I have a confession to make. I am writing about Trim Healthy Mama Tips….so that I can get my booty back on plan!
For some reason, I have let myself “jump ship” from the basics of eating the Trim Healthy Mama way. I think the combination of spontaneous summer outings, schedule changes and lots of eating out on vacation have messed up my usual planning and motivation.
I also kinda blame running. Please don’t think that I am hating on running…because I AM NOT.
I absolutely love running and crave time out on the road. I prefer to run over most exercise.
But here it is. With increased mileage and time out on the trail or pavement, I have been fueling my body differently. I started eating more “crossovers” and fueling with foods higher on the sugar scale just so I could make my run feel better. I’ve been way more into the sugary fruits and breads than I have been in the last year. Bananas, grapes, raisins, bread with honey (to name a few)…and have been eating ice cream A LOT!
Oh, all of the family dinners have been killing me lately too! You know the scene. All the favorite summer foods…in abundance. Hamburgers with extra bacon. Potato salads. Chips and salsa. S’mores! It’s everywhere!
The killer though. I’ve been exercising almost every day (running, Insanity Max 30, Shaun T’s Challenge, and Yoga) and have still gained 5 pounds this summer! Eeek! I guess the battle REALLY IS in the kitchen. I seriously bust my booty in workouts and still have a bloated belly and have gone up in the scale. Boo! Time to clean up the food!
So. Here is my plan.
Go back to the beginning.
I plan to get back to the basics of Trim Healthy Mama and implement the tips that helped me so much at the beginning of this journey. I first started THM about a year ago and have lost 10 pounds so far. While I am close to my “goal weight”, I don’t want to gradually let myself go back to where I began. I want all that hard work to matter! Just so I am clear about this too…I don’t expect to have ripped abs or chiseled muscles. My goals is to have a good fitness level while working on some extra flab.
The main reason I chose this way of eating (sugar free and gluten free), was to help control my blood sugar! My sisters and I all have sensitivity to certain foods and I could literally feel when my sugar dropped or was too high. My body feels sluggish after eating pasta for example, and I am the type of person who was constantly craving sugary stuff. Any kind. I would also feel terrible if I went too long without eating. In our family, we call it “chronic infantism”. Meaning…we need to eat every few hours to keep stable. We also have a few diabetics in the family…and I want to avoid that disease as much as I can! Some pounds coming off was a huge motivator to keep at it!
Here are my tips for Beginning Trim Healthy Mama (again)!
Read the Trim Healthy Mama Book for comprehension.
I plan to re-read the book (once I get it back). I’ve loaned it out to several people and need to find it. I think I just need to refresh my mind on what the plan should look like for me and dive back in. When I first began this journey, I read the book and cookbook with focus. I read it so I would understand it. Sometimes though…I need a reminder of what I should be doing! I also hope to pick up some new tips by re-reading it.
I do a pretty decent job of avoiding processed foods and sugar…but can do WAY better!
I also plan to crack open the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. I absolutely love the recipes in this book. Getting back to some favorite meals will help motivate me. I love this book so much that pages are falling out.
Be mindful of what I am drinking.
While I no longer drink sodas or fancy coffee from the yummy shops like I mentioned here, I have slipped into a few bad habits.
Too much whipped cream in my AM coffee.
Eating ice cream when really I am probably just hot and thirsty.
Not drinking enough of the plain ol’ H2O and relying on drink mixes (even though they are calorie free).
Going forward, I will make sure to measure the heavy cream that goes into my coffee and try to drink one of the “All Day Sippers” or “Good Girl Moonshine” or even do more “Fat Stripping Frappas” from the cookbook instead of all the ice cream. I also plan on trying to make the THM ice creams from Pinterest or the cookbook instead of going out for DQ or Zesto’s.
If YOU are just beginning, I would highly suggest cutting out sodas and sugar-filled drinks as your FIRST STEP in this journey.
Be aware of WHEN I am eating.
In the beginning stages of Trim Healthy Mama, I did a good job of waiting at least 3 hours between meals and would rarely snack. Somehow I have slipped into eating a snack an hour after eating a meal…and haven’t been paying attention to what kind of fuel it is (like eating an S snack after an E breakfast). Lately we have been in the habit of making popcorn before bedtime and drizzling a ton of butter on it. Oops. That probably isn’t helping things.
I plan on being more intentional about what foods I choose for my snack and the timing of the fuel. I really don’t NEED a handful of candy after each meal or even a “healthy” snack only an hour after a meal. Needs vs. cravings. Tough stuff! I know lots of you struggle here too!
I think that making a fairly normal time for our meals will help too. Something about summer makes me abandon all “schedule” type stuff.
If you are just beginning…read the book and comprehend when to fuel with food! Journal the times you are eating and snacking. It will be eye-opening.
Get back to meal planning.
The chaos of summer and being away from home has wreaked havoc on my meal planning and consequently, the grocery budget. Getting back to actually writing out each lunch and dinner will definitely help in controlling impulsive eating. It will also help with the grocery budget. I’ve been so tired and off my “normal” that we often cave into picking up a pizza or heading out for fast food….all because there isn’t a plan.
I just ordered these lovely Meal Plan Containers in hopes that I can even make meals ahead of time and then have them portioned out appropriately. Otherwise, I can easily eat double or triple the amount that I actually need. I’ve never been much of a “portion control” person…but maybe it is time to try. Portioning might just help me break through these last stubborn pounds.
Another part of this meal planning will be to add more leafy greens to our meals. Instead of adding another S or E side…I think that getting more nutrients from things like spinach, kale or endive will help tremendously. Salads are such an easy side dish in the summer!
If you have never meal planned…please try it! It does take a little time up front…but the benefits are wonderful.
Hopefully this Go Back to the Beginning list will be a help to you and your journey!
For now, I am trying to enjoy the process and love myself better by fueling my body with better foods. I mess up a lot. Life happens. Hormones happen. As long as I am trying and doing my best to be healthier…I will keep my head up and stay positive.
I would love to know where you are in your journey!? Just starting? A seasoned pro? Somewhere in the middle? Please let me know how you have gotten back to eating healthy again after veering off? Do you have any great tips??