100+ Pounds, Female, Weight Watchers

How I Lost 103 Pounds In 3 Years with PCOS

Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?

I had been relatively fit and active most of my life until my last year of high school going into college. I had just gotten my PCOS diagnosis and was learning how to handle that along with the stress of college. When I graduated college I accepted a job in Austin, Texas and as I went to my last doctor appointment I stepped on the scale and cried in the doctor’s office. I was 255lbs and I didn’t want to keep heading in this direction. 

I knew at my age I had to at least try a weight loss program to get approved for weight loss surgery, so I originally signed up for Weight Watchers which I followed until recently.

What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?

I was an athlete in high school but despite working out twice a day I always seemed to put on water weight. Learning more about my PCOS I learned cardio was the best way for me to lose weight. I started my journey doing Zumba classes and about a year into my journey I started running. 

My running workouts now during the week consist of 30 minute runs 2-3 times during the week and one longer runs on the weekend. 

What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?

For me, because I’m insulin resistant I try to eat low carb and high protein. I eat a lot of chicken and vegetables, specifically Tyson Blackened Chicken Strips. I get frozen vegetables as well just to make eating simple and easy during the week. 

 

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I do take supplements to help naturally treat my PCOS symptoms. Those supplements include Inositol, B12, vitamin D, magnesium, and chromium. These have helped me balance some of my symptoms naturally so I don’t have to be on medication. I did speak with my doctor about them before getting on them.

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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?

To stay motivated I made a second Instagram where I connected with people and was able to post my journey. The weight loss community is super supportive. They are there to cheer you on and help pick you up when you gain. Also being able to ask other people for advice is nice. Seeing transformation pictures really helped as well. It showed me it can be done.

There were times I gained but I never gave up. I knew I didn’t want to go back to where I started so I couldn’t give up.

When did you start to notice progress?

It is very hard to recognize your own progress. Our minds like to lie to us and make us believe we are still heavier. I really didn’t mentally see it until this year when I was about 80lbs down. I really started to notice I was getting smaller.

Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress? 

I started off using WW. I used that app for 2 years. I really liked it, especially in the beginning. Now I track using MyFitnessPal for food. For workouts, I use my Apple Watch

Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?

If you can, just don’t put things that tempt you to get off track in your fridge or pantry. I never kept chips or other junk food in my house but I also lived alone and could do that.

Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?

What’s the Point podcast is one of my faves!

What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?

Don’t quit. You will gain. It will get hard but don’t stop. The weight doesn’t come off overnight it takes time.

Where can we find more about you?

@sass_and_curls on Instagram and TikTok!

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