This is a guest post by my sister Mary. I am so proud of the journey she and her husband have been on with Trim Healthy Mama. My prayer is that you will be blessed and inspired by this story. You can do this mom!
We truly feel like we have struck gold in the “diet world” and for the first time EVER we don’t feel like we’re dieting even though we are following a “plan” and losing weight. We’ve lost almost 90 pounds between the two of us since January so I thought it was time to share.
The response that has come in from me sharing that first post has been amazing and confirmed that people are in fact just like us and looking for something that can work for weight loss.
My whole point in sharing certainly wasn’t for attention & praise (we have a longggg way to go). The reason I felt so compelled to share was because we literally feel like we have found the best plan ever…like EVER, and I want others out there to find it too. I literally see someone in the car next to me now and think, “Aww, they need THM.” Or I’ll see someone exercising their tail off with no results and I just want to share THM with them (and sometimes I do). This is David’s before and after picture.
I don’t look at them in a judgmental way but ahhhh it’s like we have such good news to share I just want everyone who has struggled or fought weight battles or tried and tried to lose with little or no success to find this and have the same freedom we now have.
I have run races, (ok that’s a lie) but I’ve trained for races, I’ve had gym memberships, I’ve tried (for like 7 days) counting points and (for like 2 days) counting calories. I’ve tried to stop when I’m full and eat when I’m hungry. Nothing.worked. So we just have avoided dieting because the last thing we wanted to do was pick something and then fail. Although sometimes I did consider that at least people who diet (and stick with it for a few years before they fall off the wagon) get to be skinny for at least a few years lol. Tempting! But it just wasn’t for me. This is my before and after picture just of my face.
THM is a lifelong way of eating. Get excited! You really have finally found the one! OH! And it’s totally a tool, or a gift rather, that we can pass on to our children. Right now they don’t need it but they’re learning the simple choices we make and will be able to implement it in their lives when they stop growing up and start growing out. Hopefully it’ll be a quick and easy transition for them. It’s totally safe if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding too! How fun is that?! It’s not a diet y’all. Love it!
So how did we do it? How does one even begin changing the way they eat? Here are my top 5 tips & tricks of the trade for a successful start with THM. Before you do anything, buy (or check out of the local library) Trim Healthy Mama and maybe even the new cookbook, but the book is key. Read through it first. I’ll be referencing two different types of meals in my posts, S meals and E meals. The THM book explains the different meals…super simple once you wrap your head around it. Although my husband still thinks there is a G meal and an F meal so even if you don’t “get” all of their terms you can still lose weight. Ready?!
#5. Buy Wasa Crackers. IGNORE what they look like. Completely ignore them. So gross looking. They remind me of oversized nasty communion bread but no worries. You’re not using them for communion! You’re going to turn them into PIZZA! Go! Like right now. Go to the cracker section of your local store & get the Light Rye Wasa Crackers.
Take 2 crackers out. Add a tiny bit of pizza sauce (I shoot for 1 T or less per cracker to keep the carb count under 10 total–just a thin spread on each one).
Then pile it high with toppings! Cheese, pepperoni, sausage, bell peppers, yum!! Bacon! Whatever you like on your pizza.
Broil until brown & bubbly & ENJOY!!!!
#4. Get Breyer’s Carb Smart Ice Cream. At our store it’s with all of the other Breyer’s ice cream. There is a chocolate or vanilla. 1/2c at a time will be more satisfying than you ever imagine a half a cup of ice cream would be lol. I often melt 1T of Peter Pan peanut butter to pour over the top. If you don’t like peanut butter, Redi Whip is another yummy option for topping. (Not to be confused with Cool Whip…no clue why but it isn’t on plan and Redi Whip is.) This is an S so you can have it after your yummy steak and Caesar salad meal…or any S meal that doesn’t already have 10 carbs.
#3. Buy the new THM cookbook and make the Lazy Lasagna on page 140 but make it in individual loaf pans, then freeze them after baking for a quick lunch at work! One recipe makes 12-14 mini loaf pans. I use half the spinach. Trust me, you won’t miss the noodles. Your family will LOVE it…even the lucky ones. My dad didn’t even realize there were no noodles until I told him. And really, noodles are tasteless anyway! Not sure why I ever cared to have them in there.
#2. Popcorn. It’s a must have for me just like the ice cream. If I didn’t have something “on plan” that was sweet, and something crunchy & salty, I’d totally fail. I like Kroger brand 94% fat free mini bags so that I can add jussssssst under a tablespoon of melted butter to it. The mini bags are just right to keep you on plan & the melted butter takes it over-the-top amazing. I have popcorn 1-2 times a day for a snack.
#1. Pack peanuts in your car. It’s amazing how many times you’ll need a quick snack to get you through. It’ll be “time to eat” & you will love having the peanuts as a quick option. Just a couple of small handfuls will do the trick.
That’s it! I have more; I’ll do another post with tips for eating out, travel, and more! One of my all-time favorite things they mention in the book is that making changes like this are hard. But so is being fat/overweight/obese. Choose your hard! Think about that every time you are tempted. You can do this!!