I remembered to take these weight loss before and after photos on July 3rd…this marks 6 full months since starting the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating. Let’s talk about some of the biggest changes for me on THM: my size, getting started, my health, and losing the cravings! And I have a few goals that I’d still like to meet.
In my before photo, I’m busting out of my size 16 jeans. It was one of those ‘Something has to change because I am NOT buying a bigger size,’ type diet decisions. One of the New Year Resolution diets that are not supposed to last through the first week in February. I’m SO glad I found the Trim Healthy Mama book!
The after photo, I’m now down to a size 8. Single digits. I told someone with great confidence last year (before starting Trim Healthy Mama) that ‘even if I were at my smallest weight, my hip bones would not fit into single digit sizes.’ I’m very, very happy to eat those words.
To be honest, if I had tried any other diet out there, I know where I’d be right now. I’d be in my size 16 jeans. Again. I’d have lost 15 to 20 pounds, squeezed into a size 12, and called it ‘good enough’. I would have returned to my former ways of eating, and gained it all back. And I’d be squeezing myself into the same swimsuits that I wore last year, and blaming my age, my lack of self control, and Krispy Kremes for my flabby body.
Sound familiar? It’s the hopeless yo-yo. I hated failing SO MUCH that it wasn’t even worth it for me to try again. But that was BEFORE Trim Healthy Mama!
As of today, I’m down 39 pounds from where I was in January.
I’m going to be honest…the first month was hard. I didn’t feel good for a while after starting it, and it was a VASTLY different approach to thinking about food. So I thought about food FAR more than I’d like, and it was frustrating at times. I was confused and made mistakes at times. But I KEPT GOING. And it paid off! It’s the EASIEST thing ever once you get the hang of it. Keep on pushing through the learning curve…there is an ‘A-HA!’ moment where it all gets easier.
One of the big encouragements to me was that the scale was moving, and I was pulling out of my personal energy crisis. Seeing my body begin to move in an healthier direction was enough impetus to keep me going.
In my before photo, I felt like junk. You can read here about the health issues I was facing. I was living each day in an exhausted fog, and ‘powering’ my body on soda and simple carbs. Looking back, I didn’t see any way out. I NEEDED that Dr. Pepper. I was addicted. I was *DREADING* the sugar withdrawals and cravings that came with past dieting.
My doctor asked me, “Do you feel exhausted, and *need* carbs to function during the day?”
“YES!!!” [I wait on baited breath to hear her solution. HOW can I get out of this downward spiral of eat for barely enough energy to function->gain->feel worse?]
“Well, you really need to lose some weight and things should improve.”
My soul deflates. Again. Well DUH!!! How exactly can I DO that though?
I am forever, forever grateful to Trim Healthy Mama for answering that question for me. So thoroughly…so practically, and with so many DELICIOUS recipes. THM was the first step on my journey to freedom.
How is my health AFTER 6 months on Trim Healthy Mama?
I’m still waiting on lab tests, and I will post those as soon as I have them. Symptom wise, I feel alive again. I can’t say that I’m totally ‘cured’ of anything, but I can tell you that I’m in SO much of a better place than I was this time last year. I have tools to work with now: I have energy, and I have mental clarity. I still have to take care of myself to feel my best. And eating THM style is a huge part of that.
My first 3-4 months, I was experiencing weight loss ‘stalls’ of 2-4 weeks between losses. I would lose in ‘chunks’ instead of a steady pace, and also feel VERY tired and lethargic for a day or so just before my body would drop more weight. I wrote a post about stalling and how to lose weight quickly here.
I suspected that liver health had a lot to do with this for me, since the liver metabolizes fats out of our bloodstream. So I supported my liver with silymarin (Milk Thistle Extract) daily. For the past 2 months, I’ve gone to where I can steadily drop weight (or not, depending on whether I’m using crossover meals), and I’m not experiencing any tiredness when I do lose. I see this as a major stride forward in my health!
Losing the Cravings…
I’ve been totally amazed at how easily my metabolism has shifted away from ‘needing’ unhealthy carbs and sugar. I would never have thought it was possible to live without sugar or sugar cravings prior to THM. I would never have guessed at how amazing and delicious food can be without using white flour and sugar. I’ve come to the conclusion that cravings are very much like addictions, and that eating on plan is a BREEZE without them! This is what freedom feels like!
If you have lived with lots of simple carbs and sugar, expect at least a week of detox when starting THM. The first week I was foggy, hazy and rough, but by the 3rd week, I was pulling out of it almost completely, and feeling SO much more energetic and focused.
That 3rd week, I was driven through the Krispy Kreme drive through with the HOT FRESH NOW light on…this would normally have been a deal breaker on any diet for me. And on THM, I could have opted to ‘hop off plan’ and ‘hop right back on the next meal.’ But I didn’t!
I was shocked..SHOCKED that I was not only not tempted, but I wasn’t even angry at the other people in the vehicle who were biting into the fresh, warm glazed pastry perfection. I am a free woman! I’d SO much rather have a fresh peach than a donut. To the point that if only donuts are offered, I’d just rather pass and wait to get a peach at home, or some other delicious ‘real’ food item that won’t compromise my health.
If you struggle with cravings, I’d encourage you to read the post about stalling and losing quickly above. There are certain nutritional imbalances that really pre-dispose you to the cravings, and there is a book that helps you formulate a protocol specific to your needs. Friends of mine have had AMAZING success with these books and supplements!
For the unforseeable future, I plan to continue eating with maintenance mode on Trim Healthy Mama. Mainly, because I love it. It’s simple, super flexible, and pretty mindless once you’ve done it for a while. Good food that makes me feel good? I’ll take it!
I plan to continue helping to develop recipes, and support and encourage ladies who are also on this journey with Trim Healthy Mama.
I also plan to continue to post recipes, remedies and fun stuff here on Gwen’s Nest. For sure. Like the weekly Trim Healthy Tuesday posts.
Because my adrenal output and energy levels were so low when I started, I’ve done all of this with very little exercise. And by ‘very little’, I mean less than an hour of exercise broken up over the past 6 months. My weight loss has truly been ALL diet. Now, I DO believe that exercise is wonderful for overall health, so my goals include beginning to work on toning my muscles and core. I’d like to be a healthy old woman.
So that’s where I am today…6 months of eating on the Trim Healthy Mama food plan, and I’m LOVING where it’s taken me. Thanks for following along, and if you’re interested in knowing more about it, check out my Trim Healthy Mama book review and get the free quick start guide linked at the end of it!