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A PCOS fighter becoming a runner... one step at a time.

Swift kick in the butt

Posted By sassycyster41 on Sep 15, 2010 at 4:50PM

Genes are not static. Don't tell me, "I was born fat." No, you weren't. It might be harder for you than for other people, but you can radically change your metabolism, your wellness, and your immunity by how you live and what you put in your body. Accept that, and you'll feel more empowered.

Jillian Michaels

Starting at square one

Posted By sassycyster41 on Sep 15, 2010 at 4:29PM

Welcome to my blog, my sanctuary of my thoughts, rambles, and rants as I do the unfathomable and become a runner. I'm positive you will laugh, giggle, maybe tear up and rant along with me-all at my expense. Which is exactly the point of this. I need to do this as a form of accountability for myself, and its a little cheap therapy for my PCOS and normal frustrations along the way.

SO.....why am I deciding to become a runner? I am 25, I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), and I'm tired of not fighting, sitting back and not making a change. So finally I got so tired of it, that I agreed to do something crazy....I am doing a Half-Marathon with my old college roommates in May. I round up some more friends in my other social circles, and let my family and friends know, so that they would understand when I decided to go run and meet them later. Now....with months to go I am starting with baby steps-literally and following a slow start conditioning program.

The Basics:
PCOS- a genetic endocrine disorder that directly effects the female reproductive system, hormones, and metabolism. Some side effects include: insulin resistance, Metabolic Syndrome, infertility, lack of menstrual cycle, acne, weight gain, male pattern hair growth, loss of hair, and a variety of more symptoms all linked together- Lovely huh? (I suggest Google or WebMDing the topic for an in depth formal explanation- I did NOT go to Medical School) It affects 1 in 10 women, and many women have these symptoms and they go undiagnosed for far too long.

I was a ridiculously active 11 year old who within in month of starting her journey to womanhood, had a bunch of these symptoms pop up and with one visit to my Primary Care Physician-my life has never been the same. I continued to be very active all through college, mostly did water polo, rowing, some cycling, and yoga in college. Now, after a whirl wind 2 years in the "real" world, I am here.

So there you have the huge nutshell....welcome to my journey! It's going to be a bitch-but nothing worth having, comes without hard work.

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