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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Week 12 in Review

As you all know, I've been following the Trim Healthy Mama plan for 12 weeks. For me, personally, it's time to take a step back and become more relaxed with it. I'm not throwing in the towel, going back to sugar, white flours, potatoes, and rice. However, I'm going to stop my weekly blog posts. I'm also going to stop weighing in daily (something I never really did...I didn't even weigh daily at the beginning of this). I'm hoping I can discipline myself to weigh in once a month and take measurements once a month. I know the plan works, and it's a great one that can be maintained for life because you can always start over in three hours. However, I feel it has consumed my life. I've journaled everything I've eaten, taken pictures, blogged about it, posted it to Facebook and Instagram, etc. I don't want THM to consume me or my life. I'm not stopping, but I'm not going to write it all down, take pictures, post about it, etc. I'll post once a month check-ins on my blog just to keep myself accountable.
Like I told my husband, as long as my clothes fit better, and I'm able to buy smaller sizes when needed, and feel better...then that's really what matters. The number on the scale is really just that...a number. It should never own or define me. I look and feel better than I did 12 weeks ago, and I can fit into a size or two smaller (depending on the brand, style, etc). But again, that is not going to define me. I don't want to become so neurotic and obsessed by this that I forget to live and enjoy life.
If I want to have a French fry or two while eating out, I will. If I want a slice of bread while eating out, I'll enjoy it. If my hubby brings me home a Snicker, I'll eat it. However, I'm not going to gorge on French fries, bread, or off plan treats. But -- I don't want to fret if I do have one on occasion. The beauty of THM is that you can always start over in 3 hours (the time it takes your body to burn fuels between meals).
I also know that by continuing to add in exercise, my body is going to react differently. The number on the scale may go up, stay the same, or go down. My measurements may shift, increase, etc. So, with that in mind, it's just not going to be wise to continue in the same way I was earlier in the plan. I may also need to consume more calories because I'm burning more (an area where I will struggle I know).
It seems that this week has really pushed me into a different perspective. We celebrated our 15th anniversary, a holiday, and our oldest son's 12th birthday. While I think I did okay, I know I wasn't completely on plan. I stumbled and slipped a few times. I did make conscious efforts to try to stay on plan, but I also made conscious efforts to consume some off plan treats, too. The fact that I'm going to Georgia for a week on Saturday helps, too, because I can't weigh myself; I won't blog about my meals; I will not be eating fully on plan due to travel and hotel stays; etc. So, it seems that now is the perfect time to make the transition to a less structured approach.
I know the premise of THM, which is not to combine my fuels, and I know to watch my portion sizes. There's no way I can continue eating the way I did prior to THM and expect to see results...it's that simple.
Over the course of the past 12 weeks, I've made some very positive changes. I've eliminated most sugar from my diet, and I'm very conscious of nutrition labels, ingredients, and types of fuels (carbs, proteins, etc) and their effects on the body. I've also eliminated white processed flours from my diet...no more white flour, white rice, starchy potatoes, etc. I've replaced those with sprouted flours, brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes (although I haven't eaten any, I know it's a replacement for white starchy potatoes), etc. I've learned to bake with coconut flour, almond flour, flax meal, etc. I've also learned how to use sugar substitutes like Stevia, Erythritol, Just Like Sugar, etc. I have learned to enjoy my unsweet tea sweetened with the aforementioned sugar substitutes, and I've learned to enjoy Zevia as a soda replacement. I've come to enjoy Lily's Chocolates as a replacement for Snickers, Twix, etc. Exercise has also become a part of life...granted, I'm not as disciplined as I'd like to be, but I'm definitely moving more than I did 12 weeks ago. Finally, I am very conscious of every bite that goes into my body, and I try to make wise choices. I'm not perfect, and I never will be; however, I'm trying, learning, and growing (not physically though thankfully) daily through this process.  

So, with all of this said, there will be no scale results or inches lost this week. I'm still keeping up with my results, and I may include them when I post monthly, but I'm not going to promise that. While I've enjoyed sharing those results, I again, don't want to feel like they consume or define me.
Anyway, I have to do this for me. I am a believer of THM, and I'm very pleased with the pounds and inches I've lost over the past 12 weeks. However, it's time to live life as a THM, as opposed to letting THM be my life.


Anonymous said...

Kudos!!! I've enjoyed following your progress and learning so much from you (and other THMs). But your last sentence says it all so eloquently!

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