hi, this message is specifically for Heather (or any other lady who has dealt with the same issues)... but, i'm basically currently in the same boat. i'm 5'7 and currently weigh aroud 120 (i'm guessing - i dont weigh myself anymore). i grew up always having normal periods, very active in sports, and eating a well-balanced diet. i gained a lot of weight in college (up to around 180) and over the course of 2-3 years slowly and healthfully got back down to my normal weight of around 128-130 by using portion control and just making smarter choices. at this time i started taking bc because i was about to get married and i had very increasingly painful periods. about 4 years ago my parents got a divorce, i got married, moved to a new state, start working and school (my husband too) and thought it would be cool to be a vegetarian. i cut out fat completely, ate a ton of wheat bran, veggies, fruit, etc. and began running around 3x/week, up to 6 miles each time. i got off bc a few years ago (around this same time) and had about 2-3 inconsistent periods and then they just stopped. since then i've had the same issues with food/exercise, but last year was advised by a holistic doctor to try the maker's diet (whole foods, even wheat, grains, etc.) i did this for 3 months, gained some weight, and used progesterone cream and boom, my period came on the exact day it was supposed to. however, i had an appt with my ob the following week, and she said the prog cream was a scam and holist docs were nuts. she put me on provera/femeara (can't remember which one) bc i wanted to get pregnant. i bled the first round, not the second round, and then she referred me to a rep endocronologist. at the time we didnt have the money to do that so i got super depressed, fell back into exercising, eating unhealthy, and getting really down on myself. i've been labled as "having one foot in the pcos category" (though i have no symptoms of it at all), and the "other foot in the hypothalamic amenorrhea category." i've been on and off paleo for the past 3-4 months, hoping it would bring about my period, but no luck. from my blood work i have very low estrogen, also no sx drive, and constantly focused on food. i've havn't run in almost a month and all i do now is walk and weights 3-4 days a week. i feel like i know the answer to my own problem (gain weight), but i guess i just need some help talking thru it from those who've been there. since the "maker's diet" is about the only thing that worked for me that one time, i've added back in oatmeal, potatoes, sweet pot, lots of bananas, and just trying to look at food from a different angle. i dont want it to control me, i just want to be normal, even if that means not 100% paleo. i would be truly blessed and grateful from any advice, tips, etc. thanks for reading my story.