I have been attempting to lose weight and keep it off all of my adult life. In fact, I think I have tried just about every way possible to do it: low calorie diets, low fat diets, low carbohydrate diets, cabbage soup diets, shakes, vitamins, meetings, crazy fad diets like eating only bananas and milk. You name it, I have tried it!
Even when I did lose weight, it never stayed off. I always returned to the eating style I knew best – eating anything and everything I wanted to without restriction. Finally, about a year ago, I hit a day of desperation when I weighed myself and saw that my weight had arrived at a miserable all-time high. That is when I said “I’m done! Why try anymore?”
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I had run out of ideas. There was NO willpower left. I was stuffed into my clothes and totally uncomfortable. Losing weight was something I didn’t even want to think about but, with every labored breath, I had to. I weighed in at 156 lbs. that day. One hundred and fifty six pounds on this little 5 ft 2 inch frame is a lot. I barely got my pants zipped up! Ugh.
So, as I was hauling my gear into the school, I whispered “Lord, you have to have an answer but I sure don’t know what. Help me! Please????” It was a Tuesday in January and I was about to teach my little preschoolers a favorite lesson about “Letter K is for Kangaroo.”
By 9:00 am I had finished setting up my room. Soon the children would arrive and it was time to go down the hallway to the ladies room one more time before they did. That is when I saw her. Sarah! She teaches kindergarten in the classroom next to mine. I took a double take. She was skinny! I mean it. I hadn’t seen her in a couple of weeks but she was suddenly really thin and looked gorgeous! With minutes to go before class started I said“How much did you lose and how did you do it, Sarah? You are so thin. You look great!” She quickly said “I lost 24 pounds in 4 weeks on Trim Healthy Mama. My hubby lost 29 and it was so easy!” I couldn’t believe my ears. “Trim Healthy what?”
Trim Healthy Mama
I looked for my next opportunity to dig for more information. I needed to hear that name again and I wanted details! First, she told me that Trim Healthy Mama was not a program. I liked that. I didn’t want to join any programs or groups. Another plus, I could borrow the book from the library. That was perfect. I was so tired of investing money in trying to lose weight and failing. I didn’t want to spend a dime till I was convinced this was something I could do. [By February 18, 2017, by the way, I ordered the book from Amazon! I needed to have a copy of my own.]
This was starting to look suspiciously like an answer to prayer. It does – doesn’t it? I had asked God what I was going to do to lose weight and in less than an hour heard about THM? Hmm. My hopes were up. So, right after work I called the library and reserved a copy of “Trim Healthy Mama Plan.” I could hardly wait to get my hands on that book!
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The Trim Healthy Mama Book
The book is big. Really big. 310 pages, including intro and indexes. At other times, that might have stopped me right there but, as I said, I was desperate! Plus, I had prayed. I had to take that under consideration. This could be my answer and then I was going to let the size of a book stopped me? Never!
As I was reading the introduction, I learned that the FIRST copy of the book – written by two hilarious sisters Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison – was a whopping 640 pages! Yikes! Do these girls love to talk! LOL That first book had been roughly written. They wrote it just to help people discover the food freedom that they had found. They weren’t looking to start a movement. Their weight loss discovery came from an “I am DONE!” moment concerning the endless cycle of yo-yo dieting and still being overweight. They prayed for an answer. Hmm. I am sensing a pattern here. Eventually, Trim Healthy Mama was born.
Then their first book rose to the New York Times Best Seller List using NO promotions and no advertising campaigns. Does that ever happen? They say that the first edition was riddled with typos and misspellings yet it STILL skyrocketed to popularity. Why? Because it had the best news we diet-weary women had ever heard. Everyone following the plan was experiencing the “mystifying Trim Healthy Mama Shrink!” You really will not believe how you will be able to eat and actually lose weight. Gotta try it!
A funny side-note about the SIZE of that FIRST BOOK>> Pearl and Serene started to hear that many of their followers were taking their super-huge Trim Healthy Mama Plan books to the local office supply stores to get them cut in half! I kid you not! They wanted to be able to use the cookbook in their kitchens and take the part with the plan elsewhere with ease. So, to solve the problem for their many readers, the authors shrunk the plan book to its now 310 pages and published the other half as their first cookbook, appropriately named “Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.”
Don’t cook? Relax! If you are not into elaborate cooking do not let the fact that they have a cookbook scare you. It is totally easy to follow THM without making special recipes. In fact, this plan is perfect for all types of eating personalities: from health-food experts to drive-thru frequenters.
I will be sharing a little more about how the plan works soon but let me tell you today that my results are the best thing that has happened to me in my eating-life. They won’t impress those who look for the spectacular but may I say that I lost slow and steady even with MANY departures from the plan – such as the week when the power was out in my hometown from a gigantic windstorm. It was winter and way too cold to grill out. Most of the restaurants could not open except for a couple of the famous fast food providers. So, I ate pancakes with sausage from the drive up every day for breakfast that week without remorse. Funny thing, too. I didn’t gain any weight at all!
My results on Trim Healthy Mama>> I lost 12 pounds in 9 months. Then another four came off for a total of 16. For the first time since I had anything to say about what was for dinner, I did NOT eat any Halloween candy and only dug into sugary desserts at the Thanksgiving table instead of a feast lasting for days. Previously, my yearly cycle was that I would start bingeing from October 31st through to Super Bowl Sunday! Only after Valentine’s Day did I get serious about losing weight and that was because I had gained a ton. I would slim down a bit over the summer months in time to start the climb up the scale the next time October arrived.
So, for me to not gain weight at all through the holidays is a miracle. A real miracle. I am only 5′ 2″ tall so 16 pounds lost really shows. And, I now can bend over to tie my shoes and not have a stomach in the way. Plus, walking is a breeze! I love to be on the move, now, because it is so easy to move. Aches and pains are gone! This plan is something I can and will do the rest of my life with delight! Do I ever eat “normal” food? Well, yes, I depart and put something with sugar in my mouth occasionally but I really don’t need to. Cravings are gone and the sweet treats on this plan are so scrumptious, why would I?
More Trim Healthy Mama Testimonials >>
Young mother of 8, Leah T., lost 105 pounds in 22 months
Pam G. lost 100 pounds on THM and now can wear jeans in size 6
Two “Trim Healthy Dads” lose weight eating food they love on THM
Angie S. and hubby have lost 110 pounds combined – they look great!
Trim Healthy Mama Books>>
Summary of the Trim Healthy Mama plan [Very quick read but lacks the detail & personality of the big one.]
Trim Healthy Mama Plan [The smaller “BIG” one! 310 awesome pages – I highly recommend starting here!]
Trim Healthy Mam Plan [The first edition 642 page version]
Original Cookbook>> Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook
ALL NEW Cookbook>> Trim Healthy Table [It has the lazy lasagna recipe that everyone is raving about!]
100 Days of Inspiration – Devotional for Women of All Ages and Stages [Trim Healthy Mama]
My Trim Healthy Mama Friendly Sweets Recipes>>
Gooey Chocolate Lava Cake in a Mug
Dreamy Creamy Low Carb Cheesecake in a Mug
Low Carb Cheesecake Recipe of My Dreams
Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes with Blueberry Topping
Sugar Free Cream Cheese Cookie Recipe
Keep an eye out for my next Trim Healthy Mama post that tells you the simplicity of this plan.
BTW… this is NOT a sponsored post. I just love THM! I am, however, an Amazon affiliate so if you buy anything from Amazon – including THM products and books – through links on this blog, I will earn a small commission. In advance, “thank you for shopping Amazon through me!” … ♥ Sinea
Good for you girl! Sounds like you found a plan that works for you and will be able to continue with. I think that is the key. Fad diets might work for a little while but you can’t stick with them. I have struggled with my weight as well. I am looking forward to your next post.
Thanks Bev. Coming soon!
Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
This sounds wonderful and I’m so glad that you’ve found something that works for you. I’ve just started doing intermitant fasting and I’m hoping that will kickstart my midlife metabolism again!
You know, I think the variety on THM has a similar effect. Whenever I only did low carb I’d hit a plateau and couldn’t budge. On THM many meals are low carb but you kick in a carb meal here and there and I think it keeps the body guessing!
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Sinea, glad you found something that works for you. Congratulations! There are a couple of lifetime changes I made to the way I eat, for health reasons; and they accidentally led to fat loss, so you might be interested in checking them out. One is 16/8 Intermittent Fasting, something I started early this year and will continue for the rest of my life. https://www.delightfulrepast.com/2018/04/intermittent-fasting-168-its-not-just.html The other is limiting my sugar intake 9n any form (cake, barbecue sauce, ketchup, salad dressing, cookies, honey, molasses, agave, maple syrup) to never more than 6 teaspoons in a day. https://www.delightfulrepast.com/2016/09/sugar-toxin-or-treat.html Being a lifelong “health nut,” I avoid all sugar substitutes, so I just use regular sugars in my recipes. Zero cravings ever. Anyway … hate to be “spammy” and normally don’t put links to my blog in my comments, but thought you might be interested.
Oh I am so happy for you to find something that actually works. Some of these fad diets are confusing. It wasn’t long ago when I was in high school and college, everyone claimed that eating a ton of carbs was fine…JUST X the fat. HA.. AHH…its silly, how is one to keep up! ha. Good luck, I have a friend who is a fan of trim healthy mama too. It must be great!