September is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month so expect to see some more information about PCOS headed your way this month. The important thing about being able to diagnose and begin the process of healing is awareness. Your sisters, cousins, aunts, mothers, and friends can be affected and may not know. Not only does PCOS affect those who have it, but it affects loved ones as well.
I’m still dealing with some things personally which is causing my absence, but this is very important to me because I have PCOS. For more information, check out the PCOS Awareness Association.
Yesterday, I had to do the Lord’s prayer MANY times in order to stay on course. Particularly the “lead us not into temptation” piece. There were
so too many things that I wanted to throw in the towel for and devour. Some of those temptations were (but aren’t limited to): Girl Scout Cookies, Cheddar and Sour Cream Chips, Mike & Ikes, Rice, General Tso’s Chicken, Shrimp Tempura, Green Banana Porridge, Natural Cheetos, and Fruit Snacks. But I am glad to report, I was on my best behavior! Instead, I ate a pear, 2 bananas, a plum, and scrambled eggs.
As I looked at myself in the mirror, I began thinking about how and why I make the food choices that I make. I am really feeling the freedom in choosing what I want to eat. I am determined not to live life as a compulsive consumer, but to treat every decision as a liberated choice. If I am eating healthily, it is because I want to empower my body to be the best version of itself. If I choose to indulge, I am choosing to enjoy the treat while feeling completely in control over that decision.
I’m pretty sure that there will be a moment or moments where I will fail, but this will always be my goal. I can never look back after this. Now that I’ve been given this particular diagnosis, I am responsible to myself and to my family for how I care for myself.
Our job isn’t to be or to strive for perfection. Just do the best you can.
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