At the start of the year I mentioned that one of my goals was to be more devoted to a healthy lifestyle. I’ve had some health issues plaguing me for quite a few years now, and I feel like I’m finally at my breaking point. When you have kids it’s very easy to devote all of your time and energy to them. New babies smell wonderful, especially to new moms and it’s easy to lose yourself along the way. I was a lot younger when I had my first son so bouncing back was easier. After having my second son it’s been a huge struggle and pain point for me, especially since I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) while trying to conceive our second child. It came as a shock to me as my life and health had always seemed normal over the years, and I had never really been in an unhealthy weight range.
Flash forward through years of infertility and struggles and we have a wonderful child, which we are eternally grateful for. However, I thought the effects of PCOS wouldn’t bother me afterward, and they’ve proven otherwise. It’s really hard for me to lose any weight, and I’m beginning to see other symptoms worsen over time. Needless to say, it’s time to get serious, serious about this issue. I’ve always been proud of trying to eat healthy and stay active, but for me trying is no longer enough. I have to be 100% dedicated 100% of the time. Ouch. On the plus side, I’ll likely end up in great shape and will be a healthier mom and role model for my kids.
So how am I going to do that? Over the years I’ve had lots of experience with working out, personal trainers, proper nutrition, etc. so I’ll reference all of that knowledge, plus the research that I’ve done regarding PCOS and health which basically means I get to eat like I’m diabetic, even if I’m not. I’ve been using my Withings Activité fitness tracker (seriously love it!) to track my activity for the last 5 months, and I love that I can glance at it to see my step goal instead of having to open an app on my phone. It’s also waterproof so I don’t have to take it off if I go swimming. I also have used My Fitness Pal (app) off and on for years so I’ve gone back to using that to track my eating. About a month ago when I wrote this post about making time for myself I started my daily workouts again. I alternate running with a Ballet Beautiful cardio workout and sometimes yoga. I’ve never felt better, so I’m excited to stay on this path and make it a real lifestyle change.
Do you have PCOS or any other ailments you have to work around? I’d love to hear your tips on staying motivated to live a healthy lifestyle.