So I need to lose 40lbs in the next 4 months, which is scaring me slightly!
I recently attended an appointment with a fertility specialist as my husband and I have been trying to conceive for over a year and a half with no luck. Now I know some of you will be thinking that we haven’t been trying long but last year I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome after not having a period for over 20 weeks. Once I was diagnosed my GP referred me to a specialist as on the NHS you can be referred after a year if you have a known condition affecting fertility. I have just started the process and currently undergoing tests to check my fertitlty and will hopefully be starting treatment in the new year. By then I will have been trying for nearly two years and have been told that now is a good time to try and reduce my BMI in case I need to apply for funding for IVF or other treatments if the standard treatments do not work.
So losing weight…
I have never been skinny and I don’t think I ever will, I love my food too much. I have previously tried many weight loss programmes but struggle to keep to them after the initial few weeks. I tend to lose a pretty decent amount to start with and then I get bored of calorie counting, syn watching or points and start to slowly go off track till I can’t get back on track. So I have decided to try a different approach; a life style change focus sing on lower calorie meals and stricter portion control but allowing myself treats. I know it is going to be a slow process and I am prepared for that. I am hoping that losing weight will als help with the fibro; it will hopefully give me more energy and allow me to start exercising which I know is important for the condition.
So this is me a few months ago, I’m a little bigger now but not much:
Part of my life style change is trying to significantly reduce the amount of bread I consume. I love bread and normally have toast for breakfast and a sandwich for lunch. Starting tomorrow I am going to swap my toast for a fruit smoothie. My sister Charlie has lent me her Breville Active blender to try and I will be using this to create my own smoothies. I did a trial run this evening and made a mixed berry and mango smoothie, I didn’t realise how easy it was and I have definitely been missing out. I even made the recipe up myself by mixing a handful of mixed frozen berries, frozen mango, no added sugar cranberry juice and some ice.
So I have around 40lbs to lose by Christmas and tomorrow is the start of my journey. I will be keeping you regularly updated with my progress and please let me know if you have any tips, words of encouragement or success stories as I would really like to hear them.