Sunday, July 10, 2011
A lot to do, and a lot to say! It's been a while since I've posted anything on my SparkPeople blog, and I have many things to update you all on.
So first off, HELLO EVERYONE!
Now that that's out of the way, I have a list of updates for you about my life and my health and everything in between.
- As I mentioned back in February, I was completely derailed this winter and spring due to ongoing struggles with depression, stress, and a family crisis -- my grandmother (who had Alzheimer's for years) broke her hip and died two months later. However, after getting a couple of pep-talks -- one from my sister and one from a good friend -- I'm back on track and more determined than ever. I've just had wake-up call after wake-up call about my health recently, and it's forced me to do something about it.
- I'm putting my YMCA membership to full use and going to the gym several times per week, and I attend Zumba classes weekly. I'm still terribly uncoordinated, but my instructor is fantastic and my Zumba "classmates" are supportive of my goals and efforts.
- I have buckled down and gone back on the same diet that my doctor prescribed for my PCOS, which is a low-carb diet designed to fight insulin resistance. It took a couple weeks for my body to adjust, which was annoying. I was tired and cranky all the time! Now that the adjustment phase is over, I feel like I could run circles around my house with all the energy I have. I believe that the low-carb diet, combined with drinking lots of water and taking my medicine properly, has helped to stabilize my mood swings.
- For health and ethical reasons, I've decided this week to try out being a vegetarian. (It's a long explanation that I'll save for a future post.) I used to think that a vegetarian diet was incompatible with a low-carb diet, but after doing some research and some food "experimentation" of my own, I find that the opposite is true -- it's not hard at all to be vegetarian and low-carb at the same time! Right now I'm sticking to an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet, but as time progresses -- and if I feel daring enough -- I might go completely vegan at some point.
- I'm halfway through graduate school! Just six more classes and a thesis to go before I'm done for good!
So that's all for now. Hope all of you are doing well!