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Beating PCOS.

PCOS and how I overcame it

What is PCOS?

Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the formation of cysts on a woman's ovaries. This tends to cause a lot of issues in the body as the woman starts to produce more male sex hormones which can lead to insulin resistance, unwanted hair growth, irregular menstrual cycles and menstrual cycles with a heavy flow as well as very severe menstrual pains a long with a few other issues.

This last month I have had my menstrual cycle twice. Fun times.

The major issues are the irregular production of hormones and insulin resistance which have a substantial impact on your weight loss. It can make it difficult for you to lose weight and some may find that it becomes a lot easier to gain weight. However it does not make it impossible to achieve your goals and to become a healthier version of yourself.

When I was diagnosed with PCOS it wasn’t a huge shock as I had already suspected it from my own research. I'm one of those serial googlers, not my best trait but I always think that it’s important to know what’s happening to your body.

I had already lost most of my weight at this stage, but I had obviously had it prior to the start of my journey, this meant that I had lost weight with PCOS. Losing my initial weight wasn’t difficult as I stuck to what I planned for myself and saw the results that I worked for. I find that when people get diagnosed with conditions like PCOS they start shifting all the blame to the diagnosed condition instead of working around it.

When it comes to health issues that slow down weight loss, one of the biggest lessons that I have learnt is that acting like a victim and feeling sorry for yourself doesn't solve the issue. Harsh truth, I know, but for those of you that have followed me know that I’m honest.

You can still be healthy and you can still lose weight just like every other person out there.

It will take you a little bit longer and it will be a little bit more difficult. That doesn’t make it impossible, if you put the work in and apply the correct diet tactics, stick to things religiously, you will get there. However if you are dieting part time, missing workouts every second day, you can’t expect to get the same results as the people who are giving it their all.

Dieting and exercise isn’t fun when you are overweight, most of the time overweight people don’t enjoy physical activity. The excess weight makes it uncomfortable and sometimes even painful. Been there done that.

I hated sport and exercise, when I started, I never went to gym because I found it fun. In fact I felt like everyone was judging me and I was so unfit that all I could manage was a 20 minute walk on the treadmill, most of the time I’d pick the closest one to the door, so that I could get out of there the moment I was finished and my word don’t get me started on the shin splints.

Despite the fact that I hated the start, I kept going, I was there on a regular basis (not every day in the beginning) I decided that I owed it to myself to get healthy so that I didn’t sit with long term health issues as a result of my own laziness.

As the months past I lost a little more, some months were better than others, I still had ups and downs (which is perfectly normal, it’s not a sign that you’re failing) once the jean sizes started to drop, that fuelled me to keep going.

Nothing good in life comes easy. This is what I tell myself each and every day. It’s disheartening when I know that I diet and train incredibly hard but my results are slower than others, but that doesn't stop me. It comes down to how badly you want it. How hard are you willing to work for it. Don’t compare yourself to aunt Sally that can eat anything that she wants and not gain a thing. Being green with envy won’t help your progress.

It's also important to note that with medical issues there are sometimes difficult protocols that need to be followed with your diet. The body is a complex scientific being and science is what will help keep the reaction of weight loss in check.

So don’t feel hopeless if you have hormonal issues. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, you just need to deal with it correctly.

By Cherise Potgieter

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