Dealing with PCOS: Three Things You Can Do Right Now

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PCOS brings along a train full of baggage.  Once you discover that you have PCOS, you suddenly feel like you must eat only organic GMO-free gluten-free calorie-free vegan locally-produced foods,  exercise for fifteen hours a day, and sleep for precisely 8.75 hours per night.  That’s all while dealing with the maddening amount of body hair (Oh the hair!  It doesn’t stop!), popping zits and finding makeup to cover y0ur now red-splotched face, inventing ways to get some sort of volume into the ever-decreasing quantity of hair on your head, purchasing clothing in manatee sizes, and oh and let’s not forget that your neck and elbows are brown and look like you’re incapable of bathing.  All the while you still need to maintain your family, work, social, educational, religious, and community life.  It’s enough to drive a person mad.

If you were just diagnosed with PCOS, or you’re just getting back on the wagon, here are three reasonable things you can  do today to help things get better.  Will they solve all your problems?  Nope.  Will they help?  Absolutely. Continue reading

How to Prepare to Teach Relief Society

 

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Part 1:  How to Teach Relief Society in a Meaningful Way
Part 2:  How to Teach Relief Society Lessons about Difficult or Controversial Topics
Part 3:  How to Prepare to Teach Relief Society

There are many, many ways to prepare to teach Relief Society.  Over time, you’ll figure out what works best for you.  Me?  I never actually sit down to write a Relief Society lesson until the night before I teach (my mother probably just had a heart attack from reading that–hi Mom!).  However, that doesn’t mean that my preparation is left until the night before.  Continue reading

How to Teach LDS Relief Society Lessons about Difficult or Controversial Topics

How to Teach Relief Society Lessons about Difficult or Controversial Subjects

Part 1:  How to Teach Relief Society in a Meaningful Way
Part 2:  How to Teach Relief Society Lessons about Difficult or Controversial Topics
Part 3:  How to Prepare to Teach Relief Society

 

I taught Relief Society last week, and the assigned topic was #11 from the Jospeh Fielding Smith manual:  Honoring the Priesthood Keys Restored through Joseph Smith.  When I first saw the title, I had a bit of trepedation.  The priesthood, especially women’s role in the priesthood, has been a highly controversial topic lately.   I was worried that our discussion time would turn into a full-scale argument.  I wallowed in my thoughts for a bit, and then buckled down and read through the lesson. Continue reading

A PCOS Dilemma: What Do You Say if You Think an Acquaintance has PCOS?

What do you say if you think someone has PCOS?  via PCOSRa.com

I have a dilemma, and I’d like your help with it.  I don’t have the answers–just the problems.

Here’s the scenario:  You are acquainted with someone (through work, school, church, a community group, etc.) who you think has PCOS.  You know her name and a few things about her, you exchange “hellos” when you see each other, and one time you sat at the same table for a dinner party; but, you really don’t know her well.  Her appearance highly suggests that she has PCOS.  You have PCOS too.  What do you do?  Do you say something?

I’ve been in this exact scenario more times than I can count, and I never know what to do.  What do you do?  I want to talk about PCOS.  I want people to know that they aren’t alone.  But I also don’t want to offend them. Continue reading

Things I Hate About Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Things I Hate About PCOS via PCOSRa.com

Yesterday started out as a good day.  I got enough sleep, I woke up in time for scripture study in the AM, I had a roasted tomato sandwich from Bocata for lunch, my hair behaved itself, I was able to resolve two big outstanding issues at work, and I got home in time to weed the garden and go for a 4-mile walk.

Then I went to check the mail, and I caught my reflection in the rear-view mirror.  Horror.  Absolute horror.  I had a full-on mustache of raven-black hairs that were longer than my arm hair.  That’s all it took to completely undo all of the good things about yesterday.  And thus this list was born:

Things I Hate about PCOS

  • Complete strangers commenting on your “contralto” voice
  • Mustaches that you didn’t know about, despite the giant mirror with six lightbulbs that you stand in front of for 30 minutes every morning
  • Simultaneously having wrinkles AND acne
  • Hair that is both thin and oily, so it requires daily washing even though your friends get away with washing/styling their hair every 3-4 days
  • Shaving your legs twice in the same day
  • Plus-size clothes are either ugly, cheaply-made, or both
  • Stretch marks but no baby
  • The beginnings of male-pattern baldness when you are neither male nor old
  • Eating one sandwich in an entire day, and still gaining weight
  • Not remembering what it feels like to not be overweight
  • Periods that come all the time, or don’t come at all

What do you hate about PCOS?  Please share in the comments and then I’ll add them to the list.  I want a big long list here so that others know they aren’t alone!

PCOS and Acne: 3 Products That Will Change Your Life

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Part 1:  PCOS and Acne–Strategies for Success
Part 2:  PCOS and Acne–3 Products That Will Change Your Life

Acne has been a huge source of frustration in my life for…12 years?  15 years?  A long time.  PCOS means that acne wasn’t a transitory teenage frustration.  Rather, it’s been a never-ending battle.  To add to the fun, I also have very sensitive skin and eyes (thanks Mom!).  Even products that claim to be safe for sensitive skin wreck havoc.

Just when I was about to give up hope, I finally found a set of 3 products that works wonders!  Hallelujah!  It’s my HG regimen (“holy grail” for those unfamiliar with the lingo used by beauty product junkies).  I still have a few acne problem areas around my nose and temples; but, overall, my skin hasn’t looked this good since elementary school!

Without further ado, here are the three products that will change your life if you have PCOS and you’re frustrated with acne… Continue reading

“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city. Plus, you get strawberries.”

I find TED talks to be a welcome respite from this world where petty arguments and gossip are too-often the highlights of conversation.  These free talks give regular ‘ol people like me the opportunity to think about something larger, to believe in change, to challenge our minds, to witness great performances, and to continue learning even after formal education has ceased.  TED talks are a fabulous example of something that is going right in the world.

“If kids grow kale, kids eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes.”  Ron Finley's TED Talk, from PCOSRa
I planted the beginnings of my garden last week–peas and lettuce.  Now I’m realizing that I don’t know how to distinguish between lettuce starts and weed starts.  Oh well.  I’ll let them all grow and then sort it out in a few weeks when there are more distinguishing characteristics.  This evening will bring the addition of rainbow carrots (That’s the kind of exciting life I lead!  Planting carrots on a Saturday night!  Woot!).

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Creating Sustainable Peace #2: Make Your Bed

Creating Sustainable Peace, Part 2:  Make Your Bed, from PCOSRa

Part 1:  De-Junk Your Internet
Part 2:  Make Your Bed

If you want to have sustainable peace in your life and get your PCOS under control, make your bed.

Laugh for a moment at the ridiculousness of the above statement, and then go do it.  It will help.  I promise.

Since PCOS throws off everything internally, our external environment gets out of whack as well.  It’s no wonder that we can’t find time to exercise or cook food when we are surrounded by chaos.

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Why Lose Weight? Do It For Your Children (Even If You Haven’t Had Them Yet)

Why Lose Weight?  Do It For Your Children (Even If You Haven't Had Them Yet) from PCOSRa

One of my acquaintances recently shared a story with me that served as a reminder of how our struggles with weight often affect a much larger audience than we realize.

Gina (name changed) is a single mom with a young son.  Gina is hardworking, kind, hilarious, and severely overweight.  In order to spend as much time with her son as possible, Gina works the night shift while her son sleeps at a babysitter’s house.
One morning after an exhausting night at work, Gina picked up her son and  robotically asked him how his night went. 

Mid-Year’s Resolution: A Beginning Weight Loss Plan for Women with PCOS

Beginning Weight Loss Plan for Women with PCOS from PCOSRa
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year?  Perhaps you’re like me:  not terribly prompt (hence the April post about New Year’s resolutions), feeling overwhelmed with all the changes that need to be made to various aspects of your life (Physical health?  Check.  Mental health?  Check.  Spirituality?  Check.  Finances?  Check.  Work situation?  Check.  Education?  Check.  Social life?  Check.), generally feeling like there is not enough time in the day to do all that you need to accomplish, and thinking that you may be coming down with the flu.

Or maybe you’ve already got those things all figured out and you never get the flu.  If so, this is probably not the blog for you.  However, if you’re in the same boat as me, well, let’s get a plan together rather than moping.

As I was thinking about all the things that need to change in my life–I came to the harsh conclusion that nearly all of them revolve around one thing.  One very hard thing.  One thing that has been impacting my life for as long as I remember.  If you have PCOS, odds are that this same thing has severe impacts on your life too.  I need to loose weight.  I can’t go on like this.  Something needs to change. Continue reading