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8/25/11 12:00 P

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thank you so much.

hopefully a bit for all pcosers

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8/24/11 9:58 P

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Any extra energy is a good thing! I hear you.

You have a lot on your plate. Good luck with everything.

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8/24/11 4:34 P

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oh trust me I've researched it. Most ppl in the us, even ppl who livein cali or florida are Vit D deficient even if they're outside a lot. because i have to take care of my kids (special needs) I usually stay inside a lot, and its cold and I have pcos. I have noticed that betweet vit D and siberian gingsing, I feel a subtle increase in energy.

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8/23/11 11:41 P

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Willbethin - Me too!! I've noticed as I've been losing weight that the weights at which I 'plateaued' at on the way up, I've plateaued at on the way down, and the weight I put on quickly without explanation also comes off quickly, even though there are years in between putting it on and taking it off. Maybe it's just a coincidence, but it's intriguing.

Brenna, glad to hear you are taking lots of Vitamin D (that's quite a significant dose - are you having your levels checked to make sure you aren't overdoing it? You're probably OK being in such a cold part of the world, but nevertheless, too much can have negative consequences as well).

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8/23/11 4:01 P

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Pcos does make it harder to lose weight. But it is possible. I go weeks at a plateau then all of a sudden I lose 4-5 pounds in one week. Ironically, that's how I gained weight- suddenly I would be 4-5 pounds heavier. Everyone is different. Keep plugging along, you will get there! It really is a marathon, not a sprint. Everyone here is going through the same ups and downs. Best of luck to you!

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8/23/11 12:55 P

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currently, my liquid vitamin D is the ONLY vitamin i'm taking everyday. Its liquid and its 10,000 IU daily.

i'll research liquid vitamins one of these days, lol

so yes, I SO know about the vit D deficiency. AND I live in AK. good thing I don't wear sun screen, not that i need it. if I go out in the sun, i just put oil on my face and i don't get burnt even though, thanx to god, I am not really the burning type.

but thanx for the reminder and lists.

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8/22/11 8:57 P

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I don't know if these brands are sold where you are, but you might like to check out Greenridge Multivital - it's not a multivitamin, but it's an excellent wholebody tonic, and Floradix is a good Iron & B Vitamin mix - they are both liquids. Floradix also make a liquid multivitamin, though it only has 10 vitamins in it. Do make sure you keep an eye on your vitamin D levels as you do this. Over 70% of women with PCOS have vitamin D deficiency which amongst other things, makes losing weight nigh impossible. Sometimes, supplementing with vitamin D can be enough to restore an absent menstrual cycle in women with PCOS (only if they are deficient of course).

If you want more information on Vitamin D and PCOS: mypcos.info/1/treatments/natural/vit
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I hope you find some vitamins that you can stomach. I know what you mean about the queasiness when you take too many tablets.

Whilst PCOS is the leading cause of infertility in women, it's certainly no guarantee that you will have difficulties if you have PCOS. In fact, my fertility (and at the time normal BMI) was one of the reasons I had so much difficulty in being diagnosed, even though I went to 3 different Drs and said "I think I have PCOS because ..." There's so much misinformation out there, it does make things very difficult.

Anyway, all the best!

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8/22/11 12:34 P

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that is sooooooo like me! when I was diagnosed at 15, I was told that i would probably never have kidz and that I'd be lucky to have OnE with fertility drugs. yeah . . . i've been pregnant five times, I have 3 kidz and if ALL my pregnanices and fetuses have lived to maturity - I'd have 8 kidz right now, lol

thats why i'm trying to treat myself with food exercise and supplements. when i take ALL my supplements, I feel good. but I feel sick for taking so many pills, so right now I'm trying to find an alternative lquid multivitamin and a good liquid b-complex. god willing

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8/22/11 12:27 P

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I lead a fairly healthy lifestyle, but fight for every single pound I lose- it really sucks. It's actually gotten much easier to lose weight since going on BC- which is weird.

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8/22/11 3:17 A

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Thank you!

Yes, it's very disconcerting and disheartening when you know more about the problem than those 'specialists' whom you are consulting to gain additional expertise.

I've largely given up trying to find someone to help me manage it and just try and keep on top of the published scientific research myself. Luckily I have a background which enables me to do so, but my heart really goes out to all the other women who have PCOS and can't get appropriate care from their medical team, or worse, get back advice or treatment which actually makes the problem worse.

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8/22/11 2:54 A

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that is very well said, thank you. usually when people ask me I just say I have an endocrine disease. its sort of funny when I correct nurses or drs cuz they look apalled that i'm actually versed in my own disorder, lol

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8/21/11 12:22 A

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I think what it comes down to is this:

PCOS is just a label, a name (and a poor one at that) for a collection of biochemical abnormalities and symptoms within a body which science does not yet understand very well.

It is well known that PCOS has a different presentation in every woman.

Ultimately, we are all individuals and we each have a unique genetic makeup and biochemistry, different life experiences moulding who we are as people and affecting our approach to life, our motivation for doing things and how we respond to the stressors we encounter.

None of that means PCOS is not real and does not have a physiological effect on us which may make certain things harder, but ultimately, we are each capable of making choices which will affect our lives. Somewhere on the spectrum between being a perfect model of a healthy lifestyle and a completely lazy slob, where all the real people lie, we must find a place where we are comfortable functioning with a balance of 'healthy lifestyle' factors and understanding for the fact that sometimes the pressures of life, whatever they may be for each of us, get in the way of us behaving in an ideal way.

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8/18/11 8:12 P

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yes, it was pretty funny. right now I just want to focus on getting in 3-4 healthy meals with good qulity protein, fat nonstarchy veggies and small amounts of quality starch.

although - this morning, I was reading and eating, and when i do this, I eat MUCH slower than usual. and yeah, I BARELY got in a bit of rice without feeling stuffed.

and I also plan on getting this calming stretching dvd from dr. schwarzbein (schwarzbein principle). I just want to concentrate on slowing down, concentrating on combing schwarzbein and master leptin. slow but steady so I can build strong habits, god willing.

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8/18/11 1:27 P

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LOL that happens to me all the time. I have stopped weighing myself because I am on a "maintain" streak for the next few months, then I'll go gung ho for those last ten pounds. Anyway, keep plugging along and enjoy these times when you do better than you thought and don't get frustrated when you work and work and work and the scale doesn't move (that happened a lot too).

"Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new." ~Brian Tracy


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thats what I was thinking. funny, this morning I weight myself. since I haven't been eating very well or exercising I thought for sure I was up from 248.8 to over 250. yeah - I was at 247. go figure.

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8/18/11 12:55 P

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I used PCOS as a crutch for a long time, that was why I had mild depression, that was why I couldn't lose weight, that was why... on and on and on. It wasn't until I was ready to change that I started taking responsibility and started making changes. So yes, PCOS makes losing weight harder, but not impossible.

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8/18/11 12:43 P

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okay thanx. I've just been realising lately or thinking that maybe subconsciously I'm using it as a bit of a crutch and don't realize how much of it might actually just be me

thanx.

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8/18/11 12:11 P

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I would say approach your problems as if you don't have PCOS, then you can really start to divulge into losing the weight and see if the other problems go away in time as the weight comes off!

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8/18/11 5:21 A

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I was just curious, with my health problems, how much of it is REALLY from pcos and which of it is me? is it always pcos, or am I just ignoring or not being REAL with the habits I DO have.

anybody else?

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