My husband, Scott, and I started the Trim Healthy Mama plan on Monday, February 17, 2014. I weighed 205 and was five weeks postpartum after baby number seven. Scott weighed 227 pounds. We were both unhappy with our weight and ready to make some changes. Our bodies hurt, we were tired all the time, we certainly didn’t love our squishy bellies. I had four babies in four short years (I have seven children total) and my body was a bit of a wreck. In between pregnancies I would cut back on calories, trying to stick to a mere 1400-1600 a day, constantly starving but never really seeing any weight loss. I would begin intense exercise programs – but my body was so sluggish and often in pain, I didn’t enjoy exercising at all. During my pregnancies I would give up and eat whatever the heck I wanted. And being the awesome supportive husband he is, Scott would join me. We both love food, and we really love making delicious dishes to share with each other. Our love sort of grew… in the form of spare tires.
Finally, while I was pregnant with baby number seven a dear friend started her Trim Healthy Mama journey. I remember hearing she was changing her eating habits and her mom was joining her. I saw her at various get togethers and I could see she was losing weight. I thought it was neat and I was happy for her and her mother, but it didn’t click for me. And then she visited me in the hospital after I had little Gideon. I hadn’t seen her for a couple of months and I was blown away! She looked absolutely fantastic! I knew she hadn’t been on the Trim Healthy Mama plan for long, but she had reached her goal weight and was glowing with health and confidence. Right then and there I told myself I was going to do what she did. I wanted to glow like that. I wanted my husband to be healthy. A few weeks later I ordered my book and got started.
Our Trim Healthy Mama results have been nothing short of AMAZING.
Our first week eating the Trim Healthy Mama way was fabulous. I lost five pounds and Scott lost seven! We were so thrilled with such a good start we happily continued. Our Trim Healthy Mama results for the first month were great too: I lost 12 pounds and Scott lost 14 pounds – in just one month! We weren’t even exercising yet. We were just changing our eating habits. It was amazing to watch our bodies shrink.
And after six months Scott has lost 41 pounds and I’ve lost 40! Did you catch that? We’ve lost a combined 80 pounds in half a year! Scott has gone from a size 38 pants to a size 34, and I’ve gone from a size 16 to a size 10! Scott is only five pounds away from his goal weight. I have about 15 I’d like to see gone forever – mostly around my saddle area 😉 I have no doubt it will all be gone in another few months.
For years I hated having my picture taken. I’d see it, and then quickly look away… as if I had just seen some horrific crime or something. My brain would just say, “Nope! That’s not me! I’m not looking at that.” If someone had a camera out I would dart behind a child or a piece of furniture. When you’re overweight you learn how to tilt your head a certain way, avoid certain angles, artfully hide your body. All ways to hide the problem and never really deal with it.
I’ve tried other diets. I tried South Beach, but it wasn’t a lifestyle I could maintain. It was too restrictive, and the rest of my family couldn’t eat the same way. I tried calorie counting, but I was constantly hungry and grouchy, exhausted and burnt out. Even when I thought I was eating healthy foods, I would make the wrong food combinations that would lead to more weight gain no matter how healthy my choices. And I would exercise. At one point a few years ago I was exercising for over an hour every day. It was such a battle, with very little results.
And all the while I would be at total odds with myself because I love cooking. I love food! But it seemed like food and I didn’t belong together, like star-struck clandestine lovers.
But thankfully Trim Healthy Mama brought me and food back together again in a beautiful way that nourished my body, gave me energy and strength, helped me lose weight, all while I enjoyed what was on my plate. And I don’t make a beeline to hide behind the nearest large object whenever someone takes a picture. It’s nice to just stand there and smile.
Three months into our new Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle I started exercising, not because I had to – but finally because I could. My body didn’t hurt when I moved. I didn’t feel like I was slogging through a mud puddle with every step. I felt lighter, like my body was finally burning clean fuel. I started training (again) for my first 5k run. It’s been over a decade since I was able to run a mile, and here I am planning to run over three miles in just a couple of weeks! I feel like I can fly. My husband is running with me too. He looks fantastic! He’s faster than I am, but I certainly don’t mind the view if you know what I’m saying. *wink-wink*
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