My Story

PCOS sucks!!! Let me just put that out there. It makes EVERYTHING you desire more difficult; losing weight, having energy, enjoying a healthy libido, and trying to conceive. And it is usually not detected until something bad has happened like struggling with insulin resistance or infertility. The good news is that it can be reversed. Let me share how I developed and then reversed my own PCOS.

I was 15 yrs old when I first moved into the San Fernando Valley and met my husband Paul. I was always really thin and never worried about my weight. We dated throughout high-school and went to prom in 2002. My weight maintained between 135-140 lbs.

I started College in the fall of 2002. Drinking and partying started to take a toll on my body. My weight was slowly increasing and I was always tired. I was a broke college student so Top Ramen was the main-course for most meals. Strange enough, to this day I crave it! Yet I always seemed to set aside enough money for partying. After all, it was a priority. I gained 20 lbs by the time I graduated in 2008.

In Spring of 2009, I was living with my boyfriend, now husband, and he popped the big question. I accepted of course. At this point I weighed about 160 lbs. I realized I was over weight but was having fun and was focused on planning my wedding. After all, he still loved me so I couldn’t have been that out of shape, right?

A year later on May 22, 2010 was the “Big Day”. I was beyond excited. And then, when I tried on my wedding dress, it was tight. It had been sized 6 months earlier and was now so tight that I could not wear a bra for fear of looking too “national geographic” with the twins coming out of the top of my dress. I had gained 8 lbs in the year before my wedding. But still was not concerned enough to do anything about the extra weight.

After the wedding we started trying for a baby. At first we were just hoping but not exactly “trying”. After about 6 months, we actually started “trying”. This included temperature charting, ovulation tests, and some pretty intense and painful procedures before my doctor did an ultrasound and confirmed that I had PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) and that I would not be able to conceive without hormone treatments. I was crushed. When I asked the doctor how it was possible, he told me that I was overweight but that if I did in vitro, he could ensure a pregnancy. I was only 30 lbs over what was considered healthy for my height and yet, there I was “Too Fat” to get pregnant.

After a few days of crying, I picked myself up, did my research and learned that PCOS is caused by insulin resistance which can be reversed with diet and exercise. My doctor was not supportive of my “natural approach” and was pushing hormone treatments so I kicked him to the curb.

That was when my transformation started. With the knowledge I have gained about diet and exercise, I have completely transformed my body, life style, and marriage. And as of November 2012, I am clear of PCOS. I fought it without drugs and I am happier and healthier now than I have ever been.

I have been given a better life and want to pay it forward. Everybody deserves to be happy and healthy. You just need to BE THE CHANGE! If you are in need of change, friend request me on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/jenngraham57and send me a message. Share your story with me and lets start your own transformation.

7 thoughts on “My Story

  1. Nice story. Alot of us are told by doctors the “medical” way of treating PCOS symptoms but never the healthier way. If more of us would take the route you took we would see better results. Because the drugs, hormones and pills are what worsening our symptoms. Natural is much better. I have PCOS for 9 years now and I’ve never taken provera or any of those other drugs. 🙂

    • That is so great you said no to the drugs! I wanted to cry when they tried to put me on them. Oh and charge me $10,000 to have a baby. No thanks! I knew there was another way.

      • Amen, Happy that you went with your intuition! Doctors try to keep us coming back by giving by offering us all these “fast results” nonsense. Sigh
        Thanks again for your wonderful story!

  2. Hi Jenn! You’re story is a blessing to me. My husband and I are BB coaches but I still would love the support if possible. My PCOS symptoms are full blown again. I haven’t had a period since the beginning of January and all the other lovely things that come from PCOS. I’m tired! I am ready for a permanent change. We are on our second round of T25. But this time around (cuz I gained weight all back) it seems harder. I’m more fatigued and weight is going up. Thanks for the listening ear. You’re story inspires me!

    • I would love to support a fellow coach!!! Send me a friend request on Facebook and evaluate what exactly is being missed. You are on the right track with Beachbody so time to nail down the food portion. We will figure it out.

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