more recent head shot taken in April 2012
In this before and after I lost about 85 pounds...but I need to do a new one since I have lost more.
Me and my husband in 2007. I was so heavy and swollen so I could not even smile right in my pics;-(
I believe some things even as dreadful as an incurable medical condition can become a blessing in disguise. At different times in my life I would sit around all day and tell people all the ways I felt cheated out of happiness due to my weight, and I never once took responsibility for any of it but I would blame it on my medical condition PCOS. It took a lot of maturing and 6 years of intense heartache to learn that there is so much more to life than being overweight, and then I stopped allowing myself to suffer because I was tired of letting PCOS define who I was.
I have so many goals in life now that it's hard for me to decide where to start first. I think most importantly I want to be a means of encouragement for women with PCOS and help motivate people who are trying to lose weight. Also, I plan on losing about 50 more pounds so I can go into BLET training after graduation. I will graduate in December 2012 with my criminal justice degree and working as a police and probation officer has been a life long dream that I once gave up because of my weight.
It has been a little more than a year since my diet and exercise plan has been in full force and the pain I endured to stay on track and push through workouts sometimes hurt more than the pain my heart felt when it seen the high numbers still on the scale. But today I'm thrilled to say that I'm currently down 120 pounds so I have lost roughly 30% of my initial body weight. I found that the less carbs I ate the more I would lose, and after tracking my diet some I found an amount of carbs that my body requires to both function and lose weight healthily. I never tried out diets like weight watchers,paid for my meals, or took diet pills. I simply turned from my old lifestyle to my new one and stuck with it. I still have PCOS and I always will because it's something that we fight our entire lives so my journey will never quite be over, but now it's an easier journey because I'm no longer on medication what so ever, my hormone levels, sugar, and blood pressure have been normal since losing the first 10% of my body weight, and all the nasty symptoms that come along with PCOS have pretty much disappeared. In other words I turned around and kicked it in it's rear.
Today when I look in the mirror I see the face of girl that I knew once when I was younger and making big plans for the future. As I continue to lose weight and plan for that future, career, kids, I find it uplifting to be able to look back on these past 7 years since being diagnosed with PCOS and see that against all odds I'm here, alive, and healthier than ever. Sometimes I feel like God has given me a chance to re-write a different future for myself so when I graduate this December it's going to be everything I ever dreamed of and I plan on walking across the stage with the biggest smile on my face! Sometimes I sit back and try to imagine were I would be today if I had not endured heartache, pain, and humiliation for letting my health get out of control. I think we all go through these trials but I believe a persons determination and commitment to take their life back is what sets them apart from those who fail, and I think we need to be there for those who fail and help them see that there is so much more to life than what they know now, and with a little effort and determination they can reach their goals and dreams..and spark people is a great place to start and meet people with similar goals.
I plan on losing 50 more pounds and becoming a cop and a probation officer after graduation.
I would really like to start a running program and stay on it regularly once I get my endurance build up.
I just started a 1500 calorie low carb plan, I ate more when I was heavier but had to decrease my caloric intake and increase my exercise as my weight loss slowed. I used to walk 3 miles a day 5 days a week and the weight just melted off. Today I do about 5 miles total running and walking and it's broken up into a 2.5 mile morning session and then another2.5 miles at night. I also lift weights, swim, and just started doing situps and pushups now that I'm able too.
My name is Tiffany Enloe and I'm from the little town of Andrews, NC which is tucked away in the mountains. I have been married to my husband since 12/2005. We do not have any kids yet but want them soon.
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Hi! Thanks for stopping by my page! I loved reading your story as well. It was like reading my own story. I found myself going, "Yep....Uh huh....Oh, I feel ya there!" :-) I think that is one thing I really missed about being on Spark People all this time. There are so many people with similar stories and we all help each other out by being there for one another. Somehow, with PCOS, this is truely a condtion that has a way of turning strangers into friends and sisters. You realize you aren't alone and you face the same struggles and thoughts as so many other women. Please keep in touch! You have done so well and I look forward to continuing to see you succeed!
1472 days ago
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1475 days ago