Goals: Weight loss

This time last year, I felt a prompting from the Lord to start praying for my future children and that He would prepare my husband and me for parenthood.  I have desired for children since I got married, but knew it wasn’t the right time yet and waited for the gentle leading of my husband to help determine when.  I felt it in my gut last year, though…soon.  Soon, to me, meant in the next year and a half…and here we are planning to start trying to conceive (which may have started sooner if not for a trip overseas–we didn’t want to take any chances with the plane ride).  Anyway, to prepare my heart and keep my mind occupied, I began reading books and online articles.  So far, I’ve read more articles than anything, but lately, since the time quickly approaches, I’ve been reading a few books on ttc.

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My current read

At the moment, I’m reading “What to Expect Before You’re Expecting.”  Across the board, people have many different opinions of the “What to Expect” books.  I have seen mostly negative feedback, but a few people spoke positively.  I like to read things and find out for myself, so I took the plunge and bought the kindle edition (instant gratification).  Although a lot of the information that I’ve read so far are things I already knew, I am finding it informative.  The tidbit that hit me the hardest is the fact that fat cells produce estrogen, so if we have excess fat cells, it can affect our fertility!  I had no idea about this.  I knew, of course, that losing weight can help fertility, but I didn’t realise the direct connection between the hormone aspect of things.

In my journey with PCOS, I have had to cut back on a lot of things.  I found out that one of the causes of my symptoms came directly from gluten and have eaten gluten free ever since.  Then I later found out that soy was having some intense effects, particularly causing severe cramping, nausea, and long cycles.  So, I eat gluten and soy free.  I have noticed, however, that my ovulation day still doesn’t come until CD 20-25 and is never consistent.  There isn’t a whole lot more that I could cut back on with my diet, and I have been trying to think of the missing link.  I think, thanks to this book, that I have found it.  I still carry weight around my middle, a symptom of PCOS, and I have been dreading the hard work involved in losing this weight.  Now that I know the direct connection, however, I am ready to try.  So, my friends, in order to be in a healthy BMI range, I have to lose 13 lbs or more.  My goal is to lose those 13 lbs. by March and go from there.  At this point in my life, I will be so happy to be active and in a healthy weight range.  I’m not so concerned about whether I look a certain way, although I know I will feel more confident.  I’m just very excited to be working toward this goal so that I can have a healthy pregnancy.

I will be tracking my weight loss, nutrition, and fitness on Sparkpeople.  Visit my sparkpage to join in the challenge and set your own goals.  I would love to have some friends to do this with!

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2 thoughts on “Goals: Weight loss

  1. I read this many years ago. Another good book is ” Taking Charge of Your Fertility” like you I have PCOS, and I am diabetic, and I was obese when I was ttc my daughter. I am now only 10lbs overweight,and working on that!

    • My goodness, I love Taking Charge of Your Fertility! I read it about two years ago and started charting to know what was going on and still look things up all the time. Such a great book! Sounds like we should swap reads. 🙂

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