Saturday 15th February – Time to stop hiding the PCOS truth & make people aware

Happy Saturday everyone! 

I was so tempted to cancel my training session with Chris this morning as it was dark (7am!), cold and raining cats and dogs. BUT I didn’t! To be fair it felt like a major achievement just getting out of bed. I’ve had a pretty mental week and the thought of a lie in was almost too much! 
Anyway, I did train…

Saturday’s training
Leg press
5 sets of 20 reps: 1 set at 80kg, 4 sets at 100kg 
Pronated pull down
5 sets of 15 reps at 40kg
Sledgehammer and tyre set
6 sets of 15 reps
Slamball (7kg)
6 sets of 15 reps
Prowler pull with rope
5kg per side x 2 sets
2 rounds of 60 seconds boxing on the punch bag
Calf raises
25 close
20 wide
20 toes in
20 toes out 
The calf raises are NOT fun, but the idea is they will help with my knee problems, and my chunky lower legs! So there’s going to be a lot more of them. Great…!
Once training was over I went to have a manicure. My new, most girly thing to do, which I love! I’ve gone for a black sparkle this time, and I really like it. 
I think I’ve mentioned my PCOS related skin problems before. Well this past week has been rubbish as I’ve had a horrible cluster of angry, sore spots just under my right jawline. I know it’s linked to my messed up hormones, but they are so embarrassing. Nothing has worked on them, and it gets to the point where if you put any more make-up on them they become 4D! 
Anyway I spoke to my lovely friend Sally (amazing fashion & beauty blogger) about the problem, and she told me about a new product by La Roche-Posay that will help. This is it:

I am so excited to try it and, fingers & toes crossed, see an improvement! I will of course let you know how I get on. If you’re like me and suffer with PCOS related acne, or acne in general, then it is always good to know about any new products that actually work.

I have been thinking about ways to improve my blog to help other PCOS sufferers, and would genuinely appreciate your input to this. I would like to try and compile a set of ‘Top 5’ lists written by real women that can be used as a self help guide, and maybe even by non sufferers to see what it’s really like to have PCOS.

So at the moment I am thinking:

Top 5 symptoms 
I could then write a blog post on each one, with input from you, which can of course be anonymous, and we can go from there.

So, if you would like to be part of this, please either leave a comment below, or contact me at:
If you wish to remain anonymous please just let me know

One lady has already suggested a post on ‘excess hair’ issues.  I know this is one symptom that almost all women hate to talk about, but as it affects so many, maybe we should look at how to address it. My personal take on this is that women are judged way too harshly on their appearance, whether they have PCOS or not. You’re either too fat or thin, too tall or short, too ugly or beautiful. But you are never allowed to be normal.

If you go off what the glossy magazines say then all women should look like this:

Height: 5’10
Weight: around 9 stone
Leg length: up to your armpits, and always smooth
Boobs: 34DD and gravity defying without a bra
Skin: flawless and glowing, without make-up
Lips: full and permanently pouty, and dripping in lip gloss
Hair: long, glossy and full of volume
Dress size: the perfect size 10 of course!
Teeth: perfectly straight and white, preferably veneers

If you don’t meet the above then clearly there is something wrong with you. Right? NO! 
If you do look like this then I hate you. OK, I don’t hate you, I’m just insanely jealous, but I’m sure you’re lovely…

Seriously though, it’s no surprise so many of us have self esteem issues, when the ‘accepted’ appearance of women is mostly unachievable unless you’re filthy rich, and in my case able to stretch your legs! So when you throw in problems like excess hair/acne/weight problems, it’s no wonder we don’t like to talk about what’s going on. Well, I’d really like to change that, but I don’t want to write anything flippant or potentially hurtful. That’s where you come in. You are my experts, and you can make sure we tell people what it’s really like to have these side effects, from a physical and emotional perspective. Let’s face it, people are mean. In fact as I’ve got older I’ve learned that women are much worse than men. Why? Why don’t we help each other more? When was the decision made by the women of the world that survival of the fittest meant putting down others to make yourself feel better?

It’s time to stand up and have your say ladies. Please do get in touch.


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