I’m wearing my everyday jewelry, which I call my armor. It makes me feel centered, powerful, like I can tackle the day. It’s also noisy and in a way announces itself, me, and calls attention to my body in ways that, in the past, might have caused discomfort. As a survivor of sexual violence, I spent a long time hiding and drawing attention away from my body. With the noise of my jewelry, with my bright patterned pants, I now claim an ownership of my body. As a feminist teacher, this kind of empowerment is incredibly important to me and to my teaching/research/womanhood.
Starting Weight: 98.7kg Last weight in: 91.7kg Today’s weigh in: 92.8kg (+1.1kg/ 2.4lbs) Loss to date: -5.9kg
(These weigh ins occur at midday with me fully clothed including shoes, so my “true weight” is about 1kg / 2 pounds less).
That right there is my birthday weight gain. And as I’ve already explained, I have no apologies or regrets for it - I’ve already moved on.
Today’s catch up with my dietician focussed on my super duper amazing positive progress on the bloodwork front. Over the past 6 months my insulin levels have come down heaps - I’m now very close to having normal insulin levels, as opposed to where I started with mild insulin resistance. She was so proud of me! And because my insulin levels have reduced, so too has my testosterone – so much so that my testosterone levels are officially (well and truly!) within the normal range – yes, normal! That is huuuuge given high testosterone levels are common among women with PCOS, and can suppress normal menstruation and ovulation. So this explains why I have begun to ovulate on my own again!
Honestly this lower carb plan I’m on has revolutionised my approach to healthy eating – I don’t count calories anymore, I don’t sweat it out at the gym – I just focus on consuming PCOS-friendly foods, regulating my carb intake throughout the day, and getting my steps in through incidental low intensity activity.
Food is now eaten to nourish my body, and I exercise solely for my emotional wellbeing.
Overall I’m feeling so positive about the progress I have made over the past 6 months. More than anything, I know that when I do get pregnant, it will be a healthier pregnancy for me and the baby.
I’m always happy to answer questions about this stuff, so hit me up with an Ask if you’re curious about my PCOS food plan or anything else :)
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Newly arrived! Breitling Blackbird LE. Bit different from my usual vintage fare, but I’ve always been a bit partial to Breitling. The splash of red and the big date are what sold it for me.
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