Everyday for the past 6 years I have been struggling with PCOS. PCOS is a hormonal condition that causes enlarged ovaries and cysts to form all over them. My disease entails uncontrollable weight gain, hair loss, excess body hair growth, infertility, and many other side effects. My hair has been falling out and thinning for a while now, but I was so dead set on not cutting it because I felt I would feel less like a woman. It has been very Hard for me to feel womanly, pretty, sexy or happy with my overall appearance for a very long time but today with the help of @blushyardley and the talented and sweet stylist @danamaddenstylist1 I FEEL BEAUTIFUL! thank you so much for this amazing hair transformation ❤️✂️ NEVER UNDERESTIMATE POWER OF A GOOD HAIRCUT ✂️ #shorthairstyles#pcos#wakeupandmakeup#whoruntheworldgirls#shorthairdontcare#itwillgrowback
So this was a bit of trial and error. Mum made a magnificent chicken pie, so I thought I'd give it a go and see what was what. It didn't help that I forgot to take my metformin! But the numbers were still only at 7.4 and my target is under 7.8 so I'm happy with that.
BODY UPDATE 🧘🏾♂️ It’s one thing to reach a goal, but maintaining it is something else. I’m so proud of myself, because I reached my main goal: feeling totally comfortable and free in my body. But.. I started to notice that I was losing my focus when it comes to clean eating. It’s okay to let go sometimes, as long as you get your focus back in time! I once lost my focus for a long long time, gained 25KG, wasn’t happy. 🤷🏽♀️ However, I’ve been getting back to it since this week! I’m still craving a lot of foods that I shouldn’t crave, but I’m human, you’re human, we’re humans. At least I’m making good steps in the right direction! Let’s make these steps together! ARE YOU IN? 👊🏼
Out & about! . . . Paying for the excersize already with awefulness, cant really move my left arm and sitting isn't an option, feel sick to my stomach and it's all because I tried to live a little more this weekend. I went outside, I walked, I stayed moving and it felt good to feel the sun and not be inside. But I'm already paying for it. My HS is flaring up and I am extremely uncomfortable.. so much so I was in tears this morning. I just want to feel OK! & to not suffer just because I want to do something.. I'm trying not to get discouraged and fall back into a depressed always in bed stage but it's awful when you just want to do and you can't. I can't even lift my nephew right now and I don't feel ok.. . . #weightlossjourney#pcos#hs#hiking#mountain#arizona#hidradenitissuppurativa#chronicillness#pain#invisableillness#inspiration#motivation#plussize#fat#workingonmyself#goodday
I may switch over to weekly updates so as not to annoy everyone. But before I do, one week in and I’ve lost 6 pounds! 🥦 It’s complicated to talk about weight. I don’t want to talk about “dieting”, I certainly don’t want to fat shame anyone, but weight is a reality of health. And specifically it’s a grave concern for anyone who has #pcos or insulin resistance. 🍏 Losing weight for me is extremely hard. My body chemistry is confused and constantly thinks I’m starving with our North American diet, so it likes to hold on to every ounce. Trying to find a balance that helps correct it has been an ever changing battle for 13 years. As life has changed I’ve found different things effective. Which brings me back to why I’m trying a prolonged vegan experiment. 🥑 Honestly, I feel great but I find it a little boring. As someone who loves to cook I’m not finding it makes me excited. I think for this change to work for another 23 weeks I’ll have to really delve into finding new foods and recipes. Anyway, one week down... here’s to the next! 🥗 #plantbased#vegan @pcos_sisterhood
Brilliant write up of our discussion all about the future of women's health to celebrate our official launch. Brilliant panellists including @tania.boler @elvie, Dr @jessicafarren, Dr @lindafarahani and @doublebeewhy @bloodygoodperiod. If you missed the event - do check it out 👀 Link in bio 👆
⚠️Caution⚠️ making time for YOURSELF may lead to a happy and healthy lifestyle. . . Being exhausted, tired, feeling like there’s NO time... I GET IT. But most of the time these are excuses. 🤫 . YOU are the most important part of you. Does that make sense? Because without you- your world wouldn’t exist. So why not take the time out of your day to take care of yourself? 🤷♀️ . This doesn’t mean working out every single day, eating perfect every day, journaling every day, it means doing what you CAN do- without excuses. 💯 . You are the most important part of you. Treat yourself that way and take time for YOU. Make YOU a priority. 📓 . I promise you it’s possible- no matter how much time you feel like you don’t have for yourself- you do. ⏳ . Need accountability, quick workouts, nutritional guides, meals plans, recipes? Feel like you just need someone with you on the journey who understands? I GOT YOU! I’m here. And I’ll be here when you’re ready! But don’t wait too long, because you deserve it. 🥰
The digital part of our pre-home study paperwork has arrived. More is coming in the mail. We’re so excited, but I can’t be real for a moment? Where we are right now isn’t exciting, it isn’t fun, and it doesn’t feel great. It’s scary and unknown. It’s difficult. If you pray, pray for peace for our hearts and minds, and that we remember that He always promised to be there with us in the middle. #adoption#bringinghomebabya#pcos#homestudy (Lyrics: Here Again//Elevation Worship)
Eat food that fuels your body and mind instead of depleting it 💜 Every day we have the choice to eat food that heals us and provides us with nutrients that make for a happier and healthier life. Of course, I am not advocating for becoming obsessed with what you put on your plate, but being more mindful of what you eat is a good practice to get in sooner rather than later. We only have one body, and I believe there's nothing more important than treating our bodies with the love and respect they deserve, and part of that is eating a healthy diet. Yet, what is healthy for me may not be healthy for you! And healthy food doesn't have to be unenjoyable. Over time, your taste buds will change and stop craving unrefined sugars, unhealthy carbs, and table salt, to name a few. Anyway, I am so thankful for my health journey because it has changed my relationship with food for the better. I know how to take care of myself and how to help those around me who are dealing with food-related illnesses. One day, I hope to make it a professional thang, but for now, using this platform to share my story will do 💜
Hey friends! Long time since I’ve logged into here. 2018 started off awful, and turned out to be a great year with a lot of self growth. I became a self employed MUAH, ran my 1st race, and was given Alex’s parents doggo. Despite all these great things, I gave my career 110% of my time and energy but didn’t put any into my health. I ballooned up about 45lbs in a year and officially am at my highest weight since I was 22. 😞 I can sit around crying about it but sitting around does nothing! I’m taking this time to rewrite any wrongs I made with my last journey. I wasn’t eating enough, became scale obsessed, over doing cardio, doing no weight lifting and literally looking malnourished while still hating my body! I am very unhappy with my weight gain BUT I have more confidence than I ever did almost 100lbs ago. Go figure. 🤷🏻♀️ I’m practicing safe weight loss, and self love. Thank you to all the friends who reached out to me the past year, I couldn’t believe all the messages I received since I haven’t updated this in over a year. I love the #pcos community. We have each other’s backs! 👊🏼
So at first I said maybe it’s keto. Now I feel like maybe it’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I feel I like I’ve been looking at my way of approaching a healthy lifestyle all wrong. I won’t stick to one think like Keto when I have a bad relationship with food. That’s what I need to work on. I also had to ask myself,did I want to do keto for life? Honestly, no. My taste for food has change. What I do know is that I can take elements from different lifestyles and make one that is perfect for me. For example, I’ll keep my carbs low and use good fats when cooking. My taste for meat has change so I’ll do mainly seafood, and eat vegan dishes as well as vegetarian ones. See a little bit of this and a little bit of that. #change#healthylifestyle#explorepage#maybeitsthisandthat#foodie#journey#healthyjourney#pcos#foodaddict#overweightproblems#women#health#wellness#whatworksbest
Gimme all the incline ⛰ 💀 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Proud of where I’ve pushed this body of mine over the last year. I remember hiking Rubidoux a couple years ago & was on a struggle bus 🚌 😂 these days it’s a casual hike •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Also what are you favorite spot in the IE/ LA area let a girl know. We’re tryna see some more nature & catch a sweat 💦 _ #lifeaftervsg#lifeafterpcos#pcosweightloss#pcos#fitnessjourney#pcoswarrior#9monthspostop
💫SWIPE for #bellybumpupdate ⚡️ - #38weekspregnant tomorrow which puts me at 9 1/2 months pregnant 😟🤰🏻💕 - Do people still think pregnancy is #9months? I was pregnant 42 weeks with Alana sooo that’s 10 1/2 months, just saying. - Anyway, im officially 2 weeks from #40weeks and meeting our little man 🌵🎩 - Im feeling great! I miss being active at the gym and my little routine, but I’ve been so busy I’m as tired as if I was working out daily. I’ve been able to maintain my weight regardless and as of today I’m 8lbs up from my pre preggo weight 👏🏼 On another note, I have been shopping and organizing so much during this nesting period 🤭😬 I’m a perfect mashup between @joannagaines and @mariekondo but with less talent and joy for tydiness 😂🤷🏻♀️
I am kicking Polycystic ovary sydromes ass! I do not see this medication as being defeated, but an aid... for years I had been ignored and not taken seriously, until the doctors finally decided to do a blood test (not even for PCOS but I demanded they tested me for it!), to which the results came back as confirming what I had thought all along. I also found out last Friday from my ultrasound & internal scan that I have 12 cysts in my right ovary and 11 in my left. . . For years I have struggled with my weight, not understanding why I kept gaining. On my notes at the doctors, its recorded that gradually, over 9 years, I have put on 9 stone! Why or how the doctors didn’t think to do anything sooner, I don’t know... not only have they logged my weight gain but I have also spoke to them about infertility, hair, anxiety & depression and various other symptoms that all lead back to PCOS! . . I have been taking one of these tablets a day for the last two weeks, baring in mind I haven’t even been able to take tablets since the start of last year, as I had developed a phobia through anxiety. And do you know what? I think I’ve done a bloody good job and I’m proud of myself! Tonight I have started to up the dose and started to take two a day... in a few months I will be on six tablets a day overall. I’m hoping not only will this cure my phobia of taking tablets (I don’t have a phobia of physically taking them but my anxiety makes me think that they are going to/giving me side effects or that I don’t agree with them, then I end up having panic attacks etc) but it will also hopefully help to boost my weight loss alongside slimming world, as I have been so desperately trying all these years. . . I guess that what I’m trying to say is, if you take any medication, for whatever reason, don’t feel like a failure or that you have been defeated, sometimes you just need the help and it’s ok to take it 👌 . .
I know it’s easy to get discouraged when struggling with PCOS. Every day, that little voice in our head keeps nagging us... :: Will eating this food spike my insulin and stop me from losing weight? :: Did I remember to shave? :: Should I work out even though I’m exhausted and my adrenals probably need a break? :: Am I going to get my period today? :: Don’t despair, cysters! You have the power to create the life you want. It will take time, but you WILL get there. :: ~Chelsea xo
Okay guys and gals, I need your help! I'm on the lookout for new people to mentor on my Babes in Business team... I want to help you reach your goals! I'm looking to help anyone who: ✈Wants to travel more 💰Has debts they want to pay off 🏠💍Is saving for a property or wedding 🙄Overworked 😢Not feeling valued at work 😣Under paid for the efforts 🚗Spends too long commuting to work 👎Complains about not having enough money to make ends meets 💔Is missing out on those special moments with loved ones 🍼Sick of having to put their kids in daycare 🤔Is not passionate about what they do 🌍Is sick of being told when they can and can’t take annual leave If you resonate with any of these lifestyle challenges, comment your respective emoji below... or if you know someone who does tag them in this post!
CONTROLLED BY SOCIAL MEDIA? 👇🏼 It’s kinda crazy how the world has evolved, how much time we spend on our phones, on social media, following other people’s lives etc! We live in a world that is all about how many likes you get, how many followers you have, how “popular” you are . Photos have always been a way to save memories, those times you want to remember, however now they are used in a way to get more engagement! A way get more people to hopefully like you! . Recently I’ve been doing a little research on my page .... what are people really reacting to And it seems that clearly pictures like this 👆🏽 do very well, whereas images regarding memories, times in my life where I’m just being me, with friends, my food, my life, kind of gets ignored! 😔 . Yes I want to inspire and motivate people, but IG started off as a way to tell a story, to involve people in our own journeys ... and I find it a shame that in order to gain engagement most people have to be putting up Ab and 🍑 images! . We need to remember it’s not all about likes, so what if an image gets 50 likes or 55000, just be you, share your story, share your experiences, and don’t be controlled by the expectations of SM 💖✌🏼
The first two steps to my “Supercharged facial” ... Video 1. After a double cleanse, a beautiful Oilaplane balm is applied to the skin to hydrate the skin and ensure the heavy blade glides smoothly across the skin. Video 2. Enzyme peel is applied which eats away at any left over dead skin. Cling film is applied to the nose and chin to intensify the treatment and lift out any blackheads. 🚨the videos have been speeded up. Keep an eye out for the next instalment!👀
Clients thoroughly loving the Dermaplaning facial and i have now introduced the Skin Geek barrier repair serum which calms the skin and aids a quicker skin repair time. Still my favourite facial and now made even better👌🏻
I believe I’ve been trained by the best @skingeekuk and use the best tools to provide a controlled and thorough treatment. My blade handle is weighted to help control on the skin and the Oilaplane balm helps the blade to glide smoothly with zero scrape marks. Do your research- you get what you pay for 👊🏻