Eat the pizza!!

PizzaSo…this weekend didn’t go so well for me and Keto. Specifically Sunday. For the past few weeks my husband and I haven’t really had the chance to really spend much time together. Sundays are normally our day to hang out together whether it be date night or just chilling in bed together all day. Well since we haven’t had a Sunday together in about 4 weeks and we’ve both been spending a lot of time away from home we decided that it would be a lazy Sunday where we didn’t leave bed. A day of nothing is exactly what I needed…..except for I had to prepare all of our meals with nothing in the house. We normally do our grocery shopping on Sunday’s. So I had a VERY tough decision….do I go to the store or do I just hang with my husband all day? It didn’t take me very long to make the decision to stay at home with hubby. Luckily I’m doing the intermittent fasting thing so my first meal wasn’t until 12pm anyway and hubby likes to sleep in until about 11 or 11:30 on the days he doesn’t work. When lunch time rolled around I went in search of something that I could make that was Keto friendly. Luckily I still had a dozen of eggs and some bacon. So for lunch we had scrambled eggs with coconut oil, salt and pepper and bacon.

We were both satisfied for a few hours and then the munchies started to take over. I settled for some almonds and a sugar free jello cup….but an hour later I was hungry again. I had nothing to make for dinner because everything was frozen. Hubby suggested pizza….so I said lets order from Domino’s because they have salads….then we started to order and one thing lead to another.  Hubby ordered a Philly cheese steak pizza and the brownie cookie for dessert. I ordered a salad and some wings….completely forgetting that their wings are breaded. Strike 1 for Jen! When the food arrived, the smell of melted cheese, green bell peppers and steak filled the entire room as if it was a sinking ship filling with water. I fought my urge to have a slice and settled for my salad and my wings (which I was already beating myself up over).

Hubby and I decided to watch Son-In-Law with Pauly shore and about 30 minutes in Hubby starts snoring…..the devil on my shoulder seemed to be getting louder and louder. “One piece wont kill you” it kept saying over and over again until I finally caved…….I didn’t eat one but two slices of pizza and then I couldn’t stop. I had two pieces of the brownie cookie too!! I felt so defeated and wanted to sit there and feel terrible about myself but something told me to reach out to a friend who is also doing the Keto diet. She has been my rock through this whole thing and has kept me sane. I told her all about my “cheat day” and what she said to me has given me a whole new outlook on my “accidents”. She said to me: “Its life….get back on track tomorrow. It can’t be all consuming, life has to happen and that includes pizza.” The more and more I thought about it….shes totally right! Being so strict on myself and not enjoying life was just setting me up to fail. I need to enjoy my life and if I want a slice of pizza I should have it because everything is “OK” in moderation. Moral of this story is….DO not beat yourself up for having a slice of pizza, a slice of cake or a scoop of ice cream. We are all human, we are going to make mistakes…..what we do to recover from them is what really counts. Until next time!

xoxo,

Jen

Did you know its PCOS Awareness month?

Fight Like A Girl_PCOSFor those of you who haven’t read my About Me page, I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2010 when my husband and I first decided we wanted to have a baby. Of course this news was devastating. I didn’t know where to turn or who I could talk to because this syndrome was so new to me. I had never heard of it and I didn’t know anyone who had it.

1 in 10 women have it….that’s approximately 5% of women. How could I not know what this syndrome was? I wanted to write this blog post so that I could educate people on what this syndrome is and what I deal with on a regular basis.

So what is PCOS? Well, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or better known as PCOS is basically the hormones in a woman’s body is out of balance. This hormone imbalance can result in irregular menstrual cycles and we all know if you aren’t regular….you’ll have problems getting pregnant. PCOS can also cause changes to your body that are unwanted like acne, extra hair growth all over your body and weight gain. Some of the more serious health related problems include diabetes and heart disease.

What does PCOS look like? In most women with PCOS, they grow many small cysts on their ovaries. That is how the syndrome got its name. Most commonly this is how PCOS is diagnosed along with blood work. When the doctor looks at the ultrasound of your ovaries, you will see these little dark circles all over your ovaries. Below is an example of an ovary with PCOS:
PCOS_ultrasound

How is PCOS diagnosed? There is no one test and your done when it comes to diagnosing PCOS. When your doctor suspects that you have PCOS, first thing you have a physical exam of your thyroid, skin, hair, breasts and belly. You would then be given a pelvic exam and pelvic ultrasound. Labs will be taken to check your hCG, Testosterone (andgrogen), Prolactin, Cholesterol and triglycerides, TSH, Adrenal gland hormones and your glucose. My PCOS was easy to diagnose as my left ovary had 13 cysts. I’m one of the lucky ones who only have one cystic ovary and the other one is well just there.

How do you get PCOS? This syndrome is baffling to pretty much everyone even doctors. The cause of PCOS is not fully understood but it seems to be a common thing in families. In my case, no one on my mother’s side has PCOS and I’ve never had the chance to meet my dad’s mother or her side of the family.

What are the symptoms of PCOS? This differs for every women with it but the most common are:

  1. Acne
  2. Weight Gain
  3. Extra Hair Growth
  4. Thinning hair at the scalp
  5. Irregular Menstrual Cycles
  6. Pelvic Pain
  7. Infertility
  8. Depression and/or mood swings

In my case, I have 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7. I constantly battle with acne on my chin which is normally where hormonal breakouts occur. I hate waking up to a huge red bump in the middle of my chin….which is why I have taken an interest in makeup and I’m actually rather good at it. Weight gain….ugh we all know I’m in the middle of a weight-loss journey which is going ok right now. I’ve been having a lot more “funk” days lately which has resulted in me falling off track. Missing periods are normal for me…..I have never been normal. They always came and went when they wanted and my doctors at the time didn’t really think anything of it because I was having 6 cycles a year. Pelvic pain sucks….lets put this into perspective for you…imagine your cramps during your “time of the month” magnify that by say 10……and experience this pain for at least two or three weeks. Talk about unbearable…sometimes I can’t move and the fetal position is the only way I get relief. I really don’t classify myself as having depression but I will admit there are days where I am in a “funk” and feel like my whole world is over. This feeling typically only lasts a day or two but those feelings of self-doubt and disappointment are really hard to shake off. Being unhappy in your own body is the worst feeling.

What are the treatments for PCOS? This typically is a case by case scenario and is based on your symptoms.  In my case, since I am overweight and trying to conceive, it is extremely important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Not smoking is another huge thing….not a problem for me as I am a non-smoker. There is also hormone therapy like, metformin (which I am currently taking) or clomiphene, birth control and a few others if you are trying to conceive. Ovarian Drilling is also a treatment option if you are trying to get pregnant and you are not responding to the hormone medications. It is extremely important to have regular check ups which I am really horrible about doing because I have a huge fear of doctors.

Is PCOS preventable? NOPE…sorry but this is not preventable. Early diagnosis and treatment helps prevent long-term complications so please keep that in mind.

I really hope this information has helped you understand what PCOS is and how it affects the body, mind and soul. From the physical pain to the emotional pain…..it all SUCKS!! I appreciate you taking the time to read this and I will answer any questions anyone may have or be the support system you always needed. No one should ever feel alone when going through any medical issue.

Please note that I am not a doctor in any way and I can only speak from my own experience. 

XOXO,

Jen

Its only a number!

for weight loss do not use a scaleHow many of you weigh yourself on a regular basis? I also was guilty of this….I use to let that number run my life. There were days where I would see the scale go down several pounds and I would ride that high all week and work super hard….then the dreaded weigh in day came and the scale would go up. I would then get super bummed, back slide and ruin all the hard work that I had already done. A very wise woman told me, “Never believe that number on the scale…all that matters is how you feel inside”. I took that statement to heart and learned that the scale is my ultimate enemy and I had to defeat my enemy at all costs!

I have made myself a promise, I would never let the number on the scale run my life. Instead, I would take measurements weekly and use that to track my progress. Check out these 5 “Non-Scale” ways to measure your weight loss:

5-non-scale-weight-loss-measurements

If I said I never weighed myself I would be lying. I weigh myself every 30 to 60 days just to see how far I have come. Not taking my weight on a regular basis is among the hardest things I have every faced in my journey. Walking into the bathroom and seeing the scale on the floor…..its like its mocking me. Like it knows that I had that extra scoop of mashed potato’s with dinner or that I had ice cream after dinner instead of an apple! It’s enough to drive anyone crazy! I have even asked my husband to hide the scale so that I can’t find it or place it somewhere high where I can’t reach it (the benefits of having a very tall husband)!!

If I can give you any advice to help you on your own journey…..don’t let the scale mock you or get the best of you. Your weight is only a number. If you feel good with where you are at that moment….that number doesn’t matter. You are working hard to reach your goals and with strong will and determination you will get there. The number on the scale can’t tell you what a great person that you really are, how much your family and friends love you or that you have the power to choose happiness. Believe in yourself, trust yourself and you will exceed your goals!

XOXO everyone!