How has it already been 6 months since I was diagnosed with PCOS? Such a lot has happened in my life since then, but I don’t feel like I have done anything about this. Well after another round of blood tests for an underactive thyroid (another story for another time), I have got the kick I needed to actually do something about having PCOS.
If you haven’t already, definitely go and check out this post, where I talk about actually being diagnosed with PCOS.
I have put even more weight on and it doesn’t seem to be stopping. This makes me so sad because when I look at old photos of me as a teenager, I look so slim compared to now, yet I hated the way my body looked. I have been on and off diets since I was 16 and looking back, I really don’t know why. I do think I have caused myself to have an incredibly unhealthy relationship with food and exercise and now I’m in a position where I can’t seem to get out of it.
Anyway, the point is, that I have decided to ‘lose weight’ almost every single week for as long as I can remember. And every single week, it goes down the drain and I just put more on. Honestly? I sometimes think that I just don’t care anymore. Otherwise surely I would stick to it, right? I always manage to find an excuse as to why I haven’t been able to lose weight, but surely if I wanted it that badly, I wouldn’t need to find excuses because I would be succeeding.
My main thing is, I need to stop dieting. And to be honest, I haven’t done a proper ‘diet’ for months. It makes me miserable, and why would I want to do that to myself? I’m happy at the moment, and I don’t want a weight loss goal to ruin that.
But I need to do something, otherwise I’m going to end up resembling some sort of obese walrus who can’t move two inches off the sofa. Now isn’t that a picture! All jokes aside… I need to find a way to lose weight, without the focus being on weight loss, and without forcing myself to endure a strict diet.
God, this sounds like an impossible task.
Luckily for me, I bought a book called Just Eat It: How Intuitive Eating Can Help You, by Laura Thomas. I’ve heard the term ‘intuitive eating’ being banded around a lot, and as much as I want to avoid putting a label on my ‘diet’, I do think this is what I need in my life. I haven’t read much of it yet, but I’m choosing to remain positive and optimistic. So long as I don’t need to do anymore crash diets, I’m sold!
Well, you’ll be pleased to know (you probably don’t care) that I had a period in November and then… *insert tumbleweed*.
So yeah, that hasn’t changed much either. To be fair, I had a tiny one last week (mid-April) but honestly, I’m not even sure if it was a period or just random spotting!!
This is another thing that I need to get under control – I really need to get my life together don’t I?!
Obviously the main symptoms are the weight gain and irregular periods. But another thing that I’ve noticed get worse since being diagnosed is hair loss. I have lost enough hair for me to notice when I tie it up now – mainly because there are tiny patches where the hair should be all around the front of my head and I also have a small patch on the crown of my head. I know this isn’t a huge amount of hair to lose, but it’s enough for me to have noticed and it has knocked my confidence with my hair recently. However, a good cut and blow dry at the hairdresser’s did make it look a lot healthier!
I am fully aware that almost every single time I say I’m going to focus on my health, that is the last thing I do. But this time, I mean it (check back in 6 months when I tell you it all failed again!!).
Back To The Doctors
When I was diagnosed with PCOS, the Doctor gave me some advice and sent me on my way. Now, I’ve heard other people have been referred to a consultant to discuss their needs individually. So the first thing I need to do is to find out why this didn’t happen for me and find out if I can be referred.
Research, Research, Research!
The second thing is to read this book by Laura Thomas and hopefully find the information I need to embark on what I hope will be a final ‘diet’ or lifestyle change. I also need to seriously do my own research. I did not do enough back when I was diagnosed with PCOS and still do not know enough it to be able to make educated decisions about my health.
Vitamins & Supplements
Back in January, I stopped taking all my vitamins and supplements, mainly because I just wasn’t sure they were doing anything and I didn’t want to spend money unnecessarily. I also wanted to see how my body would manage without it all so I went on a full detox and put nothing extra in my body other than food and water.
Now, it’s 4 months later and I feel like I can start to slowly introduce things back into my routine. Namely, something for my hair and nails! They have been much worse since I came off any supplements so I want to find something specifically for those.
I am also going to take a ‘Women’s Health’ supplement from Nature’s Aid. I’ve been on this before and didn’t hate it, so I’m going to take this again more religiously and see if it makes a difference to anything. As well as this, I need to do my research into supplements I can take for PCOS – so if you have any recommendations please do let me know in the comments!
Lastly, I’m going to start taking Fish oil tablets again. Personally, I don’t eat fish or seafood because I can’t stand the taste or smell. But I am aware there are a lot of nutrients that I miss out on because of this so these supplements will help with that.
So as you can see, I have done anything by focus on my health over the past 6 months and now I really need to. I feel like I have a good plan and I have a week before I go back to work so it’s the perfect time to focus on my health. Just watch this space – hopefully something good comes of it!!
What are you doing at the moment to improve your health?