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I thought I'd make a personal post today. It's been 1.5 years since I changed my lifestyle. I officially got diagnosed with PCOS in May 2014. The lab results showed that I had cysts on my ovaries, my LH hormone was higher than the FSH hormone, and my cholesterol was way too high. Total cholesterol was 260 ml/dL, triglyceride 308 mg/dL, HDL 37.12 mg/dL, and LDL 161.25 mg/dL. My male hormones were within normal range, but I still had hirsutism 🙁 Ugh.
In September 2015, I had a mandatory physical check-up at work. In Japan, every year all employees need to take a physical check up which the company pays for to see how healthy you are and if you need to do some lifestyle changes. My total cholesterol lowered from 260 to 235 mg/dl, triglycerides from 308 to 133mg/dL!!!, HDL stayed the same and LDL got a little bit higher from 161 to 171 mg/dL.
In June 2016, I decided to go to a gynaecologist and do a full check-up to see how everything was going. I hadn't had an ultrasound since 2014. She checked my ovaries and she couldn't find any cysts. I had normal ovaries with normal count of follicles that showed I had ovulated already. She then checked my thyroid hormone which was completely fine. I did a pap smear too which was fine too. She checked my hormone levels on CD3 and found that my LH was not higher than the FSH hormone. Usually women with PCOS have higher LH. This is good because that means my hormones were normal again. Since moving to Japan in February 2015, I have been getting my periods every month so maybe that's why my hormones got normal.
She then checked my cholesterol levels. They only checked total and triglycerides so I'm not sure about HDL and LDL. We'll find out next September during my yearly check-up at work. Anyway, the total cholesterol went from 260 to 224 mg/dl. A normal range according to that clinic is between 130-219 so I'm almost there! The triglycerides went from 308-133 to 85 mg/dl!! Amazing! I read that doing sports and eating healthy can affect these for the better and that's exactly what I did. I don't go to a gym but I do use my bike instead of public transportation.
She then checked my testosterone levels and it showed that they were in the normal range again. I have been doing electrolysis since February 2015. I started going there every week for 45 minute sessions. I think around October 2015, I started going every week for 30 minute sessions. Around February 2016, I started going every 2 weeks for 30 minute sessions. And since May every 3 weeks for 30 minute sessions. So the hair is definitely disappearing. I think that since my hormones are in the normal range again and male hormones are normal, the hair shouldn't come back. I'll see where I am next year.
Ever since I started getting my periods again, I've been taking my BBT every morning and using the ovulation pee strips. This is an example of my June-July BBT. I should be getting my periods in the next few days now. I usually get tender breasts and slight cramps for about 4-10 days before my periods start again.
By using the strips I can tell when I will ovulate and the BBT usually confirms it 1-2 days after that I did indeed ovulate. My cycles usually last 31-37 days and so the days I ovulate are often different because my cycle length is different each month.
As for my weight loss, I'm hanging in there. I've been losing 1-3 kgs a month for the past few months. I was 110 in June and now I'm 107.2kg. My weight isn't going up which is good, and it is slowly going down! I haven't been losing a lot of weight since February 2016 because I broke my knee and tore 3 of my knee ligaments. Two of my ligaments had to heal for 2 months before doing the ACL surgery on April 8th. I was then in the hospital until April 25th and have been wearing a leg brace and doing physiotherapy since. I'm not allowed to jog until September and run until December or else I'll break my ligament again. So I think that I'm not losing weight as quickly as before because I can't exercise like I used to. Right now my focus is being able to go down the stairs!! When you lose all your thigh and calf muscles, you literally cannot do anything! So I'm slowly building muscle again so that I can do sports again. I used to lose maybe 2-4kg a month when I could exercise, but now 1-3kg with dieting alone. This is going to be a slow year for me, but that's alright. As long as I keep on eating good food and slowly healing, my PCOS should only get better.
I wanted to share this post because you may not see results at first, but after a year if you do a health test and you indeed see a difference in the results it's because what you're doing is actually working for you. For me, eating low-carb, gluten-free, sugar-free and exercising by biking everywhere is working for me. Check out my beginner's guide to keto to learn how to start, count your macros and finally take control of your own life. I wanted to share this because the food I eat made a huge difference in my life. It's improved my health tremendously and made my body normal again.
I think that if you put your mind to it and make healthier choices, you will definitely see results in the long run. I'm not done losing weight and still have to get my cholesterol a little bit lower, but everything is definitely going in the right direction. I started at about 290-299lbs ish and now I'm 236lbs. It may not seem like a lot to some people, but that's a huge accomplishment for me. I didn't think I could get here by simple eating better, but I did.
If you don't know what to eat or what to do, ask me anything 🙂 I can help as much as I can. I think if you believe in yourself and believe in what you want to accomplish then you'll definitely reach that goal. You just have to put your mind to it and stick with it. I know it's harder for us, I mean I struggle every day to stay within my carbs and calorie limit, but I do it because I want to be a better me, because I want to have children in the future, because I just want to be healthier. I hope this posts helps you and shows you that change for the better is possible!