I want to share with you my experience of how I lost weight with PCOS. I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) when I was 23 years old. To give you a background, PCOS is a hormonal disorder that women can get during childbearing years. Its symptoms include irregular periods, growth of unwanted hairs, weight gain , or hard time losing weight, oily skin , and trouble getting pregnant.
I did not take PCOS seriously because I was still young and fit back then. I started to gain weight after I gave birth to my son. I tried different kinds of diet. I sometimes skipped meals, but since I am breastfeeding my son I tend to get hungry easily. I experienced some of the above-mentioned symptoms. But, the one that affected me the most is the trouble of losing weight.
My weight seriously affected my mental and emotional health. I went through low self-esteem and anxiety. I was eager to shed some weight just to go back to my old self.
Desperation led me to try different methods on how to get rid of my unwanted fats. I tried intermittent fasting, no-rice diet, working out every day, and taking some food supplements. However, my efforts did not produce a result. I lose some pounds and gain it back after a month or two. I did not give up, instead, I continue to work hard and take care of my body.
What motivated me?
I was motivated by the desire to stay healthy for myself and my child. My doctor told me that having a PCOS can lead to diseases like diabetes. I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant. So, the probability that I might have diabetes later on in life is higher because of PCOS. One of the things I can do to avoid diabetes is to lose weight. But I need to stick to the plan to achieve my desired goal to stay fit and healthy.
The following are the things I did to lost weight despite having a PCOS.
- I exercised daily. Yes, I did my workout every single day. I do it 30 minutes to 1 hour every day. I did Chloe Ting’s workout videos from her Youtube Channel. I love her workout programs as well which are available on her website. Definitely, it’s a must-try workout program.
- I changed my diet. I meticulously planned my meals. I also buy vegetables and fruits which are available in our area. I know it is tedious to do meal planning, but weight loss needs effort and hard work.
- I practiced self-discipline. I have cravings too from time to time, but giving in to it will ruin all my efforts. I also gave myself a cheat day, but I don’t overeat. I need to stick to my plan. Whenever I go to events and family dinners; I still eat the food prepared, but I get a spoon of each dish just to taste the food.
- I cut my sugar-filled drinks and increased my water intake. I know milk teas and coffee frappes are irresistible but whenever I think about its sugar content I easily get discouraged. But if I need to get one, I go for 25% sugar. For soda, I always order coke zero. If I want to drink something that does not contain calories I will just add diced fruits to my water.
- I practiced stress-management. I get stressed a lot since I am a mother, a career woman, and a law student at the same time. Stress is the biggest factor why I had a hard time managing my weight. I realized that if I don’t handle my everyday stress It will be impossible for me to achieve my desired goal to lose weight. I did the following activities to manage my stress:
- I meditate 30 minutes every day. It helps clear my mind and focus on things I need to accomplish within a day.
- I listen to some inspirational podcasts to inspire me to focus on positive things.
- I write my everyday journal and manage my time by doing a bullet journal.
- I changed my sleeping habits. Sleep plays a big role in maintaining weight. I noticed that my lack of sleep affects my productivity. Whenever I don’t get enough sleep I feel weak and sluggish. Consequently, there are important tasks that I will miss or skip. So I tried my best to get enough rest every day.
- I took extra care of my gut by eating fiber-rich food. A healthy and clean colon helps in the absorption of nutrients and weight management. The first thing I do in the morning is to drink a glass of warm water squeezed with lemon.
- I tracked my progress to inspire me to work more to reach my desired weight. I keep a record of my body size from the time I decided to lose weight and check every two weeks if I am making any progress.
- I did a regular check-up with my OB-GYNE to help me identify areas I need to focus on to manage my PCOS. I did not hesitate to ask about my condition. Good thing she was helpful and told me that PCOS is manageable. She recommended me to take pills, but I refused because I have a migraine. Instead, I focused on my weight loss and I achieved it.
SO THIS ME RIGHT NOW
So that is how I lost weight despite having a PCOS. Right now I just focus on maintaining my weight. The last time I had a check-up, my doctor told me that my ovaries are healthier compared to the last time I had my ultrasound. I learned on this journey that I should not rush things to quickly. Instead, I need to go through the right process. I am glad to share my journey with you. I hope I was able to inspire you.