If you’ve followed along on my high blood calcium health journey posts, I mentioned that weight gain was one of my symptoms. And it’s one of the issues that boron and supplements had not touched.
Before and After
My inability to lose my postpartum weight was one of the first signs that something odd was going on with me. Here is a photo of me at 6 months postpartum with now 5 year old. All I know is that I had a waist in this photo.
And this is me at 6 months postpartum with my almost 3 year old. I may be artfully sqooshed in between my kids and hiding behind hubby, but I assure you that there is a LOT more of me here than there was in the photo above.
My waistline continued to blossom. This was completely abnormal for me. I had come to the discouraging point of outgrowing my postpartum clothing, and humbly having to go out and buy even larger jeans.
I was a lot less energetic and a lot more tired than I ever remembered being, but I chalked it up to getting older, beginning to homeschool, and just having a busier, more stressful life. And raising a Viking.
And then I found out about my parathyroid tumor, and I sort of took this as a side effect, and just thought, “Oh well…I will just have to wait for my hormones to get back under control, and then maybe I can get this weight off.”
My doctor asked me in my first appointment, “Do you crave carbs, and really feel like you need them to function? And then you feel better for a while after eating or drinking something sweet, but then you crash a short while later?” My jaw dropped open.
“Yes!” I was sure she’d gotten a hold of my diary or something.
Well, I’m ashamed to say that throughout this whole past 6 months of treatment, that I was still allowing myself one Dr. Pepper per day. I felt like a human slug, and would nurse it all day long, just to keep myself going, and then as soon as the kids where all in bed, I was wide awake until well past midnight.
I had a lot of head knowledge about diet and nutrition, and I believe in using great quality meats and ingredients, AND I cook almost all of our meals at home. But sadly, I was packing on weight rapidly, and I felt tired and crappy. I knew I needed a real change, and a good strategy.
I had considered doing a diet plan that I’d done years ago to drop baby weight, but I just *could not* bring myself to counting food and calories and measuring out tiny portions and food journaling. I refuse. On a CELLULAR level, my body refuses to do this.
It made me tired just thinking about it, and I knew that I’d just squirrel away “points” to waste on sweet treats in the evenings. That way of eating was short term for me, and required WAY more effort and determination than I possessed at that point. Plus, I never felt satisfied, and my “need” for sweets was only fueled by calorie restriction.
Then a friend of mine started talking about a new diet she was on. She had read a book called Trim Healthy Mama, and was following their ideas about eating. At first, I was skeptical. For one, she was nursing a baby. I’ve NEVER had any success losing weight until after my babies transitioned to table food. AND my friend already had milk supply problems, and was supplementing with a couple of formula bottles per day.
I kept hearing how much she was enjoying the THM plan, and then she really caught my attention: she was losing weight WHILE NURSING full time, AND her milk supply was improving! She had been able to wean him from half of the formula.
That told me that this eating plan was actually enhancing her metabolism instead of starving it into oblivion. My ears perked up.
Trim Healthy Mama…FINALLY On My Way!
I bought the ginormous book back in November of 2012, and skimmed and coasted through it between holiday craziness. I finally arrived at the recipe section on New Year’s Eve, and decided that I had enough info to at least start feeling my way through it.
I started eating THM style on January 1st, 2013. Nor the best of days to start a diet, since it was a big family reunion at my Mom’s house, and stacked to the ceiling with holiday foods and sweets. I figured if I could make it through that, I could make it through anything. And guess what? I made it! It wasn’t bad at all. There were plenty of yummy things that I COULD have, and I just focused on those things.
By the end of January, I’d dropped 15 pounds…and I’m still going! I actually cannot fathom ever going back to thinking about food the way I used to, or using it the way I was before. I’m hoping to show you guys even MORE weight loss before & after photos as time goes on! Right now, I’m right about at my halfway point for my goal weight! I was back into my postpartum jean again (yay…I think?)
But most importantly, I feel SO amazing! My energy levels are finally stabilized throughout the day, and I feel really and truly energetic again! And my sugar dependency? Well, by week 3, I was able to ride through the drive in of a Krispy Kreme Donut shop WITH the HOT-FRESH-NOW light on, and not even be slightly angry or tempted by it.
Tell Me More!
Everyone’s body is different, but I can tell you from personal experience that having messed up hormones, or having a health issue are not the most important roadblocks in losing weight. What you eat has a LOT to do with whether you continue to gain, or begin losing and healing your metabolism.
I love the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating! I’ve learned SO much about food from THM and it’s not just diet theory, but PRACTICAL ways of using food that just makes so much sense. And it’s very flexible to personalize it to your own lifestyle and food choices.
And the best part? You don’t have to cut out any major food group. Butter? Sure! Fruits? Love ’em. Meat, eggs, dairy, veggies…pick your faves, babe-eh!
It’s so do-able whether you’re just following THM for yourself, or if several members of the family want to join in and get trim and fit again. It’s simple to adapt for family-style meals with those who are not wanting or needing to lose.
I highly recommend this book. It’s an easy read, and covers TONS of great information, far beyond just “diet stuff”. The authors poured five years of their lives and TONS of research, experience, and practical knowledge into this 650 page book, and it’s worth every penny! I’d LOVE for you to join me on this journey to health, here on the Trim Healthy Mama facebook page!
Next, I’ll post a Trim Healthy Mama book review, and start posting some of my own THM friendly recipes over in the recipes section. NONE of which will taste like diet food! I promise you that even if you don’t want or need to lose weight, the recipes are still going to be delicious. So don’t bail on me, food lovers! I’m still a verified foodie!
Have any questions you’d like for me to answer in the review? I’d be happy to! Just leave them in the comments below. And stay tuned for more before and after shots!
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