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 16, 2010

My Motivation

It's the weekend!
I love the weekends, I seriously do, but when I'm trying to eat healthy, weekends sometimes make me nervous.

Joe and I usually ALWAYS go out, and eat lots of unhealthy goodness on the weekends. It's a habit. It's what we've been doing since we've been married. When you take that away from us, we find ourselves tapping our nails on the table saying, "Well what the heck do we do now?" Food is our entertainment. When we can't pig out, we're bored. It's pretty funny now that I'm thinking about it.

That's the moment I say, "What the heck! Lets go have some fun!"
Then, we come home with leftovers, so the naughtiness continues on into the next day. Before you know it, next weekend rolls around, and we are still trying to recover from last weekend.

So, like I said, weekends make me nervous.

To avoid this from happening, I'm trying to find things in advance that we can do to have fun together, so eating out isn't our only option. I've also decided to give myself some visual motivation, to help me get through it.

#1. I'm going to put a picture of myself weighing my goal weight of 120lbs, where I can see it. Being healthy, will bring me so much more happiness then food ever can. Being at a healthy weight again, will bring me joy, every minute of every day. Versus that cheesecake, which is only going to bring me about 3min of happiness (because you know I would scarf it down that fast;), and then it's followed by feelings of regret and disappointment for hours after.
When I look at it that way, the choice is simple.
Choose to be healthy.
Choose to be happy.
DON'T choose the cheesecake!

#2. My blog friend, Dawne did a post about being able to fit into a shirt for the first time, that she had bought 7 years prior. I thought of how she must have felt after reaching that milestone in her weight loss. I thought of how much her hard work had paid off, and how fitting into that shirt must have brought her more excitement and joy then food ever could have.

Then I thought about the clothes I have, that I either want to fit back into, or have never been able to wear. I thought of how happy that would make me to one day see how much my hard work had paid off, by being able to fit into those clothes.

I have a pair of pants that literally fit me for 1 day, back when I was 18yrs old. For that 1 day, I was happy with my weight. Looking at these pants makes me think of how I felt on that ONE day, when I was completely happy with myself. I'd like to go back to that feeling. Only this time it will last a LOT longer then one day!I also have a dress, I bought about 3 years ago, knowing it didn't fit. I thought I would lose weight soon enough to wear it. Huh! Little did I know I would only move farther and farther away from being able to fit in it! I used to look at this dress with a heavy heart. I would get upset at myself for gaining even more weight after buying it, instead of losing weight like I was supposed to. Then I would start to think about the time lost, and would day dream about what my life would have been like, if I had in fact gone on a diet when I 1st bought the dress.
Although now, my perspective has changed. Now I get excited when I look at the dress! I picture in my mind that beautiful day when I will finally get to wear it! I will twirl, I will dance, I will cry, and I will probably sing (even though I'm a horrible singer!)! Looking at this dress now, motivates me to continue on down this path.
Because the day I fit into this dress, it will all be worth it!I'm going to hang these clothes on my bedroom door, so I can think of how happy it's going to make me when I can finally wear them, and how I'm not going to let food take that away from me.

Sticking to my diet = A happy, healthy life.
Going off my diet to pig out = A life being over weight, unhappy, and unhealthy.
Makes sense doesn't it?

I'm armed and ready to take on the weekend!
BRING IT ON!

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Happy weekend everyone!
I hope it's lots of fun, and very :Deliciously Healthy!

9 comments:

Lisa "One Mom's Weight Loss" said...

Weekends are so hard for me too. My husband and 2 boys have super crazy fast metabolisms, so they can eat like horses. When everyone is home all weekend, it is really hard to stick to my little portions.

By the way, you are beautiful at the weight you are now and the weight you were then :)

Good luck working towards those clothes...you can do it!!

dawne said...

You WILL fit into those pants and that dress. I know it!!!! It's hard to wait, but don't forget to try them on once in a while, every 20 pounds?, so they're not TOO big when you can wear them!! You're such a little sweetheart!

Fill your weekend with great sex instead of great food!!! You're young!!! And, it burns calories! I think Joe is gonna like my suggestion! :)

Joe and Brittany said...

Thanks Lisa!


Dawne, you crack me up! Yes, I'm sure he will! ;)

Meg said...

Weekends have always been my struggle as well!! My husband and I love to go out to eat. Luckily, a lot of restaurants have nutritional information online, so you can make good choices before you get there.

You are one gorgeous woman, no matter what size you are!! You'll get in those clothes again. :) I have a pair of jeans that I'm dying to put on again. Maybe one day. :)

Love your positive attitude!

Jenn said...

You've got some great motivation there!!!
Try to think up some other things to do with your man on the weekends! Can you go shopping, visit friends, watch a movie, explore new towns...take a class maybe? I bet if you guys put your heads together before the weekend comes you can think of something to do without food!

Bella said...

Hanging the dress on your bedroom door is a great way to have a physical reminder of your goals. You can do it! I hope you enjoy the weekend!!

Joe and Brittany said...

Thanks guys! :0)

xoxo

Matt and SherRon said...

Hey- I just stumbled on your blog from prior fat girl. I am so excited to have someone else to follow on this weight loss journey. Keep it up. Your words will most likely help me more than they will ever help you.

Thank you!

Joe and Brittany said...

Thank you SherRon!