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I will overcome…..

on September 2, 2015

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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.

This is a dress I haven’t worn in years, yes, years and I can now wear it and it’s almost too big!

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.

It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Learning HOW and WHAT to eat. Yummy pancakes with a bit of all fruit spread, three slices of Canadian bacon and coffee – just one breakfast I get to enjoy.

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.

My son and I at Bob Evan’s, yes I can eat out and enjoy myself – steak, steamed broccoli, side salad w/ranch and water to drink. Do you notice a difference in this face and the one on my side bar?

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.

Yummy, dinner! Meatloaf, faux mashed potatoes w/chives, and home canned green beans. Yes, even my children love faux mashed taters!

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.

(c) 2015, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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7 responses to “I will overcome…..

  1. Laraba says:

    Wow, that A1c drop is amazing. 0.5 drop in a short time is a tremendous accomplishment! MANY congrats! That is very inspiring! I have a friend whose hubby is running very high. I wonder if THM is a possibility for their family. I’ll mention it. My fastings are climbing too, which is weird and worrisome. I think my meter is running a bit high, but I used to be steadily at around 90 and now it is 100 to 105. That’s not terribly high, but I don’t like that it is climbing :-(.

    • ohiosarah says:

      Thank you. Yes I would mention it to them. In reply to your other comment I’d love to have a fasting of 102 or even 115 – 140 is where mine has been consistently in the mornings 😦

  2. Laraba says:

    I should add, my meter is SAYING 115 but when I had it checked at the doctor, my fasting was 102. So…I think the meter is high but maybe I’m running in the 1-teens…:-(.

  3. Julieanne says:

    I’m so excited for you, Sarah! πŸ™‚ I wish the American Diabetes Association would change their diet recommendations to what THM suggests, because I think we could see a lot more people get off of meds in many Type 2 cases, and change or limit their meds in Type 1 cases.

    • ohiosarah says:

      Hi Julieanne, thank you. Me too. I’ve been to several ADA ‘nutritionist’ in my day and even before THM I would shake my head – white bread for type 2 diabetics, regular sugar – but of course it all must be in moderation, yet they don’t tell you that is how you’ll be diabetic for the rest of your life. It’d be great if a cure can be found for type 1, as it’s not food controlled – but it’s going to be many more years of research.

  4. Dayla Dee says:

    I agree some people take THM overboard but it sounds like to me, that you have just the right balance for the real world. Being blessed when someone else happily provides a meal is something I don’t believe should be declined!

    I’m sure I will be a bit disappointed when everyone starts talking about the new books coming out soon as we can’t afford it in our budget right now. But so happy you get to enjoy it!!

    • ohiosarah says:

      Hi Dayla, yes, I’ve learned not let any one thing take me over because then it becomes a god/idol and I only need one Lord in my life πŸ˜€ I wouldn’t have been able to afford the new books if it weren’t for having a birthday and receiving gift certificates to Amazon.

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