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Postby lovemydoggiesx2 » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:06 pm

I am glad I found this site...like most people here I have and am struggling with my weight. I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2001, and have gained 50lbs since then. I have insilin resistance and take Metformin 2x daily to help. My husband and I would really like to have a baby, but know it is nearly impossible in my current state. A few weeks ago I hit 80 kilos or 177lbs and I knew that was the day that I had to get my eating under control. I will turn 30 in 2 weeks and I feel like it is now or never.

I am a full fledged binge eater, but with my condition it tends to stick on me...in my middle...not very attractive. I eat when I am happy, sad, bored...basically all the time. I really do want a baby and me getting off this fat is the best possible way to do it. My Endrocronologist advised I need to weigh 135 or 59 kilos if I want to have any chance at potential conception. In the past 2 weeks on the GI diet I have only lost 2 kilos. So my goal to lose 19 more kilos or 42lbs!! It seems like such a huge amount to me, and I am scared.

I am taking this as a personal challenge. In 2 weeks I havent cheated, and have only eaten sugar and carb-free. That is why I am disappointed with 2 kilos only...but oh well. I also exercise. I have 2 dogs and every morning we go for a 5K hike/speed walk/jog whatever I can do that day and I use my eliptical 3 or 4 times a week.

Any ideas on what else I can be doing? I am really looking forward to being a part of this forum, as a really need support and I dont find it at home.

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Re: Newbie with PCOS here..

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:07 pm

First of all, welcome to the forum!

A kilo per week is a very healthy amount of weight to lose. I can understand your disappointment, but it really is a good achievement to lose that amount each week. Especially since you have the added challenge of PCOS! If you're finding Low GI easy to stick to and if it has been recommended by your health care specialist then it's a good idea to keep following it. It seems that it's working well for you so far.

Good on you for doing so much exercise too! You're ticking all the boxes for healthy weight loss.

The only thing you might want to add is some weight training. Building muscle helps increase your resting metabolic rate, helping you burn more calories through the day. It's also great for building bone density which helps prevent osteoporosis later in life. Try to schedule some resistance or weight work every second day to allow your muscles to heal between sessions. It's the repair of muscles that builds muscle density so you need that rest time.

Good work so far. I'm looking forward to reading about your progress!

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Re: Newbie with PCOS here..

Postby missdj » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:11 pm

Thought I would say hello.. I am a newbie like yourself and also have been diagnosed with PCOS.. My battle with medication is ongoing as I have bad reactions to Metformin (rashes, dry skin, vomiting, fatigue) and i gained even more weight!!... so at the moment I am taking a break from the tablets and trying natural therapy, acupunture.
Like yourself, my husband and I would like to have kids in the next year or two, and having turned 30 earlier this month, i feel like this is my last chance to get my body back to normal if we want to kids..

I am exercising 5-6 times a week at the gym in the morning, alternating cardio with weights/resistance training, and also walking 20-30 mins a day in the evening.. Obviously, drinking at least 2 litres of water a day and reducing meal sizes.. my biggest challenge is staying organised as i work 9 to 6 most days, plus travel to and from home is another 2 hours a day.. feel so tired at the end of it, so trying to motivate myself to cook something healthy..
How do you manage with the PCOS symptoms.. hot flushes, sleepless ness etc?
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Re: Newbie with PCOS here..

Postby fitfor30 » Sun May 01, 2011 11:47 pm

Hi,

ive just joined. I read your post with interest, i was diagnised with PCOS over 8 years ago now. What a freakin struggle its been. Up and down up an down!!! I can happily say i gave birth 6 years ago to a lil boy- which was pretty dam cool considering the stupid doc that diagnosed me (after tests and ultrasounds) told me that "you might not ever have children or be able to carry full term and you will become obese" I was about 21 so it was terrible news! I do struggle with weight and skin issues but nothing too bad- i think my symptoms aren't too extreme, thankfully.

anyway- nice to know others are in the same boat as me. i'm going to try the 12 week challenge starting tomoro. how exciting!!!

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Re: Newbie with PCOS here..

Postby Slimming to multiply » Tue May 03, 2011 11:15 am

Hi Guys,

I'm new to the forum too, I read your posts with interest as I too have joined the weightloss battle to start a family. Just a question about PCOS did you have any thought before you got diagnosed that you may have it? I have often wondered if I actually have it.
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Re: Newbie with PCOS here..

Postby fitfor30 » Tue May 03, 2011 1:00 pm

Hi slimmingtomultiply.....

I knew something wasnt right, although it took me a while to get to the docs and get a diagnosis. The things about PCOS is that its charcterised by its symptoms- but everyones symptoms are sooo different and varied.
I had broken up with my boyfriend of 4 years and gone off the pill.... i didnt get my periods for 12 months after that!! ( The pill tends to mask this symptom in women becasue it makes your periods very regular.) So... that was the first big sign. I aso had small bumps/pimples ALL over my forehead. aslo bad break outs and acne.

Other symptoms to look for--- weigh gain, felrtility, depression, acne, extra hair, irregular on head....periods, loss of hair on head, difficulty carrying full term (pregnancy) :( .

BUT every women with PCOS is sooo different and the symptoms need to be investigated completely by a doctor or encronoligist.

I can honestly say i was in such a slump last year (8years after diagnosis) - major weight gain, depression, really bad skin- wanted to go see my specialist and before i did, i did some extra reading about PCOS.... from that i decided to hold off my specialist visit untill i had tried everything to help myself. so... i begun exercising again, watched my food and after time i was a different person!!! It was amazing, through fitness and health i was able to control my symptoms. i was feelign so much better!!!!

sorry, babbling on a bit now but think my point i'm trying to make is: all symptoms any girl/women can have if they are not in a good state of health. The sypmtom of PCOS can be controlled by good old fitness and health. ( of course this is just my experience and others my differ but i can only share my personal journey)

Hope this helps!! Love to hear how you go. good luck!! :D :D
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