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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just had my three month check up with labs last week and sadly my results have not improved. My hormonal and thyroid levels are not within normal range. August marks the one year anniversary of me working with an Endocrinologist and from what I understand patience is a virtue and it can take a year or longer before my medications and hormone/thyroid levels are in sync.
My doctor increased my medications and scheduled a follow-up on labs and a return visit in six weeks. I started my new dose on Monday and it’s been seven days. The changes I have noticed in the first week was that I am not as tired and I lost four pounds. I can only hope that in a few more weeks I continue to experience more positive changes in my symptoms.
I have been adapting to the Paleo diet plan and have continued my exercise regime of jogging thirty minutes a day with 10-15 minutes of strength building exercises. I am certain that if I was not making these healthy lifestyle choices my symptoms would be exasperated.
Hello World, I am a PCOS Boss. What is that you ask? It’s me deciding that I am the Boss over my condition “PCOS” and not the other way around. I believe that having PCOS won’t stop me from living the life I love. This is the first of many blog posts of me living with PCOS and Hypothyroidism. Last year I made an appointment to see an Endocrinologist after some nudging from my mother. I had confided in her about how despite my efforts with eating better and exercising, I still experienced issues with managing my weight, constant fatigue, migraines, horrible depression, mood swings, anxiety, cold intolerance, hair growth in all the “wrong” places and pelvic pain. She said that both her and my grandmother were diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I really should just go and talk to my doctor about it.
I did and several test later my Endocrinologist said that I had PCOS in addition to hypothyroidism. This explained so much about why I felt the way I did and shed light on the past 15 years of my life. I have always struggled with having enough energy to get through my day. I would sleep 10 – 12 hours a day just to get through work, school, and raising my family. Some perceived this as laziness and they could not understand how I could sleep as much as I did and still be so exhausted. There were other signs too, I would go for months, even years without menstruating and I gained fifty pounds that was a nightmare to work off.
Well here I am today and happy to say that I am a PCOS Boss! Easy to say, but not so easy to accomplish. I can say that I believe the hardest part is behind me as long as I continue to make healthy lifestyle choices.
This blog is important to me in the on-going process of healing. I thought about everything I went through and realized I am not alone in this. There has to be other women experiencing the same thing as me right? My diagnoses has inspired me to share my personal experiences with the goal of helping others. So, let’s talk about it and support each other.