Bad Habits? ME!?!
Okay dear ones, this "Memorial Weekend" --
I am MEMORIALIZING my BAD HABITS!
Friday = Sleep Habits
Saturday = Stepping on the Scale (stress = cortisol hormone = weight gain)
Sunday = Figure out how to eat more (yes, you read it correctly!)
I hadn't stepped on the scale since Wednesday but woke up so hungry this morning. I have been eating so lightly and so perfectly I couldn't resist... I just 'knew' I'd see a loss this Sunday morning. Aaargh!!!! I've gained 1.4 lbs!! For no reason at all (except possibly the stress.) I HATE MY BODY!!!
Articles I've read in my desperate search to lose this weight say that those of us with PCOS MUST exercise more and eat fewer calories than you 'normal' folks. So, that's what I've been doing. I eat at the low range of my calories, often close to only 1100 calories each day. (Some days I must 'force-feed' myself to bring it up to 1000 calories.) I exercise approx 2 hrs each day (burning 2600-3000 calories/day according to my armband.) Yet, my body holds onto every single bit of weight.
I've heard it all... "Muscle weighs more than fat" - "You need to eat fewer calories" - "You need to eat MORE calories".... I've never tried that last one because PCOS specialists say 'very' low calories will help to lose weight.
I do my best to stay away from processed foods, grains, dairy and sodium (also recommended by the PCOS diet). I seem to notice weight loss when most of the veggies I eat are FRESH/RAW instead of cooked (it must mean my old metabolism needs to work harder to digest raw veggies.)
One ironic thing I've noticed is the constipation when I eat this healthy... you'd think with all the veggies I'm eating I'd be doing pretty well but since I was diagnosed as 'pre-diabetic' also, I've tried to limit my fruits.
Now I know where the old saying, "An Apple a Day Keeps The Doctor Away" comes from because when I eat 3-4 servings of fruit each day, I no longer have a problem with constipation.
My body is a science project... I wish I got college credit figuring it out. The old "calories-consumed" vs "calories-burned' doesn't seem to work with me. If we lived in times of famine...
I'd rule the world!!!
So, how on earth can I consume 'more' calories by eating mostly veggies & proteins? I guess I can increase my protein portions?
Who knows, maybe I'll 'splurge' and allow myself some whole-grain pasta this week... or maybe even purchase some multi-grain bread.. now that's really decadent for me! I've certainly tried everything else!
Working THIS hard for so few results makes me want to go out and binge...
but I won't. One advantage of working this hard for sooo long is that I've created some pretty 'wonderful' habits... and my 'good' habits out-weigh the 'bad.' I might HATE MY BODY but there's A LOT to be celebrated in non-scale victories (NSVs)!
Have a GREAT week, Everybody...