As a woman who suffers from PCOS you are almost told from the outset that you’re going to struggle… And when I say struggle… I really mean suffer the mental torture of trying to eat right and working out and have the scales mock you by not even lowering by a single pound. Well… I was that girl until two months ago.
On the 4th of September I was told that I had the PCOS symptom of Insulin Resistance in the form of Hyperglycemia and that was what was causing me to be unable to lose weight. It was also making me very tired (as I was sugar crashing everyday, leading to mini sugar comas for 1 to 6 hours on an afternoon, everyday) and disrupting my digestive system to force it to stop working. This meant I struggled to digest food and ended off with consecutive UTIs.
As soon as I was told that I was hyperglycemic I started to change my diet to have only Low GI foods (which for me was primarily avoiding any unseeded breads, potato products and anything sugary) and continued to excersize and the weight seemed to melt away like it never had done before.
I have been on this diet just over two months and this is my progress, it won’t seem like much to some people but it’s more than I have ever been able to achieve in a long time.
As Mental Health Awareness Day is coming to a close I would just like to say a few quick things before the day ends…
Look beyond someones smile – Anyone can wear a brave face and a fake smile, none better than those who have suffered without help for a long time. They’ve had the most practice – sometimes it those overly happy people who end off being the most broken. They just smile out of fear that if their smile fades, the tears will start again.
Look for their unique voice – someone with a mental health problem may not be able to speak out about it using their voice so read what they write, look at what they draw, listen to the lyrics… if you pay close attention to someones art, you will know them a lot better.
Remember everyone has anxiety – EVERYONE! It’s a natural instinct that enables us to survive in dangerous situations, some people’s are just more distinctive than others.
Focus on the right body parts – Yep, that’s why the boob joke was in the title but that’s not what I mean. You can tell a lot from a person by certain parts of their body like… bitten finger nails or ripped skin on hands etc could be a sign of dermatillomania.
Focus on what someone wears – You can actually tell a lot about someone from their clothing habits (not all the time but it’s still there). People with eating disorders such as anorexia are known to cover thier weightloss by wearing baggy clothing in the same way self harmers will cover their cuts and scars by covering up as much as possible.
Not everyone who cuts wants to die – Some people use it as a form of control or power. They see it as a way of proving that no one can hurt them as much as they can hurt themselves.
Councilling and medications don’t work on everyone – As someone who has tried a lot of types of antidepressant and therapy and had it all fail… trust me it’s worth a shot but don’t worry if they don’t work, theirs other ways.
People who have an addiction need help – People with addictive personalities need help. Don’t sit there and tell smokers they can get help to quit but tell a drug addict they are the scum of the earth! They need help too!
Relapses happen – Life is a rollercoaster… you will have your ups and downs and those topsy turvy moments when you dont know what to feel but if you made it out once, you can do it again!