Monday, September 29, 2014

Trim Healthy Mama Progress - Update!

"In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears." Psalm 18:6

I posted previously about my, Too Good To Be True experience on the fairly new and very popular, Trim Healthy Mama eating plan. 

It's been close to 2 months since my last progress post. By next Sunday I'll have been on the THM plan for 7 months. To date I'm at a total weight loss of 50 pounds. My heaviest weight having started at 180 pounds and currently I'm at 130 pounds. I'm only 5 pounds now from the goal I set. Just this week I moved out of the "overweight" range on the BMI chart to the "normal" range. Before starting THM I was in the "obese I" range.

This has just become a normal way of living for me. I have no desire to "cheat" because this way of eating so plentiful and satisfying that there is really no reason to. I do have planned cheats. Once a month I play Bunco with my friends and that is my cheat night. We have a potluck-style appetizers and it's just not realistic to try and eat on plan in that situation, so I made it a fun night where I get to have some off plan foods.

I would also like to point out that I have, for the most part, not used the recommended sweeteners. At the beginning I used stevia. I had been using stevia for 3-years already, but then a friend had written a blog post that pointed to stevia as a culprit for miscarriage. I dove into this further and read and read as much as I could find about it.  And while perhaps the evidence is just anecdotal, it struck a nerve with me.  From 2010 until just two weeks ago, I have miscarried FIVE pregnancies; all while using stevia in some form. I quit using stevia about a month into the THM plan, but didn't realize it was in the protein powder I was using until just a month ago. I also made the mistake of using Truvia for a short while after the stevia also without realizing it was stevia. My new Dr. is doing a full work up and testing to see if there can be another reason for the recurrent miscarriage. 

My main sweetener of choice has been coconut sugar. It's low on the glycemic index so it won't spike blood-sugar like regular sugar will. While it's not, "on plan",  it has not stalled or slowed down any of my weight loss. 

My friend started a facebook group geared toward whole foods for those who are not using on-plan sweeteners, but rather real food sweeteners like raw honey, dark maple syrup and coconut sugar. Here is the link if you're interested in joining. Trim Healthy Mama - whole foods style

And here's the evidence that this works. PICTURES!! 

5 1/2 months on plan

6 months on plan

7 months on plan and down a total of 50 pounds gone FOREVER!
180 pounds to 130 pounds
Size 14/16 to size 4. 


ChristyK said...

Just found this! I started about 3 months ago and initially lost 6 lbs but have not lost anything since (I have only lost about 4 inches, too). While I'm glad I lost *something* I would have expectes it to be more by now! I think I am figuring out that I cheat too much. I love how you just do a planned, once a month cheat. I so need to do this. My hubby is not on plan so it is extremely easy to 'taste' this or that. :-/ So I am challenging myself to do absolutely no cheating -unless planned -for the next week (at least! :-) ) Thank you so much for this. I am at 167 lbs and need to be at 125-135 lbs

Carolyn said...

Thank you for your blog. I have been doing THM for about a month. I like a lot about it. However, I can't seem to find a sweetener that any of my family like, myself included. I can handle stevia in shakes/beverages but anything else is almost sickening. I throw away so much stuff (made with expensive ingredients) because no one eats it. I believe it is also discouraging my family from desiring to eat healthy. They connect it to my "horrible" desserts. I have been wondering if as long as I did not use processed products would it be fine to use coconut sugar, small amounts of honey, or pure maple sugar? You mentioned that you have not seen a weight loss stall but did you change anything else like the frequency? Since you stopped using Stevia, did you cut back on your desserts? Thank you for your helpful information.

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