I had someone ask me for an update on my Trim Healthy Mama journey and I agree it's about time for one.
I started following THM August 4, 2013 by joining the facebook group, reading all the files in that group and reading all of the reviews I could online, although, my book didn't arrive until August 14. I stayed as consistent as possible for the first three months and had amazing results! I lost 13lbs! Considering I really didn't have much to lose, that was great to me. I went from a size 10 to a size 4-6. I had more energy, slept better as well as needed less sleep and just overall felt much better. With the weight loss I lost inches as well but what surprised me was that I would keep losing inches even when my weight would stall. I was actually a smaller size than what I was a few years ago at a lesser weight. I believe Trim Healthy Mama helps your body lose weight where it is needed and helps get you to your right proportions.
Are you wondering if I have continued to follow THM?
Well, I have, however, it has changed a bit for me. Because I reached a good weight for myself, I quit following it as strictly. I allow myself more crossovers and more cheats than the first three months. In the last four months I have followed the plan very loosely (vacation and holidays) and then returned to it probably 75% of the time and I have maintained my weight with a buffer zone of about 3 lbs. I'll go up those three and down the same three which is completely natural anyway. I haven't taken my measurements in months, but all of my clothes are fitting the same. OH, I should mention that I have NOT been exercising at all. I started several months ago but never stayed with it.
I have learned to listen to my body and I know when I need to be more strict with the plan and when it is okay to loosen up a bit. I know eating off plan too much makes me feel yucky and just isn't worth it.
One thing I have tried to be very diligent about is staying off of sugar. I'm not saying I never have any, because I do, but I do try to avoid it when possible. I use Stevia, Truvia and Xylitol instead. Sweets really don't taste that good to me anymore anyway and once again, it isn't worth feeling yucky later.
One of the biggest things that help me stay on plan is to be prepared, to plan ahead. I like to make several jars of the singing canary mix or apple pie sip mix and keep in my pantry. I also keep jars of the dry muffin in a mug mixes made up and ready for a quick breakfast or snack. When I know I am going to be out of the house, I like to make up some drinks to take along with me.
It keeps me from running through the nearest drive through for a sweet tea or strawberry limeade! I also usually grab some nuts to take with me. I know that if I get hungry or thirsty and I don't have something easily available, I am way more likely to eat off plan.
How is your journey going? What tips do you have for making it easier to stay on plan? I would love to hear some.
Blessings to each of you,