Hey everyone, welcome to my blog!
First off, I’ll introduce myself. My name is Gem and I am a 29 year old female from the South West of the United Kingdom. I have been happily married for just over a year to my comically wonderful and extremely supportive husband (whom I tend to refer to as Hubs) and I am lucky to have a rewarding and flexible job which I love and wouldn’t change for the world!
In June 2015 I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). At the time I had no idea what this meant or how it could affect me, but after A LOT of research I started to understand what my body was going through and started following advice on how to help relieve the symptoms. Almost five months on I feel I have learnt so much and have witnessed significant improvements by adjusting my diet and introducing exercise into my life. I am determined to do everything I can to manage this without the help of medication, however I fear that it may be difficult for me and Hubs to conceive… but watch out for that issue in another post.
So, after much consideration I decided to set up this blog. I was so excited to figure out how to do it and I even secured myself a web address. Yay, go me!! Even though it sounds super easy to do, the reason why I hesitated was due to the anxiety that I tend to suffer. I am not great with criticism and feel that I am opening my vulnerable self up to the scary world wide web… BUT I am not doing this just for me, I am doing it for all the fabulous females out there who may be able to relate to my journey, and besides what’s life without living outside your comfort zone a little?! Ooh, I feel another post coming on here!! Anyway, I digress… so, there are a number of reasons why I eventually decided to embark upon this little adventure and how better to tell you than with some good old bullet points:
- To provide information and raise awareness about PCOS
- To document my journey in the hope of providing inspiration to others
- To show women with PCOS that they are not alone
- To address the symptoms of PCOS
- To provide diet, health and fitness tips to help manage the symptoms of PCOS
- To help myself stay focused
Everything in this blog will be based on my personal experience and I wouldn’t expect anyone to have the same results as me. We are all individuals and our bodies may have different reactions to things, but that’s ok… I want to build a community of support and it’s useful to know the variations that can occur.
I have a wonderful support network on Instagram and I use my account @gemstyle to document what I eat and when I exercise. This really helps me focus on my new lifestyle and also makes me think twice about eating that chocolate bar as I know I’ll have to post a photo of it! I am so amazed to have over 500 followers after only 8 weeks and there are some truly special people out there who have been really encouraging and given me the confidence to start this blog. Thank you my darlings, you know who you are!
For me, this is a lifestyle change and not just a fad diet or a phase of exercising. I have tried ridiculously hard since June to stick to this and at times it hasn’t been easy, but knowing I’m not alone has driven me forward along this path and I hope I can provide support to help you too. Of course, a healthy diet and fitness is not just for us PCOS girls but for everyone, and I welcome you to follow my blog if you just have a general interest in this area.
Anyway, I will stop yabbering on for now… you may notice I tend to do that! I hope that anyone who wishes to join me enjoys what I have to say and if you’re able to take just one thing away from my blog then my mission is complete!
Stay healthy, focused and happy…
xx Gem xx