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Heather at 135lbs, Dec. 26 2011

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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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    Thanks for stopping my my blog. I am inspired by your comment and by your awesome success with weight loss. Your nutrition tracking is an inspiration. I see you like soy milk.

    I am adding you as a SparkFriend. My sister is very overweight and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I am wondering if she has PCOS like you?
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    3356 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog the other day. You gave me such amazing advice. I have focused on myself and really thought out what is important to me and how to achieve my goals. I have been feeling a little better lately.. I've been focusing on the positive and not dwelling on the negative so much.
    Thank you again and you are such a valuable spark friend. I hope all is going well for you.
    3390 days ago
  • v NEHITA
    Thank you so much for your concerns. Looking back at my Sparkpeople Reports on my food intake, my sodium is WAY above level, so I can see how this happens. The Hard part is trying to fix it especially when you on a budget and trying to eat healthy, even though I am losing weight.
    3391 days ago
    A very belated thank you for commenting on my first weeks blog! Your first May and Next May photos are so inspirational! Wishing you a healthy weekend and much success on your Spark Journey.
    3393 days ago
  • v NEHITA
    Thank you for your comforting words. I really do appreciate it. But, its frustrating not knowing.
    3403 days ago
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