My PCOS DIVA Jumpstart Program Journey

Recently I wrote about my personal journey with participating in the PCOS Diva Jumpstart program on my PCOS Programs page.  It was a great experience!  The PCOS Diva Jumpstart program helped me to get my body back on track.  I often receive emails and comments from my fellow PCOS Cysters asking me about what I do to stay on track with my diet.  It’s not always easy and like everyone else I have my moments of weakness.

Speaking of moments of weakness, I recently celebrated my birthday with my husband by taking a week long cruise visiting Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico.  We did great at fitting in daily site seeing, walking, and experiencing fun excursions like kayaking and horseback riding.  Unfortunately, eating well was not part of the plan for this vacation.  Sadly, I gained a few pounds back and felt exhausted again.

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So here I am getting back on track with Amy’s PCOS Diva Jumpstart program.  It’s more than a 7 day jump-start program, for me it has become my go to healthy eating plan so that I feel my best. Some of my favorite dishes include:

 

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White Chicken Chili (I varied mine with red kidney beans & ground chicken)
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Grilled Chicken Salad, GF Crackers, & Sweet Mini Peppers
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Hummus Veggie Wrap (gluten free wrap, hummus & lots of veggies)

 

Now that I have experienced the benefits of the PCOS Diva Jumpstart program first hand for myself I will recommend this program for anyone suffering from PCOS looking for an easy to follow healthy lifestyle program.  Be a PCOS BOSS or Diva ;), and take back your health, loose weight, and improve your overall well-being.  Make YOU a priority for once and change your life, sign up for the next PCOS Diva Jumpstart  that starts on November 7th just in time to help you navigate the holiday season.

 

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My PCOS Journey Continues

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My PCOS Journey Continues….procrastination has been and continues to be a hurdle for me when it comes to consistently practicing extreme self-care for my PCOS and hypothyroid conditions.

This time last year I was moving out of the state of Arizona and to California.  There were so many things that needed to be done and not enough time in the day to do them.  We had less than twenty days to pack and relocate.   I managed to schedule an appointment with my endocrinologists’ office before moving to ensure I had my prescriptions up to date so that I could avoid having to deal with that during the moving process.

Once my family and I were finally settled I needed to connect with a new team of physicians that would support me in navigating both PCOS and hypothyroidism.   This included finding a new gynecologist, endocrinologist, and primary care physician.   I signed my family up for health insurance which due to the recent health care reform changes took almost a month to set up and my only option was HMO when previously I was under a PPO plan.  I had every intention of establishing my continued health care plan but unpacking, finding a job, and exploring our new home city slowly but surely pushed my finding a doctor priority back until I found myself out of my medication for three months.

I was not myself, I could feel the fog creeping over me and everything in my life was negatively affected.  I was disappointed in myself for putting what I needed on the back burner of life.  I finally made the call to set up an appointment with my primary doctor at the end of January.  She sent me off to get my blood work up completed and provided me referrals to a Gynecologist and Endocrinologist.   This meant having to schedule additional appointments and more time.  It took 3 months until my endocrinologist was available for a new patient consult.   My only option was to schedule the appointment and put myself on cancellation stand by notice if something came up sooner which did not.

This brings us to last week when I had my first appointment with my new endocrinologist doctor.  He completed my evaluation, wrote up my prescriptions, and gave me an order for new blood work.  Our focus will be on the endocrine and metabolic aspects of PCOS and Hypothyroidism.  I am glad that I am getting back on track again but hate that I allowed procrastination to set me back.  This experience has reminded me that I am a PCOS Boss and I will move forward with a renewed focus on practicing extreme self-care, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and making my well-being a priority.

 

PCOS BOSS Top Three Favorite Dinner Recipes

Like everyone I have my favorite go to recipes for dinner. In my book anything that basically cooks itself, saves me time and money, and tastes great is a winner. This is why my crock pot is my best friend. I set it in the morning before I run out the door for work and come home to an amazing home cooked meal. Here are my top three PCOS BOSS quick and easy go to recipes for dinner.

Paleo Chicken Tortilla-less Soup

New Favorite Recipe Paleo Chicken Tortilla-less Soup

I discovered the Paleo Chicken Tortilla-less Soup recipe through Pinterest. I still absolutely love this recipe. It tastes great, is easy to make, and you can change it up by adding other ingredients like green chili. Trust me this is one dinner your family will request time and time again.

 

 

Zucchini Noodle Veggie Stir Fry

Zucchini Noodle Veggie Stir Fry

Next on the list is my Zucchini Noodle Veggie Stir Fry recipe. Like the Paleo Chicken Tortilla-less Soup, this dish offers a simple, light and tasty dinner. The best part is you can prepare it in less than 20 minutes and the end result is an amazing meal your entire family will enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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Amazing Whole Chicken in a Crock-pot

Speaking of Amazing…. I absolutely love crock-pot dinners!  One of my favorite dinners is the Amazing Whole Chicken in a Crock-pot with carrots and potatoes. This is one recipe you can’t go wrong with. It’s convenient, easy, and when it’s all said and done there is very little clean up.   If you’re looking to cut out unhealthy food this is the best way to go! This dish is flavorful, juicy and one I’m sure the whole family will relish.

Zucchini Noodle Veggie Stir Fry Recipe

My latest addiction is making veggie noodles. I have a tri-blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Spiralizer that I snagged from Amazon and I love it. My noodle spiralizer has made it so much easier to add fresh healthy vegetables into my meal planning instead of empty carbs. Don’t get me wrong, I love pasta but sadly pasta and my stomach are not friends so I come up with alternatives for my diet that are tasty.

Check out my Zucchini Noodle Veggie Stir Fry recipe. This dish offers a simple, light and tasty dinner that can be prepared in less than 20 minutes and the end result is a healthy, fast and easy meal your entire family will enjoy.

Zucchini Noodle Veggie Stir Fry

Ingredients (make it your own the possibilities are endless):

  • 2 Zucchini
  • 1 table spoon of Olive Oil
  • Sweet peppers chopped ½ cup
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes cut into halves
  • Red onion chopped about ½ cup
  • Ground turkey or beef 1 – Pound

 Directions:

  1. Spiralizer the zucchini with a noodle spiralizer.
  2. Chop up the tomatoes, red onion, and sweet peppers.
  3. Heat skillet over medium heat add olive oil to pan.
  4. Brown ground beef and add seasoning (salt, pepper, etc.).
  5. Add zucchini, sweet peppers, tomatoes, and onion to the skillet and cook until the noodles and vegetables start to soften.
  6. Serve with desired toppings like grated cheese or sauce of your choice and enjoy!

Do What You Can – PCOS Exercise Goals

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“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt, this is a quote I live by. Sometimes I find myself thinking if I only had that fancy gym membership, Zumba class, or a personal trainer I would be in better shape. This way of thinking has prevented me from achieving my PCOS exercise goals in the past and it was time for a change.

By focusing on the items I had available to me at home I was able to stay on track with a fitness regimen. I jog on my treadmill (found on Craigslist at a bargain several years ago) every day after work while watching my new favorite television addition “Covert Affairs”. I find that watching TV distracts me long enough that I don’t want to jump off right away. Using this strategy and being consistent has been the key to my success. I also use YouTube to find Yoga videos that help me with stretching and stress management.

So the next time you find yourself making excuses or putting your exercise goals off until you have something else remember “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

The Five Basics for Life Balance:

I can live my today’s because of how I lived my yesterdays. However there was a time in my life where raising a family, work, attending school, and managing my health were difficult. Here are the five basics for life balance I used to help me obtain a balanced life enabling me to take back my health, happiness, and well-being.

  1. Personal time with yourself

Alone time is important it gives you the time you need to discover who you are, find your voice, and just be yourself. This can be difficult in a demanding world but scheduling time for you is just as important as spending time with family, friends, or that meeting with the boss.

  1. Stop Self Defeating behavior

We are all guilty of self-defeating behavior where we judge ourselves and set unrealistic expectations of how we should look or who we should be. Change your attitude and start seeing yourself in a more positive light. You would never criticize someone you love so why not put yourself in that category. Love yourself for who you are instead of what you think everyone else wants you to be. Remember, you are beautiful, you are perfectly created, and you only have one life to live.

  1. Reduce anxiety by living in the here and now

The stress caused by anxiety affects people emotionally and physically. Stop worrying about what happened in the past and start living in the here and now. One of my favorite quotes is by Mark Twain, “Good judgment is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgment”. We are bound to make mistakes in our lives learn from them and move on, appreciate what today has to offer.

  1. Prioritize what’s important in your life

Prioritize and focus on the things that matter most to you and don’t sweat the small stuff. At the end of my days I will not care so much about things but more about the people I loved and who loved me in return.

  1. Diet, exercise, and sleep

Eating right, exercising, and getting your beauty sleep is one of the best ways to help balance your life. I know I personally feel horrible when I don’t eat healthy, exercise, or get enough sleep and that horribleness spreads to everything else in my life. Do yourself a favor and add these positive life habits into your day and you will never look back.

Finding balance is essential for your personal happiness and over all well-being. I encourage you to incorporate these five basics for life balance into your own life and share with me how you took back your health, happiness, and well-being.

Hirsutism…The Hairy Truth

Today’s blog is brought to you by a cyster following PCOS Boss who inquired about hirsutism. Hirsutism is a result of increased levels of androgen’s (male hormones), which cause unsightly hair growth and may include deepening of voice, and cystic acne.

Let’s get down to the hairy truth; dealing with unsightly hair growth is part of the many side effects of having PCOS. I have tried everything from hair removing creams that irritate my skin, to tweezing one hair at a time that would take forever and of course my trusty friend the razor. I have been considering doing laser hair removal treatments as well but have yet to cross that bridge.

I brought up my concerns about my unsightly facial hair to my Endocrinologist and he prescribed an anti-androgen medication called Spironolactone. It has helped to decrease my facial hair and has stopped new hair growth. If you think that this may be the route for you be sure to speak with your doctor about it so he can explain the side effects and what to expect.

New Year’s Resolution Progress

This week my thoughts centered on the goals I set out for myself this year.   I managed to continue my daily fitness goal and maintained a sensible diet all week and into the weekend. I jogged on my treadmill every day for thirty minutes and I pass the time watching General Hospital on my iPad while I jog.  It may not be the most educational program out there but I find it entertaining.

I also decluttered my bathroom over the weekend and included before and after photo’s below. I threw out items that were expired, make up that had seen better days, and all in all it worked out quite nicely.

Before:

Bathroom clutter organization

I recycled old boxes for the drawers to hold things like my hair accessories and other small items. I also labeled storage containers under the sink to take the guess work out of what I stored away.   If you decide to take on doing something similar in your bathroom and don’t have the boxes to work with, you can always visit your local dollar store for small baskets and containers that would work as well.

After:

 

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Next week I plan on taking on my master bedroom closet which should prove to be interesting. Wish me luck!

Here’s to a Prosperous and Happy New Year 2015!

PCOS BOSS 2015 NEW YEAR GOALS

The New Year has come and gone and I find myself reflecting on 2014. It was a tumultuous year, probably one of the most difficult years in my life and as a result things like PCOS BOSS fell to the way side. No time like the present to get back on track with this blog.

I have decided that 2015 will be filled with happiness and less negativity. Here are my top four resolutions for 2015.

  1. Avoid negative and toxic energy and align myself with positive goal oriented people.
  2. Continue daily exercise & try something new to add to my fitness regimen.
  3. Declutter my home and life for stress relief.
  4. Find my passion

For me I have already started my first goal by eliminating toxic people from my life.  To accomplish my second goal I plan on going to my cities local recreation center to check out their yoga classes. This leads to my goal of decluttering my home and life, each weekend I plan on setting a goal for myself like cleaning out my closet and donating the items I no longer need. As for the goal of  finding my passion this one will take time and I will have to be open to trying new things.  I will blog about that more throughout the year. What goals will you make for yourself this year and how will you go about accomplishing them?

Here’s to a prosperous and happy New Year to you and your family. I am looking forward to writing more in 2015 and sharing the resources I use to help me live the life I love.

Recipe: Amazing Whole Chicken in a Crock-pot

I absolutely love crock-pot dinners!  It’s convenient, easy, & when it’s all said and done there usually is very little clean up.  One of my fav’s is cooking a whole chicken in the crock-pot with carrots and potatoes.  If your looking to cut out processed unhealthy food this is the way to go! This dish is flavorful, juicy and one I’m sure the whole family will enjoy.

crockpot-chickenHere’s my recipe for amazing whole chicken in a crock-pot.  I hope you enjoy it!  Please feel free to share your recipe tips in my blog comments.

Ingredients:

Desired seasonings: Black pepper, salt, paprika, onion powder, thyme etc.
1 chopped onion
1 bag of small carrots
1 bag of small red potatoes
1 large chicken

Instructions:

Combine the dried spices in a small bowl.
Place the chopped onion, carrots and the potatoes in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Remove any giblets from the chicken and then rub the spice mixture all over.
Put prepared chicken on top of the onions, carrots, and potatoes in the slow cooker, cover it, and turn it on to high. (*I added a cup of chicken broth)
Cook for 4 – 5 hours on high (for a 3 or 4 pound chicken) or until the chicken is tender.