First, I am going to focus on the positive. The cleanse tasked me with cleaning up my eating habits. I was eating within my calorie allowance before, but it included sugar and a lot of processed stuff. What I can say about the cleanse is that I have a whole new lease on clean eating and I have not turned back. I feel a lot better and more in control with my food, which made it more than worth the effort.
Weight loss? Nope. I weigh EXACTLY the same as I did when I started. I know I said that I would be happy with at least getting a handle on my eating...even if there was no weight loss. I thought that was true, but I am disappointed. Usually, I lie to myself and say I did everything I was supposed to do, even though I didn't. In this case, not true. I ate really well. I wrote down every morsel. There may have been days where I did not drink enough water, but I wasn't drastically under the suggested amount per day. I also exercised a minimum of 4 days out of the week.
This is not something that has just happened with the cleanse. It happens all. the. time. I put forth a ton of effort and nothing. I have been to my doctor and requested blood work to test my thyroid, blood sugar, and hormone levels. It all comes back normal.
The only thing strange going on with my health is that I get ovarian cysts pretty often. I have been to my doctor about this too. It doesn't matter whether I am on or off the pill, they still happen at least once in between each of my cycles. I have not been diagnosed with PCOS, because I do not have any of the other symptoms associated with it. Because of the cysts, I am often bloated and retaining water.
I am not trying to be hard on myself. I am just frustrated, that's all. I am living healthier than I ever have. I AM proud of that. It is just difficult to see the scale frozen. I refuse to give up though. REFUSE!! It is just here I am blogging about weight loss and I cannot update my progress page, because, well, there is no progress on the scale. I have made progress in other areas though, so there is that.
Have any of you experienced any of these issues??