I’ve spent most of my life being chubby. Not by choice-of course, who chooses to be chubby, right? I have always been active. I played basketball and volleyball, I went for lots of walks and hikes and swam and played and as I got older I joined gyms (and actually went). When we were trying to get pregnant I tried everything, including diet and exercise. Once we finally figured out that at least a portion of the problem was PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), diet and exercise was something that I could tangibly do to try and help. So I read all about it. I learned that following a diabetic diet and getting cosistant exercise could help and even read quite a few success stories about women who turned around the PCOS and even got pregnant, just by making this lifestyle adjustment. So I started the South Beach Diet and upped my exercise.
|See that girl? I miss her.|
The thing is, I don’t believe in diets per say. I think that in order to be truly healthy you have to make a lifestyle change. But it was easier for me to use South Beach as a guide and jump off point. And it was one that was recommended by my providers. So I cut out all carbs and said goodbye to my favorite snacks. Oh Hot Tamalies, it’s so hard to say goodbye….But I did it. And in three months I had lost….wait for it….total body overhaul equals big numbers, right??…..7 pounds. Yep, seven. I had cut out all carbs. I was running, really running for the first time ever. And when I didn’t run I did work out videos. Consistently. I was beyond frustrated. Seven pounds wasn’t even a pound a week. It wasn’t even two pounds a month! I was crushed. So I talked to my PCP and we decided to try something else. Since we know that PCOS and insulin resistance go hand in hand, she prescribed me the lowest dose of Metformin, a Type II diabetic drug, to see if it would help. One of the side benefits (for me) is that it also stimulates ovulation. Within two weeks on the drug I had lost 6 pounds. I was elated!! For the first time something was actually working.
As time went on, my body stopped responding to the low dose and before I knew it I was taking the highest dose of Metformin allowed. And I maintained. I continued with my healthy eating, slowly integrating in whole grains and keeping away from white flours, sugars and processed foods. And I lost 30 pounds. I was running, I felt healthy and beautiful. But it was always in the back of my mind that I had done it all with the aid of this medication. When I got to where I wanted to be physically I made a choice: I would wean myself off of the Metformin to and see if I could stay where I wanted to be. But the weight slowly came back. It was so frustrating. And I didn’t want to go back on the Met, because even though it was my secret skinny pill, it bothered my stomach. And I hated being tied to a drug. But I didn’t think I had a choice. So I started back on it again.
Then I had surgery. I had hoped that the removal of those pesky ovaries would take the insulin resistance with them. But what know one really knows is what comes first: does the insulin resistance cause PCOS or does PCOS cause the insulin resistance? I can tell you my opinion-after the surgery and without any Metformin, I gained weight. All that weight I so diligently worked off. All those miles I logged to tone my muscles and body-they were obsolete. Because not only was the insulin resistance still there, now I was menopausal. My whole body has changed. I’ve gained weight where I never had before. And I don’t feel comfortable in my own skin. I’ve never felt like that before. Each day as I get dressed is a struggle to just feel like me-because physically I don’t any more. And it’s not that I don’t like curves. Baby got back and I know this booty isn’t going anywhere, and I like that. But there are curves in other places, and I don’t like those. So I’m trying something new.
I know that regulating my blood sugar is a major issue. Even though I’m not diabetic. And I don’t want to become diabetic. I also know that without some help with this, I don’t lose weight, but I really don’t want to go back on the Metformin. A couple weeks ago my sister told be about an all natural product (I know, I was skeptical too) that helps regulate blood sugar. And on top of that, based on the stories I’ve heard of people who actually use it (real people, not just the testimonials on line) it actually helps with a lot of different things, like pain from chronic autoimmune disorders, mood stabilization and the list goes on. And it’s my sister, and I trust her. (That said, I also did my own research and found this on Skinny Fiber and a few others who loved it)And it’s backed. If your doc recommends it, you can use your Health Savings Funds moola to pay for it. So I thought, what the heck? I’ll give it a shot. She sent me a sample and the stuff tasted pretty good. It’s not like a meal replacement or a shake, it’s just a mix that you put in a glass of water. And there’s an Accelerator that you can take too, a pill once a day, but you don’t have to do that if you don’t want to. The drink itself is called Slim, but I agree with my sis when she says she wishes they would name it something else-because it’s not just for weight loss. But if I ruled the world, lots of things would be different. 🙂 So I’m giving it a shot. I placed my order yesterday and I figure I can’t lose. If it helps regulate my blood sugar, then that’s awesome. If I feel better, then that’s fantastic. And if I feel like me again, comfortable in my own skin, then that’s a miracle. And I have family who is diabetic. If I try it and it helps me, I hope that maybe I can help them too.
So wish me luck! And if you want to join me on this journey, just let me know!( Or you can click on one of the hyperlinks above or right here: Plexus)