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 22, 2013

There Are No Shortcuts

I've spent the last couple weeks learning this good old lesson the hard way. Why do I always choose that route?

It all started when we decided to go to NYC for our anniversary. We kept trying to think of where we wanted to go, and finally we thought, "Why go anywhere, when you can go to NYC?" So we decided that was our 8th year anniversary destination... even though we went there for our 7th anniversary ;)

So of course, I thought, "I want to be skinny for NYC!" Last time we went, I was 196. I felt fat the entire time, and I promised myself that next time we went to NYC, I'd be thinner. It was pretty frustrating knowing that I'd be going pretty much the same weight I was last time.

This is where I let the mind games start. I thought since my diet was going so well, I could kick it up a notch, and lose some serious weight before our trip. So I tried juicing for all of my meals, and when that didn't work, I tried the 17 day diet again. Even though I swore I would never, ever, ever get sucked into that silly diet. Of course, I couldn't stick to it, so I would try again the next day... but not before going to grab some grub first. It ended up being two weeks of preparing to go on a silly diet, and eating unhealthy crap in the meantime. 

I know that. Why can't I just remember it?

Good news is, I only tried to stick to a crazy diet for 2 weeks, and only gained 2 pounds back. Unlike last time, where I tried for 6-12 months, and gained all of my weight back. 

Lesson learned. For good this time.

I'm back to living my deliciously healthy lifestyle, with a goal of losing 2 pounds a week. Slow and steady wins the race, and I'm finally okay with that. My patience will pay off when I am 160 on Christmas morning. I can't wait! I just need to focus on my goals, and stop letting silly things like trying to get skinny for a vacation, get me all flustered  and off track ;)


Naomi and Family said...

You don't know me, but I have been following you for awhile. I have super similar frustrations! My whole life I have been trying to simply get healthy and actually stay that way. Anyway, I feel like I've finally found what works for me. Have you ever tried weight watchers? It's like eating for dummys. See, I've learned so much lately about the "clean" way of eating but to stick to anything is just painful. So, I've found with weight watchers I have bounds that I have to stay in (because I need rules) but.... I need some freedom in those rules. This has been such a blessing in my life. It is hard to see the struggle in other's lives, it literally makes me want to cry because I have walked in those shoes my. whole. life. My heart literally aches for you. I do want you to know though that I think you are amazing! You can do this! I have also found that there are times when the strength is literally given to me to do this, and times when it just isn't. I had to learn to accept the fact that the Lord's time wasn't mine, and just be happy being in a body I didn't want to be in and know that at some point, the strength would be given to me to keep going. I love food and part of me feels like I die a little every time I have to tell myself no, but I comment today to not sound like a know it all, or be discouraging in any way, but I just want to share with you the two things that have helped give me the nutrition I had been lacking and the plan that I've been able to stick to and be happy with. The company Monavie has products. The MX juice, and the RVL products. Yes, they are pricey, but they are the BEST in the market. The International Olympic Community approved of the RVL and the juice not only gives you 13 servings of fruits and vegetables from only 4oz a day, but it also has plant derived glucosamine, and beta glucan which boosts the immune system drastically. I use both of these things and with all of the nutrition in them, my body is much more satisfied so that it is not as hungry. I then can handle weight watchers and it is designed so you can lose 1-to 2 pounds a week. You have daily points and weekly points. You can also earn more points through exercise. I love this system and would recommend this to anyone. I was able to endure Vegas and stay on my food plan even traveling. Anyway, that is all. I am sorry if I have offended you! I think you are amazing! I just know that after years and years and YEARS of playing this game, I am SO thankful to finally have been given the key to my bodies' success. Keep it up, and if you don't look into either one of these, I am confident you will find what works for you and your body and I know that you can do this! You are beautiful though no matter what! I hope you know that! You are gorgeous!!

Jess said...

oh...but wouldn't it be wonderful if they did!

Sistergirl said...

The Lupus can affect the thyroid and weight loss. Talk to your doctor too. Increase vitamin D with sun and food.

Gujjar said...

I love sandwiches. Let's face it, life is better between two pieces of bread. ed-wiki

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