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!
Since going on a diet, I've developed a passion for making healthy food, instead of just a passion for eating food! On this blog, I will share with you all my favorite healthy recipes for you to try for yourself! For these recipes to make it onto my blog, they have to be delicious enough for me to forget that I'm even on a diet! That means, you don't have to necessarily be on a diet, to enjoy them. You can enjoy your food, while loving your figure! I'm also going share with you some of the tricks I use to help me stick to my diet, my favorite products, and my journey towards weight loss. I have a few health issues including Lupus and RA. For me to lose weight, I sometimes have to get a bit creative. I will share with you how I lose weight, while living with my RA and Lupus. Get ready to dig in!
Somehow or another, I got it into my head that if you want to lose weight, you have to either go on some lunatic diet, that someone came up with while either on something or half asleep. Or simply don't eat. I first went on a diet when I was 8yrs old (I know. Crazy right?), and I spent many years going on the craziest of diets! I was only successful when it finally clicked that, "It isn't a diet. It's a lifestyle." Sounds cliche, but it's the key to weight loss. I no longer believe in diets, but simply in the philosophy to eat healthy, and exercise. And that's what I do. I focus on making deliciously healthy meals. I count my calories, but I don't obsess over them. I don't believe in depriving myself. I would rather be on a healthy and delicious diet, where I can continue a "Healthy" love affair with food and lose 2lbs a week. Versus going on a crazy diet for 1 week, lose 5lbs, and then eating an entire box of Crispy Creme donuts, because I've been depriving myself of everything delish, and then gain all my weight back! Which makes more sense to you? I have a number of health issues including RA and Lupus, so when it comes to exercise I have to be creative. That's why it's all the more important for me to eat healthy, and love what I eat enough to keep me on my diet. There is no such thing as me eating a candy bar and saying to myself, "Oh, I can work it off..." The amount of exercise I'd have to do to work that off, would likely send me to the hospital. Eating deliciously healthy is my main weapon towards sticking to my diet, and losing weight.
Starting Weight-206 pounds:
Favorite Quick and Easy, Deliciously Healthy Recipes: