Like a lot of young women/ girls my age, I feel there is a constant battle with the scales. It’s something that I’ve felt a lot of pressure about over the last 4 years and whilst my friends would often join my on my fitness escapades, I don’t think they even understand how it affects my life on a day to day basis.
5 years ago, I discovered I had PCOS which stands for Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome. At the time, they were just 4 letters that basically gave me an excuse as to why I was heavier than my peers.
“My body doesn’t work in the same way as yours so I can’t help it if I’m a bit heavier” was the excuse I would regularly give as I reached for the next chocolate biscuit.
However, I remember a distinct turning point in my attitudes towards exercise. I had finished my A-levels, my friends had all begun their new adventures at university and I was working at a supermarket call centre answering customer complaints about the shape of their pre-ordered turkeys. I had gone on a night out with my friends who had either finished university or were also on their gap year, and it was all fun and games until a song came on and my friend tried to pick me up and he just couldn’t. Even after a couple of drinks, it was one of the most humiliating moments I have ever experienced.
It was at that moment I knew something had to change. I was moving abroad, and this was a real opportunity to surprise everyone back home by coming back a different person. I put less in my mouth and moved more, and it seemed to work! I shed a stone in 5 months and I realised this was only the beginning.
I then went on to study at Loughborough University, where it was almost a sin if your best purchase over the three years was your gym membership and active wear is basically formal attire. I got to my fittest and lightest over these years purely because I was moving for most of my day, in fact, it was a bad day if I didn’t hit 15,000 steps! For once, I felt fantastic in myself.
Now I’m back in the world of work and whilst I am regularly hitting the gym, I can feel the weight creeping back on.
In 2018, I want to put my health first, which means finding out as much as I can about PCOS, and making this work for me. As they say 70% of the work takes place in the kitchen! I’ll be looking for PCOS friendly recipes and great HIIT workouts which will not only help me be kind to my body but also to my mind too!
I’m excited to share my journey with others and would love to hear any hints or tips you may have.
Have you ever taken on a health challenge?