I mean, clearly it did. It housed and birthed two beautiful boys. (Ryan in three pushes and Eli in one push. I think that's pretty amazing for a girl who has next to no ab muscles.) But in spite of that fact, it is still largely unpredictable. Most of the time, only other women with PCO believe me when I say I eat between 1500 and 1800 calories a day. They get me when I say that my weight will not budge despite this fact. They are the ones who understand when I say I'm tired all the time. They know what it's like to keep a carb count at a certain level and still look in the mirror and see something that refuses to change no matter how much you want it.
They get it. I wish I knew a few more of them.
My frustration hit a new peak when I had my thyroid tested last week. Like all confusing elements in my life, it came back completely normal. So why haven't I been able to lose weight postpartum?
Your guess is as good as mine.
But I know that I can't stay here. So I'm going to try something new.
I'm putting this out here for the world to see in hopes that it's going to create a bit of accountability:
I'm going to do a Whole30.
Go ahead and click on the link and read. I'll wait.
Maybe it seems a little drastic, but I feel like I'm out of options. If calorie counting and carb restriction isn't going to cut it, then I need a complete revamp of my eating habits.
For the next week, I'm going to be making grocery lists, meal plans and searching for compliant recipes online. I'm going to be gritting my teeth and thinking it's cruel for them to discount alcohol when that'll probably be a necessity about three days into this program. And I'll be modifying my meal plan to include one yogurt a day. I'm nursing, so I think it's a good idea to keep some milk in my diet.
And people who say that's not a real Whole30 can suck it. Seriously, I'm tired of naysayers. One yogurt a day (especially yogurt without artificial sweeteners or real sugar) for a nursing Mommy is not the equivalent of blowing the entire program on a Blizzard from Dairy Queen. (Which, for the record, I will probably eat tomorrow since they'll be a no-go in the near future.)
I'm giving up black beans, and I'm sad about it. I'm giving up all grains. That's not a huge sacrifice with the exception of quinoa. I'm giving up cheese, and no oatmeal for the duration of the program. Those are the things that make me a little sad.
But the possibility of getting my body back? Feeling good again? Being able to keep up with my boys?
Yeah. Those things make it worthwhile.
So pray for me (and the people who have to interact with me) for the next 37 days. I don't have a ton of faith in my ability to complete the program, but if there's anything my body doesn't lack, it's tenacity.
So here we go.