I love sharing women’s stories, and their PCOS success. Hearing the experiences of others can inspire and educate, de-stigmatise and empower. And Criss is a beautiful human being, whose honestly and openness bring such joy. Here is her story…
“Just over a year ago, I accidentally stumbled across Rebecca Harwin, and her life saving book, a PCOS BIBLE, called Conquer Your PCOS – Naturally. As I was at my wits end at the time, with GP’s and their not very helpful advice of “just don’t eat as much”, I just knew there had to be more to explain what the hell was wrong with me!
I was getting fatter, and fatter, despite eating well, and low fat. I was once a size 10; I weighed only 50 kilos on my wedding day. My weight was now out of control; I’d hit 3 digits. My moods were up, down, side ways, you name it. The hair on my chin was starting its own colony aka the island of cape Criss! I was just so over it, fed up, and so depressed, fat, ugly, and it was effecting EVERYONE!
So I reached out and Rebecca threw me a lifeline. Through her I learnt so much. I began to understand what was happening to me. Why, and how I was actually making things worse.
The biggest revelation was understanding sugar. LOW FAT is not actually good for me! I was the low fat queen. The rice cracker snacker, the wholemeal salad sandwich freak, the pasta, rice express… it was all good food, but totally wrong from someone with PCOS!
I discovered things about sleep, food, stress, drinks, water, packaged food, gluten, self-talk, and my mind was on overdrive.
I threw out A LOT, and I mean A LOT of stuff.
I started using the meals suggested, and started making up my own, more to my liking. Soups, I discovered that…
1) I can actually make it
2) It’s so much more yummy than the can stuff (which I can no longer eat without getting sick in the tummy)
3) The kids love it too
4) I feel full afterwards without bread!
The weight started to shift. I got so excited. I went from a size 22 to an 18. Then it stopped. But I was still feeling good. Other changes were happening. I was feeling stronger. My joints and back hurt less. I didn’t need to take my medication as much, to stopping it for weeks at a time. Now only when I have put my back out.
I did slip out off the wagon, and life carried on around me, with it’s ups and downs… so my weight has been a yo-yo. The difference is I know what I am doing. I can stop and turn it back.
I am happy to report that since following Rebecca’s advice, I have restored my menstrual cycle to that of a normal woman. I have become monthly and regular, and have maintained it like this for 12 months now. The weight is still not ideal. I have gone up 5 kilos, then lost it again, and gained it, and lost it, but never broken past it… This is my keen focus for this year. I haven’t always been good, and I think that is the issue. I still like to treat myself with chocolate, and sometimes a bit too much. Also, not getting enough sleep. So this year is adding exercise, and good sleep habits, as well as less sweets.
It is the first time in my life I have had a natural monthly cycle, and I am 45 years old, and I started my periods when I was 13, so this is really amazing.
I told my husband last night that my periods are now regular, and he said “So, what does that mean?” I answered “if we were wanting to have a baby, now I could get pregnant or at least plan it…” We both screamed out “No!” LOL
My baby days are long over, what I really want now is to drop another dress size. That is the plan! The main thing is not to beat myself up about it.
I am so grateful to Rebecca for sharing her knowledge, and it is always helpful when someone actually understands the condition.”
From PCOS to perfect health, with love,
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