1. History with weight loss:
2. History with Calorie Count:
3. Reason for joining this group:
4. Some interesting details about yourself, such as your job, your family, your pets and your interests:
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you my dear are one of the luckier ones.... I have to lose 110 pounds.... anyway... I got diagnosed with PCOS about three months ago, and have been mysteriously, gaining weight, since I was thirteen...
My sister in law had found this group and was telling me about it... anyway...
What I have been trying and it's been working is a low carb diet, with a low calorie diet as well.. somewhere in between both... I have lost close to thirty pounds since I started in May... and if you are on Metformin, it can actually help you lose weight as well, drink lots of water, and try to have protein with every meal, you will be full sooner, when you have protein, and then if you do get hungry grab an apple or carrot stick if it's before your set meal times..
that's what has been helping me, and I bought a scale, to help maintain my weight, and remind me why I am dieting, and also it encourages me as I see the pounds dropping week after week.. it's really been helping...
Hope this helps. Have an awesome day, and keep smiling
I'd really be grateful if you could support me with a food plan.
I was diagnosed with PCOS 20 years ago and have taken dianette for many years as a controller but not for the last year. I am on no medication.
I have spent months eating healthily minimising caffeine, sugar, cutting out processed foods and eating protein and carbs together. I have PCOS and chronic fatigue and the change in diet really helped but I don't sleep more than 5-6 hours at night and wake exhausted and am exhausted in the afternoon.
My goal is to lose weight, exercise (which I am going to start this week and I want to feel good and not tired all the time!
Do you think changing from 3 meals a day to meals and snacks would help?
Do you recommend Low GI, South beach or another method?
I don't know much about diet plans and would appreciate your support and your experience.
Hello ladies! I was diagnosed with PCOS December 2008. Since then I have made some huge changes in my life. At that time I was 193 pounds. I really hated myself. The weight also brought on all the "wonderful" symptoms: hair loss, acne, hair growth, irregular periods, horrible mood swings, no libido, etc... I am now down to 172 pounds. It has been a lot of hard work. As you all know, loosing weight with PCOS seems impossible. There are so many things that normal women can do to lose, but it doesn't work for us. Everything has to be watched and monitored 100%. I have fallen off the wagon and need to jump back on. I hated myself when I hit puberty and until last December. I don't want to go back to the depressed, self-hating person that I was. I'm looking forward to CC because I need a boost. I live in a town of 900 people so it is awesome to be able to get on here and see other women overcome all of their trials and tribulations. That is what I am trying to do! I have an amazing boyfriend who supports me 100%. He pushes me to succeed everyday. He has even adjusted his diet to mine, which I know is good for him too. We have a dog named Jack who is the best dog in the world!!! Life is pretty good, but I know if I put forth just a little more effort it could be better.
If anyone has additional motivational tips I would love to hear them!
My name is Alica, I am almost 32, happily married, have two boys 11 and 6 and I live in Chilliwack, BC Canada. I was diagnosed with PCOS and Hypothyroidism 2 weeks ago. I'm really not sure how long I've had it all, as some symptoms I can remember having since my teens. It obviously didn't effect my ability to conceive, although I did get pregnant on the pill. I also don't have the cysts on my ovaries which I guess explains that, although I've always had wonky periods. I've always had a lot of hair except for the newly acquired "whisker" under my chin and the acne I've always had is only on my back and butt. As for depression it has always been an issue right from my childhood (came from a broken home too), even had post-partum though didn't know it until years after, now it comes in waves and I just deal with it, I've never been on meds for it. My anxiety issues and panic attacks have gotten worse as I've aged and find a good stiff drink to remedy that, lol (Ex. I only host dinner parties with a few bevies under my belt before the guests arrive!) New to me in the last 6 months is a dark patch of skin under my nose which I am horribly bothered by and try to cover it with makeup. I never had a weight problem until I got pregnant and then have never lost it, despite countless attempts. I currently weigh 239 lbs (I've lost 4 lbs since Oct) and ideally like to be 160 again - my pre-preggo weight oh, and I'm 5'10". Right now I'm just trying to get under 200.
I'm not on any meds for the PCOS as of yet and just started taking Synthroid for my thyroid. I am trying to follow a low-gi diet as recommended and trying to stay below 1600 cals/day. For exercise, when it's nice out I walk for an hour with some friends and on crappy days I do Tae-Bo or Turbo Jam. I found CC quite some time ago and like to just lurk and read forum stuff -- I actually like fitday better for logging my cals, I know, I know but, it's what I started with and I don't take well to new ways of doing things, lol!!
As for how I found my way here, well I posted a topic in forum about my diagnosis and was pointed here. I was very discouraged with the amount of doomsday stories and read a reply by laurabow and was newly motivated and inspired to get healthy and to tame the beast named PCOS so, here I am locked in for the long haul and determined to be a success story!!
If you've made it this far, thanks for reading!
I hope to find some support here and make some new friends too!
~ Alica (aka mrsd)
Hello my name is Jessica. I have been using CC since September 2009 and I have lost 21 pounds. I have been happily married for one year and a half and I dont know what I would do without my husband, he is so supportive of me in whatever I do!!! We would really like to start a family but it just hasnt happened yet :( Here are my weights:
The reason that I joined this group is because I have infertiltiy problems I just have no idea what they are. My doctor told me that at the moment I do not have PCOS but i could get it. She said that I have anovulation which is pretty general. She put me on Metformin and then I also take Progeterone because i cant have periods on my own. I have been taking the metformin for 4 months now and i still have not ovulated. Me and my husband made an appt. with a fertilty clinic so hopefully we can get some and answers and solutions there. Ijust wanted some opinions on what you think is wrong or if you have been diagnosed with the same thing. I have been depressed about this for along time. The only desire i have is to be a mother and a goodwife and as of right now I can only do one of the two. I am excited to see what you think!!!
I am new to this whole group thing (meaning I've never participated in a group although I am a part of a few), but i've been an on and off member with CC for a few years. It has always been the same thing with me, reach 175 pounds and then try to lose weight. I've never lost more than 6-10 pounds . So, once again, I am trying to lose weight. I started CC again this year on the 3rd of March, here are my weight stats:
I wanted to join this group because I have no one to really share my struggle with PCOS, (besides my husband, who is very understanding). I also wanted to add something new to my yo-yo weight loss thing I've had goin for pretty much my whole life. I wanted to see if having a support group will help me reach my goals this time. Maybe if I make a few friends, we can help each other keep going.
My body has been in (a noticable) hormonal imbalance since I was 9 years old. I never quite figured out what it is that is causing all the problems. You know how it is, doctors always say that "looks like you have PCOS with all the symptoms you've been experiencing." --but they never look into what is causing the problems...ovaries are affected by a lot of different hormones besides the ones regulating the menstrual cycle, but they just seem to stop when they see cysts, missing cycles, irregular growth of hair--you get the point. They just give you metformin or some other drug to start with. (I've been put on metformin since May 2009, increased to 1000mg this year in Jan 2010 to start a period, and hopefully, get pregnant).
I quit my job this year on Feb 18, 2010--too much stress with a really nasty boss and low pay. I wanted to take the time to heal mentally, physically, and emotionally.
How do you think I can be successful this time in losing the weight and keeping it off? I hear people losing 20, 30 pounds, and I find it almost impossible to imagine that I can get there.
anyway, I shouldn't make this post too long,
Hello to all,
My Name is Shelley I'm 34 yrs old I was diagnosed with PCOS 1 month ago don't know to much about it. I have been married for 6 yrs to a great man! We have been TTC for 5 yrs. I have been overweight most of my life on yoyo diets just like most of you have been as well.Always being told by Drs eat less and exercise more,well dang what more do you want.I walk,cardio and nothing seems to be working!I have been reading alot on Metformin,does it help with PCOS and weight loss.I really want my life back! I get sooo depressed when I look at myself,and when I see other ppl just dropping the weight like they were melting butter in a pan(LOL)!I have immature eggs that don't leave the ovary's DH and I are looking into adopting still hurts to know that I will never be able to have my own "blood" kids but I will still someday be a mommy! Needing friends that understand what I'm going though.Poor DH thinks I'm going crazy with the mood swings,I feel so sorry for him!! My last TOM lasted for 31 days....ARRRRRRR. Who wouldn't have mood swings if your bleeding like a stuck hog for 31 days!!!!
sorry I didn't give my weight 270 wants to get down to 140 so I have 130lbs to go....WOW thats alot that a whole other person........one day at a time!!!
hi ladies soi've been over weight since the beggining of middle high school never really thought anything of it since i was pretty active but liked chocolate. lol don't we all. about a year n a half ago i went and saw my doctor cuz i was missing periods and had extra hair on my face they did a bunch of blood work and ultrasound and came up with the conclusion that it was PCOS. they put me on BC (yasmine) i was on it for 2 months but had realllllly horrible cramps n my period was really heavy so they switched me to yaz which at first was alright i still had cramps but it was better. i was on that for almost a year but over the last few months i started having really bad mood swings n depression. so they changed it once again to lenessa i've only been on this a month but have found that the first 2 weeks of it were great but this 2rd week is killing me one min im fine the next im at the bottom of the world. i spent a whole day crying over NOTHING. im wondering if any of u have any recomendations for me on what birth controls work for u. cuz im not sure i could take another week like this past one.
im 5'10 and weigh 223
goal is between 160 - 170
Hi. I'm new to the Calorie Count website and new to the Soul Cysters group. I was recently diagnosed with PCOS. After reading about it, it looks like I've actually had PCOS for my entire life.
My symptoms include irregular period, extremely heavy period, mood swings, depression, facial hair (that I'm always tweezing), acne (more so when I was a teen), excessive weight gain (really picked up over the last few years), IBS (chronic constipation), chronic fatigue, 2 huge ovarian cysts on my right ovary and difficulty getting pregnant.
Needless to say, I am miserable quite a bit.
After reading about the insulin resistance linked to PCOS, I began modifying my eating habits to minimize my sugar and carbohydrate intake. This has been very challenging. On the one hand, my husband understands about the infertility aspect of PCOS, but he does not always understand the dietary aspect of it. Therefore, it is sometimes a struggle to get him to be more than verbally supportive.
I am looking forward to connecting with others in this group because you know what it is like to go through this and I do not want to go through this alone.
Hello fellow Cysters! (I love the pun, btw!)
I have been a CC member for about three months. I lost it for awhile, well, about a month. I did so good for the first two months, then went on holidays, and BOOM, I was back to old habits. I am having trouble getting back into my routines!
I have been a bigger person most of my life. I, like cucumberlube, have always been the "heavier" friend. Five years ago, I had my son, and kind of went into a shell with him, as I was going through some pretty awful personal issues. I stayed home with him for the first two years of his life, then decided to put him in daycare and find a job. I never did lose any of my baby weight; in fact, I weigh the same today as I did the day before I gave birth to him. It's a struggle every day, especially since I have a fiance who can eat virtually anything he wants to eat. I don't have very much self-control, so if it's there, I will eat it. If he has ice cream, I have ice cream.
I just found out yesterday that I have PCOS. My first thought was "Oh crap". And I thought "Oh crap" until I decided to see if there were any support groups. My first thought was google it, see if there are any in Saskatoon (where I live). There isn't even one in Saskatchewan! Then I thought "Hey, I should check out CC, see if there is anything on there!" And I joined the group with the most members (and the coolest name)!
As stated above, I am a mother, a 5-year-old-handful, I mean, terror, I mean, trouble maker, I mean boy! His name is Andrew, and he is my everything! I work at a non-profit organization, doing data entry for disability parking. I started here three months ago (yesterday was my anniversary!), and I have loved every moment of it. I have a fiance who doesn't want to get married. I always say, "Why did you propose to me then?" Then I remember, "Oh yeah, I made you, lol!" We are HOPEFULLY getting married in September 2012 in Las Vegas.
I want to lose hopefully at least 22 pounds. My goal is to be out of the 200's! That's it! Not too much to ask for! And I was almost there, only had 9 more to go, then holidays, and yadda, yadda, yadda... Excuses are my middle name :)
Hello. I'm 25 and an ER nurse. I know that I have PCOS and no doctor will touch me... I'm kind of on my own out here, trying to find one though... My little sister bought me an elliptical for Christmas and I'm trying to use it 6 times a week. Ambitious I know, but, I don't have a family of my own, no real obligations other than to myself, goldendoodle, Phoebe, my job and my BF. I have a lot of ill-used time on my hands and I'm trying. I've always been what I call a 'fat kid', terrible i know. If I could lose the gut, I'd be a little hottie, that's what I've told myself for years. I'm going to get married and start a family in the next 5-7 years and I want to be able to! That's why I joined calorie count and am trying to at least watch what I eat, use portion control and exercise a everyday somehow. My exercise is pretty laid back, 20 minutes on an elliptical until I feel I'm not sweating enough, then I'll kick it up. Cardio is my goal, I have to chisel through the fat to find the muscles to tone them, one step at a time. I want to be healthier, being a nurse, it makes me a hypocrite not to be healthy. Here's going for it. I don't need medications. I am at risk for pre-diabetes. My sugars and A1c are fine actually, though I fit the bill of seeming otherwise. My current weight is 190 lbs. its gross. I want to weigh 127. it sounds extreme, but, fortunately/UNFORTUNATELY I pull of 190 well, no one believes me.... I want to try to be a healthy woman so I might have a healthy family in the next decade!
I am 33 years old and was diagnosed with PCOS as teenager. I have struggled with my weight since about the time I was 19. I also recently quit my most terrible habit of smoking and find that I have gained quite a bit of weight. I also belong to the SoulCysters forum (LOVE it) and thought I would try Calorie Count.
Hello! I am 32 years old and I have a 2 1/2 daughter who is the light of my life. I am a stay-at-home mom and was diagnosed (officially after many half-hazard ones from other doctors) at the age of 28. I've been on calorie count since 12/20/11 but had a bit of a hiatus because we moved on New Year's Day and things have been kind of hectic. But I feel pretty settled in and am determined to change my lifestyle to manage PCOS naturally.
I joined this group because every time I have an epiphany or a rough day, it's not very effective to tell my husband. He can't relate. He doesn't get it. And I'm not sure if talking to him about excess hair, overeating, losing weight, or bad periods are making me any more desirable to him (LOL). It's good to talk to others in my position. It's nice to hear "me too!" sometimes.
I've been up and down on the diet roller coaster. Always a chunky kid. I started to thin out at the end of high school, then went back up on the scale around 21. I got a job doing pretty hard labor around 27 (I was my heaviest then) and lost 75lbs in 10 months. I looked amazing and I felt amazing. I kept it off a few years until I got pregnant. I gained 30lbs while pregnant, lost it in the 2 weeks after I gave birth then gained it all back again a few months later. Here I sit, weighing the same amount I did at 9 months pregnant (tsk tsk).
Calorie count has been an awesome tool and I plan to use it every day from now on. I feel that I need to take advantage of every tool available and eliminate any possibility to make an excuse for not taking care of myself. Reading these posts are inspiring and uplifting and I hope that I can give back to all of you what I have already gotten from joining this group. Thank you!
Hi! I'm 27 and was diagnosed with PCOS at 21, after being overweight since I was 7 and being on and off birth control to control eternal periods starting at 14. I was told I would have to stay on it until I wanted to have kids, and there was no special cause. My dr at the same time told me I had midmorning headaches every morning because my sugar was low, but not what I should eat to stabalize it--just to eat a "snack." At 21, after finally missing 3 periods in a row, a new doctor did an ultrasound, and I got a formal diagnosis of PCOS. I did my own research because I was pretty jaded with doctors just focusing on treatment of symptoms, rather than root cause analysis. My mom also always told me I was going bald becasue I didn't eat enough protein--not true! I was told to try to get pregnant as soon as possible if I wanted to avoid ART. I had success on a low GI diet to get pregnant with my first son (now 5), but couldn't stay on it because carbs were the only thing I could keep down with him. My then dr told me if I could get pregnant, I didn't need metformin, and refused to do any further testing or put me on met for the duration of the pregnancy. My breasts didn't develop, and I had to formula feed DS after birth--my biggest disappointment.
When he turned 2, i had a new PA run some tests, and she called back within two days with a Rx for metformin. We were pretty lax on birth control, thinking we could be, but after the metformin, I was pregnant within 5 months. Didn't stay on it past 3 months gestation with my second son (to lower miscarriage rate) so again, not enough milk. But I was put back on met at 6 weeks postpartum, domperidone, and dexamethasone, was able to nurse, but gained 30 lbs! Finally am down to 224 from 269, and hoping with the help of diet, exercise, and supplements, after I get down to 140 (weight during an eating disorder in middle school) by March 31, 2014, I can control the back, belly, and facial hair, skin tags, hair loss, acne, and can have healthy pregnancies, and be able to breastfeed fully without any medication.