I have a confession. I took a break from following Trim Healthy Mama. There are many reasons why but the biggest one was to focus more on my heart and the fact that I was made for so much more than eating.
I was so over worrying about not losing weight and how to stay “on plan”.
Now that I have refocused my heart and found more contentment in who God has created me to be, I’m ready to get back into eating the Trim Healthy Mama way. I’m ready to use the plan to battle my food addiction instead of letting it replace the indulgences with “healthy” treats.
My goal in taking a break from THM was to work on being more dependent on Christ and less on food. But some challenges in life also encouraged me to change my way of eating.
Around 4 months ago, we welcomed our sweet Lydia to our family. Life with 4 kids, 5 and under has made meal prepping so much more difficult.
Also, I struggled to make THM work because my little one is sensitive to dairy.
So many of my THM recipes that I had been making were loaded with shredded cheese, cream cheese, and yogurt. Even though I had tried THM dairy-free in the past, I felt like it was just too complicated for this busy season.
I tried a few other programs and approaches because I still have quite a bit of baby weight to lose.
First I tried counting my calories and keeping a food diary on the MyFitnessPal app. This didn’t work for me because I wasn’t eating nutritious foods. I was under or right at my allowed calories for the day but the nutrition just wasn’t there.
Plus, the whole point of taking a break from THM was to stop stressing about food. Each day when I looked over what I had ate, I felt like a failure.
Well, then I started counting macros. If you have never heard of this, it’s mainly calculating how many carbs, protein, and fat you can have a day. I would never reach my protein goal but I felt encouraged to always try to get more protein into my diet.
This really helped me focus more on the nutrition and less on what treats I could fit into my calories for the day.
The only problem with counting macros was my sugar intake. (I don’t know the exact rules about sugar while counting macros) But I do feel that this helped me reset my diet and my mind.
So, I dusted off the original THM book and made a commitment to keep it simple.
Now, I’m ready to start over with THM but a simplified version.
When I quit, I was making a “treat” every day and I would scroll through Pinterest looking for that one dessert that screamed, “Yum, make me!”. This resulted in going through many bags of sweetener and other special ingredients. If you have tried THM then you know these products really add up and can become extremely expensive.
But I’m so excited to announce a new Trim Healthy Mama series! I’m calling it Back to the Basics and I will be showing you my meal plans, grocery hauls, budget, and more!
My plan is to get my YouTube channel back up and running so that I can share on there too.
Here are a few goals that I have set for myself that I will elaborate on in this series:
- Simple meal rotation
- Only one Pinterest “treat” a week
- More Fuel Pulls
- More Water
- Don’t go over budget
- Limit dairy
If you have been wanting to start Trim Healthy Mama but feel overwhelmed by the plan, then I encourage you to join along in this series!
Also, make sure that you join our private Facebook group!
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