New Year, New Me. I hesitate to even write this as I’ve developed quite a track record over the years of being a strong starter of food plans but then dropping off weeks later when the stresses of life and various inconveniences began to mount.
Last year I started a Whole30. I think it’s a great plan with amazing food. I had some success but it was not sustainable for me at that time. The problem for me was the prep, the constant thinking ahead, the stress of my family not really liking much of it while battling my own cravings. And as a 50-something, the weight doesn’t fall off as quickly as it did when I was younger.
So I threw in the towel and resumed my old (poor) habits of emotionally overeating. I gained back what I lost (which wasn’t much) but fortunately I didn’t gain any more. Then at the end of the year at a checkup I noticed that my blood pressure was beginning to trend higher and my cholesterol level a shockingly awful level of 300. I know for me that’s partly genetic but I still have to do what I can on my end to try to avoid statins.
I had heard about Trim Healthy Mama over the past few years but dismissed it as a silly fad. Then in December I read Crystal Paine’s article about why she had to quit Trim Healthy Mama. It was because she couldn’t stop losing weight and that got me to thinking.
Research junkie and cynic that I am I looked into further and found that a lot of mature women were experiencing success on the Trim Healthy Mama plan and I decided to just do it after the holidays. I know some don’t agree with the sweeteners on the plan but at this point I think lowering my blood pressure and cholesterol (not to mention my weight) is the highest priority.
I’m a couple of weeks in and haven’t lost a pound, but my clothes are fitting differently. The difference this time around is that the plan is more sustainable for me as a mom. It’s easy for me to keep pantry staples on hand. I also like being able to have oatmeal and lentils again, or even just a dessert for dinner on occasion. It will probably take some time for my metabolism and insulin resistance to heal.
Exercise for me is on the gentle side. Owning a Jack Russell Terrier means she needs a lot of exercise so there are a lot of walks around the perimeter of our yard. I also do some yoga most days.
The Trim Healthy Mama Facebook groups are a fantastic source of inspiration and motivation. I just have to be careful that I don’t spend too much time reading posts from the three different groups I’ve joined.
P.S. I’ve set an intention to blog on a more regular basis this year. It’s really been a struggle as a virtual assistant to find the time and motivation to work on my own writing but it really is so freeing to be able to write whatever I want in my own space and having to answer only to myself.
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