Friday, February 24, 2012

the start of Metformin...

 I feel like all I've been doing all week is over-thinking and I'm frankly tired of it, but I just can't help it. And there has been plenty to think about!! School, work, friends, family, THE's been everything. But, on the brighter side, it is nice to be getting it figured out. Or, at least, getting it all figured out for right now.

I haven't been talking a lot on here about PCOS, or at least how I've been feeling about PCOS, but something that I'm starting the hands-on battle of today is Insulin Resistance {IR}.
I still really don't know a lot about it but I am learning slowly but surely. My {very basic} understand of IR is that it is a condition where the body does produce insulin but does not use it properly.

Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps the body use glucose for energy. Glucose is a form of sugar that is the body's main source of energy.

My first step to fighting IR is taking a drug called Metformin. My second step is going to be diet and exercise.

From my {very basic} understanding Metformin is a drug that is designed to help my body treat high blood sugar levels. It will help my pancreas process insulin.

I took it about 2 hours ago and my stomach feels like it is in knots, feels warm but I have yet to get up and try to do stuff so we will see how that goes. It was recommended that I take it in the evening at the beginning of my meal. Tomorrow we are going out to a fancy-pants business dinner so I hope it goes okay then!! Tonight I wanted to have a nice, hearty {but healthy} meal that I knew would soak up lots of the medicine. We made something based off of the bowls from Cafe Yumm!.

As far as the exercise goes I've been working out with my awesome trainer 1 day per week and I even went to the gym after my marathon day yesterday. I was up at 5am {thanks to a noisy hubby & cat}, at work by 6:45 {that's when I usually get up}, worked a full day, went to class from 4 ~ 7 and then went to the gym. I was so proud of myself!!

The diet, that is where I'm getting a little lost!! I need a visual chart about what are "good vs bad carbs" and what I should and shouldn't eat. My mom suggested looking at my local hospitals for support groups and my friend Cari who's a physical therapist and over-all just a smart lady has volunteered to help me start to understand what IR really is. I love my friends and family. I feel like I can never say that enough!!

I know this is a short post but I wanted to let everyone know what is going on. I"m off to bed to hopefully sleep off these side affects that keep sneaking up every minute I sit

Fingers crossed.


  1. Boo to yucky side effects :(. I hope they subside the longer you're taking the meds! Been thinking about you lately! Keep your chin up and think positive!

  2. I love the idea of a good carbs vs bad carbs chart. I'm going to start working on that. You are more than welcome to bug me about it until I get it finished!