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Tracking my weight loss progress, focusing on health and minimizing PCOS symptoms.

I'm at goal! I now weight just over 130lbs, over 60 pounds down! That's nearly one third of my starting body weight!

I started eating low-glycemic just after Christmas 2010 after months of mysterious health issues peaked in a frightening hospital visit on Christmas morning.

The new approach to eating worked like a charm and I felt much better immediately. I also lost 1-2 pounds per week from December to May! The loss slowed down in June and July as I approached healthy weight, and progressed at a glacial but steady pace since I hit healthy weight in August 2011.

My body has gotten into some healthy rhythms thanks to weight loss and medication and I'm feeling very hopeful. I have a great new doctor who is helping to connect me with specialists to see if they can get my blood pressure, anxiety, fertility and hair issues under control. Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement!

I also want to note that my wife has lost 40 pounds as well, without counting any calories or cutting out any food completely. She just made some of the same adjustments I did - avoiding most sugars and white carbs, while eating more veggies and fruit and including protein at every meal. We eat smaller meals and plan nutritious snacks in between. She's gone from the 160s to the 120s and, like me, is now the smallest she's ever been since her early teens. Between us we've around 110 lbs! Crazy!

Member Since: 2/8/2011

Fitness Minutes: 3,444

My Goals:
-Get to 145 ("healthy BMI" for my height of 5'4")
by August 2011 - DONE August 2 2011!!!!

From there, work slowly towards 135 and see how I feel. - DONE December 25 2011!!!

Long term goal:

28-day lunar cycle without hormone pills.

Maintain healthy goal weight without Metformin.

Get my blood pressure down without meds.

My Program:
Because I have PCOS/Insulin resistance, I'm eating a low-GI vegetarian diet of whole grains (in moderation), fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts & seeds, low-fat dairy & eggs, and soy products.
Averaging around 1400-1500 calories per day.
Commuting by bike 40-45 minutes total a day and doing 10 minute mini-strength training sessions at lunch.
Aiming to lose 1-2 pounds per week and am on track so far!

Personal Information:
Married Canadian, 32 years old, no kids. Have been overweight for most of my post-pubescent life, and was "obese" (a term I hate!) between 2004 and 2011. Finally diagnosed with PCOS after a rough summer & fall (healthwise) in 2010. Got a low-GI guidebook at Christmas 2010 and started eating that way immediately. I'm happy because I CAN'T HANDLE being hungry and I never have to feel that way anymore if I avoid sugar and processed starches and eat healthy, frequent portions.

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    I'm from Canada! There's been snow for a few weeks already, but not much here in the capital, Ottawa.
    3215 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/9/2011 12:05:25 PM
    Wow! Erica... your not in the US of A! Neat! What part of the country are you from? Wow!
    I was reading your response to my blog and by the way thanks and I was like.. But where in the world are all these places and it dawned on me at the end when you said.. "You all probably don't have those in.... USA!" I was thinking... nah, sure don't!
    3216 days ago
    Thank you thank your for reading my blog. It's so lame that they let us go siting that "our seasonal time has ended" but in truth it was because me & Ryan got hired on as a couple and the company doesn't allow that. I just wish it had either been a month ago or a month from now since I can no longer get a seasonal job, but Xmas is around the corner.
    Sorry to vent on your page but it's been a stressful week for me. Thank you for offering to take a look at my cover letters! I haven't applied to any jobs that have asked for one yet but I'll let you know if I do.
    by the way OMG YOU LOOK FANTASTIC!! Great job!
    3216 days ago
    and really tough when you are driving and don't want to make potty stops every hour emoticon

    I'm so glad to be home and back to water normal :)

    by the way, I thought of you this weekend when I was sitting at the family event on some folding chairs and my behind started to hurt - I kind of giggled - lack of padding has never been an issue for comfort before for me - and I thought of a recent blog you had about sitting and discomfort :)

    wishing you a beautiful season emoticon
    3219 days ago
    Hey Erica... I have to say... You stay a step ahead of me.. I always look at the pics on SP and I think to myself.. I was not as confident in myself to even take pictures when I was almost 200 pounds I only have one or two pics and in all of them I covered my stomach and I tried to hide my shape by not taking full body pictures and now I actually wish I could show a before and after, it's a beneficial thing to experience when you have come from such a long way.. I am so very proud of you, Now I am in the 140's with you...LOL!
    I hope you have an awesome day too ok! emoticon
    3223 days ago
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