About Moi

About Moi
My Name is Brittany, and I'm 23yrs old. I was diagnosed with Lupus when I was 15, and then diagnosed with RA, when I was 18. I also got married when I was 18, and I'm enjoying my happily ever after with my hubby! When I got married, I was slim and trim...But not for long. After getting married, I started to gain a LOT of weight! In 1yr, I gained 50lbs! Finally, I went to the Doctor, where I discovered I have low thyroid. After being put on medicine, my weight gain slowed down, although over the next 3yrs, I gained an additional 26lbs. When I was 20yrs old, I got yet another diagnoses of Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. That's 4 diagnoses in a 5yr period, if you lost count. They all effect my weight, in one way or another. Add on top of that, my love affair with food, and every 1 of those 76lbs gained was accounted for. Being 76lbs over weight is unhealthy for anyone, but it was especially unhealthy for me, and my health issues. Since starting this blog, in Jan-2010, I have lost 40lbs! I'm a new, slimmer, and healthier me! Before losing weight, I was told I needed knee replacements. Losing weight was the ONLY tool I had to help me hold off on that life changing surgery. Since losing 40lbs, my knees have never felt better! My husband and I are also trying to start a family, but my PCOS was not going to make it as easy as 1,2,3, as I didn't have periods on my own. My doctor had told me if I wanted a baby, I HAD to lose weight. Since losing 40lbs, I've had regular cycles for the first time in my life! Which is very important when trying to have a baby ;) This journey of mine is more than me simply wanting to wear skinny jeans. It has been a quest to becoming :Deliciously Healthy, so ALL of my dreams can come true! I'm almost half way there! With each new day, I get closer and closer to my goal of 120lbs, and becoming :Deliciously Healthy!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

I'm Back!

I'm just going to ignore the fact that my last post says "February 12- 2009" Jeeze! Yes, I've been weak, and haven't exactly stuck to my diet. To help me not drown my sorrows in a carton of ice cream over the time lost, I'm just going to say, "Better late than never." and, "If you fall off your horse, just dust yourself off, and get back on again" And that's exactly what I'm going to do!
It's time to focus on the positive, the future, and this beautiful new year.
This IS the year I lose weight!
You mark my words.

For the record, I didn't go off my diet because I didn't like the food I was making. I work really hard to make tasty food when I'm on a "diet". I even continued to make some of my favorite deliciously healthy dishes, not because I was trying to lose weight, but just because I was craving them! I'd say 95% of the time I go off my diet, it's because I'm not feeling good, and therefore can't/don't want to cook. Then I have a hungry husband calling me on his way home from work asking, "What's for dinner?" Does anyone else hate that question? That's the moment I surrender to defeat and say, "Just pick something up on the way home..." The secondary problem is, once I go off a diet, I sometimes find it hard to get back on it. I fall out of the routine, and I enter the cycle of repeating to myself day after day, "I'll get back on it tomorrow..." Before you know it, I've been saying that same phrase to myself every day, for 6 months.

This time around, I'm going to work harder on developing tricks I can use to help myself. Like making meals in advance, so if I'm not feeling good I don't have to worry about cooking. This time I'm trying to be more aware of my health issues and work around them, so they won't bring me down.

I am happy to report that since
"February 12- 2009" I haven't been a complete failure, and have lost 16 pounds! Never mind the fact that I gained 4lbs back ;) I've been on the diet for a week here, and a week there. Never long enough to report about it. I did come across some tasty recipes over the past year, but didn't share them because by the time I thought to, I had shamefully ate a #1 from McDonald's for dinner, and felt like a hypocrite.
BUT, I'm back on my "
diet" and ready to start blogging about it again!

What's the new motivation?
Why am I so sure this will be the time I lose weight?

Over this past year that I've been absent, a lot has happened in my life.
I found out I need double knee replacements, due to my severe RA. Blurg! Before, it was that I needed them in the near future, now it's that I need them like, NOW! I simply have to wait as long as I possibly can for that major surgery. There are 2 factors in that decision: #1- My age. I'm only 22. This procedure isn't typically performed on someone as young as myself. #2- They don't last forever. If I want to be 50yrs old, and still able to walk, I need to hold off as long as I can. Losing weight will no doubt help me to win this battle.
Also, my husband and I are wanting to start a little family. YAY!! Although, I have PCOS, which is going to make getting pregnant difficult. My weight is only making matters worse. With my PCOS, I have an 80% chance of getting pregnant, and my weight isn't helping those odds. My doctor told me if I want to avoid invasive (which=expensive) procedures, and if I want to increase my chances of even being able to get pregnant, I have to lose weight.
It sounded like a challenge to me.
A fire got lit under my little (Although it's quite big) tush, and a new determination was born!
I can do this.
I will do this.
I have a lot riding on it this time around.

I invite you to take this little journey with me.
I don't know where it will take me or how long it will take, but I assure you I will be ":Deliciously Healthy", and it will be totally awesome.

2 comments:

dawne said...

If you stalk me, I'll stalk you!!!! :) I know you're going to make it to a healthy weight. I also have PCOS and I can't believe how my cycles have regulated having lost 60 pounds. It's amazing how that system responded to weight loss. I KNOW you're going to do this! I'll come on the journey with you, cheering for you and praying for you!

Joe and Brittany said...

Awe! You are so sweet! You just made my day!

We have something else in common! Hearing that losing weight has regulated your cycles is music to my ears! I never have cycles on my own! They always have to be induced. This has been worrying me these past couple months, as we are wanting to start trying to get pregnant in a few months. No period=no ovulation. You kinda need to ovulate to get pregnant ;) I'm hoping losing weight will help my body do what it's supposed to do, so I can maybe get pregnant the natural way!

Thanks for your motivating words, and for stopping by my blog!