PCOS and Me.

I haven’t blogged for months (or has it been a year?) and it’s about due time for me to get my active lifestyle documented to keep me going and even more accountable. When I started this blog back in the early 2000’s, it was measly just a blog to express how far I’ve run around the Butte of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and to entertain myself from living alone abroad without any family nearby and only just sports to keep my adrenaline up and happiness hormones spark.

Eventually from just trying to conquer a 3kms, I was able to progress to finishing pikermis and marathons; transitioned to trying out other sports and activities such as Pilates, Cycling, Swimming, Capoeira and tried all other things to keep me active.

Few years ago I was diagnosed with Polycystic ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and barely did anything. I didn’t have any urgency to take care of my body and just wanted to keep on going. Imagine not having to deal with red letter days for months and not having to endure the hassle and pain of women’s concerns every month, I thought it was cool. I thought it was convenient. Now that I am on my 30’s, when you’re thinking of family, all these fertility and making babies becomes your concern.



I had myself checked by our family Doctor, Dr. Rebecca Singson, M.D, a Robotic surgeon, laparoscopic surgeon, gynecologists and obstetrician at Asian Hospital in Muntinlupa. I had procedures done to look into me and it stated I now have Polycystic Ovaries on both ovaries with 12 cysts compared to just my right with only 6.

No wonder I am having difficulty in loosing weight (Yes, I’ve gained so much) and paired to being sedentary since I was asked not to stress my body from heavy workout and tension. I couldn’t take it any longer, I am now cleared to hop back to action hence I am bringing myself back to running, cycling and swimming aside from my on/off yoga practice.

I stopped training for my first supposed triathlon in 2014. It’s been a year and a half, it’s time to JUST DO IT.

If you don’t know of it yet, Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a health condition common in women of reproductive age caused by hormonal imbalance. In this condition, small cysts form in the ovaries which affect the hormones and disrupt the normal menstrual cycle. Women diagnosed with PCOS usually have increased level of male hormones and insulin resistance and lowered levels of progesterone. Some of the common causes of PCOS are excessive stress, anxiety, depression, a faulty lifestyle or perennial tension.

On my 32nd birthday, as I have been cleared to hop back into sports. I promised myself to get serious to yoga practice (Read: Laruga in Manila 2016 Workshop). The benefits of yoga for PMS are numerous. The relaxing and rejuvenating power of yoga helps a lot in dealing with PCOS symptoms as well because it helps release the deep rooted stress in the system.

Everything is all about balance. The main target is to get every woman with PCOS’ hormones get in the proper groove. Here are great reasons why you should practice yoga and I swear by it.

  • relieve stress
  • promotes weight loss
  • builds your confidence
  • makes you get to know yourself better
  • increases flexibility
  • balances your hormones
  • improves gastrointestinal balance
  • naturally teaches you to be kind.
  • fixes your monthly cycle.

Try it yourself. There are a lot of types of yoga, see what’s is great for you and stick to it. If there’s restorative or yin yoga, choose that. Your body will thank you for it in the long run. If you’re like me who’s also struggling and in the quest to fight Polycystic Ovaries, join me as we #fightPCOS.

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Got PCOS? 7 foods to avoid

Our food supply is not as healthy as it appears. A vital part of your quest to overcome PCOS is to improve the quality of your diet. To a great extent, “you are what you eat”.

The Natural Society (naturalsociety.com) reported a survey of farmers that asked them what foods they avoid. Their list is below. If a farmer won’t eat them, neither should you.

1) Canned tomatoes. Many cans are lined with a resin containing BPA, which is a hormone disrupter suspected of causing of PCOS. Since tomatoes are acidic, they leach the BPA out of the can and into the contents of your can.

2) Conventional beef. Most beef cattle are fed corn, soy or grain in order to make them gain fat weight. The fat makes the meat taste good and it is more tender. But the saturated fat may contain accumulated pesticides and other chemicals. Go with organic or grass-fed beef if you possibly can. Besides a better quality fat, it has a higher nutritional value.

3) Microwave popcorn. Don’t be fooled into thinking microwave popcorn is a healthy, low-fat snack. The popcorn bags contain perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) which may interfere with fertility.

4) Conventional potatoes. Potatoes are among our commercial crops sprayed with pesticides, fungicides or herbicides. Go with organic potatoes.

5) Farmed salmon. Farmed salmon is cheaper than wild. However, farmed salmon are fed with food pellets containing questionable substances, including chicken feathers. Farmed salmon tend to have higher levels of pesticides.

6) Conventional milk. Dairy cows are fed growth hormones and given a variety of other pharmaceuticals in order to maximize milk production. These substances carry through into their milk.

7. Conventional apples. Our orchards are routinely sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals, for the purpose of producing maximum amounts of cosmetically-pleasing fruit. Once again, you are much better off with organic apples. Please remember that there is no “safe” amount of pesticide, just like there is no safe amount of cigarettes you can smoke. Pesticides are not easily flushed out of the body. They are stored in your cells where they do their damage.

Join the #fightPCOS movement by adding the hashtag on your posts and add lifestylefit on facebook

[SOURCE: http://www.ovarian-cysts-pcos.com/pcos-news134.html#sec1%5D

Blessed by thy Bike: On finally and Dietary

It only took me one serendipitous day when I finally bought my very first hard earned Bike. Marge, a passionate triathlete whom I met through common friends on twitter (and coincidentally worked with my Dad) drove me to the Bike haven and instantaneously convinced me to withdraw the cash and purchase that sole purple bike which was being sold to me on a much cheaper rate.

The BikeThis is it. This is really it. Those were words stuck on my head, on loop,  while my bike was being fit customized and assembled for a spin.  Should I name her? There were names such as Quinn, Robin, Winnie, Chrissie or probably something else. I figured, probably the name will just pop out of nowhere and she’ll be Christianized accordingly.

That one day when we were supposed to be off for a good swim, turned out to be a shopping spree of some sorts which got the entire No excuse but to Tri ensemble added to the mix. I took out my triathlon 8 weeks Sprint calendar training guide and studied through on what strategy am I going to do in order for me to adjust, adapt and get into the groove.

Holy cow. I haven’t ran nor trained. I’m back to square one.

Trying to recall the journey I had back when I was training for fun runs, pikermi’s and marathons; it struck me: I need to get myself checked and see how my nutrition is doing. Being a vegetarian alone won’t make the cut. Through the TRA Program of my good friends in NU SKIN – Joey and Liza, they assessed my  fat percentage and muscle mass; got lectured on adding more  protein to my portion.

I never really thought I’d be able to eat THAT MUCH protein ever in my life. It turned out, I have been eating more of the good carbs yet have been neglecting loading up on the protein.

Since I no longer eat red meat, and coincidentally took chicken out of my diet.  All I had was to research on other options I may have considering I have PCOS.  Unfortunately, I’ve read through that soy, which was my most often consumed “meat” was prohibited.

Fish was all I had left. I decided to consider chicken back to my diet but only when it’s the breast part or if no other option.  Those hormones induced to these chicken may also affect to those who has PCOS; better if one can’t even have it, at all.

The movement towards fighting PCOS starts here. I have been declaring the battle but I kept on falling off but this time around, knowing the pot is on the end of the rainbow – having to tick off the triathlon part off the bucket list before I hit 30 and taking good care of my body accordingly would do much better in terms of motivation.

Let’s get this triathlon training begin!

Challenge: A month long TRA program to begin with.

I’ve heard about TRA Program 2 years ago when it was barely new and about to launch in the Philippines. Joey and Liza, now  happily married introduced me to the program and informed me that it’s a lifestyle change that they’re advocating: “No one should be dependent on the shakes. Our aim is to lower your  fat percentage, gain  muscle mass rather than just pure weight loss” said Joey

I was impressed on the presentation however the program wasn’t feasible to be on my plate at that time. Ever since I turned vegetarian, I’ve been hanging onto my principle that I should solely nourish and take care of my body the most organic and natural way.

Since I have been sedentary and work has been occupying most of my time, all that I had was my nutrition to adjust. My PCOS condition has been a huge challenge on losing the weight and getting my health on tip top shape. Along the way, I learned that I have so much food that I need to avoid (Dairy, White rice, Pasta, Tomatoes, etc) which leaves me with more carbs and just have the bulk of the protein from fish.

The other day, I felt the frustration. I have been vegetarian for 3 years now and yet I’m not losing the body fat percentage. My metabolism has been shot slow.

I learned I shouldn’t have Soy and Tofu; I am left with limited options for protein. I figured, If I were going to get back into running and swimming, these greens won’t do the cut and I will be needing more protein for muscle recovery.

Today changed everything. It took Joey and Liza 2 years to talk me through it on-and-off before I finally hopped in.

After all the references on google, I remembered TRA Program and Hurriedly messaged Liza and Joey, sought for their help and convince me once again about the program. I told Joey about my PCOS condition (which Liza also had previously) and vouched for such amazing testimony.

I was assessed. An awakening.  For someone who has done marathons, fun runs and wanted to get back into the groove of training, It was frustrating knowing my body fat percentage went up meanwhile my muscle mass went low which means, I may have been eating clean but I am slowly becoming fragile. No wonder I am starting to feel easily spent and easily stressed.


The goal is to get better (and sheer away from PCOS conditions), I will undergo a TRA PROGRAM for a month together with my fresh produce, Breville Juicer, and jump start my journey toward proper protein portions to support my nutritional needs once I hop back into training.

Have you had yourself assessed yet?