to get those virtual model images I see on some people's pages? I've asked a few people but not gotten a response.
I think it will help me to really visualize where I want to be, my ultimate image goal. I want to be in a bikini by summer 2013!
The inner beauty part I think I have down, trying to read more books, fill myself with gratitude for even the little I have, trying to be more positive about myself, and mostly learning that I cant' control everything and that's ok.
I've gotten better about letting myself make mistakes, but not going too soft and giving up. It's a daily, mindful step isn't it?
Thursday, January 17, 2013
i haven't tracked anything in about a week. It didn't happen on purpose, I have just been kind of depressed and stressed out. My family is offering zero support so that's always fun to deal with. But, screw it, I have my friends as support and I'm focusing on that. I noticed how big a difference tracking really makes, it's quite amazing. It's such a simple thing and yet making you think actively about your food intake changes your whole mindset for the day. So, I won't say I have fallen off the proverbial wagon, just pulled over for a rest stop. Continuing on!
Friday, January 04, 2013
I'm taking my weight loss day by day. Life is different everyday and I'm not a huge planner. I'm constantly talking myself out of negative thoughts and emotional eating. I have a 'loose plan' if that makes sense, full of back ups. I'm getting better about sticking to a schedule, but all the chaos of last year doesn't automatically stop at Jan 1. It continues and I'm doing everything I can to manage it well. Breathing exercises and zumba have helped. Not sure why I'm surprised, a good dance off never hurt anyone:)
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