PCOSHOOT.

Raise your hand if you’ve quit more diets LIFESTYLE CHANGES than you can count. Y’all, I am a yo-yo dieting CHAMP. I’ve gained, lost, gained, and lost again – for half my life.

I love food almost as much as it loves to stick to me.

Most recently, I’ve been experimenting with intermittent fasting and have adopted a paleo style of eating, focusing on more whole foods and less junk. I still have indulgences, but I try to keep it real – literally. Real food, real nourishment. It may come as a shock to you, but feasting on a beautiful green salad with whole30-approved dressing, rather than sleevesful of Oreos, results in some weight loss.

WHO KNEW?!

On a more serious note, there are other, deeper issues that cause me to gain and retain weight. I have PCOS, which can cause insulin resistance. PCOS is so much more common than people assume (about 1 in 10 women have it). It can cause weight gain/retention, problems with cycles, acne, and infertility, to name a few of the issues that come along with the diagnosis.

In short, it SUCKS.

I have wrestled with it for years, so believe me when I say I KNOW it is devastating. But can I be real? I’m gonna be real. A PCOS diagnosis can become a crutch. It’s easy to excuse poor food choices when ‘I’m just going to gain weight, anyway’. It’s easy to skip workouts for a day, or week, or years – because you’re exhausted and ‘it doesn’t change anything anyway’.

Take it from someone who has pity partied her way through countless takeout bags and ice cream pints.

I mean, I KNOW it’s harder for me to lose weight than the average person, but sometimes I like to drown my sorrows in chicken nuggets and French fries, y’know?

The reality is that even though it’s tougher than it could be, tough doesn’t equal impossible. Tough just means it might take longer to get there. So I’m gunning for the next 13 pounds (my major goal). If all goes well, I’ll get there soon! I’m making more conscious food choices (mostly paleo) and exercising more – cardio, for now, with a little strength training thrown in. I’m also doing intermittent fasting (an OMAD routine during the week and 16:8 on weekends, for those of you who are die-hard IFers).

It’s a process, one I’ve battled through so many times. And this process looks different for everyone – no matter how many PCOS-themed infographics you see online, not every strategy works! So if you’re riding the struggle bus today, just know that you’re not alone. You can do this, one step at a time!

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