When I shared about the embryo adoption consultation, I mentioned that it would take 2-2.5 weeks for the RE’s office to get all of the results in, and then, of course, the doctor would have to review them before I could see them. Some of these tests are extremely extensive and go way over my head. This is going to be short and sweet because it’s all good news![Read more…]
Since the beginning of this blog, I’ve always been honest when it comes to my medical journey so that women know they aren’t alone. I realize this much transparency isn’t for everyone, and it can make some people feel uncomfortable. In fact, it makes me feel uncomfortable sometimes. But the truth is when we’re experiencing symptoms or newly diagnosed with something, what’s the first thing we do? We Google it. We seek out others who have come before us. Some people are just very quiet about it, while others are more public. I’ve decided to be more public. So today, I’m going to recap my journey that brings me to today. I’m not sharing all of this for sympathy. I’m sharing it to help others, perhaps you.
In 2008, my diagnosis of PCOS began. I was anovulatory, rapidly gaining weight in my midsection, experiencing extremely painful cystic acne, feeling lethargic and low on energy quite often, and wound up having polycystic ovaries on ultrasounds. I learned to navigate it over the years, managed to conceive my daughter while on treatment, and each year since she was born I’ve continued to learn how to manage symptoms and live my life to the fullest.[Read more…]
I promised this was coming! Earlier this month, I shared how I try to meal plan for an entire pay period as frequently as possible. It commits us to the food we have at home, makes us eat out less, and saves us money. We’re less likely to waste ingredients because we roll them over into subsequent recipes as frequently as possible. Today, I’m going to share my current meal plan that will last from January 16-30 (15 days!). It is also PCOS-friendly and Keto approved.[Read more…]
With the new year, I decided to pick back up with a stricter Keto diet for January and February to sort of
I get paid twice a month at my job, so when possible, I like to meal plan and grocery shop for enough food to cover that entire paycheck, with some grace for eating out once or twice. I
I thought it would be helpful to share my meal plan for January 6-15. This includes ten days of PCOS-friendly Keto eating, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I’m not going to list which days we’re eating which meals, because it can change depending on what we’re all craving at the time. Also, January 1-5 were included in my combined Christmas/NYE meal plan so that is why they weren’t included here. We’ll start with a 10-day plan, and next time I’ll share a complete paycheck meal plan![Read more…]
September is PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) Awareness Month. I heard someone say recently that they feel like there is an “awareness” day, week, or month for everything these days and it feels like we’re in this vortex of over-saturation of “awareness”. This made me cringe.
I mean, I get it. But here’s the thing: there is still a major deficit of awareness of so many things. If we keep quiet and don’t speak up, we can’t expect people to understand what we’re going through. It leaves us feeling isolated, alone, and left behind while other ailments receive attention from the medical community.
Read more> PCOS Awareness Month: Why It’s Important
I’m so excited to announce that I have partnered up with Logan over at With Great Expectation to do a fantastic giveaway for PCOS Awareness Month. The giveaway is hosted on Instagram this year, and today I wanted to share what we’re giving away, why, and how to enter to win:
Logan and I are EACH giving away a set of 3 essential oils that we use for PCOS symptoms, valued at $129 retail per person. Yes, there will be TWO winners! The oils we’re giving away are Progessence Plus, Endoflex, and SclarEssence. I’ve shared some details on how I use these oils on my Instagram stories (you can view it on my highlights), but Logan and I are each going LIVE on Instagram to share more information about why we chose these oils and what they have done for us, and we’ll be sure to save those live videos on our highlights so you can go back and watch them if you miss it.
I’ve officially eaten Keto for a quarter of 2018 and here’s where I’m at:
- Month 1: 9.6 lb. lost
- Month 2: 4.6 lb. lost
- Month 3: 4.0 lb. lost
- TOTAL: 18.2 lb lost
Keto: when you’re only 0.8 lb from your weight loss goal and keep thinking: “how much do I have to poop to make this happen?” #ketolife
I’m just too close! I’m 5.8 lbs from my primary goal. I know I’ve said this before, but I cannot believe I made it this far. I went into Keto kicking and screaming. I thought I would miss carbs. Bread. Rice. I was certain I was setting myself up for failure. Instead, what I’ve found is that not only do those things sound gross to me now, but I feel so good that I can’t fathom going back.
I’m sure the time will come where I’ll feel the need to try one of these carbs again. I’m not going to say never. But I guarantee that when I do, it’ll be gluten-free because I have been learning that when gluten weasels its way into meals that I didn’t expect (like meat at a Mexican restaurant, or soy sauce), I feel like garbage and my stomach hurts so badly for hours. It’s just not worth it. It’s quite the shock when you thought you ordered Keto and it turns out you ate something detrimental to your health. It’s the worst.
“How do I start Keto?”
Ever since I started Keto, I’ve been asked several times each week what I recommend people do to get started. I wanted to share what I did to prepare for Keto, knowing it’s a major change, and what I recommend others do so they are better set up for success.
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Step 1: Research Why and How Keto Works
For some, this includes watching the documentary “The Magic Pill”. For me, I waited until I was five weeks in to watch it because I have a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to documentaries and how one-sided they are. If you like documentaries and can watch this one with a grain of salt without being a crazy person about it, watch it. But don’t use it as your basis for starting Keto. The documentary is great, but know that the results are not going to be the same for everyone. Truly dig around on the internet for reasons why it works, who it works best for, the risks involved for some people, and then decide if it’s worth trying for you. Do not just say “I’m starting Keto to lose a bunch of weight” and then jump in without doing your research. Read message boards where people ask questions and share their experiences, including blood test results. This is crucial before starting Keto.
Today marks two whole months of Keto! I truly can’t believe I made it this far, but here I am, and I’m planning to continue for another month. Today I wanted to share my progress as well as how I handled Keto while on vacation.
I started Keto on April 16 and since then I’ve lost 14.2 pounds! My first month I lost 9.6 pounds, and my second month I lost 4.6 pounds. My workouts have consisted primarily of weights and resistance training in my living room while watching Netflix. I don’t go to a gym (I HATE gyms), I don’t do a lot of cardio that makes me miserable, I just do what I like… and that’s weights. When watching a favorite Netflix show, it goes by much faster and it’s a lot less miserable of a time.
Keto on Vacation
Tomorrow we are leaving for our beach vacation, so I wanted to do a weigh-in and document how much I’ve lost in my first six (closer to seven) weeks of Keto. I started Keto on April 16 at my highest weight ever while not being pregnant. None of my clothes fit correctly and I was down to only fitting in leggings (barely – I looked like a busted can of biscuits) and one pair of jeggings. On May 16, I checked in with 9.6 pounds lost, fitting back into my normal jeans, and I was ecstatic with the results!
Today, I’m sitting around 6.5 weeks of Keto (Monday will be the start of week 7), and I’m thrilled to share that I am down a total of: