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It has been a long time since I’ve shared an update on my healthy mama journey. Since January, I see! AND I am coming up on my two year trimaversary. Yes, I started Trim Healthy Mama two years ago the week of Thanksgiving. (Don’t miss it! I am giving away two (2) copies of the new Trim Healthy Mama cookbook!)
First, a recap. Well, I am still enjoying…
(The information I share here is by no means medical advice. Just simple, practical encouragement and sharing of how thrilled I am to find what works for me. Some links are affiliate links to products we have grown to love and truly depend on. See our disclosure policy.
Gluten Free Living – since I made these steps, almost the entire family is gluten free. Several started having issues with gluten in just the last year. Here’s my Guide to Getting Started Gluten Free. Of course I’m always learning.
Trim Healthy Mama: Hodgepodge Style – down 30 pounds and several clothing sizes. But the best part is feeling better. That. That is the best of all. I hear you big time about ONE MORE THING to add to your life. I ordered the Trim Healthy Mama book and put off reading it when it came in the mail – simply because it was just so big! The book sat beside me on the end table by the couch. But when I did start reading it, I tried to hone in on what would work for me. That is what I am sharing with you. Those simple adjustments that were easy to roll into the Hodgepodge lifestyle.
Good Girl Moonshine – I make sure that at least once a day I have my Good Girl Moonshine from Trim Healthy Mama.
Life Without Coffee (Why I Quit Coffee After All These Years)
Essential Oils – (A Day in the Life and 100+ Uses for Essential Oils) I share with you a day in the life with essential oils. Because I just can’t keep quiet any more. Young Living Essential Oils are a tool on this health journey – a tool that has blessed me and my family so much.
Successful Healthy Habits – I have to keep my priorities in order – placing the Lord first. Hanging tight to that quiet time habit. And the habit of hymns! It would be easy to fall into placing healthy habits and feeling better above other things. So I start my day with the Lord. So, with the proper perspective, I turn to taking care of mama.
Browse all the Healthy Mama posts.
Healthy Mama Update
So what is the update? What is different?
This year with meeting the needs of the age range here, I took a good part of the summer and practiced The Habit of Rest. I have also added in the blessing of regular chiropractic care.
I have been walking more. And more. And more! The family and I have made a point of regularly exploring local trails – to keep things interesting! I remember a time that I could only walk to a certain point on our favorite trail. And I would sit and wait on the rest of the family. Now we can stroll, walk and hike a good distance together.
Non-scale victory! Our recent trip to the north Georgia mountains included several hikes UP mountains. This is huge, y’all!
I also sort of plateaued out on Trim Healthy Mama. Because I was doing a little off plan eating here and there and because I had gotten in a rut! NO more! Because now I have the
Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook
Eat up and slim down in my mailbox! I ❤️ Trim Healthy Mama and this has come at just a time I need a restart and new recipes. ALL these recipes! 350…which one to make for supper…
It’s fantastic and just the kick start I needed to get back in the groove.
I’ve been trying out some old favorites and some delicious, new recipes! I think my favorites are the salad in a jar (so handy when lunch time hunger strikes and everyone else is hungry too) and the hot chocolate. Salad and hot chocolate. Go figure! Oh – and that apple crisp for one (a variation of the apple crumble).
Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook Giveaway!
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In honor of my two year ‘trimaversary’ next month, I am giving away a copy of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook to two (2) winners! Each cookbook is a $15.70 value. Simply follow the instructions in the rafflecopter widget below…
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I’m thankful for these tools on my healthy mama journey. Layers and levels and sometimes just baby steps. Sometimes a hike up a mountain. And I’m always learning!
Sarah Bailey says
I think the healthiest habits are routinely checking my blood sugar – it allows me to know what foods really spike it and hopefully quit eating so I can get off my metformin. Also adding in more whole foods versus a lot of the processed stuff. As a whole THM has brought me about on new ways of thinking about eating (although I can’t eat every three hours) and how eat bit I take affects my body.
It’s definitely a journey of learning! Trim Healthy Mama has taught me so much and continued to ‘show’ me that being purposeful about what I eat sure helps me to feel better overall!
I have been very convicted to switch to more whole foods for my family and really being conscience of labels on products.
Rhonda H says
Cutting out processed sugar has been hard,but you can see and feel the positive effects. I like to drink my water, too! If I win the cookbook, I know I’d be more motivated to try new recipes for the fam! Thanks for the chance.
Okay..I’ve read soooo much over the last year on your blog and I’d really like to see what I could implement and see if it works for me!
Cutting out sugar and separating my fuels has really worked well for me. In the 3-4 weeks that I’ve been on THM (since the new books came out…even though the old one sits on my bookshelf), I’ve lost about 8 pounds! I knew I had blood sugar issues because I had gestational diabetes my last 2 pregnancies and as soon as went on the GD diet, I always felt so good the rest of my pregnancies. I love that my clothes are looser and I feel great 🙂
I have recently given up coffee as well. It was difficult! But so rewarding even in the short time it has been since I have quit. I’m looking forward to digging back into Trim Healthy Mama in the next few weeks, as I need to recharge my journey! Love these posts!
Oh, and because I already have the cookbook, I would bless another mama with it if I win 🙂
I try hard to not buy processed foods
I think the choice I made to help me in personal Heath has to be started drinking more water and no more sweet tea that plus walk has done great things on its own.
Your blog is the reason I started Trim Healthy Mama this past year (though I had read about your journey – I was slow at joining in). I have been pleased with doing it my own way and have been successful on it, but have hit a rut as well. I need to get back on track. Also, I read about your regular chiropractic visits – and I too have found this to be key in my health – due to neck and back issues that cannot be “cured”. I had a break over the summer because I had to find a new chiropractor, but have finally been able to go back and I can actually exercise faithfully now if I go once a month, every month. I know they aren’t for everyone, but it is working for me. I know I need to be in bed earlier though – so I guess I will be working on that :)Whew – this was a long comment – sorry!
I am so happy to hear this Mistie! And yes, I have weekly chiropractic visits. Plus practically the whole family has started going. What I love about Trim Healthy Mama is the positive, encouraging, overall health aspects. Baby steps and non-scale victories like feeling better, sleeping better. (I do hear you about getting to bed earlier. But sometimes it is just nice to have some quiet time in the evenings 🙂 ) Thanks for your sweet comment!
Southern Gal says
I think generally just eating better and cutting out all the potatoes, bread and sugar has helped me the most. Once I quit with those, the cravings were more manageable. I am so thankful to THM and my friend, Sharon, for introducing me to this lifestyle. I have the cookbook, but have a friend who is in financial hardship and would love this. Thanks for the chance!
I am still trying but the biggest thing that has helped me is giving up sugar. It was very hard in the beginning. I still have small pieces of candy but for the most part I try not to have it.
My biggest change is I’ve started walking daily. I won’t weight myself until Nov. 9, so as not to get discouraged along the way. I think the new cookbook would really help me with the THM, I hate trying to pull together recipes/meals out of the big bulk book.
Great article, keep up the healthy changes!
C. Webb says
I haven’t tried Trim Healthy Mama, but I would love to try their recipes.
Cooking at home and adding in more veggies. Getting outside to play and explore with my family. I’m going to check out the thm book the next time we visit the library to see what it’s all about.
I have been doing THM since January, have gotten into a rut like you said, been in a stall in my weight loss all summer!… would love to try the new cookbook
Christine H. says
Getting out to walk first thing in the morning sets the tone for the day. i am much more likely to stick to a healthy plan if i have already gotten out and exercised.
Alycia A says
I have not yet started my THM lifestyle. I have the book, but am a bit overwhelmed by it all. I hope to get into it over the holiday break. I do drink water every morning with a few drops of Lemon Essential oil. It helps detox my body after a night’s rest. I have also cut my coffee intake down to one cup per day.
Kim A. says
Friend, I am sooo happy for your improved health! To God be the glory! He has given you a wealth of health-improving tools and you jumped right in and used them!
Re: THM, I have gotten way off plan and was also recently inspired to come back! I love THM because we can all just admit without shame that we LOVE FOOD!!! THM keeps that love in a healthy, waist-trimming perspective. My favorites are chunky cream cheese pops and creamy broccoli soup. And I haven’t even tried anything from the NEW cookbook yet! Off to enter your contest!!!
Absolutely to God be the glory! Great things He hath done! He has definitely blessed me with a wealth of health improving tools and I love how I can do so many more things with and for my family. This should count as a mini health/nutrition homeschool course for my older children – how they have grown up learning about food allergies and how food affects our bodies. 🙂 And you have described THM perfectly and how we can all admit we love food! I am loving the new cookbook.
Tammy Jones says
My habits have been bad lately and I really need a good push in the right direction. Thank you for your inspiration! You are doing an amazing job! You are a great example for your kids.
I love THM! I’ve been on and off of plan since March 2013. I feel great when I’m on plan.
clean eating!! One of my kids was recently diagnosed with a diseases that requires carb counting. THM really helps in this department! I’d love to win this!
Shannon Wallace says
I’ve started back to running/walking nearly every day. I added in fermented cod liver oil and/or a good source of vitamin D that I take daily. I do not use white refined sugar anymore except for in my cultures. We make lemonade fresh squeezed at home and sweeten with stevia. We bought a Berkey water filtration system and use it for all water usage, including cooking. These are just some of the changes I’ve made. Thank you for the giveaway!
I have totally cut out sugar in my life and what a difference it has made. My mind is clearer and I have more energy to play with my 5 children. I am not at goal weight yet but I know it will just take time. For the first time in my life I am OK with not having an easy solution but rather a lifetime of being healthy!!
I found that exercising in morning really helps me to be more energized during the whole day.
I am trying THM off and on, I just find it hard sometimes with the expense of feeding the whole family.
Thanks for all you helpful hints and tips.
My healthiest habit is planning meals ahead. Even if is just thinkg about it the day before. Having an idea of what I am going to eat helps me stay on track.
I have found that cutting sugar is always the best jump start for me! It’It’s hard to eat icky food without sugar! Thanks for the giveaway!