Hello, It’s Me

I’M SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SORRY.
ive been busy

I haven’t blogged in forever. Like actually almost a whole two months. I’m the absolute worst. Finals, work, and life got in the way of me keeping this up. BUT I’M BACK. AND I PROMISE now that I’ve settled into work and life I’ll be much better at this whole blogging thing. Especially now that it’s SUMMER!!!!

((Just a note – during the year it was easier for me to blog on a Monday/Tuesday, but for the summer I’ll be posting mostly on Friday’s. It’s the only day I have off during the week so I’ll be doing all my meal planning / workout plans and such on those days. But I’ll post pictures on my Instagram whenever the spirit moves me so be sure to follow that!!!))

flippy floppies

This is my aesthetic.

Summer has always been my favorite in terms of food. SO many good fruits and veggies are in season, fish is a must-have food, grilling is a thing, AND you can have really good cocktails! With little umbrellas in them!

I’m working two jobs this summer, so eating and cooking all the amazing summer foods is even more important than it has been before. I’ve been following a lot of awesome meal prep Instagram accounts and have gotten some awesome advice from a girl I work with about the best ways to meal prep. But if anyone has any tips or tricks that they’d like to share, PLEASE let me know!!! Comment on this article, send me a Tweet or an Insta DM, email me, whatever.

So last week, I found this article on Buzzfeed (aka where I get all my information nowadays) about how to make THE EASIEST salmon dinner EVER. It was SO GOOD – I had it for dinner three nights in a row! It had two of my favorite summer foods – salmon and asparagus. It was seriously the quickest dinner I’ve made in a long time.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 16 asparagus spears
  • 2 slices of onions
  • 4 slices of lemon
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. In a medium bowl, place the two pieces of salmon; pour 1 tbsp olive oild and sprinkle sale, pepper, and dried oregano.
  3. Cut two sheets of foil. it has to be big enough to wrap the salmon and asparagus
  4. First place asparagus (about 8 spears) on the sheet of foil
  5. Layer fillets over asparagus
  6. Top each with about 2 onion slices and 2 lemon slices
  7. Wrap sides of foil inward over salmon, then fold on top and bottom of foil to enclose
  8. Place foil packets in a single layer on a baking sheet
  9. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes
  10. Unwrap and using a large spatula, transfer the foil packets to plates and serve warm

 

 

#LEMONADE

So as much as I WANT to make this post all about Beyoncé’s new album, that’s not what this blog about. But just know that I saw it, I loved it, I downloaded half the album, and I worked out HARD CORE to “Freedom” and “Don’t Hurt Yourself” yesterday.

However, her album’s message kind of resonates for this post. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. While my lemons aren’t Jay Z cheating on me, and my lemonade isn’t an amazing visual album that HBO premiered right before Game of Thrones, I’ve had my own lemonade moments since starting this blog.

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The biggest one has been the support I’ve had from everyone in my life. Going into this, I knew my parents, sisters, and extended family members would be reading this and talking to me about it (shout out to the Corr’s for giving me at least 100 views every week) ((#IrishCatholicFamilyProbs)).  But I had NO IDEA the amount of support I would get from my friends.  Since starting the blog and my Instagram, I’ve gotten Facebook messages, texts, and emails from friends and family friends saying how cool this blog is and how much they love it.

The best part has been the people who talked to me at parties or in class and told me their PCOS story – one friend was diagnosed about six months before me, goes to the same GYN here in New York, and had almost the exact same symptoms I had before getting diagnosed.  We had an extremely long conversation at a party, and she was so reassuring that things will work out, and gave me some great advice on how to cope with what I’m going through because all this shit gets hard sometimes.  Another friend has a different variation of PCOS (not all of the same symptoms) but told me all about her experience with the same pill that I’m on. She also suggested seeing an endocrinologist in the city to check that insulin levels are where they’re supposed to be. I’ll definitely be reaching out to the doctor, so I’ll keep you all posted on that!

I’ve also had a more recent outpouring of support from my Instagram.  The other day, I posted a side-by-side picture of me in the same outfit a year apart (#LizzieMcguireIsAnOutfitRepeater).

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May 2015 (220lbs) to April 2016 (180lbs)

 

I couldn’t believe the difference a year made, and because of that post even more of my friends looked at my blog and reached out to me about what I was going through.  In the year between pictures, I was diagnosed with PCOS, started eating healthier, started working out, and generally started taking better care of myself. It’s amazing how much just changing the little things in my life made the biggest difference (and, you know, also getting a diagnosis that explained a lot of things). A few friends who I haven’t seen in a while sent me messages saying how they couldn’t believe how different I looked from the last time they saw me. It was so lovely to hear from them and know that even though we hadn’t seen each other in a bit, they took the time to reach out.

I want to use this post to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who’s reached out to me. I know talking about PCOS is weird and difficult because so many people either don’t know friends-hug-gifit exists or don’t really understand what it’s like, so the fact that so many of you have told me your stories is just so awesome. It makes dealing with things a little easier, and knowing that I can reach out to any of you with questions (or a rant) makes a huge difference (#CystersForLife).  And thank you to everyone who doesn’t have PCOS who have just come along for the ride – I’m so so happy you’re in my life and you want to know more about this funky little syndrome.  Or maybe you just stumbled upon my blog and read it because I hashtag too many things and post Beyoncé gifs. That’s ok too I still love you. Just slightly less than people I know in real life. Unless you made my meatball recipe. Then I love you more than I love Darren Criss.

(….ok I lied I will always love Darren Criss more)

I’m so glad that with the lemons life handed me, everyone in my life could help me make lemonade out of it. But I am slightly disappointed that no one in my life thought to bring some vodka for this lemonade. And that Beyoncé still isn’t my best friend. But we’ll work on both of those things.

Updates and Issues

I’m so sorry about the lack of posting. Life happened. Spring Break happened. I kind of forgot to blog. My B.

BUT I’M BACK AND STOKED TO TELL YOU ABOUT LIFE!

The first part of this blog will be a few updates. For the second part, imma get real for a sec.

The thing I’m most excited about is that I got my ASS kicked by a spin class.

I took my first class at Cyc Fitness in Hell’s Kitchen on Saturday, April 2.  I had taken spin classes before, and as part of the 30lb Challenge I’m doing, I decided to go to this studio and start taking classes once a week.  Everyone at the studio was super friendly and helped me get set up and made me feel comfortable.  The studio is SO COOL – it’s pretty intimate which I love, and they use black lights so if you wear white or neon you glow.  My instructor (aka Cycologist) was Tom and he was incredible.  He even started twerking in the middle of class. I’m obsessed. I bought a class pack so I’ll be heading back tomorrow for another class – this time with Cycologist Steph! I can’t wait!

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The Cyc Hell’s Kitchen Studios!!

In my last post, I promised I would post my measurements and weight so I could keep track.  Better late than never! These were taken on the first day of the 30lbs challenge, and I haven’t taken measurements since. I’ll update these in my next post!

Weight: 185lbs • Waist: 36 inches • Hip: 44 inches • Chest: 44 inches • Thigh: 25 inches

LOL @ me posting my weight and measurements on the Internet for everyone to see.  As a

brad dancing

Same.

reminder, to people who haven’t seen my previous blog posts, I’m trying to get down to 155 before July 23. On July 23, I’m getting on a plane with my family to go on vacation, and I would love to finally feel good about myself in a bathing suit. I might even buy a bikini (woooooaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh).  I don’t care so much about the measurements, but it’s good to have a record of where I’m starting out.  Now I just have to work out. You know. Sweat a little. Die a little. It’s whatever.

 

Ok. Time for some ~real talk~.

I started this blog to track my fitness and try to figure out things that work with PCOS. While everything’s been going pretty well so far, the PCOS is starting to catch up with me.

In addition to the food and working out, I’ve been working with my doctor to find the right pill for me.  I take the pill to regulate my hormones because that $#!+ is all over the place.  Since going on the pill back in September, my PMS symptoms have gotten SO MUCH BETTER. I used to get crazy cramps (like fetal position, four ibuprofen, don’t-touch-me cramps), really killer migraines, mood swings, and bad anxiety all before Aunt Flo came.  While I still get some cramps and the mood swings / anxiety stuff hasn’t gone away totally, it’s much more under control than it was a few months ago.

But this month, I’ve been having some issues. My doctor just switched me to a new pill with a slightly higher dosage, and while the first pack seemed to work really well, I’m not feeling too hot this month.  At all.  I’m feeling really crampy and my anxiety has come back in full swing.  I’ve looked up a lot of stuff online about my specific pill (Microgestin 1/20) and a lot of women have written reviews about how this pill worked for a bit but they ultimately switched due to varying side effects, including what I’m experiencing. Some of these women have PCOS and some don’t, but it seems this pill effected everyone the same.

I am talking to my doctor about it and she knows exactly what’s going on, but I’m just pretty frustrated.  I went on the pill to get things working the way they’re supposed to, and that’s not happening.  It literally had one job and it’s not doing it.

I guess that’s more of a medicinal complaint than it is a PCOS complaint, but if I didn’t have PCOS then I wouldn’t have to deal with the stupid pill.  Remembering to take it every day is hard enough without my body constantly reminding me that things suck sometimes. Ugh.

Ok. End of rant.  I’ll be posting again soon – and I’ll let you know how my second class at Cyc goes!!!

 

Challenge Accepted

I love a good challenge.

I was on spring break last week, so I spent it with my family outside of Philadelphia.  I was talking to my mom about the vacation we’re going on at the end of July, and we’re both not feeling the whole bathing suit thing (kind of problem when we’re going to be on a beach for a week).  So we both decided that we would try to lose 30lbs by the time we get on the plane.  Loser has to buy the winner a round at the bar (this is a new rule I just made up. @Mom, can we add this to make it more interesting?).

Tomorrow I’ll post my measurements and weight, and every other week I’ll update those.  I won’t be going totally by the numbers, but it’ll help to keep track.  I have from March 29 to July 23 to lose ((around)) 30lbs. 117 days.  I definitely think I’ll be able to do that! I just have to up my exercise.  The food thing is much more under control since starting the gluten free thing, but the exercise still has a long way to go.

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I am Fat Amy always.

With that fun thing in mind, I had a TON of fun planning my food for the week.  I prepped three different things today that I can use over and over, so my meals will be a bit repetitive but SO YUMMY. This week I looked for recipes that were pretty easy and didn’t have a million ingredients, and I found this BuzzFeed article that I plan on using again!! From the article, I made some Smashed Avocado and Chickpea Salad which is AMAZING.  The recipe calls for dried cranberries to be added, but I’m not a huge fan of cranberries (also I couldn’t find them) so I added red onion instead.  I need to pick up some gluten free bread, but I’m so excited to have this sandwich this week! Tomorrow I’ll be making the Italian Chicken skillet meal.  I’m cutting the portions in half, so it’ll only be two chicken breasts instead of four. I’m really excited to try this one – it seems like a good one to make a ton of at once!

I also made Turkey Meatballs to have in pasta this week (this one I found on Pinterest, not BuzzFeed). The recipe I found is absolutely incredible and so easy.  They’re definitely the best turkey meatballs I’ve ever had! I think I used a touch too much parsley, but once they get mixed in with the pasta and sauce it shouldn’t bee too noticeable.  I had never thought to use oats in meatballs, but it seems like a much better alternative to using bread crumbs. I unfortunately didn’t have gluten free oats, but I’ll be sure to use those next time I make this.  The finished result tasted so good (and they look pretty great too!).

A photo posted by Michelle Corr (@pcosandpizza) on Mar 28, 2016 at 2:36pm PDT

 

ice cream crying

I just want ice cream.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to make healthier snacks for myself, something to add when I get hungry in the middle of work. I normally have clementines, or carrots and hummus, or gluten free pretzels with peanut butter, but I’m a little tired of just having the same things. So I tried to make some roasted chickpeas with spicy seasoning that I found (it’s called Todd’s Dirt. I used the Bayou Dirt but I also love the Crabby Dirt) and a little olive oil. I was stoked about my new little snack and pulled the tray out of the oven as soon as the time went off – and they were all burned. Every. Single. One of them.  I followed all the instructions, but I guess I need to keep them in the oven for less time. Or lower the temperature.  I’ll try again tomorrow – hopefully they won’t burn this time. Was the healthy snack burning a sign that I should just eat fries and ice cream all the time? Should I listen to the signs from the universe? Who knows.

If you want to try anything that I made, you can find all the recipes here! Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram! I’m going to try to post more on there, like what I’m eating, my workouts, and fun/inspirational memes I find!

 

Mac and Cheese

So I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been insanely busy with school and with a musical that I was involved with. And I’ve been eating HORRIBLY pretty recently because I haven’t had time to cook.  BUT I’M BACK. AND TRYING TO EAT HEALTHY AGAIN. AND BLOGGING.

late night dancing

***Eminem’s Without Me plays faintly in the background***

As I said, I haven’t been eating great. Lots of gluten (aka pizza and hoagies), lots of cheese, and lots of fried foods without many vegetables. Unless you count onion rings and ketchup as vegetables. In that case I had my daily servings. I honestly haven’t had time to make food or sleep or do any workouts lately which isn’t great. I need to learn to prioritize more. But I’m getting back into my normal routine which is great, but I haven’t had much time to grocery shop so I’m a bit low on food right now.

Last night, I really really really wanted mac and cheese, which comes second on my favorite foods list.  Mac and Cheese, of course, has the two things I’m trying to avoid most – gluten and hella dairy.  I didn’t haven any of the pre-packaged stuff (which is horrible for anyone because #calories but especially me right now), so I decided to make my own. I had some awesome Tinkyáda Rice Pasta and some almond milk, so I added those and a little bit of butter to some shredded cheese I had in the fridge.  I know dairy isn’t great for the PCOS lifestyle, but I do keep shredded cheese to add a little to omelettes. Omelettes just taste better with cheese, ok?

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Literally same.

My mac and cheese turned out pretty great – the almond milk made it a little sweet, and there was the PERFECT amount of cheese so it got all gooey and wonderful.  My only complaint was that it was pretty bland. I added some salt and pepper to flavor it a bit more, but I need to figure out a better way to add a little kick to it. I was thinking next time I’ll try a hint of mustard, or maybe even some hot sauce. Other than that, I think I’ve found a really good alternative to the box mac and cheese. It’s a pretty quick thing to make which is awesome for me, and I can just stock up on gluten free pasta and a bag of shredded cheese rather than buy the processed gross stuff. I’m pretty stoked about this recipe, so I put it below in case anyone wants to try it out!

Michelle’s Mac and Cheese

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1 cup Tinkyáda Rice Pasta Fusilli

1/2 cup Silk Almond Milk (unsweetened vanilla)

1 tbsp. butter

Shredded cheese (I didn’t measure how much I put in, but it depends on how cheesey you like it!)

Cook pasta according to instructions on bag.  Strain pasta and put it back in the pot. Put heat on low and add butter and milk. Stir until butter is totally melted. Gradually add cheese and stir until it completely melts.

YAY MEAL PREP!!

Ok, so for this week, I’m going kind of basic, because it’s an INSANELY busy week for me, as I’m going into tech for our schools’ production of Cabaret.  Here’s what I already had going into this week of meals:

  • Six chicken breasts
  • Frozen salmon
  • Frozen tilapia
  • Ground turkey, cooked and seasoned
  • Quinoa
  • Gluten-free rye bread
  • Butternut squash
  • Almond milk

Because I had a TON of protein, I really didn’t buy any more – I just stuck with getting things to add to my proteins. Here’s what I bought today:

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  • Two dozen eggs
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Gluten free rotini and spaghetti
  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms
  • Baby Carrots
  • Five lemons
  • Two avocados
  • Hot sauce
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Chickpeas
  • Two cans of diced tomatoes

I also did a little #TreatYoSelf and bought some DELICIOUS prosciutto from Vincent’s Meat Market on Arthur Avenue (right near my apartment). I’m going to either use it in some kind of dinner this week or just snack on it because I love it so much.

I did some prep already, but the bulk of what I’ll be doing will be as I eat it. I made egg salad from one of the cartons, just to have something on-hand when I’m in a rush, and I sautéed the mushrooms to add to various meals.  For the rest of the week, I’m planning on making hummus, cinnamon roasted butternut squash, and salmon with lemon.  I also think I’m going to do a Teriyaki chicken with steamed asparagus and quinoa for dinner at some point – just because those are three of my favorite things.

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Low key obsessed with prosciutto

I’ll be using the strawberries and bananas mostly for smoothies to bring to work. Because I have to be at work so early in the morning, I make my breakfasts the night before, so smoothies are typically the easiest for me to do.  During the week, I’ll also be doing pasta with diced tomatoes (instead of pre-made sauce) ((thank you Mom for that suggestion)) and some ground turkey for dinner – it’s just easiest and fastest for my crazy week.  I’ll definitely try to pre-prep some fish and chicken too, but because they’re frozen, I’ll be able to keep it for next week if I have to.

For snacks throughout the day, I got baby carrots and avocados, in addition to the gluten free pretzels I already had. I’ll be making the chickpeas into a hummus for the carrots, which I’m stoked about – I’ve never made my own hummus before, and I’ve found a few recipes on Pinterest that I really want to try. Hummus is one of my favorite things, so I feel like if I start to make my own, I’ll save myself a TON of money (and obviously have an awesome skill. But mostly save money. So I can buy more prosciutto).  I’ll be eating the avocados as-is, maybe with a little salt and pepper or red pepper flakes for flavor.

All in all, I’m really excited about all my food for this week!! With my schedule, it’ll be insane to cook a lot, but I’m really going to try hard. All of these foods are solid for women with PCOS – lots of veggies, lean proteins, some fruit, and very low dairy / gluten intake. I’m feeling pretty good about keeping with this new PCOS diet, and it’s not even that hard to buy for!! I thought I was going to struggle a bit to buy foods for this new lifestyle, but it’s almost no different than how I normally shop.

Keep up with how I’m doing via MyFitnessPal, and follow me so we can be a support system for each other! Also, in case you’re interested, I’ll be posting most of my pretty food pictures on my VSCO. If you have VSCO, please follow me! I may also start an Instagram page specifically for this blog….I’ll keep you posted on that one.

XOXO

Michelle

Solo Date Night

Today, I went on a date by myself.

I absolutely love eating at restaurants by myself.  I love being able to just sit there, read my book (I’m currently reading “The Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes. Do yourselves a favor and read it), enjoy my meal, and not be bothered by anyone around me.

Now, I’m not saying that I’m bothered when I go out to eat with friends. I love that a lot. But sometimes, it’s just really nice to sit alone and #TreatYoSelf.

(Also, just so you all know, #TreatYoSelf is my life motto. I have a mini-Donna and mini-Tom living in the back of my brain, and they tell me to treat myself. So I listen. Because they’re never wrong).

treat yo self

So while I was waiting to see “Fiddler on the Roof” on Broadway with my Theatre Journalism class, I went to Nanking on Broadway between 50th and 51st.  Disclaimer, I LOVE Chinese and Japanese food.  If you told me I could only eat General Tso’s chicken or sushi for the rest of my life I would be more than content.  But, as I’m trying to stay a bit more conscientious with my eating habits, I thought I’d branch out a bit and try some new foods (gluten free, of course).

Since it was a #TreatYoSelf night, I ordered a cocktail and appetizer with my meal. To drink, I had a Skinny Cucumber martini, which was my first cucumber cocktail experience (note to self – start making fun cocktails).  I had the chicken hot and sour soup for an appetizer, and for dinner, I tried chicken Pad Thai, which had rice noodles, ground peanuts, and some veggies (also, loves me some chicken).  This was only my second time EVER eating Pad Thai, and it’s quickly becoming my new favorite food.

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Nanking’s Hot and Sour soup – DELISH!!!

Eating out with my new lifestyle is kind of strange.  While I was going through the menu, I immediately went to my old favorite foods – wonton soup, dumplings, General Tso’s chicken with white rice, etc etc etc. But then I remembered what I’m trying to do and reevaluated what I was going to put into my body, even though I was eating out and not cooking the food for myself.  AND I stuck to the gluten free thing which was different. A lot of times, I’ll forget about a diet when I go out to eat, and everything spirals from there. But gold star to me for remembering and actually sticking to what I said I was going to do.  I’ll be honest – I’ve never felt better about eating out!! I wasn’t bloated afterwards, I didn’t feel like I needed a ten year nap (#FoodComa), and I really really enjoyed my meal

Tonight kind of made me realize how I need to think about things in order to stay focused so I don’t fall back into what I used to do.  I really want this time of trying to lose weight and be healthier to happen, and especially knowing about my PCOS, I want to make sure that everything I eat is one bite closer to me feeling better inside and out. So, here’s to the first time I didn’t royally screw up eating out, and here’s to many more adventures (hopefully including Asian food) ((and Broadway shows)) (((and fancy cocktails))).

Hey There!

First post on my blog!! Woo-hoo!!

A brief intro – I’m Michelle and I was diagnosed with PCOS in September 2015.  Since then, I’ve been trying to learn the best ways to manage my PCOS with both medication and lifestyle.  This blog will essentially be tracking my eating and fitness habits in hopes to get healthier (and lose weight).

I’ve already made some big life changes.  Since the start of 2016, I’ve tried to be as gluten-free as possible.  I definitely break every once in a while (this blog isn’t called “PCOS and Pizza” for nothing), but I’ve been pretty good about it. I’ve also started eliminating a lot of dairy from my diet – I now use almond milk and hugely cut back on the amount of cheese I eat. The reason I’ve limited both is that with PCOS, insulin levels are all over the charts due to the hormonal imbalances. With insulin levels being high, things like simple carbohydrates get processed into sugar a lot quicker, therefore adding fat.  I’m really not about that life anymore, so I’ve been buying brown rice pastas, quinoa-based pastas, and limiting my dairy intake to the yogurt I bring to work in the morning.

As far as this blog goes, I’ll be updating my blog twice a week – once on Monday’s to tell about my Meal Prep for the week (this week’s Meal Prep post will be later today – because yesterday was a holiday, I didn’t do any prep. Whoops.), and once on Friday’s to tell you about my workouts that week.  I’ll be taking pictures of my meals all week and posting them at the end of the week as well.

Something else that I’m doing is entering all of my food into MyFitnessPal.  If you have this app, definitely follow me!  I also own a Jawbone UP24 band which I use to track my steps, my sleep, and my workouts.  I’ll post screenshots of my week from both apps every Monday with my meal prep stuff.