My 45 Pound Weight Loss Journey with PCOS: From Struggle to Success
NAME : Holly
BEFORE WEIGHT : 229
AFTER WEIGHT : 184
POUNDS LOST : 45
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I’ve never been slim, but was always a little chunky, for my wedding I dieted like crazy and lost around 20lb, but after the wedding I put it back on. Then the weight piled on, and I got really sick. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and others which caused so much pain, fatigue and depression. I hardly moved and put more weight on.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
It made my health problems flare up constantly, which then made me do less, made me more depressed which made me eat. It was a vicious circle. I had to quit work, I could barely see friends, if I needed to walk more than 15 minutes I’d need a wheelchair because of my bad joints and hips. I became an agrophobic, very depressed, had severe anxiety and was suicidal.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I was on my sofa, like most days, on loads of tablets and thought “this can’t be it? This can’t be the rest of my life at aged 25?” So I started so slowly, just by walking for 5 minutes, the. 10 minutes, doing some stretches etc, for 2 years, until I had the strength to join a gym. Weight still didn’t drop, but when I was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries syndrome, and my weight was making me infertile, it was a real wake up cool and went crazy with healthy eating and hired a personal trainer.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
So slowly by walking, until I had the strength to go to the gym, then started on the cycling machine, and kettlebell, then after my PCOS diagnosis I hired a personal trainer and started doing weight lifting.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
Years! At first it was just to get strength back, but when I started my healthy eating it took 3-4 months.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
All my illnesses!! Hypermobility syndrome, fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, PCOS, and ibs.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
So much, but I never wanted to be ill again.m the way I was, it’s. Huge motivator.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
A really big one around5 months after hiring my trainer, I lowered my calories and upped my gym routines And visits, and then I had a whoosh!
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I’m back at work!!! I don’t need my waking stick or wheelchair!! And I’ve made new friends and see old ones! My life has completely changed for the better.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I eat breakfast now, eat salads, protein shakes, and fresher, healthier dinners with no cake or chocolate unless I really fancy it.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I was sedentary when I was heavier, now I’m on my feet all day working or at the gym working out, I’m constantly active now!!
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Always move. In anyway you can.
- Quit fizzy drinks NOW!! Cutting down on dairy too helped me loads.
- Seek expert help, your body is worth the investment.
- Got an excuse? Get rid of it. No matter how tired you are, keep going, you’ll thank yourself for it, trust me.
- Do it for health, not asthetics.
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