PCOS/Insulin Resistance Support - 2012 - August PCOS Support Thread




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Rana
08-01-2012, 10:37 AM
Hello everyone!

Let's get back into August with a bang! Join in, tell us your stories, your struggles, your victories, and anything else you want... This is a community of PCOS women who are trying to be healthier, lose weight, and help each other along the way!

Who is here this month?
How are you?
How was last month?
How is your PCOS management last month?
What are you going to work on in August?

Answer a few questions and let's get this party started....


Rana
08-01-2012, 10:48 AM
Who is here this month?

Hi everyone! I'm here this month! (See astrophe, I read and I followed through with the thread creation!)

I've had PCOS since I was a teenager, diagnosed when I was 19ish. I didn't really do anything about my PCOS (for a number of different reasons) and it was only about a few years ago now that I decided I needed to get healthy.

Part of getting healthy meant that I needed to treat my PCOS. So, I somehow ended up here in 3FC after having visited other places for support and I stayed here, even for PCOS stuff, because while I have PCOS, it's not my entire life!

I don't want to have children (maybe ever!) so I'm not here to be more fertile, but rather to make sure that I don't develop full-blown diabetes or any other complications from PCOS.

How are you?

I'm okay. The last two days my blood sugar levels have been high and I am trying to figure out why. Today I'm going to change my dinner to see if it's what I'm eating at night, rather than during the day.

Sigh. For a while, I had it perfectly and suddenly it shot up.

How was last month?

It was okay. I got back from my June travels to focus on my eating and going back down in weight and I did. Not spectacularly, but it's okay, I know I lose weight slowly.

I did travel in July, which always sets me up to gain weight... sigh...

I know a lot of it is sodium/water weight, but it's so discouraging because it takes about a week to get it all out again.

I also went back to my doctor to verify my A1C -- came back down now that I'm back on my lower carb diet (crazy nutritionist put me on a high carb diet because I exercise so much).

I also had an ultrasound of my ovaries which showed that my "string of pearls" is no longer there and my ovaries look healthy!

How is your PCOS management last month?

I think it shows that I'm working well on it. I took my vitamins and supplements, I exercised, I ate moderately well, and I'm focused now on losing weight for a wedding (don't we all need these kinds of motivators)? And also so I can feel like my clothes are loose again, rather than fitting right! I want to get down to my next size (either a 6 or an 8 -- I currently wear 8 or 10).


What are you going to work on in August?

Consistency in terms of exercise (no travel!).

Diet and figuring out what raises my blood sugar randomly so I can take it out.

Finishing some schoolwork I have pending.

Lose more weight.

Incorporate activity into my life -- like commuting by bike to different places.

LaughingGirl78
08-01-2012, 11:49 AM
Who is here this month?

Hi Everyone! I'm here this month! Like you Rana, I have had PCOS since I was a teenager but it wasn't diagnosed until I was 21. I have been on some form of birth control since I was 15 to control my periods. Luckily, I do not have issues with IR but I do get painful cysts that burst when I am not on BC.
I went off BC for a year to try and get pregnant and lose weight. Wasn't very successful on either goal working on my own. Now I am back here for support. I also went back on BC for the next 3 mos. to try and get my cycles regulated enough to try again.

How are you?
I'm better. Last month I was really depressed about my weight and it seemed like everyone I know was getting pregnant or just had a baby. I felt like such a failure. This month is better. By going back on the BC, I feel like the pressure to get pregnant is lifted and I can just focus on my health for a few months.

How was last month?
Last month we vacationed and, like you Rana, I gain weight when I travel. I did go hiking every day in Colorado hoping that would help balance things out and instead of gaining weight, I managed to stay the same. But now I am back in Kansas with 100+ heat and I have no motivation to go outside and workout. So I started the pool running and dug out my workout DVDs.

How is your PCOS management last month?
Last month was pretty terrible. I had a two-week plus period after only having a 14 day cycle. I also had several cysts burst and was laid up from the pain for a couple of days. That was our motivating factor to go back on BC for awhile.

What are you going to work on in August?
Since this is my first month back on the wagon, I am going to concentrate on using my smart phone app to track my calories eaten and calories burned. I also am logging my workouts on the dailymile.com and have a goal of working out at least 5 days a week.

So happy to be back! Let's get this month started off right!


MrsH2132012
08-02-2012, 04:40 PM
Who is here this month?
Me! MrsH :D

How are you?
I'm doing very well, stress peaks every now and then but I will not focus on it

How was last month?
Last month was good but have had to put medical testing on hold due to stress. I have a cortisol deficency that requires Cortisteroids and my Endo does not want to keep trying to figure out why until I am at a stable place with my stress level, weening with stress is very dangerous (fatal is the word she used in the letter she sent me!). I feel great when I am not weening on and off the meds so this is a nice change but I'd rather know why and have no stress, I'll get there!

How is your PCOS management last month?
It was good but the weekends are still not my friend! This past weekend was one of my better weekends so I hope I can stay on track.

What are you going to work on in August?
Managing stress, I am 3 weeks into a 6 week Mind, Body, Soul class & am really enjoying it
(please note this stress I have is not anything I can control, lets call it Legal issues)

&more workingout and eating right...gotta keep shedding the lbs :)

2phatinvictoria
08-03-2012, 04:18 PM
Who is here this month?
I am, Ive also had pcos since i was a teen but it wasn't until i came off BCP 4 years ago did things go nuts.

How are you?
My anxiety is really bad this month so bad that im actually quitting my big box store job (largest wal mart in Canada... well it was.. why does it need to be two effing floors), I get up in the morning and feel fine but then when i start to get ready for work I have major attacks. I loose my vision, i can barely hear my hearts racing its not a very nice feeling. On the plus side a pharmacy across the street from my house is hiring so i applied and have an interview on Saturday! I think i can keep my anxiety in check because its a small ma and pa pharmacy. And the job at the pharmacy is full time!! Its VERY hard to find a job that actually gives full time!!

Also This is the first time in 2 years ive naturally had a period without the help of meds!! and my cycle is at 30 days!!!! its an incredible feeling.

How was last month?
last month was hit and miss but im still doing boot-camp and hiking mount Doug so Thats good and hubby has been going to the gym.. and might i add hes looking mighty fine, he always has but his confidence has boosted so Thats nice.

How is your PCOS management last month?
it wasn't so bad but im excited i really want this new job so that i can afford to eat all the good healthy stuff. so if i get it this month is going to be awesome for pcos management!

What are you going to work on in August?
Im just gonna keep at it, slow and steady wins the race:)

Rana
08-04-2012, 12:07 PM
Hi Laughing Girl, Mrs. H, and 2Phat!

Glad you guys chimed in.

I'm getting closer to committing to do the Whole30 (part of the Paleo community's "kick start" program)... I already eat pretty clean, I would have to remove the brown rice and legumes out of my diet. That has me a bit nervous since we all know that fiber is good... but I do want to do something to see if I can get my body to let go of this weight.

Or...

If it doesn't...

Then, I'm going to just start assuming this is the weight that my body is happy at and just focus on maintaining and being happy with it.

JigglyBits
08-05-2012, 03:10 AM
Sorry to jump in but I had to as soon as I read "Paleo".

Rana, if you are planning on starting the Paleo diet I would highly recommend it! I've been following it on & off for the past 3 months and although the weight loss isnt as I'd hoped it would be, I feel a lot better in terms of energy etc & improved PCOS symptoms. Also, I feel less bloated both in terms of water retention & stomach.
I've removed all bread, rice, sugar and processed food from my diet. I try to eat organic and free-range whenever possible. The only thing I couldn't let go of was yogurt, milk and cheese so I'm following the 100% Paleo, 80% of the time principle :P
I would suggest to add more strength training exercise while you're on Paleo. I may not have lost much weight but it helped me lose a couple of sizes and look more toned.

Good luck :)

Rana
08-05-2012, 07:36 AM
Sorry to jump in but I had to as soon as I read "Paleo".

Rana, if you are planning on starting the Paleo diet I would highly recommend it! I've been following it on & off for the past 3 months and although the weight loss isnt as I'd hoped it would be, I feel a lot better in terms of energy etc & improved PCOS symptoms. Also, I feel less bloated both in terms of water retention & stomach.
I've removed all bread, rice, sugar and processed food from my diet. I try to eat organic and free-range whenever possible. The only thing I couldn't let go of was yogurt, milk and cheese so I'm following the 100% Paleo, 80% of the time principle :P
I would suggest to add more strength training exercise while you're on Paleo. I may not have lost much weight but it helped me lose a couple of sizes and look more toned.

Good luck :)


Thanks, JigglyBits. I don't know if you can answer these questions, but they are questions that I am still sorting out in my head about whether the Whole30 and/or Paleo would really work for me.

1) I already eat organic/free-range. I also don't eat the white carbs (potatoes, rice, etc.) and the only dairy I am eating now is when I sprinkle Parmesan cheese on my eggs (not every day) -- would the Paleo diet help even when I already 75% there?

2) I eat brown rice/legumes and have been for a long time because it's fiber-rich and has protein without eating meat/chicken/etc. I'm worried about eating a meat-fest all day...

So, one of the reasons I want to do it is that even though my PCOS symptoms are "gone" so to speak, my IR is still there and I want to get my blood sugar levels lower. Not sure if this will do it...?

astrophe
08-06-2012, 11:25 PM
Who is here this month?

ME! Astrophe!

How are you?

Happy, elated, ecstatic, scatterbrained? :D


How was last month?

Great. Summer vacations, friends, family, bonding with DH. Just the ticket in my book. I'm having a VERY hard time settling back down now that I'm back though. Too much "wheeee!" energy. Plus getting ready for DH's surgery so a bit distracted.

How is your PCOS management last month?

Poor -- I lose track of time and it messes up my meds. My diet and exercise are equally messed up for time but I lost some weight anyway. Have labs in aug and endoc in sept so let's see what happens in a month.

What are you going to work on in August?

There's the start of school coming so I'm trying to get that kicked off well and then can get to the non-summer routine. I'll be glad. I love being tight with my kid in summer, but I also want to get back on the PCOS wagon more formally and not so... flibbertygibbet.

But the break was lovely, esp the bonding with DH. SO NEEDED THAT!

A

Rana
08-07-2012, 12:10 PM
Hi astrophe! Glad to have you back...

Update from my little world:

I went to the Endocrinologist today because I had given up on losing weight and wanted to get back on Metformin. I think I even mentioned it here, in last month's thread.

Anyway, I'm sad to say that my doctor thinks I'm perfectly fine and that I don't need Metformin. *sigh* Two years ago, he wanted and insisted that I get on Metformin... he basically made me feel like I was an idiot not to try it.

NOW... when I want it... he's telling me I just have to lose the weight the natural way!

Oh, the irony...

Anyway, he's happy with what I've done, but he told me what I didn't want to hear -- losing weight is about restricting my calories more, not about getting on medication. He also told me to drop the testing of the blood sugar every day because that's too much. He took a look at the logs in my glucometer and said that I was fine, if I wanted it to come down, I needed to lose weight.

He said that I wasn't going to lose weight just increasing my exercise.

I need to control and go lower carb than I am right now.

Crap.

I feel really comfortable at this level of carb consumption and I dread going lower.

But it looks like that's what I have to do.

Paleo all the way baby!

2phatinvictoria
08-07-2012, 03:49 PM
@rana- Your a champ, Very inspirational You have so much drive wanna send some this way.? lol

Update-

womp womp anxiety is so bad right now.. like crippling And my work doesn't understand and im not really sure what to do.. but today has been a good day which is nice because i feel like ive been only having bad days..

LaughingGirl78
08-08-2012, 10:57 AM
Update: So frustrated right now!! After a week and 1/2 of counting every calorie and starting the c25k program, I weighed myself and am up 2.5 lbs. I am only eating between 55%-70% of my RDI for calories and have a deficit of 2,000-3,000 calories a day (more calories burned than consumed).

I am also 3-4 days away from starting my period. AND I went back on BC this month. Is it just my period/water weight and/or BC pills? Should I adjust my calories? Am I eating too little or too much?

I really want to be successful and start right. Am I on the right track and just need to wait and see until after my period starts?

THANKS my PCOS-cysters.
<HUGS>

Rana
08-08-2012, 02:56 PM
Update: So frustrated right now!! After a week and 1/2 of counting every calorie and starting the c25k program, I weighed myself and am up 2.5 lbs. I am only eating between 55%-70% of my RDI for calories and have a deficit of 2,000-3,000 calories a day (more calories burned than consumed).

I am also 3-4 days away from starting my period. AND I went back on BC this month. Is it just my period/water weight and/or BC pills? Should I adjust my calories? Am I eating too little or too much?

I really want to be successful and start right. Am I on the right track and just need to wait and see until after my period starts?

THANKS my PCOS-cysters.
<HUGS>

Water weight. PMS weight. BCP weight. And sore muscle weight.

Don't worry... keep at it and see where you are a month from now. A week is too short!

2phatinvictoria
08-08-2012, 04:57 PM
Update!! i am 4 pounds away from breaking into the 250s (again) :) boot camp is kicking my butt.. want a good workout check out the battling ropes.. gahhh My moods are deff getting better and im finally off my acid reflux meds:) things are starting to happen

RachelRawr
08-08-2012, 06:47 PM
Who is here this month?
I am! I am new to the forums. I have never been officially diagnosed with PCOS. After my annual pap last year the doctor listed some symptoms and said that I might have it, but since I do not have insurance I have yet to see anyone else about about it.

How are you?
My mood has been down lately. I haven't seen a whole lot of results from working out. I thought I had been working really hard, but the scale hasn't budged at all. So i'm trying to start calorie counting again and I need to kick the sweets too. It's really difficult for me to stick to it, though. I'm hoping I can stay strong this month.

Also feeling unreasonably shy with these forums, but I guess that could stem from my gloomy mood lately.

How was last month?
Last month was very relaxed. I spent the month of June in China for study abroad so July was spent settling back into things and I started a precal class as well (which ends tomorrow, yay!)

How is your PCOS management last month?
I don't even really know what to do to manage PCOS.

What are you going to work on in August?
Drinking more water, keeping track of my calories, eating more vegetables, trying to workout at least 5 days a week, and not getting discouraged so easily.

CheekyTWChick
08-09-2012, 04:04 AM
Who is here this month?
Im new here, CheekyTWChick

How are you?
Im feeling very good at the moment, I was diagnosed with PCOS back in 2007, and ever since have been up and down with my weight, trying to find the perfect healthy eating regime (don’t like the word diet!!!) Finally, battle after battle, I have found a IR diet that works.

How was last month?
As Hubby and I were away for a couple of weeks last month, I didn’t really think about healthy eating :(

How is your PCOS management last month?
Non existent :( Ive tried all sorts but 2nd of August was my first real go at a proper IR diet.

What are you going to work on in August?
I shall work on staying on the healthy regime and also to up my exercise.

astrophe
08-12-2012, 10:09 PM
Quick check in:

Good vibes please!

DH is up for his vasectomy, I've been off BCP now for a few months. (Since March -- so back on Metformin to deal with androgens that way).

So we're moving to a new territory both in our sex / reproductive life and for me -- my PCOS journey.

This space cadet business lately -- I keep wondering about early menopause or WHAT. Labs on Tuesday, endoc in Sept.

So a time of lots of transitions!

School starts this month so hopefully I can be more present than I have been in summer mode. Miss ya guys! :)

A.

Rana
08-14-2012, 09:39 AM
Good luck, Astrophe.

Spacey-ness (if it's not something else, obviously) sometimes, for me, is associated with too high blood sugars or too low. Just something to keep in mind.

Check in for myself... I'm easing into Paleo eating. Today, I officially start, but I've made some modifications to the diet, because I think the drastic nature of the Whole30 is more because people are eating SAD and then moving into Paleo.

I've already done that transition and I just want to reduce my carb intake and get some of the "bad" foods out of my system -- especially dairy, since I get affected by it.

So far, it's been good. I've been "transitioning" in these last few days, just eating a lot less what some Paleo eaters believe is inflammatory foods.

I think already eating this restricted has liberated me in some ways. I know what I can eat (the restriction) and I can pick whatever I want in that space. Veggies, protein, and oils. It makes the food more delicious for sure, since I can add more fats/oils than I was eating before.

Something I haven't given up is cornmeal and sugar in my coffee. I don't put a lot in my coffee, so I'll deal. And there are these snacks that I make with cornmeal that are super healthy (except for the fact that it's made out of corn) and I'll keep those in too. I don't eat them every day, but they are a quick snack for me, so I'll see if that affects me in a negative way.

Clmiller0782
08-21-2012, 10:21 AM
I had an amazing victory this morning! After about 5 solid months of not being able to get below 181lbs...... This morning I weighed in at 179 lbs!!!!! I can't believe it! I'm so happy and excited. I never thought I'd be happy about weighing 179 after having been down to 145 at one point a few years ago, but I am stoked!

I saw my endo on aug 13 and she ran several tests -- tsh... Again... Also free t4, a test for cushings, and tests on my adrenal function. Still waiting on the cushings results and adrenal function results, but t4 was "normal" and tsh was 3.6 ... Up from 2.5 in April. I spoke to my doctor about the tsh being up to 3.6 and he sain anything below 4 is normal so he isn't concerned. I let him know that I've done a lot of research on thyroid disorders and that the American college of endocrinology and thyroid disorders recommends healthy tsh values between 1 and 2.5 ... And that I'm concerned that my symptoms aren't being treated and that I feel I'm not being listened to. He retorted that I should find another dr.

That's exactly what I'll be doing as I have no respect or time for a doctor who can't handle a patient who advocates for herself. I do my homework and I read the research... I know more about my body than any dr ever will... It's so disappointing and disheartening.

Sorry to yammer on... Just wanted to get this off my chest as its been bugging me. But we will see what the other test results say -- not that I'm expecting anything. Have decided to go to the gym 6 days a week minimum 90 minutes. Also sticking to low carb high protein diet. And increased water intake. Thanks for reading everyone

Rana
08-21-2012, 02:36 PM
GOOD FOR YOU!

I agree, get a new doctor if this one won't listen to you! We have to be our own health advocates because we actually live in the body that we're in -- not the doctor! And they don't know everything, especially if you're reading up on the stuff and they are not!

I also changed endos because the first one was just a regular endo, not a reproductive one and he just wanted to put me on weight loss pills. Yes, I tried it for a while, but then I realized he's not actually helping me figure out what's wrong with me and how to treat it. Putting me on a pill doesn't solve the problem!

So yes, find someone else.

Clmiller0782
08-21-2012, 10:15 PM
Rama -- thanks for the reply. I appreciate the support! I definitely will work on finding a new doc. I'm also taking matters into my own hands and finding natural remedies for under active thyroid, as I firmly believe that despite what my doctor says.... My thyroid isn't functioning optimally. So I am going to try some suggested vitamins that I found on many different websites such as selenium, l-tyrosine, and l-Arginine. These are all said to promote healthy thyroid function. I will give these a good shot and see if it's helpful.

I'm just thrilled to be finally back und 180. Has anyone here ever tried the hcg diet? The hcg drops along with a very low calorie diet? Just curious because I purchased hcg drops today... I have read a lot about this diet and have been very curious whether it would work. It seems very strict though and not sure how attainable it is to do, but I will give it a good try and see... Lol. I'm never going to learn my lesson that diet stuff doesn't work. Anyhow... Anyone else out there ever try it? Suggestions? Tips?

Thanks all!

Rana
08-22-2012, 10:50 AM
I'm just thrilled to be finally back und 180. Has anyone here ever tried the hcg diet? The hcg drops along with a very low calorie diet? Just curious because I purchased hcg drops today... I have read a lot about this diet and have been very curious whether it would work. It seems very strict though and not sure how attainable it is to do, but I will give it a good try and see... Lol. I'm never going to learn my lesson that diet stuff doesn't work. Anyhow... Anyone else out there ever try it? Suggestions? Tips?

Thanks all! [/COLOR]

Just as an FYI, HCG diets are not supported on 3FatChicks. There are stickies about this on the Weight Loss Forum.

My personal opinion, HCG diets "work" because you're eating 500 calories a day. I've had this fight with a friend of mine who did it and thinks HCG was amazing for her (she only had 10 lbs to lose).

If you eat 500 calories of day, OF COURSE you're going to lose weight.

To top it all off, you're eating 500 calories of LOW to NO CARBS. Of course you're going to lose weight.

The problem is that you don't develop a way of managing food once you're off the diet. You can't sustain 500 calories a day for the rest of your life.

Personally, I also think that kind of restriction puts you in a prime position to binge because you get hungry and get cravings. Then you binge. Then you feel like crap because you "fell off the wagon". Then starts a cycle of recrimination. Then you feel crappy. Then you restrict again. And the cycle begins.

I'm a big fan of developing eating habits that will carry you for the rest of your life. It's better for your body, it's better for your mind and soul, too.

P.S. My friend has maintained her weight loss. But I don't think she eats more than 1000 calories a day. It works for her because she doesn't like food, she eats because she has to eat to live. She was never the type to binge or eat too much. She has a very restricted diet, period (with or without the HCG). She gained the 10 lbs because of age -- she's 49 and had a sedentary lifestyle. She lost the 10 lbs, in addition to the restricted diet, because she started working in a position where she had to stand and walk around all day.

astrophe
08-22-2012, 08:07 PM
Rana: Thanks. Nope, blood sugars are well, and this has been going on all year. I thought it was the dad health drama but there's just too much going on here to pinpoint. I'm also have hot/cold.
But I also just got thyroid meds changed.

This is the part I hate about having so many endocrine "layers" to deal in.

Clmiller0782:

Good for you! On the changes in eating and weight loss results AND advocating for self! Get a new doc!

I got tested many times and came out "low normal" and it was a nurse who whispered to me after the doc left that for SOME people and their body chemistry, low normal is not good. So to watch it.
I was a student then and did not have access to more docs so I had to wait another few years for it to poop out to "bad enough" on paper. I don't know why listening to a paper is more valued than listening to the person LIVING IN THE BODY.

Hmmph.

MY CHECK IN:

I am doing well. Kid is back in school. DH is healing up well from surgery. I'm slowly getting a grip on a pattern for fall term in my volunteering and house stuff and gym thing.

SO hard coming back to earth after footloose summer! I'm a bit bloaty but expecting TOM so I'm not worried about the slight gain. Over all I've been coming down in weight a bit at a time so I'm satisfied with PCOS eats and meds. Now gotta get more exercise -- that's always my hard one! Sigh.

I'm proudest right now of personal growth -- with DH in our marriage and tending to that. And in some friendships I'm trying to deepen that are going very well.

OMG, we're BOTH so excited about sex -- vasectomy confirmation in 3 months more. It's been heavy making out all week since he's still healing and we giggle because this reminds us of having to go easy right after my birthing kid. But it's a huge relief to both of us to be sterile as a couple. Let's go, sterile! It's kinda like -- hooray! At last! We can sex it up without thinking too hard about it any more! Does not apply any longer -- snake got defanged! Wheee! ;)

Next month is PCOS awareness and my bday so I'm probably going to buy a PCOS shirt to do my small bit to support awareness campaigns. I'm trying to see if anyone has put out a printable to distrubute? I'd be willing to print some and pass out but I'm not clever about designing that stuff. Anyone know?

I'm trying harder to be a healthier me across all my buckets -- mind, body, heart, soul. That includes balancing my time with the eldercare thing too.

I've made the decision to pull back a bit and be less available. Not just for MY health but to make things harder on Mom on purpose. Not to be MEAN but to make her see we cannot keep on this way. We really cannot do this all alone. She makes me nuts on that but she's going to a psych next month and wants me to come. Thank heaven -- getting HER some support. I know it is hard being the wife when the husband is struggling with Alzheimer but cannot OSTRICH. Sigh.

I think she's lollygagging on getting her and Dad moved to Retirement Living with Assisted Living options just because he makes big noisy fusses. He fusses no matter what so ignore that and just MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION so we can all relax.

I think he needs a NURSE to dispense his meds. It is not a lot to do since he's fine in body -- it is his memory that sucks, and his thinking skills are wobbly. Retirement community with some AL help with laundry, meds -- that is hardly throwing you away! Shoot -- some of these places are like resorts -- I want to live there! Get ME laundry help!

Thanks for letting me vent some.

hugs
A.

Rana
08-24-2012, 09:27 AM
I'm sorry it's so complicated for you, astrophe. I hope you find out what the deal is!

I have never done anything to raise PCOS awareness. I figure I'm the PCOS-awareness factor for others. Although, I will reach out to a woman who tells me she has it -- a coworker's girlfriend told me she did and I immediately felt kinship!

My own update?

I'm just hanging in here. The Paleo eating is confirming that I was eating too many carbs for my body/IR even though they were healthy carbs. I am losing weight steadily now, which is kind of scary, because I'm not used to losing weight every week.

I think the dairy was the biggest culprit, so far.

I am going introduce some more legumes into my diet in September to see if that affects me. I like them. I can give up brown rice with no problems!

This has also confirmed that I need to be vigilant about my vegetable consumption and I am. I also tried to make baked sweet potato fries and they are great -- especially with homemade mayonnaise!

Kateastrophy
08-28-2012, 10:20 AM
Who is here this month?

I am. My name's Kate.

How are you?
I've been kind of stalled out but casually lurking this month. I had started a new weight training routine (my first ever) with my DH and was doing so good for two weeks when I pulled a tendon in my thumb and the Dr. put me out of the gym for about 10 days while I took prednisone. I don't know why everyone says it makes you hungry and hyper; I've felt nauseous and awful the entire time. I'm 24 hours since last dose and the nausea is still whooping my butt.

After trying every diet, exercise, everything, with temporary victories (a pseudo-paelo diet gave me results that lasted about two years), I'm at my wits end. I finally had to on BCPs this January and just today started phentermine 15mg for the first time. My internist didn't want to give it to me since I'm not obese and I do have anxiety, but really, like I said, I've done everything else and I can't take the absolutely crippling hunger issues anymore. I hate PCOS.

I have a follow up with my endo tomorrow. I saw him in May. Really, there's not much to report; on paper, I'm healthy except for slightly elevated DHEA-S, but we all know there's what the tests say, and what our bodies say, and mine is NOT HAPPY. I've got to get a handle on this again; I miss feeling good.
How was last month?

How is your PCOS management last month?
Terrible. Absolutely terrible. I felt worse the past few months than I have in YEARS, possibly since my diagnosis.

What are you going to work on in August?
I know its the end of the month but I was really pleased to get back into the gym today. The plan is to stay hydrated, take my phentermine, watch what I eat, and lay off the carbonated beverages as they seem to be causing a pretty significant reflux problem. Also, I plan on coming here for support and encouragement from people who understand what it's like to try to live life with PCOS.

LaughingGirl78
08-28-2012, 10:52 AM
Hi everyone,

Just wanted to check in. I've had some pretty horrific family drama stuff going with my kiddos and have been pretty frustrated with my lack of time for exercise. I stalled weight wise most of August.

Last Friday, my doctor put me on an anti-depressant for depression, anxiety and not sleeping at night. (the kiddo stuff has been going on a couple of years, the depression has just gotten really bad the last six months).

Well since Friday I have dropped 5.5 pounds. I have cut back on my caffeine intake since I am sleeping a little better each night, I am trying to walk every day, and the medicine has really suppressed my appetite. The doctor said this happens for some people. I am eating normally, just have drastically reduced my portions.

Have any of you experienced anything similar with anti-depressants before? Do you know if it continues or just until my body gets used to the medication? I was a stress eater before and maybe it is just that since I feel less stressed, I am not inclined to eat like I was before---? Thoughts?

Kateastrophy
08-28-2012, 02:00 PM
Last Friday, my doctor put me on an anti-depressant for depression, anxiety and not sleeping at night. (the kiddo stuff has been going on a couple of years, the depression has just gotten really bad the last six months).

Well since Friday I have dropped 5.5 pounds. I have cut back on my caffeine intake since I am sleeping a little better each night, I am trying to walk every day, and the medicine has really suppressed my appetite. The doctor said this happens for some people. I am eating normally, just have drastically reduced my portions.

Have any of you experienced anything similar with anti-depressants before? Do you know if it continues or just until my body gets used to the medication? I was a stress eater before and maybe it is just that since I feel less stressed, I am not inclined to eat like I was before---? Thoughts?

I've been on anti-depressants for a decade now for the management of anxiety. It could be that the antidepressant itself is suppressing your appetite, but I'd say it's unlikely since most CAUSE weight gain. What is probably happening is that you are sleeping more, which reduces your stress levels, bringing down your cortisol levels. Also, people who sleep less weigh more because their bodies make up for the lack of sleep by telling them to consume more calories. With adequate sleep, you are probably not feeling the urge to "power up" with the empty calories in quick carbs like your body was telling you to do before.

That's just my theory though. My doctor put me on trazodone (an anti-depressant) in addition to my regular prozac in order to help me sleep. once I started sleeping, my hunger went down pretty dramatically.

Hope you feel better!

astrophe
09-04-2012, 01:55 AM
Sept thread is up. Come on over!

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/pcos-insulin-resistance-support/265658-2012-sept-pcos-support-thread.html#post4457195

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