Thursday, January 14, 2010

I'm a slacker

Ok so I'm a slacker.  I was sick last weekend and then I got super busy at work doing things like building a new website for my photography and also for personal use as well as restarting weight watchers!

So I'll leave the website building behind at the moment and talk about my renewal of weight watchers.

I went to the doctor on tuesday morning after getting blood taken and it looks like I have high levels of insulin in me as well as high levels of testosterone.  What does this mean?

Well---- my fears were correct in the fact that i have Polycystic Ovary Syndrom (PCOS) which means I will always have cysts on my ovaries which can really mess me up in a few different ways.  The main thing is that it throws my hormones completely out of whack.  Hence why I'm on birth control.  It also makes it near impossible for someone with PCOS to lose weight.  PCOSers have to work extra hard at losing weight.  Which is nice to know and explains why I would get so discouraged trying to lose weight when nothing would happen and friends on diets would lose weight like it was melting off them.

So that's the first reason I'm back on birth control.  The second reason is because of my high level of insulin.  This means that I'm not diabetic, I'm not even pre-diabetic but I'm pre-pre-diabetic.  As in, If I don't do something soon- I'm going to be sticking myself with needles for the rest of my life.

So here I am: back at Weight Watchers.  And this time I'm hoping it will be better with more results.  I got a weight watchers cook book for christmas, and I'm trying to be more creative with my cooking.  The good thing is that Sarah, my roommate, is an excellent vegetarian cook- but she will cook the meat components to her meals.  If I just watch what she's doing, and cut down on the oil and butter and stuff- I think I will be happy with some of the stuff I'm making.  

The hardest part is going home and cooking.  I love being able to pop something in the microwave and have it be done- but I'll have to be more dedicated.  I hope it will help for the future when I'm married and I want to cook healthy but yummy meals for my husband and family.  

I really need to get my butt back to the gym - but my roommate and I tried this morning and couldn't get out of bed.  It's so cold!!  But we'll try again.  small steps. 

But my favorite thing of this diet so far is my breakfast!!  I got this tip from my lovely sister- and it's only 2 points!

*Take 1/4 cup of Quaker Oats (I used the wheat oats) (you only need 1/4 cup because it expands- but if you want to do this for a lunch- you can up it to 1/2 cup) 

*Cut up your favorite fruit (see below for point values and measurements)

*Throw in a dash of cinnamon and about a 1/4 of a cup of water and heat it up for 1 minute.  

It's delish!  It almost tastes like cake!  I had strawberries this morning and it was phenomenal and only 2 points!  1/4 cup of oats are only 1 point and most fruits are 1 point too!

Here are some fruits you can use:

*Raspberries - 1.5 cups = 1 point

*Strawberries- 1.5 cups = 1 point (whole strawberries - before cutting up... about 5 medium strawberries)

*1 Large banana = 2 points

*Pineapple (canned in own juice or lite syrup) - 1 cup = 2 points

*Blueberries - 1 cup = 1 point

So that's a quick tip if you want a filling and yummy breakfast! If you can afford the points- go ahead and up it to 1/2 cup of oats if you won't be having lunch til late.  

Hope you enjoy!

More later!