I’m to the point where I enjoy going to the gym. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Can you imagine me saying that 2 months ago? Well something clicked because over the weekend I started craving the Russian twist machine at Fitness Connection. It not only works the obliques, but it cracks my back in such a satisfying way.

So we know PCOS is a bitch when it comes to losing weight. Studies even say “exercise in long term could be less efficient” for overweight women with PCOS. But almost all experts agree that diet and exercise are the two main ways to fight PCOS. Perhaps the two best benefits I’ve seen are the insulin sensitivity boost and increased endorphins. Recently I’ve been happier than I think I’ve been in years. Remember that Dark Place where I felt like I was drowning? I’m not in that place now.

I try to get to the gym 3 times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They have a child watch available for up to 2 hours each day and the kids love going to the “kid gym.” My FitBod app tells me what muscles are fresh and what exercises to do. I can wander around my gym trying to find the specific machines to use, and the app has tutorial videos to show proper form. At the end it logs my session and lets me send a cool summary chart to Hubs (who used to lift weights to the point that he made his lifetime goal of bench pressing 300 pounds, then backed away because … life).

One thing I’ve noticed is that I’m getting a signal that I need to start getting this weight off for more than just aesthetics. When doing the shoulder presses yesterday, my shoulders popped literally every time I raised them above my head. When I did the cable exercise for my outer hip, one hip (that gives me trouble) popped every time I extended it. I’m hoping by making it easier for those joints I may get more life out of them in the long term. I looked it up with Dr. Google, and because the popping isn’t accompanied by pain it shouldn’t be anything to worry about.

Plus getting to the gym gives me a moment to focus on me. I can listen to the pop music I like, I can read Apple News on the treadmill without interruption, and, if I’m really feeling crazy, I could always visit the sauna and then shower before picking up the kiddos.

Now we are just crazy talking.