My advice to anyone starting, or restarting, Trim Healthy Mama is to not give up. I know it can be hard and sometimes you wonder if it is worth it. It is! Your health is worth the effort.
I'm going to be completely honest with you - I've been off plan for a few months now. I made excuses why I couldn't do it, even posted about why I wasn't doing it but to be totally honest, I was just being lazy. I didn't exercise self control or will power. Then it was just easier to justify why I was off plan with excuses, which I did believe at the time - but I was wrong.
Yeah, my family did start eating junk but that was my fault, not THM's. I got lazy and slacked when it came to fixing them healthy food. It was just easier to let them buy the junk.
Yes when I fix off plan baked goods or meals, it takes a lot of self control not to eat them or at least not to eat TOO MUCH of them. But I SHOULD use self control in all things. It is a fruit of the Spirit that I must use and train at all times.
I could go on with all my excuses, but that is all they are, excuses. And boy did I sell myself on them for awhile. I know that Trim Healthy Mama is the best way for me to eat. I feel so much better when I stay on plan- more energy, no headaches and just overall feeling good. Yes, it takes self discipline to stay on plan, but it does for any healthy eating plan and that is a character trait we should all strive to strenghten in our lives.
I wish that I wouldn't have wasted those months eating off plan, my body has more healing to do now, but I will just learn from it and move on.
I started back on plan last week, consistently and do you know what? When I am committed to the plan, I actually enjoy it! I enjoy finding new healthy recipes. I enjoy knowing that what I am eating is nourishing my body instead of poisoning it. It is totally a mind thing with me. When I am committed and excited about it, it is fun and doable, but when I let negative thoughts about it come into my mind, it becomes drudgery. When I start allowing negative thoughts in, then I start finding excuses not to do it.
The bible tells me to think on the good things, the praise worthy things, the true things - THM is good for my health in so many ways. That is the good, praise worthy truth! I will think on that and I will continue to enjoy my journey.
I also recommend finding an accountability buddy, it helps so much! If you don't have someone you can count on, join Two Grand. There are so many THMers on there that will gladly help you. My username is RashelTHM, look me up, I'll help you!
I pray that at least one person has been encouraged by my honesty in my struggles. May you be blessed and strengthened in your journey.