Monday, September 22, 2014
Last summer, I baby-stepped and stutter-stepped into Trim Healthy Mama. My sister gifted me with the book and got me started. I told my friends and family all about my new plan, but added the disclaimer that I would let them know after 6 months if it really worked or not. I have tried so many things along the way, I hated the idea of pulling a lot of people in the boat with me and then having us all sink together. Then, on September 1, 2013, I started 100% on plan and my daughter took these wonderful before pictures of me in my new outfit. I planned to take my one year pictures in the same outfit, but as you can tell, that didn’t work out so well. That size 14 skirt fell right off of me! Some alternations are definitely in order.
When I started, I prayed about a goal weight, but instead God gave me a goal waistline of 33 inches. I am at 35” and hope to be at goal by Christmas. I have lost 35 pounds so far. The last weight loss plan that I'd followed previously promised to be a healthy, balanced approach to weight control. It worked great for about 2 months, but left me with gout and a steady weight gain even though I was working out 6 hours a week. Now, I can say, it has been months since I have felt any pain from gout. I am still learning and improving on the THM plan which is probably one of the things that I love about THM, though I haven’t done it perfectly, I have still made progress.
My most recent tweak is to put up a meal planning center in my kitchen so that I have a better visual of what we are eating. The menu board also encourages more family participation in food choices which brought about the surprising revelation that my kids want to have oatmeal more often! With school starting and our fall routine coming into play, I will also be adding some more exercise to my schedule. I remember not wanting to spend the money on yet another program, so it has been a blessing to be able to pay it forward and gift the THM book to others along the way. I owe a big thank you to Above Rubies for making me aware, to my sister for getting me started, to THE sisters for investing so much of themselves in ministering to us, to my THM FB friends for their support and encouragement and most of all to my Lord for guiding me all along the way. Now, here I am a year later shouting out to all of my friends and family, “THM works! Come join me!”
Thursday, May 16, 2013
We walked through the gates of Babylon, climbed the stairs at Pergamon, listened to the bells of the Hugonots, went underground, marched under the arch at Brandenburg, picnicked on the Spree, strolled Unter den Linden, dunked a donut, stormed passed more than a couple embassies, and ate pizza at the hut today. It was a good day.
30 flights of stairs
20206 steps for the day
Monday, May 13, 2013
I got in to the dentist this morning and sure enough, it was as bad as I had feared. I have been babying a tooth for a few years now, but this head-cold, sinus infection that I have, did it in. My weakened immune system allowed the infection to spread to that tooth. For the sensitive among us, you may want to turn away. The nerve had abscessed and infection had spread to the roof of my mouth. The first thing my darling dentist did though was to put me out of my misery. Praise the Lord! Really! I was so very thankful. She gave me the best shot I have ever received (thankfully not lethal, but at that point, I wasn't being too picky). Needless to say, it wore off all too quickly though.
Then after a quick x-ray, she did a speedy root canal, packed the tooth with meds and sent me on my merry, well maybe not all too merry, way.
Thanks to an ice pack and some ibuprofen, I proceeded to sleep the rest of the afternoon away.
It has been a marvelous protein shake kind of a day. I got my 8 glasses of water in though! Woo Hoo!
Thank you to everyone who was praying for me. Keep it up! I'm on the mend, but not up to Nordic walking yet - maybe tomorrow.
Off to take a pH bath now and try to fight the remainder of the infection.
Good night all!
See you in the morning!
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