There is nothing more frustrating to me than being told I can’t do something.
How do you know? You don’t know me and what I am capable of! Only I can tell myself what I can and cannot do. The mind is a very powerful tool and when I set my mind to something, I can and will do it. Frankly, when people tell me I can’t, it motivates me to want to do it even more. I will prove you wrong, and you will see me grinning ear to ear once I have achieved the “impossible” because I defied the odds.
I saw way too many doctors who were all befuddled by me and my symptoms. They didn’t provide any encouragement; they told me that I needed to accept that I was getting older and that my body was changing (I was still in my 20’s when I was feed this ridiculous explanation). I was even told that “at a certain age a women’s body just changes, and there is nothing that can be done about it”. What a load of crap!
When I was officially diagnosed with PCOS, my endocrinologist told me that I should work with a nutritionist, who understands PCOS and what works best for it. She referred me to one of the main hospitals in the state because she felt they were the “best” and would work with me throughout pregnancy.
I had my initial appointment with the nutritionist, and it felt like I was being handed a death sentence. She was anything but positive. She told me that I would NEVER lose weight and that my goal should be not to gain weight. She stated that 90% of women with PCOS will become diabetic in their lives and about half will be diabetic by the age of 40. She articulated that I would 100% have gestational diabetes when I became pregnant and that I would be facing a plethora of complications during pregnancy.
I broke down and began to cry (and I am not the type of person who likes to show emotions in front of people I don’t know). I left the appointment extremely upset and even had experienced a panic attack in the car. Luckily, my husband had accompanied me to this appointment; I know it had rocked him to the core because he had never seen me get so upset before and he was afraid of the possibilities.
Well, I want you to know that as I sit here writing this blog, I have done the “impossible”. I have lost weight, and I am about 3 pounds away from achieving my goal weight! In fact, I am wearing a pair of skinny jeans. I have never owned or worn skinny jeans in my life because I was not comfortable or confident enough to wear them.
Now I am rocking my skinny jeans, and I have never felt better or more confident about my body.
The journey to lose weight has by no means been easy. I work hard every single day! I make smart eating choices, avoid temptations, and I exercise like a fiend. But my hard work has paid off, and nothing makes me happier than proving the naysayers wrong. I not only look better but I feel better. Yes, I love looking better, but I also want to live a long and healthy life, that’s my motivation. Part of successfully managing PCOS is maintaining a healthy weight. Symptoms tend to reduce or disappear with weight loss.
I can’t wait to reach my goal weight! I know that I will get there, and that motivates and inspires me to work even harder every day.
So don’t let anyone count you out. This is your life and journey, and you are in control of it. It is possible to lose weight and to be the best version of you. Never give up. I am living proof that it can be done despite what everyone else told me. No one knows how strong you are and that you are capable of anything if you put your mind to it. You must believe in yourself, don’t ever allow someone to crush your hope and strength. You can do this, and you will do it! Your success and accomplishments will be oh so sweet!
Please feel free to share your victories below. What have you accomplished that was thought to be “impossible”?