Talking PCOS

This is something we get asked about all the time! Here are some thoughts on living with PCOS and overcoming!

3 thoughts on “Talking PCOS”

  1. I have PCOS and Im struggling more than ever now. At 43 almost 44, 5’3 and 215lbs, this is the heaviest Ive ever been amd Im MISERABLE.

    I used to be a gym girl, but I realize I dont like it and Im not motivated to go anymore. I lost 10lbs between June-Oct previously going to a trainer (not in the area where I live now, but I can get to, but would take up a lot of time; I had a new 1, but times are limited vs the 1st & more money, but no major traveling. I like the old one a lil better, not sure why, but neither understood PCOS unfortunately or tried to understand it seemed to me) only 3 days/wk, working out an additional 6 days/wk with cardio and eating the same food (eggs/egg whts, sometimes turkey bacon &/or avocado added on the side for breakfast, salad with protein for lunch & store bought rotisserrie chicken, baked yams & veggies for dinner which I partially can no longer eat now, yuk (eggs, chicken, questionable, but I liked fried better now & Im not too fond of salads, but I still have 2 eat them). I crave sweets and carbs like crazy.

    I went to see a new PCOS Specialist in Oct at 198lbs, was put on the highest dose of Metformin 2K mg and highest dose of Sprinolactone 200mg due to my excessive hair growth on my chin, sideburns and over my lip. I told I was doing great so keep up with my diet and training. By Dec I lost an additional 22lbs and could not believe I lost a total of 32lbs, but not from the food and working out only how I started. I felt better about my body, started fitting size 12 and a few 10’s in clothes that I wore when dating or after marriage when I started gaining a little weight and went to a 12. Im now a size 16 and had to buy a few 18’s in pants/dresses, 1X & a few 2X tops. Im mordified.
    Here’s my #1 issue, I dont cook at all anymore. Im not good at it and I notice I dont like many things anymore which makes it hard. My husband can cook well, but not healthy and will not do it anymore either. How do I manage as a non cook?

    Secondly, they say I have Fibromyalgia, so I always hurt and used to be extremely fatigued. Im having severe hip issues right now. My 1 knee went back to the normal pain finally of both knees. I had acute Epstein Barr and Lymes Disease previously. I think those infections sparked my Fibro. This make it difficult to workout.

    I also have severe Plantar Fasciitis in both feet which makes even walking a problem. Ive done all that Im supposed to do and wear all the right footwear daily whether at work, in the house, at the pool/beach or gym. Im onto my 4th pair of custon insertable orthodics which they cant make any better for me or wear shoes with built in types in my Vionics: shoes/slippers/sandals incl Spenco beach flip flops. Ive had surgery on my right foot which is worse and it didnt help at all, so I wouldnt do the left. I used to love to dance but PF has hindered that fun and easy activity which can also be a form of exercise because I never stopped from the beginning of an event/party until the end and took Zumba at the gym which was GREAT for me.

    My husband and I never wanted children luckily. He has a major illness that he was born with that is extremely rough to deal with, but he manages well and has not died by 14 as Dr’s told his parents. He is now 50 and puahes along well & positively daily. I tried IVF for a little bit because we knew we would be good parents, had the means & I didnt have the trait for his disease. We both struggled and we decided to end it because of continual difficulties, pains for me, extra obstacles from him which also made it impossible and it wasnt what we really wanted which was discussed very early on while dating, so back to the life we liked.

    Any advice or tips that you can lend would be appreciated! I loved watching The Biggest Loser and Im proud of you both. Its hard to say, but its nice, but not in that way when you see people that struggle with what you deal with and win the battle. There was a guy on there with severe PF also, so its like wow. I also recall the young lady on My Big Fat Life or whatever its called with PCOS, but Im not sure how her journey ended. Congrats on all your victories and on conceiving your baby! Thank you, The Frustrated Lady from NJ.

    1. Sounds like you need to get your vitamin D level chacked. I know so many people whose plantar facsiitis DISAPPEARED after high dose vitamin D – including mine. Fibromyalgia is also linked to vitamin D deficiency. I have also found that since taking a regular dose year round, I don’t crave carbs like I used to, I don’t ache as much (if at all) after lifting weights at the gym, I sleep better… plus I am now a normal weight at age 38 after struggling with my weight all my adult life. I don’t put it all down to vitamin D, but it helped. What also helped me was :

      1. Not giving a rats ass about losing weight. I learned to love myself unconditionally. Out of love, I decided to get fit and healthy, and I made a promise to myself to only do it by doing things which bring me joy. If you hate the gym, find something else. Go cycling, run, walk, roller skate, lift weights at home, do yoga…
      But don’t do it because you want to lose weight. Do it because you love it and you’ll do it yourself whole life. It shouldn’t be suffering or punishment.

      2. Eat! Enjoy your food! Learn to make nutritious food taste delicious. I used to hate salads. I just wolfed down a salad dressed with white wine vinegar, olive oil, with chicken, browe rice, quinoa, sundried and plum tomatoes, cheddar cheese and buffalo mozzarella. I licked the plate!! When it’s not a salad, I’m steaming vegetables very easily in a microwave steamer. I LOVE to eat so for me, the more tasty vegetables piled up on the plate, the better. I also eat carbs, I need them. What made me change my attitude to nutrition was reading a book called Crazy Sexy Cancer about a woman who is beating cancer with good nutrition. I realised that salads and vegetables aren’t just a garnish to fill you up so you can lose weight. That’s actually a pretty shallow and ridiculous approach to health, and I blame the weight loss industry for that silliness. Our bodies NEED nutrients and we owe it to ourselves to feed them properly.

      The other book I read which started me on a healthy journey 15 years ago was Body for Life by Bill Phillips. I subsequently read the version of the book aimed at women. It taught me about weight lifting, and for the first time in my life I found that I could eat so much and not gain a pound. I am not so regimented about it as the book advises (I don’t drink protein shakes for example, as I prefer to eat whole foods) but what a fantastic start.

      I wish you all the best with your health!

      Jas (38 year old dentist from London, UK) xx

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