I've been following a low carbohydrate, spefically Ketogenic, diet since March 4th, 2017. I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), and I'm a slow loser coming in at a 10 lb weight loss just barely as of Thursday morning.
My old jeans began feeling loose weeks ago, so I went online and found the next size smaller (my favorite brand are hard to find locally). They arrived Wednesday night. When I looked at them, I thought, "Damn, I forgot to get the curvy fit, these aren't going to work." I put them aside and went to bed feeling depressed. Thursday morning, I begrudgingly tried them on, and they fit PERFECTLY (the photo posted shows the difference between my old and new jeans). That made my day!!!
And my week!!!
Thank goodness, because I needed it.
I recently gave up dairy products with the support of my OBGYN in hopes that it would have a positive effect on my menstrual issues.
Well, it didn't.
About 2 weeks ago, I increased my carbohydrate intake for 5 days to see if that would help (sometimes lady stuff responds negatively to big diet changes, like going super low low carb).
That didn't help either.
I called my OBGYN on Monday to problem-solve and she was not at work. Tuesday morning she called me and said she could see me in June... JUNE!!! I am hopping on a plane with my boyfriend next week for a trip East Coast and trust me, you don't want the girl problems I've got while flying. I expressed this and was told she'd go see what other options were available. About 15 minutes later I got another call; there was a miracle 11am cancelation!!!
At my appointment I was told that although my blood sugar levels all look good (and have for the last 10 years of annual bloodwork), it's not because they are good... it's because my pancreas is frickin' awesome, apparently. In other words, my pancreas is working harder than it should. I also learned that I'm insulin resistant.
I have now been put on Metformin, a medication very familiar to a lot of folks with diabetes. In addition to helping my body use insulin better, it should also have a positive impact on my girl issues. Yesterday was the first day that it didn't make me feel like hurling every other second, or sleeping like a hibernating bear. With those side effects gone (for now, until further titration in 2 weeks), I'm feeling a bit less angry about it all. I'm just not a fan of having to take medication... and still a little pissed that it took so long to figure this out despite my diligence in having annual blood panels done (because I know I'm high risk for diabetes).
Since eliminating dairy did no harm or good, I was told to reintroduce it into my diet or start taking a calcium supplement. Since most vitamins/supplements cause severe vomiting for me... hellooooooo dairy!!!
Yogurt and cheese... I missed you. [Insert heart emoticon here.]
Also... I was instructed to increase my daily carbohydrate allowance from 20 grams to 50 grams, 40 at the very least. So, this means I'm still following a low carb diet, just not strictly Ketogenic anymore.
If my OBGYN believes this in conjunction with the Metformin will help with my girl issues, I'm on board.
Of course I'll still hop on and blog periodically, because the adventures continue!