Friday, October 20, 2017

Getting Your Healthy Checked Out


Since June, I have felt "off". I knew something was up with me. Not only did I stop losing weight, but I started to gain. I started going through more bouts of depression. I lost my sex drive. I lost my excitement to exercise and started making excuses. And after I had my appendicitis Matt and I decided it was time to get a primary care physician (for the first time in 8 years) and get our health checked out.

After talking to my new doctor, I told her that I wanted to have a hormone test done because I didn't feel right and just wanted to confirm that my PCOS had come back. I know my body pretty well you guys. I can tell when things are up. But when my cycle starts going super long, which this is the first time in 8 years that it did that, with the fatigue, depression, weight gain (even though I was exercising regularly) and huge carb cravings come back.

So...i just got my blood work results back (6 vials of blood and 3 days later I still have a bruise!)...I'm healthy as a horse and vitamin level is great (thank you Shakeology), thyroid is great, blood count is great, glucose level is great! I even have good cholesterol. And by the way...8 years ago, I was tested and my cholesterol was 53 points higher. I have actually lowered my cholesterol because of my healthier lifestyle.
I do have a hormone imbalance though, which is what we expected since I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 20 years old. And to help with the symptoms of PCOS is to lose weight...But my hormone imbalance makes it difficult to lose weight. So I'll be talking to my doc on what she suggests to help me lose weight without having to take medications and such.

1 other Area to actually work on, my triglycerides level was high. Since I am not pre-diabetic (they were actually really good levels!) And I'm not taking meds it is an indicator of obesity, too much fat around midsection and/or too high of a carb diet. So...just proof that I need to continue on my health journey and stay laser focused on my nutrition. I have made huge improvements to my overall health but there are still areas of improvement.

If you feel like you are off, or not sure. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR! Get your blood work done to see what is going on inside of you. You might be surprised by the results or you might find something that you have to work on. You never know until you get the results! 

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