So one of the reasons, if not the main reason at the moment, I am here, is to hold myself publicly accountable towards my goal of getting healthy in order to get my PCOS under control, and just to gain a greater sense of self confidence overall. I would say the last couple years have been some of my most unhealthy. Absolutely no excuses here, but I feel my PCOS makes it doubly hard for me to see any type of changes. I have to workout like a fiend, plus get my eating so SO clean (like, no cheat days – not even cheat meals), to see a difference. And even then, it is a slowww process. That being said (and to prove I can be accountable) it is so difficult to maintain an enthusiasm when it takes weeks, months to see any changes. Therefore, after a couple weeks, I cycle back in to, ‘what the hell, nothing’s working, I might as well eat what I actually want to eat if my body is still going to look the exact same.’ Now, I know that is not true, but mentally, that’s where I’m at. I really want this time to be different though. I know I’m still young, but I’m not teen young anymore, and time is slowly starting to distance it’s self away from my side. The struggle is only going to get harder if I don’t get things under control as soon as possible. That being said, I do have a plan of action, based on some experience I’ve had with succeeding in the past.
My diet will be Primal-based. Meaning moderate protein, lowish carbs, lots of veg, and a little bit of fruit. Gluten-free makes me feel amazing. I miss gluten-containing foods time to time, but it takes having gluten once in awhile to remind me why I should avoid gluten
By the way, I have quite a few books on the subject. Best Primal/Paleo intro book is Mark Sisson’s, The Primal Blueprint. I read it over and over again, especially when my enthusiasm is waning. It is so informative. And for someone who isn’t into science so much, it has just the right amount. Best cookbook is Practical Paleo, by Diane Sanfilippo. Sooo many great recipes. Like Sisson’s book, it is also informative in the beginning of the book and it’s also fun to read.
Anyway, besides sticking to a primal way of eating, I plan on eating 2x or ideally 3x a day. I am sure the 759230 small meals a day work for some people, not knocking it, but I never feel full eating that way. And I actually don’t want to eat all day anyhow…
I’m not currently going through an egg phase, but when I do, I plan on eating eggs for breakfast (something like one whole egg and a couple tablespoons of egg whites) with pesto, or salsa. Right now, I’ve been having Krave jerky for breakfast. Lunch will look like an apple beforehand if I’m feeling it, and chicken soup or a salad with chicken for my main. Dinner will be the standard meat (lean red or poultry again) with roasted veg, or maybe just some olives or other fat. I will aim to stay away from dairy for the most part. What I won’t give up is cream/whole milk in my iced coffee, and then alcohol 1x a week, or every other week. Sugar only in my iced coffee (six month anniversary of being Splenda-free!) I don’t plan to derail from the plan other than the above non-negotiables, except for the once in a blue moon soy latte from Starbucks.
I very recently subscribed to the Barre3 online workouts. I am obsessed. They’re amazing. My body has never felt better working out and the workouts themselves, albeit killer, make me feel so Zen and my body does not feel stressed out at all. That is the thing I love about the idea of primal living. I think going too hard with your workouts makes the body feel stressed out and I definitely feel like all they do is make me hungry. So the loosely strategized plan here would be to aim for at least five hours of Barre3 each week, along with almost daily yoga (Erin Motz is such a cool cat – her yoga is amazing), daily cardio (be it walking dogs plus a run, the stationary bike or hiking on the treadmill at 15% for an hour), with the occasional sprint session and free weights thrown in. That probably sounds like a lot, but as mentioned previously, I do have to do a lot of working out to see a change. Diet is not enough for my body to let go of fat. I love exercising, but if I’m really not feeling it, I never force myself through a workout, because I think that puts stress on the body/mind as well, and my body definitely does not respond well to stress.
Well I think that will do it for now. I plan to post weekly recaps of my eats & workouts. Stay tuned!