I was never fat. I was always a size 8, and I ate and did whatever I wanted. A few years ago, I started gaining weight.

Since I had had a baby, I thought maybe that had slowed my metabolism. I joined a gym and counted every calorie. After 6 months, I had gained 5 pounds. My trainer insisterd I was cheating, and I insisted that I was not. I worked out 2 hours a day 6 days a week. I finally decided I was just doomed to be fat.

I quit the gym. Over that year, I gained 60 more pounds. It’s not like I was just laying around eating chips. I walk, I don’t eat a lot, and yet I kept gaining. I would sometimes gain 5 pounds in a week for seemingly no reason. This year, things got worse.

I skipped my monthly vistor for 7 months, and then only had a 2 day spotting after that. I started having dizzy spells when I stood up. I started having blurry vision in my right eye. I started getting chin hair, and I embarrassingly have to shave in the morning like a man. I also started getting sharp pains on my lower right side. That is what made me go to the doctor. I thought it was my appendix.

Nope, after 3 visits and an ultrasound, my doctor said it was PCOS. I was sooo relieved to have an actual diagnosed illness, but I was overwhelmed, too. I had no idea what PCOS was or if I could cure it. My doctor said I could take Metformin, but I asked for an alternative remedy.

So, she said that some patients have completely cured themselves with a low glycemic diet. I bought a book about an insulin resistance diet, and I have been following it faithfully for a week. I have not strayed one time, and I have exercised for a minimum of 30 minutes every day. I am so committed to getting better, and I am relieved that this is not a death sentence.

I really thought losing weight was going to be hopeless for me. I have been reading everything on PCOS and insulin resistance that I can get my hands on. I was thrilled to find a support group. That is why I am here, to find people like me, share my journey, and give and receive support and encouragement.

Want to connect with me? My name is jellybeany on the SoulCysters Message Board.