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!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Deliciously Healthy Raspberry Shake

Doesn't the whole world know I'm on a diet?
Why do they send me pizza ads, restaurant ads, and coupons for Jack in The Box??!

Don't they know those are my weaknesses? Do they know their adds make my mouth water, and a tear well up in my eye?


I guess the world isn't revolved around me, and my struggles.
(But seriously. They should stop that)

But you know what? They're not going to bring me down!


Because I am not on a depriving diet. I simply live a Deliciously Healthy lifestyle.

Deliciously Healthy = I can eat food that is yummy and delicious. I can still enjoy what I eat, and continue my (healthy) love affair with food, even while being on a diet. I can eat the things I want and crave, I just have to make a few healthy tweaks. (And keep an eye on my portions of course.)

So, that's exactly what I'm going to do!

The raspberry shake in this add is what made my mouth water, and even made me a little misty eyed ;)

Deliciously Healthy Raspberry Shake:
Here's What You Need:

~2 cups of frozen raspberries
~1 cup of strawberry ice cream (I was going to buy the low-fat ice cream, but after reading the label, it seemed like it had more crap in it, so I went with the regular kind)
~1 cup of low-fat milk
*For an additional 20 calories, you can add some low-fat whipped topping.
**Makes 2 servings

This is What You Do:
~In a blender, blend all the ingredients until smooth. Divide into two glasses, and enjoy!

My shake Vs. Jack in the Boxes shake:

(I couldn't find the nutritional information on their raspberry shake,
but I did find the info on their strawberry shake.)

Deliciously Healthy Raspberry Shake: 300 calories

Jack in the Boxes Strawberry Shake: 880 calories.

You save 580 calories!

Yes, 3o0 calories on dessert is a bit of a splurge, but this is how I see it:

Before the idea to simply eat Deliciously Healthy clicked in my head, I'd go on a diet, and deprive myself of everything yummy. I'd live on "diet food." Then, when an ad like this came in the mail, it would simply be too much. I couldn't resist the yummy temptation. Why? Because I hadn't eaten anything with real taste in days!
So, I'd grab the keys, and make a mad dash for Jack in The Box. And you know once I was there, I wasn't going to just get a shake! Nope, I was going to get the burger and fries to go with. It would probably total out to over 1,000 calories, if not over 2,000 calories!... And I'd be off my diet, and who knows when I'd go back on it.

Now, with my Deliciously Healthy lifestyle, I realize I can have the shake. Yes, I might be a tiny bit over my calories that day because of my 300 calorie dessert, but the point is, I'd still be on my diet. Because I gave into my Deliciously Healthy craving, I saved myself a trip to Jack in The Box, and probably 2,000 calories.

300 calories is way better then 2,000!

Take that Jack In The Box!
And whoever sends me these ads! ;)


The Chubby Girl Diaries said...

That shake looks SOOO yummy!

I love that you are not depriving yourself! The thing is... I always equate diets with deprivation. I think that's why our journeys are so different than a diet. Because we actually modify our behaviors for a healthy lifestyle but we don't quit living altogether! :)

Excellent post! Did I mention that shake looks amazing?! Just sayin...


divad said...

You showed them!!!! :)

I often get the "real" ice cream too, for the same reasons you stated.

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Meg said...

Yum! Can I come to your house and have one? LOL

Tiff said...

Oh yea that does look yummy! It's funny how many calories we used to ingest without even thinking- oh we are just full of wisdom now! :)

Patrick said...

Now this is a delicious post! Nice blog, found it today. Wow - nice job so far on the weight loss. You have it goingright - that goal of yours is sure to happen.

Natalia said...

Good for you! You are right about the deprivation and the caving in. This is a lifestyle change you have to find what you can live with and it certainly sounds like you've done that!!

Thanks for visiting my blog! :) Have a great day!

Deborah said...

Looks Yummy! :)

Anonymous Fat Girl said...

I have to laugh because I've noticed the "healthier" options seem to be worse for you when you compare ingredients! I actually was thinking about doing a post on peanut butters because of this very reason! Your shake looks very good by the way! :)

:Deliciously Healthy said...

While we're on the subject of PB, Skippy has an all natural peanut butter, that is really good!


Lisa said...

wow!! that looks so delish!!! and i love that you didn't fall for the "low fat is better for you " label!!

thanks for sharing!!


Anonymous said...

those ads are sent by some weight-gain monster living in a printing basement.