Recently, someone asked me if I was still doing Trim Healthy Mama. I realized that I haven't mentioned it in awhile. And the reason is because I haven't been losing any weight or even inches with it!
When I make Fat Stripping Frappas for myself and my husband, I give the kids a small portion in these little cups (found at the discount grocery store!).
Fat Stripping Frappa (one of my favorite drinks!)
I only had about 20 pounds I was hoping to lose (weight gained during 5 pregnancies that is still hanging on). And so far I've lost 5. But that's it!
And it could have something to do with the fact that occasionally I get busy and forget to plan my THM meals well, and then I end up eating something with more carbs than what I had planned. And I've been under an insane amount of stress lately, which I know doesn't help.
I've never been a big eater; in fact I usually view eating as a "necessary evil." I was a size 4 when I married (15 years ago) partly because I just never ate very much. Not because I worried about my weight, but just because I wasn't hungry. I'm always forgetting to eat.
And here may be another of my problems. My husband thinks I don't eat enough, which is causing my body to hang onto fat, thinking it may not get more food intake--kind of a "starvation mode" thing. So, I need to do a better job of planning meals and snacks, and then remembering to eat them!
My favorite lunch, Fuel-Pull Salad (my husband loves it, too.)
Sandwiches on Ezekiel sprouted bread and Beanitos (gluten-free chips) for a special date night at the lake (and, yes, I just noticed there's a cigarette butt in the picture--it's not mine, I promise!). :)
Special Occasion Chocolate Cake, with Pearl's Quick Chocolate Icing
Despite the fact that I haven't lost any weight recently, I still LOVE Trim Healthy Mama! This way of eating isn't really a diet for us. My husband and I were already headed this direction, and we feel this is a healthier way of eating. So, we plan to continue. It's just part of what we do.
For my husband's birthday earlier this month, he forbade me from making anything "unhealthy." The kids groaned, thinking dismally about the unappetizing cake I was probably going to make. I decided on the Special Occasion Chocolate Cake (in the book), and boy, were we all surprised by this recipe!!
The frosting didn't spread very well, but maybe if I had done it differently it would have worked out better. But it was so incredibly delicious!
It wasn't at all dry, like some other gluten-free cakes I've made. Other baked-goods I've made with coconut flour have been dry, but this cake was very moist and totally yummy. We stored it in the fridge the night after the birthday party, and my husband and I had it for breakfast the next morning! It was full of protein (and sugar free), so we figured, why not!?
So, even though I need to rethink some things and change things up a bit with the plan (making sure to alternate fuel sources regularly) and do better at planning meals and snacks, I'm still very happy.
I also need to start exercising. We have a rebounder sitting just a few feet away from my desk, and I need to remember to go jump on it!
And, I forgot to mention that eating THM-style has totally eliminated all the blood sugar issues I was having! For years I've struggled with low blood sugar. And even though I knew to stay away from sugary breakfasts and snacks, and to make sure to have protein (like cheese) with a piece of fruit, I still had a horrible time with low blood sugar. At a certain time in the afternoon I could often be found feeling confused and tired and shaky. And sometimes with a headache. But that doesn't happen to me anymore! I'm so thankful.
Sometimes I do "cheat," by eating dessert at a friend's house or a church dinner, or even making sugary treats with my kids just for fun. Even though I occasionally allow myself to eat these things, I usually try to only eat a tiny bit (mostly so it doesn't mess up my blood sugar). One day I'd like for us to get to the point where all of our family desserts are healthy ones (and then we'd just enjoy the sugary stuff at special times with friends and family). Still working on that! And I never take healthy desserts to church meals anymore, because I did that for years and I endured a lot of jokes and criticism for it (mostly from teenage guys and men!).
Hopefully, one day I'll be able to write a post about how I've reached my goal weight--just 15 pounds away! But until then, I'll continue to enjoy my THM lifestyle--along with healthy chocolate!
Are you doing THM? Have you lost weight with it? And have you tried the Special Occasion Chocolate Cake (if not, you must!)?
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