Unexpected wrench in the plan…. PCOS Diagnosis.

So a lot of us talk about injuries that affect our running/training.  I’ve never been one to talk about my health other than that.  And if you don’t care to hear about it – feel free to stop reading here.  I felt like I wanted to share about this because a lot of things in my life are being affected by this diagnosis of (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) PCOS.

I had decided to stop taking my birth control pill at the end of 2016.  I had been taking it for many years to control my painful cycles.  Michael and I want to start a family, and going off the pill was the first step.

At first, I felt great.  The mental/emotional clarity I felt was great.  And to my surprise, my cycles weren’t awful! But after awhile, I began to notice that my cycles weren’t consistent in length.  So when I went for my annual checkup in April 2017, I was told to come back if they didn’t normalize.

Fast forward to last week – they had normalized over the summer, but then went crazy in the fall.  So I went in to see my doctor since they were still abnormal and we had been trying to conceive for over a year.

He had me come back the next day for an ultrasound to confirm his suspicion.  They did confirm that I have PCOS.  This is mostly characterized by cysts on the ovaries, and it comes with litany of other symptoms and issues. The ones that I’ve been affected by is weight gain and issues conceiving.

Since PCOS is an endocrine disorder, it affects other aspects of hormone regulation.  Most people with PCOS are insulin resistant, hence the weight gain I’ve experienced.

So to combat this, I’ve been put on a drug called metformin (which is typically used for diabetes) to get my hormone levels corrected.  I will also have to pretty strictly follow a whole food diet (with a focus on low carb, high protein) to combat the insulin resistance.

The first few days have not been fun.  The side effects are mostly GI related, and I’ve had them! I’ve also noticed a decreased energy level.  I’m sure I’ll get used to it over time, but right now, it stinks!

I still have a lot of learning and research to do to find out how to change my lifestyle to accommodate for PCOS, but I know I want to find the most natural options for me to combat this.

If any of you have experience with this – follow any bloggers with PCOS – please share.  I have a lot of learning to do and it pretty overwhelming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Update – 1/8/2018

This past week was a pretty rough one. Between the snow and feeling under the weather, it was tough to get motivated or feel accomplished.

Monday

Monday was our first real day back to work after the snow.  The roads were still bad, so I opted for 2 miles on the treadmill at home.

Tuesday

Roads were still bad on Tuesday, so again, treadmill for 2 miles at home.

Wednesday

On Wednesday, I had a doctor’s appointment, which set the day off on a crazy foot.  Since Michael and I have been carpooling, and he had to work late, I worked late.  We had some errands to run after work, and by the time we got home, I was NOT feeling a workout.  I ended up doing a ton of housework when we got home so at least I was somewhat active!

Thursday

Thursday didn’t bring a workout either.  I stayed active and met my step goal.

Friday

Even though I felt awful on Friday, I got in 2 miles on the treadmill when I got home from work.

Saturday

On Saturday, I hung out with my mom and helped her get rid of clothes.  Between her TWO closets – we got rid of 3 trash bags worth of clothes.  We watched the Eagles game and was glad to see them advance in the playoffs.  I didn’t feel well on Saturday either.

Sunday

On Sunday, I got up and planned on completing a virtual 5k that I had signed up for.  OMG, it was terrible.  I felt so awful, walked the whole thing….slowly.  Between being sick, and some new meds I started, it was awful.  I spent most of the day relaxing.  But I did get the ornaments of the tree (I know, I know).

How was your week? How often do you clean out your closet?

Weekly Update – 1/1/2018

Monday

Since Monday was New Year’s Day, we had the day off of work.  We slept in some, even though our New Year’s Eve was uneventful and spent at home.

We went to the gym, and I did a 5k on the treadmill.  I was too pooped from staying up late (I’m such an old person!) to do any strength training.

We spent the rest of the day watching movies on Netflix.

Tuesday

I stayed home on Tuesday and got in 2 miles on the treadmill.

Wednesday

Since the impending snow bomb hurricane thing was coming, the gym closed early on Wednesday.  I opted for 2 miles on my treadmill at home.

Thursday

Work was closed on Thursday due to the 10+ inches of snow that we got.  I still had some conference calls and other work to get done.  But I still had some time to enjoy the snow fall.

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snow2.jpgI got 1.5 miles in on the treadmill, and did some strength training.

Three rounds of the following:

  • 15 overhead press (8 lbs)
  • 15 bicep curls (8 lbs)

I also shoveled half of the driveway, which was a crazy workout!

Friday

On Friday, my workout was shoveling the other half of the driveway and some of the walkways.  We only worked half a day, so I had plenty of time to get it done.

Saturday

On Saturday, I was super sore from my two days of shoveling.  I was still super active around the house though.  I spent a lot of time organizing and getting rid of stuff.  Nothing like being stuck in the house to encourage cleaning.  I wish I had gotten some “before” pictures, but when I’m all done, I’ll have to post some “after” pictures.

On Saturday night, we ventured out and went to a friend’s house for poker night.

Sunday

I did NOT feel like working out on Sunday.  We slept in, then did some cleaning, shopping, etc.  I still managed to get all my steps in for the day!

Were you affected by the huge snowstorm this past week?  What did you do to keep from going crazy?

 

Weekly Update – 12/26/2017

After the busyness of the Christmas season, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is pretty calm, especially at work.  This gave me time to really focus on getting back to the gym, and not just working out at home.

Tuesday

Finally went back to the gym – I’ve been working out at home for so long!  Did 1.5 miles on the treadmill before I hit the weights.

3 Rounds of the following:

  • 10 Dumbbell tricep extensions (12 lbs – dropped down to 8 lbs for last set)
  • 10 bodyweight squats
  • 10 incline pushups

3 Rounds of leg press – 10 reps at 100 lbs.

I decided to add in the leg press at the last minute.  I have been having issues with runner’s knee since I haven’t been doing strength training.

It felt good to get some strength training back in.  Now I just gotta get back to yoga.

Wednesday

Since it was ridiculously cold outside, and I didn’t even want to drive to the gym, I opted for a treadmill workout at home.  Just a quick 2 miles.

Thursday

Got 2 miles in on the treadmill at home, and tortured myself with the foam roller.

Friday

Went to the gym after work.  Got in 2 miles on the treadmill before doing a little strength training.

I did 3 rounds of the following:

  • 10 Dumbbell tricep extensions (10 lbs – dropped down to 8 lbs for last set)
  • 10 incline pushups

Then I got on the reACT Trainer and did 30 seconds facing each direction (front, back, left side, right side).

Saturday

I skipped a workout on Saturday.  Michael and I had a really active day – running errands, cleaning etc.

Sunday

On Sunday, we hit up the gym and I got in 3.1 miles on the treadmill.  It feels good to be consistently going back to the gym.

How was your week after the holidays? Do you enjoy working out at a gym, or do you prefer home/outside workouts?

 

Race Recap – Surf N Santa 5 miler 2017

This is one of my favorite races to do each holiday season.  The combination of the Santa suit and running under the holiday lights is fantastic!  Its also part of J&A Racing’s Triple Jog Dare.

Packet Pickup and Expo

I decided to pick up the packet on race day.  I got there around 2:30 for a 4:30 race.  I got my Santa suit, tshirt, and hung out for awhile.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

The temperature was around the mid-40s.  I decided to wear running tights and a long sleeved shirt under my Santa suit.  In retrospect, it was a little warm.

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Pre Race

I got lined up in my corral about 15 minutes before the race.  Last year, this race broke a world record for a santa run.  This year, they weren’t trying to break the record, so there was a wider variety of holiday outfits.  However, as you can see from this picture at the start line – there were still a lot of santas!

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Race Time

The course was a little different this year, but the overall course was unchanged.  We ran through about 20 blocks of lights on the boardwalk.  It was a ton of fun, and I snapchatted the lights a lot of the way.

There were a lot of bars along the oceanfront having Christmas parties, and we saw lots of people in costume.  Some of the santas from the run took a break from running to grab shots at the bars.

The 5 miles ticked off pretty quickly, even though I was walking instead of running.  The race finishes inside the convention center, which is a ton of fun!  I finished in 1:23:10.

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After Party

I collected my medal for the race, and my medal for the Triple Job Dare (Wicked 10k, Norfolk Harbor 5k and Surf N Santa 5 miler).  I wasn’t really interested in the soup they had or in the beer, so I just hit the road.

 

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Did you do any holiday runs this year? Have you ever done a Santa run?

 

Race Recap: Virtual Reindeer Challenge 5k & 7k 2017

This race was scheduled for 12/2 but I already had a commitment that day.  My mom and I always go to a Christmas craft show at the local high school.  I was super bummed out because I love Road Rage Events races.  They hold them out at Mount Trashmore and they are always nice, small, local races.  I was super excited when I found out they had a virtual option for this race!

Packet Pickup and Expo

Since this was a virtual race, no packet pick-up and expo for me!  I received the package in the mail with my shirts, bib, medals, etc.  They ended up mailing them out late, I had already completed the race(s).

Race Day Conditions/Attire

Since the challenge for this race event was to complete a 5k followed by a 7k in the same morning, I tried to closely mimic that.  That being said, I completed the 5k on my treadmill before the craft show, and the 7k outside in our neighborhood.  It was a chilly day, so I wore a few layers and fought through a few sprinkles.

Race Time

The 5k went smoothly on the treadmill.  I took it easy, mostly walking, knowing I needed to complete a 7k later in the day.  I completed the 5k in 52:46.

The 7k was a little more difficult.  I love the distance of a 7k.  Our new neighborhood is about a half mile around, about .56 miles, so I knew I needed to do about 8 laps.  Its a really boring loop when you do that many.  It sprinkled for the last three laps, which made it a little cold.  I completed the 7k in 1:17:21.

After Party

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Have you ever done two races in one day?

 

Race Recap: Norfolk Harbor 5k 2017

This race is always a lot of fun, but has a history of being cold and/or rainy.  I convinced my husband to do this one with me.

Packet Pickup and Expo

We opted for packet pickup the day before.  They moved pickup to the new Waterside District building.  We didn’t really linger around for dinner, we just headed home.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was FREEZING on race day.  Temps were to be in the mid-50s, but the wind was horrible. I wore long pants, a long sleeved shirt, and a sweatshirt.

Pre Race

We stayed in the parking garage as long as we could until we finally decided we had to use the bathroom too bad to stay in there any longer!  We hung out around the park by the starting line until it was time to line up.  We froze in our corrals.

Race Time

It was freezing at the start, but within the first mile, I was able to take off my sweatshirt and tie it around my waist.  The first mile went by very quickly. Second and third mile were a little slower, but the weather was much nicer and the sun came out.

Even though Michael started out one corral back from me, he caught up to me with about a half mile left.  We alternated jogging/walking and finished together.

I finished in 49:42.

After Party

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I didn’t get to enjoy the after party food, because it was a stew that had apples in it.  Since I’m allergic to apples, no soup for me! I did have part of a beer and had enough of the cold.

Have you ever done a race where the “feels like” temperature didn’t seem to match the actual temperature?