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Thursday, March 29, 2012
About six weeks ago I had a bad day... and long story short I ended up in the doctors office. She looked at me, my records and sent me off to the lab to get a bunch of test done. Turns out they might have figured out what has been wrong with me for last few years: PCOS. This diagnosis fits every symptom I have had in my current health struggles and I am happy to be able to work on a solution instead of feeling like my body hates me.
This diagnosis explains why I have so many thyroid problems, why I am always tired, why I can’t seem to lose weight and much more. I am hoping that this diagnosis levels the playing field. Now that I know what I am fighting against I hope that I can actually make progress!
Some of the steps I have taken to try to gain control of my PCOS
- Drastically Changed My Diet
I now eat 1600 to 1800 calories a day of lean protein and vegetables. I am eating very limited carbs and when I do eat carbs 90% of them are whole grain. I am eating very limited fruit. I doing my best to avoid refined sugar and flour.
- I Work Out
I have been doing small group personal training sessions 4 – 6 times a week. I have been doing cardio in addition to that as I can fit it in my schedule. Some weeks it is not very much but other weeks I fit it in 6 days.
- I Am Trying Acupuncture
My Doctor actually recommended I try acupuncture as several of her patients have had great success with acupuncture and alternative treatments.
I have consistently lost weight every week since beginning this journey to beat PCOS. I have not consistently lost weight for this many weeks in a row in the last four years. I am excited about the progress I have been making, but I am also full of dread because I know this is a lifelong battle to keep my hormones in check, my weight under control and my life in balance.