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, July 19, 2010


We got back from our vacation Sunday night.
We had a blast!!

We stayed at Moose Creek Ranch, right on the border of Idaho and Wyoming. It is absolutely beautiful there!I was in awe the entire time!

It was SO much fun seeing all my family, and being around so many relatives!
Everyone noticed, and
congratulated me on my weight loss
! It felt like my hard work was paying off, and it felt pretty darn good!

I'd say my eating was about 50/50.
I did excellent on the road trip there
! (THANK YOU for all your helpful tips!!) The snacks I brought were perfect, and kept me satisfied from Colorado to Idaho (which was a 10 hour drive),
I didn't eat "healthy" while I was there, but I kept an eye on my portions most of the time. There were times I passed up yummy goodies, and times I joined in on the fun!(moi eating an all natural chocolate ice cream cone)
I felt good about my choices, and most of all, I felt in control. When I made the decision that I needed to pass something up, I would, and I wouldn't think of it again. When I decided to partake in the unhealthy goodness, I didn't obsess over it, and enjoyed myself! I drank lots of water, and I felt like I was being pretty active. The ranch was big, with cabins, a club house, one large cabin, and horse stables, all spread out across the ranch. There was a lot of walking going on, between all the places. I felt like I was burning a ton of calories, walking around looking for my husband! Next time we go, I think we're going to have walkie talkies on us (we didn't have phone service), so I don't have to walk around the entire place looking for him, lol!

The road trip back on the other hand, wasn't so good. I was slightly annoyed that the healthy snacks I had saved for the trip back, were being eaten up by someone else. So, I ate what my husband was eating, which were chips, and M&Ms. Now I realize I could have worked harder to pick up new healthy snacks, but at the time I was annoyed, and I threw my hands in the air. BUT, I stayed away from the soda in the ice cooler, and drank water instead. For lunch I got a salad at McDonald's, instead of the big mac like I wanted!
I wish I had done better, but I could have done a lot worse!

All in all, it was an awesome vacation!
It was so nice to feel in control, and not obsess over calories the entire time!
What was even better, was not worrying about my weight the entire time! I wasn't embarrassed to have family see me, and
no energy or time was wasted worrying about my weight!

Instead, I was simply focused on visiting with family, and having a good time!(Moi riding a horse for the first time!)

Was what I yelled out, when I stepped on the scale this morning and saw 168.
I gained 1 pound since last weeks weigh in....

But you know what? That pound is going to be lost, along with many others. It's not the end of the world. I had fun on my vacation, built lots of fun memories... and I gained a pound. It could have been 3. Heck, there have been times I came back from a vacation 7 pounds heavier!
I'm still pretty proud of myself!


Hannah said...

I think you did great! It sounds like you've gotten the mental part of this whole weight loss challenge down. And that (at least for me) is the hardest part.
I'm jealous you got to see so much green and nature. It looks so beautiful there.

*Whitney* said...

Great pictures! Green is a good color for you! It looks especially nice with your dark hair.

Thanks for the comment and to answer you, I just put the before and after pics on the sidebar over the weekend, so you didn't miss it! :-)

Unknown said...

Brittany, I think you did a great job! I bet that 1 pound is just a bit of water, you'll lose it in no time.

Jessica said...

Glad you had such a great vacation :) You were missed :) That 1lb will be gone before you know it!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous pictures!!! I would love to head out that way sometime for a vacation. You are adorable in all the pictures as usual :)

Melissa said...

Great pics! You are beautiful & i'm glad you had so much fun! :)

Tricia said...

great pics!

Meg said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun!

Deborah said...

Looks like you had a great time! GREAT photos!!!!

Kimberly said...

Welcome back... what awesome pictures! So glad you had such a great time! And that one little pound... it doesn't stand a chance!

Corletta said...

Girl...you better be excited about that 1 pound gain. Lord, please let me follow in these great footsteps!!! Sounds like you did terrific. Reading your blog gets me WAY motivated!!! Thanks for that :)

Jennifer of organic-mama.ca said...

You should be proud of yourself, you did great!!

Bette said...

Great pics. I think you did great!

Jess said...

Great job. I think you did awesome. AND you look fabulous in your pictures!

The Chubby Girl Diaries said...

You and your hubby are simply adorable! I loved the pics!! That 1 pound will be gone in no time! :)


Sean, Jen, Carson and Addie said...

I was wonderful to see you and you looked beautiful!!

I bet I can guess who was eating the snacks...

Sean, Jen, Carson and Addie said...

Ha! i just re-read my comment and realize that I said that I was wonderful. I meant to say that IT was wonderful to see you. :0)

divad said...

You should be totally proud of yourself! You had awesome control. You could have totally let things slip due to being on vacation, but you were aware and made choices. YAY YOU!

Bella said...

I'm glad you're not getting upset about 1 lb, because as you said, the vacation was worth it.

Those pics are breathtaking, and I especially love the ones of you & your hubby.