PCOS/Insulin Resistance Support - April 2011 - PCOS Support Thread! :)




Rana
04-01-2011, 10:47 AM
Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to April's thread!

The previous support thread is found here: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/pcos-insulin-resistance-support/226762-march-2011-pcos-support-thread.html

Let's round up the troops and see who is around!

Who's here this month?

How are you?

What are you working on?

How was last month?

How's your PCOS management going?


:D


Laneyy
04-01-2011, 11:32 AM
Who's here this month?
I'm here this month!

How are you?
Doing well, I suppose. Have some personal issues that need working on, and I'm starting a new position at my job next week.

What are you working on?
Getting more exercise, especially some strength training and cardio. I can jog a little bit, but I'd like to be able to jog at least half a mile. Watching my sodium intake, since it's really high.

How was last month?
Pretty darn good. Lost 8lbs last month, hopefully I can stay on a roll like that for a while.

How's your PCOS management going?
Pretty good. My body has finally gotten used to being on The Pill again, and the weight loss I think is helping, too.

Rana
04-01-2011, 02:51 PM
I didn't want to be first, so thank you Laneyy! Welcome back!


Who's here this month?
I am, of course. The only PCOS/weight loss site that I frequent.


How are you?
I was telling my boyfriend that I am an "angry beaver" today. I'm a little frustrated and annoyed at work today (this week) and I really just want to escape the madness.

I've also been really hungry. The last two days I've been starving, so obviously my body was raising it's metabolism or something (maybe I'm ovulating?) because I have been abnormally hungry. I finally broke the 166 mark, I'm at 165.8 lbs. Woohoo!

What are you working on?

I wanted to be at 160 lbs yesterday, at the end of March, but that didn't happen. April is going to be interesting because I'm going to be traveling a lot and I'm going to have a bunch of social activities. Birthday celebrations, tickets to Broadway shows, and of course, the dreaded travel.

Every time I travel, I learn how to handle the trip better in terms of my diet choices. But I still dread it because I always come back with the same weight on. I will be traveling a lot in April and May (yikes.... and June and July) that I'm not sure when I'll hit 160. I want to hit 160 by the end of the month, of course....


How was last month?

Last month was okay. I had a terrible February in the sense that I had to eat out a lot (work) and even though I was learning to make good choices, it left me the same weight as when I started.

March was better, because I lost 3 lbs, but it was 3 hard lost pounds.

But I'm doing well with exercise and my eating, although I still haven't been able to eat consistently below 1500 calories.

My macros remain good and I don't feel hungry and I don't have the cravings I use to have in 2010 or 2009, so this is good progress.

How's your PCOS management going?

I'm still taking my supplements (haven't changed them) and I'm feeling good about those choices so far. I skipped my period in March, so I don't know when I'm getting it again, but I skipped my period around this time last year too, so I'm not worried about it. My gyno told me to get worried if 3 months pass and I haven't gotten it yet.


JigglyBits
04-03-2011, 02:37 AM
Who's here this month?
Gonna try to be around more often this month :D

How are you?
Ok I guess because I'm off work for a couple of weeks.

What are you working on?
Gonna try to stop binging & move more this month.

How was last month?
Wasn't bad. I lost around 4.5 pounds despite going off Actos (too busy to get a refill), no exercise, and late afternoon chocolate attacks!

How's your PCOS management going?
Need to get back on Actos at some point. I also need to get my hormone levels checked etc.

astrophe
04-03-2011, 09:53 PM
Thanks for getting the thread up! :)

Who's here this month?

Me, me!

How are you?

Better, but still a bit disoriented.

What are you working on?

Losing the GAIN! Ugh!

How was last month?

Rough. My dad wigged out and I had to step in to help my mom with eldercare stuff. It was just a mess of not normal eating -- frozen food, dining out, etc. And feeling all strange on the Glumetza -- it still makes me HUNGRIER on it that when I'm not even though it's supposed to be helping me not be hungry. Bizarre. I'm going to give it a shot and then see if I can't just go back to Glucophage. Ugh.

I was a bit less present on this board than usual and I had a weight gain. I'm in the middle waiting for TOM so I'm hoping some of this bloat weight let's me go so I can feel somewhat normal and not all puffy.

How's your PCOS management going?

Well, I'm a month out from my endoc appt and new labs. So I'd like to get aggressive with the workouts and food log and at least try to repair the regain.

I also want to be more HERE on this board this month because I see it really helps me.

Here I go...

A. :)

ems81wales
04-04-2011, 08:58 AM
Who's here this month?
Me hehe

How are you?
Good, but im still waiting to see a gynecologist i was refered in december and im still waiting for an appointment :(

What are you working on?
Uni work, exams and getting 14lbs off by my 30th birthday in july

How was last month?
was ok had my ups and down but i got through it and managed to loose some weight :D

How's your PCOS management going?
AS i previously said im waiting to be seen.

geoblewis
04-04-2011, 02:03 PM
Who's here this month?
My name's Georgia. I've been off 3FC for a year, and never really participated in this particular forum before, but I've got all the markers for PCOS and I'm definitely insulin resistant, but my doctor won't talk to me about it because I'm 50!

How are you?
Just getting over bronchitis. When I've been sick and stuck indoors for a few days, I get really edgy and feel the need to change the world. I'm starting with the laundry.

What are you working on?
Cutting calories to 1600, starting today. And I am continuing work on something called Emotional Brain Training (http://www.ebt.org/). Trying to get on top of the stress management. Ready to ramp up the cardio exercise since the weather is cooperating. I start power walking this week!

How was last month?
Last month was pivotal. I think I finally figured out how my body will agree to lose weight. Saw a five-pound loss at the end of last month, and have lost three more this month since sticking to the new plan.

How's your PCOS management going?
Going well for the last two weeks. Restricted carb intake by both amount and type of carbs I'm eating (getting most of my carbs from vegetables these days). Restricting fats to mostly plant-derived. Restricting calories just a little more. Ramping up exercise to include more cardio. Been doing Pilates very regularly for the past year and love it! Fabulous results with that, for both body and mind. Taking some new nutritional supplements that I'm excited about because they're really helping. Stuff to support pancreatic and liver health and endocrine balance. Eliminated soy from my diet due to an allergy and as long as I stay away from that, I feel really good.

bitetoobreakkskin
04-04-2011, 02:11 PM
Who's here this month?
me (amber)

How are you?
alright, slightly depressed but working on it! and lonely :)

What are you working on?
eating better, not eating out because it is convenient, saving money, and spending more time with my daughter (i work alot)

How was last month?
it was alright, i gained 2 lbs, but this is a new month and i hope to lose!

How's your PCOS management going?
fine..i am only on BC to manage, and that seems to be going well (finally!) I had my daughter in october and my dr agreed to keep me off of metformin, so that is awesome :)

Rana
04-04-2011, 02:17 PM
Hi everyone! I'm glad you've come back or are new!!!!

Laneyy and Jigglebits, congrats on the weight loss!!!!!

Astrophe, I'm sorry things are crazy at home. I'm glad you're going to focus on your health this month though. It will help with the stress you're going through.

Ems, I'm sorry you're still waiting... :( boo!!!!

Georgia, have you tried to tell your doctor to treat you like you're prediabetic? He might understand that concept more and actually treat you, rather than dismiss you because you're 50!!!! (and obviously not trying to get pregnant!....)

amber hi! I hope you get back on track this month!!!

I'm doing okay, much better than before. I was really stressed out and over the weekend I realized that a lot of the stress was self-induced because I was trying to be "perfect".... I had lost so much weight in March (hey, three pounds is a lot for me!!!!) and work and everything else.... so I told myself I was just going to maintain for April.... come April 30th, if I'm still at 165.6, I've done wonderfully....

:)

geoblewis
04-04-2011, 06:41 PM
Georgia, have you tried to tell your doctor to treat you like you're prediabetic? He might understand that concept more and actually treat you, rather than dismiss you because you're 50!!!! (and obviously not trying to get pregnant!....):)

Hey Rana...I am, in fact, a type 2 diabetic. I manage it all with diet and exercise and my doctor tells me I don't need to be on meds for this at this time. She wants me to take stuff for my heart, which is just fine and there's no history of heart disease in my family. All my cholesterol, bp and triglyceride numbers are great, and that annoys her a little because I'm an atypical fat person. So, I treat myself as if I'm PCOS and hypothyroid, I did a lot of reading and found supplements that actually help on my own. Hopefully, the recent trend of weight loss will continue and I will finally break the worlds LONGEST PLATEAU IN HISTORY! Two whole years!

kris2you
04-05-2011, 01:43 PM
Who's here this month? My name is Kristen but most people call me Kris. I'm new to 3fc and to pcos. I was recently diagnosed with PCOS, so my head is still spinning!

How are you? Doing ok, trying to get a plan going though.

What are you working on? Changing my eating habits and adding more exercise minutes in.

How was last month? N/A

How's your PCOS management going? So far, not going at all. It's been a struggle since I have found out so I am hoping this site will be a big help to me.

Ariesgirl
04-06-2011, 04:17 PM
Who's here this month?
I am!
How are you?
I'm doing really well. I'm homeschooling the kids and it's been a good day. I hope to get some yarn dyeing in this after noon.
What are you working on?
Figuring out if WW is the way to go to continue with weight loss or if doing a meal delivery program is the way to go.
How was last month?
I maintained my current weight throughout the month. Not a gain, but no loss either.
How's your PCOS management going?
I'm new to 3fatchicks but not PCOS. DX in 1994 at age 14. I've been on Medication in the past but have chosen not to use metformin or a birthcontrol pill. I had a prior DX of IR but my current lab values for the last 4 yrs no longer support that DX.

N1kk1
04-06-2011, 07:16 PM
Hey guys. I have been so busy with my new job these past few months i have neglected posting :(

Who's here this month?
Heather
How are you?

I am good finally dropped down to 275lb! My first mini goal!
What are you working on?

How was last month?
Last month was ok. I had a bit of yo-yoing as far as my weight is concerned. My periods of been going a little off even with my birthcontrol.
How's your PCOS management going?
Well Its going really slow. I finally have the money to see a doctor, still uninsured, so I am excited. I may get to go on Metformin or something to help speed my weight loss up a bit. It has taken me 2 yrs to loose 25 lbs at a 1200-1500 calorie diet with exercise :(

Rana
04-07-2011, 01:38 PM
Man, I'm sick again. What's wrong with me? I've been eating so healthy, you'd think that my body would be strong enough to battle whatever cold or flu virus is laying around.

It suddenly hit me last night after spinning class and no, it wasn't just exhaustion. I woke up feeling very sick (sinus).

Blah.........

t0rn
04-10-2011, 12:01 AM
Who's here this month?

I haven't been around much lately, but I'm here.

How are you?

I've been better. A lot of stress in my home life, and my anxiety has been getting pretty bad lately.

What are you working on?

Getting back into trying to lose weight. I'm trying to stop giving myself excuses not to exercise and eat right.

How was last month?

Last month was ..last month.

How's your PCOS management going?


I haven't been doing anything for it, really. I need to make a new appointment with my Endo & an appointment with a gyno. I'm not taking my metformin and I'm not taking my Vitamin D anymore, either. I haven't had a period since December, and I think it's time for me to buckle down about this again.

pintamino90
04-10-2011, 05:40 PM
*joins*

*and will answer the questions later*

Rana
04-11-2011, 06:40 PM
I'm feeling better, but I have terrible cough. I'm tired, but I'm not sick sick.

I hate this. I'm back on track, though, still 165.6 AND I got my period (woohoo!!!!) and I've been cleaning my veggies all day and cooking so I can have good healthy meals.

Rana
04-13-2011, 02:04 PM
I am so sick now. Ugh. Stomach virus.

I've lost so much weight. This morning my scale read 162.2 lbs. Purely from lack of solids and liquids.

ems81wales
04-13-2011, 04:56 PM
hey everyone one hope your all well i have been away to london and went way off track but now im back home and il be starting a fresh I lost 3lbs last week woohooo xxx
ps hope your better soon rana xx

LoveManna
04-14-2011, 03:33 PM
Hello! I'm new, but am hoping to meet some other woman with PCOS. I also have IR. Guess I'll start by answering your questions ;)


How are you?
Excited and down 16 pounds!
What are you working on?
Not eating later than 7 pm
How was last month?
Not bad, but this month is the one when I decided to put all of this knowledge and planning into action, so this month is MUCH better! :D
How's your PCOS management going?
I"m just starting out, but it's getting better all the time!

Rana
04-14-2011, 04:27 PM
I lived through yesterday. I seriously wanted to die.

My weight this morning? 160.8 lbs.

Unbelievable. All of that is just water, of course. I'm feeling much better, though. Rehydrating. Eating crackers. Avoiding the bathroom. I've been drinking ginger ale and water all day and I haven't had to go to the bathroom. Talk about rehydration!!!!

astrophe
04-16-2011, 02:58 AM
Just a quick check-in...

I'm exhausted! Dad had another flip out, so I was over there dealing with the eldercare crazy. I haven't yet found the balance and realistically? It's going to take a while to figure out how to best support my mom and deal with dad's health problems. :?:

I get restless though -- I can't keep putting off my OWN health needs while coping with the eldercare stuff. I also have a household and family of my own over here to run -- I can't be shuttling over there every minute my mom calls to tell me dad's having a cow. We need to find better long term solutions... this is wearing me out.

I'm worried about weight creeping up, I'm not making it to the gym like I want... just argh. :mad:So baby steps again -- tidy the kitchen, make some meals ahead, just try to hang in there and maintain some space of my own.

Friends and DH are being supportive and looking out for me with the whole "caregiver burn out" thing.

At least I'm not falling into old bad emotional eating habits from the stress because I am stressed!

I guess that's a positive! :)

A.

Flamethrower
04-16-2011, 08:44 AM
I'm worried my PCOS has kicked in again =( I haven't had a period in about 4-5 months. I took evening primrose oil again for a month or two and nothing happened. I went to my doctor and he said he wouldn't give me a scan to see if I'd developed more cysts or anything. I haven't missed a period for this long in 4 years. And I'm definitely not pregnant. What should I do? I was considering going on the pill but I'm worried it might effect my candida.

astrophe
04-17-2011, 07:00 AM
Flamethrower: A Provera "reboot?" I find it strange doc didn't bring it up.

Do you prefer alternative medicine? What about drinking some parsley tea or some other mild emmenogogue?

How old are you? Are you close to menopause time? That too can cause period wackies. Do you chart? www.tcoyf.com can help let you know if you have ovulated and when to expect a period.

HTH!
A.

Flamethrower
04-19-2011, 04:19 AM
Flamethrower: A Provera "reboot?" I find it strange doc didn't bring it up.

Do you prefer alternative medicine? What about drinking some parsley tea or some other mild emmenogogue?

How old are you? Are you close to menopause time? That too can cause period wackies. Do you chart? www.tcoyf.com can help let you know if you have ovulated and when to expect a period.

HTH!
A.

Not even close, I'm 19 xD

I came on my period yesterday thankfully, but I literally feel like I need to cry every five minutes, which isn't normal for me. Oh well, at least it happened at all.

I can only use my phone for Internet right now but I'll have a look at your link when I have my computer back, thanks :)

Rana
04-19-2011, 04:47 PM
Hey everyone! I survived my sickness, lost the weight and I'm sure by now I've gained it back, but I don't know yet.

I'm traveling and I won't know until I get back next week. I just wanted to check in and say that all is good and I'm trying to eat healthy while traveling, which is always hard.

blondebritbrat17
04-21-2011, 08:57 AM
Who's here this month?

Britney.. I'm new this month to this particular forum!

How are you?

A little overwhelmed since I am new to this.

What are you working on?

Well I am working on finding a way to manage PCOS. I'm in the process of a lot of medical changes. I found a new doctor who is supportive of the PCOS and IR diagnosis that I got from my OB gyn. My new pcp dr has put me on metformin. My last doctor made the diagnosis of PCOS seem irrevelant and I am finding that PCOS actually impacts a lot of things and can cause lots of things. So I am working on educating myself essentially this month since I did not know PCOS was a lifetime condition that would have to be managed.

How was last month?

Not good. But this month will be better!

How's your PCOS management going?

We will have to see since I've just started this past week. I've got several books on order from Amazon.com so I can start educating myself. I'd like to do this as naturally as possible. Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Have a nice day!

ems81wales
04-21-2011, 04:03 PM
hey everyone hope your all well? i lost 1.5lbs this week and got my stone and a half and my 10% since starting back in novmber woohooo

Arkani
04-22-2011, 07:02 AM
Who's here this month?
Pick me, I'm new!

How are you?
Eh, i'll live. better than I have been for a long time, but still a long way to go.


What are you working on?

Getting more excercise, returning to a job I hate, but refuse to leave until I can find a new job. :S

How was last month?
Wasn't too bad, had a doc's checkup, and i've lost 2.5kg in a month, which just dosen't happen to me, but also had my car blow up. :S
Oh well, means i've got no choice but to walk everywhere now! Just wish it wasn't heading into winter here!

How's your PCOS management going?
It's going OK, stuck to my supplements and herbal medication (for my PCOS & IR) pretty well, with only a few unavoidable/unexpected blowouts.

astrophe
04-23-2011, 12:54 AM
Checking In:

Still hanging in there with the eldercare biz. Sooooo tired!

I know I'll be more vocal here once this dad stuff is in a better place. But know even though I'm quiet because I don't have a lot of time to write I'm still reading! You guys keep kickin' PCOS butt! :)

It helps me to remember that I need to take care of me too... not get all sucked up with my dad's health stuff. So I'll keep kickin' PCOS butt with y'all! :)

A.

Rana
04-28-2011, 11:21 AM
Hi all!

I'm back, I've been back for a day or so, but I've been overwhelmed with everything that I have waiting back from vacay!

So, I did end up gaining weight (I'm a few pounds up) which I know it's a lot of water weight and my body probably just in shock from being able to eat again after the stomach virus.

I need to get back on track (I am, but I just don't see the scale drop immediately) because I need to start traveling again in May and I don't want to gain back 5 lbs!!!!!!!!

So, back to exercise tonight... and this weekend.... and lots of healthy, non processed foods too.

astrophe
05-02-2011, 09:39 AM
Still here! But still sick. I have an endoc appt tomorrow for labs and then the doc the week after.

A.