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Friday, December 21, 2012

Quick background in August '11 I was referred to an endo for deeper eval on my hormones. Turns out I have too much free testosterone. Having too much free testosterone can cause too much unwanted facial hair, acne problems and thinning of hair(all of which I have), I also was diagnosed with high cholesterol which was lowered with weight loss. I also found this next little part from this website, "Left untreated, high levels of androgens, regardless of whether a woman has PCOS or not, are associated with serious health consequences, such as insulin resistance and diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease." ~

I was placed on metformin which helped to lower the free testosterone but if not taken regular it won't do much help. I have been off it about 3-4 times for 2-3 week periods if I was noticing I couldn't take it regularly. Fastforward 9 months I had stopped seeing endo back in May and referred to an OBGYN doc, she did some blood work and found my testosterone was still high as well ruling out PCOS with ultrasounds. I strongly dislike the thought of birth control and wanted to avoid it but they seem to want to push that to balance out my hormones as I have tried the metformin route already. They also told me I could focus on healthy diet and weight loss further to try and naturally reduce my levels. This is the part where I got a real shocker, I am pre-diabetic. Now I know my family genes suck in general having heart disease, high BP, diabetes, cancer, obesity and depression but I figured since I was losing weight my health would improve. I was not found to be pre-diabetic though I have had levels tested through the past 2 years. So why now that I have lost weight does it show up?! I reviewed my diet quickly through my head and realized I have picked up my soda habit again and carbs aren't my friend though I seem to have taken a liking to them a lot more. So I have come up with the following course of action:
Cut out soda
Drink more water
Eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2-3 snacks
Eat more fruits and veggies
Go for a walk down the block even if that means I have to put on jacket, gloves and scarf to avoid windy weather.
Take medications regularly
Meditate no matter how hard it may be
Take time to read instead of game
Take a relaxing bath once a month
Work on physical therapy exercises
Lose 2 lbs by the end of 2012
Lose 15-25 lbs by end of March 2013

I have considered the above goals and believe they are all very realistic and doable. The weight loss I thought would be doable at 2lbs/wk but have lowered it slightly so as not to be disappointed if not obtained. I have also realized that while I am seeing my dear friend again more and its enjoyable with great company I need to cut back on the unhealthy fast food, restaurants and coffee trips. I believe by cutting back all around I will lose weight easier and find better ways to stick to my plan. While I weighed in today at 198.2 I am not sad to say I am higher than I hoped as I am still under my 200 lb goal for the end of the year. I am determined however to lose another 2-3 lbs by the end of year in hopes of being at 195. I can also proudly say I am officially graduated and have my diploma after having put it off for 5 years. I will be taking new body shots to update my progress just after the new year.
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