Everyone loves a good split screen comparison, so let's indulge...
|(I guess I need to stop wearing this shirt. Yeesh!)|
On the left, 13 weeks ago, with 40 pounds to lose in order to get where I was pre-pregnancy, and 50 pounds to lose to get to my super-duper-fit-fighting-weight, which I haven't seen since 2009. Now let me assure you: I was weighing myself at 4 weeks postpartum. That means we are not talking about water weight from the hospital or the weight of the actual baby inside me the day of delivery or anything like that. At FOUR WEEKS postpartum, that is how much weight I still had to lose.
NICU life made me fat, y'all. That's all I can say. Desserts after every meal, munching on chocolate as a snack. Sitting, sitting, sitting, sitting, driving, sitting, sitting, sitting, sitting, driving. Man it sucked. ANYWAY!
Anyway. 13 weeks ago I started to eat the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) way and I've lost 27 pounds 3.5 lbs in just the past week). I have done zero, zip, zilch, no formal exercising or running or whatever fit people do (I used to be one. I'll remember someday). This is entirely from changing the way I eat but never "going hungry."
The ladies who did the research and came up with this system are Bible loving, family having, silly, energetic, and not spring chickens. They are not obsessed with fitness or being skinny for reasons of vanity. They talk a lot about how God made the world and God made us and He made the world for us with all its delicious food and water and wonderful things like coffee and wine. They talk about caring for our health and feeling our best so we can serve our families and each other. It's really a change in worldview, and one that I feel comfortable exposing my children, specifically my teen girls, to as well (as opposed to a stringent, perfectionist, control-freak way of viewing weight management, which I know I have fallen prey to in the past).
Yes, I am drinking coffee and wine. And eating bacon. And if my baby weren't sensitive to dairy, I would be eating a whole lot of that too.
Which brings me to my next point which is this: I'm not certain that it's just THM that's helping me lose weight. Cutting out sugar definitely helps (that's a THM principle) but I've also had to cut out all dairy. Add in all the whole foods and making sure I'm consuming enough protein (major THM principle as well) as well as drinking tons of water (THM again) and it seems obvious that the weight will come off.
All I can offer is that in the past I have been light-headed and crabby if losing weight while nursing, and this time I haven't. This time I feel awesome. This time my nails aren't chipping and my face doesn't look like a warmed over skull stolen from The Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
Now here is where I should just tell you how to DO the plan, but I really don't think that's the best way. The book is so key to understanding the WHY. Lots of protein, not mixing your fats with your carbs, eating every 3 hours....it all sounds too complicated until you understand all sides of it. Or it seems too easy, you eat all the things at all the times, and you don't lose weight.
If you've got any questions, pop 'em in the combox below or on whatever social media platform you like the best. I think my follow links are broken in the sidebar so I'll put them right here for now:
p.s. HEY! I've got a Kate Spade bag up for auction with all money going to Mary's Mantle, a home for homeless pregnant women in the Ann Arbor area. It ends this evening, so hurry!