Are you considering trying Trim Healthy Mama to lose weight? Maybe you have tried it in the past and gotten confused or frustrated because you didn’t understand the guidelines. Maybe you couldn’t stick with it for one reason or another. Today I am going to share with my top ten successful weight loss tips for Trim Healthy Mama. I will also share my two favorite breakfast Trim Healthy Mama Recipes. These recipes use farm-fresh products, so you won’t want to miss it!
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Tips from a Veteran Trim Healthy Mama
You see, I am a veteran Trim Healthy Mama. I heard of the program way back when it was introduced in the Above Rubies Magazine. That was back in 2013. I had just had my 5th child and the weight wasn’t coming off as easy as with the first four. Feeling busy and overwhelmed, I needed an easy weightloss plan. I had 5 children, 6 years old and under. I needed something easy and healthy to take the weight off. Here is the before picture that was taken by my oldest son, who was 5 almost 6-year-old. If you look closely on the chalkboard the date and my weight are written on the chalkboard.
I purchased the first Trim Healthy Mama e-book and started implementing their plan. I quickly lost 13 pounds in just over 2 months. Granted I was nursing a baby, which helped take the weight off quickly.
The meals were easy and the authors Pearl and Serene were both busy moms and had recipes that I could feed to my family. I continued to lose weight, and I was feeling great. But life happens and I fell off the plan and restarted again. Then I decided to try some other weight loss plans. My weight fluctuated within a 10-pound range.
My Current Trim Healthy Mama Journey
Fast forward to last year. My dad became ill with cancer and the stress of his short illness and death caused me to lose quite a bit of weight and then gain it back plus some after he passed away. I was seeing a number on the scale that I hadn’t seen for many years. It was time to recommit to Trim Healthy Mama. I know it is the plan that works best for me. Here’s why.
- There is enough flexibility to help me not feel deprived.
- The food is delicious
- The recipes are easy and use real food
- I can usually feed it to my whole family the same meals I eat
- I know the basic building blocks of the program
- There is a ton of support in the online community.
- I can use farm-fresh produce to save money!
- I know it works!
10 Successful Weight Loss Tips From a Trim Healthy Mama Veteran
1. Write Down what you are going to eat
This tip isn’t from Trim Healthy Mama tip, but I have heard it from a couple of other programs. Write down everything you plan to eat the night before or first thing in the morning before you eat anything. There is something psychological about planning out everything you are going to eat for the day rather than just winging it. It gives you the feeling of control over your choices rather than eating what you “feel” like at the time. “If you fail to plan, plan to fail”
2. Find some THM meals you like and eat them on a regular basis.
It seems like whenever I try a new diet, I feel like I need to try all sorts of new recipes. This becomes overwhelming very quickly. We are creatures of habit and trying to change all your habits at once is a recipe for failure. When I first started THM, I did just that, trying all sorts of new recipes. As a veteran THM, I have learned to find some tried and true recipes that my whole family likes and make them weekly and I add new recipes slowly.
3. Menu Plan for the Week
I really don’t like to meal plan. It always seems like a daunting task and my mind seems to go blank when I sit down to plan a menu. However, with the first two tips that I gave you, menu planning is now a breeze.
- Look back at your daily food plan and recycle the meals.
- Add any tried and true recipes from tip number two.
- Add a couple of new recipes using Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook and Trim Healthy Table Cookbook
Your future self will thank your present self.
4. Evaluate your progress weekly even if you weigh daily
I am not going to tell you to only weigh yourself weekly because I weigh myself daily. However, if you seem to obsess about the scale, weighing weekly or even monthly is probably best. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to evaluate your week. Do not be a slave to your scale.
- What worked this week, what didn’t?
- Did you gain or lose?
- What are some of the reasons you may have gained?
- What are some non-scale victories?
5. Stay hydrated.
If you are feeling snacky, drink a big glass of water before you eat anything. If you still are hunger here are a few tips.
Make an all-day sipper from the cookbook such as Good Girl Moonshine, Singing Canary, Shrinker. If you are still hungry make a smoothie from the cookbook. If you are still hungry, eat some fuel pull snacks.
6. Develop a “not my food” mentality.
This is another concept I learned from another diet plan. However, it really works. When I am tempted to eat something that has flour or sugar or other non-approved food, I remind myself that It is not my food. If I chose to eat that food, I will probably feel unhealthy, my joints will probably start to hurt, I may gain weight, and I may end up in a sugar eating tailspin.
7. Know your triggers
Know the foods and situations that may trigger you to eat off-plan. Plan for these situations. Avoid situations if possible. For example, one of my triggers is cookies and cakes. I do not make many sweets for my family because I know I have a difficult time saying know. If it is someone’s birthday, I make myself a small plan approved cake from the cookbook. However, I do not make family-sized THM desserts very often because I can sit and eat the whole pan.
8. Never give up!
You are not perfect! You will fail, but you must pick yourself back up and try again. Get back on plan as soon as possible.
9. Evaluate the failure
Evaluate your failures and ask yourself what triggered the failure. Did you write your food down ahead of time? Did you menu plan? Were you tired? Emotional? Was there another trigger. Learn from the situation and plan for it in the future.
10. Be kind to yourself
You are changing habits. It takes time. I tend to have an all or nothing personality. Don’t be like me! Keep going. Keep learning and growing. You can do this. Talk to yourself like you would talk to your best friend. You would not tell her that she is a loser or that she will never lose weight. You would encourage her to keep going. Talk to yourself that way.
I plan to write a monthly update for my Trim Healthy Mama journey. If you have made it to the end of this article, I am going to share my current progress. I recommitted to Trim Healthy Mama on January 1st and on January 28th, I am down 6 pounds. But even better, my joint pain has almost disappeared. I have more energy and just feel better. My skin looks better too. These Non-scale victories are motivation to keep me going even if I hadn’t lost 6 lbs.
As promised here are my two favorite breakfasts that I eat all week long. I love them because I can use farm-fresh products from our farm.
I hope you enjoyed reading my Trim Healthy Mama tips. Are you doing Trim Healthy Mama? What have your results been? Do you have other weightloss tips? I would love to hear them in the comments.