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!

Friday, January 20, 2012

So far, so good

Day two was a success!

I've been so emotional all day. I seriously broke down crying for no reason at all, at least twice today. Oh the joys of being a women. The good news is, I didn't have the urge to turn to food. I just kept telling myself, "Eating a hamburger is just going to create more problems, then it would solve." Now if only I could have been telling myself that for the last two weeks... but whatever :)

Lately I've been experimenting with spaghetti squash. I like it, but I can't seem to make it right... it keeps coming out slightly crunchy. Tonight I decided to experiment with it some more. I made chicken with marinara sauce, on top of spaghetti squash, and veggies.
It was quite yummy. and slightly crunchy :)

Onto tomorrow!

Have you ever made spaghetti squash?
Does yours come out crunchy?


Sam said...

If it comes out crunchy, you just need to cook it a little bit longer. I cut mine in 1/2, but if face down (so the shell is on top) in a caserole dish. Put about a 1/2 inch of water in the bottom, cover with tinfoil, and bake it for about 35 min at about 350. Comes out perfect! If it's too squishy, shorten the time, or too crunchy, more time. :) That my trick anyway

Jessica said...

The first couple of times I made it, mine was too crunchy. Of course, I was making it in the micro. Changed to the oven and cooked it about 40 mins and it was much better. Still not my favorite thing.

Corletta said...

I can never seem to make it right either. Hmm...I think I've just given up on the idea :/ Brittany, I'm glad that you're aware that unhealthy food won't heal and hurt or fix and emotion. I, too, am learning this. Great job!

Bella said...

I'm so proud of you for not turning to food for comfort. Talking yourself out of it is huge.

I agree with the people above - try baking the squash instead of doing it in the micro - better results.

Anonymous said...

Hooray! You're back!! I am on day 21 of the 17DD and as you know, the first days are the hardest! You can do it!!! I have made spaghetti squash in the past and I just can't get into to it. The texture is not my fave. However, I LIVE off of cauliflower rice and cauliflower mashed potatoes to calm my carb cravings!

Becky Jones said...

You just need to cook or bake the spaghetti squash longer. I have never had crunchy spaghetti squash but it takes almost an hour in the oven and 40 min on the stove or so. Good Luck!

Mrs Swan said...

I don't like spag squash at all. I looooove butternut though! Roasted butternut is almost like candy to me. LOL

Kellie @ Chubby Girl Diaries said...

That looks amazing Brittany! I have recently discovered the wonders of squash! Butternut squash ravioli anyone?

YUM-O your food experiments look divinely delicious and healthy!


Dr Easy Weight Loss said...

I just read your about Brittany section which is really inspiring to hear that...and through all of your setbacks you're coming out on top! :) For women I've read that when estrogen levels drop - serotonin levels also drop (serotonin makes you feel good) - resulting in women randomly crying. Bananas can be a solution to this as they increase serotonin levels!

Naomi and Family said...

You don't know me, but you remind me so much of me! I feel your pain sister!

When I do spaghetti squash, I poke it a lot of times with a knife, maybe five times? Only on the top and the sides. I stick it on a cookie sheet, and then bake it for an hour at 375. The shell gets nice and brown, so don't let that worry you (not that you would worry about that....) and it tastes so good as the noodles in spaghetti! You are awesome by the way. you really are!

Mark said...

I have the firm belief that there is only one healthy way to lose weight. And that is cardio exercises. If your thing is to sit back and eat Cheetos then you will certainly never lose weight. If you want to be healthy, you must want to work out. Make exercising fun and you will want to do it. Cardio exercises is what is working best for me.