Trim Healthy Mama Baby Steps

In April of this year, I was the heaviest weight that I have been other than during a pregnancy.  I did not feel well, was having awful night sweats, and just felt tired all of the time.




I needed to get serious about number 5 on my list of things that I was working to master!

Following a miserable road trip of just feeling rotten, I started the Keto lifestyle with a close friend.  After about a month, I had lost about four pounds but I could clearly see that this was not a lifestyle that I would maintain.  Having so little carbohydrates did not energize me and I knew I wasn’t going to keep it going.  I did appreciate that it helped so much with my sugar addiction and pretty much fixed that altogether.

Rewind a few years back.  I had checked out the new book Trim Healthy Mama.  I think I even read it, or maybe I tried to read it but felt overwhelmed at the encyclopedia of knowledge.

It seems that I wasn’t the only one who could not understand the program because since then, there have been many attempts, some successful, to simplify it.

One month in, I think I have a grasp of E, S, and FP meals.  I am taking baby steps.  I’m seeing some weight loss and I’m feeling pretty good.  I don’t get hangry, don’t feel deprived of good foods that I like, and I think this is a way of life that I can (mostly) maintain.  That’s a big praise!  I haven’t followed the plan 100% but that’s ok.  Grace.  It’s built on grace.

Those who are successful, and there are many, say that baby steps is key.  Get one thing figured out before moving forward.

I wanted to share a few little low-carb tweaks that I’ve made without a lot of thought, time, or money.

My ice cream is now Breyer’s Carb Smart (purchased at Walmart) .  Here I am having it with THM Skinny Chocolate over it.  It is DELICIOUS!   

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches (I only eat them toasted) have gotten an overhaul.  I use sprouted bread, all fruit jelly, and peanut butter that has nothing added.   All of this is also available at Walmart.  Here’s a hint about the peanut butter. Stir it and then put it in your fridge.  It won’t separate out again and get that icky layer of oil.  Eating this all together isn’t necessarily “on plan” as I understand it but it is certainly healthier than what I was doing. 

I’ve switched out my salt to pink Himalayan salt.  From what I’ve read (very little about this), it seems to be healthier for you.  I found this at Dollar Tree!

No more Lipton Sweet tea for me.  That’s a little sad. 🙂  At least it would be if I still missed sugar.  I’ve replaced my tea with Oolong tea which I sweeten with Stevia or THM Gentle Sweet.

Making pizza and spaghetti sauce is healthier with this Great Value pizza sauce.  With only 3 net carbs per serving, it won’t add too much to your waistline.

 

So those are just a few changes of many that I’ve made to attempt this low-carb lifestyle.  I’m seven pounds down and feeling much better.

In the next post, I will share some of my favorite trim healthy mama recipes.

I’d love to hear your favorite low carb tips in the comments!

Summer Clothing Clearance at Crazy 8

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It’s one of my favorite times of the year….for shopping!!  With three growing girls, it seems that someone is always outgrowing clothes and needing new ones.




I am always looking for a bargain so that I don’t spend a fortune by waiting until the last minute when the NEED is real!

Crazy 8 is one of my favorite places for a good deal.  They are a division of Gymboree and I find them to be the same quality.  The girls are able to wear these and then pass them on to others, and they still look great!

Crazy 8 is currently having their summer clearance sale.  The best news is that it also includes several long sleeved items which can be put away for the fall.

I think you’ll find some real bargains and I’ve highlighted a few of my favorites below!

Perfect for July 4th and only $8.88!

So cute and comfy for only $6.00!  My girls love rompers!

Head on over to Crazy 8 for some great deals for your little ones!  Click below to get started!

DIY Birthday Cakes for Your Kids

I love a good DIY project and decorating cakes is a hobby that makes me happy so putting those together is fun for me!




About half way through the mess of baking, I tend to remember that Costco and Sam’s both sell 1/2 sheet cakes for less than $20.

But, alas, my kids like for me to bake and decorate their birthday cakes and that makes me happy.  It is a labor of love and actually quite fun to see their ideas come to life!  The delight that they get from them is worth every minute.  They really are truly excited and appreciative.

For this year, my twins asked for two totally different cake styles.  Apparently when you turn eight, it is no longer cool to share a theme.  My cat lover wanted a cake with “tangled up cats.”  My horse lover wanted a pasture scene with horses.

Although I have an excellent home made white cake recipe, I went straight to Wal-Mart to aisle 9 and picked up my favorite boxed white cake mix.  You just cannot go wrong with this one!

For the chocolate cake, I used this devil’s food mix.  I am not a chocolate lover but apparently it is yummy.

I only have one set of round pans and one rectangular cake pan, so I helped the girls to decide that is just what we needed to have the perfect cakes.  The power of persuasion was strong.

So, after a morning of baking, cooking, and leveling the cakes, we were ready!

I used a basic Wilton frosting recipe for the white cake and this chocolate buttercream recipe for the other.  It is the best chocolate one that I’ve tried.   Yummm!

My cat lover is also a foodie.  She loved the strawberry cream cheese filling that I had used on her daddy’s birthday cake so she requested it for her own.  It is really, really good and takes a cake from basic to amazing.

I let the girls choose a set of Toobs to use for the figures on their cakes.  This was like a little gift before the birthday and they put A LOT of thought into just which ones to get.

You really can’t go wrong with “tangled up cats.”  This was super easy to decorate. To make the yarn balls, I covered a bouncy ball and a marble with icing.  This worked well but kept me on my toes at the party to make sure that they got removed before becoming a choking hazard!

It was a bit more fun to decorate the horse cake.  I would have really liked to add a fence  (my idea was to use pretzels and icing) but she insisted that her horses were free roaming. 😉

Overall, we had a really good time with these. It was worth the effort and I felt a bit like superwoman as they oooohed and aaahhhed over the results!

They are already planning for next year!