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If you search my blog you’ll see I’ve worked at and been successful at losing weight before – I’m also type 2 diabetic and being treated for high blood pressure (which may be genetic). So I decided to go back to Trim Healthy Mama and bought the new, updated and “less chatty” book, Trim Healthy Mama Plan: The Easy-Does-It Approach to Vibrant Health and a Slim Waistline as well as the new cookbook, Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook: Eat Up and Slim Down with More Than 350 Healthy Recipes. THM has worked before for me and so I started back in May or June, my memory fails me as to when I started back exactly and I’m not 100% on plan – meaning I still get my S’s and E’s mixed up but I’m losing. I’m down 20+ pounds – 4 pants sizes and 2 shirt sizes.
Although my goal is no longer just about losing weight, as I said in another post, it’s about health – and since I’m a widow and needing to be healthy for my children it’s all that more important to me and them. Granted losing weight and looking nicer, being able to wear smaller sizes is a great thing but getting the word from the doctor office that your A1C is down is almost better. Having post meal numbers within normal range is awesome, still not quite figuring out why my fasting is so high though – guess it will come in time.
Many people have heard, especially moms in the homeschooling community, of Trim Healthy Mama and while there is good and bad with everything it’s actually a very lifestyle friendly way of eating and you can still enjoy eating – restaurants, gatherings, etc. I will be the first to admit that some people, take it too far, some not EVER wanting to stray from the plan, and that is okay but don’t make it seem like those of us who aren’t going to turn away a cooked dinner from a friend that isn’t on plan as somehow less dedicated. Of course, it’s not just THM that some people make feel cultist, that can happen in anything that us humans mess up.
As I look for ways to improve my life, such as maybe pursuing college and looking for part time employment to supplement our survivor benefits – I need to make sure my health is optimum, even just getting my children to all their activities each week, homeschooling and caring for the house means I need to be in tip-top shape. Back in 2013, I lost almost 30 pounds with counting calories and carbs – that wasn’t bad but there wasn’t any change regarding my blood sugars and it was because I was still eating carbs and mixing foods with others that shouldn’t go together. Then when my oldest had her surgery and we almost lost her and then my hubby began to have issues with his heart – I just ate what I could, when I could and it didn’t matter what it was, all that weight and more piled back on.
Normally, the last couple years I dread September and October as it seems I usually get pneumonia but right now I’m looking forward to enjoying the fall again – because I believe with my health being restored I can remain healthy and pneumonia free. I’m gaining confidence – oh if I had only had this confidence when hubby was still here, he’d be delighted! So back in February or March my A1C was 7.1 and now……it’s 6.6 so it’s going DOWN which is the right direction. I’d love to see it go down another 1.5 so it’s normal and my doctor will be apt to take me off the oral medication I’m on. Also of note my blood pressure was normal at the doctor office visit yesterday, that hasn’t happened in years either. I don’t know if it was a combo of the weight loss or the BP meds or what but it was normal – so I’d like to hope that I can eventually come off the BP med as well.
I really hope that these small victories keep me going – even the pants I bought two weeks ago seem a bit too big now – so, we’ll see……but I highly recommend whether your diabetic or just wanting to lose a few pounds, prevent diseases like type 2 diabetes, or just get healthy and heal your body check out Trim Healthy Mama Plan: The Easy-Does-It Approach to Vibrant Health and a Slim Waistline. I’m getting excited as the new books release on the 15th, actually I got an email saying my copies should be in my hands on the 15th including the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook: Eat Up and Slim Down with More Than 350 Healthy Recipes. Also of note, and I didn’t realize it till just recently Serene and Pearl also have One Hundred Days of Inspiration: Devotional for Women of All Ages & Stages (Trim Healthy Mama)which I’m considering purchasing once I can afford to do so.
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