I have been dealing with my PCOS and Insulin Resistance Symptoms for some time now. I have successfully reversed symptoms and been able to lose weight by modifying my diet and exercising but am yet to have been able to get pregnant. Recently I decided to try a product to specifically address my Insulin Resistance. It is called Chiral Balance DCI (D-chiro-inolitol). I have been taking the supplements for about 3 weeks now. My periods have been regular for several months (exactly 30 days) but the one thing I have noticed is that my breasts are significantly larger. Not complaining but my first thought was "I'm pregnant". But I just finished my period so that's not it. Being the curious person I am, I needed answers and found that PCOS, which is caused by Insulin Resistance, has the following symptoms:
Irregular or no menstrual periods (for women of reproductive age)
Irregular ovulation Acne Excess hair growth on the face and body
Thinning scalp hair or male pattern hair loss
Accumulation of un-ruptured follicles on the periphery of the ovaries (mislabeled as "cysts," often called polycystic ovaries)
Small breast size or underdeveloped breasts (hypoplastic breasts)
Deepening of the voice
Dark or thick skin markings and creases around the armpits, groin, neck, and breasts due to insulin sensitivity
Obesity, weight gain (often centered around the waist), and/or inability to lose weight
Oily skin and/or persistent acne
Pain in the lower abdomen and pelvis
There is no known cure for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Instead, a variety of methods are used to manage symptoms. These may include:
Diet changes (limiting amounts of sugars and starches) to aid in insulin sensitivity
Hormone therapy through use of birth control pills
Medications to address insulin resistance, blood glucose levels, or fertility-related symptoms
Ovarian surgery ("drilling"), which is a temporary treatment to assist with the release of eggs
Of all the PCOS management methods, I have used Diet Changes and Weight Loss to treat my symptoms. I am against hormones. And now I am trying some medications to treat the insulin resistance. The medication I have chosen is DCI.
So what this new side effect from the DCI supplement tells me is that it is effectively reversing my insulin resistance. Thus, my breasts are returning to their "natural form". Glorious! Hooray for boobies!
Hope this is helpful in some way and I will share more results of the DCI supplements as I continue using them in conjunction with my beloved Shakeology and regular workouts (usually Brazil Buttlift or Chalean Extreme). So far, no bad side effects. Hoping for a bun in the oven in the next few months 🙂
A stripped down meal plan is not a lifestyle. It is designed to help you with the last 10 lbs or to get you read for an event. This is not an option if you are just starting your weight loss journey or have a lot of weight left to lose. It follows the basic principles of eating clean but really strips it down.
The basic Clean Eating Principles are:
Eat more often. Eat 6 small meals every day spaced about 2-3 hours apart
Make sure your last meal is at least 3 hours before you go to bed
Eat breakfast EVERY day. You need to start with fuel in AM to boost your metabolism.
Eat Fats but Healthy Fats every day.
Eat carbs (grain or fruit) always with a protein
Drink 2-3 liters of water daily (Your weight divided by 2 in ounces is a minimum)
Carry a cooler packed with your meals so you always have healthy food available
Depend of fresh fruits and veggies for fiber, vitamins, nutrients and enzymes.
Be mindful of portion sizes. You likely need much less food than you think.
Do not eat anything processed. Stick to foods with less than 6 ingredients.
The last 10 pounds will be the most difficult and stubborn so to do it in a healthy way, without depriving yourself and sacrificing nutrition, you need to supplement your diet with an abundance of fruits and veggeis.
Examples of good veggies: Yams, bell peppers, cucumber, broccoli, asparagus, brussel sprouts, spinach, zucchini, green beans, radishes, onion, and my favorite garlic.
Examples of good fruits: Apples, berries, cherries, tomatoes (yes a fruit), limes, lemons, apricots, and oranges.
Great Protein Sources include: Eggs, lean fish, lean turkey, chicken, shrimp, bison (very low fat red meat), quinoa, hummus, tofu and tempeh.
Healthy Fat options include: Nuts (almonds and walnuts), seeds (sunflower and pumpkin), avocados (my favorite fat), and oils (sesame, coconut, olive, walnut, flaxseed and fish).
So here is a ideal Strip Down Day including workout:
4:00 am - Get up early and do my workout (T25, Turbo Fire, or Chalean Extreme for me)
5:00 am - Breakfast - One piece of whole grain bread, 1 egg, and 1/4 avocado
8:00 am - Snack - Vanilla Shakeology shaked with water and two Tbsp of powder peanut butter. Shakeology is a meal replacement shake and to read more about it: (What is Shakeolog)
11:00 am - Lunch - Raw Spinach, chopped onion, garbanzo beans, tomato, 6 oz baked chicken, and an olive oil based wasabi salad dressing.
2:00 pm - Snack - A cup of berries and a handful of unsalted almonds
5:00 pm - Dinner - 6 oz Grilled Rock Fish, Grilled bell pepper and onion, and 1 cup quinoa
8:00 pm - Off to bed and then start it all over again the next day 🙂
As you can see this is not a starvation diet. You still get to eat a lot of food. But to strip down I focus on cutting down dairy and carbohydrates (not carborexic though). And there is absolutely nothing processed on my meal plan.
Is inner thigh Gap a Big Deal? Heck yes it is!!!!!!!!
Inner thigh Chafing is a very sensitive subject for a lot of women and even some men. For those of you that do not know what I am talking about, it is the resulting rash from inner thigh skin rubbing together under hot weather conditions. It can happen in cold weather but is much worse when it is hot due to sweating and moisture in the area. And it doesn't take long for a rash to appear. I can remember putting on a pair of shorts on a hot day and leaving for school after forgetting to rub baby powder on my inner thighs and being in pain all day after lunch. I would be too embarrassed to go to the nurses office and ask for band aids. I would just walk kinda funny with my legs as far apart as possible and try to avoid walking as much as possible until I got home. At that point, it is too late for preventative measures and its time to medicate and wait the week for the rash to scab up and heal. Do any of these look familiar to you thigh chafing sufferers?
I speak from experience because I suffered from inner thigh rashes all summer long ever since I was in junior high. I would look forward to summer because it meant I could use my pool and quite honestly I can't stand cold weather. I am a tropical person, lol. None the less, the one thing I always hated about summer was wearing skirts and shorts. No matter what, when wearing a skirt, you were getting a rash unless you took preventative measures. As far as shorts, you could only avoid a rash if you got shorts long enough to cover the areas that would rub. Does this look familiar?
I learned to accept that this was just a part of my life and that I could not buy the cute shorts that I really wanted to wear. And if I did and happened to be good about using baby powder and keeping the inner thigh area dry, I always had bunching of the shorts between my thighs. I looked like the fat pockets on the top of my inner thighs were trying to escape my shorts, ugh!!!! I would be constantly pulling them down and they would eventually be all wrinkled between the thighs and just looked really bad. I knew that my problem was that I had no thigh gap. This is what my thighs looked like.
So I started researching Thigh Gap and found my future Beachbody Coach's blog. She had achieved an amazing transformation with a workout called Brazilian Butt Lift. That was enough for me, I purchased it. It arrived at my house within a week and I hit it hard. I followed the workout calendar and nutrition plan and really enjoyed the workouts. There is a lot of booty shaking and I really like dancing so this was a perfect workout for me because I was not bored with it.
I started to see and feel results after a few weeks and I remember getting crazy excited the first time I could see a hint of light between my thighs. It started at the very top and was very faint but damn it, it was happening. I completed the program and finally got my thigh gap.
I have since moved on to other Beachbody workouts but I always incorporate this workout into my routine because I have proven that it works. I have spent hours on eliptical machines at the gym and tried countless diets but this is what did it for me. Thank you Brazil Butt Lift!!!!
Weight loss is not easy. Especially for women with hormone disorders like PCOS. Follow this link if you would like to hear my whole weight loss journey.
Sometimes I feel like Batman!!! I am an Electrical Engineer by day and Beachbody Bombshell Dynasty Coach by night. I love and am extremely passionate about both of my identities. I do higher level programming automation controls on one end and on the other I help change peoples lives for the better including my own. One day these two incomes will match. What do I do at that point?
It is time to prepare for summer so I am asking all potential challengers to pick out a new bikini and contact me to get a spot in this months challenge group. No quick fix will get you into the shape you want. It takes dedication and support which is what you will get from my online Secret Facebook group. You participate in the Facebook group and do your workouts from home. Lets make this a summer to remember.
I had something wonderful happen that I just have to share. This is the 60 day transformation photos for one of the women in my challenge group. She started the group Day 1 very depressed and ashamed of herself, but hopeful. By no means did she look terrible but she just felt terrible and opened up to the idea of allowing me to guide her through the challenge group process. She did great!!!!
While looking at her transformation photos after the 60 day challenge was over, I mentioned to her that her posture looked better in her 60 day photo. Her response was "You stand up straighter when you're proud!!" I totally lost it and was crying. This made my whole day. I am so dang proud of her. This whole process not only brought happiness to her and her marriage but to me as well. This is exactly why I love being a Beachbody Coach. I love sharing these stories.
It is so important to not only monitor your own diet but your furry friends too! I lost a dog (more like a child) a few months back, Oliver, to pancreatitis which is caused by several things including a fatty diet. My poor Ollie had lots of other contributing medical issues but I had no idea that the chicken scraps he loved were just "bad" for him. I started "P-Doggy X" in an effort to help him lose weight but his compounded medical issues ended up taking him from me. I have since adopted a new puppy. This little guy is my new angel "Deuce" and I am starting him off right. He is on the puppy version of the program which I am calling "P-Doggy 90". He doesn't get the table scraps Ollie did and I make sure to exercise him regularly. I will never forget my beloved Oliver and Baby Deuce has his own place in my heart.
I can honestly say the best part about my Beachbody transformation is that I no longer have "thigh rub". I know other ladies know what I am talking about. The days of having to use baby powder if I want to wear shorts or a skirt are gone! And On a hot day, baby powder only worked for a short while. I had to keep a travel size one in my backpack purse. Remember when those were in? Well it's when I was in high school over 10 years ago. I had thigh rub problems way back then. In fact, I don't remember it ever not being an issue. I remember days when I forgot baby powder and literally had scabs from the rubbing. I know I can't be the only person to experience this.
But it is a thing of the past which I refuse to re-visit. I just picked these shorts up at the thrift store for $3 and they look and fit better than any of the $50 shorts I used to buy when I was "thicker". My body and wallet are both loving my transformation. Hard work pays off. And I can kiss the inner thigh rash days goodbye. Over anything else, for this I am most grateful.
If you want to know how I did it, read My Story and learn about my Challenge Groups.
Does it frustrate you to hear that you must lose weight in order to improve your PCOS symptoms when PCOS makes it difficult to lose weight? Yup, that's how I felt, too. Not all women with PCOS are overweight, but it's still important to maintain a healthy body. Check out this article by Katie Humphrey for more information on maintaining a healthy weight with PCOS as we get older.
WHY WOMEN WITH PCOS ARE AT PARTICULAR RISK WHEN WEIGHT GAIN SHIFTS WITH AGE
Weight gain shifts as we grow older, with younger women tending to gain weight on their thighs and hips. That is me for sure. I pack it all on in the thighs and butt.
But after menopause, weight gain often moves to the midsection, increasing the chance of developing the cluster of risk factors for heart disease called metabolic syndrome (syndrome x), which is closely linked with PCOS.
Those of us with the hormonal imbalance caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome are already at greater risk of the onset of metabolic syndrome because of numerous "shared" symptoms. These include high blood pressure, increased levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol and reduced HDL "good" cholesterol.
An expanding waist measurement is now thought by many doctors to be a more accurate predictor of a heart attack than overall weight. Heart disease kills up to almost six times more women than all forms of cancer combined.
It's not all bad news, however. Luckily, deep abdominal fat, which is stored around our internal organs, responds more quickly to regular exercise than other kinds of fat.
So you have two choices. Either work out a safe exercise program based on the advice of your doctor in conjunction with your PCOS treatment program. Or, if you're experiencing success, be sure to stick with the exercise regime you already follow to help better manage PCOS symptoms like weight gain and avoid the onset of metabolic syndrome.
Weight loss will come when you're exercising and making healthy choices. Just be patient, give it time, and focus mostly on wanting to be healthier. If you don't need to lose weight, it's still important to exercise and take care of your body. This week, take a step in the right direction and increase your exercise, whether you're a beginner or a fitness junky. Get moving and you'll feel better and, ultimately, see the effects on the outside!
Read My Story and how I reversed my own PCOS and learn about how my Wellness Support Challenge Groups help others reverse PCOS symptoms
Now I think I may be the only woman I know that actually gained weight before her wedding day. In fact I gained about 8 pounds the year before my wedding and about 10 more afterward. Since then I found Beachbody and got started on my transformation. So for shits and giggles I tried on my wedding dress last night and am shocked at how big it is on me. I cannot believe I made zero effort to lose weight or get healthy before my wedding. My husband was also at his biggest on our wedding day. We have both since lost 40 lbs and he has proposed AGAIN!
We are renewing our vows to recognize the new life we have built for ourselves. We are not the same people we were on our wedding day. We have not only found the best in each other but the best in ourselves. I can't wait to post new wedding photos. Read about my transformation story and see for yourself that it can be done. You just need to want it!