Hi, my name is Kate and I am a carb-a-holic. After spending around 10 years being a veggie, carbs have always been my favourite food, pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, chips. A meal didn’t feel complete unless it had some form of carb with it. I have got better at it, I’d rather have sweet potato than a white one, if the kids (and bloke) want pasta for dinner, I’ll have something else but I’ll never *ever* be able to turn down crusty white bread. I mean, life is too bloody short for that!
But. Always a but. I have recently been told that I have PCOS and a quick google shows that carbs are NOT my friend. They’re not really anyone’s friend unless you’re running marathons or training for some crazy sporting event, but they seem to have problems with me and my ovaries. Long story short, a few years ago, during the IVF stage (pre Boy) I was told I had PCOS but because the only focus was getting pregnant, all the treatment revolved around making babies, not actually dealing with the syndrome. After The Boy (insert disaster birth story here!) and a couple of years of crazy issues, serious weight loss, then gain, and crazy issues again, I’m right back to where I started! What I’ve noticed is, when my weight is right down, I don’t get any symptoms. But being able to get the weight down is a tricky balance, simply cutting out a few crappy food groups doesn’t work for me, something to do with the insulin resistance that having PCOS causes. Typical really, losing weight cuts symptoms right down, but losing weight is a serious struggle when you have it.
I could go on the pill, hide the symptoms and not bother with any weight loss. Of course, me being me, finding a pill that doesn’t either cause more weight gain, hormonal spots (remember them? Another side effect of PCOS) or make me zombie-fied and dead behind the eyes is proving practically impossible. In fact, if anyone reading this has this and takes a pill, please let me know which one it is!
So, the decision is, get fit, lose the extra weight and try and control my ovaries naturally. I’d still like to find a contraceptive that gets on with me, but since having TB, my body seems to react to any fake hormones in a bad way so I don’t think it’s going to be easy. The doctors have been passing me around each other like some sort of after school project, I don’t have all the typical symptoms, mine are literally weight around the middle, a cycle from hell (apologies if you’re reading this and you’re male!) spots and dodge ovaries. Obviously, I’ve tried almost all “diets” out there and they don’t work. They work while you’re doing them if you’re lucky, but the second you stop, the weight is back on. And who can do a “diet” forever!? What I’ve worked out, with the help of Leah, co-author of Your Hormone Doctor, is that I need low carb, low GI, protein rich, low (or no sugar) and high in veg. I need to exercise and I need to keep the stress levels down. Did you know that high stress means weight gain, especially around the middle? Nope, I didn’t either! So, I’m taking my backside off to a Rosemary Conley group tomorrow. Apparently it’s all about low GI/carbs and good stuff. It’s calorie counting, which isn’t something I’ve been good at before, but it’s more about health now than fitting into a pair of jeans, although that would be a happy result, and exercise. I’m not aiming for a number on the scales, nor am I aiming to be a size 10, because I’ve done that and been there, this time I just want to be able to control my hormones without too much of a struggle.
I’m not under any illusion that it’s going to be easy, in fact it’s probably going to be a bitch for the first few weeks but I am a stubborn, stubborn cow, and I am determined to do it as much as I can.
So, wish me luck and, any tips (on dealing with PCOS, not losing weight!) would be more than welcome!