Post # 1
Hi ladies I"m here for some advice on how to work on my midsection and back. Let me give you some background.
I ordered my wedding dress early May of last year. My dress was ordered size 20 which equals the following:
Bust: 44" (I was 42")
Waist 35-1/4" (I was 36")
Hips 47" (I was 48")
Since May I began to put on weight and had irregular periods. I was recently diagnosed with PCOS. My body has changed shape completely. My back is broader and my waisteline is bigger. Since being diagnosed I was put on birthcontrol and have been doing Jenny Craig and lost 8-1/2 lbs. Although I now weigh 1-1/2 lbs less than I did when I ordered my dress, my waist is 2-1/2 inches too big (One of the results of PCOS can be increased midsection). I have 18 days before my fitting (I had to cancel my fitting this past weekend cause I didn’t want them to destroy my dress to try to shave as much from my waistline as possible.
Where do I begin?
Post # 3
I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 16…I guess it didn’t ever really change my body, I was always overweight. Medication helps because it helps your body feel full, so you won’t overeat. Are you on the right medications? The best thing to do is what you are doing – there is only one good way to lose weight and that’s with diet and exercise.
Post # 4
Oh, I’m so sorry! Maybe you could try going to a specialty lingerie shop and asking if they have any waist cinchers or something that could nip you in and make the dress fit again?
Post # 5
I will be wearing spanx, if I need to a corset too. I would like to try to lose some inches of my waist if possible. I’ve been more active but I haven’t done any serious hard core exercising. I wanted to know if anyone had any websites for exercise moves, or can explain some of the moves they do for their core.
Post # 6
My sister suffers from PCOS and it has gotten progressively worse for her, especially after the birth of her daughter, who is now one. I know she struggles so much with this. She just had a doctors appointment and the doctor pretty much told her straight out that meds don’t do anything for the weight loss, he said the she needs to exercise 4-5 times a week and eat significantly less than most people. I recommend Windsor Pilates to work your core, all exercises are geared towards to core, the videos are pretty inexpensive you can find them on Ebay, you would need the basic 20 minute workout, it is quick and easy, you do need to do it atleast 3 times per week to see results, but partnered with diet and cardio you will see results.
Post # 7
I agree with ashleyk..Pilates works wonders, tends to "stretch" the body out making everything leaner. Cardio (not running, walking) at a faster pace that gets your heart rate up, You don’t have to run in order to lose weight walking helps alot. Have you thought about getting a gym pass? They are great with classes they can offer at all different levels plus you get to meet new people and develop work out buddys. As far as diet….lets face it we all know what we should and shouldn’t eat…don’t be strict on yourself i.e. no carbs, sugars, no fat that sort of thing, lots of fruits and vegetables during morning and lunches and lean proteins for dinner, if you need a filler inbetween I always like a little single serving of no buttered popcorn with a little salt for flavor, or I make cookies and take one or two off the plate, pack up the rest for FH and send them to work with him, that way I get just enough to kill that little sweet tooth craving and his buddy’s at work think I’m the best for sending cookies for all the guys to enjoy (FH is a paramedic and police officer so you can imagine they don’t get to eat whenever they like) . If you become to strict on yourself with your diet you tend to feel like your depriving yourself and end up over-indulging (atleast I do). Hope this helps and good luck to you!!
Post # 8
With regards to diet I am doing Jenny Craig. WHich works for me since I do not have the time or patience for preparing my own healthier meals. I started Jenny in November but didn’t begin to lose weight till January when I was diagnosed and was placed on birth control. Since January 3rd I have lost 8lbs. Although not working out I have increased my activity levels making sure to move more and be less sedentary.
I do want to try pilates, I’m gonna see if I can find a video that I can buy tonight. I’m also going to the gym, though I hate the gym because I need to lose more calories and burn more fat. Hopefully those will help me trim down. The most frusting part is how I can weigh less but have a bigger waist! Very frustrating.
Post # 9
Because carbohydrates are often linked to high insulin levels, women with PCOS are typically recommended to follow a low glycemic index diet. Foods in this type of diet do not cause a quick rise and fall in blood sugar. levels and therefore help to prevent elevated insulin levels. Since carbohydrates are the main culprit behind rising insulin levels, many women may be tempted to cut out carbs from their diet or follow a low carb diet– this is not necessary.
There is nothing wrong with having carbohydrates in your diet so long as they are the right kind of carbs. Instead of choosing starchy, processed carbs, which contribute to high insulin levels causing your blood sugar to remain low while you crave more carbs, opt for whole grain carbohydrates. Because they have more fibre in them, they take longer for your body to turn into sugar and therefore have a low gylcemic index.
It is difficult to say precisely what is the right proportion of carbohydrates for women with PCOS as each woman is different and has their own dietary needs. Some experts, however, suggest that women that are overweight and affected by PCOS try reducing their daily carbohydrates intake to 40% of their diet.
In addition to aerobic exercise, weight training is also recommended. Although many women shy away from weight training for fear of bulking up, exercising with low weights and doing higher repetitions of an exercise will actually help tone your muscles. Better yet, because muscles burn more calories than fat, building up your muscle will help you burn more calories throughout the day, even while you are resting. Furthermore, weight training helps to build up bone density, which can prevent osteoporosis later on.
Again, this is not medical advice, but just general information about PCOS. Please continue to work with your own provider to find the optimal program for you!
Well, I hope this helps! It sounds like you are on the right track 🙂
Post # 10
PCOS is difficult to handle, are you maybe suffering from emotional eating? If not I’d suggest a bootcamp combined with a very restrictive diet. Like 800-1200 kcal per day with less than 50g carbs. My trainer put me on that for 2 weeks and it worked wonders!
Post # 11
I’ve been going through something similar in the last year- I haven’t been diagnosed yet, doctors still doing tests, but I gained nearly 20 lbs, and it’s all in the mid-section/arms. I’ve been eating more veggies, cutting alcohol out almost completely, and staying away from refined carbs. My blood tests finished this week (YAAAAAY), so I’m finally back on BCP, and hopefully will be able to shift a little weight as it gets my hormones back in line. In all the reading I’ve done on PCOS in the last few months I kept seeing boards where women said they had a lot of success with the South Beach Diet. Essentially, as doctorgirl said, a diet low on the glycemic index is often recommended to women with PCOS, insulin resistance, estrogen dominance etc. South Beach falls into this criteria. I know you mentioned you’re doing Jenny Craig, which is great, but I think you have to approach your diet both for the reason of weight loss, as well as keeping your PCOS as under control as possible. While most South Beach recipes are fairly simple and strait forward, I believe there are prepackaged frozen meals etc. (though personally I’d recommend only resorting to frozen when you’ve absolutely no time).
You mention you haven’t done any serious "hard core" exercising yet. Again, going with what doctorgirl said, your best bet is a mixture of cardio (fast walking, dancing, anything that gets your heart rate up) and a bit of weight training, resistance exercise (crunches etc.).
As far as DVDs I’d recommend The 30 Day Shred which is a combo of weights, resistance and cardio, and The New York City Ballet Workout, which has a lot of the elements of pilates, focuses on the core and keeps me more interested than other pilates DVDs.
Post # 12
I would also recommend visiting some of the PCOS websites out there, like http://www.soulcysters.com/
Post # 13
Carrieitly, i haven’t tried south beach but I have had luck in the past with Jenny Craig, so I went back to to it this time. I will look into that option though as it sounds good. I do need to read up more on this and figure it out.
Jhphi the soulcysters website looks very interesting thanks for bringing it to my attention I’ll be checking it out.
Post # 14
Today was D-Day. I have lost 4-1/2 lbs and a little over 1/2 an inch from my waist. I went to the bridal store expecting to have to open the seams to make the dress fit. I get into the dress and its a little loose?!? Apparently the Gods have taken pity on me and the dress was made too big.
Thank you for your advise and good wishes. I stuck very closely to Jenny Craig. I did pilates everý other night and tae-bo on the other nights and that helped. Now that I can see myself in the dress I want to tone my arms. 🙂
Thanks again for everything.