First Impressions



First Impressions

My print copy of Trim Healthy Mama is in the mail, but I realized last night that I could purchase a digital copy and read while I am waiting. The thought of only working off a digital copy for highlighting, underling, and scrolling for recipes was why I purchased paper copy (I opted for hardcover), but there was no reason why I could not purchase a digital copy to just “read” and get familiar with the whole concept.

I went and purchased the download directly from Trim Healthy Mama (they have a ton of different options). Then I had to go into my paypal email and find the email to download the ebook. Phew. I finally had the ebook loaded on the computer. Then I realized, that while it would be doable, it was not idea. I wanted to read on my tablet (Nexus 7).

So, I opened the email on my tablet and downloaded the PDF. Then my tablet says it cannot read it, but I know this is only because there is no default PDF reader and I have to go find one (I chose Adobe). Once I had that installed, I was able to get the PDF open and start reading.

I read thirty pages before I could not keep my eyes open any longer. The book is easy to read. It feels like the authors are talking directly to me. It is confirming things I already know and have learned over the years. I cannot wait to read more.

Are you reading Trim Healthy Mama?

Trim Healthy Mama


I ordered a print copy of Trim Healthy Mama from Christianbook.com! 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 Christianbook.com 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.

Just an FYI – There are NO affiliate links in this post. 

No Excuses

An Update On My Week

This has been a rough week for our house, BUT I still managed to walk four times (four miles). The flu hit our house really hard this week. 3 out of 5 children have spent most of the week with vomiting and diarrhea.

Our diet this week has consisted of crackers, toast, rice, applesauce, bananas, etc. Mostly things on the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) diet to help combat the diarrhea. It is hard to be creative in the kitchen when the smell or thought of food is making the littles sick.

Part of me feels like a failure for not pushing through the fatigue and even the waves of nausea to do more walking, BUT I need to give myself grace.

I also need to NOT let this week be a set back, but a spring board. In the past things have gotten off track and I quit.

I AM NOT QUITTING! Yes, I am yelling, but NOT at you.

Little people are starting to feel better and I need to resume my walking and kick up the pace.

No Excuses

I was determined that before this post went up today, I would walk.

I did walk ONE MILE.

It was a hard mile to walk because I had to work through some excuses to get it done.

  • Excuse #1 – My joints have really been hurting. 
  • Excuse #2 – I am really tired from severe lack of sleep with everyone being sick. 
  • Excuse #3 – The babes were sleeping in my bed, so I couldn't exercise in the bedroom.  
  • Excuse #4 – The big kids (one of them still sick) were watching tv in the livingroom and I didn't want to disturb them. 
  • Excuse #5 – I took my laptop to the kitchen. I put my dvd in and it wouldn't let me get to the menu. UGH. I tried three times and it just kept resuming the video.

Okay, now to find a way to solve these excuses

I went to Leslie Sansone's website where there is a one mile walk. I put that on and finally got walking. In case you need to solve an excuse, here is the link to the one mile walk

I can see that conquering the excuses is going to be an ongoing battle (not that I really thought it was going to be easy).

You know what though, I felt so much better after I walked. It was worth the effort. 

My Goals

My goals this week will be pretty much the same as last week:

  • walk 1 mile twice each day
  • drink more water (I like it with ice or sliced lemons)
  • eat more fresh veggies and fruit
  • make my food more colorful and interesting

I have also made some decisions:

  • I will only be taking my photos once a month. I will share those photos on the 1st Thursday of the month.
  • I will only be measuring once per month. I may OR may not share the measurements on the 1st Thursday of the month. If I lose significant inches, I will most likely share how many inches I have lost.

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