Saturday, September 26, 2015
First, there's the Steak and Eggs diet. This is basically a ketogenic diet and a great way to get weight off fast. While it's healthier than you might think and some stay on it long term, I don't know that I could -- I'd probably get too bored of the same meals. But as a kick-start it sure sounds promising. Basically you eat two meals a day of just steak and eggs for 4-5 days, then have a cheat day where you eat whatever you like. So zero carbohydrates until the cheat day. There are plenty of articles online if you want to know more about it, and I don't think it's dangerous in any way -- I actually think ketogenic diets are a great choice for someone with insulin issues and/or PCOS like I have. The steak and eggs diet may raise testosterone levels, and with PCOS I sure don't need that. But if I try it for just a week or two to get the weight moving again I don't think I'd need to worry.
The other thing I've been considering is doing a Fat Fast. The article I've linked to is specifically about Fat Fast and Menopause, and how women as they approach menopause are finding that what worked before (reducing carbs) isn't necessarily working for them anymore but this often helps. There are comments from women in my age group on that article and many found this helped keep their weight down. I sure wish I'd started this weight loss journey a couple of years earlier -- I would have liked to reach goal well before menopause was even on my radar.
Hubby and I bought folding bikes since we enjoyed riding so much while in the States. We had hoped to start riding this week but it's been cold, raining and windy all week. I thought I'd missed out on the end of winter, this is supposed to be spring now! Yes, spring brings rain but it's been so cold it sure feels like winter still! Brrr!
Oh -- there is some good news to report. With the weight I have lost, I keep hoping to see some relief in my PCOS symptoms. Today my hair dresser said she definitely sees new hair growth at the crown, and overall my hair seems a bit thicker to her. Not a lot, mind you, but when you're dealing with hair loss, especially as a woman, any regrowth is a good thing. My hair had been thinning over the last decade due to PCOS, and increased over the last two years possibly due to weight loss. I know some women find they lost hair due to weight loss. Maybe that's stabilising now. I don't know, but I'll take any good news at this point. Well, I'm off to bundle up and ward off the cold for another night. Have a great weekend everyone.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Dr Ann Childers responded and I was so excited to hear her response. Firstly she congratulated me on my weight loss, which was cool. Then she indicated LCHF was an ideal approach for those with PCOS, and then gave cautions for diabetics. Unfortunately, she didn't address my specific question about whether LCHF could help reduce the actual symptoms of PCOS at all. So I went from excited to disappointed. I feel like I should resubmit the question but there's probably no point. :(
--- UPDATE ---
I did contact Dr Childers via Twitter for more information and she provided a link to someone who specialises in fertility issues for women with PCOS. That's hardly my concern at 52 years old, but who knows, they might have further information. We'll see. Thanks for the suggestion, Karen!
Monday, September 7, 2015
When I didn't have access to a scale, I tried on the new size 12 jeans every morning to be sure they still fit. They did, but unfortunately the fact I could still get them on didn't mean I hadn't gained weight. So what's the damage report? My lowest weight before my trip was 71.8 kg (158.29 lb) on 26th July. Due to monthly weight gain and changing eating habits even before the trip (we were trying to get rid of all perishable food before we left so ate away from home more rather than buy groceries) my weight on 4th August was actually 74.9 kg (165.13 lb). That first week in Oregon my weight varied between 163 and 165 pounds so not too bad. In Wisconsin and Illinois I had no scale. On returning to Oregon post-period I was 172 pounds. My first weigh-in since returning to Australia I'm now 78.3 kg (172.62 lb). During my month overseas I gained 3.4 kg (7.49 lbs) ... but since my lowest weight 26th July I've gained 6.5 kg (14.33 lb). Now begins damage control!
I didn't do any fasting while away from home, and after having indulged in more carb-heavy foods I don't think an immediate return to fasting would work. So the plan this week is to return to eating Phase 1 foods. When I start back to work next week, I'll start incorporating fasting again. This was a well-deserved trip home to spend time with people I've missed for nine years, so I am not about to beat myself up over this regain. But I've come too far to let it keep me from reaching my goal ... I am still very determined to reach my goal yet this year. So that's the plan ... I'll check in again soon.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
I can't believe we're back in Reno already ... the time is flying by! We have had very sporadic Internet connection while in Wisconsin and Illinois so I haven't been able to upload photos to the blog yet. Our connection is enough that I can post but uploading pics is virtually impossible right now, so unfortunately those will have to wait.
I spent about a week and a half in Wisconsin visiting friends and family ... so many to see and I didn't get to everyone but we had a great time. Our friends had extra bikes and took us on a couple of great bike trails, so we got some exercise in and I sure can feel it in my legs and rear end ... I haven't ridden a bike in years! We also walked through the park, the zoo, and a local historic district with some gorgeous old 1800s homes. My husband and I have such different reactions when we look at these houses ... I think they're so beautiful but he sees them as a maintenance nightmare ... maybe but they are so cool!
It was so good to see everyone and so hard to leave them all again. Especially my brothers and my dear uncle, the only one left from my parents' generation. He's 78 and we had to drive for 8 hours over 2 days to get to him as he's so far south in Illinois he's nearly in Kentucky! We spent a day there and it was hard to say goodbye knowing it's been nine years since I last saw him and Lord knows how long it might be until we meet again ... he's had health issues, too, so I worry about him. But I promised to stay in touch and send more pictures.
So after driving 5 hours back to Chicago we're now in Reno overnight again, then a 4.5 hour drive back to Oregon to spend more time with my brother and his lovely wife. That's it for now ... hopefully I will be able to upload pics again soon.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
So the last couple of days we explored scenic Oregon. I wanted to share a few pics while I have an Internet connection. The US SIM we got before we left isn't working so whenever I can hook up to WiFi I will try to update.
These first pics are hiking through Moore Park where there were some lovely nature trails. We spent an hour and a half here.