I started Trim Healthy Mama in January 2016. Although I didn’t do the plan 100%, I still lost about 25 lbs…pretty effortlessly.
Unfortunately this year I got off track. I didn’t really gain anything (which is still a win!) but I was at a standstill smack in the middle of the decade I’d been all year. I reverted back to some old stress eating patterns. I set a goal to be at target weight by my 55th birthday in October but thanks to my meandering that isn’t going to happen.
About a month ago I hit a low which was really a step backward. At the end of a trying weekend I decided I “deserved” some candy. Unable to make up my mind as to which one I wanted, I bought both (king size..mind you!) I put them in the bottom of the bag with plans to have some later when no one was watching.
Of course, Someone is watching. And hey, I’m watching. I was embarrassed.This was while I was waiting to go into a recovery meeting and I’m acting out my addiction with candy. For some of us, food’s a drug.
I only ate a bit and threw the rest away. I felt like crap.
But this experience renewed the desire to to get things going again, and for the right reasons this time. I started reading Made to Crave (which had been sitting dormant on my tablet) and made a commitment to do a solid cardio workout three times a week.
Four weeks later, I see a few lbs and inches gone but my metabolism is definitely showing it’s age. I decided to try the Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle to reset myself. It’s a week or two of rotating meal types. My menu had two days of S, two days of E, two days of Fuel Pull and one day of Deep S but I’ve seen it where the third and fourth days were fuel pulls.
My results? I didn’t see the big drop that others have but I did enter into a “decade” that I haven’t seen in well, at least a decade! I also feel it helped to wipe the slate clean and helped with food cravings.
I know that going forward I need to incorporate more Deep S and Fuel Pull recipes into the mix.
Also, I cut way back on cheese and didn’t die!
If you’re new to Trim Healthy Mama and want to learn more, here’s the books that you’ll need.
This is the NEW cookbook to be released in September 2017. I can’t wait! There will be recipes for the Instant Pot and a chapter of easy meals to throw together when you’re “hungry.” Also I was happy to find out they have a quick start plan included.
At some point you do need to read this through. It is a bit chatty and overwhelming but it’s important to understand the science behind Trim Healthy Mama and be sure that you’re doing it right. If you put your mind to it, it can work for you and becomes second nature after awhile.
This is the cookbook I’ve been using for 18 months. I wrecked the first one and luckily was gifted the next. As of this writing, I’m not sure how it compares with the new cookbook but I’ve certainly used it and found it useful.
Finally, if you struggle with eating disorders (or just disordered eating) I highly recommend Made to Crave. This book has made a BIG difference in my journey.
I also have the devotional which I refer to most days. As a fifty-something, I have a lifetime of broken habits built up and I’ll always need to be reminded.