I attended a professional info night re PCOS last night. This was about guidelines for health professionals to assist people manage PCOS and other associated metabolic conditions such as diabetes.
One key point that was made was that LIFESTYLE is VERY IMPORTANT… From what you describe, you are doing this well. So again congratulations!!
While medication is helpful (and essential) in managing insulin resistance, remaining metabolically active (i.e. exercising) is vital in the long term management. An endocrinologist presenting last night mentioned a phrase… It is important to be metabolically fit. I use a similar phrase with the people I am involved with.
With regard to weight loss, 5-7% weight loss has a tremendous effect on insulin resistance and other markers relevant to PCOS and diabetes…. this is something like 50-60% improvement in insulin resistance and blood glucose levels!!! From my experience assisting people with PCOS, gestational diabetes and type II diabetes, I have found this result to be quite true.
Maybe when your husband has returned, make an appointment with your GP and ask for a referral to an exercise physiologist. In the clinic I practice from, we run group fitness classes. Not every physiotherapy/ exercise clinic will run these sessions, so a bit of research may be required. I have a couple of ladies, that from what I can gather, are in a similar social scenario. Over a few years of running our program, I have seen a few friendships blossom!
Keep up with your walking… you are doing a great job!