Weight loss & Trim Healthy Mama

Earlier on the blog I said I had lost some weight.  I wish had I taken measurements before I started, but I forgot.  I can tell you that I have gone down one to two pant sizes and even had to remodel some of my shirts smaller.  A few grocery bags worth of clothes were donated since I couldn’t easily make them smaller.

I have had a few people ask me how I have done it and the big answer (which won’t be popular) is I have greatly cut down on the number of carbs I eat (sugar including from fruit, flour, etc).  I haven’t lost as many pounds on the scale as I would like, but I have definitely tightened up my body.

One thing I am trying to follow is Trim Healthy Mama – have you heard of it?  Recently I made the Tuscan Cream Chicken from the Trim Healthy Table cookbook (page 72) without the sun-dried tomatoes, but with extra spinach and it was a hit with my family.  My family ate rice with the dish and all of us ate steamed Zucchini as a side (our Zucchini plants have abruptly decided it is time to provide a zucchini a day).

One of Trim Healthy Mama’s main points is to eat non-starchy vegetables so we have been eating a lot of lettuce, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans and even cauliflower, which I have mostly eaten as ‘cauli rice’ or as a pizza crust.

What I have greatly cut back on are the baby carrots  and fruit.  I used to eat at least baby carrots and  fruit every day at lunch – not anymore!

Another thing I realize is I feel a lot better if I eat at least a little protein at every meal so that is something I do every day.

I have also realized that one diet plan doesn’t work for everyone and Trim Healthy Mama doesn’t remove any food group, but you try to eat the healthier version of a food group and to mix up the meals.

Summer eating has been a little harder, but I have only gained a couple of pounds back at this time and my current clothes still fit me.  My goal is to go back to meal planning and get back to the low carb meals, at least for me, and rice, etc that can be added to the rest of the families meals.

What meal plan have you been eating lately?  Later – Heather

 

Last two months….

In some ways I know it has been two months since my last post went live, but in other ways it has gone by fast.

Some highlights / lowlights,  which will have separate posts in the future:

  • I went to Italy with our daughter ‘A’!  Was Northern Italy, in Winter, on my bucket list?  No, but she had to go see a vendor and drive a rental car around Milan and to a town about two hours away so I went with her.
  • Our daughter ‘A’ got engaged!  The future son-in-law ‘D’ came and talked to her dad while daughter ‘A’ and I were in Italy.  (Our daughter said that ‘D’ had to get her dad’s blessing, which I thought was sweet.)
  • Italy or major jet lag ‘brain fog’ is a real thing.  If/when I travel to Europe, etc again I want to stop in the middle (New York, etc) and take a mini-vacation there for a few days before I continue on.  The nine hour time difference was killing me (going and coming home).

What have been some of your highlights / lowlights from the last two months?

 

Later – Heather