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, May 17, 2010

Aahhhh... A Breath Of Fresh Air!

Today was a good day.
The day wasn't wasted because I was tired and dizzy.
Today, the funk that I've been in, didn't take over.

This little funk of mine has been lingering around for a while now, and today, I felt hope that it was leaving for good!

Today was a breath of fresh air, and it felt so good!
Oh so good!

I woke up, and actually got out of my PJ's (I'm a stay at home wifey, if you didn't know:)
I showered, (AND I even shaved my legs!) and got ready.
I took the doggies out, fed them, and watered the plants.
I cleaned. I even mopped the floor!
I ran errands, and went grocery shopping. Have I ever told you how much I hate grocery shopping? If I could hire someone to do one thing for me, it would be to take care of the hole grocery shopping thing. I'd hand them my menu for the week, and the groceries would magically appear in my fridge. That my friends, would be awesome!

Our local grocery store, had a cart with avocados and bell peppers on sale. Right then and there, I decided we were having chicken fajitas for dinner!... And that I was going to make Deliciously Healthy guacamole to go with it!

What's that you say? You want in on the Deliciously Healthy Guacamole?!
Okay, I'll give it to you ;)

Here's What You Need:

1 can (15 to 19 ounces) white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime
1 jalapeño chile , seeded
1/4 cup coarsely chopped sweet onion
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted
2 plum tomatoes

This is What You Do:

~In a food processor with knife blade attached, puree beans and 1 1/2 tablespoon lime juice until smooth. Empty into a medium bowl.
~Place jalapeño, garlic, onion, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pulse until juicy and thick.
~Scoop avocado from peel into bowl with beans, and mash with fork until mixture is blended, with some chunks remaining.
~Cut each tomato in half. Squeeze halves to remove seeds and juice. Coarsely chop tomatoes. Stir tomato and onion mixture into avocado mixture until blended.

Then, just spread it on something yummy... or just eat it all by itself like me! ;)

Here's What I'm Thinking:

Serving size: 1/4 cup
Calories per serving: 70


Monday's are already cruddy enough, I don't know why I add to it, by weighing in on that day! ;)

Today's weigh in had me at 173
That's a 0 pound loss.

Truth is, I kinda deserve it. This past week was pretty much 50% good, and 50% bad.
I'm grateful I didn't gain anything... but, it's still disappointing. I wish I could rewind this pat week (or 2), but I can't. All I can do, is do better from here.

Today was a new start. I shook the funk off, and moved forward.

Today was a breath of fresh air, and it was just what I needed!

We had rose bushes planted in our backyard recently.
I thought I picked out peach roses, but they look pink to me. Now I wonder why I would have wanted peach? Pink is my favorite color after all :)
They make me smile when I look at them...


Corletta said...

You're funny! By the way, I love grocery shopping. I could totally do that for you!!! Hey...I think I'm headed right now to follow you on facebook!!! By the way, I would love to be a stay at home wifey :)

Meg said...

Hey, girl! Just catching up with your blog today. I'm so happy for you about your weight loss. That is one incredible feat to lose over 30 pounds. You are amazing! Also, never thought about putting kidney beans in guac...I'll have to give that a try. Your flower pics are so pretty! Made me smile. :)

Corletta said...

You're so great!!! Thanks for your SUPER SWEET comment on my blog. By the way, if you would like to follow people, there is usually a follow link right above their friends. If not there, towards the top of their blog. I just found yours yesterday!!! Woot woot!

Jessica - cbgblog said...

I'm so glad you shook it off! It only takes one day to really make a difference and you had one!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE guacamole. mmmmmmmmm.... now I'm hungry, thanks a lot *hahah*

Beautiful flowers!

Oh, and it isn't always fun being so 'good' but i want to have results and I really want a change and it keeps me going. Don't get me wrong, There are days I crave with a passion - McDonald's, ice cream, etc. - but my passion to be thinner wins for me (THANK GOODNESS!)

Sean, Jen, Carson and Addie said...

I am jealous that your roses are blooming! Our are still buds. (Ours are pink, too!) I think it's still too cold here. Yuck!

I'm glad you're feeling better! That guacamole looks so yummy.

Jessica said...

Beautiful roses!

The Chubby Girl Diaries said...

The guacamole recipe looks amazing!! I will definitely try it!

I am so glad you are getting out of your funk! I SO know what that is like and it's not fun! I was there myself not-too-long ago. :)

Keep it up girl! You are an inspiration to us all! :)


divad said...

Welcome back Brittany! I missed you alright! Those funks come and go, don't they?

Taking care of you helps! Glad you're taking steps to do that.

I'd gladly grocery shop for you too! I LOVE it. I just love to spend money and it's the one thing I'm "allowed" to put money down for every week!

Hugs from Canada!!!!

Melting Candy said...

Wow, those roses are beautiful!

You shaved your legs? wow you were motivated! Send that fresh air this way please (=

Thanks for thinking of me, I have missed you gals!

Kim said...

Very pretty pics. I found your blog through Shae's PCOS blog. I'm a PCOS'er too and like to find others in the blogging community who have it too. It's nice to see how everyone is dealing with theirs. :) I look forward to following you.

Tammy said...

So glad to hear you're feeling better...and the pics of the roses are just gorgeous! :)