Thursday, February 24, 2011

PCOS: Soul Cysters

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I've spent so long being bummed and depressed because I suffer from that, partly because I felt like I was one of the only people my age that do. Well that I am associated with anyways. I also had my thyroid check because of all the weight gain I had. Luckily my test came out normal, but it seems like I was almost hoping that it wouldn't so I would have something else to blame my unhappiness on. Anywhoo. Yes, I have started my journey on getting healthy and getting on with my life. I've been trying to lose weight and get healthy and be happy again. It's a crazy journey, and I know I've put myself out there and might get some ridicule or whatnot.. but I feel like this is a way I can hold myself accountable for my fitness. Now with the PCOS I don't want to get too much on the personal side but basically.. I'm 26. And I want babies. You could imagine how this illness makes that quite difficult for prenancy. And the weight gain doesn't help. I don't know too much about it because I have focused on being angry because my body has let me down. I've spent so much time moping and crying and saying "why me? why now? why ever?" I don't really know what else to type right now but here is some information:

What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female endocrine disorder, affecting approximately 5%-10% of all females. PCOS is a hormonal disorder that involves multiple organ systems within the body, and is believed to be fundamentally caused by insensitivity to the hormone insulin. It can be diagnosed in all phases of life - in girls as young as 8-9 years of age, up through post-menopause. Although PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility, the reproductive aspects of the disorder are secondary. PCOS is not limited to women of reproductive age or potential.
Common symptoms of PCOS include:
  • irregular or no menstrual periods (for women of reproductive age)
  • irregular ovulation, with or without monthly bleeding
  • acne
  • excess hair growth on the face and body
  • thinning scalp hair
  • accumulation of unruptured follicles on the periphery of the ovaries (mislabeled as "cysts", often called polycystic ovaries)
It is not necessary to have all of these symptoms to have PCOS. In fact it is not necessary to have "polycystic ovaries" to have PCOS. PCOS manifests itself differently in each woman.
In addition to the above, approximately 60% of women with PCOS have weight management issues which can lead to obesity with only normal caloric intake. Energy in the form of glucose (food) is stored right away as fat, instead of being made available for other functions within the body. This can lead to chronic fatigue and undernourishment, despite the fact that there is adequate food intake and even an appearance of overnourishment. However, it's important to note that 40% of women with PCOS are of normal weight, or even fall under a normal weight range.
There is no cure for PCOS, but it can be successfully managed through diet, exercise, and in some cases medical intervention. Management of PCOS is essential, as unmanaged PCOS can progress to diabetes, and can also lead to certain forms of cancer if unaddressed. Proper management of PCOS often eliminates all symptoms. Some women with managed PCOS are among the healthiest within the population because of their lifestyle choices


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Un, deux, one ever does it like that anymore.

Sorry no words lately. My mind is everywhere. I've been going to the gym every other day. I'm still working on getting there daily. I've been wondering a bunch about where my life is going. And i'm never really sure of that answer. Because partly because I have no idea where I want it to go. Crap. I mean I know I want to be successful and happy mostly, but I'm not quite sure how I will get there. Babies on my brain. Yeah I like babies, and I want one. Not yet though. I don't think I'm ready just yet. I'd get a puppy, dogs are cute, but I don't really think I want one of those either. Oh, I know what I want. to get the hell out of here. To have my own house. YES, that is what I want. lol. I'm bored and my brain has nothin interesting on mind. So this is just mindless rant. Just an expressive way to get shit off my chest. so.. I guess I will just go. But I am eating better and not sleeping great. I need a new bed, pronto.


Friday, February 4, 2011

"Get Fit Legit": A series.

Alrighty, here we are. So as you can tell from the title of this post, this particular blog is about my 'get fit legit' series I am starting. So first of all some background info. The series is going to be a my journey of a lifestyle change of health and recovery. Now the reason I say recovery is because there has been a lot of damage, physical and emotional to my body. From being sick and those things have led up to some weight gain. Scott (my husband) and I have been together for 5 years and some odd months (engaged for 2, married for 1). Anyways in these 5 years we haven't ate the best but it was never a problem until we had no work, and I got sick. We were active in the gym until we couldn't afford it anymore. But anyways I'm not going to bore you with the details. Scott now has a job and I'm healing but I and still hendered by this weight gain. Scott has worked out for about 8 months (He has always been skinny) and now he is lean and cut and lookin' buff. =) So now he is working out a plan for me. We started Monday working out together and I must say it is so much easier when you have a support system. So our 'get fit' plan consist of us working out 5-6 days a week, 3 of them being wight training and thee rest lots of cardio. I am eating better too!! I plan to vlog/blog about it to keep myself motivated and to see my results and achievements. I'm really proud of myself for getting to this point. For months I moped around being depressed because of getting sick and gaining weight and not being able to do with my life what I want right now.. But I'm stopping, calming down, breathing and taking control. I feel much better about being able to do this. So here I go you guys. You're welcome to come along for this crazy roller coaster of a ride. Because I know it will be.. I'm ready to grow. And I'm not afraid of the tears, lol.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Holy forgotten information batman..geez

You guys I'm sorry I have been gone for a week or so. It was like an act of congress to get into my blog! Apparently I signed up for this blog with an ancient email because I used my current one for my previous (failed) blog, lol. As soon as I finally figured out I could even recover this info, I was good to go. And so we go forth. I'll swap those emails out asap. Anyways nothing more than a useless rant for tonight because it is late now and I am going to the GYM tomorrow, haha. I will catch you guys up on the whole "Get Fit Legit" Series when I come back. I just wanted to let you know I'm finally back and glad I got it all figured out =)