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!

6 Habits I’m Working On Mastering

3 weeks.

21 days.

That’s how long someone once said that it takes to form a habit.

Studies have now been done that show it takes somewhere more like 2-8 months, depending on the habit.   Nothing miraculous is going to happen at day 21 that is life changing.

Either way, you can’t get started doing good things and making positive changes unless you start with day ONE so….

Here are some things that I’m working on right now.  Some of them I should have been doing all the time (ahem…. #1) but I’m a work in progress in every area of my life.

#1 Making the bed.

I feel so accomplished when my bed is made before I leave the room.  I also think that I sleep better in a bed that is nice and straight.

Before I quit working full time, I had to leave for work about 6:30 a.m. and I just couldn’t seem to get this little task done before heading out the door.  Now that I’m doing it, I realize it actually only takes about two minutes.  Sigh.

#2 Drinking more water.

I have a 30 oz cup and I try to fill it three times throughout the day.  I am trying to adjust to drinking plain water but I do prefer a flavor packet or lemon added.  My search now is to find a flavor packet that does not contain aspartame.

#3 Walking more.

I am trying to walk at least 7,000 steps a day.  For some of you, that may seem like nothing. For others, it may seem like a lot.  I encourage you to track your steps for a while just to see where you are measuring in your daily steps.  I had a Fitbit but it was lost in the flood.  I have recently bought a cheap knock off and it has worked just as well.

My husband and I also walk a mile a day using one of the Leslie Sansone videos that is available through you tube.  We started with this slow one and now prefer this one by her walking partner, Nick.

I prefer walking outside when the weather cooperates.  A little pavement therapy always lifts my spirit!

#4 Being positive.

I am working, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to take my thoughts captive.  I am prone to worry but I am so thankful to say that I have been able to remove much of that anxiety from my life.

I’ve also had to make some changes in who I choose to engage in long conversations.  Some people are just more likely to pass worry on to me.  I have been convicted that worry is a sin and I am thankful that I have made some progress in that area.

#5  Cutting out Processed Foods.

I know. I know.  It’s the latest trend and the food pyramid is deceptive. Everyone is counting carbs.  That being said, I do feel much better when I cut out the processed food.  We are certainly not Whole 30 around here but we aren’t eating the Little Debbie cakes either.

I’ve made progress on this in a few ways.  I’m too frugal to waste money.  Enrolling in our CSA and paying for it up front forces me to cook and eat more vegetables.

#6 Saying no.

This is a new one for me and it might sound a bit pessimistic.  I mean, shouldn’t we search out opportunities and just go for them?

For the past month, we haven’t been home much during “home” schooling.  I said yes to so many things and our calendar filled quickly.  They were good things but they took time, energy, and resources that just left me feel overwhelmed.

Since recognizing this, I have tried to say no to things that don’t align with our mission.  I left the hustle and bustle two years ago with the hope of creating a calm, peaceful day.  I have to be careful not to get sucked back into the rat race mindset.

I’m always a work in progress.  I know that there are many areas in which I could improve.  Baby steps. 🙂

What about you?  Anything new that you are working into (or out of) your life?

 

Go Outside to Play

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Have my children played outside today?

Recent studies like this one show that our children are spending more and more time in front of screens.  I’m sure this doesn’t surprise any of us.  We see it all around us, possibly in our own home.  Maybe it’s hard for us to admit that we would surpass those numbers ourselves.

Today, I read this article about the need to reinstate play for healthy kids. I took a trip down memory lane as the author described how she would play as a child.  I could NOT agree more about the importance of outside time and it rekindled my desire to model and monitor this important part of our day.

We are believers in going outside to play.  I was raised in the country and we played outside for hours.  I’ve passed that on to my kids and they know that I believe that we need to spend some time outside every day.  If they forget it,  I remind them! 😉  I am not naive enough to think that, if allowed, my children wouldn’t sink into the couch cushions with a bowl of cereal and stay for days.  But for right now, we are playing outside and enjoying it!

 

If they run out of ideas, I can give suggestions and let their little imaginations soar.  They do start to complain about the humidity and heat in July but I just throw some ice onto the trampoline and tell them to have fun!

These are some of the ways that they keep themselves entertained.

1) Get dirty!

2.) Catch critters!

They are in constant pursuit of a frog, a lizard, or a dragon fly.  The poor snails aren’t fast enough and are often confined to snail city.

3.) Make fairy houses.

4.) Plant a garden.

They’ve grown tomatoes, carrots, and potatoes on their own.  They love to grow flowers and have great luck with zinnias.

 

5.) Create houses.

These were as a result of a Five In a Row unit that we had just covered about wigwams and turf huts.

6.) Ride bicycles.

Their bicycles usually have names, long manes, and live in stables.

7.) Jump on the trampoline, swing on their swings,  skate, and spin on their gym dandy teeter go round.

8.) Take pictures!

They photograph things that they find interesting.   These cameras have lasted for two years and provided endless hours of fun.

9.) Observe and study.

When they see something and need to identify it, they are quick to take out their animal or plant guides.  This makes my teacher heart happy!

I hope that we can delay the desire to be staring at a screen…….  Possibly forever!

What are some of your favorite outdoor activities?