PCOS Update: Gettin’ My Diva On

on March 21, 2014 in PCOS with 7 comments by

One year. That’s how long I have been living dairy-free.

Actually, to be fair to myself, it’s been 13 months. Trust me, I count the days without cheese.

(For those who don’t know, I have PCOS – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I told you about it here and I’ve written about it here.)

But the last few months, while being totally dairy free and mostly gluten free, I haven’t necessarily been healthy. With a fairly insane travel schedule and a less than enthusiastic view of salad and exercise, I’m still not as healthy as I want to be. This is not necessarily a weight conversation, though that is affected by how I treat my body and what I put into it.

One of the best things I’ve learned over the last year is that how my insides feel is far more worthy of attention than how my outsides look.

So the holidays were fun and the winter has been a ball of stress and I feel terrible. (Not emotionally, per say, but physically.) My headaches have increased, I want to be napping all the time, and I pretty much can’t get enough sugar in my system to satisfy. (Though, believe me, I have tried.)

You’d think that not eating dairy or gluten would be enough for my body, but no bueno. Seriously, this shell of mine is THE MOST STUBBORN THING IN EVER.

And then a friend reminded me that PCOS Diva does a JumpStart Program a few times of year. I’ve thought about it before, but never made the jump…. start. (Woof. Terrible joke. See? My poor health is even AFFECTING MY HUMOR!)

But on Monday, we kick off. Well, to be fair, since I signed up a few weeks ago, I have been reading and planning and doing the assignments given for the time before the week starts. (The JumpStart is based on a cool online teaching system called Ruzuku. Trust me, I’m brainstorming every way to try to use this platform.)

My main goal for participating? I want to be the healthiest version of me possible. My schedule and and my ministry and my hopes and dreams of my future (wife/mom/superhero) require that I care more about my future than I do the unhealthy options in front of my face.

So we’ll spend a pretty intense week getting all things in order in hopes that it will recenter my eating and activity so that I have all the energy I need for this life I love.

PCOS will not win over here, people. You can bet on that.

Will you pray for me next week? That God would do all the things He wants to do in my body and in my life?

(And as a matter of accountability, I’ll blog about the program and all my feelings on April 3rd, after the week is finished and I’ve returned home from a speaking event in Orlando.)

The best part so far?!? Within the class I’ve signed up for, you can chat with other participants. Just today, someone commented on the system that one of YOU told her about me and PCOS after she was diagnosed! I’m so stoked about that. So I hope if you have someone in your life that you love that is a PCOS gal like me, you’ll share this with her.

Have a great weekend, friends!



  1. posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 4:48 AM  |  reply

    I’ll be praying for you. I hope you feel so much better you’ll want to do the happy dance!

  2. Bernadette
    posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 10:47 AM  |  reply

    O Mrs. Annie I’m definitely praying that God will help you and give you strength!!!

  3. Tonya
    posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 5:48 PM  |  reply

    Keep going annie! I have pcos too and am dairy free. I was dairy free before I knew I had pcos though. Anyways, my PT mentioned going gluten free as well this week and this is really hard idea for me. Dairy free is a struggle and I just don’t want to add gluten free to it,

  4. posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 6:09 PM  |  reply

    Annie, so glad you’re joining us for Jumpstart. A year and a half ago, I was desperate for a holistic answer for PCOS and am so thankful that God brought Amy into my life. My health is so much better because of it. One of my favorite things about being a Diva has been discovering all the things God created in nature (namely food) that can heal our bodies naturally. He truly is so good! I’m looking forward to hearing about your progress this week!

  5. JennyBC
    posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 9:53 PM  |  reply

    Praying for you, Annie. My girl and I are doing Whole30 right after she graduates (how is this happening that she is graduating from college?!?!?!?). Hoping for a reboot and a change in habits as well as an appreciation for real, whole foods again to be our healthiest selves. I will be praying those same things for you as well.

  6. posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 7:44 PM  |  reply

    Praying for you! I have PCOS as well. Our bodies can be so stubborn! Praying for health & wellness <3.

  7. posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 7:48 AM  |  reply

    I’m gluten free headed to dairy free soon and man, I don’t have PCOS but I do know what it’s like for your body to be exhausted and just overall sick feeling because of food. I will be praying for you, Annie! Thanks so much for sharing your journey!

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