I know many of you are still confused about all that is going on in my life.Which is why I decided to make a blog post about one specific aspect of my life that many are ignorant on, through no fault of their own.
In August of last year, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), view my post on that here. Of course, I had no idea what it was, no one I knew had ever mentioned having it nor was it in the media like cancer or diabetes. What even is PCOS? What does it mean to have it? What are complications that arise from PCOS? Will I be ok? What can I do to make sure it doesn’t get worse? I had all of these questions and more. I was harboring them inside of me and I was afraid to let everyone know because I was worried enough, I didn’t want to worry anyone else. The couple people I actually opened up to just brushed it off as nothing. But sadly, it’s not nothing. It’s something bigger than we all thought. In my previous post I really just spoke about what the symptoms were and added a list of famous people who also have PCOS. This time I am going to give you a few things that I have learned since then.
Avoiding gluten and dairy help
A low GI diet is important
Being active is vital, strength training as well as cardio
Losing weight (when overweight) helps immensely. According to PCOS for Dummies, “If you are an overweight woman with PCOS, even a modest weight loss of 5 percent leads to
A decrease in your insulin level
An improvement in your menstrual cycle (or acts as a trigger for it to start again)
Reduced testosterone levels, leading to reductions in hirsutism and acne
Every issue I’ve been dealing with (digestive issues, depression, acne, weight gain, irregular menstruation, vitamin D deficiency, and many other things) are linked together with PCOS
75% of women with PCOS have a relative with PCOS as well
I have made a whole board on Pinterest full of helpful stuff for managing PCOS, which you can find here. I also have a board for gluten/dairy free recipes and foods that you can visit here. I will be attempting to be gluten and dairy free, though I know it will take time. I am starting off small. Right now, I am focusing on following the PCOS plate so we will see how this goes.
I hope this helped everyone understand at least a little bit about what is going on inside of me. I also hope this helps everyone have a better understanding of my diet, so if I say I can’t have something it’s not because I don’t like it. I want to help my body be happy.
As always, thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you come back to read more. If you still have questions, check out the image and video below. I will talk more about PCOS later so please don’t think I’m leaving you out to dry. Stay tuned!
Is there a chore that you absolutely despise? I have one. I will scrub toilets, sweep and mop, take out the trash, dust, vacuum, you name it. However, I hate doing dishes. I don’t know why, I just do. I put it off as long as I can, like I am now, and the dishes keep piling up. Yes, my husband helps out and does them, also…he actually does them more often than I do. He is sick right now, though, so it is my job to do this daunting task. It really doesn’t take all that long nor is it all that difficult, I just hate doing it. I feel good when they are all clean and I accomplished it, though. It’s really weird but I just cannot joyously do the dishes. Which is why I am giving myself, and my readers, as challenge. I’m going to do the dishes every single day for a month and not complain once. I will do it will a song in my heart. I want you to do the same. Find the chore that you hate, or like the least, and do it everyday for a month with no complaining. Clock starts now! Good luck! I will report back on November 7, 2015…just remind me, please.
Don’t give up, you can do this! Post in the comments what you will be working on. If you need encouragement, just ask for help, there are plenty of people here to help you.
So, this weekend was busy! Since I leave on Wedenesday, March 6, I had so much to do! Saturday was my “farewell” party/ get together plus my best friend of 14 years, her name is Yasmin, got her mission call and had her get together to open it right after. And Sunday (today) I went to church. Tomorrow I am going to clean someone’s house for a little extra money and then Tuesday I get set apart as a Full-time missionary!
My farewell party was a….failure. LOL. I invited like everyone I knew, except my own family because they are not being supportive. Only five people showed up (plus the 3 people who lived in that house). Don’t get me wrong, it was still awesome, but I had hoped that more people would have been there.
My friend Yasmin’s mission letter opening party was great! There were a ton of people there that I hadn’t seen in FOREVER. A couple of them I hadn’t seen for over 4 years. I was wonderful! She was called to the Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission and she reports to the Missionary Training Center (MTC) on June 12, 2013. She is so excited and watching her open her letter made me realize that I was leaving for my mission in a matter of days! It’s crazy. But I was so happy to be there for her. And she won’t be too far from me!
So church was great but another one of my best friends of 14 years, David, made me a little sad because he said that today could be the last time we see each other for a few years because when I get home from my mission he will be away at BYU Provo. This saddened me because he has always been a rock in my life and now we are growing up and moving on in life.
Tomorrow, I will finish packing and make sure I have everything I need. Tuesday, I will be a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (if you have questions about the church please refer to my blog post titled
Ok, this is more for my Latter-Day Saint followers. I challenge you to read the Book of Mormon with me in 31 days. I know it can be done! I’m posting the daily schedule on here so you can follow along. Imagine reading it in 31 days every couple of months. You can start on the first of a month and then be done on the thirty-first. It is definitely a testimony builder! Good luck to all of you willing to accept my challenge!
Here is the daily routine:
1 Nephi 1-10
1 Nephi 11-16
1 Nephi 17-22
2 Nephi 1-7
2 Nephi 8-17
2 Nephi 18-26
2 Nephi 27-Jacob 2
Jacob 3-Jarom 1
Omni 1-Mosiah 4
Alma 61-Helaman 5
Helaman12- 3 Nephi 3
3 Nephi 4-11
3 Nephi 12-19
3 Nephi 20-29
3 Nephi 30-Mormon 7
Mormon 8-Ether 6
Ether 15-Moroni 10
Good luck! And just think of the many blessings that will come with reading the book, whether it be for the first time or if you’re reading it again. Each time you’ll receive great blessings.