Good day, beautiful people! 🙂
I got inspired to write about my constant battle with PCOS and weight gain because of this post from Kat’s blog.
Hello Kat! Thank you for the inspiration and I want you to know that you’re not alone in fighting this battle. 🙂 ♥
It’s heartbreaking that so many women of different race and ages suffer from PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). From what I read, there is no known cause of this illness. They said that it’s genetic and can be passed down if women in your family have it or have irregular periods or diabetic. In my case, as far as I remember, my genes should be free of the above-mentioned concerns. However, my grandmother from mother’s side died of cervical cancer. This might somehow be related to my hormonal imbalance thus having PCOS.
Let me share my personal experience in this regard. I started having a period when I was in 5th grade. Around 4 years after that, I started having an irregular period. At first, I took it lightly because I was only delayed for a month. I will usually have my period after a month of not having it. A few more years later, the period delays increase to 2 and 3 months. That’s when I decided to see an OB-Gyn specialist. She recommended an ultrasound and found these multiple small cysts on both of my ovaries. I was then diagnosed with PCOS. She gave me medicines that will help me bleed and ask to start taking the pills as soon as I got my period and continue up to 6 months. Unfortunately, being on the pills made me really cranky. I constantly have headaches and I felt sore always. So I decided to stop it.
All along, I already know that I only experience period delays when I start gaining weight (which is very common when you have PCOS, your hormones is always all over the place). So I experimented. When I reach a certain weight (around 65 – 75 kg), I will miss my period. And it will never come until I drop some weight. My normal weight should be 55 kg below. It’s fascinating because I have no idea how the fat is connected to it. So I seek a professional advice again. Not only to ask about that (though they said it was normal) but because I am 3 months delayed again. I undergo the same procedure. They found out that some of the cysts are starting to grow and that I have some lumps in my left breast too. They recommended the same medication, the contraceptive pills. They also ask if I want to undergo an operation to get the mass in my breast so they can perform a biopsy. This is where I started to panic. I did not follow any of their recommendation. Especially the operation. Because as per my sister, once I’ve been cut open, some nodules might be affected and will cause more damage than cure. It might be the start of a much serious complication. So then I decided to stop seeking medical advice and live a healthy lifestyle instead before I lose my mind. I instantly got my period the moment I reach my normal weight. Anyways, For the record, I am not a medical expert nor expert in anything. I know that some people might disagree with me for not following medical advice but this is what I want and what I feel comfortable doing. I refuse to let my liver and kidneys suffer any longer.
The start of my battle with weight gain and loss began. I tried almost every common ways of losing weight. I did Keto diet, Intermittent fasting (16:8), eating less, no carb diet, etc., What sticks to me and found so much more effective is the Intermittent fasting 16:8 (click the link to understand more about IF). My usual routine is very much compatible with this diet. It is not a struggle for me because I patterned it on my daily schedule. I am in a BPO company and my schedule is mid-shift. I woke up around 9:30 am and will be at the office at 11 am. I am used to not having breakfast. When I woke up, I automatically prepare for work and just have a glass of water before going out. I buy coffee to go on the way and have it in the office. I usually consume other beverages from 11 am up to 2 pm (this will be my breakfast time). Then I will have my lunch at 2 pm. Within the 2 pm to 10 pm time bracket, I eat whatever I want. Literally anything. But of course in moderation and I only divide it into two big meals. For example, I had rice and adobo (meat) and some veggies for lunch (2 pm), the hours after that, I will keep on snacking on anything, like nuts, bread (may it be wheat or not), sweet potato, fruits, anything you like. (the key is to never let yourself feel hungry, this way, you will avoid overeating) Then I will have my dinner at 10 pm. I made sure that I already ate before the clock strikes 10. 🙂 After 10, I can only have water and other liquid beverages again until 2 pm the next day. Before going to bed, (my sleeping time is usually 1 am) I do a 1-minute planking. This combination works wonders. 🙂 I don’t have to do some serious running and heavy exercise and I am losing weight fast. The 1-minute planking really helps a lot. I sometimes push it to more than a minute when I feel like it but I never go under 1 minute.
It’s normal if the 16:8 Intermittent fasting will not be easy for a few days when you’re just starting because your body is still on adjusting period. The mornings is the toughest. This is when you will really feel the fasting effect. I suggest that if you’re not used to skipping breakfast, make some soup (clear broth). Remember that we can take any liquid within the 16 hours fasting, so having some soup can trick your brain that you’re having something aside from just coffee or other beverages. It will surely help you make it until the end of the 16 hours. 🙂 I guarantee that these methods work really well. If you are determined to lose more and faster, you can add up cardio and the likes. To me, this is just fine. Because aside from my laziness, I am trying to stay on this healthy path permanently. Exercising too much burns me out easily and makes me eat more, thus resulting in weight gain again. So if there’s what they called “lazy keto”, I am calling this the “Lazy IF diet”. (please also note that I am not an expert in intermittent fasting nor any fitness regime. I do not count my calorie intake. I stick to ‘the healthier the better’ theory. I am only speaking based on my personal experience. 🙂 )
However, due to my condition (having PCOS), my struggle with losing and gaining weight is still ongoing. It’s really hard because when your hormones start to act like crazy, you will just find yourself eating everything in front of you anytime of the day. No matter how much self-control you try to apply. 😦 But still, life must go on. I am actually doing my lazy IF diet at the moment again because I am 4 months delayed as for January 4. I don’t want to blame the holidays but oh well… Hoping to get back to my normal weight within a month or two. *fingers crossed*. Wish me luck! 😀
To all the women who are struggling with the same situation, feel free to leave me a comment or questions and I’ll be glad to help as long as I’m able. Remember, you are not alone. 🙂
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