Feeling discouraged - need direction

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Feeling discouraged - need direction

Postby Cheryl » Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:06 pm

Hi all
I am a 32 year old PCOS sufferer. I am 5'5 and currently weigh 12 st 8. My weight seems to go up and down like a yo-yo. I have tried the Vitaline (now Dietcare) diet back when I was diagnosed in 2005. I lost 24lbs. Since then I have tried everything, Atkins, Low GI.

I do enjoy exercise and dance, go to the gym (mainly cardio) and do yoga/body conditioning. Today I feel that my efforts don't work, I need to find the right 'diet' for PCOS or change my fitness routine.

Please share what works for you as the options are endless with both diet and exericse, I think it is soo difficult with PCOS.

I really suffer bad cravings for sugar and go through good days and then bad where I basically binge-eat on chocolate, junk. It's a vicous cycle but I am determined to lose weight and keep it off.
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Re: Feeling discouraged - need direction

Postby wrigglepup » Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:16 pm

Hi there, good exercise routine, the only advice I can give is perhaps you should try the low GI again.
I have found it easy to know roughly what I can and shouldn't eat.
I avoid potato, bread and pasta "white stuff", and of course anything containing sugar 99% of the time! It seems to do the trick.
Seems like if I have anything carby it can start cravings off again though. I don't seem to enjoy my old food so much anymore.
Hope I have been of some help to you. I agree its hard to come to terms with this thing. Xxx
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Re: Feeling discouraged - need direction

Postby Cheryl » Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:38 pm

Hi there
Thanks - I have started taking a supplement called Fat metabolism from Holland & Barrett, it has things like Green Tea and Chromium in it, hope it helps my sugar cravings.
Do you eat sweet potato? Or any of the 'healthier' breads like rye or granary?
I've tried to be more mindful about eating sugar and my snacks.. I can't seem to get into logging every calorie like on myfitnesspal but I am keeping a food diary for at least the next week.
Yesterday I started doing the 30 Day Shred DVD by Jillian Michaels, it is a tough workout - 20 minute circuits. Loved it and looking forward to working out again tonight.
I made a green risotto yesterday so not doing too bad.
I took my before picture yesterday and took my measurements, was not very happy but feel I am doing all I can to change. It's very mentally and physically challenging, but as long as I am exercising my mood is generally good to very good.
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Re: Feeling discouraged - need direction

Postby wrigglepup » Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:04 pm

hello Cheryl,
yes I have the odd sweet potato, I like to make spicy wedge with them, I make my own flavouring, chopped chilly, garlic mixed with ground cumin and corriander in olive oil. I don't trust processed stuff anymore, they can't bloody stop adding sugar to every thing! I don't eat any bread as a rule as I have salad for lunch mostly, is meant to be ok though, the brown stuff anyway although I tried it with other healthy food and it didn't seem to work for me. I am only little though. I do make alot of food from scratch so I know what goes into it.
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Re: Feeling discouraged - need direction

Postby Cheryl » Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:36 pm

Hi there
That sounds nice - I like new potatoes over sweet ones but maybe I will try the spiced wedges. I have lost weight eating carbs but I am really at a plateau. I've almost killed myself doing the Jillian Michaels DVD every day for this week - and guess what, I've not lost a single pound :( I lost 1 inch round the waist and feel tighter, but I am aching so maybe I am holding some water weight or something... Soooo frustrating.

Think I will try spinning next, or more interval running on the treadmill.. Seems I spend my whole life waiting for the holy grail.

When I first started posting on here I was about 3 stone lighter and trying to lose then. I wonder if it's my constant yoyo dieting that has ruined me or PCOS itself.
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Re: Feeling discouraged - need direction

Postby wrigglepup » Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:37 pm

Hello again Cheryl,
I know the feeling, but did you know that muscle weighs more than fat? So maybe you are doing better than you think!
The low GI diet is a bit awkward but I had burger chips and peas last night and is made me feel a little bit dirty and nutritionally unfulfilled if that makes sense? Not sure I can go back, also the burger had sugar in it, why?. In future will make them my self aswell.
Sounds like you are doing really well with exercising I walk my dog and have a fairly physical job. Though I wish I'd known about the gi thing years ago coz I am getting on now and I was always waiting for the day I could stop worrying about my weight, I used to bike everywhere (couldn't drive) and was still too fat!
And I seem to have to explain to every one why I don't want have sugar.
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Re: Feeling discouraged - need direction

Postby Cheryl » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:30 am

Hi wrigglepup
Yes I do hear that and I have recently added strength training to my workouts.. hard to believe it's muscle as I feel my belly fat. It seems a 'bit' firmer though.
I have only lost 1lb after 2 weeks of working out 5 then 4x a week. The only encouragement was finding that I have lost an inch on the chest, waist, hips and thighs. The belly is the most stubborn for me. I 'think' I am getting a more shapely back.. less back fat?!
This week I tried 2 different spinning classes in London and did my JM DVD on an alternate day. The DVDs are very good and I must be building endurance as I feel I can do more and more. I feel better having rest days in between.
I have also started taking the stairs in the morning (5 floors up).
I'll keep trying .. My GP is reluctant to prescribe me anything, I wonder if Metformin would help but I did try it before and I felt so sick.
Really hate having PCOS as I think I am trying to live a very healthy lifestyle. I am obsessed and don't really even allow myself to eat chips or burgers even though I crave some junk sometimes, as I am scared that the scale will go up and up.
On the plus side I discovered I really enjoy spinning and am trying new classes all the time, I felt very good this week and it has given me lots of energy and endorphins.
I read that PCOS sufferers shouldn't eat any form of bread, rice, potatoes. But how will you get your energy if you cut them out completely?
Doesn't it make you feel weak and dizzy? I can't imagine doing vigorous exercise without a banana or some carb n protein before..
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Re: Feeling discouraged - need direction

Postby Cheryl » Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:41 pm

I've signed up to a personal training consultancy yesterday and am going to get started.
Still 12 st 7 and fed up, will give this a go.
I'll be starting a fitness blog soon to track my journey.
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Re: Feeling discouraged - need direction

Postby wrigglepup » Sat Mar 28, 2015 2:40 pm

Hi Cheryl, been naughty lately, must get back to eating properly. Least I know what works.
I have belly fat too also I wonder if its bloating that I suffer with aswell.
I don't feel dizzy if I cut out carbs, have been feeling tired though but am working hard long hours and had a few late nights also had a normal burger meal with afters last night and still tired today so think carbs just make me fat if eaten to regularly.
I feel funny if I have something carby then go too long without eating.
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Re: Feeling discouraged - need direction

Postby Cheryl » Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:01 pm

Hi wrigglepup!
Hope you are ok.
It sounds as though you know what does work for you so I am sure you will feel better once you start eating well again.
Still around the same weight but I have only started weekly Personal training sessions 2 weeks ago so I am sure he will work me harder in the coming months.
Diet going good most of the time but yesterday gorged on thai chilli crackers. I usually try to make my own lunches and snacks to bring to work.
Trying to keep lower carb as I think even if I eat rye bread I won't lose anything. Ryvita is ok but it's so light it's like dust.
Have been stressed and anxious around weight issue, hope to feel better soon. Going to look for a new job as I am not enjoying it very much!
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Re: Feeling discouraged - need direction

Postby wrigglepup » Sun Mar 29, 2015 1:50 pm

Hi Cheryl,
Hope you are ok too, and the personal trainer helps you out, does he understand pcos?, hope you soon find a new job too.
Your in good company I have just had loads of chocolate eggs! My husband just bought some. I forgot, then its too late, oh well try again.
It works for me if I can stick to it. Am wobbling at the moment. Most people think I'm being complicated which doesn't help.
A bloke at work said he'd rather enjoy food rather than worry about a little fat, I'd bought in some quinoa for lunch as he hadn't heard of it before, it is a little bland. He knows that I am trying to keep my blood sugar steady. Seems like people think I am being a crackpot health freek! Do you get that feeling?
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Re: Feeling discouraged - need direction

Postby Cheryl » Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:17 pm

Hi wrigglepup!
I am not too bad thanks for asking :)
I've not really had much sugary or junk foods in the last 2 weeks - I do miss chocolate!
I feel better with the PT - I am his first client with PCOS however he has done his research and the low carb advice makes sense. Still feel hungry if not enough carbs and a bit wobbly but looks like I might be losing again if I limit the carbs. Not sure whether to cut ALL grains, I find that hard.
I am going to give it a good few months to see if it will be effective but as the scales have moved -2lb in a week and I am learning more about nutrition and fitness I feel yes it is good to have someone pushing you! I've been dreaming about becoming a fitness instructor but before I do that, I would like to be able to sort out my own body!
Starting to see lots of Easter eggs around ooh I have to stay away, once I eat a bit I eat everything in sight.
I made quinoa today as well! It is quite nice with a squeeze of lemon on it and some fresh herbs?
LOL it's all well and good for people to tell you not to worry too much but I would rather go cold turkey than see the scales going up and up. Yes definitely feel I am a health freak and the symptoms are depressing and frustrating. I am not giving up though.
Did a yoga video and some toning at home today - the yoga is wonderful for destressing (I am often stressed and anxious). I could really feel the tension in my body and my muscles loosening up!
Tomorrow is a new week so don't be too hard on yourself. I think once you eat more good food again you might want the bad stuff less x
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Re: Feeling discouraged - need direction

Postby mcpherson1997 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:04 am

I also posted on here as a newbie for advice. From what I gathered so far its not about what diet you go on, instead, its about incorporating the right foods and avoiding bad choices. This article gave my daughter and I a lot of information about diet and other struggles with PCOS. Maybe you will find it helpful. It can be found at http://detoxscientific.com/pcos-diet. Best of luck to you.
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Re: Feeling discouraged - need direction

Postby Cheryl » Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:54 am

Hi all,
Almost a year on since this post, I have made some great progress through working with a personal trainer for the last 10 months. I have lost 14% body fat and now weigh 11 stone.

I have become a total gym freak and have had good results through a wholefoods diet and limiting my refined carbs. Lots of lean protein and veg, wholegrains. I still eat carbs and have sweet cravings so try to cut back the sugar. I was a bit bad today and over Christmas.

I used to dance quite a lot however have seen much better weight loss and body shape results through a weekly routine of cardio (treadmill running and High intensity interval training) and strength training. Lifting weights is empowering for me and all the fitness stuff has helped me in many ways i.e with depression, stress and anxiety as well.

I am currently exploring careers within health and fitness now so I can help others, I would like to specialise in female fat loss and natural health for PCOS sufferers.
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Re: Feeling discouraged - need direction

Postby wrigglepup » Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:08 pm

Hi Cheryl
Good to hear you have done so well, I joined a gym in Sept, but haven't been able to keep it up as regularly as I'd have liked.
But never mind, it's something I can start again! The weight is back though, I find when I try to get healthy food in me I put weight on!
Interested to know that you are thinking of getting into the fitness as a career. Good luck!
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