1.07.2017

Trim Healthy Mama: One year




One year later, with the same clothes on, in the same bathroom, after following the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan for fifty-two weeks, I have lost sixty-eight pounds (!!!).

I've been vocal about my progress, shouting to anyone who will listen, "This plan works if you just stick to it!!" You can't see my legs in this picture, but do you see the fat rolls above my tush? Yeah, my whole body is a much slimmer, lovelier version of itself. I'm thanking God for this gift of food He has given us, and I'm thankful to the sisters who created Trim Healthy Mama and shared it with us.

I got some leggings recently, and I love them paired with a long ruffle tunic! To celebrate my Trimiversary, I've partnered with a friend who sells Agnes and Dora, and I am giving away a pair of leggings to THREE lucky ladies!! That's three separate ladies who will win the pair of leggings of their choice!

Read the post about the giveaway here ----> http://ahelpmeetforhim.blogspot.com/2017/01/giveaway-agnes-and-dora-leggings.html


Frequently Asked Questions


My husband teases me that I should charge people for advice; I'm in constant communication with ladies about the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating. I love being a resource, because if it had cost me money to ask questions, I never would have made it to where I am. I love seeing ladies jump on plan, taking steps toward a healthier life, enjoying God's gift of food.

Here are some of my most Frequently Asked Trim Healthy Mama Questions:


  • What does a normal day look like for you? What do you eat? When do you eat?
    • I'll give you today as an example, but every day is different.
    • 8 am Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, black olives, onions, cheese, and bacon. (S, because of the egg yolks, cheese, and bacon)
    • 11 am Snack: Three pieces of sprouted grain toast with (sugar free) jam and (one wedge that covered all three pieces) laughing cow cheese. (E, because of the sprouted grain bread and the fruit in the jam)
    • 2 pm Lunch: Salad with lettuce, turkey, tomatoes, black olives, Parmesan cheese, and some (sugar free) vinagarette. (S, because of the cheese, and meat)
    • 5 pm Dinner: Chicken, broccoli, riced cauliflower, cheese, herbs, butter. (S because of butter, meat, and cheese) We also had Payday candies from the cookbook, an S dessert.
    • 8 pm Snack: I made sprouted bread in the bread machine following the recipe in the cookbook. I munched on homemade bread by itself. (E, because of the sprouted bread)
  • Do you buy the special ingredients? 
    • I have used several different things straight from Trim Healthy Mama which were given to me as gifts (Super sweet, gentle sweet, gluccie, and baking blend) and found them to be excellent quality, but you certainly don't need them. I use Truvia (which I get from Wal Mart) and pure stevia (which I get from Trader Joes) to sweeten everything, and we make our own "baking blend" by mixing equal parts almond flour, coconut flour, and golden flax seed. Works great!
  • What do you keep on hand? What are your essentials?
    • Eggs, bacon, apples, homemade sweet tea sweetened with stevia, skinny pop popcorn, 000 yogurt, green beans, cauliflower, okra, frozen chicken tenderloins, frozen fish, mixed nuts or peanuts, lettuce, tomatoes, light string cheese, off brand laughing cow cheese, sprouted bread, cheese, lean sandwich meat (no sugar in ingredients),frozen berries, heavy cream, coconut oil, dream fields pasta, and sugar free spaghetti sauce. (but I do branch off from this, and you certainly can shift this to fit your taste.)
  • What do you use as your main resources?
I had a baby in December of 2015, but I've been overweight (at least 170, on my 5 ft 3 frame) for years now. I started this plan at 200.2 pounds, and after fifty-two weeks, I weigh 132.2 pounds. I would like to lose four more pounds before I get pregnant again, but I'm incredibly pleased with my progress and journey! Good luck, ladies! If you have questions, please ask!

41 comments:

  1. Wow, you look wonderful and have really done it! I appreciate your tips and answered questions above...just getting ready to begin!

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    1. Thank you! If you have questions, feel free to ask!

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  2. just found your website.. this post was so encouraging.Thank you. week 1 down. hubbu on board. Hoping it works for both of us. Need to keep my big guy full!

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    1. My husband has lost 28.5 pounds since we start! And he wasn't super chunky or anything!! It certainly works! If he's not full between meals (and snacks) give him more food! He should be full!

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  3. Michelle Wyso1/7/17, 10:03 AM

    I am about to start and have had such a hard time with my back surgeries! I can't thank you enough for giving me motivation to start today!

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    1. I was encouraged to start by seeing ladies Before & After pictures! Stick to it, mama! It works!

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  4. I've lost 40-45 lbs depends on time of the month.....I've been a little lazy but I started working out this week again and I seem to have my motivation back......thank you...

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    1. Be faithful to it! :) It's so rewarding.

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  5. Very encouraging & like that you laid out a simple day of meals. I'm dabbling & 75-80# gone is my dream goal. 30-50 I'll celebrate!

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    1. Celebrate at intervals! I had several mini goals with on final goal! Still four pounds away, but it's been a beautiful journey!

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  6. You look great! Thanks for posting what your meals consist of. Helps out alot seeing that!

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  7. I have a hard time understanding what can go with what. I just started this is very helpful!

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    1. Do you have the plan book? At the end of each section there are lists of what you can eat together! I used that a bunch at first!

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  8. You look amazing thanks for your advice

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  9. Looking forward to reading your blog

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    1. I'm glad you found me! Ask questions if you have any!

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  10. I wish I could find a post like this from someone who is gluten/dairy free. Very inspirational!

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    1. My sister is dairy and gluten free (but she's not on THM completely, she's 15). Do you have the cookbook? She can have Beef Stew pg 38, salsa chicken 47, pot roast 50, lemon herb dummies 51, fajitas 53, cilantro lime burst thighs 54, basaltic chicken 56, cabb and says skillet 58, egg roll in a bowl 62, slim sloppy joes 63, tilapia Veracruz, orange chicken 72, sweeties on steroids 76, tomato chicken bisque 93, kai said ming 98, and Mama's Meatloaf 157. Hope that helps!!

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    2. There is a facebook group dedicated solely to allergen THMer's. It's an amazing resource.

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  11. Wow, you look amazing! I just got the book and am about to start! I'm super excited!! Just trying to get my head around S,e, fp's etc!! Thanks for the information. That really does help!!

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    1. If you have questions, ask! :)

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  12. Do you force yourself to eat when you're not hungry? I work night shifts and day shifts so often my body is super confused and not hungry until 4-5 hours after waking.

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    1. Your body gets used to what you give it! I eat every three hours, and at three hours and 15 minutes, I'm starving :) Because my body knows what to expect. So, yes, I'd say eat something and train yourself that way :) Something small if you're not hungry. just keep fueling!

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  13. Thanks! I'm still working through the cookbook. I love new recipes. I get bored easily with my meal planning.

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  14. I am also down 60 plus pounds since March 31st of 2016. Would love some new leggings as I just now feel comfortable wearing them in public. My favorite vacation place is anywhere with family - we go to different places each year - but the important thing is being with family. :)

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  15. I'm a turtle and it's taking such a long time to lose the weight. Trying not to be discouraged, but when I don't have the results that others do, it's hard. Congratulations on your success. You look great!!

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    1. Thank you! Stick to it! Allow your body time to heal as you go!

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  16. How did you stay committed? That's my biggest struggle. I have both books and have bought all the extras THM...thinking that would help me stick to it. ���� Any help in that area?

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    1. I'm a very goal oriented person, so my commitment was helped by telling EVERYONE that I was on plan (including blogging), which gave me accountability. Also, I took pictures and set mini goals to make my journey more rewarding. I didn't even reward myself with anything when I met the goal, just a check in the box. :)

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  17. Thank you sooo much for the post! This is the umpteenth time I start THM, I am always confused about the rules. Question about the Sprouted Bread? I noticed you post 3 slices. Is the amount because you make it from the cookbook or would it be the same for store bought?

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    1. That was store bought sprouted bread. I just eat til I'm full, and three pieces of toast isn't excessive for me :) I get mine from Aldis.

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  18. You look great. I just got my books in and planning to start monday!!! I'm having a hard time with really understanding E meals, but trying to read more

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    1. E meals are carbs meal: fruit, sweet potato, quinoa, sprouted bread, corn, carrots, brown rice, and beans. :)

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  19. Oh girl, you are an inspiration! I about the same height as you and wanting/needing to lose a good amount of weight after baby 2. Can I ask if you were an all or nothing kind of person when it came to following THM? I try to let myself have some wiggle room but then whole days go by where I've gone completely off plan. And I really struggle with saving alcohol for super special occasions. Great job!!! I can't wait to look back at some of your tips and recipes!

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    1. I am all in, yes! At first I would allow myself the occasional cheat, but NY face would break out and I'd feel sick, and I'd lose less weight that week etc., so it stopped being worth it to me! Now, I'm all in, all the time! If I want to splurge, I'll have a crossover! So, grilled cheese (sprouted bread and cheese and butter) or whatever is your guilty pleasure, but on plan! It's still treating yourself, and your body won't drop weight as quickly, but you won't have to go through detox again like you do every time you reset your body with something off plan!

      I haven't had any alcohol while on this plan, but I know there's information in the book about which ones are on plan! All in all, it's going to take hard work and will power, but if you'll let Christ be your strength, it's totally doable!

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  20. Hey Amanda! Amazing story. You have done so well and your testimony of glory to God is so great. I started a year ago in Januuary and lost 25 in the first 6 months. Then i stallled. Then I went on vacation. Then i got pregnant. Then i miscarried at 15 weeks in December. I jumped right back in it in January and have come back down to my overall 25 lb loss. My meals look so similar to yours and my overall total and goals are so close. But the scale isn't moving. Did you include a lot of exercise? I'm on day 26 of 30 days of yoga and I'm wondering if I'm building muscle. Anyway! My question is exercise? And night time eating. How long before bed do you eat? Trying to find my problems! Keep up the great work. Your blog is adorable. °whitney

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    1. I don't know if you saw that we had a son stillborn at twenty-five weeks, so I know what it feels like to lose a baby, and I'm sorry, Mama. I don't exercise. Not at all. I probably should start now that I've made it to goal weight. As far as how late, I normally eat at 8 am, 11, 2, 5, and 8 PM. Sometime if we are watching a movie or something (a couple times a month), I'll eat something at 11, but normally I eat five times, stopping at my 8 PM snack. Hope it helps!

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