How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.--Stephen Covey

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Winning

Have I ever told you that I don't win anything? Ever.

Well, I think my luck is changing. Or at least I hope it is.

Kate from The Small Things Blog held a giveaway last week for a Gussy Sews gift certificate. And, I put my name in the "pot" to win. And, since I'm writing this entry, you can probably guess who won?? Yep, ME!!

Totally excited!!

I love reading Kate's blog and getting hair and makeup ideas. And, she's a midwesterner transplanted to the south!! Like me :) She's super sweet and one of my favorite blogs.

I'm not 100% sure what I am going to order yet from Gussy Sews, but I'm leaning toward the nesting trio in Tangerine Twirl. Once I order and get my product, I'll write a review! Totally excited about this :)

Many thanks to Kate and Maggie from Gussy Sews!! I can't wait to order!

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Much Needed Break Up

Have I mentioned how much I love sugar? 


Okay, it's not necessarily sugar that I love, but I definitely have a sweet tooth. 


And guess what I have to do?? I have to break up with sugar. I bet it's going to be as difficult as you think it's going to be. I don't have to give up sugar completely, but what I am eating now is not helping my body. And with a diagnosis of PCOS, I definitely need to get serious about treating my body right if I want to be able to conceive. And carry.


I could sit here and whine and cry about why another health thing has been thrown my way, but I am choosing not to. I am worried about my fertility and ability to conceive in the future, but I am making goals to work toward making it easier for my body.


My doctor put me on Metformin, which is a diabetes drug that helps level out insulin levels. My insulin levels are slightly elevated, but nothing to be worried about. Metformin helps with weightloss and can help with the symptoms of PCOS. I haven't started taking it yet though because I am scared of the side effects that I have read about. They are mostly intestinal and I don't want to feel miserable, especially when I am going in and out of client's homes. No thank you!!


I also have a vitamin D deficiency and my endocrinologist put me on a once a week Vitamin D supplement for 8-weeks and then I have to continue with a daily Vitamin D pill. I am assuming that my lack of leaving the house in the past 7-months due to being sick and not spending the summer in the sun like I normally do has something to do with this. And not eating very well. I am completely guilty of that!!


Anyway, on top of the Metformin and the Vit D supplement, I am going to start the South Beach Diet. I've had success with it in the past and during those 2 weeks of no carbs, I felt great. I made it through the two weeks before and then slowly went back to regular eating but now I have a really great reason to stick to it. It's going to be so hard because I love my sweets and I hate that I can't be "normal" but I am glad that I have an answer as to why it has nearly been impossible for me to lose weight. I thought it was my thyroid, boy were we wrong!!


It's all about putting one foot in front of the other now and moving forward. And being healthy. I need to focus on me.


My first goal is to lose 10% of my weight, which is about 20lbs. This will help with some of the symptoms (apparently) and is a step closer to being able to conceive. I know that God has a plan for me and I am taking the measures that I can to be healthy. He can see and hear my heart and know what I dream of and want and I know that His plan is great for me. 


"My grace is enough for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor. 12:8).

Monday, February 20, 2012

Another Diagnosis - PCOS

Are you tired of hearing about my health concerns? I know I am... I just wanted to be healthy this year!!

I've been debating all week on whether or not I want to share this. It's personal and I am struggling with it a lot since finding out, but it's a part of my journey and may be an especially big part of my weightloss journey.

On Tuesday, I was diagnosed with PCOS. For those of you that don't know what PCOS is, it's polycystic ovary syndrome. Basically it's an endocrine disorder and is a problem in which a women's hormones are out of balance. Great, right? Just what I need, another endocrine disorder. Add PCOS to thyroid disorder and gallbladder disease. Good thing, as of right now, the thyroid problem and gallbladder disease are cured. Thank God!

Short story is, I wasn't even at the girly doc for anything to do with PCOS but was in for an ultrasound for other issues and they found the cysts on my ovaries. They also think I have endometreosis but the only way to truly diagnose that is exploratory laparoscopic surgery and I am not having surgery right now. What.a.year. Anyway, I called up my endocrinologist and went in for all the tests associated with PCOS and am still waiting the results. They took 9 viles of blood!!

Anyway, PCOS can affect fertility. Can cause diabetes. Can cause heart disease. I don't have a lot of the symptoms other than weight gain and trouble losing weight. Oh, and I've had irregular periods for the last 3 or so years. Especially in the last year.

So, treatment is continuing birth control and my endocrinologist prescribed Metformin for me to take. Metformin is a diabetes medication that helps control insulin levels. I don't have diabetes, but my insulin levels may be out of balance and this could help me to start losing weight. I'm not looking for a miracle here, but it may help me get and stay motivated to actually see a difference on the scale when I am working on losing weight. Also, I'm going to work on majorly decreasing my sugar levels and staying away from processed foods, especially sugary ones. Metformin is also used to help those with PCOS get pregnant, but Jake and I are not at that point yet. Losting 5-10% of my weight right now can really help lessen the symptoms of the PCOS as well as help with fertility, so that is what I am focusing on. Jake and I figured out that a 20lb weight loss would be about 10% of my weight right now and would really help me to start feeling better about myself. So, for now, that is my goal.

I'm trying really hard to not think about the negatives that are associated with PCOS and just thinking about it being a step forward with my frustrations with weightloss. Hopefully now that we have this figured out, I will be able to move forward with losing weight.
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