THM Weight Loss Before & After: One Year


weight loss photos Trim Healthy Mama

This THM weight loss before & after is probably the last one I’ll need to post, but I’m SO excited to post it.  Last year this time, I was *just* getting my feet wet with the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan, and I remember on the brand new Facebook group, a lady asked, “Is there anyone here who has actually been on this diet for a year or more and sustained weight loss?”

(Do you detect a tone?  I thought I detected a tone.)

lost weight trim healthy mama

Or course, since the book had only been released in September the year before (a mere 6 months or so?), there wasn’t really a pool of experienced ladies at that time. Most of us were still savoring the delicious food, learning, and delighting in the lost pounds of our first few weeks.

But I couldn’t wait to get to be HERE.  Where I can stand up and wave my hands and say, “ME!!!  Me, me, me!”

Hey lady…I’ve been on Trim Healthy Mama for over a year now, and it took me about 6 months to lose 50 pounds.  And I’ve LOVED every minute of it and am maintaining beautifully. And I DID eat chocolate cake for breakfast this morning.  And tomorrow, I’m planning to have the chocolate gravy posted on the next page.

before after weight loss THM

And that’s pretty much all I wanted to say today.

Except for that my jeans are so baggy here.  They’re the same ‘stretch jeans’ that I’m stretched into in the before photo.  But they’re hanging off of me like that time in Kindergarten that I wore my Mom’s red cable knit tights to school because I found them in my drawer, and Mom didn’t notice until she was picking me up that afternoon. And she said it looked like I had elephant legs. But that’s another story.

That day, I was embarrassed.  Today, I’m pretty stoked to be wearing my big old baggy jeans!  I’ve decided that when you can curtsy in your stretch jeans, that it’s time to retire them.

Here I am in my new size!  I can pull the old size 16’s on and off OVER my new size 8 jeans without unbuttoning/unzipping them.  Crazy.

Trim Healthy weight loss before after photos

So that’s my THM weight loss story, and I’m sticking to it.

And now for LOTS more Trim & Healthy Inspiration…


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  1. vickie says

    Not only do you look incredible but you look so happy! Have a great breakfast.
    Now on to making ice cream. Haven’t made snow ice cream in years….I’ll mail you some, we are getting more today (we need new snow it was getting ugly).

  2. pattycos8 says

    Gotta love those baggy pants! Now …. just skooch them down a little and show your boxer shorts like the cool people do! LOL. Great job. Your stomach looks completely flat! Wow! I have noticed that the most since starting about 6 weeks ago – my stomach feels so much flatter. No more bloat!

  3. Amy Nordyke says

    Gwen! I keep trying to read this post, but there are vulgar advertisement videos playing on the right side of the screen just above the RSS Feeds… I don’t know if you have control over that?…

    • Its_Gwen says

      Hi Amy, Thank you for letting me know! The ads are put there by Google, so I don’t choose them, BUT I was able to go in and block all future game site ads. I’m SO SORRY!

  4. sara dee says

    Thank you Gwen. I’m sitting here bawling my eyes out. I’ve been so miserable and yucky feeling all of December and right into January. It’s all because I got lazy. I got frustrated because the darn scale has not been moving. So I let my old self back in and started eating….everything. My 1 year is in May. I’ve lost 40 lbs this far. Today, I’m gonna keep on going. Thank you! Ps: you look fabulous!!

    • Its_Gwen says

      (((hugs))) You can do this, and you know what? Sometimes falling off the horse really works in your favor, because you’ll be able to FEEL how much of a difference that THM makes! And that will help you resist the temptations later because BOY do they make you feel like crud, and they never quite taste as good as you think they will. :)

  5. Joyfulmomof6 says

    Your review was the reason I decided to give THM a try. I’m so glad I did 20 pounds gone in 6 months and only 5 more pounds until goal weight. Your blog is a huge ministry helping woman with THM. Blessings!

  6. Katherine says

    You look great Gwen! Wonderful job on sticking with it and showing us that yes, it CAN be done! I need help right now. I am fine during the day but at night I keep giving in to snacking – namely, sharing my husband’s nightly bowl of popcorn. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

    • Its_Gwen says

      Popcorn does fit in an E setting, but I would look for other delicious snacks that you love. If you are having serious carb cravings, then maybe up your E meals. :)

  7. Marilyn H says

    Gwen you inspired me back in the fall, and I’ve had an on/off relationship with THM over the past months. Due to a lot of my stress eating. Well, I started yesterday and stayed on plan all day. And so far all day today. I even had my daughter take my picture last night (which I HATE) because I want to be a before/after picture in a year! Thanks so much for sharing your story and your encouragement on your blog and the FB page! :)

  8. Anna Jones says

    I never comment, but I just HAD to! You just look SO BEAUTIFUL, GWEN!!!!!! Seriously. You look so radiant! You inspire me to keep going in my THM journey. I’m up a few pounds from goal weight and NOT AT ALL toned up like I want to be…. so here’s my motivation, my inspiration…. to keep going; to not be satisfied with 75% or even 90%. All the way, 100%! Thank you Gwen!

  9. Victoria says

    I just received an email to this page and I sure am glad that I opened it. You look very healthy and happy. Congratulations!!! I just started this plan on Jan. 1st. My daughter in law has been on it for 2 months and she did so well that I wanted to try it. She got the book downloaded on my ipad for me for Christmas and so the journey begins. I have lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks so I am super excited to continue. I really need some good receipes…I am eating the same 4 meals everyday so I hope to find some things on here I can start enjoying. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Its_Gwen says

      Fantastic! Hope you find some recipes that you enjoy. I have them organized by meal or type on the recipe menu bar. :)

  10. Fiona says

    Gwen, you look so great!! Congratulations on losing and maintaining. The recipes on your blog are helping me to maintain goal weight and keeping my family very happy (and healthy). Thank you for so generously sharing your learnings!

  11. Donna Jaremenko Porter says

    Thank you Gwen for sharing your journey and your yummy recipes. You are an inspiration. You go girl!

  12. Rnheather says

    Fabulous!! Now we just need a pic of you in clothes that truly FIT so we can really see the transformation! Love your blog – you help keep me inspired!

  13. cindy says

    I LOVE your transformation and the ones I see on FB also. I still haven’t been able to afford the book and am very confused about what to eat with what and what to not eat together. But when I see these pics I think OMG I want to do it…..

  14. Shanna Enfinger says

    Gwen, these pics do tell the tale! You look so much healthier and HAPPY! Do you remember me? We started this journey at the same time last year, and I have maintained great results too! I lost 40 pounds by last August,and have kept it off! This IS a plan for life!

    • Its_Gwen says

      Hi Shanna! I do remember you, and LOVE that there are ladies who are enjoying the maintenance part of THM. *high five!*

  15. Sheila says

    Gwen, your blog has helped me so much. I started in May, 2013, and have lost 40 pounds. Thank you for all your encouragement. You look so happy in your new photo.

  16. Jennifer Parker Owen says

    Gwen, you look great! My one year following THM will be coming up in 2 weeks. Thank you for featuring the snow ice cream!

  17. Patti says

    Gwen, Scripture says in everthing to give thanks. As I was clicking on recipes all over your site, copying down ideas, writing ‘notes to self’ and reading articles from fellow bloggers, It occurred to me that I NEED to thank you for your work on this blog and your inspiration! You are amazing and are looking fabulous too! Thank you, dearest Lord, for Gwen and Trim Healthy Tuesday!!!!!

  18. Mandy says

    Oh my! You are so inspiring. I have just started THM and you are giving me such hope! Along with wonderful support to help me succeed. Thanks so much.

  19. cindy says

    Gwen I have searched and no but am going to ask them to order it, if they get enough requests for it they usually will. Ironically the cdn chapters ( like barnes and nobles) also don’t carry it. I think perhaps on line but not sure, even still I can’t get it right now. super low on funds since my long term disability has been terminated. oh well will try to get it somehow. Thanks for thinking of an alternative idea, and yes going to library tomorrow am!

  20. SandySue says

    Wow. Congratz on your transformation. I am a newbie to THM and your website has helped make this so much easier. I come here a lot for recipes. It takes too long to get through the ebook to get recipes and it is a bit of a mess. Your website is organized and tidy and makes THM much simpler. Thanks for your inspiration.

  21. Cathryn Perrotti Larkin says

    How did i miss this? Happy Trimmaversary!!! you look ah-maaaa-zing!!! really :) i noticed, you want snow? how much you want? a coolerful? a yardful? ALL the snow??(bless you- take it 😉

  22. Amy says

    Your before & after shots are the most motivation I’ve had in a long time to get on the THM plan. Using your blog for advice will help support me throughout this experience. Thank you for all you do on here. I’ve learned so much & am a BIG fan. :)

  23. Sarah says

    I have tears! Thank you so much for sharing! I am so thankful for and very proud of you!!
    I am postpartum and a size 16 and ready to start THM (as I just learned about it!) I just ordered the book and it will be here Friday! I printed the guide and am ready to get started!!!! Wish me luck! :)

  24. Kathleen says

    Is it possible to do THM with dairy and whey allergies? Also, I don’t eat much meat, only chicken every once in awhile. I’m also gluten free. Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Kathleen,
      THM doesn’t require specific foods, as it’s a way of combining foods…so there is lots of choice. However, you will find a lot of THM friendly recipes that your food requirements don’t allow you to enjoy. But there is a fantastic group on Facebook called Trim Healthy Mama Allergen Free where you can find lots of support and recipes! :)

  25. Jessica M. says

    You are awesome and totally inspiring! I truly love seeing someone succeed at this crazy diet game I never seem to win- this looks like a good choice for me I think!

    • says

      Thank you SO much, Jessica! I love THM because it takes the food guilt out of the picture. For me, it exposed some underlying health issues that I also needed to deal with. :) And since I was eating so well, I knew that something else was going on, and that it wasn’t a failure on my part or on the part of what I was eating. <3

  26. says

    Congratulations on your weight loss. I came across your page reading articles about Stevia and I really appreciate the info. I found here.
    I’ve been battling weight since 2000. Went from 278 to 130 pounds…up, down, up down yo yo. I admire people like you who have figured out something that worked for you. And also admire you for putting the work in a blog that can help other women.
    Thank you for the recipes and for sharing you. :)
    Best wishes on being truly healthy. XOXO ~mo~

  27. Colleen says

    Thank you SO much for this amazing review! Your before and after photos are so inspiring–just what I needed! I’ve just purchased the book and cookbook and am very excited to read them and get started. Seeing your post today has been a perfect validation that I’m finally on the right track. My weight loss goal is 50 lbs. That you lost that amount in 6 months just blows my mind!

    Again, thank you for the huge burst of motivation! You were beautiful in your “before” picture, but you look radiant in your “afters.” I am so happy for you! Congratulations!


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