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Trim, Healthy Mama!!!

Friday, June 28, 2013

I see it's been quite awhile since I've been here on Spark People. Since then, I've given up the gym. I hated to do it, but we just don't have the $40/month for it. I was getting very frustrated with my weight loss, or rather, the lack thereof. In the months going to the gym, I lost a whopping 5 pounds. I know, I know, muscle weighs more than fat, but geez, 5 lbs?

I also lost my grandmother, which was heartbreaking. She was 96, but pretty healthy. She passed almost 2 months ago. I had to shop for something to wear to the funeral. I was a complete basket case in the store. After 1/2 dozen stores, I finally something that fit and looked alright. I was my Nana's girl, the youngest of 4 grandchildren and the only girl. My only regret is that I didn't get my weight under control before her death.

Enter Trim, Healthy Mama. I noticed some posts showing up about it on a couple of groups I'm a part of. The comments I kept reading were very positive, so I decided to check it out. The book is $36. Pretty steep for me. But, I prayed about it and ordered my book, not knowing what to expect.

I dove into the book and read in between finishing up our yearly schooling and well, just life with 5 kids! I've read before some of what they wrote, like our bodies burning 2 types of fuels (glucose and fat), but it never clicked. This time, it did.

The authors write that while the body burns both fuels, it will always burn glucose first. Take your typical McDonalds' meal. Cheeseburger, fries, diet coke, perhaps? You'll get fat from the burger and the fries, and lots of glucose from the carbs in the soda, bun, and fries. Lots of fuel, but the body will work through the glucose first. However, we all know what happens with a carb-heavy meal like that, right? Blood sugar spike, crash, then more carbs to energize us again. We never give our bodies the opportunity to burn the fat, so it is stored.

Their suggestion: Stop dual-fueling. They offer the following;
"S" meals. "S" for "Satisfying". Higher fat, lower carb
"E" meals. "E" for "Energizing". Higher carb, lower fat.

Just enough of the lower fuel to help mineral absorption, Not enough carbs to spike the blood sugar.

There are also Fuel Pulls (low carb and fat) and Crossovers...for when you're close to your goal weight & ready to maintain, which I'm not!).

Not sure what you want to think of that, but I'm on week 3 and I'm seeing results. I lost 6.2lbs my first week, 2.6 the second. I just a hair shy of 10lbs down as I'm writing this. Let me tell you this. In all honesty, within 3 days, my snackies disappeared. I couldn't walk through my kitchen without grabbing "something" for a snack. A handful of chocolate chips, a piece of bread...you get the idea. No wonder my weight wouldn't drop! I wasn't honest with myself! The foods I'm eating are GOOD! They are filling. I have not once gone to bed hungry!

What I've noticed so far:
1. My face is a bit thinner
2. My stomach is a bit flatter
3. I have more energy during the day
4. I'm sleeping better
5. My moods are more even-keeled
6. I'm happy
7. I'm SO EXCITED to jump on the scale! (How weird is that?!!)

Whenever I'd think about weight loss goals, that first 10% seemed SO far away. 20 lbs. Wow, that's hard! I still have a hard time believing I'm about 1/2 way there already. I know the loss is bound to slow down, but that's ok. I'm enjoying the ride, for sure! Once I hit that 10 lb mark, it'll mark my lowest since I was pregnant with #5 (I always drop weight at the beginning of a pregnancy & I dropped 11 that time, landing at 194). After that, the next goal is 189, which will be the lowest since my 8 year old (#3) was about 1-1 1/2 years old.

I've also been thinking about other types of goals, not related to the scale. The first is to wear my wedding & engagement rings again. Our 15th anniversary is 8/1, so that's my goal. What a great anniversary gift, eh? My 2nd goal is to get rid of my CPAP. Oh, how I loathe thee! Love how rested I am, but I am so done with it! My goal is for the end of the year.

What are your non-scale goals? I'd love to hear what you all are shooting for!
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    I did a search on Spark for THM and your blog came up! I am just trying to find information about it as I am trying to get back to healthy! Thanks for sharing!
    271 days ago
    I just started the Trim Healthy Mama because a friend of mine looks fantastic after doing this diet and I have read nothing but positive things about it. It is very healthy. I am noticing in just a few days of being on it that I am not starving at night for a snack. Today my husband and I went to Wendy's for a salad. I could only eat half of it because I got full. On this diet you can eat carbs and fat. It is just about making sure you eat the right foods together.
    You go by this:
    E= less than 5 fat grams
    S= less than 10 carbs*
    FP = less than 5 fats & 10 carbs
    Fuel Pull foods can be paired with *any* type of meal or snack...they are the "khaki skirt" of THM...they go with everything.
    *limit store-bought breads to 6 carbs & don't count non-starchy veggies

    1373 days ago
    RoseyQ- Thank you for replying to that, I kept forgetting! Glad you found a group. I'm not on here often (obviously!), but maybe I'll look it up, too!
    1387 days ago
    WALKIN1- I was looking for a THM group too. Just found one and thought I'd share. Hope that's okay NHCHEFFER.

    The group is called: Striving to be Trim and Healthy!
    1387 days ago
    Just curious...do you know if there is a THM team on Spark People? I can't seem to find one, but I see a few people are following THM. I would love to find a team with people using the THM book. Just started in late December, but I've lost 8 pounds!
    1396 days ago
    Yvonne, the name of the book is Trim, Healthy Mama by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison. You'll love it! It's a hefty read, over 600 pages...I'm still haven't finished it! I aim for a chapter a day...

    I haven't restarted the exercise portion yet...I'm going to start moving again this week. I love Kettlebells, so will work with those and I have Wii Active and a mess of DVDs. Plus, it's summer! I bought a 2-person jump rope for the kids & I to play with!
    1606 days ago
    I haven't read this book you are talking about, but I too have 5 kids and I know how crazy it can be and that is the exact reason I don't go to the gym. I have no issue with cardio, I walk or ride my bike, do the local monster staircase and I own an elliptical and stationary bike but I have no strength training stuff...I'm working on using my body as resistance though. I am finally on my way to getting healthy and this time FEELS different. For instance the kids had little caesars earlier this week and I had a homemade pizza with a flatout in the broiler and omgosh it was SO good. The kids and hubby had carrot cake the neighbors gave us and I am eating grapes.
    Yep, this feels different!
    1606 days ago
    That you for sharing all this wonderful information. What is the name of the book and author I would love to read it if you would not mind. I like you feel trapped and cannot seem to lose much at all.

    It seemed so interesting. Like you I would love to fit in my rings especially my diamond which I can only visit and to get ride of my CPAP to would be so wonderful the marks on my fact the neck aches so my goals are like yours and yes I would like to go to a funeral or affair in the family without all of them looking at me and poking fun at how fat I got as if its funny. Have been through more traumas than they have ever gone through and I wouldn't be so unkind but that is life and people.

    Hope your able to help me here. Thank you again and keep up the great work.

    Thank You Again

    1606 days ago
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