No Excuses

Trim Healthy Mama


I ordered a print copy of Trim Healthy Mama from! It should arrive early next week. I got so excited about the possibility of change (while writing this post) that I went and purchased a PDF copy too, so I can get started reading right away.

Okay, are you ready?

So, let’s be honest. I am overweight. Very overweight. I know that. The last time I started to work on my weight and was actually making some progress, I got pregnant with twins (they will turn 6 this year).

Instead of continuing to work on my weight during their pregnancy and onwards, I stopped. I don’t know why I stopped, but I did. The next few years were spent recovering from c-section, navigating breastfeeding twins, homeschooling, tending our home business, and managing life.

And then my body decided it was going to start falling apart. I had Strep for 3 months and it just would not leave. Then I had a knee injury (which has taken over 2.5 years to recover from). Then I got Shingles, had a bought of Mononucleosis, and then Shingles turned into postherpetic neuralgia and become an ongoing nightmare. On top of all of those things from the past few years, we spent most of the past year (2013) investigating  painful lumps in my neck (in and around my right ear) and have yet to find any answers. I kicked this year off with a cold/cough/flu that started right after Christmas and is still going strong (some days are better than others). My immune system is definitely working at a diminished capacity right now.

I know what has always worked for me in the past (low carb), but doing anything more than getting through each day feels like too much. We also have a house full of food related issues and navigating them is stressful at best. Hosanna (5) is allergic to dairy, eggs, and peanuts. Moses (12) is allergic to mushrooms, cheese, and shellfish. Jonah (hubby) is allergic to salmon and raw eggs. Elisha (13) strongly dislikes onions, tomatoes, most chicken, most beef, most pork, and other random things on any given day. I do best on low carb, I don’t have any major food likes or dislikes, except beans. Beans don’t like me; they give me an upset tummy.

I have felt this nudging, tugging in me to try something, anything, to see if I can shake some of these health issues that have been plaguing me for the past few years.

First, I was intrigued by the Daniel Plan and purchased it. It is sitting waiting to be read (and I will read it).

Then I found Trim Healthy Mama. Several friends were talking about it. It kept popping up in my facebook stream. It kept showing up on my Pinterest. Finally a friend had an extensive conversation about it in a Facebook Group I am on. I went straightaway to and purchased a copy for myself. I could stand it no longer, I had to see what all the fuss was about.

I have joined every Facebook Group (Trim Healthy Mamas, Allergen Free Trim Healthy Mama, Trim Healthy Mamas Beginners, and Very Fluffy Trim Healthy Mamas), I have a Trim Healthy Mama Pinterest Board, I have identified local and online friends who are doing Trim Healthy Mama and having success (and even read many stories of Mamas who quit because it didn’t work for them) and I am eagerly awaiting my print copy of the book.

But for now, I am off to open my Trim Healthy Mama PDF (the one I purchased when I was halfway through writing this post).  I’ll let you know how it goes.

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No Excuses 6

No Excuses

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Here is the list of all my No Excuses posts.

Thank you for joining me again for my weekly "No Excuses" post. I apologize for being late this week, but my day got away from me yesterday. I am going to keep this post short or it won't get written today.


I made a choice not to walk this week in order to give my knee a chance to heal. It has made a big difference.

I also found some simple upper body exercises to do. I have a series of 5 simple arm exercises that I do using a can (I use a mushroom can because Moses is allergic to mushrooms and we don't eat them). I will share more about this later.


Walking: I am going to start at the very beginning again and walk with the 5 minute videos once a day. You can try one of them if you like. Leslie Sansone 5 Minute Walk

Upper Body Exercises: Soup Can Exercises (mentioned above).

Water: I am working on making a fun water chart to help me keep accurate track of the water that I am drinking everyday. I will post a link right here when I have it ready to share with you.


Did you see that No Excuses graphic at the top of this post? That is actuall an 8.5×11 inch No Excuses Poster listed in the Sunflower Schoolhouse Etsy store right now. I would love to give you a free copy if you would write a simple post on your blog telling what you are doing to get healthy (including a link back to this post). 

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No Excuses Week 5

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This week was really hard for me. I have been dealing with severe knee pain, again.  

I have been in tears several times, wondering how I got to this place and how I can get myself out.


I am pushing forward. 

I have walked at least 8 miles this week (mostly using this video of Leslie Sansone's Beginner Walk) and pushed through the pain as much as possible, but I have also been looking for alternatives to the walking to give my knee a chance to rest.

I complained to my friend Jenn on twitter that I was in too much pain to keep walking. She suggested this video In Bed Exercises To Aid With Walking and I think it will be a great addition to my walking. (Thank you, Jenn!). I have been trying to do these simple stretches several times per day. 

In order for me NOT to let the pain become an EXCUSE, I have to find things that I can do that won't affect my knee.

While I have been pushing through the knee pain, I can't help but wonder if rest will help more than continual use? 

My main project for this week:

Coming up with a program that I can do even if I am having a bad knee pain day (in other words, I won't have to use my knee). I will be resting my knee for a couple of days and figuring out an alternative program until I see some improvement in the pain level. I tend to get really cranky when I am in pain. 

What roadblocks are you hitting and how are you pushing through them?


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