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Dear me, I am sorry...

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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    I'm so happy that you have been able to turn things around for yourself. Watch your kidneys and liver for any problems. PCOS and those issues often go hand in hand. I applaud you for pulling yourself out of the pity hole and for joining the couch to 5k. It sounds like you are back on track. Welcome back and have lots of fun getting to know where everything is in your new neighbourhood.

    1900 days ago
    Amazing how deleterious stress can be for us. I am glad you found healthy changes to make and are doing better for yourself now.
    1900 days ago
  • KELSER84
    Thank you! It has been a tough journey of learning how to keep the balance up!
    1900 days ago
    Glad you're taking good care of yourself :) And you're in a safer place!
    1900 days ago
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