I’m a mom of 5 young kids, a wife, I work part time, am a business owner, and a recreational athlete. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in my 20’s. Doctors suggested a heavy protein,very limited carbohydrate diet. This initially helped me lose 8 lbs but within 6 weeks, I was no longer able to race or function as an athlete. My energy was at an all time low.
Later, when I wanted to get pregnant, PCOS was added to my diagnosis. Along with many medical interventions, I was told to return to my high protein diet. Three of my children are adopted, two were conceived with infertility treatments.
Even being a busy mom, working out has remained a stress reliever for me. I have always enjoyed racing mountain bikes and eventually entered into the sport of triathlon.
This past year I entered a 100 mile mountain bike race. I began training 8 months ahead of the race and expected to lose weight during my training. When this was not successful, I returned to my high protein diet. My race was over and I wanted answers. I was completely frustrated and had added 10 lbs (not muscle) during my season. I sought help from Andrew Dole at BodyFuel.
He agreed the information on PCOS and women athletes was lacking, but offered to help me….given that I would trust his lead. The first thing Andrew did was increase my carbohydrates. Andrew never asked me to buy any products and didn’t change my life around with crazy diet plans. The focus was on real food and appropriate portions for me.
I tracked my food and made sure I fell within a certain percentage of carbs, protein, and fat. I quickly lost 10 lbs. I am down 12 lbs from last year (even though we’re in the holiday season!) I have always focused on training first, then the diet. What I’ve learned: my diet comes first. I have learned to fuel better.