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!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Our Deliciously Healthy Valentine's Day

We had a GREAT valentine's day!Making a valentine's dinner at home, was WAY more fun then simply going out to eat! We spent about 2hrs in the kitchen making dinner and dessert. Those 2hrs had lots of laughter, good convo, and team work! Cooking with Joe, was my favorite part about valentines day! (to read about the rest of our valentine's day, you can go to my other little blog, HERE) Joe and I have decided that we're definitely going to have cooking dinner at home together, as an option on special occasions, way more often!For dinner, we made chicken enchiladas with green chili sauce!For dessert, we made ooey-gooey peanut butter chocolate brownies! (I scratched the cheesecake brownies, because they had coffee in them, and I didn't know what to substitute it with). These brownies we're DIVINE! Definitely ooey-gooey! They were slightly complicated to make, but for Joe and I, that made it more fun!Our brownies looked more like a chocolaty, marshmellowy, peanut buttery, pile of mess then a brownie, but I assure you, it was a delicious pile of mess! ;)

Sometimes I get my recipes from other places, but I change it up so much, that I think they're safe to call my own. Then I calculate the calorie difference between mine and the original. Because I change the recipes, I don't worry about copyright issues. BUT, I followed these 2 recipes pretty precisely ( I only changed 1 or 2 things). So to be on the safe side, I'm going to keep these recipes my little secret, so that a guy in a uniform won't show up at my door ;) They're in the, Best of Cooking Light cookbook, if you want to pick it up! Although...I have LOTS of changes in mind, for both of these recipes, so I may have my own version in the near future!

It was truly a great, and Deliciously Healthy valentine's day! I learned that you can still have fun, and enjoy special occasions without loading your body up with unhealthy goodness. You can have just as much fun, if not more, eating Deliciously Healthy! I love the peace of mind I had yesterday. I got to enjoy time with my husband, without obsessing, and worrying about calories, and fat, and how it was all going to show up on the scale! Those thoughts didn't even enter my mind! I went to bed satisfied, happy, and healthy!
Now I ask you- What could be better?! Seriously?
Oh, and we only spent $30 on the entire thing, instead of $60+!
LOVE IT!

The only thing that didn't quite compare to going out to eat, was not being able to leave the mess to waiters...
The not so fun aftermath: ;)
My calorie intake for the day, was about 1,400! Sweet!

I hope everyone had a great Valentine's day!

xoxo

I'm off to catch up on all of you!

20 comments:

The Chubby Girl Diaries said...

Awww! What a great Valentine's Day dinner!! Who got to clean up the mess? hehe

You two make a fabulous couple! But i'm sure that you have been told that before.

The chicken enchilada dish looked so yummy!!

~Kellie

Joe and Brittany said...

Lol! My husband offered to clean it up, but I saved it for the morning, so I could clean while he was at work :)

THANK YOU!

Jessica - cbgblog said...

That sounds like a great little Valentine's weekend that you had. You two are cute and adorable together.

And yes, there is always room to grow and you can do it :)

Jenn said...

Great job, Brittany! Looks like you had a wonderful V-day, and you ate so well!

Loser Girl said...

I am still cleaning up from my at home vday dinner! I enjoyed staying home too though.

The brownies sound awesome!

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

You guys make the cutest couple!! The food looks yummy. Peanut butter and chocolate is the best combination on the planet :)

The dishes....UGH!!!

Meg said...

Looks like you had such a fun evening! And I am very jealous of that mixer! :)

Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com said...

What a lovely and delicious dinner/dessert. And your table looks beautiful and festive! I could really go for one of those peanut butter brownies right about now!!
I just found your blog and I really like it!

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Bella said...

I completely agree with you - I've always thought it was so much better, and actually more romantic, to cook at home on V Day, rather than paying the exorbitant prices at a restaurant.

Your dinner and dessert look delicious, and you stayed in a great calorie range for the day. Well done!

Tiff said...

$30!?!! Dang girl! You guys are very cute btw!:)

Anonymous Fat Girl said...

LOVED the pictures! Looks like you had a great day! :)

Corletta said...

How fun! Thanks for the much needed reminder that eating healthy does not have to be a drag. I think that's what my mind often tells me though. So...thanks!

molly marie keyser said...

wow GREAT job on your calorie intake for the day! it's super hard to be good on holidays but you did it :)

Jessica - cbgblog said...

Yeah, I don't know why I got the rude comment and then you got the nice. BOO to you! *haha* just kidding

Yeah, I deleted because it was rude and 'spam' to get people to go see the site.

Tiff said...

Britt-

Yep, I started today but you can do it whatever day works for you (I think you said Tuesdays are your weigh in days). And yep, we are going to post pics of our scales on Monday :)

So glad you're joining the challenge!

Tammy said...

Love the pics!!! Sounds like you 2 had a lovely evening, I'm so happy for you girl! :)

Lisa said...

Wow~ what a fabulous idea! your meal sounds delish (oh man, pb and chocolate..le sigh!)

and what fun!
xo

Jessica - cbgblog said...

Thanks for the compliment.... I am excited about it!

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

Ahh...the dishes, that's the worst part!! I don't have a dishwasher either!

Love that you guys stayed home and had fun!