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What No One Tells You About Mental Illness

What No One Tells You About Mental Illness

As I spoke with a friend today, something occurred to me.  Why is a mental health diagnosis so hard to accept?  What is it specifically about mental illness that nobody wants to talk about or admit?  I’ve had my own reservations about it and I even find myself to be a bizarre abnormality.  I’ll explain why. It took me almost 8 months to seek help.  I knew I was falling about.  I felt out of control.  I couldn’t admit to…

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Dear Loved Ones… This Is How Living With PCOS Makes Me Feel

Dear Loved Ones… This Is How Living With PCOS Makes Me Feel

I often feel the need to speak up and share my feelings regarding my diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) because there is not a loud enough voice for all of us who have it.  I want you to understand the struggle and difficulty it can be to be a woman with PCOS.  I know that listening or reading about a disorder that involves “lady parts” can sometimes be a deterrent for some and they shut off right away.  My…

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A Beautiful Space Makes a Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Space Makes a Beautiful Mind

I’ve been a bit absent about keeping up with my blog as I took some time to wrap my head around many things that all seemed to jump out at me at once. I’m still on hiatus as per my chiropractor with my running and most of my ability to workout. That hit me fairly hard as it’s been part of my regular routine for so very long. With that came A TON of anxiety over my weight, my loss…

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Greek Chicken Salad

Greek Chicken Salad

A quick and easy meal that can be for lunch or dinner.  It is family friendly as you can add as much or little to your child’s plate based on their tastes. Salad Ingredients: 5 thin cut chicken cutlets 1/2 c Wishbone Italian Dressing 3 cups Romaine Lettuce, cut into small pieces (you can sub a bagged salad) 15-20 grape tomatoes, halved 1 English cucumber, diced 1/2 red pepper, diced 1/4 c red onion, diced 1/3 c crumbled Feta cheese…

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One Step At A Time… Acceptance Through Uncertainty

One Step At A Time… Acceptance Through Uncertainty

For a long time, I followed this “journey to a better me” attitude.  I did it online.  I did it for accountability.  I did it for my health.  In fact, this has been going on in some form or another since 2011.  It’s been six years and two pregnancies of updates.  I’ve had a lot of cheerleaders along the way. It’s easy when you feel successful.  When isn’t it easy?  When you don’t feel things are working as they should….

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Cinnamon Apples with Vanilla Yogurt

Cinnamon Apples with Vanilla Yogurt

The quick snack/ dessert that tastes like apple pie and ice cream. Cinnamon is a great addition to the diet for anyone who has PCOS.  It adds in boosting metabolism.  Although this dish is higher in carbs, most are simple carbs and the protein in the yogurt will help to slow the digestion process. Ingredients: 1 tsp extra virgin coconut oil 1 fuji apple (or any type of baking apples), sliced thin 1 tsp cinnamon 1 cup vanilla greek yogurt…

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At The Start Line

At The Start Line

All the runners are waiting at the start line. We’re all lined up in our respective pace intervals.  My headphones are in as I try to get into the zone.  We sneak in one last selfie… it’s of me, my sister, and my cousin.  I grab a squeeze of my best friend and tell her I’ll catch up to her later.  It’s just another race closer to reaching my goal of a half marathon.  The countdown begins… 10 seconds to…

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Roadblock Or Detour?

Roadblock Or Detour?

There will always be the ever elusive roadblock in life that turns your world upside down.  I thought I had mine last year… not that you only get one roadblock but I thought that life would at least try to give me a breather for only a moment.  It took me a while to turn myself around and live life again the way that I wanted to.  When you live with a chronic illness a lot of times things are…

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The #YouMattertoMe Project

The #YouMattertoMe Project

Let me tell you a bit about myself.  I grew up being the quiet one.  I was the one who could be a complete goof with my family but to the outside world, I appeared more serious.  I was always the one who seemed older than my age.  I was and still am a deep thinker. .. an over thinker.  I’m an observer.  I think the quiet ones always are.  Do you know what happens when you are an observer? …

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My Life: Living with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

My Life: Living with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

At 39, I’ve had more than 21 years of experience with the effects of PCOS on my body. My experience may differ slightly with others who also have PCOS because it’s just one of those conditions that effect people differently. This is my daily routine and it has become my norm. I don’t even think twice about it because it’s how I live. How does it differ with that of someone who doesn’t have PCOS? Let’s see if you can…

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