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Originally published 12/30/13
I started Trim Healthy Mama a little over 5 months ago; and at the risk of sounding cliché, it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. I’ve learned so much through this lifestyle, and the lessons have not all been about food. I started THM to lose weight, but I’m continuing it because of how good I feel.
As of this morning, following the holidays and what-not, I’ve lost exactly 17 pounds and I’m about 5 pounds from my goal weight. In one of my other posts a couple of weeks ago, I said that I wanted to be at goal weight by Christmas. I got dead serious with the plan and exercised constantly-and I almost made it. I got to within about 2 pounds of my goal. But I got burned out in the process and learned some important lessons. One of which is that it shouldn’t be about the weight. So this weigh-every-day girl started going close to a week at a time without weighing in. She cheated some over Christmas-and enjoyed it. But she hopped right back on plan and is enjoying that even more.. 😉
But really, I struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which started to surface when I got so serious about losing weight. So I’m actually more proud of myself for cheating over Christmas than I would’ve been for staying completely on plan. During being gone a week over Christmas, I gained back some of the weight I lost when I was super-serious; but you know what? I’m OK with that. I’m back on plan now, and I’ll get back to my exercising because I like exercise. I’m going to weigh at the end of this week, and then I’ll be going a month and a half without weighing because…
I’m going to Bible school!
Which is going to be very interesting as far as eating is concerned. I have a feeling I’ll be *below* goal weight by the time I get back. While at Bible school, I won’t have internet access unless I can go to a coffee shop or something. I’ll try to get on here once in awhile and give some updates as to how things are going, and then when I get back this blog will go back to regular programming (and I have a few new ideas “cooking” in my brain).
I’m very close to my goal weight, and I feel like I’m in great shape, and I’m enjoying life. All the glory goes to God. Eating THM makes me feel so good, and I’ve lost my desire for most “cheats.” I did eat half my weight in sugar-laden Christmas candy on Christmas Eve, and I enjoyed every bite, but I paid for it the rest of the evening. I felt so bloated and just had a stomachache (which wouldn’t have been so bad had I not completely *stuffed* myself…). So I am perfectly content to jump right back on plan.
And even though I’m not completely at goal weight, here are some progress pictures. The “before” pictures are from my graduation, which was in May (I actually gained about 5 pounds after these pictures were taken). I started THM in July, and the “after” pictures are from Christmas Day. I wouldn’t have thought 17 pounds could make such a difference.
I realize that the difference may be hard to see here, but I feel totally different. I would highly recommend Trim Healthy Mama to anyone. It is completely doable even though it does seem overwhelming at first. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to comment here or message me.
As always, Katelyn Thomas gets credit for all these pictures (except the one taken at my graduation).