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!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Goals, and a Recipe

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a great Superbowl weekend!

I really, really appreciated all of your comments on my last post.
This is why I love you all so much! I love the support, and motivation I get from this community, and the knowledge I'm soaking in!

I'm an amateur dieter. This is the first time I'm trying to lose weight the RIGHT way. I don't know the right or wrong way to do things. I don't know how to do certain things, I don't know what's reasonable, and what's not. I don't know what's healthy, and what isn't.

But that's slowly changing, as I'm learning so much from all of you!

So, I sat down, and re-valuated my goals.
As far as the "numbers" go, I think I'm going to leave them as they are. My motto for that is: Reach for the stars, because you may just reach them. ;) I don't think it hurts to have high goals, as long as I know I may not reach the exact number, and remember to not beat myself up if I don't reach those numbers. It's like Tammy said, "It's better to shoot for the 5, and land around 3...than to shoot for 3 and only lose 1." That's pretty much what I'm going to do ;) If I find that it's having a negative affect on me, and my weight loss journey, I will adjust my goals.

Jenn also got me thinking, as she said, "Make goals to eat a certain amount of calories per day, a certain amount of water and a certain amount of exercise - these are goals that you can control, and will give you weight loss - no matter how long it takes."
Makes sense doesn't it? :D

This weekend, I thought of some more goals to set for myself... ones I CAN control!

Here's what I came up with:
*Eat 1,200-1,500 calories a day.
I don't know if that's too little for a 5' 1", 194lbs, 22 year old female. I think it's lower then what most people consume when trying to lose weight, but I'm also not able to do intense workouts like most people, because of my RA. That makes me think I need to cut my calories more then normal. ?? But like I said, I'm an amateur dieter :D
It's not a problem for me to not go past my calories, it's hard for me to reach them. I haven't been doing very well at this, this past week. Today I've only had 850 calories (I'm starting this post late Sunday night). Yesterday I think I had 700. I'm honestly not meaning to have my calorie intake be so low.
My stomach is usually queasy when I wake up, so in the morning I usually just sip on a Slim Fast. A little later I have a snack, usually about 100 calories. Before I know it, it's time to start making dinner. Dinner is usually 300-400 calories. After dinner I sometimes have a 100-140 calorie dessert, and then that's it for the day. I haven't been feeling hungry, or deprived, but I know this isn't healthy, and will definitely hinder my weight loss.

*Work on eating a healthier breakfast, and make sure I eat lunch.

I'm realizing that I normally skip lunch, because I get preoccupied, and 4pm sneaks up on me. Doing these two things, will help me reach my goal of 1,200-1,500 calories for the day.

*Drink more water!
Totally bad at this one! I normally only drink 2-3 glasses a day! My goal is 8!

*Don't eat past 7:30pm

*Go swimming 3 times a week, and take 3, 5min walks a day with the doggies.
I found a gym not too far away from my house, that has a lap pool. Sometime this week, I'm going to go down, check everything out, and hopefully sign up! As far as the walking, I need to work on being consistent with it.

*Try at least 1 new workout a week, to do at home, on the days I don't go swimming.

*Keep a food journal.

*Work on keeping and making new goals.
I'm going to make a goal chart, or something along those lines, so can keep track of my goals, and the progress I'm making. That way I don't just make em, and forget em, like I normally do! I also want to work on revisiting goals that maybe need to be tweaked, and continually making new goals for myself.

These are the goals I'm going to put the majority of my focus on. These are the goals I can control. Because we all know, you and the scale aren't always on the same page! :D

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Here's the recipe, I was supposed to post on Thursday!
It's oh so tasty, and super-de-duper easy to make. If you haven't noticed, I like things that are easy! ;)

Mexican Chicken Skillet:You will Need:
~4 skinless boneless chicken breast.
~Chili powder
~Salt
~Pepper
~1 tablespoon vegetable oil
~1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
~1 1/2 cup frozen corn
~1 1/2 cup salsa
**UPDATED: I've recently added chopped red and green bell peppers to this, and it's delish!
just throw it in the skillet, when you add the corn, beans, and salsa!

Directions:

Sprinkle salt, pepper, and chili powder, on both sides of thawed chicken breast. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet, over medium heat. Cook chicken in skillet for 8-10 minutes, or until the juice from the center of the breast runs clear. Stir in beans, salsa, and corn. Heat to a boiling, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 3-5 minutes. ~Makes 4 servings
**I usually sprinkle a little low-fat cheddar cheese, and add a dollop of low-fat sour cream to mine. LOVE!

Here's what I'm thinking:

Calories: 320 for 1 chicken breast and about 1 cup of salsa mixture.

Enjoy!

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Now I'm off to go catch up on all of you!
I decided that on the weekends, I'm going to take a break from the computer, as I can easily lose 2-3 hours on it. It was pretty darn hard to not read all of your blogs for 2 days, and now I have a lot of catching up to do! We'll see if I can keep it up every weekend! ;D

XOXO

13 comments:

Loser Girl said...

that recipe looks awesome!

your new goals sound great too!

midlife_swimmer said...

I am 100% for swimming or aquatic exercise programs. Warms my heart to hear swimming mentioned so much.

Jenn said...

Those goals are awesome! They are attainable and measurable - very good!
I think your calorie range is good. Try to actually eat those calories, lol! If you eat so little you're gonna screw up your metabolism - so try to get at least 1,200 a day.
You can do that by adding a cup of lowfat milk to your day, maybe some nuts (nuts are great for you and calorie dense)...

Anonymous Fat Girl said...

Brittany thanks for finding my blog! And now, I've found you. :)

I must say that I think goals are wonderful and help keep us striving for something.

I also think your Mexican skillet looks delish! (I love Mexican food!) :)

The Chubby Girl Diaries said...

Brittany you are fabulous! I am adding your blog to my sidebar because I think you have some valuable tips and I am drawn in by your story and charming personality! :)

You know, you could always opt for some higher-calorie-but-still-healthy snacks if you are trying to reach your calorie goal.

Your goals sound very attainable! I am definitely rooting for you!!

The Mexican chicken skillet looks YUM-O!! :)

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting! :o)

~Kellie

Joe and Brittany said...

THANKS EVERYONE! I'm excited to try your suggestions!

xoxo

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

I am making that recipe!! I LOVE mexican and that looks delicious!

You are doing great on focusing on goals. I read an article recently written by a personal trainer. He said..."you need to have goals, so that you know what direction to go in."

So many times we just hope to lose weight. Without a clear direction, it would probably be pretty hard to accomplish it..

Bella said...

I think these goals sound good, and you can always adjust your calories as you see how it all works out on the scale. I would definitely say not to go below 1200, because you don't want your body to go into starvation mode. If that happens, your metabolism will slow down even more, which will make losing weight all the more difficult.

I wanted to let you know that I was mentioning your lettuce taco shell idea to my mom over the weekend, and she's planning to make them tonight! It was such a great idea.

Joe said...

Thanks Bella! That makes me so happy!

Joe and Brittany said...

Joe is me, Brittany! Apparently I was logged in as my husband! ;)

Meg said...

Great goals, Brittany! I really admire your positive attitude!

And that recipe looks delish! I just bought a huge thing of salsa, so I'll have to use some of it and make that chicken. :)

Tiff said...

That skillet looks YUMMMMY! I think setting short term goals has been part of my success- if you set goals that you can't even hope to reach in the next 6 months then I think you are more likely to give up on them.

Keep up the good work girly!

Denise said...

Wow, that recipe looks awesome...I'm putting it on my list to try once I enter phase 2/maintenance of my program.