Eli, I was diagnosed with PCOS way back when I was in my 20s (now am 58). One of the greatest motivators for me to lose weight and be healthy was that I am determined that PCOS is NOT going to defeat me! Losing weight, exercise and healthy eating is the #1 way to fight all the many bad effects of PCOS. Unfortunately, merely having it makes it more difficult for us to lose weight and have energy to exercise. But I am proof that it CAN be done. Small changes are SO important. There are several PCOS teams here in SP that should help you with some of those issues and also give you the motivation you need to become a healthier person and reach your goal of becoming a personal trainer!
current weight: 19.2 over
Fitness Minutes: (67,845) Posts: 3,928 3/1/12 8:06 P
Welcome Eli, your experience is all our experience. We've all been there and some of us still have one foot on the couch and one foot on the walking path. I too am a divorcee and was a single mom (remarried now and very happy). However, 15 years between marriages so I really was a single Mom. So I know the struggle. Start with short periods of time in your workout effort (15 minutes of walking or jumping jacks, etc) ... Just do it!
current weight: 125.0
Fitness Minutes: (24,799) Posts: 413 2/28/12 8:29 A
Dear Eli, Try not to focus on what you haven't done, but remind yourself of the positive things you have done. (Congratulations on losing those 50 lbs.; that is no small achievement!) It will then be easier to "make" yourself exercise and eat correctly if you remind yourself how far you've come and you certainly DO NOT want to go back to the very beginning. (This helps me keep going in the right direction.) Also, use your passion to become a personal trainer to help you reach your goal. Being a personal trainer doesn't mean you have to have a specific body type...a running coach is not going to look the same as a body building coach. Maybe you could find someone who needs a workout buddy so you can keep each other accountable. (Not to mention it is good training for your future job as a personal trainer!) Last but not least, use Spark People to find the encouragement and support you need on your journey. I have every confidence that you'll get back on track and reach your goals! Sincerely, Rachel Timmers
I also find the best way to be held accountable by others is to join a challenge team. I belong to the 5% challenges where you try during an 8 week period to loose 5% of your body weight. But it is really about developing healthy exercise and eating habits over that time with some competition between teams. The BLC challenge is quite similar but a bit larger. So for me, I find joining a challenge where they have virtual points and teams having some friendly competition is a great way to get some accountability and encouragement. Yes, these are all challenges/teams on spark.
3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes 4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6 10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6 12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes 4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)
Eli to the team and challenge. Do you have your goals written down and a visible tracking sheet you can use to show your progress. Having your goals posted in several areas you are in can keep them at the forefront of your mind. Goals are just dreams if you do not put do something to make them happen. If you do not have micro goals or stepping stones start with that and then every day look at the chart and see if you have made a step towards your goal. If not them either your goal is too big and you need to make a smaller stepping stone or you need to ask yourself is this really what I want to do? I am sure you can do anything you put your effort into.
Hi y'all ... Well you can call me Eli ... I am a single mom, divorced almost a year and I have PCOS. I feel like I'm at AA or something. LOL Anyways, I've been struggling lately with achieving my goals. I had recently (well within a year) lost about 50 lbs and now I am at a standstill ... Been at this plateau for a few months. I know I am not doing what I should do ... exercising, eating the way I should. But I NEED support, I need people to back me up and be there to hold me accountable when I feel like sitting on the couch all day and eating chocolate! I have been very discouraged lately and am beginning to hate my body and everything about it. I feel like i'm stuck, that I wont be healthy and fit like I want and desire. It has always been my passion to be a personal trainer, I have the knowledge, have passed the test and have the extreme passion to be one ... but I dont have the body to be one. I need help :(
Wow, talk about coming right out there with everything huh?!
~ Laurie ~
Renew your mind to the Lord and he will give you the strength to renew your body too!
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