Back in 2014, I was having lunch with some of my homeschool mom friends, when one of the Moms plunked a big fat white book down on the table. ” You girls need to read this book”, she said. I laughed to myself, ” Ha! I have three young children, when am I ever going to have time to read that honkin’ thing? Besides, I’m pregnant again (surprise!!) with number 4, I can’t start a diet now!” Fast forward a year, my new baby was about three months old, and I was the heaviest I had ever been at 220 pounds.. My birthday was coming up, and I had asked my husband for the new Trim Healthy Mama books, they were smaller and seemed less intimidating ). I had lost weight successfully with the Atkins diet, and even worked as a health coach for a big fitness company, but nothing could ever stick long enough because well, every time I had made progress, I would get pregnant again. Financially it was difficult – I was always making two menu plans, the processed, expensive junk for my kids because they wouldn’t eat the “health food”, and the special shakes you had to buy were so expensive! Healthy eating in our family just never lasted too long. I read the first book in about 3 days. It was such a fun, easy read, and it seemed like I was able to do this eating plan for my whole family ( which we do!). The authors talked about the whole concept of food freedom – which I love, I get to have fats, and carbs and I don’t feel deprived! In the last three years,… there was one more baby, but I have lost a total of 50 ( gained 20 back with my last pregnancy and since has lost another 30 + pounds )so far since starting this plan. My last pregnancy was the healthiest I have ever had.
The short version? I’ve always tried to be healthy. Even in high school I can remember thinking about the choices I made when it came to food. I was a vegetarian for years, at least 15 years that is. I’ve tried low carb, low calorie, gluten free, dairy free, veganism, and a bunch of fads in-between. Though I’ve never been super overweight, I did struggle feeling healthy at any weight. Just because the scale had a certain number on it, didn’t make me ever really feel healthy. Until, my sister started talking about Trim Healthy Mama. Which I resisted for a while because I didn’t want to be wrong! But once I read the book in one day and I’ve been on-plan ever since, and then we started this blog…