If you follow me on Instagram you may know that since the start of lockdown I’ve been on the trim down train, spurred on by the lack of takeaway temptations and handy convenience stores (meal deals, I’m looking at YOU).
With having PCOS, weight loss has always been quite a struggle for me, and as I mentioned in my May progress check, I have tried pretty much every diet recommended for the condition. My battle with weight loss has been long and I’ve essentially been trying and failing at it for almost three years, but during lockdown, something seems to have fallen into place!
Another month into my journey, I’ve been thinking about what I’ve done differently this time that has helped me actually make a meaningful dent in my goals. Here are the main changes I have made:
- Tracking calories for the week, not the day. When I started my cut, my calories were still fairly high for someone of my size, but as I’ve gone along I’ve very slowly reduced them to account for getting smaller and needing less fuel. I’m currently on 1600 a day, but I don’t get hung up on reaching that daily amount. This has really helped me be able to incorporate treats into my diet. Some days, I find I naturally come under my daily amount, and some days I have some cake or a high calorie meal and go a bit over. I’ve just been keeping a rough track of this and making sure my weekly calorie intake averages out at about the right number.
- Not excluding exercise calories. Now I didn’t always do this in the past, but I have been known to use ‘I exercised today’ as an excuse to massively overeat. Getting rid of the feature in my tracking app that adds calories onto my daily allowance when I exercise has been really helpful. PCOS is partly a metabolic disorder, so my body probably doesn’t burn calories as effectively as it perhaps should. For this reason, I like to stick to eating only my set amount of calories (1600) and just use exercise as an extra fat-burning boost. This way, my progress won’t be ruined if I don’t get a chance to exercise as much, either. Having said that, if I do a really long walk or something extra strenuous I do sometimes feel the need to eat a bit more for fuel and recovery, which I of course allow myself to do!
- Taking progress pictures. The number on the scale is obviously one way of measuring weight loss progress, but I’ve really enjoyed taking progress pictures throughout my journey so far! It’s definitely true that you don’t always realise how far you’ve come. Sometimes I almost don’t believe the scales because I don’t feel like my body has changed, but when I actually compare before and after pictures I can see my progress much more clearly!
- Believing I can do it. A lot of this has been about mentality. So many times in the past, before my PCOS diagnosis (and even after), I just couldn’t lose weight and I didn’t know why. I thought I was doing all the right things but nothing would budge, and seeing other people on rapid weight loss journeys would really dishearten me. It got to a point where every time I tried again, I’d almost given up before I’d even begun. It took a big shift in mentality to realise that actually, although it might be a little harder and take a bit more discipline, I AM capable of losing weight and achieving my health and fitness goals. This time, I went in with a much healthier and more determined mindset.
As for my monthly update, here are my measurements now compared to the beginning of lockdown:
- Weight – 146lbs (-14lbs)
- Thigh – 22″ (-2.5″ each)
- Waist – 31″ (-2.4″)
- Hips – 39″
- Arm – 12″ (-1.5″ each)
- Chest – 33″
- Bust – 40″ (lol some things never change)
My goals for July are:
- Lose another 4lbs
- Go for some longer walks
- Continue to take progress pictures and enjoy the journey!
If setting health and fitness targets is something you enjoy, what are your goals for the upcoming month?