The Freshman Fifteen...And Then Some

This is where it started.

Denny Chimes - University of Alabama
Like most people during their Freshman year of college I gained those dreaded fifteen pounds and pretty quickly. 

If you hadn't realized you gained weight before returning home for the holidays, your mom made sure you knew it. After returning from Christmas break my friends and I jumped on the work-out wagon and hit the gym. We HAD to lose that weight. 

After a couple of months I realized I was still gaining weight while all of my friends were watching it melt away. I was thoroughly confused. I've always been bigger, but I didn't know why if I was working out as much as my roommates and eating the exact same food why I wasn't losing weight too?!

The Freshman Fifteen hit my scale like a ton of bricks and by April it was screaming at me. I had somehow gained 35 pounds. It hurts to say. Seriously, I just vomited a little thinking about it. My self-esteem was quickly plummeting. Not only was I gaining weight consistently, I was finding myself sick by 2 pm every day and hadn't had a period in several months.

Do you think I was pregnant? Well I wasn't, thank you very much. 

I swallowed my pride and headed for the doctor's office. Low and behold it turned out I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome {PCOS}. I was horrified and relieved at the same time. At least now I knew what I had, but it's one of those things that can be hard to treat and to live with on a day-to-day basis. On top of all of that, my doctor said with my medical history I only had a 2-5 percent chance of having my own children (more about this another time).

So why am I bringing this up now?

Because I've decided not to let my weight continue to take control. Weight Watchers is in my near future friends! 

Follow me on this journey? Help me to stay motivated? I could use it!

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Come back later this week for more to my weight gain and loss story!