From PCOS Struggle To PCOS Success – My 90 Pound Weight Loss Journey
NAME : Caitlyn
BEFORE WEIGHT : 251
AFTER WEIGHT : 161
POUNDS LOST : 90
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I have always struggled with weight growing up, depression hit in 9th grade and I went from 120lbs to 198lbs, I got 30 lbs off on the summer before 10th grade, and then in 11th grade I gained it back and more. I was at 220lbs the beginning of my senior year and got down to 197lbs then it gradually started coming back. I found out I had PCOS that year and that it was one of the culprits making the weight come faster than it could come off, after I got married I just kept gaining which brought me up to 251lbs and that’s when I realized I needed to make some big changes.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
My weight was the center of all my confidence, which means I had no confidence at all. I have always struggled with my self image and self love so no matter if I was thinner or bigger I still despised myself. I was always negative with my life and my outlook and was never truly happy. I always felt so pressured to look this way or that way and I believe all of this distrust with myself caused many of my relationships with friends to fail. I was also a very emotional eater.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
When I was bigger I never had the courage to step on the scale. One evening when I was at my in laws for my husbands birthday, I decided I had enough courage and stepped on their scale, and I just couldn’t believe what the number said. I never thought I would ever get up to 251, I was 49 lbs from weighing 300 and at the rate my weight kept increasing I knew it wouldn’t be long till I seen the big 3-0-0. A couple of days later I was at my mom’s house and stepped on her scale and it was the same, I went out of the bathroom and just asked my mom how big I was in her eyes. She told me I should download the myfitnesspal app and start over with everything, start logging my calories and take up exercising again. She told me “You have done it before, you can do it again.” That was the turning point of my new journey.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started logging my calories and eventually just kept cutting things from my diet. But I started exercising 5 days a week for an hour. I have always been told, it takes 2 weeks to get in shape, never did I guess it would take 4 months to fully start feeling like I was getting somewhere with being fit. It took me a month to start releasing the pounds and then it just started to come off a little bit more each month.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
After the first month. It took a while for my body to start releasing the weight, I started in February 2016 and by that summer I was down 50lbs and then by February of 2017, I reached the 90lb mark.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
Definitely PCOS, it is so hard on your health, I have struggled with hemrroiging cysts on my ovaries that are very painful, and lots of ovarian pain and lots of times no menstrual cycle. Me and my husband have been trying to concieve for two years and we haven’t been able to at all so that has also been a strain as well, although I have learned to live life to its fullest and just believe when it’s meant for me to have a baby I will.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
No, I didn’t want to give up, I always wanted to keep going because I had a goal and I wanted to reach it. Although I set my goals small and in proportion like, I wanted to reach 220lbs and the. I wanted to reach him 200lbs and then I wanted to reach 190lbs and then just wanted to keep going.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Yes every 30 lbs or so I would hit a plateau and I would just switch up my meal plans and stuff so my body could get something different and would work double time to release more weight.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Yes, lots of inches I think 60 inches over all on my body have been lost. Which is wonderful and I feel so much better and my self confidence is fully restored and I have learned to just love myself the way I am.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
When. I was at my heaviest, I definitely didn’t care what I was eating. I have always tried to stay away from gluten but I definitely cheated a lot. I would pick at foods when I made my husbands lunches and I always over ate anything I touched
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I LOVE working out, it’s my most favoritest thing out of my day, I always look forward to a good kick butt workout that will make me sweat a bunch. I am a skier up at the mountain and this year compared to last year was insane. I had so much more energy and my snow clothes weren’t bulging tight and I could move around so much easier. I really love hard core workouts, I don’t like yoga or anything, my workouts have to be high paced and hard.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Make sure you are drinking lots of water and are getting enough sleep
- Look back and remember the reason why you started
- Focus on your health and how you feel about what your eating
- Tell yourself positive things when you are feeling down and remember that every pound is a victory
- If you need something sweet, drinking tea helps a lot
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