PCOS Awareness Month

September 18th, 2013 (actual date written)

September is PCOS month. Last June I wrote about my personal battle with PCOS. Since that time so much has happened physically, emotionally, personally, and spiritually. I'll never forget how sad and down and out I was last June and wanting to cry all the time. Fast forward a little over a year later and I have learned so much.

Battling PCOS has taught me a lot about myself. I have learned more is not always best. I have switched my mindset to thinking that working out more is not the answer to the physique I desire. What I have learned is 3 intense/hard workouts a week for me is just the right answer paired with 2 days of walking on my hands, playing on the rings, and dropping into a Pure Barre class. My body is under way less stress, and I am not a walking ball of cortisol.

I have learned patience, and patience is not one of my virtues. I tell my clients that it didn't take 2 weeks to put on the weight you want to lose, nor 2 weeks to be able to back squat 250lbs. I am taking my own advice and learning how to take each day one at a time and be thankful for where I am.

I have had multiple opportunities to meet with or talk on the phone with ladies battling PCOS or dealing with hormonal imbalances. These our some of my most memorable appointments, and I am reminded how we are all in this together. The amount of knowledge I have gained about the body, endocrine system, and hormones is invaluable, and I can carry that with me forever.

Lastly, I have learned I only can do so much, and it is all a matter of God's timing in my life to be healed. It's amazing how your prayer life can improve 10-fold when you want something so badly.

Through it all, I choose to be thankful for my battle with PCOS. I believe it is making me a better version of myself. What are you battling that you can see as a blessing?