On September 3rd, my doctor called me I said she was going to go ahead and make the diagnosis of PCOS, and start me on Metformin. I had just finished reading “Why We Get Fat”, and vowed to cut carbs. It hasn’t been easy.
On going on low carb, it’s harder than any diet I’ve ever been on. Harder in the sense that carbs are everywhere. I’m not going to lie, I’ve been less than semi perfect. It’s hard to always eat low carb, especially when your hormones make you eat everything in sight, for just one week. It’s hard when you go to friends houses for dinner, or when you go to parties. I would never dream of being of so rude and turning down food that has been lovingly prepared by friends. It’s hard when your husband really likes sandwiches and potatoes, and isn’t always a fan of the new recipes you try, as an attempt to cut more carbs from your life.
In a world where pretty much everything comes breaded and fried, served with bread and a side of potatoes, saying you’re trying not to eat carbs is like being a Duck Fan at a Beavers Game; you’re a bit singled out. My husband is a cook, his whole family are cooks, most of our friends are cooks. I’ve heard over and over again, the frustration of hearing “um, can you make this gluten free?” Or “I’m a vegan” at a burger joint, while on the line. I never want to be that person. So I’m simply not. I smile, and say that everything looks and smells wonderful, because believe me it does, and I just try to limit my portions.
Limiting my portions actually hasn’t been a problem, if anything, I have to make myself eat. Metformin definitely has suppressed my appetite. That’s really the only side effect of Metformin I’ve had, although I did hear the horror stories before starting it. Lots of, er, bathroom time, if you know what I mean. Luckily I haven’t really had that issue, and I’m going to be upping my dosage to the full amount today.
I’ve done fantastic about cutting carbs from breakfast, alright at cutting them from lunch, and not so great about cutting them from dinner. It really is hard. I’m trying to limit my carbs to just one meal a day, and trying to keep it under 100g. Sounds easy enough, but it’s really not. One slice of whole grain bread has 17-21g of carbs. One potato has 37g of carbs. One cup of whole wheat pasta has 43g of carbs. You have to remember, also, that even veggies have carbs.
It has been really hard. But in just one month, I’m down 9 pounds, down 3″ from my waist, down 3″ from my bust, and down 4″ from my tummy. Woot! I didn’t measure my thighs or arms to see if they’ve gone down at all, but I’m sure they have just a bit. It may be small progress, but it’s still progress.