Howdy luvs!! Looks like all of us are BIG fans of soft batch cookies and more tabata workouts Thanks as always for the continued love and support! We truly appreciate it all! Now onto what we ate and did for our workouts lately. Later on I (Lori) discuss more about hormonal acne and what I have been dealing with for about a month.
Been keeping up with our Purely Fit Power home workout program. Staring week 5 (beginning of month 2). And to all our other purely power fitters you guys are doing awesome! Love getting your emails, comments and check-ins!
Love green juices – we are still juicing the same things we have been for weeks – kale (sometimes swiss chard), romaine, ginger, cucumber, lemon (or lime), and some type of fresh herb (parsley, mint, or basil).
Some mornings we just want bananas mashed with our perfect fit sludge…and coconut oil of course!
Enjoyed this simple colorful dinner on Sunday – arugula, salmon, fermented veggies, black sea salt, avocado, coconut oil, and plantain.
Love simple meals – here was another simple dinner of greens, plantain, mahi, coconut oil, and fermented veggies
A sweet and savory lunch…eggs, fermented veggies, coconut oil, and
Creamy cashew kombucha soft serve ice cream !
Ice cream is the perfect way to cool off during these hot months.
Okay time for the health — well hormonal acne update. I know that I have PCOS.
And I know that one condition of PCOS is ACNE! I am still suffering. I know it is a long journey to heal.
I am fighting…everyday.
I do see some improvements in some skin issues. Like my back acne is getting better. Mainly have two small patches on back of shoulder blades of acne scars. I have been using coconut oil and a lemon honey mixture (the same I use on my face at night) on my back acne, which seems to be helping. Hopefully over time those scars will hear and I can have a normal looking back again. Fingers crossed. Again not sure why I got back acne to begin with a few months ago. Still a mystery. Now to face. Not going to lie. I admit I am pretty darn frustrated with my face.
As you can tell from following my journey I have been a very unique case. One week I am acne free and then next week or weeks pimples all over. Since I have been so open with my acne struggle, it can be very scary to SHARE all my struggles.
As so many times I feel like a failure. And to be honest (since that is what we do here on purelytwins, be purely us all the time) I still feel like a failure most days. Since my last update I thought I had figured it all out.
There are no words to say how thankful I am for all the comments I still receive on those acne posts about other girls struggling as well and by seeing my store has helped them in so many ways. Reading those comments makes me smile, makes those nights when I cry because I can’t seem to figure out my damn hormonal acne – makes it worth it.
Below, you can see the acne that I have been dealing with healing this past month. Remember when I mentioned I was breaking out, and we thought it was from me getting my period (which I did end up getting my period that is 2 months in a row that I have gotten my period!!), but yet my hormones are still not right. As I broke out really bad this past time. And since they were the deep cystic style acne they take FOREVER to go away. July 2nd, it was mainly on left side of face. Huge pimples. July 10th (sorry for the really bad lighting) starting to get a few more on both sides of the face. July 16 (have makeup on) but you can see they started to go away. Over these past few weeks the pimples started to get smaller and less inflamed. And today (well yesterday morning) I got one new white head next to mouth area and a few more on the right side. Grrrrrr.
- The size of the pimples have reduced dramatically. Good news.
- But I am still getting new pimples. Bad news.
- The overall redness and other scarring from previous acne is less intense as you can see in some of the pictures. Good news.
- Makeup helps make me look ‘normal’. Good news.
- You can still see I have pimples if you are close to me. Bad news.
- I know the root cause of my acne — all hormonal related. Good news.
- All acne currently is hormonal (due to where I keep getting pimples). Bad news (as it is hard to just get rid of quickly).
I am still taking Vitex which I think has helped me get my period, but has not helped get me my clear skin. I still keep up with many things that I mentioned in my last acne update. There are some things I am starting to do differently: I stopped taking Maca a few weeks ago, I stopped having my face tea but starting that up again, I have increased my gelatin to 2 tbsp a day to 4 tbsp a day (just started), and been taking some new gut healing supplements hoping they help too.
Here is me last night. I have makeup on, as that is the only way to feel better about myself lately. And slowly the pimples are getting better. Never easy taking selfies like this.
All I can say…I am doing my best to keep my faith. That I will get my answers soon. Michelle sent me these quotes last night to help comfort me, as I struggled last night. Thanks sis for your continued support.
I read these quotes all day long.
I am really looking forward to the day where I REALLY no longer have acne. This is so embarrassing.
I hope my acne struggle still helps some of you who may be suffering; letting you’re not alone!
Thanks to all the FACEBOOK COMMENTS last night, really helped me!! xoxo
I will not give up. As I always tell my purely fitters to never give up on their fitness journey — I won’t give up on my journey to heal my hormonal acne.
If you are still reading this long update, thanks for sticking around. I will of course continue to update you on how I am doing. I feel like I say this every time but I am not sure what the future has in store for me.
till next time,