Why I Love To Exercise Even Though I’m Not Losing Weight
I started exercising somewhere in November 2014 after I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). It was after my diagnosis that I learnt that PCOS is a common endocrine disorder affecting women of reproductive age and that it has no cure. The first question that came to my mind was, ” so am I going to die?”
The doctor didn’t tell me much but sent me away with some medications and a pamphlet about PCOS with a command to exercise and eat well.
I left the hospital more depressed and confused than I was before I saw the doctor because firstly, she diagnosed me with a “big-name” disease which meant I was either going to spend more money or die soon and secondly, asking me to lose weight and eat healthy without asking me if I already did that was kind of judgmental. (It’s not as if people do not judge me by my appearance all the time but I just expected the doctor to know better by asking me of my daily activities because even though I wasn’t following any regime, I walked a lot due to the nature of my job).
Well, I got home and researched online about PCOS. It was then that I realised that if I didn’t act fast, I was at risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes, Endometriosis and Cardiovascular disease among other life-threatening conditionss.
To make a long story short, I immediately started eating healthy and working out at home using Tae Bo’s Cardio Workout and Tae Bo’s Eight Minutes Workout among other things such as skipping, running and dancing (I didn’t want to bore myself to death).
It’s nearly a year since I started my new life of healthy living but unfortunately I haven’t lost as much weight as someone without PCOS would have but hey, that was expected because women with PCOS struggle with weight-loss.
I know most women with PCOS give up quickly on exercising because they don’t see much results on the outside like they want to but I always say, it’s not the outside that matters most, it’s the inside that does. If the inside says it’s fine, the outside has no option than to be fine too.
I hope you get encouraged and motivated to continue exercising after reading this article especially if you have PCOS. So far the benefits I have gained from exercising include:
The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is to drink two glasses of water. Initially I peed a lot but my body adjusted gradually. I sip water or herbal tea in between exercise and drink between 2-3 glasses after exercising. Naturally, I will be too full to eat afterwards so I usually go in for fruits. However, I drink my tea and eat a healthy meal if I am unable to exercise in the morning.
Water is known for it’s cleansing properties and making your skin look good. Since our body is made up of about 60% water, why don’t you keep yourself hydrated.
2. SHRANK TUMMY
I am not claiming to have a flat tummy but the thing is, my stomach doesn’t protrude like it used to. Even though other parts of my body are reluctant to shed some of the excess skin, my tummy thinks I deserve a reward for my efforts.
Whenever I exercise, it’s like I’m giving my body some sort of special treatment and this feeling keeps me happy all day long. Knowing that I am winning the fight against PCOS with each routine motivates me to keep going. My painful and heavy bleeding has alleviated and I am no longer depressed and anxious like I used to be. Now, I’m always full of smiles
This is an article on its own but the point is,I just didn’t love me and because I didn’t love me, I couldn’t love anybody else. I wanted people to be nice to me but immediately they did, I would grow suspicious and shut them out of my life. It was when I started living healthy that I realised that it was impossible to love someone unless you loved yourself. The saddest thing was I couldn’t maintain any of my relationships. I had low self-esteem and was really intimidated by slim women. I dreaded taking pictures with them because that would just highlight how “fat” I am but now, I have come to accept myself for who I am and I have never been happier. I have chosen to stay away from all people and things negative. I don’t want anything to steal my “shine.”
5. A CONFIDENT & SEXY WOMAN
My communication with myself has greatly improved and so has my pattern of thinking. I no longer look in the mirror and say stuff like ooohh if only I had a flat tummy, if only my upper arm wasn’t so huge, I wish my thighs aren’t so big etc because exercising has actually made me feel good about myself.
When I look in the mirror I meet the reflection of a beautiful, sexy and strong woman. Yes I call myself sexy! I don’t need to be a size 10 to do that.Ever since I decided it’s mine opinion of myself that matters most to me, I am no longer scared of being myself. Love me or hate me, I am still me!
I must say this confidence of mine also comes from my faith in God. For everything that God has made is beautiful and that includes me. Therefore, if God says in His word that I am His Masterpiece, who are you to dispute that fact? Even I can’t say otherwise.