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!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Today's wake up call- lab results

A couple weeks ago, I got labs done for my fertility doctor. We've been playing phone tag for almost a week, and today I finally got a hold of the nurse to get my results.

2 things:
I have high cholesterol. Sweet.
I'm 2 candy bars away from being diabetic. Double sweet.

The nurse said that I wasn't diabetic, but my test results were pretty elevated, and I'm "At risk".

She then told me that I needed to get on a diet, and lose weight. I laughed (because if I didn't laugh, I was going to cry), and told her that I was on a diet, and I have already lost 45 pounds. She literally took a sigh of relief, and told me how encouraging it was to hear that I was already doing something to better my health. She was very happy to hear that I was doing the low glycemic index diet. I explained that at the time of the labs, I had only been on the diet for a week, and she explained that that probably wasn't enough time for the benefits of the diet to show up in my lab work. She strongly encouraged me to continue with the low glycemic diet, and that counting calories just wasn't enough for me, and my health issues.

The past few days I've been considering just going back to counting calories, and I've been trying to figure out what was best. I guess I got my answer. This low glycemic index diet truly is a part of my
new lifestyle
. It's pretty easy for me to feel down in the dumps about this. I feel like I've been doing all this work to be ":Deliciously Healthy", and I'm still "At Risk" for diabetes. But on the other hand, I'm very grateful. Thank goodness I put my chunky butt on a diet over a year ago, and lost 45 pounds! I'm certain that phone call would have been very different if I was still 206 pounds. Because I took action, I'm at risk for diabetes, but I'm NOT diabetic!
I dodged a bullet
. And that's sweet.

Today I had a wake up call, and found new motivation. I have to do this. And I have to like it. I absolutely refuse to add another diagnoses, to my already long list.

Sounds good to me.


Anonymous said...

It's important to know even when its not what we want to hear. You're right about it being a motivator for you to continue the healthy path you are on! You are strong and smart and headed in the right direction - good for you!

Jen said...

Stupid cholesterol!! :) We can't wait to see you, by the way!!

Kat said...

Lady, that's so hard to hear, but it's also good to know that you're doing right by your body. At the end of this journey, you'll look back at this as another one of the bumps on the road. Right now - it COMPLETELY reinforces everything that you've been doing right. You can do this!

Taylor C said...

never the news that you want, but like you said...it could have been so much worse and this is proof that you are doing the right thing! Keep it up and let this be just another thing to encourage you!

erica said...

Diabetes runs in my family so I really have to be careful. Basically they think that I could have it soon with my sweet tooth! I definitely need to watch myself.


135by2012 said...

You are doing what's best for you and your body right now. Acknowledging that and applying the effort is 90% of the battle for most people. You are kicking butt!

I have to get my labs done just for a routine check up. Your post has motivated me to finally make the phone call and book that appointment.

Jenn @ watchmybuttshrinking.com said...

And just think, if you continue what you're doing, your results are only going to get BETTER and BETTER!

Renee Paj said...

You know, because of the PCOS, you should check with your doc and insurance company if you could get a dietitian to consult with...that might really help you over the edge! you def have the motivation...but better tools to get to your goal wouldn't be a bad thing!

Becky Jones said...

You're doing great at living healthy just keep going! Sometimes things are out our hands and that's why we have have modern medicine and drugs to bless our lives. Keep a positive attitude and you'll reach your end goals!

Jessica said...

Diabetes runs in my family, and I am always in constant fear that I will come out of the doctor one day with that diagnoses. You are doing what you need to do to be healthy, just keep going!

Josie @Skinny Way Of Life said...

you're on the right track!! I know it's sucky news but it's good to know and it'll keep you motivated
: )

Taylor C said...

haha just saw your comment on my post! Too funny :)

Former Fat Bride said...

You did dodge a bullet! I'm happy for you for that. Just keep doing what you're doing and I'm sure your next lab results will be everything you imagine :o)

jin @ soul + food said...

You have this is in the bag Brittney! You already know what to do, you've done it and all you need to do is continue. You're going to do fabulous - I have faith in you!

:Deliciously Healthy said...

Thank you so much for all of your comments, and support! <3

Bella said...

Your attitude is amazing. Glad you're feeling so motivated!!