I’ve been toying with the idea of a blog for a while now, but since I am not much of a writer, it took a few friends to encourage me before I took the plunge and created this site.
Initially I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to talk about on this blog. It was the idea of having a platform to say whatever I wanted, about anything I wanted, that intrigued me the most. So many times in life, I experience things that amaze, interest, scare, infuriate or annoy me, and I love the idea of having a safe place to write about these experiences and share them with people who maybe feel the same as me.
The topic that I most want to talk about on this blog concerns the condition Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which is something that I have lived with for many years, since I was 16. Because of this condition, I have chronically struggled with my weight, losing weight and gaining it back (plus more) because the diet was not sustainable.
A few things happened at the start of 2014 that have brought me to where I am today. The first was me learning a great deal about PCOS that I never knew before; information that was never mentioned to me by my countless family doctors and endocrinologists. I realized that diet and exercise play a HUGE part in being able to control the symptoms of PCOS. But not just any old diet. I can tell you right now that for me personally, as well as many other cysters, calorie restriction and low fat diets (to name a few) do not work for long term, sustainable weight loss. I have tried so many times to lose weight with these kinds of diets, and eventually I just end up gaining more weight than I originally lost. Don’t get me wrong; I know that everyone is different, and maybe for many people these types of diets do work and are sustainable. But for me they certainly were not. I wanted to find a diet (for lack of a better word), that not only produced results, but was also sustainable. I did not want to fall off the bandwagon once again and go back to my bad eating habits.
I stumbled across Dr. Oz’s 2-Week Rapid Weight Loss Plan, which not only boasted rapid weight loss (Sign me up!!), but also the ability to get rid of cravings. For me, it is these cravings for carbs that always cause me to fall off the diet wagon. After 2-weeks I had lost 11 pounds, and my cravings for sugar and other white carbs were mostly gone.
The second big event that happened during the beginning of this year was when I won a three-month membership to the Anytime Fitness near my house. Through this free trial, I signed up for 33 personal training sessions to help me learn new workouts as well as to keep me motivated to get fit and lose weight. My personal trainer helped me form a diet plan that focused on fruits and veggies, lean meats, healthy nuts and fats, and brown rice/pasta.
Gradually, through more research into PCOS, I started to learn about the benefits of a Paleo/Primal lifestyle. I was already mostly eating the right foods. All I had to do was cut out the brown rice and brown rice pasta, as well as wrap my head around the fact that animal fats are not the devil.
So now I try to go to the gym at least 3-4 times a week, and I follow a mostly Paleo/Primal diet (I very occasionally eat brown rice products). Overall since the end of January, I have lost 30 pounds and my cravings for carbs are virtually non-existent. I never thought I would get to a place where the thought of never eating a Mars bar again wouldn’t send me into a panic. But I have finally gotten to that place, and I am going to try my hardest to stay in that place for the rest of my life!
So now you know my story. I want to use this blog to talk about PCOS, paleo/primal living, and maybe a few other random topics as I see fit ;). I hope you enjoy my blog, and please be patient as I start posting more in the next few weeks!