Being Thankful

*Disclaimer: I follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan for eating, if you are interested in it, please consider purchasing the plan book and cookbooks, for further information!*

 

Goodness, already my tenth post here! πŸ˜€

This weekend, I’ve prepped a lot of food, snacks, treats, and I’ve noticed something. I’m excited to be eating again. Knowing that I have a lot of food mostly made up, helps relieve a LOT of stress in my life. I wish I could be THIS prepared every week, but I practice a lot of grace on myself, and take it one day at a time…3 hours at a time! πŸ˜‰ lol

I have found that having elements of meals made in advance, helps me tremendously in staying on plan. Why would I stop and get fast food, when I have things prepped and ready to go at home?

For example, I have all my meats cooked, cooled and in family sized portions.

I have snacks (Skinny Chocolate, Pay Off Day Candies, and Flax Crackers, hard boiled eggs) ready to go when the munchies hit…or when my hubby brings out his junk food. πŸ˜‰

I have a large pot of beans cooking, for the week.
I will also have quinoa cooked, and ready to go.

With all of these steps done, it makes it SO Much easier to this Drive-Thru Sue/Allergy/Budget Mama/ (who really dreams of being a Purist/Farm Fresh Tess but is too lazy by all the work, so doing it in steps helps me!)

I have a loose menu for my dinners, so I can decide what I feel like having that night, and our breakfasts are simple and quick, like overnight oats, or eggs with veggies, sometimes cake.

Lunches will be leftovers for the family, and eating at work for myself. I have found several meals that are on plan, and very filling at work, (I work at McDonalds!).

What do you do to prep and plan for the week? Those who plan, do well, and even if you prep your proteins, it’ll be that much quicker to make your family dinners! Baby steps, y’all!!!

 

 

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Spicy Earthy Cab & Beef – S

*Disclaimer: I follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan for eating, if you are interested in it, please consider purchasing the plan book and cookbooks, for further information!*

 

Spicy Earthy Cab and Beef – S

5-6 oz leftover ground beef
1/2 small cabbage, cut up into 1 inch squares
Pink sea salt
Cayenne pepper
Red Palm Oil

Heat palm oil in skillet, and toss seasoning and cabbage into the hot oiled skillet. Cook until just softened, add beef, and additional seasonings as preferred! Enjoy!

THIS is how you beat that Inner Fat Girl at her game. πŸ˜‰

Every 3 Hours

*Disclaimer: I follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan for eating, if you are interested in it, please consider purchasing the plan book and cookbooks, for further information!*

 

How immature was I just now? (This is THM related, I promise!)
I have a Kindle Fire, and this morning it just stopped working. I use it for reading, and all the apps, like getting on FB, Pinterest, searching online, etc.
Well after finding out it wasn’t fixable, I got pissed. Yeah..I’m 35 and acting like my 3 year.
So what did I do?! I ate a few of those orange gummie things, from my husbands stash.
Yeah…really good reaction.
No…….I’m not an emotional eater AT ALL!Β 

I made an S Helper, with a slice of toast, mayo, and sliced hard boiled eggs, and a GGMS though, because I know I need to eat anyways.

Sheesh…anyways…3 hours later.

 

But I’m left wondering, and thinking about that whole episode, now that I’ve had actual food to eat.

It’s safe to say that emotions trigger my eating habits, no matter what the emotion is. For awhile, I’ve thought I handled my emotions face on, but I’m beginning to think I haven’t been as face on as I thought.

And as much as I say I don’t want technology running my life, it IS running my life. And my husbands. And it’s begun with the children now too. As much as I’m in love with the un-plugged life, I don’t now how to live that way anymore. I really don’t.

That’s not to say that I couldn’t learn…but it’s a lot of habits to learn, when I’m also changing the eating habits of my entire life.

But maybe the THM way of facing off plan meals, is taking it 3 hours at a time. Maybe…just maybe this THM blends over into other areas of my life as well. The grace, and the freedom to make mistakes, to fix them, to make them again, and fix them again…for as long as it takes to get the hang of living life like I see it in my dreams.

Healthy.

Un-Plugged

Staying Home

Owning my own business

Healthy relationship with husband and with kids

 

So…here’s to 3 hours at a time, for every side of your life!!!!!

Inner Fat Girl Dialog #3

*Disclaimer: I follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan for eating, if you are interested in it, please consider purchasing the plan book and cookbooks, for further information!*

 

 

No.

You do NOT need those chips that your husband left at home, while he went to drill.

No…no…no…keep your cotton-pickin’ hands off of those! Your mind is LYING to you, do you HEAR me?! LYING.

It’s telling you it’s good, and a little won’t hurt…

But the truth is, that a little leads to a lot with you, doesn’t it? A little leads to realizing the whole bag is gone in one sitting. A little leads to shame, and guilt afterwards. A little leads to a huge rush of carb/sugar to your system which will just cause more cravings later today.

So go drink something, like Good Girl Moonshine. Go eat something, like Skinny Chocolate, or some crispy oven baked beans for that salty crunch you’re looking for.

Don’t let your mind lie to you anymore, and retrain those taste buds!

Hey…don’t think I don’t see you eyeing that naughty bag again…listen to me slowly, kid…

Eat as though you LOVE yourself. It’s that simple. ❀

What’s the Point?

*Disclaimer: I follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan for eating, if you are interested in it, please consider purchasing the plan book and cookbooks, for further information!*

 

“Hey, Peggy, you have a lot of blogs! Why do you have yet another one?”

“What’s the point?!”

 

It’s true, I do have several blogs, many started, and not many (okay none) that I keep up for long. But the purpose of THIS blog is to document my journey towards better health.

The good, the bad and the ugly.

So, here I am, trying to be honest with myself as I go, because lets face it…dealing with your demons is hard, and some of the typical advice can’t apply to food. I can’t just eliminate it from my life. I can’t change the fact that I do indeed need to eat, in order to live.

But I can change habits, I can change what is brought into the house, what types of meals to make, and what places we go to, to eat out.

It’s so easy to make excuses, isn’t it? But with Trim Healthy Mama, I have no excuses…Don’t believe me…watch this:

“I can’t afford it.” – wrong, you don’t need special ingredients to make THM meals, use what you have on hand already!

“It tastes weird.” – well okay, it might. But it doesn’t take very long at all to change your taste buds, think 21 days…

“My life is too busy!” – this is why crock pots were invented. And ovens. And you can still get on plan food at restaurants too.

“I love chocolate too much to diet” – perfect! So do I. And I don’t diet. I eat! Sometimes I eat a lot! πŸ˜‰ But I eat a lot of chocolate too!

“I have too many food allergies, and intolerances, I couldn’t to THM.” – Oh, well thats okay. THM is completely doable, and works around any food issues, quite easily.

 

Food freedom. Let that sink in for awhile.

Easy. Simple. Enjoyable. Full of grace.

Non-Scale Victories!

*Disclaimer: I follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan for eating, if you are interested in it, please consider purchasing the plan book and cookbooks, for further information!*

 

I’ve been following THM for over a year now, but this past week or two, I’ve been doing better at it than the previous weeks.
I’m starting to notice a more optimistic mood emerging.
I’m not sure what, or why, and how…but I’m going to take it! I have Hashimoto’s, and unfortunately, we Hashi’s people can get depressed easily.

I’m praying this trend continues, and this is yet another motivating factor for my to continue being on plan! (April 7, 2016)

*****

This morning, I put my tight jeans on, and they were loose again! I know I’m not weighing myself, but these little tests are what keep me going! (April 9, 2016)

*****

We have to work this plan as individuals. That means its going to look different, and the results will look a little different.

I promise myself:
βœ…That I won’t compare myself to anyone else but me.
βœ… That I won’t weigh myself but instead consider my health my measurement stick.
βœ…That I won’t accept guilt or shame as a by-product of this journey.
βœ…That I will accept joy, grace and my own learning curve.
βœ…That I accept my differences and food intolerances as a fun challenge.
βœ…That I won’t allow my inner fat girl to lie to me anymore…I will change her taste buds too!
βœ…I promise myself that I will take care of my body as if I really do love it.
βœ…I promise myself that no matter how hard this journey gets, I will remember these points! (April 8, 2016)

*****

 

These are random thoughts, and sometimes posts, for personal encouragement, or to encourage others. πŸ™‚

 

 

Eating, We All Have To Do It

*Disclaimer: I follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan for eating, if you are interested in it, please consider purchasing the plan book and cookbooks, for further information!*

 

Mindless eating.

Emotional eating.

Stress eating.

Happy eating.

Whatever eating.

 

We all have to eat at some point…sadly. Okay, well it’s only sad, because for most of us these days, eating has become a battle. A war. A weary one, but a war nonetheless.

I love food, I always have. Home cooking, going out, trying new things, making the same recipe for the 2000th time. Savory, sweet, salty, spicy…it’s all music to my ears.

What’s equally as sad, is that over the years, what I’ve eaten has waged a war on my body, some battles have gone unnoticed and some were in my face. Within the last 5 years, my health has been in the toilet, and I haven’t really gotten out of there yet.

What I eat is not supporting a healthy body, let alone repairing a healthy body. Not only does my Hashimoto’s play a role, but with my gall bladder gone as well, I can’t assimilate fats, and the vitamins that are fat-soluble. Toss in a gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance and being sensitive to several other foods…well I’ll just say that the great love I had for food and waned a little bit, and for awhile I hated food. ALL food was evil to me, and to my body.

Such a change from loving it all, to hating it all…and fearing it.

I don’t like living in fear. I can’t sustain that fear, y’all.

So I slowly made my way out of that, but I still have residual fear of food. But the way I deal with it is crazy…I’m crazy. I just eat it ALL. Without care. Without thought. And say screw the consequences. Yeah…real healthy mindset.

I’m a sugar addict.

I crave all the bad stuff.

My body says I need this stuff…but logically I know I don’t.

New habits need to be formed, I need to find solutions to the cravings, replacements if you will. And I will. For my health, and my future!

 

 

Inner Fat Girl Dialog #2

*Disclaimer: I follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan for eating, if you are interested in it, please consider purchasing the plan book and cookbooks, for further information!*

 

Back at work today! Kept me moving, which is a plus.

And I did well with my plans. It’s a great idea to have plans! Let me just say.

I had an FP breakfast, E lunch at work, and then I bombed on the way home. Sugar, sugar and more sugar…along with fake sugar.

My inner fat girl spoke up, and I didn’t kick her teeth in…like I should have. I don’t even know why, except maybe it’s because I was alone, and because I’d let it become a habit. “I’ll just treat myself, I’m alone, no one to see me or what I put into my body, no one to share my food with.” You know…typical Fat Mom speak. Also…now that I thin about it, I WAS hungry, it had been 3 hours since I ate my lunch! Bingo lady….

I’m going to keep going in the right direction.

Today, I had TWO THM meals. (And one THM snack). I’m going to proclaim that a victory, and keep truckin’, because I won’t allow my slip ups to derail me, like they have in the past. As I sit here sipping my Good Girl Moonshine, I’m realizing that it’s very easy to give into habits, and those little voices that keep telling you that sugar is okay. Those voices LIE!

So anyways… I had to confess. To spill my guts. To maybe find the reason I did it. I know those urges to ‘treat’ myself will always be there, but I pray that they lesson over time, and that what I treat myself too is less processed, more healthy, and a whole lot more nutritious!

 

Anywho, I’m going to sign off now, and finish my GGMS, have a few Skinny Chocolates…

Trim Healthy Mama

About two years ago, I first heard of Trim Healthy Mama, from a friend who randomly sent me information about this plan. I looked into it, joined the main Facebook group and proceeded to get really confused about it!

I was encouraged to simply purchase the book, and learn what I needed too, in order to do the plan. I’ll admit, I was like “Oh, it’s another fad diet, what will I have to restrict on this one?!” 6 months after I joined that group, I finally purchased the first book. (They’ve since come out with a few more, which explain the plan more simply and quickly, and a cookbook with glorious pictures and recipes!)

When I started reading the plan, I started crying. Why? Because for the first time, I’d found a plan for eating that didn’t restrict any food group, I’d found a plan that had a simple and easy transition to maintenance already spelled out, I’d found a plan that offered grace, and mercy to yourself. I found a plan that felt like coming home to a favorite meal, and the smell greets you at the door before you walk in.

The premise is simple, and if you join the FB groups before getting the books, you will get confused. It seems to be a newbies right of passage around these parts. πŸ™‚

Since reading the first book, and the subsequent ones, I’m always learning something new, some new aspect of the plan, and how it helps me, or not.

This plan is for anyone, and every family situation.

  • Have an allergy? THM has you covered.
  • Have a budget? THM has you covered.
  • Have picky eaters? THM has you covered.
  • Only eat whole foods? THM has you covered.
  • Eat out a lot? THM has you covered.
  • Family of 4+? THM has you covered.
  • Are you single? THM has you covered.
  • Are you a minor? THM has you covered.
  • Are you in your golden years? THM has you covered.
  • Serious health problems? THM has you covered.
  • Hormonal problems? THM has you covered.

 

No matter your lifestyle, THM has us covered…the beauty of this is that no two THMers meals and life look the same.

  1. It’s true food freedom. No dogma. No gimmicks. No guilt. No banning of food groups.
  2. You will avoid sugar, and high glycemic bread flours. And instead learn how what you eat, effects your blood sugar levels, which in turn relate to food-eating mood swings.
  3. Instead of avoiding sweets, you’ll learn how to make them in such a way, that keeps your sugars stable, and your tummy highly satisfied.
  4. Instead of being guilty about eating that chocolate, you’ll find some replacements that will rev up your metabolism…and if she’s like mine, she’s been long dormant and neeeeeds to come out and play! πŸ˜‰
  5. Want a hot from the oven slice of yummy bread, with lots of yummy toppings like lean chicken breast, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, with a smear of mustard? Bingo…you can! That’s an energizing (E) meal.
  6. Maybe a meal from the crock-pot is calling your name, and it’s a whole chicken, with butter sauce, roasted broccoli and cauliflower, and a side salad topped with sunflower seeds, a few chopped olives and a drizzle of EVOO? Amazing, you have a satisfying (S) meal!

Okay, I can hear you…WHAT is this Energizing, and Satisfying?

Energizing meals (E) are low fat, high carb meals. But the carb limits are NOT sky high, no…they are reasonable carb loads, that our bodies and easily handle, without adding to our waist lines.

Satisfying meals (S) are high fat, low carb meals. The sky is the limit for these meals, regarding fat. However a word of caution…don’t go overboard with the fats. Some with hormonal problems and certain illnesses need to use common sense with these.

I sound like a spokesperson…but I’m not.

I’m a struggling with her weight and her diet dogma working Mama, who just wants to be healthy, and give her children a healthy relationship with food!

If you’re tired of living under “eat this but NOT that” type diets, then you need to consider Trim Healthy Mama as your next (and last!) option.

If you want a quick guide on how to get started while waiting for your books to arrive, try Gwens Quick Start Guide I promise you won’t be disappointed! This is what I used before my first books arrived.

If you want to join the main Facebook group, here’s the link: Trim Healthy Mama FB group

If you have questions, I’ll help you…together we can do this. Together, we will kick guilt to the curb, and embrace grace, freedom and delighted tastebuds! πŸ˜‰

*I am not affiliate with THM in any way, I get nothing from expressing my thoughts about the plan.

*Disclaimer: I follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan for eating, if you are interested in it, please consider purchasing the plan book and cookbooks, for further information!*

 

 

Inner Fat Girl Dialog #1

I keep hitting a road block in my journey. I get so far, only to give up, and not keep going.

Someone suggested that I journal my feelings. Brilliant idea…since I journaled when my son died. Apparently I process things better when I write them out, good, bad and ugly…so ugly!!

Today is my first time doing this.

I’ve always been a big girl. Right in the same 20b range since shortly after puberty. And boy was I made fun of. I had also developed sooner than the other girls…so that “helped”!

I’m also plain lazy. I procrastinate. I make excuses. I don’t follow through with many things.

I resort to what I’m comfortable with, old habits. They don’t die well, I tell ya!

I reach for food when I’m bored, tired, out of inspiration, when the kids go to bed…. When my hubby leave for work. I drink coffee, instead of eating breakfast.

I’ve never been thinner, I’m not even sure how I’d react. Maybe it’s fear of the unknown?

I also have Hashimotos Thyroiditis, a lovely thyroid disease that likes to collect and keep fat cells. Those fat cells are nice n happy here.

Is that an excuse? Maybe. I know I need to stop being lazy and call a doctor about it.

I’m rambling… Its what I do well.

I do ” fat girl” well…I don’t know “Healthy girl” or “Trim girl” at all. And I think they scare me.

 

*Disclaimer: I follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan for eating, if you are interested in it, please consider purchasing the plan book and cookbooks, for further information!*