On Saturday the husband and I did our weekly weigh in for our lose weight challenge. I lost 1 pound, 2 inches from my waist and 1 inch average everywhere else. By the time the week ended I had burned 4,356 calories for the whole week. This was slightly lower than the week before totals. While all of that is simply amazing, I hit a wall of sorts this last weekend. Here I am burning calories like a mad women, working out almost every single day, cardio with strength, eating low carb and I lost 1 freaking pound. Thank you PCOS! Insulin resistances can be such a pain in the booty most days, especially when it comes to weight loss.
One of the things I have had to learn about having PCOS is that I can’t look at how someone else lost weight and mimic that. I had to research my condition, find other women to talk to with PCOS (online and through blogs) and try new things constantly. It is a slow painful process losing weight, especially now that I eat.
When I was seriously reducing my calories, I mean seriously reducing them, I was losing 2-3 pounds a week. But starving myself was hurting my body. So I eat small meals often, I eat as little processed food as I can manage and I work-out like crazy. I have learned that I can cheat on my diet if I work-out really hard one week, so I even allow myself a slip meal on Sunday. But I have no patience’s and my vision sometimes gets clouded by the negative.
Here I was dwelling on losing 1 single pound when instead I should have been thinking about the physical changes occurring instead. The rocking butt I suddenly noticed I had (hey now I have always had a flat one), the firmer muscles in my legs, my endurance increasing and a huge decrease in the horrible PCOS symptoms I have been fighting since I was 13 years old. Okay so it was 1 pound, okay so PCOS makes it really hard to lose weight and okay I haven’t been eating that great for the last 2 days but that is okay because sh%t happens.
Thinking of diet, the husband and I have been hunting for a cheaper way to eat clean. We eat meats mixed in with lots of fresh fruit/vegetables. The fruit and vegetables are cheap at the farmers market, but meat is the biggest most expensive culprit currently in our food budget. I thought about going vegetarian just for that reason alone, but even though we do have vegetarian dinner nights I just don’t think I would want to give up my meat or the protein I gain from it. So after loads of research we found a butcher shop that sells packages of meats for a good price. We got 25 pounds of meat today for $75. Damn good price for 5 pounds of hamburger, 10 steaks, 6 chicken breasts, 14 pork steaks, a huge bag of chicken wings and 5 pounds of bacon. That should last most of May. Now all we need to do is visit the farmers market each Saturday for our veggies/fruit and stop at the store maybe once or twice for creamer, olive oil, etc.
In celebration I made a low carb taco for dinner tonight…