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I am 23 years old 5'4 226lbs. Live in the always sunny Phoenix, AZ. Have been married for just a little over 2 years. I am currently attending University of Phoenix and I work for home as a Transportation Broker. I have a younger brother who is in great shape. I'm hoping this will be my time to get there as well.
Why I Want To Get In Shape
I have always been "bigger". It has always bother me but I never had enough motivation to actually lose weight. I have done many diets and always seemed to fail. I found out a year ago that I have PCOS. This basically means that I gain weight very easy and lose it hard. This also means that I will have a hard time getting pregnant. Me and my husband have been trying for 2 years. One of my main reason for wanting weight loss is so that I can get that great joy of being a mother. I need all the support and motivation. I have started eating healthy and working out. I can do it.
Would love to work with others in similar situations. Im looking to lose 90lbs.
- Getting pregnant
- Feeling good about myself
- My husband
- Healthier life style
Hi there Jen :)
I am quite a bit older (38) and my goals are somewhat different from yours, but we do have a few big things in common: I have PCOS, and I have 90lbs to lose.
While having PCOS can definitely make things harder for us, it is also important to not let that become a justification for failure. I fell back on that excuse for a long, long time. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 18, and ever since then, I'd sort of thought.. well, why bother? I'm just going to gain it all back anyway.. since I'm predisposed to it. Now, to that I say.. PFFT! Total BS.
I've lost 52lbs since March of this year, and frankly, I haven't noticed it being any more or less hard for me than for anyone else I've encountered. So, just brush PCOS aside for now, in terms of what you think your limitations might be. That is my best piece of advice!
Congratulations to you for taking an active interest in your health and your future :) Wishing you all the very best!
I'm 23 as well and also have PCOS. I've been overweight but I've also been "normal" and underweight so don't let the PCOS stop you from losing weight and getting healthy :) it's completely possible, just perhaps not as fast as for other people.
Regarding the infertility issue - I've been told before that I will have to go through fertility treatments if I'll ever want kids but then I met an amazing doctor who educated me about this syndrome. It's hardly the weight that keeps us from having kids as thin PCOS sufferers can be infertile too - it's our diet. The best way to treat the fertility issue is a low-carb diet with no processed sugar and the carbs you do eat should have a low glycemic index. I went a bit farther and for one month went without sugar at all. After this month I had an ultrasound with the most surprising results - the cysts were gone! So I wholeheartedly recommend looking into this!
Good luck with your journey! It's difficult but it's really worth it :D
I was diagnosed with PCOS three years ago and have been struggling to find something that works. There are several blogs and ideas and plans and books for women with PCOS, but I've found it's hard to plan a diet that takes in the insulin resistance and still leaves me satisfied -- and isn't just an overwhelming amount of work. I did NOT like metformin. Everyone is very different, but for the last month, I've been on wellbutrin and I've used menu plans from PCOSDiva.com. The wellbutrin is helping a ton with cravings and energy and the menu plans are helping me to eat a healthy, balanced, PCOS friendly diet. I also like PCOSDiva because she gives all kinds of other helpful advice (like how to keep your hair from thinning out and natural ways to improve fertility). I don't work for her or anything -- I just recently discovered her website. But between that and CC, (and intensifying my workouts just a bit), I'm down 15 pounds in the last month. It's the most success I've ever had.
Again, the same thing doesn't work for everyone, but these are some resources that have worked for me. Good luck!
I was diagnosed with PCOS well over 10 years ago. But, probably had it much longer than that. I was lucky enough to have a great Endocrinologist, who sent me for blood tests frequently to see what medicines (and diet / exercise) helped to control my symptoms and the disease. I think the most important thing you can have is a doctor who helps you.
Taking medicines is not a bad thing. I was taking about 5 different prescriptions every day at one point. Now, I am happy to say, that I do not take any medicines at all.
I still have PCOS and will always have PCOS, but I am finally able to be in control of it and myself without meds.
2 different doctors have told me they think I have PCOS, and I doing a glucose test next month to find out for sure. It sucks!!! I'm sorry you have it!!
I asked my gyno about diet, and he recommended low-GI and low-carb diets. I recently started the paleo diet to see how it affected my body. Read this link, I found it really interesting: http://www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com/p aleo-diet-and-pcos.html
Anyway best of luck!!! You can do it!!
Don't let anything hold you back! I also am heavier and I was diagnosed with PCOS. When I spoke to my mother she told me she had been diagnosed too and that was why she was told she could not have children. I went to see one reproductive endocrinologist and I was told I was too heavy and the ONLY way he could see me getting pregnant was with IVF and he said that the changes for success would be slim. I went to another reproductive endocrinologist and she said she did not see any problem. On our FIRST IUI procedure with injectable drugs we got pregnant. I was pregnant with quadruplets! The PCOS caused over stimulation.
Losing weight and conceiving naturally is preferable but even if you don't there is still the possiblity of getting pregnant. So never give up on the dream of being a mother! I agree with some of the others that mention a low glycemic index diet. I may be moving to the Phoenix area before too long. Maybe I will be able to cheer you on! :)
yep, lots of women have great success on paleo with PCOS :) good luck, look into it ;d
My sister had PCOS and they put her on Metformin. She didn't like the way it made her feel and it didn't seem to help. She did some research and found that a lot of processed food, lotions, perfumes, etc. had chemicals in it that really mess with our hormones. She tries to eat all organic food and uses only organic lotions and perfumes. It can be a challenge and can be expensive, but she is at her high school weight (she's 33) and has a 2 year old son. It definitely works. Give it a try and look online for low-cost options for organic lotions and such (luckyvitamin.com). Good luck!
You have more than just one problem, PCOS is only one of them, the other one is that you work from home, it's a inactivity job that is more dangerous to your health and effective weigh loss than you may realise. Here's why, when you have a job, you have to get up eat breakfast, get in your car go to a job, work that job for 8 hours, that in itself usually burns 1800 calories, depending on how much getting up and down, walking , and moving around. Then after work, you might come home and do a 20 to 60 minute workout, that would burn another 800 to 1100 calories. So basically , you would be burning @2900 to 3800 calories a day. IF you only bring in (EAT)@ 1800 calories all day, then you will lose weigh. Your problem is , you don't do that....I am disabled...stay at home everyday , all day, but I find time to try to workout using P90X and end up burning @ 500 more calories than I eat, so I lose a little bithere and there...You can do the same, and please try to understand something, daily exercise is a lifestyle, and itwill help you to feel better and keep you from getting over a decent weigh. Not to mention to improve your sex life with your hubby, which will ultimately, help you to get pregnant.
Jen - Good Luck on your new journey of weight loss and possible motherhood, both are good choices :)
I like you have been "bigger" my entire life. I have tried many times in the past to lose weight. I would lose some then gain it back. That is until I finally cut gluten out of my life! When I started eating a primal/gluten free diet, the weight just started falling off....
I hope you don't but if you plateau or really start to struggle give it a try, it really isn't that tough (I was a carbohydrate junkie). After about a week you won't even crave them.
I am 40 years old and was diagnosed with PCOS after trying to conceive. I went through 2 years of fertility treatments and finally conceived my daughter after a laparoscopy and injections. I tried metformin and it gave me severe side effects so I quit taking them.
I have started weight watchers and exercise and have been able to lose 26 lbs since March, which isn't a lot but it is a great start for me since I have such a hard time losing weight. A friend recommended I try taking cinnamon because it helps metabolize sugars. You might want to try it.
I have had PCOS for decades, I am 55 yrs old and was diagnosed in my 20's-struggled with weight issues for many years. Had my first child with fertility drugs and second after I lost 80 pounds. PCOS can also mess up your self-esteem and confidence. I would suggest a multi-pronged approach which focuses on health. Many suggestions have been offered and frankly you will need to go with what works for you. The basic diet is low glycemic, very low in processed carbs ("whites"-no white bread, flour etc); however complex carbs are very good for you as they digest slower, provide fiber and nutrition. These are your usual good vegies such as sweet potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes etc (you can find info on glycemic index on the internet)-suggest you see a dietician/nutritionist to help with meal planning.
Supportive friends and family, and support groups for PCOS are helpful in building your confidence and self-esteem. I would not get down on yourself, many women have PCOS and live long and healthy, happy lives after they find what works for them.
Cravings can be an issue, I have taken Metformin successfully for 10 years, but some folks don't tolerate it, your doctor can give you other options-most importantly DON'T allow the male doctor to tell you that you are crazy for having cravings-find another health care provider. Most primary care physicians have NO idea about PCOS, can be unsupportive to say the least and harmful in the long run. Unless they have had a "shark eating attack" as I referred to my cravings, they have NO idea what you are dealing with...
Many women can successfully become pregnant with weight loss and healthy eating but some will require medical assistance-again, even women without PCOS can have problems conceiving. My daughter-in-law who does not have PCOS, has always been slender and she had some difficulty but is now happily pregnant with my first grandchild!
For me, exercise is vital-it's the key to weight loss, personal satisfaction, enhanced mobility and general well-being. This means dedicating your life to a new and healthier lifestyle and isn't that a terrific gift to your entire family (including future babies) not just you!
Jen, I found out I had PCOS about 2 years ago. I was always overweight growing up, but I was able to lose 90 lbs by calorie counting this past year. I've been maintaining for about 3 months now, exercising regularly, and feeling a-mazing! I was extremely regimented in my counting, but by being a stickler, I was incredibly successful!
I wish you luck in your journey to becoming a healthier, happier you:)
i am 20 and have been diagnosed with pcod. i take a medicine called crimson 28 days a month for the past 3 years. earlier i was very fat . now i have a mediumn body size but i have a flabby and large tummy. i do kapalbhati everyday. but it doesnt help. what should i do?
Dear PCOS ladies,
I suffered two miscarriages and gained alot of weight because of the depression. I don't think that I can handle another loss. I had a friend reach out to me who knew that I wasn't happy with my weight gain. I've read the posts here and wanted to share with you all that I lost all that weight and have been 30lbs lighter for a year! I was able to eat 6x a day and never hungry and felt full of energy and I lost inches!
I want to help pay it forward, because being unhappy about myself affected everything else I touched.
I look forward to hearing from you all.
medicopuja- I've had a lot of firming/toning success with Jillian Michael's 30 day shred. I still have a bit more tummy than I would like, but who cares? I went from a size 16 to a size 6! I'm not letting me beat me up about perceived imperfections anymore;)
@wtr196 said exactly what's on my mind "shark eating attack". I am a 23 years old girl from Egypt, 2 years ago I read for the first time about PCOS, and I had all the symptoms : easy weight gain, very hard weight loss, no periods, excessive hair growth on my face, chest, and belly, brown spots on the chest, bad skin and as you said, "shark eating attacks". Before that all the people looked at me as if i am a non-stop eater. If i had a pain anywhere in my body my mother would tell me that it's because I eat a lot. so now that I know all the info about PCOS, a year an a half ago I started taking metformin, and without being on a strict diet all the time ,my perods returned and I lost 35 lbs (16 kg).
I am 30 and weigh 175 lbs.I am diagonsed PCOS.I am taking medicine glucophage for the last 3 years.I need to shed 30 lbs.My immediate goal is to reach 165 fast by the end of this month.