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Sunday, May 4, 2014

My Renewed Mind

As I started my Trim Healthy Mama journey I had high hopes that I would lose weight and feel healthy. I have surpassed those hopes and achieved them. I feel healthier, my energy is up, I don't feel sluggish, I don't snore while sleeping and I feel great overall. Each meal has been a victory of overcoming the stress eating. Every time I exercised I was in control of my body. I finally felt free from the guilt of over eating and being overweight.  I rejoiced when I discovered something new on my body be it my ribs or finding my knee caps, it was and still is exciting. As I shared my journey with others my desire to keep at this new lifestyle increased because I wanted to share this experience and the knowledge I learned with everyone. I told anyone who would listen about THM. I was quickly becoming an advocate for THM because I knew it worked. I was seeing a trim body, becoming a healthier mama but one area hadn't changed and that was my mind.
  When I first started losing weight, I couldn't really tell. My clothes did get loose but until I took pictures I didn't see the results. I had many people tell me I was looking great, and the scale was moving down. This was all good it actually made me feel great but when I looked in the mirror all I saw was the fat me. I would belittle myself all the time. When I would weigh myself I did it three or four times in a row believing the scale was off or broke. I didn't want to go clothes shopping because I knew nothing would fit cause I was too fat. These thoughts would run through my head all the time and I let them. I was tearing myself down, being a bully to myself. No one likes a bully but that was exactly what I was doing. How many of you have found yourself being a bully to yourself? Have you wondered how to get out of that bully mode so you can have a renewed mind? Well I have some ways to help you, things I have learned to try and do on a daily basis.
 There is a change that happens when you lose weight, you do gain confidence but if you don't change your mindset it will affect you. Every time I had a negative thought about myself I would feel the need to eat. I wanted junk food, that so called comfort food. Sometimes I succumbed to these urges but the majority of the time I stuck to THM. When I would start to bully myself I would think of something nice that I liked about me. I would pray that God would help me. In the mornings I made sure to either dress nice or do my hair. Who doesn't feel pretty when you get dressed as if company was coming over. I read the Bible and found verses that would help me get my thoughts in control. Slowly but surely I saw a change in how I percieved myself. When I pass a mirror I smile at myself and congratulate myself on how far I have come. When my hubby tells me I am getting skinny inwardly I jump up and down with glee. My children get excited with me when I tell them I have lost weight. I have my own cheerleader section and I love it! Just as we control how we eat and exercise, we must control what and how we think. We are becoming Trim Healthy Mama's in every aspect of our lives. This includes having a trim, fit mind. We need a toned mind to match our toned bodies. A scripture that I use to help me is found in Philippians 4:8:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 
Every time you look in the mirror tell yourself that you are a beautiful Trim Healthy Mama no matter where you are in your journey.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

THM Explained

E = Energizing (Low Fat)
5 grams of fat or less (Equivalent to 1 tsp, 2 at the most)
45g of carbs per meal max
Lean meats and legumes are recommended for this type of meal.

S = Satisfying (Low Carb)
5 grams of carbs or less (low starch veggies)
Plenty of good fats like real butter or coconut oil
Recommend fattier meats for this type of meal.

The basic are:
Eat every three hours (Very important to regulate insulin levels)
Wait at least three hours after an E meal to change to an S meal, and vice versa.
FP's(see below) can be used as an in between snack for either of the E and S meal types.

After a few months try:
FP= Fuel Pull (Low Fat & Low Carb)
Less than 5g of fat and less than 10g of carbs.
Mainly protein meals like lean meat or eggs.

Main rule:
Never include large amounts of fats and carbs in a single meal until your goal weight is reached.
Fats and carbs should be spaced out by at least three hours.
Highly potent carbs like bread and potatoes are to be avoided. Sweet potatoes, starchy vegetables, brown rice, quinoa and old fashioned oats are recommended instead because they have a less drastic effect on blood sugar and insulin production, very important. There will be more on insulin levels and weight gain in a later post.

For more information read Trim Healthy Mama.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Weight journey contined

 If someone had told me seven months ago that I would weigh 100lbs less than I did, I would have laughed. Fast forward seven months to the present and I am not laughing I am jumping for joy, which by the way is eaiser to do now. I am not at my goal weight but I am so much closer.
This has been an incredible journey that is still going on. See where I started. I love food and I don't feel deprived from it with THM which stands for Trim Healthy Mama, a new way to eat that yields wonderful results. When I look at the pictures above, I wonder how I let myself go that long. I was miserable, lacking energy, and even depressed. I needed a change and I found it with THM. If I can do this, then you can do this. It takes one good decision at a time. One nutritious meal, one satisfying snack, even one refreshing drink at a time and did I mention those can all be healthy too. We succumb to poor eating habits one choice at a time. We learn to overcome those habits one lesson at a time.

This is me 100lbs lighter!!!! I am happier, more energetic, and I am healthier. Many have asked me about food journals, I don't keep journals. The way I did this was by setting a timer, to eat every three hours. I start my day with an S breakfast, lunch normally is E, and dinner is whatever goes with the meat I am using. See THM Explained if you didn't understand that. Most of my snacks are Greek yogurt with Polanar jelly, celery with Laughing Cow Cheese (which my husband hates paying for), cheese sticks and pepperoni, and Fat Stripping Frappes (a THM recipe). I just started adding fuel pulls in my regiment, since I have S and E meals down. I don't stress over it, I follow the recipes, adapt my own and go with it. I don't have a secret way to lose weight. I just follow the plan. When I can't, like at some restaurants or church dinners I don't feel bad, I just get back on plan at the next meal.
The thing that helps me most is the wonderful THM community. The THM Facebook page has helped tremendously. The support, encouragement, recipes, and openness of all the ladies makes this journey easier. The days I get discouraged, I encourage myself with others' success. We are like a family supporting each other. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Waffle Tacos THM

Taco Bell has come out with the waffle taco, and it looks so good. I don't eat at Taco Bell, its on the bottom of my list of fast food, but I want a waffle taco! What is a girl to do? Its not worth it to cheat, but I can't get them out of my mind, not to mention how many times I see the picture of it on my Facebook news feed. Well I decided to THMify it, if you don't know what THM is its Trim Healthy Mama, its not a diet it is a lifestyle. I have been doing THM since August with fabulous results.
These waffle tacos can be made as an E or an S meal. For more information on the THM lingo like "E" and "S" see THM Explained. The THM book has a recipe for E pancakes. The authors have asked that some recipes not be shared. So, I found a substitute that will work. Both recipes make 9 pancakes or 8 waffles.

E version from Protein Pancakes without Protein Powder
1 cup egg whites
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
Truvia or stevia
Mix in blender, cook on griddle or waffle iron.
Fill the waffle taco with scrambled egg whites, turkey bacon and top with sugar free syrup. Yum yum.

S version from Gwen's Low Carb Pancakes
1 egg
¼ c. Ricotta Cheese -full or low fat
2 Tbl Flax Seed Meal
½ tsp. Baking Powder
dash of salt
sweetener to taste -You can use 2-3 dashes of Stevia Powder
optional: 1 t. cinnamon or a pinch of nutmeg
½ t. vanilla extract
Mix in blender, cook on griddle or waffle iron.
Fill the waffle taco with bacon or sausage, whole scrambled eggs, and top with sugar free syrup.

Tip for pancakes: Cook slowly until they are firm before flipping.

Now my craving is satisfied and I don't have to eat at Taco Bell. Stay tuned for more updates on my progress and maybe a recipe or two.