So, yeah, I’m up another 1.6 pounds this week. Boo. I am trying very hard not to get discouraged by it, but……….
Speaking of butts, I don’t want you thinking the Giant Golden Butt in the Sky is to blame for this foray into weight gain. I promise you that lowly little cheeseburger I ate is not responsible for my backsliding this week. I know EXACTLY what I did wrong this week and it had nothing to do with eating and everything to do with NOT eating.
That’s right. On four occasions this week I did not hit my points target. And I’m not talking about a few meager points. I’m talking about only consuming about two-thirds of what I was supposed to. Not. Good. Even though you think eating fewer calories would be good, it’s actually bad. Consuming fewer calories engages the OCD side of your metabolism. Your body freaks out and says, “Holy crap, we’re starving! Start saving that energy as fat RIGHT NOW!”
And even though I know that, I still did it. Some of it is because I suffer from migraines. Migraines make me nauseated and who wants to eat then? Some of it is just that I get busy and literally forget to eat. With PCOS, it’s easy to do if I never smell food. People laugh, myself included, that you can gain weight just by smelling food. Folks, people with PCOS are the living embodiment of that joke. Even food scented candles can cause our brains to send the message to our pancreas that it’s time to eat and we get an entire boatload of insulin dumped into our systems, which causes sugar and carb cravings, which, if we give into them, causes more insulin to be dumped into our systems and we crave more carbs and sugars, which causes more insulin…….See the vicious cycle? But, if I am busy and never smell food, my brain never sends me the message that I’m hungry. Ever. In fact, I wind up with the opposite problem: Low blood sugar. I don’t even notice it until it’s dangerously late and I’ve got the shakes and feel like I want to throw up. Fun, fun, fun.
So, what to do? I’m packin’, folks. That’s right. I’m bringing my artillery with me in the form of low points snacks packed in my purse and an alarm that will sound on my Nook when I need to eat when I’m out running errands.
It will also help me to avoid the Giant Butt, which is saying a lot.
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