I am Allison and I’m 28 years old. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 20, shortly after I was married but I suffered from symptoms for years before then. When the Doctor gave me my diagnosis I didn’t think much of it because I really had no idea what it meant. When I started trying to conceive I realized things were going to be difficult.
Here I am 8 years later and I have only been able to conceive once and that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage very early. My journey to becoming a “diva” really began 4 years ago after my loss. I started seeking the advice of doctors, specialists, and trainers. I was determined to become healthier and to conceive again even if it meant drastic measures. The first fertility specialist I saw sent me away as soon as I walked into the office. He literally told me that it would be negligent for them to help me and that I need to go home try weight watchers for 12 weeks, consult a bariatric surgeon, and come back when I had lost 40 lbs.
I left in tears and after encouragement from my mom to stay positive I joined Weight Watchers. Seventeen weeks later I had only lost a few pounds and I still felt horrible all the time. I joined a gym, hired a trainer, cut out all processed foods and refined sugars, trained 5 days a week and at the end of a month had lost absolutely no weight or inches. My trainer was stunned and told me he had never have that happen and didn’t know what else to do for me. I continued working out with him and I also visited my doctor for blood work. The only thing she could find wrong was low vitamin D levels. She suggested I eat a 1200 calorie diet and that I check into lapband surgery. I continued to work out and eat healthy but still was not seeing any results.
I ended up visiting another fertility specialist who was nicer but also told me I needed to go see about having weight loss surgery. I became very discouraged and pretty much gave up. I went back to eating whatever I wanted. My fatigue got to the point where I literally could not function some days. My doctor did more blood work and cortisol tests and said my thyroid levels were borderline so I was started on a low dose medicine which still didn’t help the extreme symptoms, all of which come from my PCOS.
In all my research about eating healthy and managing PCOS through diet I stumbled across PCOS Diva. I read all the success stories and wanted to be one of those girls who had overcome the obstacles but I made excuses to myself about why the program wouldn’t work for me, or why I couldn’t afford it. Meanwhile I suffered from mood swings, irregular cycles, acne, severe fatigue, inflammation, inability to lose weight, and every other symptom of PCOS, all of which basically destroyed my self-esteem.
At the first of the year I decided I had tried everything else and might as well give the PCOS Diva Jumpstart Program a try. At the first of May I bought the Spring Meal Plan and began to change my eating habits. Throughout Jumpstart week, I not only learned how to mindfully enjoy food but I began to change my mindset about who I am. Through the daily assignments I realized I am worthy, I deserve the best life has for me. I started learning how to stop negative self-thoughts and replace them with positive ones. I began to love myself again.
Since Jumpstart week in the middle of May I have lost 15 lbs and I feel amazing! I have more energy, my skin has cleared up, my moods have been more stable, and for the first time in my life I have had a regular 28 day cycle. I am amazed at the difference a month has made. A week ago I was visiting a little local heatlh food store in my small town. The owner has been great about helping me with supplements and gluten-free products. As soon as I walked in she commented on how much brighter my eyes were and how the dark rings around them were going away. She even mentioned that she could tell a difference in my skin tone. It was a great feeling. I highly recommend the amazing meals from the Meal Plans and Jumpstart was so much more than I expected. I have learned so much about who I am, and who I want to be. I cannot thank Amy enough for sharing her knowledge and her passion with others. Just a month has made an amazing difference in my life and I can’t wait to see what other great things are going to follow, who knows, maybe even a baby somewhere down the road of this new incredible journey!
Thank you for this very encouraging post. Your story sounds so much like mine that I was brought to tears reading this. I just bought the meal plans 2 weeks ago and have been following them very closely (I lost 9 lbs. the first week!), and I plan to participate in the next Jumpstart. Your words are extremely encouraging!
I have had such a struggle and I read stories over and over on pcos diva of women who had amazing success. I am so happy I finally chose to take part in jumpstart and the meal plans have been a lifesaver. I meant every word straight from my heart!
If someone follows this meal plans, will she always lose weight?
I have PCOS but, of all the symptoms I have, obesity is not one of them. In fact, I’ve been told that I am underweight. I would like to achieve a healthier lifestyle, including healthier food choices, but I don’t want to lose any weight.
Could the meal plan be used as a maintenance plan?
The Meal Plans help bring your body back in balance. If you don’t have weight to lose they won’t cause you to lose weight.
So glad to have read this! Does anyone know if the meal plans include the assignments or if it is the Jumpstart that has the assignments?
The Jumpstart is an online Group Coaching program that includes daily assignments.
Hey …. I’m really interested in starting your program however I live in the Caribbean and I’m a bit concerned about getting the right ingredients or even the same as you will get away. My weight is at an all time high now 300 pounds and I’m ready to make the change… Please help..
I can send you the Summer Plan with more seasonal foods for your location. The November Jumpstart Program registration ends this Thursday.