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, April 26, 2010

Period Talk, Baby Talk, and My Weigh In.... :)

It's been a rough 3 weeks. I've been all out of whack, and pretty confused:

Around April 5th, I was all excited to see a little glimpse of Aunt Flow, and I was certain she was making an appearance. I had extremely light spotting (it wasn't even enough to call spotting... most people probably wouldn't have even noticed it, but me, being obsessed with the subject, and always checking to see if I got my monthly gift like an excited child on Christmas morning, I did spot it;). It didn't even last for a whole 2 days. What did last, were all the symptoms, minus the actual period.

For the past 3 weeks, I've been:
Tired, hungry, thirsty (way thirsty), crampy, emotional, gassy (shhh! I've been blaming it on the dog) and my bubbies have been ultra sensitive! Like ultra X 2.

It was all rather confusing.
Was I having a 3 week long period, minus the bleeding?
Could I be pregnant?Nope.

The digital pregnancy test was cheaper then the kind I normally buy (I'm sure I alone have made the pregnancy test people rich)
I stood in the pregnancy isle, (feeling like the entire store had stopped to look at me buying a pregnancy test), wondering if I should pay more, to have the less abrupt answer....

I can handle, one line or two, a plus or a negative. The digital pregnancy test on the other hand, is a little more... rude! It's either, "Pregnant", or "NOT Pregnant" In plain english.
Can't it say, "I'm sorry, you're not pregnant YET, but it'll happen :)"
I guess that would be hard to fit onto that little screen, huh?

Then, to make myself feel even more stupid, my period came the day after taking the test. Awesome.

I'm still a little confused, as I thought I had a period like 21 days ago (is that what they call a 21 day cycle???), and I'm not sure why I've had period symptoms ever since, but Aunt Flow is definitely here (and this time it's brutal. I need me some midol).

I still get very excited, when I have a period on my own. It just doesn't get old :) This month (maybe even twice this month?) my body did what it was supposed to! I feel like I'm curing myself of my PCOS, by simply living a Deliciously Healthy lifestyle! Since living healthy, I've had 4 periods!! Like totally all on my own! That makes me so happy!

Why does this make me happy?
Because May=The "official" start of trying to have a family!
AHHH! That gives me all sorts of butterflies!

With PCOS, you don't produce enough hormones to produce an egg.
No ovulation=no period
Before, when I'd only have 1 or 2 periods a year, it meant I only ovulated 1-2 times a year. Kinda scary when you're wanting to start a family. Since living Deliciously Healthy, I've had
4 periods in 6 months!
Which is totally awesome news when you're about to start trying to get pregnant, in like a couple weeks!

I'm going to stay on my diet, until I get pregnant. After I get pregnant, my plan is to continue to eat healthy, so I can have a Deliciously Healthy pregnancy. I'm going to ask my fertility specialist if it's okay to be on a diet when trying to get pregnant. I don't think being on a diet is doing anything harmful to my body, that would prevent me from getting pregnant. I think being on a diet makes me healthier. I've also heard of lots of people getting pregnant while trying to lose weight... but I'm going to ask just to make sure.

I would like to be between 150-170 when I get pregnant.

What am I today? 178. Boo! I blame it on Thumbalina (my dog). Okay, okay... I blame it on Aunt Flow? How about my husband for taking me out on a date, and insisting that I order dessert? I mean the man would not give up! Whatever it is, or who's ever fault it is (mine. What?! Did I say that?), it needs to change. I have like what, 3 weeks to lose 8 pounds? That way if I get pregnant next month (Typing that caused massive butterflies. But who gets pregnant the first month of trying?), I'll be within my goal weight range.

I need to bump it up a notch or 2!

I'm going to cut out my little extra snacking, between snackings, and I'm going to get moving! My goal is to walk for 15-20 minutes (depending on my knees), twice a day. Hopefully that will give me the little extra boost I need!

This is all rather exciting!


Megan & Brandon said...

I love reading your blog! I have never commented before but this one just truly connects with how I feel about having PCOS and trying to start a family. I started my period in 8th grade didn't have one again until like my Junior or Senior year then didn't have anything that resembled regular. (maybe having it once or twice a year) I am now 23 and I have been married for four years with no luck of having a normal ovulation cycle to be able to get pregnant and start a family. I do think this is a blessing and a curse because The Lord has shown me that I could prepare to be a better mom in the time that I have been waiting but I also long to have a child of my own to nurture and love. Good luck with trying to get pregnant and don't let it get you down if it doesn't happen right away but keep enjoying the time that you have with your husband! Your blog is wonderful so please keep us posted!

Jessica - cbgblog said...

Isn't that how it always works. You think you might be pregnant, take the test (not pregnant) and the next day you start. Oh, the joys of being a girl!

I'm glad that you are starting to have them more AND that it means baby making time!

I wish you good luck with it! Just hang in there!

Melissa said...

HAHAHA - omg, i'm sorry, it's not funny, but i SO could relate! I was having wierd periods just like you described not that long ago - where i'd have symptoms but no actual period. And then having other wierd pregnancy-ish symptoms. Finally get a test, it's negative & then i start the next day.


Deborah said...

I tried for a year to get pregnant and I know what you mean by the digital tests..they are rude :)

Meg said...

I am so excited for you and your husband! Being pregnant is truly one of the most amazing experiences in the world. Best wishes on your family plans and weight loss goals!

Corletta said...

I am very happy for you! I gotta tell ya...reading your blog and knowing that you are stoked about your period seriously makes me appreciate the little things in life. Thanks for the reminder!

Anonymous said...

It's gonna happen...You're getting healthier everyday AND ovulating. Whoohoo.

Remember I've got 2 boys AND pcos :)

The Chubby Girl Diaries said...

(((HUGS))) Hang in there hon! Sometimes putting too much pressure on yourself can put your body all out of whack when it comes to baby making.

If it helps any, I know a bunch of people (from my mommy board) with PCOS who ended up having multiple successful pregnancies! It WILL happen for you! Just keep on this path!

You are doing awesome!! :)


Sean, Jen, Carson and Addie said...

I've always thought that those pregnancy tests should get a make over. Maybe make them in designer colors or shapes? Have them say nice things like, "I'm sorry, but keep up the good work!" or something like that. Or design them according to peoples needs. For example, if you are a teenager with a negative test: "Man, you lucked out, stupid, use protection next time". You know, something like that.

What about adding music? Maybe it could sing Brittany Spears' 'Oops I did it again' for women who have lots of kids, or 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' for someone who always gets negatives.

Maybe I've thought about this too much?

:Deliciously Healthy said...

That's hilarious Jen! And it's actually a good idea!

Unknown said...

I'm excited for you!!! It is possible to have a 21 day cycle, so maybe that's what happened??
I know when I started losing weight, my cycle was all over the map - 21 days one month, 32 days the next. It took about 3 months to stabilize to a 30 day cycle.
Can't wait to hear how the baby making goes! (Okay, I don't really want the DETAILS, though...)

divad said...

Although I feel your disappointment, I am so glad that you had another PERIOD!!! It means things are going in the right direction. Losing this weight will help bring baby to Joe and Brittany!

Tammy said...

OMG that Jen is a trip, lmao.

Period is not a happy subject for me...I've always had a strange one....nothing you could count on from month to month...then developed PCOS and my cramps turned into contractions every month....then I got an IUD for birth control because they told me I was too old to take the pill anymore (35 yrs old), due to increased risk of heart attack and stroke....so the IUD changed my periods from one week to 2 weeks..sometimes 2 1/2 (like this month...I think I'm on my 18th day right now!!!!). I hate this subject, lol.....I hate my body....BUT...I am VERY HAPPY for you that it means you will be able to get pregnant. I can't wait to hear the news when you are...it will be so exciting!!! And you only have 8 lbs to go...that's nothing girl!! You WILL get there....just keep up the good work..in the kitchen AND the bedroom! Of course, that could be one in the same for me...my kitchen counters have seen my buns WAY too many times, thanks to Dwayne, lol. TMI? Sorry! :)

Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com said...

Oh I'm so excited for you to start officially trying! I know that you are going to do well with the rest of your weight loss. Don't sweat it. You are such a rockstar in remaining positive and pushing on, so just trust yourself to make the right decisions!!

Tiff said...

Awww sorry that the test didn't reveal what you wanted to hear- I believe though that God will bless you and your husband with a beautiful baby one day- and hopefully soon :)

Bella said...

I am so happy for you. It's wonderful to hear that living a healthy lifestyle has already helped you in terms of fertility. That's awesome.

Good luck in trying to get pregnant, and remember: practice makes perfect. Plus, it's fun!!! :)

:Deliciously Healthy said...

You girls crack me up!!