You see that number? That’s my current weight good people. I’m now 148 lbs! I’m no longer 164 lbs!!! I dropped quite a bit early on just by cutting down my soda intake to once a week. I’m going to assume that was “water weight” that I lost at first. I’ll take it because it definitely wasn’t helping my PCOS!

Changing my eating habits has been the hardest struggle, but I’m determined to feed and treat my body much better. Since I’ve eliminated most of my soda intake, the bumps and discoloration from drinking way too many sodas has almost cleared up around my neck and chin area. My neck is also becoming more defined as I continue to lose weight. Try not to get freaked out by my open eyes lol…

My Gazelle has been a lifesaver too because I can work out in my own home. It doesn’t put a strain on my bowed legs and it has helped to tone my arms and legs. Soon, I’ll be focusing on shaping them. And for the ladies with much booty in the back like myself, it tones and lifts that too. Hey Hey!

Note: Please don’t ask me, why am I standing so wide? I’m bowed legged so this is how I stand when my legs are “closed”. I can’t help it. My knees and thighs don’t touch. 😩

If you been struggling with trying to eat healthy and staying healthy, start a friendly competition with your family or friends. That’s what got me started. Once you get started, please don’t stop. I’m rooting for you and I hope you are rooting for yourself too. You got this! πŸ’ͺπŸΎπŸ˜‰

Until next time…

That Too

I was asked after my PCOS Awareness post if I struggle with weight and heart issues. Yes, I most certainly do. After seeing my doctor three weeks ago, I was urged to lose some weight because I was considered overweight based on my BMI. At 5’4 and 1/2, I weighed 160 lbs at the time. I now weigh 148 lbs. My doctor wants me at 120 lbs, but that’s not going to happen. 130 lbs is the lowest I’ll go because anything lower than that might make me look sickly. πŸ™…πŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘€

As far as my heart, PCOS has affected my mitral valve prolapse which is mild to severe. I do find myself struggling with excessive fatigue, palpitations, chest pain and shortness of breath which can be a pain at times. Still, I push through it because I have a life to live, responsibilities to take care of and dreams to chase. Diet, exercise and medication has been a big help to me because it keeps me balanced for the most part. πŸ‘ŒπŸΎ

PCOS no doubt affects certain parts of my life, but it doesn’t affect my outlook on life.

Until next time…

PCOS Awareness Month

September is PCOS awareness month and I wanted to take the time to educate those who may not be familiar with PCOS.

PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a disorder that affects millions of women across the world; including myself. PCOS causes an imbalance of the reproductive hormones which in turn can lead to health problems like diabetes, infertility, acne, weight gain, heart disease, high cholesterol and etc.

Even though there are millions of women around the world living with PCOS, our symptoms are not all the same. What one woman may experience may not affect the next woman. My PCOS symptoms are mild to severe, but there are times when it can wreak havoc on my system.

Warning: The following symptoms I experience may be a little graphic for some.

1. Heavy menstrual cycle – I bleed like there is no tomorrow; a common symptom among most women with PCOS. I do take certain medications to help with my heavy menstrual flow, but it does little to ease up my flow.

2. Painful cramps – My cramps can be excruciating at times because it feels like someone has grabbed a hold of my ovaries and are twisting the crap out of them. Every now and then the pain will make me lose my breath. A lot of it is due to my body also passing huge clots during my menstrual cycle. Thank goodness I have a high tolerance for pain or else I’d be messed up.

3. Fatigue – It’s a struggle to stay energized each and every day, but I’ve become really good at pushing myself to do more and to stay energized. My diet helps a good deal and my determination / motivation also plays a big part.

4. Acne – As someone who takes pride in my skin, I do weekly masks, take collagen pills and multivitamins with biotin. My skin for the most part is really clear, even and toned with the exception of a few scars here and there. If you have PCOS and you struggle with acne, check with your doctor about charcoal masks. It does wonders for my skin.

If you or someone you know has PCOS, this syndrome / disorder requires a good bit of patience and understanding. Please know that there are treatments available so don’t become discouraged if you’ve been recently diagnosed. You can still live a happy and fulfilling life. I and millions of other women can testify to that. πŸ˜‰

Until next time…