PCOS in Your 40's? There is Hope!
Monday, April 01, 2013
I have been so unexpectedly and pleasantly surprised this weekend. Like . . . jump up and down excited!!
Allow me to set this up. I have had PCOS since my late 20's. I was 33 before it was diagnosed and struggled with inexplicable weight gain for years until a doctor informed me what was going on. This has now been an issue for me for approximately 17 years. Those of you who struggle with this know how frustrating and maddening this can be. Some months ago I decided to stop taking Met. I do not advise anyone else do this without being fully aware of any consequences, good and bad. For myself, this was a great decision.
I have been managing my health and weight loss journey by gradually increasing my exercise and eating unprocessed foods, for the most part, which includes a great deal of lower carb fare. I also maintain my motivation by logging in to Spark People daily.
I had thought I probably would not lose weight over the last week because I had my birthday a week and a half ago. Well, I celebrated 4 days in a row with a piece of cake. I decided I'd allow myself a break, eat healthy otherwise, stay plugged in to SP and exercise as usual. I didn't bother to step on the scale on my usual weigh day, but finally decided I should stay aware of where my weight is. So, 3 days after weigh day, I stepped on the scale. Gurrrlll! I was down an additional 3 lbs which brings my total weight loss up to 10 lbs - or down 10 lbs.
I immediately went downstairs and plopped two 5 lb dumbbells in my husband's hands and announced that was how much weight I was no longer carrying. Have you felt how heavy a 10 lb sack of flour feels?? Ladies, that is nothing to sneeze at!
The bottom line is this: This. Is. Doable. Are you middle aged? You are not dead. Has your metabolism slowed down? You can choose to fire it up. Do you have PCOS? Your body wants to be healthy. Feed it good food.
Live. Move. Eat. And do it well.
Let's do this!