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February 2016

IT’S MY “TRIMMAVERSARY”!!!

Imported Photos 00102DSC00840-300x225Well HEELLLLOOOOOOO CHICKIES (soon to be Peeps in honor of Easter)…Today, February 20th, is my one-year Trimmaversary…I started at 177 Pounds, at a whopping 5’4″ of height…YIKES (see some before pictures above)!!!  Read my full story above in the “About Us” tab…

Well the annual result is in……DRUM ROLL PLEASE……27 pounds gone forever…”How can I say that?” you ask…..because Trim Healthy Mama is the only weight loss (AND HEALTH) plan I have ever been on that actually has a MAINTENANCE PLAN!!!  Serene & Pearl are BRILLIANT!!!  I have been on many plans that offer some weight loss, but they are not sustainable and what happens when you stop???  All the weight comes back AND THEN SOME!!!

NOT ANY MORE…Below are some progress pictures…

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Here are a few more…

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AND THE TRIMMAVERSARY RESULTS….

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What I LOVE about Trim Healthy Mama is that it ONLY takes 3 hours to get back on plan.  There is no room for discouragement!!!  Yep…you heard me right…when in doubt, re-read line one.  What a relief to me.  I was so discouraged when my doctors told me to eat 1200 calories per day because that meant that I would be hungry most of the time and couldn’t eat some of my most favorite foods without being derailed…I am completely “S”atisfied and “E”nergized with the variety and quantity of foods that I can eat along with the simplicity of not having to make multiple items at one meal.

I also believe my metabolism is KICKIN’ because of this meal plan…let’s be realistic chickies, as a single mama, life gets in the way!!!  When I eat off plan (which is a few times per week), I find that I do not gain but a few ounces…therefore I am not SABOTAGED…as long as I get right back on plan (if you don’t have a plan, then you plan to fail).  With the Trim Healthy Mama meal plan, I have lost 27 lbs. in just 12 months, and have gone from BUSTING out of a size 12 to a wonderful size 6 (my Non-Scale Victory “NSV” jeans are the dark ones above with the orange tank top)…I have a harder time losing weight in the winter months as I live in the deep North East, and quite frankly, winters are long and dreary…but I am SUPER PSYCHED that the majority of my excess weight is gone.

I have regained my youthful active life which is just a bonus to the new found food freedom THM has to offer (click HERE to learn more).

I thank God that he rescued me just when I needed it most…I also love how God has led Serene & Pearl…oh and the other bonus is…He gave me a wonderful group of local ladies to continue on this marvelous Journey 2 Trim ‘n’ Healthy 🙂 …slow and steady wins the race!  I WON instead of giving up when the stalls came!!!

I am truly thankful for my friend, business partner, but most of all my sister in Christ, Michelle Wilkins for introducing me to this JOURNEY!!!

Click HERE to start your Journey 2 Trim ‘n’ Healthy…

KEEP TRIMMIN’ OFF!!!

AND THE WINNER IS….

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Thank you everyone for the participation in our Valentine’s Day Giveaway…truthfully, we LOVE each and everyone of you!!!

Our winner is Cami from Fort Wayne, IN!!!  Congratulations!!!

Please send us an email at ajourney2trimnhealthy@gmail.com and tell us where you would like us to send the picture.

STAY TUNED FOR MY TRIMMAVERSARY POST ON 2/20/2016!!!

Fuel Cycle Lessons

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Some things I learned when preparing and doing the One Week Fuel Cycle:

  • I need Deep S more than Heavy S in my daily routine
  • Two cups of Trimmy Rich in the same morning killed my regular appetite
  • “E” is good for ME
  • Quinoa is palatable & YUMMY if you keep trying…Don’t write this Super Food Off…Creamy Grains recipe is AMAZING!
  • I need to be trying new recipes more often
  • My freezer is chock full of single serve meals 🙂
  • I learned that I was eating too many Frankenfoods
  • In the Higher Learning chapter, I learned I was Fuel Stacking at night time
  • It is important to read and re-read the books (I highly recommend all three)…Click HERE to start your journey
  • It’s okay to be hungry and happy at the same time in the Fuel Cycle…as you know what the end result will be…stored fat vanishing and health improving!!!
  • I didn’t miss my TV and Couch…there was absolutely no time for wasteful leisure…this took preparation!

The day before I started the fuel cycle I dropped 2 more pounds…so my end result after the fuel cycle was…I didn’t lose any additional weight…I had to make a choice…to get discouraged after the tremendous amount of work & preparation OR to be thankful for the lessons that I learned above…I chose to be THANKFUL!  I will share more soon…

STAY TUNED…my TRIMMAVERSARY is FEBRUARY 20

Giveaway…Because We LOVE You!!

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Michelle Here:  Happy Valentines Day!!!  When Sandy and I were on our recent trip back in November,  we found these beautiful pictures.  The above picture is actually Sandy’s hanging on her wall in her living room.  What a beautiful reminder huh?  Love really is what makes life journey so worth while, and we have one of these to giveaway to our readers here!!  We just want you all to know that we value each and every reader here so much, and you all rock!!  We love this Journey that we are all on together, and all the support this community gives.  We will be giving One Picture away to a LOVELY reader here on Valentine’s day!  Here’s how to enter:

Just leave a comment on this Post!  Please let us know you are reading here.. It so encourages us! Tell us what you LOVE the most about THM and where you are from.  Posting will close at 6pm EST on 2/14/16,  and we will announce the winner at 9pm EST on Sunday, February 14th….Valentines Day!!

Sandy Here:  Happy Valentines Day!!!  Well Chickies have I mentioned to you how blessed I am to be on this Journey with you?!?!?!  It has been just about one year since Michelle and I started meeting and really digging deep into Trim Healthy Mama…my Trimmaversary is 2/20/16 🙂  Stay tuned for the results…Now we have a total of 13 local ladies who get together about twice a month to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly…and sometimes test out a new recipe to help keep us on plan.  We LOVE the friendships we have made both near and far and just want to share some LOVE with y’all…

KEEP TRIMMIN OFF!!!

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P.S.  Have you seen the specials that THM is offering this weekend…Click HERE to check out their site…

Sale starts 8pm CST Saturday, Feb 13th, and runs thru 8pm CST Sunday, Feb 14th.

Please note: Contest is open for our readers in the United States.

The One Week Fuel Cycle Weight Loss Total

scaleHey Mama’s….. I wanted to give you an update on the Fuel Cycle weight loss! It has been a crazy busy week so far and I apologize I haven’t gotten this post up sooner.

OK….Drum Roll Please……………………………….     My weight loss for the One Week Fuel Cycle was 2.4#!!  I am thrilled with that, as well as the jumpstart it gave my metabolism!!

My total weight loss since starting  this 12 week challenge is 3.8# . My goal was to lose 10# for the 12 week challenge. We are in week 6 so I’m just a titch behind. Not bad since I was on Vacation for 2 weeks of it!!!

Stay tuned for our fun Valentine’s giveaway we have planned!

 

Last Post – The One Week Fuel Cycle!!!

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This is the last post in our One Week Fuel Cycle!     Today was FP Day #2 for me 🙂

B: 8:30 Had the Strawberry smoothie again this morning.  Slept in a bit so breakfast was a bit later than during the week.  Had Coffee with 1 tsp 1/2 n 1/2.

11:30 S – Fit n active cheese stick and 1/2 cup fresh Blueberries……I had a 12n appointment today so I knew I would be having a later lunch.

L-3:00 – Went to Wendy’s for lunch today.  I ordered the Chicken Pecan Salad.  First I didn’t eat the nuts or the blue cheese.  They give you the nuts in a separate bag and I’m very much looking forward to eating them tomorrow!!  I did eat approx. half of the dried cranberries 🙁   1/2 the package of the Pomegranate dressing package which kept it in FP.

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D-6:30 – Finished the Egg roll in a bowl from yesterday.  1 Fit n Active cheese stick and 1/2 Cucumber sliced.  1 cup of Oolong Tea.  I have to be honest I am so over the FP!!  Seltzer is what I washed it all down with.  Tea we had after dinner.

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I made the Cottage Berry Whip for snack tonight and will have that around 9pm!  Page 374 in the Cookbook.  I made mine with the frozen mixed berry blend versus the raspberry in the book.  I’ve had it both ways, and I love them both!!

Final Thoughts:  I am so glad I did this!!  I have learned what Deep S, E & FP look like in their purest forms.  I clearly see where I have made the following mistakes:

  • I was eating “off plan” more than I thought I was
  • I was using more “Franken Foods” and less whole foods
  • I was “fuel stacking” and  having more crossovers than is allowed in “weight loss mode”

I have decided to continue on with the Fuel cycle for the next week, (2 weeks is the max amount of time to be in the Fuel cycle).  I feel so much better eating THM the proper way, that I would like to solidify these specific fuel types for another week, and give my body fuel in it’s purest forms.  However, I will modify the FP days.  I will eat FP for breakfast and Dinner.  I will eat a Deep S Lunch.  I will forgo snacks on these two FP days and use only sippers in between.  Now that I’ve been on nearly a full week, my body should do well with this small change.

I started my Fuel Cycle on Monday so I will weigh Monday and share with you all how I did.  Tomorrow I will start in with a Deep S breakfast, and I can’t wait.  I told my hubby I’m going to eat a stick of butter!!  Just kidding…..Kinda!

Challenge yourselves Mamas…..You are so worth it!!!!

Post #6 The One Week Fuel Cycle

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Michelle Here: FP Day #1

B: 7:30 Strawberry Big Boy (FP) Page 414 in Cookbook.  I don’t have Sunflower lecithin so that was omitted.  1 Cup coffee with 1 tsp cream.

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L: 12n I was hungry at lunch. I was supposed to eat at 11am but was delayed in a case, so ate later.  Egg Roll in a bowl (Page 62) Salad greens with Red wine Vinegar & Steamed Broccoli.  Strawberry Oikos with bowl of berries.  The chips and dip belong to my Colleagues who were still finishing off all of yesterdays goodies!  Pomegranate Seltzer to wash everything down.

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2pm – Oolong Tea

5:15pm – OK this is where FP got crazy for me.  Today was busy, and I have a physical, and at times stressful job.  I had to do errands after work. Wasn’t optional.  When I left work I was feeling hungry.  Very Hungry.  After climbing 3 flight of stairs in the Parking Garage…I was off to do banking and shopping.  I completed my errands and had to stop at Hannaford.  By the time I got to Hannaford, I wasn’t feeling great and was a bit dizzy.  I was standing in the check out line when I felt my blood sugar dropping.  I needed to eat and I needed to eat fast, something with glucose.  I didn’t want to grab candy…I didn’t want to grab chips or crackers…so I grabbed Fat Free Fig Newton’s.  I ate 2…it took a few minutes and I started feeling a wee bit better.  I finished cashing out and headed home.  I had a few slices of Trim Deli turkey and a bowl of Chicken Noodle soup.  I ate the carrots in the soup…… my body needed them!  Sorry I didn’t get a pic but this Chickie needed  food!

Thoughts: For me, I will not do a full day of FP.  My metabolism is too high…..especially on a day I am working.  My brain needs glucose to function at it’s best capacity.  I was fine until around 4pm, and I should have had something at that point.  I didn’t bring enough snacks to work.  I will do a full day of FP tomorrow until dinner at which time I will add in a few “E” carbs.  Tonight the carrots in my soup were enough carbs to make me feel better.  Also I am home tomorrow so preparing snacks and eating every 3 hours with sippers and protein shakes will be a HUGE help in helping me complete this One Week Fuel Cycle!  Key is I don’t feel like a failure…because I ate a few carbs.  I am thankful for the signals these amazing bodies send us, to keep us well.

 

Sandy Here:  Well Chickies…today was the last day of Fuel Pull, and I am glad that part is over…to my advantage I was laid up in the recliner with a strained back…couldn’t move very well, therefore, no unnecessary visits to the kitchen…I am thankful that I was able to stay on plan through this trial…so here it goes:

  • 8 a.m. Breakfast – Big Boy Smoothie (Page 414 Cookbook & Page 242 in Original Book) & Trimmy Light (Page 430)
  • 11 a.m. Snack – Sweet Dreams Cookie Bowl Oatmeal (Page 249 Cookbook)…I had to use about a 2 tablespoons of almond milk to soften it up but after that it was another WINNER to add to my list

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  • 2 p.m. Lunch – LARGE leafy salad green w/non-starchy veggies with 3 ounces of chicken breast with curry (leftover from the night before), drizzled with ACV and a side of raspberries

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6:30 p.m. Dinner – Leftover curry chicken soup, Mocha & Salted Caramel Gluccie Pudding, and a cup of tea…

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Tomorrow I am back to Deep “S” and back to work…so I will be preparing tonight for tomorrow!

KEEP TRIMMIN’ OFF CHICKARINAS…

Post #5 The One Week Fuel Cycle

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Michelle Here:   Day #2 of E

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B: 7:30 Orange Creamsicle E (Page 409 in Cookbook) 1/4 of small Banana & 1 Chocolate Banana muffin that I made last night.  Book stated you could have 2 muffins for breakfast.  I reduced to 1 because of the shake and 1/4 banana that I had.  1 cup coffee with 1tsp 1/2 n 1/2.

L: 11:30 Homemade Chicken Noodle soup with yummy celery, carrots, and onion.  Also have a bit of Dream Fields Pasta in it.  Container Triple Zero strawberry yogurt with 3/4 cup frozen strawberries (that I picked this summer).  Oolong Tea.  I have challenged myself to drink Oolong daily for the entire month.  Lunch was super challenging as they had a super bowl party today at work.  Pizza/Wings and every imaginable delectable dip and appetizer on the planet!  I stayed 100 % on plan!!  Polar Orange Vanilla Seltzer to sip on through the afternoon.  Very busy day at work and a snack was not an option 🙁

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D: 5:15 I was ravenous when I hit home so I had a Fit & Active cheese stick while preparing dinner.  It helped take the edge off, and dinner came together pretty quickly.  I made the Blackened Chicken with mango & black beans E (Page 66 in the Cookbook).  Sandy made this last night and said it was delicious.  Thank goodness for a fully stocked pantry & freezer, so I had all the ingredients on hand.  I took 2 large frozen chicken breasts out of the freezer before I left for work this morning.  I had 1/4 cooked Quinoa leftover from last nights meal, that I ate on the side.  1 cup of Quinoa fed both my husband and I for two meals.  This was a scrumptious meal and my Husband told me the best he’s had from the cookbook yet!  Winner…winner…chicken dinner!!  Second cup of Oolong tea after dinner.  Doesn’t look like much on the plate but this was very filling and the portion size was much larger than it looks!

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Snack: 9:00 Apple & Peanut Butter Yogurt.  1/2 cup 0% Greek Yogurt with 2 T Defatted Peanut Flour, 1 tsp vanilla and 2 tsp Sweet blend.  Super Yummy.

Thoughts:  Whew 4 days down!!  I am feeling good and can clearly see where I was not on plan as much as I thought I was….this has been a great reset.  I have had to be much more aware of “everything” I am putting in my mouth and when….this has been really eye opening for me.  Also a huge shout to my hubby who has been a trooper through this.  He has pretty much eaten right along with me 🙂 at least when we are together!  Lord knows what he’s eating while at work!!  Now on to FP…………………

 

Sandy Here:  Well it’s DAY #5 and in Fuel Pull mode “FP”…the rubber met the road today!!!

  • 8 a.m. Breakfast consisted of a Fat Strippin’ Frappa (Page 418 in Cookbook & Page 240 in Original Book) with a Trimmy Light followed by Oolong Tea…GGMS to sip

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  • 11:30 a.m. Started eating my lunch – large bowl of salad greens & non-starchy veggies topped with 4 ounces Plain Albacore Tuna with red wine vinegar drizzled over the top
  • 3:15 p.m. Snack – Chia Tapioca Pudding (Page 234 in Original Book)

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  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner – Homemade Chicken Curry Soup…my own recipe of 4 ounces chicken breast, chicken broth, zucchini, celery, radishes, green peppers, a tiny bit of onion, 2 baby carrot sticks for color & curry powder
  • 8:30 p.m Snack – Gluccie Mocha & Salted Caramel Pudding (Page 351 Cookbook)…I have to admit this was simply delicious 🙂

I have to admit, Fuel Pull is the most challenging on the fuel cycle…I was hungry most of the day, but I just kept telling myself “It is only for two days, and that’s not a bad thing because every other diet I have been on I was HUNGRY ALL THE TIME and lost very little weight…not on THM

If you haven’t started your Journey to Food Freedom, then please consider starting today (Click HERE)…

KEEP TRIMMIN’ OFF…

Hump Day…One Week Fuel Cycle

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Michelle Here: This is “E” DAY #1 for me.

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B: 7:30 Sweet Dreams Peachy Oatmeal (E)   Pg. 247 Cook Book ….Took a little preparation the night before….literally like 7 min) but ohhh so worth it!!  I was craving some fruit and this hit the spot.  I also had about 3oz. approx. 1/2 container of Peach Triple zero Yogurt.  I used 1 tsp of half n half in my coffee.  Serving size was 3gm fat for 2 Tbs. so I was nowhere near that.  I don’t mind my coffee on the darker side for a couple of days.

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L:11am Waldorf Cottage Cheese Salad (E)  Pg. 190 Cookbook  This is a favorite of mine. I did not sprinkle on the 2 tsps. of nuts.  For the Fuel Cycle I wanted to eat this in it’s purest E form.  I also had 3 lean slices of smoked deli Turkey Breast.  2 slices of Cucumber.  Cucumbers are not the best in my neck of the woods at this time of the year.  Cup of Oolong Tea with nothing added.

S:2pm Sorry no pic on this one. 2 small Clementine’s and a Fit & Active Cheese Stick

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D: 6pm  Golden Chana Dal Soup (E)  with Chicken Pg. 99

I added 1/4 cup cooked Quinoa to boost protein. This was very yummy and filling on this very rainy day. I will use the rest of the Quinoa for breakfast tomorrow.

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Snack 9pm  Chocolate Banana Muffins (E) Pg.283

Super Yummy!! Very Moist, Super glad I made them!!

Thoughts:  I have been in the Kitchen a lot!  If I’m not making food, I’m cleaning up or doing dishes.  It takes some effort to do the fuel cycle.  However, I have a fair amount of left overs that I am freezing and that’s a huge bonus for me!!!

 

Sandy Here:  Well it’s DAY #4 and my last day of “E”…the rubber will be meeting the road TOMORROW!!!

  • 9:30 a.m. Started my day with breakfast of Creamy Grains and OOOHHHH what a delish & delightful breakfast that was (could have never made that on a work day…I was off today)…I wanted a Trimmy Light BUT my brain got to thinking (as I am being VERY CAREFUL this week), and I had a cup of hot Oolong tea instead…there would have been too many fats with the combination of both.

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  • 1:15 p.m. Lunch – Waldorf Cottage Cheese Salad (Page 190)…I only had a small apple so added half of a tangerine (compliments of Michelle) and a heaped tablespoon of Goji Berries…also squeaked in a small Trimmy Light here…aahhh…so deprived…NOT!!!
  • 4:15 p.m. Snack – Golden Chana Dal soup (Page 99) w/3 ounces baked chicken added to it…my son had a basketball game so this was just a little something to hold me over until dinner at 7:30 p.m.

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  • 7:30 p.m. Dinner – Blackened Chicken with Black Beans & Mango (Page 66)

Bye, bye “E”…it was good getting to know ya!!!  Coming up next…Fuel Pull for the next two days 🙂

KEEP TRIMMIN’ OFF…