The beginning of my journey was met with resentment, misunderstanding and denial. I lived that way for years, blaming my diagnosis for any issues rather than learning how to take control. Once I got pregnant I assumed that PCOS was not that serious and that as long as I took the pills they gave me I would be just fine. It took the loss of my son for me to realize that I HAD TO CHANGE.
For years I wondered "What if I had taken better care of my body, would the outcome for him been different?"... To have a question like that in the back of your mind is agonizing. I knew that if I ever wanted peace, I needed to figure out how to take back control of my body.
I have said many times before, the process for me has been a marathon not a sprint and I think that is why I have been successful. I experimented with different nutritional paths to see what works best for my body. Today it can STILL be a struggle for me to eat properly (hey, I'm human), but I can honestly say that 90% of my nutritional choices are right for me. Because of that, the 10% of the time I am "naughty", my body lets me know that it's not happy.... and I love that it does that! You know why? Because it means that it knows whats good and whats bad! The fact that I have programmed my body to reject toxins rather than crave them is AMAZING!
I also work out consistently - NOT JUST CARDIO. I have found a combination of cardio and strength training are most effective for me. I don't look at my workouts as punishments for "being fat" or "cheat meals". Rather, I look at is a reward and that I am lucky to be able to move like I do! Believe it or not, eventually you begin to appreciate how much a good workout can change you.. not just physically but mentally!
By changing my nutrition and fitness, and staying true to those changes, I have successfully combated the symptoms associated with this pain in the ass diagnosis. This has not been an easy journey, the process was slow for me. I often resisted the change because it was HARD, but dammit, it was worth it! My cycle operates like clock work, I have only had 2 cysts in 10 years, my skin is clear, my weight is under control and quite frankly I look the best I ever have! These were some of the biggest issues I was having with my diagnosis, and in the process of 10 years I have TAKEN BACK CONTROL!
My journey is not over and I am ok with that. I want to continue to improve my health and use my journey to help others. I don't want it to take 10 years for every woman battling this diagnosis. I think this is my purpose in life, and I will fulfill that purpose!