Monday, February 11, 2013
I have struggled with PCOS since I was 13 years old. It was practically unheard of when the doctors were trying to figure out why I was having some serious issues. Luckily time moves forward and more research has been done. Turns out a lot of it revolves around what you put in your mouth.
Over the holidays I went crazy, I was baking and eating everything I baked. I was overloading on sugar and carbs, just shoving it all into my mouth. Suddenly I started noticing my PCOS symptoms getting more and more aggravated. I had no energy to change it though. I had completely drained myself of any energy. I was severly anemic and struggling just to make it through work on a daily basis. I felt like crying. I felt like giving up. I had no energy to change anything that was happening.
But the thing about living in your body, you can't escape, so eventually I stopped feeling sorry for myself. I started listening to my doctor who was telling me to take iron and take my metformin. So I did, both. I was able to bring up my iron (though still not 100%) and the Metformin slowly started working.
I did lots more research and it turns out that Metformin doesn't make it so you can still eat whatever you want, you have to eat healthy while taking Metformin, so I have been working on that. I have noticed a spike in my energy (though not 100% yet), I have noticed I don't feel starving all the time anymore and my skin is clearing up. Slowly the weight I gained over the holidays started sliding off. I felt less bloated all the time.
I moved on to another job that was a lot less stress. I didn't realize how miserable I was at my old job till I finally found a really good one. I moved out of the very small house in the terrible neighborhood we had been living in while I attended college and moved into an actual house in a really nice neighborhood I felt safe walking around. Those few little things also did wonders for my stress level and suddenly I had even more energy to make the changes.
As of right now I have started walking again and I start my couch to 5k program again tomorrow. I feel so much better now that I am taking action again instead of sitting here wallowing in self pity eating bad food.
It is a hard lesson to learn but everytime I forget PCOS reminds me till I start taking better care of me!
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