Originally posed on 8/30/2010.
Part 2 of of my personal review of where I have been before. Part one can be found here.
I have "Dieting" more times that I can count or even remember. I tried, fail and tried again only to fail again.
At some point, don't know when, I hopped on board a program my dad created. He created an Excel files to track his calories, etc. I not sure how you would classify how we were eating but best guess would be Zone style.
Around 2002 my husband and I tried Body for Life. We really enjoyed working out together and the eating program was ok, but strict. I honestly can't remember how long I did it or if I lost weight. I remember my body changing but that is so typical of me. Even with 60 or more extra pounds on me I can completely change my shape (for the good) and not lose a single pound. So frustrating. There is that theme again - it's all about the food.
At the time of my 30th birthday (2003) and after a 1 1/2 years of trying for number 1 kid I went to Lindora. Lindora is an extreme program. Super low crab ketosis state program. I was successful, when I did it. I think there is where I got down to about 192 (maybe a 12 pound loss) and the I also miraculously got pregnant with no help. Do I believe the weight loss, helped me get pregnant, absolutely.
When I finally discovered that I have PCOS I started seeing an endocrinologist on a regular basis. She prescribed Metaformin which helps regulate insulin in my body. She also recommended following the 3rd phase of the South Beach Diet. I think I did this one maybe 3 different times and stopped. I continue to take the metaformin and Dr. said it is my choice of when to stop. I might dose down in about 20 more pounds and then off completely when I hit my goal.
One of my more successful times was under the care of an infertility specialist to get kid number 2 after 2 miscarriages and 3 years of trying. His diet prescription was - no sugar, no dairy, soft cheese, green veggies, nuts, lean protein and no starch. Hello, low carb. I lost about 15 pounds quickly and even during my first trimester of pregnancy . Got pregnant on the first IUI -Clomid try. In addition, my highest pregnancy weight never went above my high of 232.
I also remember owning books like "Stop the Insanity" and "Dr. Phil's Weight Loss Revolution" and "The Zone."
The scary thing is I don't think this list included everything I have tried and I am only 37 years old.