I’m Michelle. I am so glad you have stopped by our site to visit. I hope you stay awhile, but most importantly I hope you are on, or are considering starting your own journey to finding your trim n healthy!! My journey began October 20, 2014…the day I officially came to the place called “Done” and started Trim Healthy Mama!!
I am a Wife, Mother, Critical Care Vascular Nurse, and last but not least a Christian. At age 45 I had to have a complete hysterectomy, throwing me into full blown menopause on May 28th , 2009. I had always been thin, and weight was never an issue for me. However, after my hysterectomy I started gaining weight and nothing I did was stopping my weight gain.. It seemed I was eating less but gaining more. It was insidious… an average of 5-8 pounds a year. By the time I turned 50 I was about 35 pounds overweight. I am tall but small framed. I was the largest I had ever been, and that included being 9 months pregnant. But more than the weight, I wasn’t feeling well…… hot flashes, fatigue and a myriad of other post menopausal symptoms, including insomnia and 35 pounds of extra “unwanted” weight. I was miserable. I had lost the energy and vitality that was business as usual for me. I felt hopeless, and discouraged. The only thing medicine could offer me was Hormone Replacement Therapy. I lost my Mother to Breast Cancer at the young age of 59. I wasn’t going there with HRT. So I suffered in silence.
I had tried other weight loss programs, with minimal success. Three separate times I tried Weight Watchers, and the most I ever lost was 11 pounds. I spent hundreds of dollars. I felt deprived, and hungry. I am a results driven person. As a Nurse everything I had learned regarding nutrition ( I took an advanced nutrition class toward my BSN) and health was not helping me. I had never felt more out of control with my own personal health. I have spent my career helping others, but it seemed I could not help myself. This was a first for me, and it just made me more discouraged. I have a loving, kind, and very supportive Husband. He would tell me “Honey, I love you know matter what, and I think your beautiful”, I was very grateful for that, but I felt like the old me was gone and I didn’t know how to find her.
I was surfing one of my favorite blogs ( Moneysavingmom.com) and came across a post where she had made Trim Healthy Pancakes, (a personal favorite of mine) with a link in the recipe to The Trim Healthy Mama site, and the rest is history. I ordered the book that night. It came in the mail within a few days. I jumped in with both feet. I love to read, and as a Nurse this clicked with me in a very profound way. It made absolute sense to me and I felt like I had found the “secret” to why I couldn’t lose weight, and you know what…. I did!! I firmly believe God led me to that site and I am very grateful to Pearl and Serene for following God’s leading in their own lives. The knowledge in that book has completely changed my life.. Yep you read that right. I feel better than I have since having my hysterectomy, and that is priceless to me. I started following the plan right away and made many mistakes in the beginning. I didn’t tell anyone I was on plan for the first month (I was tired of being on a diet and gaining weight) including my Husband. I lost 11 pounds the first 30 days!! It wasn’t long and everyone was asking if I was losing weight. I was telling everyone I knew of the new health plan I had found, and for the investment of the book, they could find the same success I did.
Many of the symptoms I was experiencing are now gone. The few that remain (Hot flashes) are greatly reduced. I have energy. I don’t feel hopeless and I’m not hungry!! To date I have lost 27 pounds and many inches. I’m not exactly sure how many inches because I didn’t take measurements until 6 weeks into the plan. I am not at my goal weight but I’m on my journey, and feeling better than I have in years!
It doesn’t matter if you have 5 or 500 pounds to lose. Being overweight makes you sick and miserable, but there is hope. You can regain your life and health back, and you can do it eating real food. Not prepackaged, chemical ridden expensive foods, that are making someone else rich, and you fat and unhealthy. You can lose weight eating the food you prepare yourself, in your own kitchen, within your own budget. This is not a diet. This is a plan for regaining and reclaiming your health, and weight loss is the natural process of a healthy body. Yep… weight loss is the the natural side effect of eating the right foods in the right way to fuel your body!!! This is a plan for life!
It is not a mistake your here. I hope you decide to join our journey….I’m super glad your here and I’m rooting for you!!!