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!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I've Got Some Good News, and Some Bad

I always like to start with the bad, so the good news can cheer me up at the end (in case you were wondering;)

So, here's the bad news:
Today was weigh in day. Period. Need I say more? lol.
I walked into the bathroom this morning, smiling at the scale trying to soften it up a bit, stepped onto it, ever so lightly (like it was going to make a difference), and waited for what seemed like forever for the numbers to appear. When they did, they read, "194" (annoyed sigh)
I'm down .5 pounds from last weeks weigh in, which I already new from my sneak peek weigh in a few days ago. If I had a window in my bathroom, I assure you the scale would have gone flying right through it! Luckily for the scale, and the people walking their dogs on the path behind our house, we don't have a window in our bathroom....

Now here's the good news:
I got my monthly gift this month!!! I almost cried tears of joy! Most of you are probably wondering why on earth a women would be happy for this time of the month?!

Let me explain (TMI warning;):
It showed me that this month, my body worked the way it was supposed to! I rarely ever have periods on my own! Sometimes they have to be induced, so that my uterus can shed (apparently you can get cancer if it goes a while without shedding). When I do have them on my own, it's only 1 or 2 times a year! I wasn't really worried about this for a long time, and was actually kinda glad that I didn't have to go through PMS every month. But, now that we're so close to trying to get pregnant, the whole not having periods thing was making me nervous. Like sweating bullets kind of nervous.

No period=No ovulation. No ovulation=Inability to get pregnant on our own. Inability to get pregnant on our own=MONEY. Potentially lots of money to get pregnant. Running out of money=Not having children of our own.

Where as a Period=Ovulation! Ovulation=Getting pregnant the good old natural way!

My PCOS specialist told me that losing weight could possibly allow my body to ovulate on it's own. She explained that she had lots of overweight patients with PCOS, who after losing weight were able to get pregnant as easy as 1, 2, 3. They were able to skip pills and procedures, and conceive a baby, simply by living a healthier lifestyle. She URGED me to go on a diet, saying that it could be the key to getting pregnant.
It lit a fire under my tush, and I went on a diet.

In November, I went on a diet and lost 16 pounds. What do you know, I had a cycle that month. I wasn't too excited over it, because I thought it was just another random cycle, and I wouldn't see it again for 6, 9, or even 12 months. But, it's February, and here it is again. Is it coincidence that both times I've gotten my monthly gift, I've been on a diet? I THINK NOT! What do you know, my doctor was right. If this continues, we may not go broke while trying to have a precious little baby.

Today showed me 2 things:

1. Having my cycle this month may be the reason I haven't seen the scale budge, and if that's the the case, I'll take it with a smile in my face.

2. It really isn't ALL about the numbers. Yes, they are a big part of it, especially the mental part, but they aren't everything. Having a cycle showed me that my body is changing. My body is becoming much healthier, and is able to function the way it should.
That makes me happy.
It reminds me of my motto:

Eat Deliciously Healthy. Be :Deliciously Healthy.

And that I am
And so are you! :D

21 comments:

Tammy said...

Hey girl!! Sorry about the scale, but happy for you that your body's straightening out and you're getting healthier! :)

dawne said...

I am so excited about your period!!!! All of us PCOS sufferers rejoice with you. Losing weight does make a huge difference with this syndrome. You can make a difference in your condition!!! So exciting. .5 is closer to another pound down, which is another step closer to having a regular cycle!!!

Kerri & Katie said...

I've never been so 'into' reading about periods but that was great! So happy for you! I loved how you mentioned how even if the scale isn't moving, your body is healthier. SO true!

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

Yeah...so awesome!!! That means your body is responding to all your hard work. I'm so excited for you. Love the picture of you...you are such a cutie!

By the way, I'm still gonna follow this blog when it becomes a pregancy one :)

Joe and Brittany said...

Thank you everyone! xo

Lisa,
Your comment made me a little misty eyed ;)

Jessica - cbgblog said...

Congrats on the period! That is awesome to hear *CHEERS* That is probably why your weight hasn't budged. I had mine last week and I didn't see the weight budge at all and I haven't changed my diet or anything. So in your case... .5 pound loss is GREAT with your period included!

Jessica - cbgblog said...

I know... I never would of expected this when I started the blog. I'm so happy.

They are adorable!

By the way... forgot to say it earlier... but you look great in the pic!

Corletta said...

Everything that you have written warms my heart! You are precious! I am pumped that your body is "working" well! Keep the good work up! You're in my prayers sister!

Meg said...

I smiled through this whole post. I am so happy for you, and even if .5 seems like a small number, it's still a loss even with the time of the month! Great news all around. :)

Loser Girl said...

that is great news! and your attitude about the scale is inspiring too. keep it up and you'll get there!

Shannon (The Daily Balance) said...

CONGRATS! and your bad news wasn't bad! you are still at a loss! I'm sure next week will be a bigger number, since you are probably bloated from your TOM. smiling for you! ;)

debevans said...

sounds like good news!!!

Anonymous Fat Girl said...

You should be happy about that loss! :) I know it was a small one, but still it was a loss. I know when it's my TOM I GAIN without fail. So I bet if you think about it you probably have lost more than the scale is showing. I'm sure it will catch up real soon. Good job! :)

Missa said...

Just fell into your blog and it is lovely. Congrats on the shed!

Cheers,
Missa
LosingEthel

The Sweet Tooth Obliteration Operation said...

Congrats! I know it sounds weird to say congrats to someone for getting their period... but seriously congrats!! It sounds like you have had a lot of struggles and it is awesome that you are doing what needs to be done to get where you want to be. I have a friend with PCOS and she also struggles with her weight. GOod luck with everything, I'll be reading :)

Jenn said...

A loss is a loss - I know it's a small one, but it's better than gaining, right??
My mom had PCOS, although back in the day there wasn't as much information on it. She struggled for years to get pregnant with me. Then she lost weight and BANG - here I am! :-)
Same thing happened with my brother - she gained weight, her periods went all wacky...then lost some weight and BANG, my brother was born!
I've also found that my period is regular when I lose weight, and irregular when I'm heavier...
Anyway - I hope this is a sign of great things for you!!

Tiff said...

Hey I think that that was ALL good news! To see any sort of loss when you are on your period is a good thing!

p.s. Lookin cute in the pic!

The Chubby Girl Diaries said...

You will conquer that scale next week, I just know it!

And much babydust going your way!

~Kellie

Bella said...

Yay for Aunt Flo! LOL. I love the positivity of this post. I definitely think that your stall on the scale is due to the TOM. Glad you're so happy! All the best.

Sean, Jen and Carson said...

Super excited for your good news!!

But I do want to add one thing (you know me!). There's another way to have children of your own.
:0) They just won't be biological, but still, they would be your own! We're still praying for you to get pregnant, though!

...just had to throw that in there! :0)

That picture of you is beautiful, by the way. You are quite a hottie!

Joe and Brittany said...

I know. Adoption is really a beautiful thing, and Joe and I have talked a lot about it! We have both come to the conclusion that if we can't have children biologically, that we would be excited to embrace adoption! You guys have been a really good example to us, and have come up a lot in our conversations. We just can't help but want everything to just work out smoothly, instead of being on fertility treatments for a year, spending a lot of money, and then find out that adoption is the route we're going to go. We want a baby like NOW! So I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we don't have 1-3 years ahead of us, trying to figure it all out.

Thanks! I try. Just kidding! ;)