Baking and Belly Fat.

Something you should know about me, guests.

I love to cook. I love to bake, braise, and brine. I dive into simmering and sauteing. The idea of being paid to cook is sincerely the most gratifying idea of which I can possibly conceive, and my two heroes are Julia Child and Paula Deen.

However, there’s this problem that comes along with that. When you love to cook, you tend to despise the idea of taking “healthful” shortcuts. Hence…. my belly.

At this time of the year, I always try to put my goals into fresh perspective, and evaluate the success/failure of my past year’s goals. There are certain goals that I achieved with flying colors, (like quitting smoking…. I mean seriously, why did I ever even start?!). But each year,  my weight loss goals end up taking a detour.

Last year, I managed to take off about ten pounds, and keep them off without much issue. I started working out fairly regularly, doing the “Couch to 5K” program on my treadmill at home, and there wasn’t a single workout that I didn’t rave about afterwards. I felt like I could conquer the world after each workout! So, whether I lose large amounts of weight or not, I will continue to run, just because it makes me feel so darn good.

To add insult to chubby injury, we can add PCOS to this mix. I discussed some of the side effects of PCOS in the last post, one of which was more difficulty when attempting weight loss. For women with PCOS, the process of losing weight is far more difficult than women with normal insulin and hormone levels. Your body clings to every little bit of fat you have, and you also have to be very careful to take in enough calories to keep your bod from going into starvation mode. I’m on a medication to assist with my insulin resistance, and thank God that I am, because there have been days where I’m off it, and it seems that I just turn into a psycho, chubby, sugar-obsessed robot. But I digress.

The main point here is that it is a difficult thing to lose mass amounts of weight when you have PCOS, and even more so when you love to cook. Where is the balance? Do I just learn to love to cook healthier foods? Do I devote my time to finding some way to dress up crappy tasting food? Either way, whether you are fighting the infertility battle or are just trying to lose a few pounds, perhaps it’s time to start putting what I put into my mouth into the forefront of my mind.

I have a feeling the “dressing up” of that healthy food would involve too much heavy cream and butter.  🙂

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