I was recently diagnosed with PCOS, and my Dr. and I have just start discussing Metformin, and I have just started working out again (I suffer from severe chronic daily migraines), but I know what you're going through as I have been there before.
There are a couple things to consider in this situation (aka: plateau). You may need to step up the intensity of you work out and/or you may need to eat more to accommodate your workout. I would often plateau and then realize that I had increased my activity without increasing calories, and when I would eat a bit more I started loosing weight again. Sometimes, though, you body just gets used to your level of activity and you have to mix it up, add in more intensity or intervals in order to break a plateau.
Take a look at your diet too, make sure you're getting proper nutrition; it's easy to go over do avoiding fats and carbs, but we need those too. I may be new to the idea of PCOS, but I've had insulin issues since I was a kid. I find the key is not over doing carbs and eating carbs in the form of whole grains along with fiber and protein.
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Yeah...I workout 5 days a week (Mon through Fri.) in the gym at my university. I do an hour of cardio 5 days/week and weights 3 days/week (Mon, Wed, and Fri.). For the first few months (Aug to Dec) I was only using the elliptical for cardio and only certain machines for weights. From January of this year to April, I was going back and forth between the elliptical and the treadmill. I continued to use the same machines for the weights. In May, I started to add the stationary and recumbant bikes and use a few other machines. It wasn't until I found this site this past June, that I got started using the crossover machine. It's kind of like using free weights but not really using freeweights. In July, I started trying to run on the treadmill. I have taken a week off of running though. At the start of last month, I started changing my cardio routine. I'd split my time between the treadmill, elliptical, and the rowing machine. I can tell you that I can feel it working my back and abs. I also recently invested in three of Billy Blanks Taebo dvds. One of the three has 8 10 minute workouts. I am using that one to work on some of the movements before going back to the other two (one is focused on the actual Taebo and the other is focused on the abs). Man, my abs, thighs (all around), and butt were sore just from doing two of the 10 minute exercises. Of course, it didn't help that my cat stared at me. She looked at me like I was stupid. I'm still working on my nutrition. If you haven't tried the Yoplait 100 calorie Greek yogurt you should. It has 0 fat, low sugar, and has 10 grams of protein per serving. I like to eat 2 of them after I workout. You don't feel like you're eating a whole lot either.
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FIELDWORKING. I am in the same boat you started in in 2009. I am up to 1500mg of Metformin upped over 3 week period. I've got about 7lbs under my belt so far (well figuratively speaking). I am just a few inches taller than you. I am shooting for 140-150. I think that is what I was told was good for my height. But I have at least 130 more poundage to lose. Your post has given me some faith that I will break this down though. My issue is going to be. I don't eat enough. I make the cals, stay within the carbs and the fat. But Protein, Folate and Cholesterol I am having problems making the numbers. I eat 3 times a day. If I eat anymore I get sick to my stomach. Which is an improvement as I used to only eat once a day. However, thanks for posting this. Someone who has gone through what you are going through give them the little boost they need to know they need to keep plugging along and keep working at it no matter what. Thank you for that. This group has been a God send since I am still learning so much about PCOS and Insulin Resistance.
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I was diagnosed with PCOS (and insulin resistance) in the summer of 2009 and put on Metformin (500mg/day). Metformin helped with regulating my cycle. I continued to walk several times a week. In January of 2011, I decided to be more proactive and start to lose weight. I lost about 13 lbs between January 2011 and August 2011. Then, I started going to the gym at my university where I take some graduate courses. Between the months of August 2011 and December 2011, I lost another 6 lbs. That made a total of 19 lbs in 2011. Combining what I lost in 2011 and this year, I have lost 25 to 26 lbs. I am within 15 lbs of being in the "normal" weight range for my height. I'm 5 foot even so according to the BMI stuff, I should be between 100 and 128 lbs. I'll never be a 100 lbs unless I want to look sickly. Ideally, I'd like to be between 115 and 125 lbs (120 lbs is my ultimate goal weight).
I know it's hard enough for people without PCOS and insulin resistance to lose weight, especially when the have the last 10 to 20 lbs to lose. I'm wondering if any of you are in the same position as me. If so, have you gotten rid of the last bit of weight and what did you do to get rid of the weight?
It's just frustrating because the weight seems to be coming off even slower than it did last year. I guess I am eating too many carbs. I am getting enough protein but I am on the lower end of the recommendations. I don't always get enough fiber. Most of the fiber that I get comes from my cereal.
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