I did it! I pushed my way through my six week commitment to challenge my body and mind. I was hoping I would have some awesome before/after pictures, and measurements that would inspire you to sign up for FBBC. Alas, I am definitely “not there yet,” and I didn’t make the significant aesthetic strides I had hoped for.
This six weeks has made me question my nutrition on levels beyond the norm, as I am sure any Fitter will tell you… it’s like a science experiment and your body is the laboratory. All of us are essentially the same, until we start looking at the nitty gritty details of nutrition that make up our individual selves.
For instance, I have suffered with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome for the majority of my “womanhood.” I hadn’t much thought about it or how I could lessen the effects of PCOS through food. However, while discussing my concerns with Trainer Sara, she brought up the discussion that PCOS sufferers need to eat like a diabetic, because the sugars in foods are not being metabolized efficiently in the body, directly effecting insulin levels leading to weight gain and struggling for weight loss.
Given that I hadn’t every really identified myself with PCOS, even though I have had the diagnosis since the age of 19, I went through the standard medical rigamaroo for a few years trying various birth control pills to regulate my hormones. Despite the brand, or style of hormone regulating I tried; I continued to feel “off”
I sacked the BC after about 5 years of feeling even more miserable. I took to visualizing my cysts shrinking, which eliminated the pain I was having, but it wasn’t helping my irregular hormonal output/ assimilation.
Some of the symptoms of PCOS are lethargy; weigh gain, carb/sugar cravings, and depression.
Uncontrollable depression has been my biggest side effect. I have struggled with it for as long as I can remember. However, it is only recently while researching PCOS, that I realize the depression isn’t in my mind, it is a by product of an imbalanced system. And the systems being effected are my endocrine and reproductive systems.
The best thing I can do for myself, is to become more aware of what I put in my body that is causing these insulin spikes. Eating like a diabetic basically means saying “goodbye “to some of my favorite things to consume. Most notably, beer, whisky and wine; all of which contain phytoestrogens that mimic the bodies natural estrogen. Being PCOS means being estrogen dominate, which means the body is already over loaded with more of the hormone than it knows what to do with.
It can be frustrating to not see results as quickly as we desire, or as quickly as our peers. Surprisingly it is estimated that 1 in 10 women has PCOS, some are misdiagnosed with other issues, and some aren’t diagnosed at all. I suggest visiting a doctor and getting some blood tests if you feel that you are dealing with a bigger hormonal issue than just weight gain.
PCOS Challenge Website, has a lot of information and podcasts with doctors, naturopaths, and specialists that speak about diet and biology. There is also a forum for support with other PCOS sufferers.
By taking the 6 week Fit Body Challenge, I began a lifestyle of taking control of my body; Week 7 is the beginning of optimizing this amazing machine, I call a meat suit.