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1/31/10 8:20 P

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You're very welcome! Anything we can do to help - we are all in this together and the more we share what we've learned the better.

Don't be discouraged - the fact that you've lost weight rather than gaining it is a massive achievement when you have PCOS, so well done.

So long as you are heading in the right direction, you will eventually reach your goal. I know it's hard, and I know it's incredibly hard to stay motivated when you put in so much effort for such a small result, but you'll get there.

We're all here to support each other.

I have a website with loads of PCOS info www.mypcos.info Please stop by!

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1/31/10 2:51 P

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Thank you for your advice! I have never heard of DCI, but I guess I need to look into it!

I did my weigh in for the month of January and am really discouraged now since I only lost 1.4 pounds for the entire month! Something has got to give!!

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1/28/10 7:02 P

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Hi there, and welcome to our group. I hope you find lots of useful information here to help you. I've been through something similar to what you describe (as have most of us) ... eating healthy, working out a heap and not making any progress. The things that helped me turn things around were:

Limiting carbohydrates and increasing proteins and fats. Yes fats. But only the 'good' ones and still in moderation.

Cutting back on the amount of exercise I was doing (2 hours powerwalking each morning, 3-4 hours weights and crosstrainer at the gym of an evening). I found that for me, cutting it all back to just a 30-60 minute walk (not even that fast) of an evening, was when I started to lose weight. I believe that the excess cortisol produced from my workouts was working against me with PCOS.

Finally the thing that has made the most difference (on top of a multivitamin and a few other herbs and minerals) is d-chiro inositol. It's a derivative of a B-vitamin and studies have shown that those with insulin resistance including women with PCOS are unable to convert regular inositol into DCI in the body, which derails carbohydrate metabolism, resulting in the cascade of hormonal imbalances that cause the symptoms of PCOS. There's more information on it on my website - the link is in my signature.

I hope this information will help you and if you have any questions, or there is anything more you want to know, please post in the forums and pick our brains.

All the best,

Belrosa

I have a website with loads of PCOS info www.mypcos.info Please stop by!

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1/28/10 2:42 P

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Hi all,

I am new to the SparkPeople site, and really don't know my way around here yet. Let me just start by telling you guys a little about me.

I am 21 and married while currently finishing my last 2 semesters of college. I will be graduating this summer! (FINALLY!) I have been trying to lose weight for a while... a few years actually. I gained about 80 pounds over the course of a year and a half after having 2 surgery's which required me to take steroids in recovery. After I gained all the weight, it seems like I have been doing everything possible to get it back off with no results.

I was recently diagnosed with PCOS, and although that is really nerve racking for me (my husband and I would LOVE to have kids some day), it was also a relief to know that there is actually a medical reason that it is so hard for me to take the weight off. Finally I realized that it wasn't all my fault!

Still, here I am, weighing 65 pounds more than what I did in high school, and no sign of taking it off. I was out of options...So I joined SparkPeople! I have been tracking my foods and fitness for a little over a week now, so I figured it was time to introduce myself to all my "team members." I am really scared to weigh myself (especially weekly) because in the past I have just found that it is REALLY discouraging to work so hard (I work out 3-4 times a week, usually for more than an hour... and I am REALLY watching what goes in my mouth!) just to find that the scales haven't moved.

Any support or advice you guys have would be great! But for now, I am just glad to be here, and to be a part of this team. emoticon

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