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Last summer I was told I needed to lose weight as they wouldn't treat my PCOS until I did in the six months that I was between appointments I'd lost 6 kilos (13.2lb just under a stone) I was still having issues with my thyroid then as well which didn't help matters either as well as my crazy work that I'd just started which ment I didn't have time for exercise or if I'm honest I couldn't be bothered much with it still the same now.
I was told back at christmas that this weightloss wasn't good enought the dietian I'd been to see earlier in the year was no help all she would offer me is exerice something at that point I really didn't have time for with caring for both my parents and working when I didn't have to work in the evening my thoughts were not about punishing myself with exercise so I didn't bother with that advice.
However something did begin to change last summer my eyes were opened to the cruilty chickens and pigs were being through just so we could eat them I wanted to make a difference but didn't know how that is until I met the very lovely traciebee who talked about going vegetarian with her ultimate goal going vegan. I talked to traciebee about going vegetarian and how to go about it as I had no clue of where to start so in the begining of Febuary I started to cut down on the amount of meat I was eating and replacing it with vegetarian meals however they weren't the best thing for me as they were ready meals that had high fat content so after a couple of weeks I stoped eating those and found my feed with making my own vegetarian dishes but I was still eating chicken as my mum wouldn't allow me for the first few months that I became vegetarian to not eat it. But a few months ago now back in I think June I stopped eating all meat I will very very very rarely eat some fish but I think that last time I had fish was a month ago possibly longer. I also stoped drinking milk as it was making me feel sick and I discovered soya milk which is great it's helped me out to no end along with not eating butter or marg that has animal products in it I now eat a dairy free marg called Vitalite which oddly enough I used to eat as a kid.
I have now in the last month or two started making the transistion to being vegan now I know alot of people are going to freak reading that but honestly it's my decision to do that no one elses I started making the switch not long after I became vegetairan I have found great vegan meat replacement products that are cholestrol free as well as dairy free choloestrol free chocolate *OMGdies* but the great thing is I'm now getting better nutrition now than I was when I was eating meat I'm eating better (most of the time that is) than I have in years I enjoy cooking again (love scrambled 'egg' now) I think I have cut milk, eggs (I haven't really eaten eggs in over 10 years other than if they are in cakes or other foods such as bread or whatever) dairy products such as yougurt, meat and anything that contains animal products such as geletin. The best thing is I don't miss these things as there are much healthier crulity free things I can eat.
The best news is yet to come after my disappointment at christmas with not having lost much weight I thought when I had my follow-up appointment last week that I'd be told I'd only lost another 6 kilos (13.2lb) I have been asked if I've lost weight by people that come to where I work in the last few months but I don't feel like I really have so I got the shock of my life when I was told I had lost a further 14 kilos (30.9lb 2st 2.9lb) and I think with christmas and everything I most likely put the 6 kilos (13.2lb) back on so in total I lost 20 kilos (44.1lb 3st 2.1lb) because of this weightloss my consultant at the hospital is now going to begin treating me for PCOS I hope to start some medication this week (I get it tomorrow but my Mum ever the worrier doesn't want me to start them until she's home on sunday as the tablets might be hormone tablets or something so I'm going to phone her once I get the tablets so I can start them if she thinks I'll not kill everyone before she gets home) I also have to go for a scan in March 2010 to see what the lining of my womb is like as that might also cause me to not have periods IDK all I know is the tablets I've been given I have to take for 12 days then once those 12 days are over I should hopefully start having a period *crossesfingers* I haven't stopped there with my weight loss I want to lose another 30 kilos (66.1lb 4st 10.1lb) over the next year or two to get back to a much better weight as I have been far too overweight for too long but I'd settle for 20 kilos (44.1lb 3st 2.1lb) but 30 kilos (66.1lb 4st 10.1lb) would be better.
Okay enough about all that I have to say I love my friend Nic very much I went to her house tonight after I'd come home from work and had something to eat and we had a conversation whilst watching America's Next Top Model about how some of these girls being far too skinny as in unhealthy one of them was suffering from health problems due to her not eating right and I told my friend Nic about Nancy (my XF friends know who Nancy is) and what's happening to Nancy due to her own eating disorder and what caused it ect if you want to know more click here and my friend was saying about how she was sexually abused as a child until she was 16 when she ran away she used food to comfort her and how now she is fighting back and not using food to comfort herself which I find great. Whilst I was there she gave me 3 amazing tops one of which I'm wearing right now it has long dark sleeves then shorter sleeves steming from the top in a floral pattern and a v-neck that is long and ties in the back the other is a white ivory colour with flowy sleeves that make me think of medieval dressed and a beautiful satin short sleeved shirt that is purple.

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anadxof
Sep. 22nd, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
I'm glad to know you found a style of life that works for you and your health, which is the most important. I hope everything goes fine with your treatment. I'll be praying for you as I'm doing it for Nancy. She's quite a fighter.
cleaninggirl
Sep. 22nd, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
Thanks Edna I'm glad I found a way of life that works for me too that also helps my future health as well as the environment. Thanks Edna I keep Nancy in my prayers ever since I met Nancy 8 years ago.
huntress1013
Sep. 22nd, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
Congratulations on your weightloss. I've turned into a vegetarian a few months ago and it also helped me to loose weight. No meat and no candy and a bit of patience (and excercise) et voilá =) i have no clue how much I weigh cause I don't own scales but I have a flat tummy and I have to wear my pants with belts because they are so loose LOL

The whole thing with Nanny just breaks my heart. She has fought so hard and so long and now the battle is basically lost =( She is such a brave, little trooper.
cleaninggirl
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
People are amazed when I tell them that I lost weight by cutting meat out of my diet and that I'm now more healthy as I'm eating more protein than there is in meat or fish. I know alot of people who do become vegetarian and exercise see a great benifit from it and I'm happy for you I'm the same I don't weigh myself or anything I only know how much I have lost from my hospital visits as they weigh me each time I go there. Even tho I have lost a fair bit of weight none of it seems to of come off my stomach which means I should exercise to help that area mostly I have lost it from my face, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, back and bottom even my feet are thinner now than they were a year ago.

The same here Nanny's fight is something that has saddened me for as long as I've known Nanny which is 8 years now she was one of the first people I became friends with on Haven. Things were looking so promising for Nanny a few years back then all the complications happened and now Nanny is losing her fight for her life but I think Nanny has made a difference to many of us in the XF fandom and other young girls that have an ED like Nanny's where she has shown them the dangers of what they are doing to themselfs. I know 2 years ago Nanny was looking at not being alive for when XF2 came out so I was beyond happy that she at least got to see that =(
medland
Sep. 22nd, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
You should be so proud of yourself for losing weight! You're amazing. :) :) And yay that they're beginning treatment. <3
cleaninggirl
Sep. 22nd, 2009 10:44 am (UTC)
I think I'm still in shock I wasn't exspecting to be told I'd lost that much weight I'm really happy I've lost it but I feel I still have a long way to go before I'm down to a better weight. and yes YAY to them finally begining to treat my PCOS
nondenomifan
Sep. 25th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
Are these "health professionals" not aware that PCOS causes weight gain??? (I have it, too.) It causes a hormone imbalance where you have more testosterone than estrogen in your system, so everything in your system gets thrown off whack. In my case, once I was fully through puberty (approx. 21 yrs old), I stopped menstruating and had to go on birth control pills so my body would be fooled into ovulating. (They fool your body into thinking it's pregnant for 3 weeks, and then the 4th week your body cleanses itself when it realizes it's not.) Those make you gain weight even more, but not having periods at least 4 times a year is REALLY BAD for your body. Like, toxic. Your female organs could get sepsis, and that is NOT a good thing. I found that out when I told the doctor at my college that my last period had been 2 years ago. She gasped and said, "Oh, my GOD, that is SO BAD for you!" and filled me in on why.

Anyway, these "health professionals" don't know much about much. If you have any way of getting a 2nd opinion, do it. My friend, who is morbidly obese (like, over 400 pounds, I'm sure), had debilitating back pain to the point where she could only walk 3-4 feet at a time, and the first doctor she went to wouldn't do anything for her except tell her she had to lose weight before he'd help with her back pain. She gave up on going to doctors at all after that until she developed so many problems that a lot of members of her family pushed her to go to one and I told her about mine who was a personal trainer who never told me I was too fat but rather ways I could lose weight just by doing normal everyday things because of the extra weight I was carrying.

But, see, it all depends on who you go to. NObody should tell you you have to lose weight before you can get treated. That's not right.
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