Ok… so it was actually in September, but I really wanted to share the fact that there is one! Better late than never, I say. So in honour of PCOS Awareness month I thought I’d update you on my battle.
I’ve continued taking Metformin and much to my surprise it seems to be working, at least at regulating my cycles. This is the one and only time you will ever hear me say this: I’m so glad to have my period! Its been 5 months of regular, consistent periods and I’m delighted. Getting my cycles back on track was a big step in the right direction.
I’ve also been working with the Calgary Weight Management Centre (CWMC). I was referred to them by my fertility specialist to help work on my weight. Let me tell you, they are a great group of people and you are definitely in good hands with them. They offer support and resources to anyone with weight issues (both over and under weight). Not only do they offer classes on nutrition, but they have a life coach,nutrition specialists, an exercise coach, psychologists, and a medical doctor. Its a very comprehensive program that caters to the whole person and not just the weight.
Some challenges that I’ve been working on are maintaining my meal plans every week, bringing healthy lunches and snacks with me everywhere I go and getting in some exercise everyday. They say it takes 21-28 days (or according to new research in Europe, up to 66 days– but I’m going with 21 because I’m impatient :P) of repetition to make something a habit so I’m working everything step by step until it all becomes habit to me. I started with the meal plans. My goal was just to MAKE them every week before grocery shopping. Even if they fell apart throughout the week, at least I took the time to make them! Now I am working on actually maintaining them. After 21 days of consistently using my meal plans for shopping and all the meals we’ve prepared I don’t even bat an eye. I set up a fun “Busy Family” organization centre that has our weekly schedule and the meals of the day on it. Now everyone knows what we are doing and what we are eating! We plan our meals according to how busy our nights are. Monday nights are particularly busy for us since KB swims and I teach at Michaels so we make sure that Monday night meals are quick and easy or crock-pot dinners that can cook all day while we’re gone. Thursdays are our least busy night so we plan fun family meals for that night, taco night, roast dinners, that type of thing. How did I ever live without a meal plan??? And won’t you be so proud of me… remember back in June I made a to-do list for the summer? One of those things was to organize my recipe books and pull out the ones I wanted to try. Well, not only did I got through and do that, I also started a Pinterest.com board to keep track of all my online recipes. My next step is to start ‘cleaning’ up the recipes. Every week my grocery list gets healthier and healthier as I discovery clean alternatives to the foods I used to buy. My next project when it comes to food is to get couponing!!! Using coupons to save money on as much as you can is a great way to compensate for the things you may spend a little more on, like organic produce, meat and milk. I thought couponing would be alot harder than its turning out to be. I subscribed to some coupon facebook groups and websites and the savings started coming in. I’m not a coupon goddess like the ladies you see on TLC and I don’t think I ever could be because alot of the coupons you find are for processed foods and things I don’t eat BUT I don’t hesitate to look for coupons and clip them out whenever I see one I know I will use. And price matching, even on produce, is a great way to get some extra savings on the things I do eat.
Sticking with the 21 days to form a habit frame of mind I’ve also applied it to exercise. This has always been my biggest weakness. Its not that I don’t like exercise, on the contrary, I love it! I swam, danced, skated and was very very active throughout most of my life. My problem, which is the same one everyone faces, is making the time to do it. I’ve always struggled with over scheduling myself. I can’t help it, I want to be apart of everything! I have a hard time saying no to people, and to be honest, I enjoy being busy. But because I’m constantly running around, working, volunteering, or chauffering KB and The Hub around, I rarely have a good chunk of time to myself, where I can workout. So I looked at things from another angle, and came up with a plan to break it down a little. (It reminds me of the scene from There’s Something About Mary when they are in the car talking about 8 minute abs, and the hitchhiker is going to come out with 7 minute abs, so Ted says why not 6 minute abs and the hitchhiker tells him there is no way you can exercise in 6 minutes and ‘fires’ him from the car lol) More and more experts agree that small bursts of exercise are as efficient as an hour long workout so my goal is to focus on mini workouts. Its much easier for me to find 10 or 15 minutes to do some jumping jacks, crunches, or run up and down the stairs, and I can do it several times a day. I started with one 10-15 minute workout before lunch (in the ladies change room at work) and 21 days later I added a second one, when I get home from work! 21 days from that I will add a third (somewhere!). So far, so good!
My morale is high and I’m excited to bring you updates on how my journey is going. Now that my parents are with us they are taking the journey with me, to maintain their good health. It can only go up from here 🙂 I’d love to hear about any journeys you are taking right now! Leave me a comment or link to your blog!!!
Take care everyone 🙂
I’m Happy, I’m Healthy, I’m Fertile, ttfn, xo